Wireless phones are everywhere – plastered to more and more people's ears. They are loved by many, despised by some and indispensable for tens of millions of people. The widespread use of the technology has spawned bans where its use has become a distraction or deemed an annoyance. Now, however, those initial bans are getting a second look as the sheer volume of wireless phone use has tr
Mobile entertainment is a fast-growing industry segment that is finally starting to reap financial rewards as U.S. subscribers warm to ringtones, games and downloads. At the same time, the mobile content arena is maturing just as wireless carriers solidify their relationships with content aggregators, making it difficult for new players to make inroads.
European operators are witnessing an explosion of off-portal content as consumers purchase ringtones, wallpaper, games and other entertainment from sites the carriers haven't sanctioned. U.S. operators have traditionally avoided this type of business strategy because they feared losing revenue, hindering their customer relationship or jeopardizing the security of their networks by allowing infe
Without the increasing sophistication of microprocessing power now becoming available in handsets, many of the new and coming gee-whiz multimedia applications –including TV and music – would have little "gee" in them. A number of recent advances, and several on the way, cover the full range of chips found in phones, including the dual processors found on smartphones, the do-it-all c
Remember Project Angel? Back in the 1990s, it was such an "emerging technology" that even some of the engineers hired to work on the project didn't know what they were signing up for. Sometimes things come full circle. Some of the leaders of AT&T Wireless Services' Project Angel – one of the most infamous wireless local loop systems – are together again.
For the past 30 years, InterDigital Communications Corporation has built a solid business by carefully culling its patent portfolio and then licensing that technology to various manufacturing and technology firms. This strategy has been InterDigital's mainstay, but now the company is hoping to broaden its horizons and start building advanced products based on its intellectual property.
In the wireless world, old technologies never die. They just morph into new business opportunities. Take the case of Mobitex, one of the first wireless data technologies, developed largely by Ericsson nearly 20 years ago. It has been identified in the United States with a number of different companies, although they've all been using the same network.
The push toward using the Linux operating system on mobile phones keeps building.
Social networking sites - both traditional Internet communities and mobile-specific newcomers - are trying to make inroads in the mobile space right now. Similar to the Internet world, many of these mobile communities are causing some anxiety because of the potential for inappropriate content to get into the wrong han
Everyone in the industry knows that text messaging, or short messaging service (SMS), has turned into one of the biggest unplanned growth engines in wireless communications. Just a few years ago, few thought the technology would take hold in the United States, as it had in other parts of the world. Now, SMS seems to be unstoppable in its usage, both in sheer messages and in the variety of ways
Entertainment firms have long viewed wireless as an interesting marketing channel and a potential new medium for distributing their content. But lately the fervor over content, particularly video, has reached a new high as operators search for unique content that will differentiate them from their existing competitors and keep their customers from jumping ship to new players, particularly sever
Bring up certain subjects and executives at traditional operators will cringe, or offer guarded responses. Hot-button issues such as off-portal, adult content and wireless gambling are just a few topics that are still highly debated in conventional settings. But bring up those same topics with executives from an MVNO, and you may get a more candid response.
Cingular Wireless has started offering Good Technology's wireless messaging solution as a packaged product directly to its business customers, a step that provides savings benefits, support and additional choice to enterprises, the carrier says.
While SMS is still the star of the wireless messaging world, wireless instant messaging is expected to post the most revenue-related growth between 2007 and 2009, according to a new industry study.
Info-Cop's wireless communications software is now available to a wider range of law enforcement and emergency response personnel, thanks to a newly signed agreement with Research In Motion (RIM) to add Info-Cop capabilities to BlackBerry devices.