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  • Verizon-Apple deal less likely after Google move?

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    This week's announcement by Verizon Wireless and Google that they plan to bring more Android smartphones to market means Verizon is less likely to sell the Apple iPhone any time soon, IDC analysts said today.
  • AT&T on iPhone tethering: Not yet

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    iPhone owners everywhere, rejoice! AT&T on Thursday gave an official update on just when you can expect to gain access to tethering. Oh wait, don't rejoice just yet; it seems the official word is "not yet."
  • Networks have to get more dense, Qualcomm says

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    The wireless industry has reached the limits of what it can do to use radio spectrum more efficiently and needs to move on to making networks more dense through tools such as femtocells, the cofounder and the current CEO of Qualcomm said Thursday.
  • Specialty stores are mobile app shops of the future

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Right now smartphone users can shop for apps in a confusing array of places. Their phones' hardware maker might have a store, as might the OS developer. Operators are making their own stores and third parties like Handmark and Handango have long offered application stores.
  • What kind of digital nomad are you?

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    Location-independent digital nomads run the gamut from people who sneak off to Starbucks to get some focused work done to hard-core adventure travelers who sell their house, leave the country and travel the world for years. In between, there are all kinds of people and reasons to take advantage of the flexible-work opportunities that mobile devices, social networks and the Internet make possible. Here's my best attempt at the creation of a meaningful taxonomy of digital nomads.
  • AT&T defends network, lays out HSPA plans

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan defended his company's wireless coverage against attacks by industry analysts and media while laying out some details about its plans for further network upgrades.
  • Motorola no longer on LiMo Foundation board

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Motorola is so focused on Android that it has dropped its board seat on the LiMo Foundation, the mobile Linux group it helped found.
  • Samsung to offer mobile access to Oracle, other software

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Samsung has developed a mobile CRM (customer relationship management) service, based on Oracle products, that it partially hosts from a data center in New Jersey.
  • FCC Chair Addresses Looming Spectrum Crisis

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski spoke to the wireless industry at the International CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment conference this week in San Diego. During his presentation he described an impending 'spectrum crisis' and outlined a number of initiatives the FCC is working on to ensure that the spectrum can keep pace with the exploding demand for mobile broadband.
  • MS Pushes for Business Customers to Use 'Windows Phone'

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    Microsoft yesterday announced the global availability of a number of handsets running its brand new mobile operating system (OS), Windows Mobile 6.5. While most of the new features and enhancements are aimed at consumers, the company says it isn't overlooking the enterprise.
  • Sprint focuses on wireless M2M with new business unit

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 12:37 pm

    Sprint Nextel Inc. has been in the wireless M2M (machine-to-machine) business for a decade, but this week announced a greater focus on the exploding market area by creating a new Emerging Solutions business unit to speed up delivery of the technology to businesses and consumers.
  • CTIA backs standard data, power, audio jacks for phones

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:40 am

    The board of the wireless industry group CTIA this week voted to support broad adoption of two interfaces for connecting peripherals to mobile phones: Micro-USB and the 3.5mm "mini plug" headphone jack.
  • Genachowski lays out FCC mobile strategy

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski outlined a four-part strategy for U.S. wireless communications on Wednesday, focusing on additional radio spectrum, obstacles to 4G (fourth-generation) deployments, an open Internet and competition.
  • What's Behind AT&T's New VoIP Policy?

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    In AT&T's written statement about its new VoIP policy, the company says it informed both Apple and the FCC about its decision to allow VoIP iPhoneat&t voip apps over 3G. It's possible that AT&T was required by law to notify the FCC of any significant changes it makes to how a particular handset behaves on its network, but AT&T may also be hoping to relieve recent government interest in the iPhone.
  • Wireless carriers donate $1 million for wireless training

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 3:50 pm

    AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA are donating $1 million to fund nonprofit One Economy Corp.'s program to provide classes for low income youths on wireless technologies and issues.
  • Why Windows Mobile 6.5 Matters

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    Despite some negative early reviews, Windows Mobile 6.5 has some impressive features and significantly enhances the operating system in comparison to its predecessor.
  • Nokia's testing lab is a cell phone's chamber of horrors

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Just about everybody has dropped a cell phone at one time or another. The engineers at Nokia's testing lab in San Diego have seen and heard all the phone disaster stories and have designed hundreds of tests with the idea of improving Nokia cell phone quality.
  • AT&T VoIP Decision A Win For Net Neutrality

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    Net neutrality is not even law and already appears to be forcing changes on wireless carriers. AT&T, which previously prevented Skype from routing voice calls over its 3G wireless data network, Tuesday reversed its position.
  • Russian WiMax operator eyes GSM handover, WiMax 2 tests

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 2:15 pm

    Russian WiMax operator Yota will soon begin offering its customers a WiMax terminal that can make VOIP calls -- and hand them over to a GSM network when the caller wanders out of the WiMax coverage area.
  • China Mobile helps alternative LTE to take off

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    China Mobile's use of TD-LTE (Time-Division Long-Term Evolution) will have global repercussions, with the technology used to improve indoor coverage and increase capacity in next-generation mobile broadband networks, according to an Ericsson executive.
  • FCC's Genachowski to enter wireless hot house

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 11:10 am

    What once looked to be a quiet CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment show this week is now taking place amid a growing buzz about U.S. regulatory issues, with several appearances by U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski shaping up as the centerpiece.
  • Kindle price cut, international version. Your move, Sony

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 7:50 am

    Amazon continues to put the pressure on Sony (and other e-reader manufacturers) by cutting the price of the Kindle and introducing an international version.
  • A happy ending: how two stolen laptops were recovered with Kaseya

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 6:44 am

    Lately thieves are getting caught because of better software tools that are on the laptops
  • Qualcomm's FLO puts a TV in your hand

    Posted October 7, 2009 - 2:40 am

    MediaFLO, the Qualcomm subsidiary that broadcasts digital TV to mobile phones, introduced its first device on Wednesday by taking the phone out of the TV.
  • Good and wicked cool mobile and wireless companies to watch

    Posted October 6, 2009 - 9:44 pm

    Our 2009 list of wireless and mobile companies to watch reveal the breadth, depth, and excitement of the human imagination applied to wireless and mobile technologies. Check out the main story for more details. And jump into "comments" section to give us your opinion of this crop of companies.

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