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Briefs...Mobile Content Flash E-newsletter, August 11, 2006

February 27, 2007 9:34 pm | News | Comments

Alltel Wireless,Sprint Nextel, WiderThan Company, Crisp Wireless, Leap Wireless International.

Nokia Buys Loudeye

February 27, 2007 9:33 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Nokia and Loudeye plan to make sweet music together. Nokia has acquired Loudeye, the creator of the OD2 platform, with the intention of delivering a comprehensive mobile music experience to wireless users.

McDowell Advocates Light Regulatory Touch

February 27, 2007 9:33 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON-Although newly installed FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell says the wireless industry requires a light regulatory touch, there are still some areas he feels bear watching.

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Sony Unveils Wi-Fi Entertainment Device

February 27, 2007 9:33 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Sony Electronics is giving birth to mylo, "my life online," a Wi-Fi-enabled handheld designed for instant messaging (IM) enthusiasts. The entertainment device will make its commercial debut in September.

Global Signal Suffers Wider 2Q Loss

February 27, 2007 9:33 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Site expenses weighed on Global Signal during the second quarter, causing the company to post a wider loss during the period. The communications tower provider, however, managed to boost its revenue 58 percent when compared to a year ago.

Wireless Sensor Company Secures Funds

February 27, 2007 9:33 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Wireless sensor developer Tendril raised $5.25 million in Series B funding. The company also installed a former Ember executive as its new CEO.

Chunghwa Telecom Expands 3G Network in Taiwan

February 27, 2007 9:33 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Chunghwa Telecom is calling on Nokia to extend the reach of its 3G network in Taiwan. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

News Briefs for Aug. 8, 2006

February 27, 2007 9:32 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

JiWire, Tropos Networks, Firetide, Vodafone Czech Republic, Visto Corporation, Cingular Wireless, Sonus Networks, Glenayre Technologies, Radcom, Glu Mobile and Cirronet.

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Verizon Unveils IMS Vision Team

February 27, 2007 9:32 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Everyone in the wireless telecom industry, and telecommunications in general, is talking a lot these days about convergence. That can mean convergent networks, services or applications. But wireless operators around the world are discovering that the technology behind convergence isn't necessarily ready for the real world.

Infusion No Guarantee of WiMAX Success

February 27, 2007 9:32 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

With Intel and Motorola's $900 million investment in Clearwire in July, hopes for WiMAX to become the next high-capacity, next-generation wireless technology juggernaut were high. But now analysts say the deal may only cause an initial ripple for the developing technology. With the Clearwire cash infusion – $300 million from Motorola and $600 million from Intel – mobile WiMAX, whic

Border Control: Ericsson vs. Defense Contractors

February 27, 2007 9:32 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Within the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to award a multibillion dollar contract to set up a communications network along the nation's border as part of its Secure Border Initiative (SBI). Sometimes referred to as a virtual fence, part of the network's job will be surveillance.

Terminating Early Termination Fees

February 27, 2007 9:32 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless's move to reduce or "prorate" its early termination fees (ETFs) may be far more than the simple, customer-friendly change the company makes it out to be, according to analysts. It's a studied, market-driven, competitive realignment with reverberating consequences for the carrier – as well as its competitors – in the coming months, they say.

Finding a Plug for Revenue Leakage

February 27, 2007 9:32 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Nearly all U.S. operators have embraced the off-portal sales channel as a viable and thriving alternative for consumers to buy mobile content. Typically, when a customer purchases off-deck content, it is initiated and delivered via premium SMS. Sometimes the charge for the purchase appears on the carrier bill; in other cases it is billed to a credit card.

Improving on IMS

February 27, 2007 9:32 pm | by Andrew Seybold | News | Comments

Last week, Verizon announced that along with Cisco, Lucent, Motorola, Nortel and Qualcomm, it has been working on enhancements to IMS/MMD (the IP-based backend systems being deployed in both the wired and wireless worlds). IP is meant to simplify things, make it easier to connect disparate networks and move us into the future.

VoIP on the Rise

February 27, 2007 9:32 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Telephia's "Total Communications Survey for Q2 2006" reveals that 4.1 percent of online U.S. households now subscribe to VoIP phone service. According to the survey, households subscribing to pure-play VoIP services increased from 2.2 million in Q1 to 2.9 million in Q2 2006.

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