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posted in March 2007
Software provider Firethorn is providing the engine behind AT&T/Cingular's and Verizon Wireless's recently announced mobile banking programs. Will consumers really use their cell phones to do their banking?
How did an MVNO start-up with only 100,000 subscribers pass up the big boys such as Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile at CTIA Wireless? By announcing the only truly innovative product at show, the Helio Ocean. The unofficial "Best of CTIA 2007 Award" definitely goes to Helio.
Every person I spoke with at CTIA Wireless this week in Orlando, Fla., was disappointed with the show. The reasons varied from person to person, but the overall lack of enthusiasm was felt across the board. Foot traffic seemed slow on the show floor all three days, and there was simply no industry-changing announcements made. Is the pace of innovation slowing?
Mobile network operators will soon have one more weapon in the their arsenal to blanket every last square inch of the US with network coverage. First was the general macro network environment. Then, as people realized that the macro network doesn't always penetrate large buildings or reach high into the sky and fill office towers with signal, the picocell evolved. Now, for those who have weak coverage at remote office or home locations, the femtocell is beginning to see some early light in the m
If there was any sort of theme at CTIA this year, it was that music is in. Many of the phones announced at the show are aimed at the mid-tier music lover, rather than the high-end business user. I guess the wireless industry thinks we're not getting enough of our groove on.
Yesterday evening at CTIA Wireless, Kyocera invited a select group of tech journalists to a small cocktail reception with the express purpose of showing off its new direction. Based on the short presentations from its marketing and design heads, its evident that Kyocera wants to reinvent itself and start standing toe to toe with the bigger, mor
The incredible lack of smartphones at this year's CTIA is beyond disappointing. However, there were a few Windows-powered devices announced for the US market from HTC , which seems to be holding the lone banner of enterprise mobility at CTIA Wireless 2007.
Nokia has been hard at work behind the scenes to realign its business strategy in the US market to gain some traction with US carriers and consumers. After speaking to a Nokia rep today at CTIA Wireless, it's evident that they do indeed want to succeed here.
Today at CTIA Wireless, Palm announced that it is providing an update for Windows Mobile users of the Treo 750. The update includes Windows Mobile 6 and a software key to upgrade the radio to HSDPA speeds.
The CTIA Wireless show had its unofficial kick-off last night at the Mobile Focus event at Orlando's Peabody Hotel. There was a surprising lack of news from the mini-show floor, and there wasn't even any good industry gossip. What gives?
Yesterday Nokia finally released its fully featured flagship phone, the N95. It may not have a touch screen and slick Apple GUI, but the N95 is as close to an iPhone killer as you're going to get. Its drool-worthy spec list checks off every major functionality a so-called "multimedia computer" should have, including the Symbian Series 60 3rd Edition operating system, a 5-megapixel
Remember the hullabaloo that was made over Verizon Wireless' V Cast Mobile TV service a few weeks ago? The second-largest U.S. carrier began offering its mobile TV service in select markets on one handset beginning March 1. Today, it made the second mobile TV-capable handset available, the LG vx9400, for $200. Too bad Verizon didn't m
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When Microsoft launched Windows Mobile 6 back in February, it also renamed the different versions of the software. Now, rather than actually describing what specific device they're for, the names are vague and confusing: Standard, Professional, and Classic. Find out why.
Bankers, mobile network operators, and retailers have all come together to offer a text message-based payment program to the citizens of Belgium. Unlike near-field communication, which requires a handset equipped with an NFC short-range radio, this program will let every cell phone user complete Post a Comment
Yahoo expanded the number of handsets that can use its oneSearch service to more than 85% of mobile phones in the United States. The search function is available on Yahoo's mobile web page or through its Yahoo! Go pla
Even though Nokia maintained its overall lead with 56.4% of the worldwide market for smartphones, ABI Research is predicting that the Symbian-based share of smartphones will decline in coming years.
If you've ever broken your phone at a time when you're not eligible for the subsidized price, you quickly realize that phones cost a lot more than the zero to $100.00 that most people spend on them. An NTT DoCoMo board member recently recommended that his company follow South Korea's recent move away from subsidies, meaning c
So, Slick, you went out and invested in some flashy smartphone so you can do productive things like check hoops scores; read the latest Britney, Lindsay, and Paris gossip; and, oh yeah, receive work e-mails, too. That's great. You rock. Now, what are you going to do to keep your new purchase safe from the dangerous world out there? Here are a handful of ideas to prevent your smartphone from becoming a casualty of the business environment.
An unidentified SK Telecom subscriber opened his bill one month to discover $1,059 (10 million won) worth of overage charges on his wireless data service. Apparently he thought "unlimited" actually meant "unlimited" and proceeded to munch his way through 4 Gbytes of data (equivalent to 20,000 news pages) in a single month. His plan actually had a monthly cap of 1 Gbyte. In response SK Telecom is going to prepare an al
Well, OK, only a handful of about 115,000 former subscribers. The $160 will be disbursed to disgruntled ex-Cingular customers who filed a massive lawsuit against the company. Cingular settled with the California Public Utilities Commission for $18.5 million yesterday and will pay out the reimbursements within 60 days.
a la Mobile has developed a new version of its mobile Linux stack that will make voice over IP (VoIP) calling a possibility for dual-mode Wi-Fi / GSM converged handsets.
For $1.99 per month, Verizon Wireless customers who also subscribe to TiVo digital video recorder (DVR) services will be able to use their Get It Now-enabled mobile phones to access the TiVo user interface remotely and record their favorite shows. Now they needn't miss a minute of American Idol.
The promise of fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) is real. Analysts suggest dual-mode telephony could save businesses up to 30% on their annual telecom bills. Too bad the U.S. carriers aren't on board with the idea yet.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) said that the industry has accepted draft 2.0 of the 802.11n spec, and is hopeful that the faster wireless LAN standard will be ratified as soon as September. It's about time!
Sprint Nextel and the Kansas City, Kan., public school district are thinking of the children. The two organizations worked together to install GPS-enabled mobile phones in the school district's fleet of school buses, which can now be monitored in real-time via computer. Cool or creepy?
Analysts are doubtful. They cite the high price point as one major barrier. And even though the worldwide market for smartphones swelled by 42% to 80.5 million devices in 2006 (which is just a drop in the overall cell phone bucket), for Apple to
The remodeled Cingular store opening in Houston boasts some ideas that are eerily reminiscent of Apple's retail stores. It has seven different stations spread throughout its 5,000 square feet that focus on specific product suites that AT&T offers, including entertainment, gaming, music, messaging and more.
I'll ask the same thing I asked when RIM offered up a White BlackBerry Pearl: Is this necessary? Don't get me wrong, I am all for choice. The more options we have to select from, the better. Even though the Pearl is the fashionable BlackBerry, I have to wonder what IT department is really going to purchase 100 red ones for it
Dan Jones over at Unstrung is reporting that Google has 100 people working on a new mobile phone. The effort, spearheaded by ex-Danger founder Andy Rubin, would be Google's first foray into the mobile hardware space.
The wireless unit of AT&T announced today that it will soon be offering World Wrestling Entertainment content, including (WWE) videos, wallpapers, ringtones, graphics and more, to its subscribers. I think we can all breathe a little easier knowing that mankind has hit its zenith. What more could we want out of life but to view wrestling matches on our mobile phones? It's all downhill from here.
It couldn't have a more unwieldy name: Yahoo Go for Mobile 2.0 for Windows Mobile. Whatever it's called, the mobile search platform rife with widgets and quick access to local information is now available to users of select Windows Mobile devices.
You know how Microsoft and Apple occasionally offer updates or patches to their operating systems and other software? Well, phone manufacturers post updates to their phones
Thomas Claburn reported on a study that says Internet use in January 2007 was 10% higher than January 2006. Most of the growth came from emerging market regions such as China and India, but the study didn't say anything about what percentage of new Internet users are experiencing the Web only through mobile phones.
If you thought mobility was a passing phase, think again. A new research report noted that the market for mobile technology was $55.6 billion in 2005, $63.5 billion in 2006, and is enjoying a compound annual growth rate of 7%. At that rate, the mobile market will broach $88.9 billion in just 4 years. Care for a piece of mobile pie?
Everyone probably knows how frustrating it is to be stuck out of the office without access to a vital file that's sitting on your home or work PC. It's even more frustrating when you're on the go and there's no way to dial into your company's VPN. Looking to keep you from pulling your hair out, a new partnership between WebEx and SoonR will allow you to Post a Comment
The BlackBerry email device maker said it will restate $250 million in earnings, lowering profits, after an internal investigation found irregular practices of backdating stock option<
The nation's two largest mobile network operators upped the competitive ante and go toe-to-toe with revamped SMS/MMS bundling options this week. Both carriers are offering new rates and message allotments.
A Forbes magazine editor attempted to give up his BlackBerry for one week. He didn't last 48 hours. A spate of articles have called the wireless email device as addictive as hard drugs, going so far as to blame it for wrecked marriages and worse. When I switched jobs last summer I was without a BlackBerry for a month. I can tell you it
The results of a European study released last month at 3GSM showed that many mobile TV subscribers switched off the service. Users complained of the high cost and spotty quality. Granted, the technology over there is different. Many providers use the DVB-H standa
According to quarterly results posted from Sprint, it is losing its valuable postpay customers even though it has a high-speed 3G EV-DO Rev. A (i.e., fast) wireless network up and running across wide swaths of the US. During the same quarter, T-Mobile, which currently operates a GPRS/E