What will Dorman do?

The former CEO of a struggling operator is now taking over the board of a struggling vendor. It’s probably crossedmore than a few of your minds that Dave Dorman played none too small a role in SBC’s acquisition of AT&T, which eventually took his former company’s venerable monikerbefore he retired. Now as chairman of Motorola, he’ll oversee Moto’ssplit into two entities: one focused solely on handsets and the other on a diverse array of carrier, enterprise, government and consumer equipment. Read the rest of this entry »

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MVNO epidemic continues

The industry has claimed another two MVNO casualties. Micro-MVNO-enabler Sonopia has let go of all of its U.S. staff, according to MEOW! Blog, and last week Movida, an IDT-backed Cisneros Group-backed MVNO targeted at Spanish speakers, went bankrupt.

Let’s face it the MVNO market looks pathetic. Read the rest of this entry »

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CTIA: John Edwards makes headlines, but not about wireless

How ironic. The news of greatest import to come out of CTIA Wireless had absolutely nothing to do with wireless. After his keynote speech with fellow former presidential candidate Fred Thompson, John Edwards told reporters that he would not accept the vice presidential nomination if offered by Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

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CTIA: embedding Qualcomm

LAS VEGAS–Qualcomm isn’t just about phones anymore. It’s also powering the radio connections of future laptops. According to the chipset maker, “several” laptop makers, including Dell,are incorporating Qualcomm’s data device UMTS and EV-DO radio chips into their PCs and plan to ship them in 2008. What’s more T-Mobile International, Verizon Wireless , Vodafone and Telefonica have either certified said laptops or will complete certification this month. Read the rest of this entry »

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CTIA: Below the ‘Surface’ with AT&T

AT&T today announced it would be the first commercial customer using Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ technology, which lets users touch, grab and manipulate data on screens. The technology isn’t used in AT&T mobile phones, but in a new table-top kiosk to be deployed in AT&T retail stores.

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CTIA: Velocity Mobile plays it smart

There was a new face in the smartphone manufacturer crowd at CTIA this year. Called Velocity Mobile, the company launched this week, along with two new smartphones designed to enhance the Windows Mobile experience. The company is designing and selling its own devices, manufactured by Taiwan-based ODM Inventec Corp, the world’s third-largest notebook manufacturer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Tellabs is right to quit its Verizon GPON job

Can you remember the last time an equipment vendor won a highly competitive contract with a megacarrier and then turned it down?

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CTIA: NBCU expands ad-driven mobile presence

NBC Universal today announced plans to build its mobile presence through partnerships with Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Research In Motion to carry NBCU’s ad-supported mobile web sites. With brands like NBC, Universal Pictures, USA Networks, Bravo and others, consumers will get direct access to more than 60 WAP sites on their handsets. These partnerships announced today at Mobile Entertainment Live in Las Vegas, expand upon its existing relationship with Alltel Wireless, announced in July of last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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CTIA: Surround sound in your pocket

With all the focus on the latest videos, mobile TV shows and music libraries on wireless handsets, the quality of the viewing and listening experience often gets overlooked. But let’s face it: access to your Napster music library or feature-length films on your cell phone isn’t worth having if the sound quality is sub par. Recognizing this, Dolby Laboratories and Symbian Limited today announced that Dolby Mobile will offer surround sound quality audio for Symbian smartphone users on a plethora of content, including music, movies, TV and games. Read the rest of this entry »

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AT&T lets customers set the tone

Hoping to reverse a widespread trend for declining ringtone sales, AT&T’s announcement today of two new music applications, mSpot’s Make-UR-Tones and Remix, has the potential to reinvent the market – if customers aren’t already doing it for them. Read the rest of this entry »

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