The market for mobile handsets in China is not only growing but is forecast to climb to about 199 million units in 2011, while the penetration rate of music-enabled handsets is predicted to grow to 68% by 2011, according to new findings by IMS Research. In 2004, less than 5% of the cell phones shipped in China were music-enabled, but IMS says the launch of 3G in China will encourage subscribers
When it comes to entertainment services and content for consumer electronics such as the iPod and Xbox, Americans spend big bucks. But they're quite a bit less enthusiastic about spending on entertainment services created for mobile devices. An IDC survey shows that 72.5% of respondents did not use any data services outside of messaging in the third quarter of 2006.
U.S. carriers continued to add new customers in 2006, with the span narrowing between the No. 1 and No. 2 carriers based on subscriber counts. Cingular Wireless ended the third quarter with 58.7 million subscribers, while Verizon Wireless ended the same quarter with 56.7 million customers nationwide.
Research In Motion (RIM) keeps adding subscribers even amidst its patent battle with NTP. The company reported adding about 645,000 new subscriber accounts in the third quarter, ending with a total base of about 4.3 million.
Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. announced a new Website, AnyFilms.net, that offers short films for mobile and Internet users. The site features a short film series that can be downloaded to certain Samsung mobile phones that support video playback.
UTStarcom and Marvell announced a definitive agreement for Marvell to purchase most of UTStarcom's semiconductor design business division for $24 million.
Alltel, Nokia, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Highland Cellular, Daniels & Associates, Royalcom, Tekelec, Glenayre Messaging, foneGear, Brightpoint North America and Cellon International.
An ABI research report predicts that cell phone subscribers worldwide will reach 3 billion by the end of 2008.
The rumors are true. Vodafone Group is considering making a play for India's Hutchison Essar, the European operator says.
While average revenue per unit (ARPU) from voice is on the decline, operators are trying to make up for it in data. The news on the data front is especially good for Verizon Wireless, whose blended data services ARPU is higher than Sprint Nextel's combined postpaid and prepaid data ARPU, according to researchers at IDC.
Spectrum isn't what it used to be, at least in terms of using it as a yardstick to measure how successful major wireless carriers are – or will be. The "sheer volume of megahertz" out there distributed among carriers, particularly after the FCC's AWS auction this past autumn, is truly astounding, says Rebecca Arbogast, analyst at Stifle, Nicolaus.
Before you look forward, you have to give at least a sideways glance backward. The previous 12 months unleashed countless benchmarks, novel developments and even a few surprises. The RAZR marked the revitalization of a flagging company and the big M was flattered by companies subsequently channeling shades of the same design.
It was the year for online sites such as MySpace and YouTube – and that goes for mobile, too. Time magazine even pronounced You as its person of the year. Late last year, MySpace.com and Cingular Wireless announced an exclusive partnership to offer enhanced MySpace functions to Cingular customers.
This is the year when Qualcomm's MediaFLO gets put to the commercial test. While Verizon Wireless predictably is keeping the launch date close to its vest, a spokesman confirms the carrier hopes to make an announcement in the first quarter. Verizon thus far is MediaFLO's only publicly announced customer, although the Qualcomm subsidiary is talking with operators around the world.
As much as it has been bandied about in the industry, the convergence technology IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) is still a work in progress. Many wireless carriers are moving toward IMS, but few have fully committed. More than any other telecommunications technology, IMS is a journey rather than a destination.