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Phonebites Secures Funds

February 27, 2007 4:28 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Mobile entertainment company Phonebites landed $7 million in Series B financing. The funds will help generate further market acceptance of its RAZZ flagship product, the company says.

Sprint Nextel Completes Velocita Buy

February 27, 2007 4:28 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Less than three months after announcing its plans to purchase Velocita Wireless, Sprint Nextel says the deal is complete. The deal was originally forged to help Sprint Nextel supplement its iDEN national network coverage.

Alltel, T-Mobile Agree to Extension

February 27, 2007 4:28 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Negotiations proved fruitful for Alltel subsidiary Western Wireless International Austria Corporation and T-Mobile Austria, which were able to come to terms to extend a previously announced agreement involving the acquisition of tele.ring.


News Briefs for March 1, 2006

February 27, 2007 4:28 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Ember, Airvana, Symbol Technologies, Metrologic Instruments, UrbanWorld Wireless, Jamster!, MobileLime, Netomat, Motorola, TeleNav, Axesstel, PT Sampoerna Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Biltmore Communications, Airpath Wireless, Cingular Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Gameloft, Digital Chocolate, Square Enix and SmarTone Telecommunications.

Happenings...Mobile Content Flash, Jan. 27, 2006

February 27, 2007 4:27 pm | News | Comments

Feb. 14-16 Mobile Entertainment Summit at 3GSM World Congress Barcelona, Spain Feb. 23-24 Music 2.0 Los Angeles April 4 Mobile Entertainment Summit Las Vegas April 4 MECCA 2006 Las Vegas

Beceem Releases First Mobile WiMAX Chipset

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

Two-year-old Beceem Communications is proving it is fast on its feet. The New Delhi, India-based provider of chipsets for the mobile broadband market released what likely is the first terminal chipset using a feature set based on the new IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX standard.

Wireless Backhaul Increases Links 10X

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

Wireless backhaul is a hot topic with operators these days. They are investigating how to reduce their backhaul costs. Some estimates suggest carriers around the world are spending on the order of $22 billion per year for backhaul. So when a company comes up with a solution that puts the control back into the operator's hands, it gets some attention.

Bill Targets Phone Record Fraud

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

WASHINGTON-Members of Congress want to make stealing wireless phone records an explicit crime and are adding fines and prison time as further deterrents.


UWB Sides Finally Agree, But Only on Separation

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

Technology wars sometimes can get nasty, as the long-lived fight over the future of ultrawideband (UWB) repeatedly has shown. There have been two sides to the lingering UWB story, and about the only thing they've been able to agree on is a divorce.

EXPOsing Market Realities

February 27, 2007 4:26 pm | by Rhonda Wickham, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

By 2008, cameraphone sales will creep dangerously close to the magical 1-billion-unit mark. This year alone, anywhere from 25 billion to 68 billion cameraphone images will be taken. This compares to roughly 70 billion digital camera images. Do you know how the industry is going to capitalize on all of those images? Shifting gears a bit, revenue from the sub-11 GHz fixed wireless market will inc

Wireless Leash

February 27, 2007 4:26 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

A new Florida law signed into action last month makes GPS locator anklets a permanent part of life for paroled child sex abuse offenders. The law also serves as a prime example of a growing trend nationwide to put a wireless leash on convicted felons released back into society. In addition to Florida, several states are looking to add or expand systems that will track sex offenders and other vi

VoIP On Tap to Make 911 Calls

February 27, 2007 4:26 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON—VoIP's confounding influence on telecommunications is getting increased focus these days on many fronts, including how to track VoIP signals over wireless networks for advanced E911 applications. Now that the FCC requires wireless carriers to have the capability to track and locate E911 callers, VoIP, with its IP packet-based network that stymies most location, is one of the mo

AMBER Alerts Ultimately Mesh

February 27, 2007 4:26 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON—Wireless carriers were able to open up their network capabilities to help law enforcement prevent the abduction of children without much technical difficulty, but meshing those capabilities with other well-meaning alert capabilities could be the next job. Wireless AMBER alert capabilities, unveiled by CTIA and law enforcement officials in mid-May, were hailed by police, member

Sprint Affiliate Relationships Due for Change

February 27, 2007 4:26 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

If the Sprint-Nextel merger is completed as expected later this year, perhaps as early as July, it could set in motion a ripple effect touching the affiliate operators for both companies. Sprint and Nextel Communications are the only carriers in the United States with affiliates, and the number of those has dwindled in recent years.

MVNOs Pursue Hispanic Consumers

February 27, 2007 4:26 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Hispanics are by far the largest ethnic group in the United States, topping more than 40 million people. Yet this growing population segment is vastly under-penetrated by traditional wireless operators despite advertising and marketing campaigns committed to attracting these consumers. Hispanics value a personal approach that goes beyond just Spanish-language advertisements or Hispanic-oriente


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