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.
Zingy unveiled a beta version of its new web storefront, which has been designed to allow the mobile media company to further its direct-to-consumer (D2C) initiative.
Glu Mobile, iFone, Everypoint, Yahoo!, Danger Inc., Rave Wireless, CellStar Corporation, Pod2Mobile, ADC, Aperto Networks, Pulse Mobile, Viper Networks, Verizon Wireless, NTT DoCoMo, Forty Three Kix, Cingular Wireless, JumpTap, Wayfinder Systems, Induslogic, Lambent and 8Bit Games.
MediaFLO is moving full speed ahead. The latest: the Qualcomm subsidiary forged a content deal with Network LIVE.
AOL is advancing its mobile search capabilities with the launch of a new service that automatically adapts Web pages for mobile screens. The company's subsidiary MapQuest also unveiled plans for a new GPS navigation service.
Sprint Nextel unveiled its first Sprint PCS Vision-enabled phone made by Motorola. Separately, Motorola is shedding its automotive electronics business to focus its efforts on the communications sector.
The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment show may be winding down today in San Francisco, but several companies in the wireless space still used the last day of the event to unveil products, deals and services.
Cingular Wireless is taking the wraps off the Nokia 9300 with BlackBerry Connect, which marks the first introduction of the BlackBerry Connect service in the United States via a third-party handset. Cingular also unveiled a 3-year deal with Syniverse Technologies.
The Street was frowning on Research In Motion (RIM) in noon-hour trading after the BlackBerry device maker reported BlackBerry subscriber growth at the low end of its forecast. Shares were down nearly 10 percent at one point, despite a jump in second-quarter profit.