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Airband Buys RedWire

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Fixed wireless service provider Airband Communications is making a play for the Southern California market with the acquisition the high-speed Internet access and Voice over IP business from VoloNet Technologies. VoloNet does business as RedWire.

Motorola Taps New Marketing Chief

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Motorola has hired a former H.J. Heinz Co. executive to lead its marketing efforts, both externally and internally. Kenneth Keller is taking up the posts of executive vice president and chief marketing officer at the handset maker.

WiSpry Attracts Funding

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Fabless semiconductor company WiSpry has secured $13.5 million in Series B funding.  The company will leverage the influx of financing to spur its next stage of growth.

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News Briefs for Oct. 17, 2006

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Visto, Symbian, Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Co., Freescale Semiconductor, Cingular Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mocana, Wi-Fi Alliance, WiMAX Forum, BSG Clearing Solutions, Riga Development, Ember, Yodlee, GigaBeam Corporation and MetroNext.

OMA Approves Industry Standard for Push to Talk over Cellular

February 27, 2007 5:28 pm | News | Comments

The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) announced the availability of OMA Push to Talk over Cellular 1.0 as an Approved Enabler Release (OMA PoC 1.0). OMA PoC 1.0 is a multiparty form of immediate communication that allows mobile phone users to engage in walkie-talkie style group conversations.

Hotel Remodel Uses InnerWireless as Standard

February 27, 2007 5:28 pm | News | Comments

To deliver on its 5-star rating, Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel is installing InnerWireless infrastructure. The hotel is the fourth Mandarin Oriental property using InnerWireless to round out the luxurious experience that its guests expect.

OFDM Standard Stalls

February 27, 2007 5:28 pm | by Brad Smith, Technology Editor | News | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) keeps having problems getting wireless standards approved.

Crisp Seals Paramount Deal

February 27, 2007 5:28 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

It’s not just a content licensing deal this time. Movie studio Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom, is teaming with Crisp Wireless on the launch of a mobile phone portal to promote theatrical and DVD releases.

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AngelMobile Creates Independent Christian Mobile Content Network

February 27, 2007 5:28 pm | News | Comments

AngelMobile, an independent media company with a single global platform, has developed an independent mobile content channel for the Hispanic Christian Family and Youth market under an alliance with AlmaVision, the largest Hispanic Christian TV network in the United States.

Tower Companies Scale Up

February 27, 2007 5:27 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

It might be called wireless Dominos. As the national carriers began consolidating in the past year, so did the tower industry. One seems to be driving the other. The merger of Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless last year and the pending merger of Sprint and Nextel Communications soon will leave only four major national carriers in the United States.

MVNO or Reseller: Blurring the Lines

February 27, 2007 5:27 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile USA is perhaps the quintessential MVNO. With its well-known brand and its segmented marketing scheme targeting teens and young adults, Virgin Mobile has succeeded remarkably in selling its prepaid wireless packages to U.S. consumers. The MVNO, which launched in July 2002, topped 3 million subscribers in February.

Operators Embrace Online Sales

February 27, 2007 5:27 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Buying a wireless device and service plan can be a complex process. Navigating the various rate plans, evaluating and activating the device and understanding the contractual requirements are cumbersome processes that make the online sales channel challenging for consumers. But as wireless penetration rates climb, consumers are becoming much more wireless savvy, and these former obstacles are no

Mobile TV Gains Ground With Carriers

February 27, 2007 5:27 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

MobiTV has landed a content contract with Cingular Wireless, while Verizon Wireless has hooked up with Twentieth Television to deliver direct-to-mobile television shows as part of its new VCAST service.

In-Fusio Acquires Thumbworks

February 27, 2007 5:27 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Consolidation among mobile game publishers continues to escalate in 2005 with the announcement that European mobile gaming heavyweight In-Fusio has acquired Thumbworks, a U.S. gaming and entertainment publisher.

LG Electronics Posts 4Q Profit

February 27, 2007 5:27 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

LG Electronics reversed a year-ago net loss, posting net profit of $139.1 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2004. Handset sales were up in the quarter, largely due to LG's performance in North America and Europe.

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