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Who Controls the Direct-to-Consumer Channel?

February 27, 2007 8:23 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Now that the direct-to-consumer channel is quickly unfolding in the United States, there is a growing concern over control. Content companies want to target consumers in a more personal way without losing their revenue share to the operators.

Will Small Developers Reap Off-Portal Rewards?

February 27, 2007 8:23 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

The direct-to-consumer channel has certainly caught the attention of most of the major mobile content companies. Nearly all have some sort of off-portal play and many are hoping to generate more mobile content sales without having to fight for top-deck placement with the mobile operators. But small development shop

Time Warner Cable Mulls Wireless Bid

February 27, 2007 8:23 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

The wireless vs. cable battle may be on the verge of heating up. Time Warner Cable hasn't decided whether or not it will make a play for wireless spectrum, but the company is setting itself up - just in case it decides to enter a bid at the upcoming FCC wireless auction.

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Leap Prepares for FCC Auction

February 27, 2007 8:23 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International unveiled plans to sell $250 million in common stock, in part to prepare for the FCC's upcoming wireless license auction. The company also reported strong first-quarter results, posting a profit that was double its year-ago results.

Motricity Offers Cross-Carrier Mobile Community

February 27, 2007 8:23 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Motricity's cross-carrier mobile community service, Fuel 5, is up and running, according to the company. The service is designed to help operators increase their brand visibility off portal, according to Motricity.

GAO Questions FCC Broadband Numbers

February 27, 2007 8:23 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON-Although 30 million American households have adopted broadband services, FCC data that tracks broadband availability in the country "has some weaknesses" and should be augmented, according to a new government study.

E3Expo 2006 in Brief

February 27, 2007 8:23 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3Expo) opened its doors Tuesday in Los Angeles, with many companies making news with wireless announcements. Here's a glimpse at some of the announcements being made thus far at the show.

Nokia Unveils One-Touch "Mode" Phone

February 27, 2007 8:22 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Nokia is hoping to give consumers one-touch access to music and calorie counting. The Nokia 5500 Sport features a single button to activate the three dedicated modes: to stay in touch, music and sports.

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News Briefs for May 10, 2006

February 27, 2007 8:22 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Cingular Wireless, Motorola, Thomson, Good Technology, Palm, WiderThan, All Media Guide, Alvarion, IBM, Samsung Electronics Company, 6WINDGate, Lucent Technologies, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, Altobridge, Inmarsat and Andrew Corporation.

"Download and Go" Arrives at f.y.e Stores

February 27, 2007 8:22 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Music retailer Trans World Entertainment Corporation (TWEC) and WideRay Corporation are partnering to launch "Download & Go" mobile entertainment stations at select f.y.e. -- For Your Entertainment -- retail stores.

Sprint, Nextel Unveil New Brand

February 27, 2007 8:22 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

With the close date of the Sprint-Nextel union fast approaching, the companies unveiled how they plan to market the combined entity going forward, with the "go-to-market" brand being Sprint.

Verizon Delivers Motorola KRZR

February 27, 2007 8:22 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Hoping to build on the momentum of its popular RAZR handset, Motorola announced the commercial debut the phone's skinnier cousin, the KRZR. Verizon Wireless is the first wireless carrier to offer the ultra-thin device.

HP Pretexting Hearings Begin

February 27, 2007 8:22 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON-Pretexting, or theft of telephone records from carriers, was front and center here today as Congressional investigators dug more deeply into Hewlett Packard's (HP) illicit surveillance of employees and journalists at the first of two anticipated hearings looking into the company's actions.

Microsoft Plans November Debut for Zune

February 27, 2007 8:22 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Microsoft Corporation's Zune digital media player, which will support Wi-Fi connectivity, will hit the U.S. market on Nov. 14. The player is designed to compete with Apple's iPod, although that popular device does not offer wireless connectivity.

Spin It Forward

February 27, 2007 8:21 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

The global handset market is undergoing a fundamental change, a change that likely will dominate the industry throughout the decade. For one thing, mobile phone shipments continue to rise dramatically even as subscriber growth slows in established markets. The growing sales come from a combination of new markets in developing countries as well as increasing sales of replacement handsets.

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