Groove Mobile has been known for powering carrier over-the-air download services such as Sprint’s Music Store. But now the company is expanding into the off-portal business.
Virgin Mobile’s Sugar Mama program, which lets subscribers earn airtime minutes by viewing and providing feedback to advertisements is gaining traction with subscribers.
Motorola introduced the HotZone Duo mesh Wi-Fi products, which are currently in beta testing. Commercial availability is slated for later in 2006.
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• MobiTV unveiled a Spanish-language video package for mobile phones. Sprint Nextel signed on as the first U.S. carrier to offer the new content. The carrier is branding the service as Sprint TV En Vivo, a live Spanish-language video and audio service that includes more than 15 channels. Discovery en Español, ESPN D
While both men and women are willing to try mobile games, few opt to make a purchase, according to a new study coming out of M:Metrics, which found that prices, choice and lack of interest are keeping consumers from downloading mobile games.
LimeLife introduced Word Heaven, a word jumble puzzle game designed specifically with women and girls in mind. The word puzzle game is designed to be more oriented toward women because of colors and a more feminine feel, says LimeLife CEO Kristin McDonnell.
On the heels of its quarterly results and a lawsuit settlement, InPhonic revealed that it has entered into a $100 million debt financing agreement with Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.
Turning enterprise applications into something useful on a wireless handset can be a complex task, but an increasing number of development platforms can make the job a lot easier. One of these is an upcoming release of the BlackBerry Mobile Data System (formerly called Mobile Data Service, or MDS), which will help corporate IT departments quickly design Web-based applications.
Check out the deck of any wireless operator's mobile entertainment offerings and you'll see some familiar names - Fast and Furious, Finding Nemo, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and War of the Worlds. But this list isn't a rundown of the latest top movies. These are mobile games based on popular movies. Those popular titles are used to attract gamers and generate sales.
The consolidation of two major wireless operators used to conjure up images of customer confusion, billing chaos, misinformed sales representatives and network glitches. But with today's proliferation of wireless operator mergers, the telecom industry has become well versed in what it takes to combine two disparate companies and end up with one big happy family.
A new focus is becoming more pervasive among Tier 1 operators: customer loyalty. Carriers that once welcomed overage fees because they bolstered revenues now are willing to sacrifice those fees in exchange for better customer perception. Sprint's Fair & Flexible plan, which protects consumers from overage charges by automatically charging them an extra $5 per month for an additional 100 mi
Ask someone in the domestic U.S. wireless telecommunications business who the largest telecom manufacturer is in China and they'll likely answer Huawei Technologies. Huawei has gained a lot of visibility outside China, but at home it takes a back seat to ZTE, which is actually the largest in China. Now, ZTE has started to spread it wings in the United States.
WASHINGTON-Democrats in Congress are asking the Republican leadership if revelations that the government has a widespread domestic phone data monitoring program have sidelined the pending wireless pretexting law.