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Patent Squabbles Stifle Innovation

February 27, 2007 10:00 pm | by Rhonda Wickham, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Last week's tsk-tsk-ing of court judge James Spencer notwithstanding, the Research In Motion (RIM) vs. NTP saga continues to grumble along. It has been five long years that this case has tied up the courts and caused hesitation among enterprises. I have mused many times in my print column that this is a simple game

Sprint Picks San Diego for First Rev A Launch

February 27, 2007 9:59 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel customers in San Diego will be the first to experience the carrier’s commercial EV-DO Revision A service, which is available today.

Lucent Rises on 4Q Results

February 27, 2007 9:58 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Shares in Lucent Technologies were up today after the company reported fourth-quarter net income of $371 million, or 7 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $79 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2006.

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Leap Hits 2 Million Mark

February 27, 2007 9:58 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International is on a roll. The carrier says it has hit the 2 million-customer mark.

Cingular Contributes to BellSouth Results

February 27, 2007 9:58 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

As expected, Cingular Wireless was a big contributor to BellSouth’s third-quarter results. BellSouth announced third-quarter 2006 earnings per share from continuing operations of 58 cents, up 31.8 percent compared to last year.

TI Revenue Up, Outlook Lower

February 27, 2007 9:58 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

It was a mixed bag for Texas Instruments (TI). The chipmaker reported third-quarter revenue of $3.76 billion, up 13 percent from the same quarter a year ago, reflecting one of the best quarters in TI’s history. But the outlook doesn’t look quite so good.

Embarq Enters More Markets

February 27, 2007 9:58 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Embarq is introducing its Smart Connect service to more markets. The service, which allows calls to move between a business’ wireless and wireline networks without interruptions, is now available in Fayetteville, N.C.; Ft. Myers, Fla.; and Mansfield, Ohio.

Verizon Wireless: Carrier Delivers a Personal Best

February 27, 2007 9:55 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

It's not No. 1 in terms of subscriber numbers – yet. But Verizon Wireless made enough inroads in 2005 to give it a realistic chance of grabbing that title. What the carrier did in 2005 was manage to cover about 150 million POPs with its EV-DO service, which delivers about 10 times the throughput performance of the previous 1X technology.

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Parlez-vous Alcatel/Lucent?

February 27, 2007 9:55 pm | by Rhonda Wickham, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Will the Alcatel/Lucent merger happen? As of press time, the answer was "Who knows?" The Alcatel board was scheduled to meet to discuss this merger of "unequals" as this issue is going to press. I think this deal is too close to call, but I'm beginning to doubt its viability in the real world. From strictly within wireless circles, this marriage could be beneficial.

Voices Carry

February 27, 2007 9:55 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Wireless carriers now have the networks to provide all manner of rich media, including streaming video, full-track downloads and online games. Cell phones are becoming mini-computers capable of acting like MP3 players and tiny TV sets. In fact, handset decks are starting to look like regular Web pages, but they're a whole lot harder to navigate.

Industry Grapples with Smartphone Security

February 27, 2007 9:55 pm | by Margo McCall | News | Comments

It's a cat-and-mouse game that personal computer users know all too well. A new trojan or worm is loosed upon the world and out comes a phalanx of software patches and antivirus software updates to keep it from spreading. Although that level of vigilance isn't considered necessary yet for smartphones, the situation is expected to quickly change once adoption of mobile phones with open operating

Sprint Music Store: Making Headway with Music Downloads

February 27, 2007 9:55 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Will they or won't they? When it comes to downloading full-track songs over the air to mobile devices, carriers and industry pundits have long debated whether consumers will pay a premium to get their songs delivered wirelessly. The answer is much clearer today, thanks to early inroads made by Sprint's Music Store.

WiMedia Fast-Tracks UWB Standardization

February 27, 2007 9:55 pm | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

The WiMedia Alliance has enlisted Ecma International to establish the WiMedia multiband orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (MB-OFDM) ultrawideband (UWB) radio platform as the worldwide UWB standard. The core components of Ecma’s task, according to a WiMedia Alliance spokeswoman, will be policy, MAC and PHY level rules.

News Briefs for September 12, 2005

February 27, 2007 9:55 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Handmark, SmartVideo Technologies, SBG Global, Azimuth Systems, CallWave, Market Hardware, Palm, Movistar, Borland Software Corporation, Verizon Wireless, Qpass, Retriever Payment Systems, VeriFone Holdings, Perfisans Networks Corporation and IT Global Solutions.

Saving the Day with I-Play

February 27, 2007 9:54 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

“24’s” Jack Bauer isn’t playing games, but rather is the game. Mobile entertainment company I-play has released “24: Agent Down” on handsets – the sequel to the original “24” game. Once again, gamers work with Jack Bauer and his CTU operatives using high-tech gadgets and brain power to save the world.

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