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Wheels of Zeus Puts on the Brakes

February 27, 2007 5:04 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Wheels of Zeus, a startup that hit the wireless GPS scene four years ago, apparently has run out of gas. The company is closing up shop.

SBA Purchases Tower Assets

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

SBA Communications is beefing up its tower portfolio with the purchase of AAT Communications Corp., the fifth largest independent tower owner in the United States. The $1 billion deal involves $634 million in cash and 17 million shares of stock.

FCC Starts Process for Homeland Security Bureau

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON--The FCC today began the process to establish a new bureau that will handle public safety and security issues at the agency, as well as moving to modify some spectrum use for public safety applications.

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Vodafone Sells Japanese Mobile Unit

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Despite circulating reports that two buyout firms were jockeying to purchase Vodafone K.K., Vodafone Group announced a $15 billion deal to sell the Japanese mobile phone unit to SoftBank.

Lenovo Mixes in JBlend Java

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Lenovo inked a deal to deliver Aplix Corporation's JBlend Java technology to its mobile phones. Separate from the deal, Lenovo announced plans to reduce costs through the elimination of about 1,000 jobs.

FLO Forum Adopts New Wireless Specs

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

The FLO Forum ratified new specifications to ensure interoperability and compatibility to FLO-based terrestrial mobile multimedia multicast devices and transmitters, all in the name of mobile TV.

Consilient Unveils Push E-mail Solution

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Taking on the likes of Research in Motion, Visto and Good Technology in the push e-mail space, Consilient this week introduced Consilient Push, an open-standards approach to push e-mail.

Report: Telecom To Hit $1.5 Trillion In 2010

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Goodbye, telecom slump. Hello, growth. Well, at least in areas mostly outside North America and Europe. A study by Insight Research says worldwide telecom industry services revenue will grow from $1.1 trillion in 2005 to $1.5 trillion in 2010. The Asia-Pacific and Latin America Caribbean are forecasted to experience the fastest overall broadband growth, with North America and Europe lagging.

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Older Crowd Catching RAZR Fever

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Initially, Motorola's RAZR V3 generated especially high interest among young adults (those between 18 and 24), and visitors from this age group represented 27 percent of total RAZR interest on Cingular.com between Nov. 10, 2004 and Dec. 31. But attention is now more evenly distributed across age segments as interest among older adults has caught up to early enthusiasm among the younger consumers.

PTT Recommendation: Bundle Services

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Push-to-talk (PTT) proved to be a killer app for Nextel Communications, and the Yankee Group estimates newer PTT entrants Verizon Wireless, Sprint and Alltel attracted a total of about 1 million PTT subscribers by the end of 2004. The researchers expect T-Mobile USA and Cingular Wireless to launch similar PTT services within the next nine months.

TDMA Subs Reverse Direction

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

Going, going … but not quite gone. The number of U.S. mobile phone subscribers using TDMA technologies declined 23 percent in 2004, the first year of negative subscriber growth since the technology was introduced in 1991, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG). That still leaves some 33 million TDMA subs in 2004, down from 43 million in 2003.

Going To The Dogs

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Two entrepreneurs could bring a whole new meaning to family calling plans. Cameron Robb and Gordon Jessop are partners in PetsMobility, a Scottsdale, Ariz., start-up that is trying to market PetsCell, a cell phone for pets. The prototype bone-shaped device is designed to snap onto a collar and auto-answer when a dog's owner calls.

Engineer Fishes For Business

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Doug Bonestroo knows where to fish, both figuratively and literally. That's not to say he's looking to take over the entire pond with his business – just pioneer some new corporate fishing holes. Bonestroo is CEO at 5-year-old RemotePipes, a company that provides high-speed wireless remote IP and Internet access solutions to corporate audiences.

All-Wireless All Of The Time

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

Fueled by better networks and expanded voice and data options, enterprises are giving wireless technology a bigger role in their business systems – and now a small but growing number are taking it a step farther, giving wireless center stage by cutting the landline cord altogether. Because certain employees have a driving need to move about untethered by conventional landlines, in many c

Confessions Of A Mobile TV Skeptic

February 27, 2007 5:03 pm | by Rhonda Wickham, Editor-In-Chief | News | Comments

Last year, technology companies began calling Wireless Week about innovations that would make mobile TV the next big thing in wireless phone technology. I confess I was a skeptic. Fun, out-of-the-box thinking? You bet. Commercial reality? I thought, give me a break! I wasn't doubtful that great technology minds could bring the small screen to a smaller screen.

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