Handmark, provider of the news and information service Pocket Express, is acquiring FreeRange Communications, a privately held mobile technology company in Portland, Ore., that offer a mobile publishing platform for media companies and content publishers to create their own branded applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cincinnati Bell’s wireless service revenue in the fourth quarter was $72 million, up $2 million from the year-ago quarter. Cincinnati Bell had 551,000 wireless customers at the end of the fourth quarter, which included year-over-year growth of 1 percent in its postpaid subscriber base. Postpaid quarterly ARPU was $48.46, an increase of $2.32 from the fourth quarter of 2007, reflecting the company’s focus on acquiring smartphone subscribers.

• Prepaid provider TracFone Wireless announced its launch of SafeLink Wireless in Massachusetts and Georgia. SafeLink will serve as the company’s distribution of Lifeline, a U.S. government-supported program ensures phone service is available and affordable for eligible low-income households. The SafeLink Wireless service will provide eligible low-income households a free cell phone, mobile access to emergency services and free 80 minutes of air time, monthly, for one year.

Syniverse Technologies has launched its IP Packet eXchange Network Transport solution (IPX) to help global operators keep up with increasing data volumes while maintaining quality of service for subscribers. Syniverse also announced the launch of Syniverse RoamWise, a forecasting tool for GSM roaming.

RF Micro Devices announced the availability of the RF2815 - a GPS LNA module with integrated filter designed for use in GPS receivers. The company says the highly integrated RF2815 is optimized for both solution size and performance and is especially suited for battery-powered mobile devices, such as portable navigation devices (PNDs) and GPS-enabled CDMA handsets.

Mojiva says it has served more than 1 billion mobile ads in its first eight months of operation.

Motorola says its public key infrastructure (PKI) Center of Excellence in San Diego has been selected by the WiMAX Forum to be a root certificate authority for WiMAX devices worldwide. Devices that will connect to a WiMAX network - such as cell phones, laptop computers and portable media players – are generally required to have a device certificate in order for that device to be authenticated and become functional on a network.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) announced the company signed in 2008 multiple long-term agreements with wireless carriers throughout the United States for its E911 solutions. TCS now provides Hosted Mobile Positioning Center (MPC) and Hosted Position Determining Entity (HPDE) capabilities for E911 customers including regional wireless providers Bluegrass Cellular, Flat Wireless, NTCH-Cleartalk-Colorado and nationwide wireless provider Cricket Communications.

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•  Sprint Nextel Gets More Time in Affiliate Fight
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•  FirstNews Briefs for Feb. 05, 2009