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  • Sprint debuts wireless music download service

    Posted October 31, 2005 - 10:50 pm

    Sprint Nextel is launching an over-the-air music service, an offering the company hopes will entice customers to pay high per-song fees in exchange for the instant gratification of wireless downloads. The Sprint Music Store went live Monday with a catalog of songs from EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group that Sprint said numbers in the hundreds of thousands. For US$2.50 per song, customers receive two digital copies, one formatted for use only on their phone and another formatted for downloading to a PC.
  • Aruba takes wireless beyond the enterprise

    Posted October 31, 2005 - 10:45 pm

    Aruba has launched a new architecture it calls Mobile Edge and announced a gaggle of gear in a bid to extend wireless mobility in and beyond the enterprise.
  • Vodafone offers 3G in Australia

    Posted October 31, 2005 - 10:41 pm

    Vodafone is the latest major telecommunications carrier to step into the 3G arena in Australia, joining Telstra and Hutchison's 3 in offering video, voice, and data over one connection.
  • WiMax watchers admit it's unfit for mainstream

    Posted October 28, 2005 - 9:45 am

    While WiMax has a huge buzz attached to it, many attendees at the WiMax World Conference and Exposition 2005 are admitting that more development and experimentation are needed before the standard is ready for prime time.
  • Sun looks to RFID for IT asset tracking

    Posted October 28, 2005 - 9:42 am

    Over the next few months, Sun will be rolling out an extension to its IT asset tracking portfolio that includes RFID chips. The chips will allow IT shops to keep track of non-networked hardware.
  • Wireless broadband takes to the sky in Japan

    Posted October 28, 2005 - 9:33 am

    A Japanese university team that has developed an airship equipped with a wireless Internet access point says a recent trial of the technology was a success.
  • Motorola, Intel to drive mobile WiMax

    Posted October 28, 2005 - 9:29 am

    With the IEEE 802.16e specification for mobile WiMax slowly moving toward approval, Motorola and Intel are now teaming up to help lay the groundwork for the next phase of standardization: establishing WiMax Forum profiles for implementing the mobile version of the wireless broadband technology.
  • Vodafone buys stake in Indian operator

    Posted October 28, 2005 - 9:25 am

    Vodafone will acquire 10 percent of Indian mobile and fixed line operator Bharti Tele-Ventures for 66.56 billion rupees (US$1.48 billion), the company said on Friday. The deal supports Vodafone's strategy of expanding into growth markets.
  • As pretty as a WIFI-Enabled Airport

    Posted October 26, 2005 - 5:14 pm

    not the result of architectural splendor or sublime baggage logistics or exemplary customs controls.

  • Try Internal WiMAX

    Posted October 26, 2005 - 9:48 am

    Plenty of noise about WiMAX talks about ways to extend consumer broadband where cabled solutions cost too much. How about trying some of the new WiMAX products yourself to handle wireless connections across large areas? You can certainly find some WiMAX feature to test, whether new line of sight radio network links up to 40 miles away, spreading WiFi voice phones across a wide campus, or backhauling WiFi access points far outside your wired network's reach. Whatever you learn, good or bad, will save you time and money down the road when new solutions must solve new problems.
  • Nokia rolls out entry-level CDMA phones

    Posted October 26, 2005 - 9:45 am

    Nokia Corp. will offer two new CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) handsets that are part of its continued push into emerging markets, the company announced Wednesday.
  • Cell phone sales increasing worldwide

    Posted October 26, 2005 - 9:07 am

    Demand in developing economies helped continue the upward trend in mobile phone sales, with the industry on track to sell 800 million units worldwide in 2005.
  • BellSouth goes wireless for Katrina recovery

    Posted October 26, 2005 - 9:03 am

    BellSouth, which lost nine central offices and suffered damage to eleven others when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, is offering a pre-WiMax wireless data service to small businesses in New Orleans that have lost their telecommunications service. The service can deliver as much as 1.5 Mbps downstream and costs $69.95 per month.
  • New mobile Linux group to launch next month

    Posted October 26, 2005 - 8:58 am

    A group of mobile phone companies plan to launch an initiative in mid-November to standardize the applications layer of Linux-based mobile devices, representatives involved in the project said. The group will be called the Linux Phone Standardization Forum (LiPS).
  • NTT DoCoMo sells stake in KPN Mobile

    Posted October 25, 2005 - 9:52 am

    NTT DoCoMo Inc. has sold its stake in Dutch mobile operator and I-mode partner KPN Mobile NV to the carrier's parent company, NTT DoCoMo announced late Monday.
  • Canon to launch Ixy camera with built-in Wi-Fi

    Posted October 25, 2005 - 9:30 am

    Canon will launch a version of its compact Ixy digital still camera with built-in Wi-Fi in Japan this December, the company said Tuesday. The camera will offer users the ability to automatically transfer pictures to a personal computer via the wireless link as the pictures are taken.
  • Roamware lets CDMA users roam on GSM networks

    Posted October 25, 2005 - 9:24 am

    Roamware has introduced a roaming gateway that enables CDMA mobile users to roam on GSM networks, while retaining their CDMA numbers, according to an executive of the company.
  • Aruba promises portable business LAN

    Posted October 25, 2005 - 9:19 am

    Aruba Networks has launched the "Mobile Edge" - a portable wireless LAN access point that will let business users plug in a bubble of corporate WLAN wherever they are.
  • Virgin to become virtual mobile operator in France

    Posted October 25, 2005 - 9:15 am

    The French mobile phone market may be about to get a bit more crowded. Virgin Mobile Holdings PLC said on Monday that it's in talks with mobile phone operator Orange PLC about launching a mobile virtual network operator in France.
  • Ericsson to buy most of Marconi for $2.1 billion

    Posted October 25, 2005 - 9:12 am

    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson on Tuesday said it agreed to buy parts of struggling telecommunications equipment vendor Marconi Corp. PLC for $2.1 billion.
  • Ericsson sets up R&D and service center in India

    Posted October 25, 2005 - 9:11 am

    Ericsson announced Monday that it is setting up a research and development center and a regional services delivery center in India.
  • Voice over WLAN to triple by 2007: Report

    Posted October 24, 2005 - 12:42 pm

    North American SMBs are increasingly deploying wireless LANs, according to a new report from Infonetics Research, which expects that by 2009, 57 percent of small businesses and 62 percent of medium businesses will have implemented the technology.
  • Cingular pumps up wireless IM, e-mail

    Posted October 24, 2005 - 12:42 pm

    In the hopes of making email and instant messaging as easy on cell phones as it is on smartphones such as the Blackberry and the Treo, Cingular Wireless has announced that it will provide Yahoo, AOL and MSN email and IM to its customers on regular cell phones via a downloadable client powered by OZ Communications.
  • China Mobile makes offer for Hong Kong's Peoples

    Posted October 21, 2005 - 8:46 am

    Looking to get a foothold in China's mobile telephony market, China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd., the listed arm of China's largest mobile phone operator, has tendered a cash offer to purchase Hong Kong mobile operator China Resources Peoples Telephone Co. Ltd., according to a company statement.
  • Freescale demos Bluetooth at UWB speeds

    Posted October 20, 2005 - 8:05 pm

    In a sign that the UWB and Bluetooth standards might converge, Freescale recently demonstrated a version of UWB operating under the Bluetooth software stack - at UWB's increased speeds.
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