FirstNews Briefs for March 19, 2009
• Eleven members of Congress this week sent a letter to Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps urging the commission to adopt a 48-hour rule for all number porting. Wireless operators port numbers between each other in about two and half hours, often in even less time, the letter states. The wireline porting interval is generally four business days.
• AT&T will start offering the 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3G at no-commitment prices of $599 and $699, respectively, starting March 26, according to Boy Genius Report.
• Buzzwire invites basketball fans to m.buzzwire.com for access to mobile NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament sites to check scores, see video highlights, get analysis and more from their mobile devices.
• Sprint Nextel is touting the Motorola i580 as a ruggedized, all-weather iDEN device now available in bright yellow.
• Leap Wireless International’s Cricket Communications announced that the Nokia 3606 is now available. The Nokia 3606 is a flip phone optimized with popular features, including an MP3 music player with dedicated “hidden-until-lit” external music keys to provide instant access to songs and a 1.3 megapixel camera with an LED flash. The phone sells for $179.99.
• The global recession is one of the factors that has put a brake on expected large-scale femtocell deployments by major mobile operators. But a new study from ABI Research says the slowdown will only be temporary. Revised 2009 estimates project shipments at slightly less than 1 million.
• Shortcuts.com introduced Shortcuts.com Mobile to enable shoppers to select electronic coupons using their cell phone. Shortcuts.com is a free, paperless electronic coupon service that links coupons directly to grocery store savings cards.
• Wavelink Corporation announced its mobile device management solution, Wavelink Avalanche Mobility Center (MC), will be used to manage more than 1,000 devices for ACS Courier, a shipping company in Greece.
• CalAmp announced the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity to its Dataradio CiPHR IP Router, a rugged wireless communications and networking platform for fixed and mobile data applications over 3G cellular networks. CiPHR is designed for first responders, public safety agencies, utilities and oil and gas companies.