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CallWave Rewards Prepaid Users

February 27, 2007 4:49 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

CallWave believes it has the perfect gift for young cell phone users and their parents: a rewards program that enables users to earn free airtime.

NFC Gets Ready For Prime Time

February 27, 2007 4:49 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

There are millions of people in the world using key fobs, contact-less credit cards and other devices to make purchases. But some analysts think that’s about to change dramatically.

The So-What Factor

February 27, 2007 4:48 pm | by Rhonda Wickham, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

It’s not the worst show I have been to, nor is it the best. But by Supercomm standards, it is unquestionably a letdown. So now that the two offspring of Supercomm have presented themselves, what is the result?

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Taking A Peek At Adult Content

February 27, 2007 4:48 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

It's no longer a question of "if." It's a question of "when." Adult entertainment surely will make its way to U.S. wireless subscribers in some form or another, whether it's via text messaging, images or streaming video. In fact, some content already is in users' hands via WAP sites or links to Internet sites that are being sent via SMS.

V CAST Lure?

February 27, 2007 4:48 pm | by Karen Brown | News | Comments

When Verizon Wireless unveiled its EV-DO powered V CAST content service last month, it introduced a raft of glitzy video and music content. But the carrier also added a new dimension to its gaming strategy: titles that for the first time sport true 3D graphics. Many see Verizon's move as a dimensional leap forward for the gaming industry, putting in play mobile games to lure in a larger audienc

Content Firms Reap Paybacks

February 27, 2007 4:48 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

This year started off on a good note for wireless content, especially for wireless gaming. And players in this burgeoning space have good reason for optimism. From their own financial reports to carrier reports that show a rising tide of data average revenue per unit (ARPU), indications are that 2005 could hit some high notes.

VeriSign Poised To Take Content Growth Advantage

February 27, 2007 4:48 pm | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Wireless content and distribution is maturing, which is evident in the gradual consolidation of infrastructure service companies. The evolution hasn't been so much a dramatic as a gradual one, as the big fish gobble up the small fry. One of those companies is VeriSign, which made its name in digital security and Internet domain naming and directory services but recently has been edging more and

Integration Firms Expect Outsourcing Rise

February 27, 2007 4:48 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

The consolidation of U.S. wireless operators is causing other companies to retool their business strategies. For many vendors, fewer carriers mean fewer customers, and that, in turn, means a severe dip in business and revenue. But for RF engineering and integration companies, these carrier consolidations actually are boosting business.

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Virgin Initiative Lets Customers Earn Airtime

February 27, 2007 4:47 pm | by Sue Marek | News | Comments

In an innovative twist on mobile advertising, Virgin Mobile USA today debuted a new service dubbed "Sugar Mama" that lets subscribers earn airtime minutes by viewing and providing feedback to a short, text-based advertisement.

Carriers Optimistic About McDowell

February 27, 2007 4:46 pm | by Mark Rockwell | News | Comments

WASHINGTON--Wireless carriers are cautiously optimistic about working with newly confirmed FCC commissioner Robert McDowell and the now fully staffed FCC.

Lawsuits Target American Tower

February 27, 2007 4:46 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

News of an internal review and a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe into American Tower's stock option practices has resulted in the filing of a securities class action lawsuit as well as a shareholder derivative lawsuit against the company. Both suits were filed in Massachusetts.

Vodafone Still Happy with Verizon Wireless

February 27, 2007 4:46 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Despite media reports that Verizon Communications is working to hammer out a deal with Vodafone to take control of the European operator's stake in Verizon Wireless, Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin reiterated his position that the company remains satisfied with its stake in Verizon Wireless.

SK Telecom, LG-Nortel Launch HSDPA Network

February 27, 2007 4:46 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

The LG-Nortel venture has attracted another customer. The JV teamed with SK Telecom to launch a handset-based next-generation high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) network in cities across southern Korea. The companies are touting the launch as an industry first.

Nokia Ramps Up Counterfeiter Fight

February 27, 2007 4:46 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Given the rise in counterfeit mobile devices and accessories, Nokia announced plan to step up its efforts to thwart counterfeiters. The news comes on the heels of a Florida court awarding the No. 1 global handset manufacturer more than $1 million in damages in its case involving the trafficking of counterfeit Nokia products.

Intel Invests in Antenna Entity

February 27, 2007 4:46 pm | by Susan Rush | News | Comments

Wireless antenna manufacturer SkyCross got a shot in the arm through an investment from Intel Capital, Intel Corp.'s investment arm. Although the value of the agreement was not disclosed, the companies have agreed to collaborate in developing mobile video applications together with selected voice and data initiatives.

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