FirstNews Briefs for June 9, 2009

Tue, 06/09/2009 - 8:29am

• On the heels of Apple’s $99 iPhone 3G release, AT&T reaffirmed its 2009 financial guidance. The company targets wireless service operating income before depreciation and amortization margins in the low 40% range. The company expects customer acquisition costs for iPhone 3G S and the newly priced iPhone 3G to be similar to the costs associated with the original iPhone 3G.

Virgin Mobile USA is launching new contract plans for families, including a $175/month All-In plan with 4,000 shared anytime minutes and a $50 A La Carte plan with 600 shared minutes with unlimited mobile-to-mobile minutes.

• The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Ericsson is laying off 167 workers at a plant in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park by the end of the year, leaving less than two dozen. The company once employed 1,800 people there. Ericsson disclosed the layoffs in a filing to the state Commerce Department. The company said workers were notified more than a month ago and will leave in phases between Aug. 7 and Dec. 31.

Netezza announced that Telcel, the largest mobile phone carrier in Mexico, has chosen the Netezza Performance Server to analyze vast amounts of data for improving revenue assurance. Telcel chose Netezza to replace an existing system after considering options from Teradata, HP and other vendors., which enables instant playback of Tweeted videos, and TwitterFon, a Twitter application for the iPhone, announced a partnership where the TwitVid video service will be integrated into the TwitterFon iPhone application and made available to its users. As a part of the partnership, iPhone users will be able to Tweet mobile videos to their Twitter followers. The new iPhone 3GS incorporates video capture functionality.

Boingo Wireless reports that iPhones and iPod touches represented almost 23 percent of all devices accessing Wi-Fi in all Boingo-owned and operated networks in airports, ferries and convention centers during the month of May, second only to Windows XP and ahead of Windows Vista and Macintosh laptops. The iPhone was the fastest growing platform, just ahead of the Nokia eSeries smartphones.

Photobucket announced the availability of a native photo upload solution for the new Palm Pre.  As a pre-installed photo upload partner, Photobucket lets Palm Pre users send photos taken on their mobile device to a Photobucket album without having to download an application.  Users just take a picture and tap on the Photobucket entry to send the picture to their Photobucket account.

JiWire has appointed former Ad Infuse executive David Staas as senior vice president of marketing. JiWire, which reaches 20 million unique users per month through its public Wi-Fi advertising platform, says it is responding to increased market demand from brands and advertisers for its advertising solutions by adding Staas to the management team.

DeviceAnywhere has added the new Palm Pre phone to its network of 2,000+ feature phones and smartphones available over the DeviceAnywhere platform and accessible by organizations seeking to develop and test next-generation mobile applications.

American Airlines announced the extension of its mobile boarding pass option to a total of six airports, encouraging travelers to access electronic boarding passes on their mobile devices. The technology was first introduced at Chicago’s O’Hare International, Los Angeles International and John Wayne Orange County airports and now at Las Vegas McCarran International, Jackson Atlanta International and Minneapolis-St.Paul International airports. American's Airlines' mobile site is powered by Usablenet.

Envivio Inc. announced iLiveTV, a mobile video encoding and distribution solution for deploying Live and On Demand TV video services for the iPhone. The solution includes a video encoding platform, content delivery server software and a web-based navigation portal.

• According to a new report from clean technology research firm Pike Research, expenditures on green telecom equipment will comprise 46 percent of the $277 billion global telecom infrastructure market by 2013.

Autonet Mobile announced an agreement to equip the Volkswagen Routan with uconnect web – the in-car Wi-Fi Internet service already available to Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep owners. Beginning this month, more than 600 Volkswagen dealerships in the United States will offer Routan owners the opportunity to add uconnect web, powered by Autonet Mobile, to their vehicle.

More FirstNews 06/09/09:
•  Opinion: New iPhone Could Spell Doom for Sprint, Palm
•  Sprint: Pre Sets Sales Record
•  Former AT&T CEO to Become New GM Chairman
•  Verizon, T-Mobile File Proposals for Broadband Plan
•  Nokia N97 Goes on Sale
•  Texas Instruments Shares Rise
•  Startup Caters to Gays, Lesbians
•  FirstNews Briefs for June 09, 2009



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