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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-01       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Cingular is testing a service that gives its mobile phone users unlimited calling access to AT&T's home phones, the Reuters news service reported Wednesday.

Cingular is co-owned by AT&T, which was known until recently as SBC. The service, called Mobile2Home, costs just under $6 a month to customers in Connecticut who choose to combine their local phone and mobile phone services into a single bill, Reuters said.

For now, the service will be offered only until the end of February,

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-01       Article Source : AP

Texas Instruments Inc. says it is testing two new semiconductor chipsets that could mark the next step in making so-called third-generation mobile phones more affordable and widely available.

Officials were scheduled to announce Tuesday in Tokyo that Texas Instruments has tested a new and advanced chipset with Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc. and expects phones with the new component to be on the Japanese market next year.

Analysts who were briefed by Texas Instruments said the new chipset, which combines a

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-30       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Nokia said Tuesday that it will release a version of its model 9300 smartphone that includes Wi-Fi support.

The company started shipping the 9300 in the U.S. last fall. The clamshell device is notable for its larger screen and keyboard compared to many other smartphones. However, the initial release did not include support for wireless LAN connections.

Aimed at the enterprise, the updated device, dubbed the 9300i, comes with built-in support for mobile e-mail via BlackBerry Connect and Nokia's Business

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-30       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

The number of devices shipped with built-in Bluetooth capabilities has doubled since May, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).
The trade group said that about 9.5 million Bluetooth-enabled devices such as cell phones were shipped each week in September. That figure was 4.75 million units per week in May, the group said.

Acceptance of Bluetooth for short-range wireless transmissions is expected to grow with the SIG's agreement last week to incorporate a one-time competing technology, ultra-wideband, into the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-30       Article Source : InformationWeek

Cell phones are rapidly replacing wired lines for calls within the U.S., but high charges have kept people from using them much for international calls. MobileSphere, a wireless communications vendor, is working to change that. The company rolled out software and services for cell-phone operators and wireless carriers today that it says lets them offer affordable international calling plans to their subscribers.

MobileSphere's newly-launched CarrierILD service combines proprietary soft-switch technology and a global Tier 1 network of long-distance providers like MCI and

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-29       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

ESPN has finally launched its Mobile ESPN cellular service by quietly starting to take orders from its Web site late last week.
 
ESPN announced the service earlier this year and is using cellular spectrum it is acquiring from Sprint. That makes ESPN a so-called mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). The service will provide sports-rich content, including personalized statistics and video highlights.

It will not, however, be cheap. The Web site indicates that you'll first need a phone, which will

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-29       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

South Korean mobile phone vendor Pantech said it will soon release a five megapixel cameraphone that it claims will be smaller than the handful of similar devices..

The vendor said in a statement that its IM-8600 will be a rotating clamshell phone with a 2-inch QVGA display. Its dimensions will be 99 mm by 48.5 mm by 26.4 mm and will weigh 132 grams, including the battery, according to Pantech.

It said it is using its proprietary Mecca Shutter technology

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-28       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

The city of Tempe, Arizona was poised Monday to have a "cutting the wires" ceremony to formally launch what it claims is the largest city-wide wireless network in the U.S., which will cover a 40 square mile area.

The network will provide wireless access as well as voice-over-IP to residents and businesses of the city. In addition, a separate, parallel network will provide access for government functions.

The rollout of the dual-use network was also being touted by Strix Systems,

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-25       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Major changes in the way cellular operators do business will start to become evident in 2006, according to a report released Wednesday by market research firm Informa Telecoms & Media.

"The unsustainability of the traditional mobile operator business model will become more apparent in 2006," the company said in a statement. Much of the changes that will cause those changing business plans are the advent of wireless broadband, the research firm said.

"The arrival of IP and services based on

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-24       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that it has sued a Florida company for sending almost 100,000 unsolicited text messages.

The company said it filed the suit in federal court against Passport Holidays of Ormond Beach, Florida. The messages supposedly told Verizon's customers they had won a cruise and that they should call a provided number to claim their prize.

In addition, Verizon said in a statement that it sued "currently unknown individuals" who helped Passport Holidays send the spam. The cellular

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-23       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Korean mobile phone vendor LG received the highest levels of customer satisfaction in both Europe and the U.S. and users remain dissatisfied with the quality of photos taken with their phones, according to a survey released Monday by market research firm Strategy Analytics.
 
LG phones received an 80 percent satisfaction rating in the U.S. and 86 percent in Europe, the research frm said in a statement. Kyocera came in second in the U.S. and Sony Ericsson came in second in Europe,

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-23       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Circle K, which operates convenience store/gas stations in the U.S., became the latest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), offering low-cost phones with pre-paid service.

The Nokia phones, which will be available at the company's 2100 locations, will come with pre-paid service costing $.20 a minute for nationwide coverage in the U.S. Refills will be available in $25, $50, $75 and $100 amounts, the company said in a statement.

If refills are purchased within 120 days, unused minutes carry over. No

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-23       Article Source : EE Times

Taiwan’s Cabinet has decided to budget about $33 million next year for promoting the island’s WiMAX development, according to a report Monday (Nov. 21) by The Taiwan Economic News.

According to the report, the cabinet, known as the Executive Yuan, recently allocated about $9 million for WiMAX development.

The Executive Yuan’s National Information and Communications Initiative (NICI) Committee cited concern that Taiwan might lag behind other regions in WiMAX development if it loses competitiveness, the report said.

The

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-22       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

One way of handling the differences between the power and broadband businesses is for utilities to offer broadband through joint ventures, such as Duquesne Broadband, a joint venture between BPL Global and DQE Communications Network Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Duquesne Light Holdings, which launched a wireless Internet pilot in targeted Monroeville, Pa. neighborhoods at the end of the summer.

Pilot customers can receive a full line of services, including unlimited Internet access, multiple e-mail accounts, spam blocking, anti-virus protection, parental

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-22       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

A wireless mesh network that will cover the entire country of Macedonia was announced Monday.

The vendor that will supply the equipment for the network, Strix Systems, claimed that mesh network, which will cover more than 1000 square miles, is the first nationwide wireless broadband system in the world. The network will be built by On.Net, a Macedonian service provider, according to a Strix statement.

Strix said that the vendor has already deployed a mesh network in the country's capital

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