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Vodafone Pickiness: Is This the Future?

February 27, 2007 9:40 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

So it’s come to this, then. The wireless operators are going to decide what kind of phones the public will have. As if they haven’t been doing that all along.

Satanic Customer Care Rituals

February 27, 2007 9:38 pm | by Rhonda Wickham, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

If I die and go to hell, I have some ideas of what that hell might be like. It might be a convoluted trade show labyrinth with attendees packed in like sardines. In order to save my soul, I need to reach the opposite end of the convention center on time, but I can't navigate the hall or the masses. Or, hell may find me trapped on an endless customer service call for my computer – with no

DoCoMo Invests in Software Companies

February 27, 2007 9:37 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

NTT DoCoMo is looking to extend its reach in the wireless sector by upping its stake in two mobile software providers: Access and Aplix.


CEO Takes on Thriller of a Role

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

If there were an ordinary CEO of a wireless company, it wouldn't be Kenin Spivak. Spivak, chairman, president and CEO of Telemac Corporation, oversees the prepaid billing systems provider during the day, but outside the office, he might be cooking up the plot of a thriller novel or talking politics. Or he might be deflecting criticism about his latest book, "The Karasik Conspiracy," which has

Wireless Makes Health Care Inroads

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Health care providers around the world are adopting wireless telecommunications to help them monitor and even diagnose patients, both inside and outside the hospital. Hospitals in particular used to frown on wireless telecommunications, and many still have warning signs cautioning against the on-site use of cell phones.

MVNO Boom, Bust or Backlash

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Bratz doll aficionados, avid sports fans, devoted Christians, 7-11 shoppers, Spanish-speaking immigrants and urban youth. These seemingly unrelated groups of people all have something in common – a dedicated wireless service designed just for them by a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Over the past year, there has been an onslaught of MVNOs in the U.

Goodbye Wallet, Hello Phone

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

A dozen years ago in an interview with "Playboy Magazine," Bill Gates forecast a futuristic device people could carry around and use to make payments for all manner of goods and services. But the Microsoft founder got it only partly right. At the time, Gates was talking about something he called the "Wallet PC," a computer small enough to put in your pocket which could be used to buy things lik

Merchandizing Mobile Entertainment

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Taking a cue from online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores, wireless operators are looking for innovative ways to increase their mobile content sales and drive up data average revenue per user (ARPU). Subscription services, bundled offers, discounts and recommendations are all merchandise techniques being considered as the next stage in mobile entertainment sales.


Cingular Wireless: Setting the Pace with HSDPA

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

It isn't often that the cellular telecommunications industry in the United States is able to set the technological pace for the world. But that's what happened in 2005, when Cingular Wireless was the first national carrier in the world to launch high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA), the latest broadband technology for the global GSM community.

Alcatel-Lucent Closes Nortel UMTS Deal

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Nortel's UMTS business is now officially part of Alcatel-Lucent, which paid $320 million for the business and related assets. The deal was put to bed on Dec. 31.

Wireless Gaming Poised for Growth

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

3D gaming, improved handset technology and wireless broadband are among the factors that will fuel an anticipated surge in mobile gaming through 2010, according to a new study coming out of IDC. Subscription-based services present revenue opportunities for a range of companies, including handset manufacturers, game developers and service providers.

Airspan Brings WiMAX to Qatar

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Qatar Telecom turned to Airspan Networks to power a WiMAX network at its 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. Consolidated Gulf Co. (CGC) helped Airspan build and operate the network.

News Briefs for September 16, 2005

February 27, 2007 9:36 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Mobi PCS, McDonald's Corporation, Wayport, Southern Telecom, First Mile Communications, Mango Mobile, GeoWireless, Vivato, PPL Telcom, White Rock Networks and GlobeTel Communications Corporation.

Verizon Wireless Unveils New RAZR

February 27, 2007 9:34 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is expanding its Motorola RAZR offering with the introduction of the RAZR V3m. The handset supports Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music service.

Flat-Rate Messaging: No Simple Feat

February 27, 2007 9:34 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

Similar to what's occurred in the wireless voice industry, carriers increasingly are turning to flat-rate, bucket pricing for SMS and MMS services. And, in a move reminiscent of the American fast-food culture, some are stepping it up with supersized, all-you-can-eat offers. Doing so may attract customers who were leery of messaging services because they couldn't predict the monthly cost.


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