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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.

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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

Family Talk Plans Vex Metrics

February 28, 2007 3:06 am | by Sue Marek | Comments

Family plans certainly sound like a winning proposition for consumers and wireless operators. Take an existing wireless subscriber, charge them an extra $9.99 per month and outfit their spouse, child or parent with an additional line. For the carriers, family plans are an easy and economical way to acquire another valuable subscriber.

The Long-Term Implications Of Merger Mania

February 28, 2007 3:06 am | by Mark Lowenstein | Comments

With the SBC/AT&T and Qwest/MCI deals added to the recent list of potential wireless mergers, it's evident we are in the midst of a dramatic reshaping of the telecommunications industry. In 2004, the number of access lines shrunk by 4 percent and long-distance revenues declined by nearly 15 percent.

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Looking Up: Interest In World Phones, In-Flight Service

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

How do they do it? Almost half of all international travelers surveyed say they do not use their cellular phone during international trips. About 14 percent rent a phone, while 12.5 percent borrow one from the company, according to a survey conducted by In-Stat, a sister company to Wireless Week. Still, nearly 29 percent of respondents say they would be "extremely" or "very" interested in a wor

HSDPA Trials Pick Up Speed

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

Nortel Networks and Qualcomm announced completion of a live call over a high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) in a moving automobile using commercial network and handset equipment. Bottom line? A 5 MB music file was downloaded in less than 30 seconds. An e-mail with a 3 MB attachment was downloaded in 20 seconds, similar to DSL or ADSL speeds.

Report Finds Telematics Thriving In North America

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

General Motors' plan to make OnStar standard on all its passenger cars by 2007 will nearly triple its yearly output of telematics-enabled vehicles, says ABI Research. North America's current 3+ million telematics subscribers represent more than three-quarters of the world's total subscribers, while the region accounts for only a third of the world's vehicle sales.

Cingular Sensation?

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

Cingular Wireless' hefty offline marketing spend for the Motorola RAZR V3 camera phone has driven significant interest across multiple age segments, but it has garnered the highest interest among the young adult crowd (18-24), representing 27 percent of interest on Cingular.com. With its thin, ultra-light chassis and integrated digital VGA camera, the Bluetooth-capable RAZR is targeting a "hip,

HP, Macromedia to Enhance Mobile Digital Offerings

February 28, 2007 3:06 am | by Susan Rush | Comments

HP and Macromedia are putting their heads together to deliver a richer digital user experience across wireless, broadband and fixed networks.

Motorola Brings PoC to Symbian

February 28, 2007 3:06 am | by Susan Rush | Comments

In hopes of accelerating the availability of push-to-talk over cellular (PoC), Motorola announced its PoC Clients now support both Symbian Series 60 and UIQ mobile devices.

New Prepaid Service Unveiled

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

TracFone Wireless is putting a new spin on prepaid wireless. The company launched NET10, a national prepaid service that offers a flat rate of 10 cents per minute for local, long distance and roaming calls.

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