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Seybold’s Take - Clearwire and LTE?

December 25, 2008 4:53 pm | by Andrew M. Seybold | Comments

Clearwire’s CEO said the company might look at rolling out LTE in a few years. Does that mean Clearwire is tipping its hand, indicating it might participate in the 700 MHz auction and challenge the incumbents even more?

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Happy Holidays From Wireless Week

December 23, 2008 10:10 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

Today’s issue of Wireless Week FirstNews is the final edition of 2008. We will resume publishing the daily newsletter on Mon, Jan. 5, 2009. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Why Android Makes Life Tougher for Developers

December 15, 2008 5:49 am | by Faraz Syed | Comments

When the Android excitement dies down, developers will start to consider the new Android OS to be a mixed blessing at best.

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Customer Care Is Key In N-Play Convergence

December 15, 2008 5:36 am | by Fran Heeran | Comments

With the digital content market continuing to evolve, service providers today are no longer limited to a distinct number of services.

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Rescuing MMS from Life Support

December 12, 2008 12:36 pm | by Brough Turner | Comments

For mobile operators, multimedia messaging service (MMS) held the promise of added revenue and additional sticky services to reduce churn.

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2009 Bright Spots

December 3, 2008 5:03 pm | by Rhonda Wickham | Comments

So many questions. So few answers. Yet Wireless Week asked wireless industry representatives what they expect in the new year. There was an air of optimism and confidence despite the challenges. The hot-button topics never strayed far from themes of the economy, broadband, mobile media, customer service and improving the bottom line.

Up Front - A Handoff of a Different Kind

December 3, 2008 4:54 pm | by Rhonda Wickham, Former Editor-in-Chief | Comments

In those early years, as the wireless industry struggled to build out individual markets, sift through the many regulatory challenges and emerge from the stereotype of a rich man’s toy, the magazine also worked mightily to deliver vital technology and business information.

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MMS Expands... Just Not Everywhere

December 3, 2008 4:52 pm | by Brad Smith | Comments

The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this year featured a “mini movie studio” where several thousand people were able to make 15-second made-for-mobile movies and send them to their handsets.

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More Than Just Talk

December 3, 2008 4:49 pm | by Brad Smith | Comments

The number of text messages sent and received in the United States may surpass voice calls, but voice still is the main reason most people buy mobile phones. Still, technology and applications companies continue to find ways to use voice on a phone for things other than having conversations.

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Analysis - Fishy Chip Shares in Basebands

December 3, 2008 4:45 pm | by Keith Mallinson | Comments

Recent market exit announcements cast doubt on how much more value TI and Freescale offer in basebands than do silicon foundries such as TSMC and Chartered in conjunction with independent packaging and testing houses.

Thinking Through UIs

December 3, 2008 4:42 pm | by Evan Koblentz | Comments

Easy navigation, speedy performance and uncluttered designs are some of the goals designers strive for when making user interfaces for mobile phone applications. Meeting those goals wouldn’t be difficult if only one kind of phone existed.

Tapping “White Spaces” Won’t Be Easy

December 3, 2008 4:39 pm | by Elliott Drucker | Comments

In a long-awaited move, the FCC elected to allow unlicensed use of so-called “white spaces,” unused spectrum allocated to TV broadcasting, for broadband data transmissions. This decision was surrounded by controversy and fierce lobbying on the part of powerful business interests.

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Seybold’s Take - Adding 4G to 3G

December 3, 2008 4:36 pm | by Andrew M. Seybold | Comments

At the recent CDMA Developers Group Conference held in San Diego, one of the central topics was the migration of 3G networks to 4G, which for this conference anyway, meant both LTE and WiMAX (next-generation WiMAX).

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Femtocells: Securing the Core-Internet Border

November 21, 2008 5:41 am | by Kevin Mitchell | Comments

No matter what the femtocell architecture is, there are significant risks to network availability and service integrity that mobile operators need to plan for and employ defenses against to prevent or mitigate these threats.

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Virtualizing Prepaid, Postpaid

November 19, 2008 6:39 am | by Charlotte Yarkoni | Comments

With the current economic climate, wireless operators face shrinking marketing budgets and reduced consumer spending.

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