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Tapping the VADs

February 27, 2007 4:13 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

If you're going to sell to small and medium businesses, it helps to work with someone who already knows them. That's what carriers are doing through value-added distributor (VAD) programs. The VADs recruit, train, support and provide products and services from various vendors to their resellers or solution providers.

Big Brother at Work

February 27, 2007 4:13 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Protecting privacy has always been a sticking point when deploying location-based services (LBS), sometimes pinpointed as one of the main reasons it has taken so long for LBS to reach the consumer market in any significant way. But these days, some enterprise users are discovering that when the technology works on their behalf, it's not so bad having Big Brother along for the ride.

Bigger Than Black Boxes

February 27, 2007 4:13 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Switches, base stations and other network hardware may be the big-ticket items that make up the bulk of wireless equipment vendors' revenues. But today's equipment makers must be able to do much more than just help carriers build an efficient and reliable network. In fact, over the past year most infrastructure vendors have steadfastly morphed into full-service shops that not only help their cu

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Customer Care Goes to Extremes

February 27, 2007 4:13 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Some providers of wireless services and phones are saying they're extremely personal. It's not a secret that as it becomes increasingly expensive to get new customers, wireless carriers and phone sellers are pushing ever-more-personalized capabilities at their customers in hopes of binding those customers closer to them.

Eliminating the Middleman

February 27, 2007 4:13 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

In the early days of mobile entertainment, aggregators played a critical role in the wireless content ecosystem. Aggregators worked with record labels, movie studios, game developers and other content shops to build a vast portfolio of mobile content. These middlemen then sold that content through the wireless carrier's deck to consumers and were reimbursed for their efforts through a revenue-

News Corp. Commits to Mobile

February 27, 2007 4:13 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Now that News Corp. has committed $188 million for a controlling interest in Verisign's Jamba subsidiary, it wants to see other entertainment firms follow suit. While that commitment doesn't necessarily need to come in the form of a pricey joint venture, News Corp. does believe that without more investment from entertainment firms, mobile content will not meet its potential.

News Briefs for Nov. 2, 2005

February 27, 2007 4:11 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Enpocket, Advantage Cellular Systems, One Voice Technologies, Sprint Nextel, Immersion Corporation, I-play, Intermec Technologies Corporation, Cisco Systems, Verizon Wireless, The Weather Channel, RoyalCom, SouthernLINC Wireless, Motorola, July Systems, Westcon Group and Kirk telecom.

Sprint Nextel Names Appraiser

February 27, 2007 4:11 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel named Lazard as its appraiser in the put right process, which was recently initiated by Nextel Partners shareholders. Nextel Partners previously named Morgan Stanley as its appraiser.

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Venturi Wireless Targets Consumer Market

February 27, 2007 4:11 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Venturi Wireless, a provider of 3G mobile optimization solutions, is seizing the moment to jump into the handset side of wireless with the introduction of a new handset optimization suite of products.

Sony Ericsson Unveils New Handsets

February 27, 2007 4:11 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Sony Ericsson is targeting the entry-level wireless market with the introduction of three new handsets, which will run about $50 less than the company's average selling price.

Syniverse Lands Wi-Fi Deal

February 27, 2007 4:11 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Three Canadian wireless carriers are calling on Syniverse Technologies to help facilitate their cross-Canada Wi-Fi hot spot network. For its part, Syniverse will provide mobile data roaming services.

News Briefs for Nov. 14, 2005

February 27, 2007 4:11 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Vodafone, Universal Music Group, Enterasys Networks, Andrew Corporation, Skyware Radio Systems, Radcom, Rural Cellular Corporation, sunrise, Comverse, Cantor Market Data, Sprint, Smartphones Technologies, Digital Orchid, Nextcode Corporation and Critical Mas NZ.

EarthLink Wireless Lands Retail Deal

February 27, 2007 4:10 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

OfficeMax has signed on to peddle the EarthLink Wireless Treo 650 smartphone by palmOne in its stores.

Agere Introduces HSDPA Chipset

February 27, 2007 4:09 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Agere Systems is getting on the high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) bandwagon, now offering an HSDPA chipset designed for feature phones in the $150 price range.

mobZilla Debuts Pop Service for Teens

February 27, 2007 4:09 pm | by Robb Murray | News | Comments

Popstar! Magazine and wireless company mobZilla are debuting Popstar! Magazine Radio on mobZilla's streaming music service for mobile phones and PCs.

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