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Verizon Wireless Adds 1.7M Subs

February 27, 2007 8:49 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless ended the first quarter with 53 million customers, more than The Street was anticipating.

BlackBerry Surpasses 3M Mark

February 27, 2007 8:49 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

In six months time, the subscriber base for Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry wireless device has increased by 1 million, with the company's client roster recently surpassing 3 million.

PalmOne Jumps into Mobile Management

February 27, 2007 8:49 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

The mobile manager category delivers a new mobile-computing product that "will let customers fuse their own mix of personal and business content in ways never before possible," said Page Murray, palmOne's vice president of marketing.

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Qualcomm CEO: Wireless Broadband Faces Threats

February 27, 2007 8:48 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON-The bright promise of a wireless broadband network tailored to individual users is in danger from a number of threats, said Qualcomm's top executive today in remarks before fellow manufacturing companies and Washington lobbyists.

Report: Vodafone Plans Branded Handset

February 27, 2007 8:48 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Vodafone reportedly plans to introduce a Vodafone-branded 3G phone as earlier as next month, according to circulating media reports. Huawei Technologies is said to be manufacturing the device.

Mercora Dials "M" for Mobile Music

February 27, 2007 8:48 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Mercora wants to transform smartphones into music players with the introduction of its Mercora M music service. The newly launch service operates smartphones running Windows Mobile 5.0.

Wi-Fi + LBS = Social Nets

February 27, 2007 8:47 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Social networking and viral marketing use an existing population of users to drive uptake of goods and services. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and WiMAX being deployed in dense metropolitan areas, wireless application companies are moving to leverage that reach among younger users with new applications and a growing market for location-based services (LBS).

Setting the Standard in Handsets

February 27, 2007 8:47 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Wireless operators would like to be the final arbiter of the end-user experience, and to a great extent that is true. The end-user experience starts at the handset itself, so it makes sense that carriers want to control the device. Individual carrier specifications for devices will continue to exist, but some carrier officials think it is better to set standards for certain elements of the device.

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Bullish on Bundles

February 27, 2007 8:47 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

In a world where big-bucket airtime minute plans rule, regional wireless operators are struggling to find ways to differentiate their offerings from the Tier 1 competitors. The bundled offering – linking wireless and wireline services together – is one possible solution. Regional operator Cincinnati Bell had that concept in mind when it launched its Unlimited Everyday Calling plan.

Consumer Rights Initiatives Make Comeback in NY

February 27, 2007 8:47 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Battle lines are toughening in bellwether state New York, with powerful wireless lobbyists on one side and the nation's largest lobbying group on the other, as the state mulls consumer bill of rights legislation aimed at wireless phones. The New York Legislature is in the process of detailing and consolidating two wireless consumer protection bills.

A Chance to Get It Right

February 27, 2007 8:47 pm | by Andrew Seybold | News | Comments

Morgan O'Brien, co-founder of Fleetcall (Nextel), is at it again. You might remember that he almost single-handedly convinced the FCC to allow 2-way radio channels to be aggregated and used for cellular-like services. O'Brien changed the entire 2-way radio industry, and Nextel became a serious competitor to cellular operators.

1Q Tallies

February 27, 2007 8:47 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

1Q Tallies Carrier Churn Net Adds Total Subs ARPU CapEx Cingular Wireless 1.90% 1.70M 55.8M $48.48 $1.40B Sprint Nextel 2.10% 1.30M 51.0M $62.00 $1.10B

Slow Going for Content Adoption by Adults

February 27, 2007 8:47 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Adoption of mobile content is modest overall, although it's higher in the younger age categories. Only 20 percent of online adults purchased mobile content, such as ringtones, while 47 percent of teens bought mobile content within the six months prior to the survey. Mobile content revenues amounted to more than $2 billion in the United States in 2005, reports JupiterResearch.

How Companies Set Limits on Wireless Consumption

February 27, 2007 8:47 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

According to an AberdeenGroup report, enterprises face two major challenges in controlling wireless costs: employee resistance and lack of visibility into device inventory and usage. In fact, 46 percent of respondents say their companies have no formal limits in place for wireless services consumption.

Report Links Business Satisfactionto Point of Contact

February 27, 2007 8:47 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Business wireless users who have been assigned a dedicated channel to contact for service issues record significantly higher satisfaction ratings than customers at companies that do not, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Business Wireless Satisfaction Study. Other findings include:

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