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posted in September 2007
Sprint and Verizon Wireless each announced versions of the Novatel USB727 wireless modem. Normally AirCards aren't all that exciting (they just ain't sexy), but this one has a built-in microSD slot. Bingo! Instant sex appeal.
Not only has Verizon Wireless been lobbying the FCC to change the open access rules agreed to for the upcoming 700 MHz auction, but it actually sued the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals and called the rules unconstitutional. This week, FCC Chairman
This time it's Disney's family-centric MVNO that's calling it quits. By the looks of things, it appears as if 2007 is the year of death for MVNOs. Is the MVNO a doomed business model?
The most striking aspect of Palm's new gadget is that it is absolutely tiny. Palm CEO Ed Colligan's hand dwarfed it at today's press conference at the Digital Life show in NYC. Not only is it tiny, it is positively a consumer-focused device.
If you're not already using a phone that has a touch screen, the chances are higher that you will be next year, when ABI predicts over 100 million touch screen-based phones will ship. That's about 1 of every 10 mobile phones.
The two companies have invited journalists and analysts to a special press conference tomorrow a la Apple style to announce Palm's latest smartphone. Is Palm shooting itself in the foot or finally on a roll?
The new wireless modem will help bridge 3G and 4G technologies and eventually find its way into electronics, including mobile phones.
I'm not. And I don't blame them, either. When you buy an iPhone, you implicitly agree to a legal contract in order to use it. Why should they support you if you decide to break the contract?
Whether you think MySpace is a time waster or a truly innovative social networking platform, it is now going to be available from mobile devices for free.
The ad-supported "free" mobile service in the U.K. is officially launching today after a long ramp-up period. Blyk is taking the MVNO in a new direction with its free services, but is this business model feasible?
If you've ever used a Palm Treo or iPhone, you might agree that one of the best features is threaded SMS. Long missing from Nokia devices, S60 developers have finally kicked out a threaded SMS program called Conversations. The beta is free to download starting today.
...If any carriers agree to provide it. It looks as though the MTA is going to allow a company called Transit Wireless to put up a network in the city's subway stations, but none of the major carriers has ponied up any cash for their service to be available underground.
Whoa! Hold the horses, Batman! Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin and Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg were discussing future plans and Sarin spilled the beans that the two companies will use LTE as their 4th generation wireless networks.
Sprint and its WiMAX partners recently spoke to analysts and were bullish on the pace of their WiMAX network roll-outs for 2008. They failed to mention, however, if their test markets will be up and running on schedule later this year.
A new service being bowed by Verizon Wireless today offers VPN-esque security. It is called the Verizon Wireless Private Network. So, is that VWPN?
According to shadowy "Taiwanese handset makers", Google is definitely building a mobile phone. The details, little things such as the hardware specs and operating system, are still reportedly being worked out. Furthermore, Google can't decide if it is going with an EDGE device or wait for 3G.
Sprint and Microsoft put their strategic partnership to use and developed a new search platform for Sprint subscribers. It ties together Live Search, LBS services and voice-based search to provide better local search results.
At today's "Mum is no longer the word" press conference held in London, Steve Jobs announced that O2 will be carrying the iPhone in the United Kingdom. Too bad there's no 3G on board, or anything else new.
Called Airave, the femtocell hardware and associated service will give Sprint subscribers enhanced cellular coverage in their homes or home offices.
According to some recent snooping around by Juniper Research, mobile dating services will bring in a hefty $1 billion from the lovelorn by 2010.
Now that we can use our Sprint phones to make online retail purchases, I can imagine Americans' credit card debt racking up faster than ever. Do we need to be able to buy things from our phones?
Qualcomm itself still may not import its own chips into the U.S., but its partners can. This is good news for several handset manufacturers and network operators.
At long last. It may not look all that svelte, but the Treo 500v, announced today for Vodafone in Europe, is a small first step for Palm in resurrecting itself.
Want to secure your mobile employees and protect against breaches? Here are a few quick tips.
According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, sales of the iPhone have climbed from 9,000 per day at the $600 price point to 27,000 per day at $400 a pop. But can the iPhone keep it up?
RIM has aggregated a host of BlackBerry software on a new Web site. Everything from news to navigation is available for download in what looks like an attempt to remind people that they can do more with their BlackBerries than just check e-mail.
For lovers of the UMPC, good news. OQO revised some of the specs of its model 02 handtop computer, and they include faster processors and EV-DO Rev. A wireless data. Oh yeah, they also dropped the price to a totally low $1,299.
Apple recently agreed to license InterDigital's wireless technology. The deal is worth $56 million and under the initial terms set by the two companies will last for seven years. Is a 3G version of the iPhone in the works?
Various sites on the Internet are reporting that BlackBerry users are experiencing trouble for the second time in 5 months.
A new study from Amsterdam contradicts earlier findings and details how newer cell phones negatively interfere with bedside medical equipment.
Steve Jobs just posted an open letter to early iPhone adopters on the Apple Web site. In it, he offers everyone who paid the original $599 and $499 price tags of the iPhone a $100 credit at any Apple Store or the Apple Online Store.
At long last, HP redesigned its mobile product lineup and lifted the curtain on a batch of new business-class smartphones, PDAs and navigators.
Are you steamed that you paid $599 for an iPhone? Steve Jobs has one thing to say to you: "That's technology."
Mobile phones may be verboten once the cabin door shuts, but nothing will stop citizen journalist travelers from reporting the conditions at airports in the U.S. with new moblogging tools.
Seriously. It was a disaster waiting to happen. Now the question is, can Palm refocus its team on creating the next-generation of smartphones?
Can the almighty Google's second mobile payment plan challenge existing mobile payment programs? Probably.
Rather than unlock iPhones for a fee, iPhoneSIMfree has decided to sell its services wholesale to so-called resellers for $1,800, who can then unlock up to 50 iPhones. But what legal pitfalls await both reseller and purchaser?