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MobileCierge Delivers Personal Assistants in Hand

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Personal assistants are no longer just for the rich, thanks to the newly introduced MobileCierge service launched on the updated Handmark Pocket Express platform. The mobile service gives subscribers 24/7 access to live help from everything to finding airline tickets to emergency assistance.

CDG Brands Rev C Services as Ultra Mobile Broadband

February 27, 2007 4:41 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) has been selected by the CDMA Development Group (CDG) to describe the advanced technologies and services that will be supported by the CDMA2000 1XEV-DO Revision C (Rev. C) standard.

Motricity Buys GoldPocket

February 27, 2007 4:35 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Motricity is venturing beyond the deck with the purchase of GoldPocket Wireless. While financial details of the deal were kept under wraps, executives from the two companies say they believe the synergies achieved through the deal will help grow the mobile market.

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The Unending WiMAX Question

February 27, 2007 4:35 pm | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

Will WiMAX replace 3G? I put this question in the same irritating unanswered query category as, "Are we there yet?" It is asked at regular intervals and people try to answer it in a way that satisfies the asker. At this point, you really can't predict if the technologies will be competitive, let alone if one will repl

Sony, Cingular Power Up First EDGE Laptop

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

Cingular Wireless is hoping to literally give enterprise laptop users the EDGE, striking a partnership with electronic giant Sony to provide notebooks with built-in connectivity.

Hybrid Schemes Tap into Office PBX

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

In the classic children's story, Goldilocks tested the three bears' beds until she found the one that felt just right. It appears Avaya is using that same strategy as it develops hybrid voice systems that meld cellular and office PBX functions. The communication systems provider has struck integration deals with three handheld suppliers, each exploring different development paths – and in

Wireless Bans Get Second Look

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Wireless phones are everywhere – plastered to more and more people's ears. They are loved by many, despised by some and indispensable for tens of millions of people. The widespread use of the technology has spawned bans where its use has become a distraction or deemed an annoyance. Now, however, those initial bans are getting a second look as the sheer volume of wireless phone use has tr

Content Firms Seek Overseas Expansion

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Mobile entertainment is a fast-growing industry segment that is finally starting to reap financial rewards as U.S. subscribers warm to ringtones, games and downloads. At the same time, the mobile content arena is maturing just as wireless carriers solidify their relationships with content aggregators, making it difficult for new players to make inroads.

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Hopes Rise for Off-Portal Content

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

European operators are witnessing an explosion of off-portal content as consumers purchase ringtones, wallpaper, games and other entertainment from sites the carriers haven't sanctioned. U.S. operators have traditionally avoided this type of business strategy because they feared losing revenue, hindering their customer relationship or jeopardizing the security of their networks by allowing infe

Chipping Away at Multimedia Content

February 27, 2007 4:33 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Without the increasing sophistication of microprocessing power now becoming available in handsets, many of the new and coming gee-whiz multimedia applications –including TV and music – would have little "gee" in them. A number of recent advances, and several on the way, cover the full range of chips found in phones, including the dual processors found on smartphones, the do-it-all c

Aspiring for Big Savings in Small Packages

February 27, 2007 4:32 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Remember Project Angel? Back in the 1990s, it was such an "emerging technology" that even some of the engineers hired to work on the project didn't know what they were signing up for. Sometimes things come full circle. Some of the leaders of AT&T Wireless Services' Project Angel – one of the most infamous wireless local loop systems – are together again.

InterDigital: From Patents to Products

February 27, 2007 4:32 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

For the past 30 years, InterDigital Communications Corporation has built a solid business by carefully culling its patent portfolio and then licensing that technology to various manufacturing and technology firms. This strategy has been InterDigital's mainstay, but now the company is hoping to broaden its horizons and start building advanced products based on its intellectual property.

Mobitex Pursues New Markets

February 27, 2007 4:32 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

In the wireless world, old technologies never die. They just morph into new business opportunities. Take the case of Mobitex, one of the first wireless data technologies, developed largely by Ericsson nearly 20 years ago. It has been identified in the United States with a number of different companies, although they've all been using the same network.

Mobile Linux Makes More Waves

February 27, 2007 4:32 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

The push toward using the Linux operating system on mobile phones keeps building.

AirG Patrols Mobile Communities

February 27, 2007 4:32 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Social networking sites - both traditional Internet communities and mobile-specific newcomers - are trying to make inroads in the mobile space right now. Similar to the Internet world, many of these mobile communities are causing some anxiety because of the potential for inappropriate content to get into the wrong han

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