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  • McDonald's to Offer Free Wi-Fi Internet Access

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Beginning in mid-January, McDonald's restaurants will become one of the nation's largest providers of free Wi-Fi Internet access, thanks to a new deal with AT&T.
  • Review

    Review: SolarVoice 908 headset lets the sunshine in

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 7:40 am

    Want to go green with your smartphone? Try the SolarVoice 908, a Bluetooth headset that charges itself via a built-in photovoltaic panel.
  • Singapore cracks down on telecom contracts, termination fees

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 2:10 am

    Telecommunication regulators in Singapore issued new guidelines governing contract terms and early termination fees for mobile and broadband services in a bid to make the city-state's telecommunications industry more competitive.
  • Census Bureau error puts texting rate at a fraction of CTIA estimate

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Just how much texting is actually going on is apparently in some disagreement, with numbers for growth in texting contained in a U.S. Census Bureau press release issued today just a fraction of what the private sector has reported through the CTIA.
  • AT&T offers new position on net neutrality

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should back away from creating strict nondiscrimination rules requiring broadband service providers to carry all Internet content and applications, because such net neutrality rules could hurt investment in networks, AT&T told the FCC Tuesday.
  • House panel looks for more mobile spectrum

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The U.S. Congress needs to find new wireless spectrum -- and new ways to share spectrum -- to avoid a pending spectrum shortage brought on by growing numbers of mobile subscribers and increased mobile data use, witnesses told a House of Representatives subcommittee.
  • Broadcom pushes mobile video, bright outlook

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Broadcom on Tuesday highlighted mobile video and home networking in product announcements and a rosy business forecast while the company received good news about two former executives.
  • Zer01 Mobile faces lawsuit from former partner

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Zer01 Mobile, the company that promised to launch an unlimited, contract-free mobile service in July, has been sued by a former partner.
  • Cellular Network Outage Raises Carrier Questions

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 3:13 pm

    Business IT hates single points of failure. Hate's 'em. With good reason, too, since a single point of failure means that some significant portion of your operation is at the mercy of a single component or vendor. One of the most common and critical "single point of failure" locations is the provider for your wireless network.
  • Mobility mgmt: Don't give up just yet

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    The state of mobility in the enterprise is officially at a crossroads. Businesses are torn as to whether they should wash their hands of procuring mobile devices and wireless services for employees to save money or to cling to centralized control to maximize productivity and ensure enterprise security.
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 delayed until 2010

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Microsoft has revealed that Windows Mobile 7 - the next version of its smartphone OS - is unlikely to be released until "late 2010".
  • Avaya unified communications helps patients reach doctors by phone

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Two years ago, patients calling Group Health Cooperative in Seattle for medical advice had zero chance of getting their questions answered on the first call. Now that the cooperative has implemented unified communications, however, the chances are 71%.
  • Opinion: The year ahead in mobile: Mobile services and fewer platforms

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 12:40 pm

    Five predictions from mobility analyst Michael Gartenberg.
  • China and Taiwan seek cooperation in RFID

    Posted December 15, 2009 - 4:40 am

    A conference on RFID (radio frequency identification) wireless technology opened Tuesday in Taipei promising to open the road to cooperation between China and Taiwan on how the two can further develop the technology and use it in products and services.
  • Sweden's TeliaSonera Blazes 4G Trail

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 10:10 pm

    Sweden's TeliaSonera has implemented 4G mobile networking in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway. The LTE deployment is ahead of the projected schedule and makes TeliaSonera the first in the world to implement commercially-available 4G wireless.
  • WLAN market on the rebound, Dell'Oro says

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    The wireless LAN industry nearly returned to its pre-recession health in the third quarter and is likely to achieve record revenue when the current quarter has been tallied, according research company Dell'Oro Group.
  • Report: AT&T Reputation Tarnished by iPhone Flaws

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    A report from the New York Times this weekend suggests that the perception that AT&T has an inferior wireless network may be more than greatly exaggerated--they might be flat wrong. Not only that, but it may be the Apple iPhone that is the root of the problems that are sullying AT&T's reputation.
  • 4G Mobile Service Debuts: What You Need to Know

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    A Swedish telecom firm has become the first carrier to offer 4G wireless service, albeit on a very limited basis. TeliaSonera announced Monday that its 4G/LTE network for data services would be available initially in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The carrier plans to expand 4G coverage to 25 cities in Sweden and four in Norway by the end of 2010.
  • Verizon Business lights up 100G backbone in Europe

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 7:10 pm

    Verizon Business has deployed 100Gb-per-second equipment on a fiber link between Paris and Frankfurt, activating the next generation of optical networking for commercial services to enterprises.
  • Ethernet switch cheat sheet

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Network technologies have come and gone, but the Ethernet switch has survived and continues to evolve, currently making its move to 40G and 100G. Here’s a roundup of our latest and most evergreen coverage.
  • AT&T iPhone Users Irate at Idea of Usage-Based Pricing

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 3:40 pm

    In less than two years, the iPhone has changed the way people think about and use their phones. As with any paradigm shift, reverberations can be felt in many ways. Wireless data usage has spiked, clogging AT&T's network.
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 Supports MS Exchange 2010

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    BlackBerry-smartphone-maker Research In Motion (RIM) late last week announced that its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5.0 software for corporate e-mail deployments now supports Microsoft's new Exchange Server 2010, as part of the BES service pack 1 (SP1) maintenance release 1 (MR1).
  • Google's Nexus One smartphone: Will mobile ads offset cost?

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Google isn't talking publicly about reported plans to sell a powerful Android-based smartphone called the Nexus One directly to consumers next year, but the idea is already raising eyebrows with analysts.
  • Story of the year: Newspapers and the Internet

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    As the year winds down, columnist Scott Bradner has been trying to decide how to summarize 2009 Internet-wise. It seems to him that the continuing saga of the news business symbolizes yet another year of close-to-terminal, Internet-induced confusion for traditional businesses -- or, maybe, panic.
  • Accenture drops Tiger Woods ads

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Tech consultant Accenture yesterday announced that it has dropped golfer Tiger Woods as a spokesman for the firm.

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