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News Briefs for Aug. 17, 2006

February 27, 2007 5:09 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

InterDigital Communications Corporation, Nokia, LG Electronics, Texas Instruments, ZTE Corporation, Telus, Google, smarTVideo Technologies, Content Asia Network, SplashData, FaithMobile, Crisp Wireless, fastmobile, Wayfinder and Smart SMS Corporation.

To Pick Up or Not to Pick Up: Stephen King Is Calling

February 27, 2007 5:09 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

You've heard about it. It's the story about how pulses sent through cell phones turn the recipients into killer zombies. No, it's not the latest public service announcement from escapecellhell.org. It's the plot of Stephen King's latest horror novel, "Cell," which hit bookstores on Jan. 24. As part of the book's marketing campaign, King recorded two "talk tones," similar to ringtones but with

EarthLink Exec Keeps Eye on the (Foot) Ball

February 27, 2007 5:09 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Don Berryman's life is getting more complicated by the day. It's especially complicated during the football season. That's because the head of EarthLink's new municipal broadband division is not only running one of the hottest Internet divisions, but he's also trying to get to football games. Specifically, the Atlanta-based executive is trying to get into No.

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Speed Thrills

February 27, 2007 5:09 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

When Kris Rinne goes to the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona in a couple weeks, she'll be playing a new role. Instead of listening to how other carriers around the world have been pushing out new technologies, Cingular Wireless' chief technology officer will be teaching more than listening. Rinne and Cingular have put the U.

Local Politics Put Squeeze on Wi-Fi

February 27, 2007 5:09 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON–Political complexities can be a significant concern for advancing municipal Wi-Fi networks, and they must be navigated just as efficiently as the networking plans for those projects. As the first big Wi-Fi networks move forward, the importance of managing the political issues is becoming more apparent.

Ringback Revival

February 27, 2007 5:09 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

A year ago, ringback tones were considered the hottest new mobile music moneymaker. Two Tier 1 operators and a handful of Tier 3 carriers jumped on the ringback tone bandwagon, but the service quickly faded from the spotlight. Operators seemed to focus their energies, and capex dollars, on full-track downloads, causing ringbacks to take a back seat in priorities.

Startups Bank on Mobile TV

February 27, 2007 5:09 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Mobile TV is one of the hottest topics in the wireless industry and it is generating much discussion about the content, the quality of service, the fees and consumer interest and uptake. Of course, carriers are eager to deliver the best quality mobile TV service at the lowest possible cost, and now there are several new companies that have launched with the intention of helping operators delive

Betting on the Bundle

February 27, 2007 5:09 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

It's been more than two years since Qwest decided to sell its wireless assets and migrate its wireless subscribers off its existing network and onto Sprint's network, effectively changing the company's status from a service provider to an MVNO. Although Qwest hailed this decision – saying the change would give the company access to a nationwide footprint without having to spend millions t

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Deadline Looms for Hearing Aid Compatibility

February 27, 2007 5:08 pm | by Carrie Printz | News | Comments

Most wireless carriers and manufacturers are confident they can meet the upcoming deadlines for new FCC requirements on hearing aid compatibility, including those dealing with both RF emissions and telecoil coupling. That's becaue most major carriers and manufacturers, including Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless, Motorola, Nokia, LG Electronics MobileComm and Sony Ericsson, alre

The WiMAX Fixed Wireless Reality

February 27, 2007 5:08 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Bit by bit and city by city, the overhyped wireless technology WiMAX is becoming a reality. Equipment is being certified and shipped, operators are testing and deploying networks, and customers are being signed up. So far, though, the only ones making money off WiMAX are the equipment vendors. Infonetics Research says WiMAX gearmakers gleaned $142.

Environmental Group Takes Different Tower Tack

February 27, 2007 5:08 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

In the wake of the historic storms along the Gulf Coast and a series of regulatory setbacks, a key environmental group in the fight over tower lighting appears to be taking a kinder, gentler tack to get wireless tower companies to tone down their tower lights for the sake of migratory birds. Instead of trying to get regulators to shut down towers or force through new tower lighting regulations,

E911 Wrestles with VoIP

February 27, 2007 5:08 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

As IP-based technology and continuing wireless location-based technology complexities converge, some E911 professionals say the evolution of E911 systems is proving a little more of a headache than was imagined a few years ago. VoIP could be both a boon and a curse for local emergency service providers and wireless carriers that are trying to keep up with advancing communications technology and

Industry Musings

February 27, 2007 5:08 pm | by Andrew Seybold | News | Comments

Network operators recently have reported more customers added and lower churn. Cingular Wireless reported a profit for the quarter just ended. Data usage is up, and there are more and more cities with wide-area broadband services. It's easy to see that most wireless network operators here and abroad are heading in the same direction: IMS or IP to the core of their networks, more and better high

Walkman Phone Continues to Perform

February 27, 2007 5:06 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson is bullish on the remainder of 2006, thanks in large part to the popularity of its Walkman brand music phones. The company reported a year-over-year net profit increase of 91 percent.

Palm Makes European Treo Push

February 27, 2007 5:06 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Palm, along with Vodafone and Microsoft Corporation, is trying to make push e-mail more of a desired mobile feature in Europe. The trio is joining forces to introduce a 3G-compatible Treo device in Europe this year.

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