MMS interoperability is quickly becoming the norm, as more carriers ink deals to ensure their customers can share multimedia messages with more than just same-carrier subscribers. The latest rash of inter-carrier deals involves Leap Wireless International, Cingular Wireless and U.S. Cellular.
Sprint insists it isn't getting into the world of professional services, but there certainly are similarities with the Mobile Business Assessment program it announced today.
On the heels of the notebook computer industry being hit with a slew of battery recall announcements, NTT DoCoMo is calling back 1.3 million battery packs used on one of its phones sold in Japan.
Palm now has access to the Palm OS Garnet code, thanks to a licensing deal with Access Systems Americas, formerly PalmSource. Palm is forking over $44 million for the licensing rights.
The Hispanic population has become a popular target market segment among wireless carriers. The latest: Sprint Nextel is launching two Spanish-language mobile chat communities geared specifically for Hispanic users.
TracFone Wireless disagrees with a recent ruling that will enable cell phone users to disable cell-phone locking software. The company has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government.
NeoMedia Technologies is shedding the ownership of its Mobot subsidiary in an effort to concentrate on its mobile marketing efforts. Specifically, the company intends to focus its efforts on developing and marketing its qode direct-to-mobile-Web cell phone technology.
Nuance Communications is snapping up MobileVoiceControl for an undisclosed sum, in an effort to advance its presence in the speech-enabled mobile search and communications markets.
Belkin, Skype, Boingo Wireless, Alltel Wireless, Groove Mobile, Cingular Wireless, NII Holdings, Nextel Mexico, America Movil, Telcel, Hutchison Telecommunications International, Sequans Communications, Alvarion, Artificial Life, Pelephone and Meru Networks.
In the wireless business, few companies have the intellectual property that Qualcomm has. But even Qualcomm has been missing a couple of pieces, until now. With the acquisitions of Airgo and the Bluetooth assets of RF Micro Devices, Qualcomm plugged holes in its IPR portfolio. Airgo brings Wi-Fi and especially OFDM, while Qualcomm’s Bluetooth expertise has been relatively weak compared to such competitors as Broadcom and Texas Instruments.
Living up to its name, Ricochet Wireless may once again bounce to a new owner. Terabeam announced that it is weighing its strategic options with regard to the wireless service business.
The introduction of the Walkman phone continues to pay off for Sony Ericsson. The handset manufacturer tripled first quarter earnings and increased its 2006 global handset forecast.
Sprint Nextel unveiled a new location-based service (LBS) designed to help parents track their children using their cell phone. The Sprint Family Locator service uses GPS technology.
Helio inked a deal with Yahoo!, which will make a host of Yahoo! services available to its customers when the youth-oriented MVNO debuts its wireless service offering this spring.