Nokia has completed its previously announced purchase of Loudeye, which will put Nokia on pace to deliver an integrated mobile music experience to its customers next year. Separately, Nokia snagged a deal for downloadable Cartoon Network content.
Fixed wireless service provider Airband Communications is making a play for the Southern California market with the acquisition the high-speed Internet access and Voice over IP business from VoloNet Technologies. VoloNet does business as RedWire.
Motorola has hired a former H.J. Heinz Co. executive to lead its marketing efforts, both externally and internally. Kenneth Keller is taking up the posts of executive vice president and chief marketing officer at the handset maker.
Fabless semiconductor company WiSpry has secured $13.5 million in Series B funding. The company will leverage the influx of financing to spur its next stage of growth.
Visto, Symbian, Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Co., Freescale Semiconductor, Cingular Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Mocana, Wi-Fi Alliance, WiMAX Forum, BSG Clearing Solutions, Riga Development, Ember, Yodlee, GigaBeam Corporation and MetroNext.
The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) announced the availability of OMA Push to Talk over Cellular 1.0 as an Approved Enabler Release (OMA PoC 1.0). OMA PoC 1.0 is a multiparty form of immediate communication that allows mobile phone users to engage in walkie-talkie style group conversations.
To deliver on its 5-star rating, Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel is installing InnerWireless infrastructure. The hotel is the fourth Mandarin Oriental property using InnerWireless to round out the luxurious experience that its guests expect.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) keeps having problems getting wireless standards approved.
It’s not just a content licensing deal this time. Movie studio Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom, is teaming with Crisp Wireless on the launch of a mobile phone portal to promote theatrical and DVD releases.
AngelMobile, an independent media company with a single global platform, has developed an independent mobile content channel for the Hispanic Christian Family and Youth market under an alliance with AlmaVision, the largest Hispanic Christian TV network in the United States.
It might be called wireless Dominos. As the national carriers began consolidating in the past year, so did the tower industry. One seems to be driving the other. The merger of Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless last year and the pending merger of Sprint and Nextel Communications soon will leave only four major national carriers in the United States.
Virgin Mobile USA is perhaps the quintessential MVNO. With its well-known brand and its segmented marketing scheme targeting teens and young adults, Virgin Mobile has succeeded remarkably in selling its prepaid wireless packages to U.S. consumers. The MVNO, which launched in July 2002, topped 3 million subscribers in February.
Buying a wireless device and service plan can be a complex process. Navigating the various rate plans, evaluating and activating the device and understanding the contractual requirements are cumbersome processes that make the online sales channel challenging for consumers. But as wireless penetration rates climb, consumers are becoming much more wireless savvy, and these former obstacles are no
MobiTV has landed a content contract with Cingular Wireless, while Verizon Wireless has hooked up with Twentieth Television to deliver direct-to-mobile television shows as part of its new VCAST service.