Last year, technology companies began calling Wireless Week about innovations that would make mobile TV the next big thing in wireless phone technology. I confess I was a skeptic. Fun, out-of-the-box thinking? You bet. Commercial reality? I thought, give me a break! I wasn't doubtful that great technology minds could bring the small screen to a smaller screen.
Sprint Nextel's iDEN network will continue to operate in iPCS territories following the stay of a Circuit Court ruling. Sprint also announced that Qualcomm's Qchat will power next-generation push-to-talk (PTT) services when its CDMA2000 1XEV-DO Revision A network gets up and running.
New market research by In-Stat, a sister company of Wireless Week, shows as many as 25 million wireless phone subscribers in North America could be using their wireless phones as mobile wallets by 2011. This will require a dramatic shift in attitudes, however, as the study shows Americans currently remain tepid toward the mobile wallet concept.
Evans Data's Wireless Development Survey finds that globally almost 1 in 5 software developers picked Google as their No. 1 location-based tools provider choice. The survey also notes that a high number of location-based Websites that combine content from more than one source employ Google. The second most commonly used location-based toolsets fell under the Open Source Software category, with
Lucent Technologies reported a steep 32-percent slide in earnings and an 8.4-percent dip in revenue for its fiscal second quarter, which ended March 31. The telecom giant, which is being purchased by Alcatel, said it experienced slower-than-expected growth in wireless.
Hurt by weak wireless sales, home electronics retailer RadioShack Corporation posted a sharp 85-percent decline in first-quarter profits. RadioShack's CFO notes that wireless sales suffered when the company switched from selling Verizon Wireless products to Cingular Wireless. RadioShack shares dropped in value nearly 10 percent in the first quarter.
Worldwide, wireless handsets generated $117.2 billion in revenue in 2005, a 14.9-percent increase over 2004, according to "The Future of Mobile Handsets," a new report from Telecom Trends International. The report predicts handset revenue will peak at $130 billion in 2008, followed by a revenue decline due to falling device prices.
Mobile TV is one of the highest priority markets for mobile operators today. Some have proclaimed it the next killer application for mobile operators, and indeed many of them have announced initiatives to offer some sort of mobile TV services. But all are clear that a unicast mobile TV offering over W-CDMA could completely consume the networks, even with high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA
Last year, millions of wireless subscribers purchased D4L's Laffy Taffy ringtone. The hit song sold more than 4 million ringtones, making it the No. 1 ringtone in 2005. But if you're not a crowd follower and you want a more original ringtone, perhaps H-Lounge.com is the answer. The site was launched by HarmonyLine, an early stage company that caters to budding composers by allowing visitors t
Guitarist Pete Evick never thought he'd be able to blend his talents as a musician with state-of-the-art wireless technology and end up with a job that puts him at the forefront of the mobile entertainment world. But that's exactly what happened when Evick was approached by ringtone maker Ztango five years ago.
People have come to heavily rely on their cell phones, storing personal and professional contacts, calendars and much more on their handsets. Despite this fact, the lion's share of cell phone users – 99 percent by some accounts – do not back up their data. As a result, if a handset gets lost, stolen or damaged, it can be like losing an all-knowing friend.
Ericsson made strategic inroads in key emerging markets, such as Asia and Latin America, but fourth-quarter profits and margins fell below analysts' expectations.
Verizon Wireless is celebrating a big win today after a federal judge in Trenton, N.J., issued a preliminary injunction against the current and former owners of LocateCell.com -- Data Find Solutions, First Source Information Specialists and related companies -- and other affiliated Websites.
Visto Corporation, provider of remote e-mail and data access services, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in a Texas federal court against Good Technology.