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posted in November 2007
Google put months of speculation to rest today by officially announcing that it will bid in the FCC 700 MHz spectrum auction come January. It might eventually have its own mobile platform, offer all kinds of
Some would say it is about time. After a troubling year for its handset business and massive shareholder pressure, Motorola's CEO Ed Zander has agreed to vacate his chair at the end of the table. He'll hand it over to Motorola chief operating officer Gre
The 3G iPhone has been naught but a rumor until AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson opened his mouth recently and spilled the beans. Oh, how Steve Jobs must be fuming right now. All Stephenson would commit to is "next year", but that's enough for many.
Verizon Wireless officially dropped another bomb this week. Though the move was widely speculated about several months ago after a Vodafone executive made some comments about the two companies' plans, Verizon made it official this morning. CDMA and its 4G derivative UWB are out. L
Google made a new beta version of its Mobile Maps application available to certain smartphones today. The biggest improvement of the application comes with its My Location feature, which uses cell tower information--and not on-board GPS--to determine user location. Watch our demo here.
More bad news for Motorola. Plagued by a tough year all around, Motorola slipped from the world's second-largest supplier of mobile phones to the third, according to third quarter figures released yesterday. In comparison, Nokia increased its lead and sold nearly three times as many devices as Motorola. Can Moto turn it around and get its moj
Microsoft is one of the first companies to formally announce that it supports Verizon's new "any apps, any device" idea. So far other companies have remained mum on the subject. You have to wonder what members of the Open Handset Alliance thin
Holy cell towers, Batman! In a stunning announcement, Verizon Wireless has promised that customers will be able to use "any app, any device" on its network starting next year. Is this the end of the walled garden as we know it?
This one has been a long time coming. T-Mobile is the only one of the four major U.S. carriers that doesn't offer 3G data services. It bought 3G spectrum back in 2006, but has yet to get any portions of its planned 3G network up and running. Looks like that might be about to change.
The U.K.-based mobile virtual network operator is saying that in its first eight weeks of operation it just might have a valid business model after all. The MVNO offers free mobile service to 16-24 year olds. In exchange for free minutes and text-message allowances, users have to view ads on their phones. So far, up to 43 percent are actually clicking o
...Not the iPhone. It was the Motorola Razr V3. Not the new version of the Razr, mind you, but the ancient version of the Razr that used to be a trendsetter. My question is, should it really count as a "sale" when people are not actually paying for the phone?
Another day, another study. This one comes from the Australasian Journal of Clinical Environmental Medicine and says that the signals spewing from the Wi-Fi router in your office can trap certain metals within brain cells and increase the chances your kids will develop autism.
So much for winning all those shiny customer service awards. In a bad customer service moment that smacks of something Sprint did recently, T-Mobile decided to kick 600 customers to the curb. Their offense? Roaming in areas without T-Mobile network coverage too often.
Vodafone is going on the offensive against competitor T-Mobile in Germany. It filed an injunction against T-Mobile claiming that the iPhone's sales terms, which require a two-year contract with T-Mobile, are a no-no. The German court sided with Vodafone and is now forcing T-Mobile to change its iPhone sales practices.
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but ugly is ugly no matter how you look at it. If you've ever been so unfortunate as to lay eyeballs on any of these devices, you probably came away blinded. Here are ten smartphones that should never have made it off the paper they were sketched on.
Due to the rising tide of customer complaints, T-Mobile has halted sales of the troubled Motorola Sidekick Slide. T-Mobile issued a statement late yesterday explaining how the customer-service-friendly carrier is trying to make amends.
For lovers of notebook applications, it just became a little bit easier to share notes between your mobile device and your computer. Google's Notebook application is the most recent addition to the mobilized versions of Google services and every note you add from your mobile phone is automagically available from any browser without the need to sync.
The hotspot will range from Times Square all the way up to Central Park, and stretch between 6th and 8th Avenues. CBS is providing access to the network for free, as long as you don't mind watching a few ads here and there. Will this succeed where other muni-Wi-Fi efforts fa
If you're disappointed by some of the features not found on the iPhone, time will cure your ills. According to comments made recently by an Apple spokesperson, the Cupertino firm plans to add more functionality over the coming months.
Boasting many of the same specs as the company's popular N95, Nokia brought forth its latest multimedia computer: The N82 (queue heavenly beams of light and angelic chorus). Its feature set is endless, but at $662 will American buyers bite?
I assume by now everyone has checked out the video demos of Google's Android platform. If not, you can watch them here. One thing I noticed about the slick user interface is that it marches right past S60's usability. What can S60 do to prevent Google from eroding its market share?
Motorola's entrance to T-Mobile's SideKick family of messaging devices is not producing the intended good vibes. Instead, users across the Web are reporting power outages and hard resets when the Slide's slide is slid.
The Taiwanese mobile handset maker has been on fire lately. Not only has it released some innovative new Windows Mobile-based smartphones in recent months, it also is on track to deliver two or three Android-powered handsets next year.
What good are Monday mornings without serving up some fantastical new rumor? Today's tasty dish? Google is looking to buy Sprint. Why would Google do such a thing? To get its hands on Sprint's WiMax spectrum and avoid the FCC 700 MHz auction altogether.
The iPhone hacking community must have every line of code in the iPhone and iPod Touch memorized at this point. Mere hours after Apple made the 1.1.2 firmware update available, they were able to best the new lockdown and open the iPod Touch right back up to third-party apps.
Sprint and Clearwire cited several reasons for putting the kibosh on the two companies' planned WiMax network venture. Among them, last month's departure of Sprint CEO Gary Foresee and the overall complexities of wrangling out the details. Is this a deathblow for WiM
Pandora lets users search for customized music which is served up to them via a personalized radio station. It costs a whopping $9 per month to get it on your AT&T mobile phone. And because it uses data to stream music to your handset, AT&T recommends that users tack on a $20 unlimited wireless data plan. Who is going to pay $29 per month for a wireless music servic
For every guy who's ever gotten lost with a significant other in the car and refused to ask for directions for fear of looking stupid, salvation is at hand. Now you can get them on the sly at the gas pump. If you're driving to McDonald's, that is.
Over The Air took a few moments to ask Qualcomm's Vicki Mealer, senior director of product management, QIS, a few questions about Google's Android mobile platform. On the whole, Qualcomm is positive about Android's potential.
Fellow InformationWeek blogger Alex Wolfe contends that slow wireless network speeds and shoddy browsers are to blame for the less-than-thrilling experience of browsing the Web from a smartphone. That got me
Of the seamingly few companies not included in yesterday's Android invasion was the world's largest maker of cell phones, Nokia. Yesterday, the company said it didn't think the new open mobile platform from Google was a threat. Today it changed its tune a bit.
The big guys of the modern cellular industry were all quick to weigh in on Google's Android platform. The consensus? A mix between stifled yawns, indifference and a lack of real concern that Google threatens their modern mobile empires. Is that a safe attitude?
The participants of today's conference call could not have been any clearer. Each of the speakers said "improve the consumer experience" multiple times in their little speeches. So what is this new mobile platform really for?
In what is sure to ignite another outcry against Apple, the latest firmware update for the iPhone will -- you guessed it -- wipe out access to third-party applications and wireless networks other than AT&T's. Again.
Nokia was dealt a double blow today when two of its planned Internet Services products met with setbacks. The delay in launching its N-Gage gaming service isn't too severe, but the loss of Warner's catalog from the Nokia Music Store is more serious.
I guess Google couldn't wait two weeks to spill the beans. It appears that Google is prepared to make an announcement on Monday regarding its plans in the mobile space, and sources say Sprint, T-Mobile and a bunch of handset makers will be involved.
Wi-Fi is the wireless workhorse that has become the go-to solution for freeing enterprise workers from their desks. Fully 73% of all businesses in North America will adopt Wi-Fi by 2011, with only 17% connecting with 3G and 11% connecting with WiMax.
While Google may be in what some have called "advanced talks" with carriers Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile, an insider stated that there is no deal about to be announced.