Come Super Bowl Sunday, as more than 100,000 visitors descend on the Motor City, Verizon Wireless wants to make sure each and every one of its customers can make that mid-game call to ticketless friends from their seats inside Ford Field.
Intrado, Lamar Cellular, Blue Wireless, Comverse, Optus, Airwide Solutions, Airmedia, Cellular One, Extricom, Motorola, HelloSoft, Cingular Wireless, J.D. Power and Associates, RF Micro Devices, AirNet Communications Corporation, Analog Devices, Telenity, TeleCommunications Systems, Reuters, Daniels & Associates, Alltel, Chinook Wireless, Dobson Cellular Systems, Globicom Wireless, Highland Cellular, Leap Wireless, Silicon Laboratories and Open Base Station Architecture Initiative.
Visto Corporation raised $51 million in financing, which the company plans to leverage to increase its subscriber base. Along with the funding news, Visto announced the appointment of America Online's former chief to its board.
Game publisher Namco Networks is growing its game portfolio by partnering with Japanese publisher M-Mode, which is known for its large catalog of casual games.
Couple a well-known brand with a time-sensitive application and the result will likely be a winner.That’s the strategy behind Mapquest Mobile, a direction application based on the popular Mapquest Web site and published by Zingy.
Reality TV is hittingthe mobile channel.GoTV Networks and Zingy have teamed to produce “Primped,” a reality series featuring Vida Guerra, the Cuban-born model and video star featured on the current cover of “Playboy” magazine.
Cingular Video—the mobile video service Cingular launched last spring in its UMTS/HSDPA markets—is increasing its content portfolio. The mobile video service now will feature MTV content and will have the first HBO mobisode based on the popular “Entourage” series.
Evidently I hit a nerve when I noted the growing number of departures of key carrier content executives to mobile entertainment firms in the June 30 issue of this e-newsletter. I received notes from some of those former carrier executives (one even promised to tell me the real reason behind his departure—off the record, of course).
WASHINGTON-While some FCC commissioners and wireless carriers still long for a more complete overhaul of universal service fund (USF) reform, today the agency adopted some interim modifications that look to smooth the way.
Virgin Mobile USA is launching new payment options in an effort to deliver more choice to its customer base. The MVNO will now allow customers to pay by the minute or by the month, without having to commit to a long-term contract.
Samsung plans to take on the Motorola RAZR and other slim handset offerings with its line of "Ultra Edition" slim handsets. The handset unveilings came at CommunicAsia 2006, where the company also announced its convergence initiative.
Following in the footsteps of several other wireless players that secured funding this week, IXI Mobile, Navini Networks and WisperTel all announced newly secured financing.
Airborne Entertainment, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Qualcomm, Longcheer Technology, Research and Markets, BlueAnt Wireless, Tricastmedia, One Voice Technologies, Cellular 29 Plus, Lyrix Wireless, Northwest Missouri Cellular, Fujitsu Network Communications, BelAir Networks, Red Bend Software, ViaSat, Enerdyne Technologies and Acacia Research Corporation.
U.K. telecom provider Pipex Communications is joining forces with Intel Capital to form a joint venture focused on the advancement of WiMAX-based services in the U.K.