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MVNO Insight: Research/Tools

February 27, 2007 5:30 pm | News | Comments

ABI Research Pinpoints Niche Markets Ripe for a New Breed of MVNO Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are becoming common alternatives to facilities-based wireless network service providers. Yet MVNOs were until recently thought of in the United States as service options of last resort for people with bad credi

HP Settles California Prextexting Inquiry

February 27, 2007 5:30 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has overcome one hurdle in the spy scandal surrounding the company by agreeing to pay $14.5 million to settle civil charges filed in California by the state's attorney general.

Alltel Adds TeleNav Navigation Service

February 27, 2007 5:30 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Alltel Wireless wants to make sure its customers are always pointing in the right direction. With this hope in mind, the carrier is launching the TeleNav GPS Navigator service on select devices.

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Mobifusion Takes m-Publishing Across Platforms

February 27, 2007 5:30 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Looking to introduce its m-Publishing platform to a wider base of mobiles, Mobifusion is making the platform available across multiple platforms. The company also plans to add video and animation capabilities in 2007.

DoCoMo Feels Slight Number Portability Pinch

February 27, 2007 5:30 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

NTT DoCoMo announced it lost 17,500 subscribers during the month of November, in large part to the beginning of local number portability in Japan. The Japanese operator still managed to attract more 3G subscribers during the month, however.

VeriFone Advances on 4Q Earnings

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Shares of VeriFone Holdings were up 6 percent at one point after the company posted a 20-percent increase in revenue and an up-tick in quarterly net earnings.

Puzzle/Strategy Games Dominate

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Staff | News | Comments

When it comes to mobile game revenues, puzzle and strategy games take the cake – and so do women. According to Telephia's Mobile Game Report for Q1 2006, four of the top five revenue-generating titles fall into the puzzle/strategy category, a category dominated by female wireless subscribers in terms of revenue generation.

A Toast from Afar

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by LibYork Stauder | News | Comments

Now long-distance Romeos and Juliets have a way to share an intimate drink together – even when apart. Scientists at MIT's Media Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., have invented wirelessly activated drinking cups that they claim will enhance the connection between those unfortunate souls who find themselves in long-distance relationships.

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Armed for Success

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by LibYork Stauder | News | Comments

While many young people embark on a somewhat lengthy and overly indulgent journey to "find themselves" as they transition to adulthood, Joseph Ram, president, CEO and founder of InfoSonics Corporation, had no such luxury. Instead, his metamorphosis came abruptly in 1980, courtesy of camouflage fatigues, combat boots and four years spent in the Israeli army.

Rivals Take Shots at RIM

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Did you hear the one about how the XYZ device is going to give BlackBerry a run for its money? Research In Motion (RIM) Chairman and co-CEO Jim Balsillie has heard it before, as well as various iterations about real products from behemoths such as Microsoft, Motorola and Nokia, to name just a few. Remember the Motorola PageWriter that was supposed to revolutionize messaging? The pricey Nokia Co

Can You Hum a Few Bars?

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Ever get up in the morning with a song running through your head? The tune won't go away, but the words elude you and you desperately wish you could remember the title. Not to worry – at least if you're in South Korea. Or, maybe soon in the United States. If you can hum a few bars of that mystery song, there's a good chance that a Korean company can identify it.

Mobile Ads – Proceeding with Caution

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

Wireless carriers are in an enviable position right now. Brands are very interested in using the mobile phone as an advertising channel, even though it's an unproven model without viable metrics to prove its effectiveness. The Yankee Group estimates that mobile advertising currently generates about $40 million in revenue per year compared to TV advertising, which generates $68.

Haze Lingers over Wireless EAS

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

Washington—The Wireless Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a good idea in theory, but how to implement it is where the fog creeps in. The government wants to extend the EAS plans to cover wireless carriers. Exactly what wireless EAS is and who will coordinate it, though, are unresolved issues that loom large for wireless carriers and regulators.

Verizon Bundles Unlimited Airtime

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Verizon customers can now chat between their wireless phone and their house phone without having to worry about eating up airtime thanks to a new bundled plan from Verizon Communications. The Verizon Complete Freedom offering enables an unlimited number of calls from a Verizon Wireless handset to a Verizon home phone. The service is currently available in Texas.

TuYo Mobile Enters L.A.

February 27, 2007 5:29 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

With more than 4.6 million Hispanics living in Los Angeles County, IDT Telecom sees the area as a perfect spot for its TuYo Mobile service. The service launch will be supported by a Spanish-language ad campaign that will span print, TV and radio.

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