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News Briefs for June 29, 2006

Tue, 02/27/2007 - 3:21pm
Wireless Week Staff

  • Sprint Nextel and Sanyo have teamed to deliver a new handset that offers parents some control over their children's cell phone usage. The Sprint PCS Vision Phone SCP-2400 enables parents to program approved incoming and outgoing numbers and restrict access to fee-based services, such as Sprint PCS Ready Link and Sprint PCS Vision. Separately, Sprint said it is rolling out exclusive mobile content based on the upcoming film "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," starring Will Ferrell. Ferrell also will be featured in a series of commercials for Sprint.
  • Cingular Wireless is investing $46 million to enhance its wireless coverage in the Las Vegas area. The carrier intends to have more than 60 new cell sites up and running by the end of the year - 33 have already come online, according to the company. Cingular also plans to invest in new switches, portable and permanent generators and other network enhancements.
  • Metro One Telecommunications inked a deal to deliver its Enhanced Directory Assistance and call center network to Mobi PCS. Mobi PCS was formerly Coral Wireless and offers mobile services in Hawaii.
  • Freescale Semiconductor has opened new facilities to expand its reach in Bucharest, Romania. The new sites will focus on developing next-generation wireline and wireless communication technologies, according to the company.
  • Amdocs announced Rogers Communications plans to implement Amdocs CRM across its cable, wireless and telecom businesses. The implementation will help Rogers achieve its goal of integrated customer management (ICM), Amdocs says. Rogers also uses Amdocs billing software.
  • In an effort to help Californians comply with the state's new cell phone recycling mandate, ReCellular announced it has more than 1,500 participating retail locations throughout the state where residents can drop off used phones and accessories.
  • Verso Technologies and IBM have signed an agreement to offer the Verso MetroNet VoIP Overlay solution on the IBM eServer BladeCenter platform. The solution, according to the companies, will target providers in the Tier-2 through Tier-4 markets that require deployment of an open standards, next-generation network (NGN) softswitch platform. The solution can be deployed over a host of broadband medium - wireless, cable, xDSL, wireless, satellite and microwave.
  • Hertzler Systems announced the latest version of its flagship software, GainSeeker Suite, supports data collection, monitoring and first-level analysis on PDAs and other handheld devices. GainSeeker 7.502 enables users to track the latest real-time alerts from handheld devices, which means engineers and support staff can monitor and troubleshoot problems anywhere in the enterprise, the company says.
  • Leap Wireless International's President and CEO Doug Hutcheson has been elected to the San Diego's Regional Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) board of directors. Hutcheson will serve a 2-year term, which begins on July 11. 
  • CellStar Corporation signed a distribution agreement with Bluetrek. The agreement calls for CellStar to offer Bluetrek's Bluetooth-enabled devices to CellStar's customer base in the United States. Bluetrek's line of wireless accessories includes the X2, a weatherproof headset with 14 hours of talk time, according to the company.

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