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3Q Handset Shipments

February 27, 2007 10:17 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Motorola says its global handset market share stands at 19 percent, up one percentage point from the second quarter and 5.5 percentage points from a year ago. That compares to Nokia's 33 percent global market share.

Breakdown of a Capex Budget

February 27, 2007 10:17 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Sure, the majority of a carrier's capital expenditure budget goes toward network equipment, but what about the remainder of the funds? The rest goes toward land and building purchases, software systems and non-revenue-generating equipment. Analysts at Stephens Inc. estimate buildings/land purchases make up 14 percent of a carrier's budget, while leasehold improvements account for 3 percent.

Cell Phone Answers a Higher Calling

February 27, 2007 10:17 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

Some cellular users practically worship their phones. Now a new handset promises to help users worship with their phones. Samcom, a fledgling company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has unveiled a cell phone that can literally point devout Muslim users to the holy city of Mecca. Marketed under the brand name Ilkone – which in Arabic means "universe" – the company is hoping the

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Content Guru Takes On Adviser Role

February 27, 2007 10:17 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

If there were a Hall of Fame for mobile entertainment executives, Paul Palmieri would most likely be an inductee. During his tenure as executive director of business development and programming for Verizon Wireless, he was the go-to guy that every aspiring wireless content company wanted to meet. Among his many accomplishments, Palmieri helped architect Verizon's V CAST multimedia service and i

Tagging the Detail Devil

February 27, 2007 10:17 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

RFID technology's great promise is it will lead to highly efficient, automated wireless networks that can track goods and assets down to the tiniest details. But a devil lurks in those details – in fact, the devil is the details. Retail, consumer goods and shipping businesses adopting RFID asset tracking schemes are now facing the flood of detailed data these systems can generate, and the

Enterprises Gain Upper Hand for E-mail

February 27, 2007 10:17 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Palm's decision to link up with the BlackBerry solution by Research In Motion (RIM) has broader implications for wireless e-mail and its providers than a simple partnership. It is one example of how enterprises are gaining an upper hand. The handset manufacturer announced in October that its Treo 650 will be enabled for use with the BlackBerry push-e-mail platform, which has more than 3 million

Subscription Fatigue?

February 27, 2007 10:16 pm | by Rhonda Wickham, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

During a recent Wireless Week BigTalk, Mark Donovan, vice president and senior analyst of M:Metrics, discussed subscription fatigue with regard to mobile TV. If a subscriber is paying to receive cable TV at home, are they going to be willing to pay again to get that feature on their mobile devices? It's a legitimate question that can be answered two ways.

Internal Antenna Craze

February 27, 2007 10:16 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Unbeknownst to most cell phone users, strategically placed and buried within their handsets are two to three antennas. These internal antennas each serve a purpose, whether it's to lock-in a signal with the closest cell site, find a location using GPS or enable Bluetooth short-range connectivity. Some handsets even have multiple antennas just for cellular connectivity alone.

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S.D. Court Okays Tax Repeal Vote

February 27, 2007 10:16 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

In early August, the South Dakota Supreme Court handed wireless carriers a novel tool that could be used in their campaign to roll back local and state wireless taxes. The ruling allows South Dakota residents to decide whether to repeal a 3-year-old, 4-percent wireless gross receipt tax. A group of wireless carriers and private individuals spearheaded the effort to get the repeal on the Novembe

News Briefs for September 8, 2005

February 27, 2007 10:14 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Fiberlink Communications Corporation, GigaBeam Corporation, Gearworks, PCTEL, Tropos Networks, Diversinet Corporation, Gemplus and LGC Wireless.

Vodafone Adds 4.1M New Customers

February 27, 2007 10:14 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Vodafone posted a 35 percent increase in subscriber additions during the first quarter, to push its customer base past 165 million, the operator says.

Verizon, Dell Deliver EV-DO to Laptops

February 27, 2007 10:13 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless inked a deal to ensure its 1X EV-DO service is available on select Dell laptops from the get go. The companies forged a pact to enable Dell to sell Verizon's EV-DO PC card directly to its customers.

Mywireless Makes Federal Case

February 27, 2007 10:13 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES-CTIA's not-for-profit group, set up to fire grassroots movements against state taxes, is now focusing its efforts on fighting federal taxes and facilitating new telecommunications laws, says the group's executive director Kim Kuo.

Short Code Use at Tipping Point

February 27, 2007 10:13 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES-Common short codes (CSCs) are moving into the world of big-time marketing with increasing speed. The codes, which provide carriers with a short series of numbers that allow wireless customers to send text messages, are becoming valuable marketing tools for big consumer brands, says Mark Smith, vice president of Neustar's mobile marketing group.

Medis Addresses Battery Recalls

February 27, 2007 10:13 pm | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES-Public battery issues such as those experienced by Dell and Apple should be a red flag for the industry, says Robert Lifton, chairman and CEO of Medis Technologies. It is an unfortunate byproduct of pushing the envelope of battery performance to meet the ever-increasing demands from mobile devices, he says.

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