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Cingular Plans Old Phone Surcharge

February 28, 2007 3:08 am | by Susan Rush | Comments

Cingular Wireless continues to push the superiority of its GSM network to consumers, but some customers remain tied to their analog or TDMA phones. In an effort to give customers a little extra push to make the switch to GSM, the carrier plans to impose a $4.99 a month fee to use the older phones.

Wireless Lifts Verizon

February 28, 2007 3:08 am | by Susan Rush | Comments

Verizon Communications managed to beat analysts' profit forecasts in large part due to the performance of the company's wireless joint venture with Vodafone, Verizon Wireless.

Cricket Expands in Texas

February 28, 2007 3:08 am | by Susan Rush | Comments

Leap Wireless International's Cricket service is making its debut in three new Texas towns today, Austin, Temple and Killeen. The service debut follows a launch in San Antonio last month.

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EarthLink Aims for New Municipal Wi-Fi Contract

February 28, 2007 3:08 am | by Susan Rush | Comments

EarthLink is looking to move forward in the municipal Wi-Fi arena. The latest: the ISP is negotiating a contract for a 23-square-mile network at the home of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Rhode Island Wireless Initiative Advances

February 28, 2007 3:08 am | by Susan Rush | Comments

The Business Innovation Factory (BIF) announced plans to extend its Rhode Island Wireless Innovation Networks (RI-WINs) pilot into its first rural community. Foster joins Providence and Newport as part of the RI-WINs project.

News Briefs for Aug. 1, 2006

February 28, 2007 3:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Comments

MobileLime, Mobileplay, Opera Software, Total Call Mobile, Third Screen Media, AirMagnet, MobiTV, Chum, Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, Radcom, Qualcomm, EarthLink Municipal Networks, NetNearU and DiVitas Networks.

Casting a Blue Hue

February 28, 2007 3:07 am | by Monica Alleven | Comments

If you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. That's what a small U.K. firm is hoping. Filter UK, which is supplying its BlueCasting technology for a Land Rover campaign through the end of this month, wants to broaden its reach beyond Times Square. Already, it has ventured into New York's NOHO district and Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with its spring Absolut Vodka billboar

Change of Heart over Jamming

February 28, 2007 3:07 am | by Mark Rockwell | Comments

The FCC's ban on individual wireless radio communications jamming, including wireless telephone signals, carries an $11,000 fine and a year in jail. Despite those penalties, devices that can jam signals on a localized basis have found an underground market with business owners that want their patrons to be free of interruptions caused by wireless phones while on their premises.

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Cord-Cutters Pose Threat to Landline

February 28, 2007 3:07 am | by Sue Marek | Comments

It may not make the headlines that it did a few years ago, but landline displacement is alive and well in the United States. In fact, big-bucket wireless calling plans and the go-anywhere convenience of mobile phones are threatening the stronghold of traditional telephone carriers. The threat comes in two forms.

Carriers Try Back Door State Pre-emption

February 28, 2007 3:07 am | by Mark Rockwell | Comments

Washington–Wireless carriers are still courting the FCC on state pre-emption even as Congress addresses the issue in its rewrite of the Telecommunications Act, but the opportunity to get extra protection from state regulators is narrowing. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the legislation in early June – without a provision for wireless carriers.

Pre or Post – the Battle Continues

February 28, 2007 3:07 am | by Sue Marek | Comments

Teens and young adults are high on the list of desirable new customers for wireless carriers and MVNOs. But many members of this potentially lucrative demographic group have little credit history, which can make them risky postpaid customers. And some are averse to long-term contracts – a staple in the postpaid world.

Killer Applications?

February 28, 2007 3:07 am | by Andrew Seybold | Comments

A recent report by M:Metrics shows that after eight growth quarters for wireless application downloads, this past quarter was flat – at least for ringtones and wallpaper. Many within the industry are pointing to this information and predicting that data applications will not be as big a business as first thought.

Why Did You Buy That Phone?

February 28, 2007 3:06 am | by Staff | Comments

A new analysis by comScore Networks shows that consumers are most likely to research newly released and "trendy" handsets. The company also analyzed online cell phone ordering trends among new and existing customers at major carrier and wireless sites and found that price was the driving factor behind purchases.

Usage Heats Up in the Southeast

February 28, 2007 3:06 am | by Staff | Comments

Houston and New Orleans – some of the most affected areas during last year's hurricane season – experienced wireless usage growth year-over-year at least five times higher than the national average, according to Telephia's Customer Value Metrics. The research panel reveals that U.S. metro areas in the Southeastern part of the country use their wireless phones well above the nationa

Newer Phones, Older Users

February 28, 2007 3:06 am | by Karen Brown | Comments

The mobile handset industry has a habit of concentrating much of its design attention on the youth market, but now a new trend is afoot – developing newer phones that target older users. With Baby Boomers just now reaching their so-called senior years, handset makers and carriers are becoming aware of the need to optimize phones to fit an aging demographic, with features ranging from larg

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