Starting today, Boost Mobile customers will be able to download and play location-based GPS games on their mobile phones.
The fate of Siemens handset unit finally has been determined. Siemens decided to sell the division to Taiwan's BenQ Corporation, which will end Siemens search for a joint venture partner.
BellSouth is ready to jump into the world of WiMAX. The company plans to launch a wireless broadband service based on the technology in Georgia this August.
Back in October of 2001 the Apple iPod turned the music player market on its ear. From its first day, it did everything right – intuitiveness, ease of use, unique design. Besides being sleek and cool, the iPod was easy for customers to pick up and begin using. Although proprietary, iTunes simplified the music-buying experience, something that serves as a model for music phones today.
It's not easy being an MVNO, but that's not stopping bold newcomers from breaking onto the scene. Take XE Mobile. The flirtatiously named MVNO (think sexy), run by 24-year-old CEO Mark Ghermezian, launched last year to a youth market already dominated by the likes of Virgin Mobile USA, Amp'd Mobile and Helio.
Next-generation networks (NGNs) mean different things to different people. In the fixed world, NGNs are an evolution from voice calls on circuit-switched networks to packet-based networks capable of delivering voice, data, video and other media. On the other hand, mobile operators typically think of NGNs as post-3G wireless networks capable of providing high-capacity services at broadband speeds. [Cover photo courtesy of VisualMedia.]
Tracking People, Places & Things Beginning in October 2006, American passports will be fitted with RFID that will hold a digital photo of the traveler as well as other required passport information. Anyone who applies for a new passport or who renews an existing passport after this time will receive the new RFID-equipped passport.
The bland but growing machine-to-machine (M2M) communications industry often has difficulty making itself known in a wireless industry where carrier success is measured by average revenue per user (ARPU) and handsets are the leading device. Wall Street measures carrier performance primarily by ARPU, a measure focusing on usage by individual subscribers.
As the FCC moves through a transitory period under new Chairman Kevin Martin, big wireless carriers are warming to the chairman's notion of a new homeland security bureau at the agency. The idea of forming a homeland security bureau, which Martin had been considering last summer, gained additional momentum with Hurricane Katrina and communications companies' response to that crisis.
Small operators have a special set of challenges when it comes to their handset portfolios. Their customers want the same enticing devices that are offered by the big nationwide operators, but Tier 3 carriers typically can't get those devices – at least, not until months after they appear on the shelves and Websites of their large operator counterparts.
Wireless Week and other publications have written extensively about muni Wi-Fi. These networks do seem to be the new rage. I wrote a series of commentaries (www.4mobility.com) in which I pointed out how unrealistic these systems are when it comes to the number of access points, in-building coverage and other issues.
Location-based services (LBS) solutions provider Xora is getting together with Garmin International to provide a new navigation technology.
InnoPath Software unveiled a suite of software products designed to let cell phones adapt to new technologies.
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So, where can an acceleration-addicted German turn when living away from the exhilarating, speed-limitless autobahn? For Carsten Brinkschulte, founder and CEO of Synchronica, the answer is simple: go-cart racing. Brinkschulte says his fascination with go-carts started at a very early age. While vacationing with his family in Spain and Portugal, he discovered public tracks that rented cars R