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Retrenching After Katrina

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Water, power, territory and safety have been the biggest concerns and headaches for wireless carriers slogging through network recovery efforts following the biggest natural disaster in American history, but Hurricane Katrina's wind, water and chaos also are teaching some new lessons. In the bleak hours and days after Hurricane Katrina muscled through Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, wireles

Lessons Learned

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

Hurricane Katrina set a new watermark for disaster, with Mother Nature striking with blinding fury. Besides her vicious assault on the Gulf Coast, her power overwhelmed an aging and neglected manmade structure that buckled under the roiling waters of the mighty Mississippi. The 25-foot storm surge came in, and in the bowl of the Big Easy, the water couldn't help but stay.

Solutions

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

RFS' TMA Compact form factor UMTS-on-PCS/cellular overlays Nominal gain of 12 dB Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) unveiled a new low-noise tower-mounted amplifier (TMA) that promises to provide tower-top amplification in a light and compact form factor. Spec

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Wireless Proves Fertile Ground

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

You could call it the mobile "fertility phone." Chicago-based PDAHealthWare has literally given birth to the latest mobile application in EggAlert, a program geared toward women trying to conceive. EggAlert sends clients a text message alert on their cell phone notifying them that they are ovulating and most likely to conceive.

Vodafone Calls on Syniverse, Visto

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Vodafone Group selected Syniverse to deliver clearinghouse services to its member companies. Separately, Vodafone UK inked a push-based e-mail deal with Visto Corporation.

News Briefs for Nov. 28, 2005

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NMS Communications, 3 Italy, InfoSonics Corporation, FLO Forum, Ikatel, France Telecom, Alvarion, Intel, ICOA, iDirect Technologies and Encore Networks.

Navigation Systems Rev Up Sophistication

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Americans love their cell phones, especially when they're in their cars. Increasingly, the car itself is becoming more connected with a variety of telematics solutions, including technology that helps drivers find where they are going. Analyst surveys have shown that Americans are willing to pay a monthly fee for telematics services that include navigation, as well as basic services such as eme

Mail-in Rebates Raise Debate

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Margo McCall | News | Comments

Subscribers once paid a premium for the latest handset models. Now wireless retailers are so eager to move phones that they're promoting their purchase as a way for consumers to earn extra cash. "You make $60!" screams the Best Buy Website in blaring red, alongside an image of an LG phone offered through Verizon Wireless.

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The Sharp Upward Swing of Full-Track Music Downloads

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

The Sharp Upward Swing of Full-Track Music Downloads The phenomenon of full-track music downloads to mobile devices is growing exponentially, according to new figures from ABI Research. The numbers show revenue at the end of 2005 was 20 times larger than at the close of 2004, and researchers

Wi-Fi Chipset Market Takes Off

February 27, 2007 9:43 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

"Wi-Fi Chipset Fever: 140 Million and Growing," a new report by Research and Markets, shows that the Wireless LAN (WLAN) chipset market is alive and well and expected to reach just over 140 million annual chipset unit shipments in 2005, an annual growth rate of a little over 50 percent. Chipset revenues should near an anticipated $1 billion, says the report, a 27-percent annual revenue growth r

Treo Helps Palm Soar in 3Q

February 27, 2007 9:42 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Treo Helps Palm Soar in 3Q Palm reported a whopping 36-percent increase in revenue during the third quarter, a spike attributed largely to high demand for its Treo smartphones. The results surpassed analyst expectations, which predicted revenue of $374.7 million and income of 16 cents per sh

U.S. Wireless Usage Expansion Continues, Wireline Voice Figures Tank

February 27, 2007 9:42 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Two new studies have basically drawn the same conclusion: Wireless is eclipsing wireline in the United States. According to the Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) "2006 Telecommunications Review and Market Forecast," wireless services continue to hack away at the numbers of wireline subscribers.

EFD Helps Consumers Stay in Love with Their Handsets

February 27, 2007 9:42 pm | by Yoram Salinger | News | Comments

Most consumers struggle to find the best mobile phone for their personal needs. In the industry's own variant of Murphy's Law, the perfect mobile phone will come on the market immediately after you've locked into a new phone with a 2-year contract. Simply put, most users are stuck with the basic features that shipped with their mobile handsets, with little opportunity to update or personalize t

Pets Go Wireless at IdeaFetch Contest

February 27, 2007 9:42 pm | by LibYork Stauder | News | Comments

These days, wireless technology is into everything. And it's not just affecting our lives, but also the lives of our pets. With natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina focusing the country's attention on the need for pet rescue ideas, it's hardly surprising that entrants pulled out all the stops and went high tech during the first annual PetSafe IdeaFetch pet product invention contest.

T-Mobile Adds 4.4 Million Subs in 2005

February 27, 2007 9:42 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA remains a stellar performer for its parent Deutsche Telekom, adding 4.4 million new customers during 2005, with 1.4 million of those additions coming in the fourth quarter.

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