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Boost Launches IM2Cell

February 27, 2007 5:04 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Boost Mobile is looking to expand the chat capabilities of its youth-oriented customer base with the launch of IM2Cell. The new service enables Boost Mobile customers to use their mobile phones to chat with friends and family signed up for AOL, MSN or Yahoo! instant messaging services - even when those friends and family members are tethered to their PCs.

Juice Wireless Squeezes More Funds

February 27, 2007 5:04 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Juice Wireless has secured $1 million in new financing. This latest round of funding comes on the heels of $4 million in funding landed in June by the mobile data applications and service provider.

China Mobile Ends Bid for Millicom

February 27, 2007 5:04 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

China Mobile and Millicom have called off their plans to merge. A completed deal would have marked the largest international entity purchased by a Chinese firm.

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News Briefs for July 5, 2006

February 27, 2007 5:04 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

GigaBeam Corporation, CircleTel Consultancies, Esmertec, MapQuest Mobile, Telephia, The Weather Channel, PT Excelcomindo Pratama, Juniper Networks, Apresta, Motorola, UMC, National Taiwan University and Alienware.

MBlox Expansion Plans, Ad Surge Expected

February 27, 2007 5:04 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

MBlox, the mobile transaction firm that handles a significant amount of U.S. SMS traffic through its gateways, has raised $25 million in equity from new investor Trident Capital and existing investors including BA Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Novus Ventures and Avanti Capital. MBlox CEO Jeff Clark sa

Napster Mobile Makes Inroads with Operators

February 27, 2007 5:04 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Smaller operators are beginning to follow the lead of the Tier 1 operators like Verizon Wireless and Sprint and debut full-song download service.  GSM operator Suncom Wireless, which provides wireless service in the southeastern U.S., announced that it will offer Napster Mobile music service—including full-song downlo

Wheels of Zeus Puts on the Brakes

February 27, 2007 5:04 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Wheels of Zeus, a startup that hit the wireless GPS scene four years ago, apparently has run out of gas. The company is closing up shop.

SBA Purchases Tower Assets

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

SBA Communications is beefing up its tower portfolio with the purchase of AAT Communications Corp., the fifth largest independent tower owner in the United States. The $1 billion deal involves $634 million in cash and 17 million shares of stock.

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FCC Starts Process for Homeland Security Bureau

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON--The FCC today began the process to establish a new bureau that will handle public safety and security issues at the agency, as well as moving to modify some spectrum use for public safety applications.

Vodafone Sells Japanese Mobile Unit

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Despite circulating reports that two buyout firms were jockeying to purchase Vodafone K.K., Vodafone Group announced a $15 billion deal to sell the Japanese mobile phone unit to SoftBank.

Lenovo Mixes in JBlend Java

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Lenovo inked a deal to deliver Aplix Corporation's JBlend Java technology to its mobile phones. Separate from the deal, Lenovo announced plans to reduce costs through the elimination of about 1,000 jobs.

FLO Forum Adopts New Wireless Specs

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

The FLO Forum ratified new specifications to ensure interoperability and compatibility to FLO-based terrestrial mobile multimedia multicast devices and transmitters, all in the name of mobile TV.

Consilient Unveils Push E-mail Solution

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Taking on the likes of Research in Motion, Visto and Good Technology in the push e-mail space, Consilient this week introduced Consilient Push, an open-standards approach to push e-mail.

Report: Telecom To Hit $1.5 Trillion In 2010

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Goodbye, telecom slump. Hello, growth. Well, at least in areas mostly outside North America and Europe. A study by Insight Research says worldwide telecom industry services revenue will grow from $1.1 trillion in 2005 to $1.5 trillion in 2010. The Asia-Pacific and Latin America Caribbean are forecasted to experience the fastest overall broadband growth, with North America and Europe lagging.

Older Crowd Catching RAZR Fever

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Initially, Motorola's RAZR V3 generated especially high interest among young adults (those between 18 and 24), and visitors from this age group represented 27 percent of total RAZR interest on Cingular.com between Nov. 10, 2004 and Dec. 31. But attention is now more evenly distributed across age segments as interest among older adults has caught up to early enthusiasm among the younger consumers.

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