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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

InPhonic Inc. plans to start selling cellular phones and service plans on Amazon.com Inc. in the third quarter, the first such deal for the online retailer.
 
The multi-year deal announced Thursday makes the Washington, D.C., company the first reseller to sell mobile phone service plans in Amazon.com's wireless store. Financial details were not released.

Amazon.com, based in Seattle, has sold wireless products and plans since November 2000. InPhonic will serve as the anchor third-party merchant in the store, offering

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-23       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Alcatel will launch a WiMax trial in Tokyo in June of this year for ACCA Networks, one of Japan’s largest DSL and optical fiber access service providers with over a million subscribers.

The trial will integrate WiMax into ACCA's existing DSL services, and will include video streaming, high-speed Internet access and Voice-over-IP. It is the first step toward a full-blown, commercial WiMax offering.

The WiMax solution, Alcatel's Evolium, will operate in the 2.5 GHz frequency band and includes base station

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

People are turning to mobile phones for Internet use more quickly than they are adopting laptops for the same purpose in many parts of the world, according to a recent study of Internet trends.

Personal computers are still the most popular way to gain Internet access, but the rapid pace of mobile phone installation and the development of wireless networks is driving robust growth in the use of phones for browsing, according to results from The Face of the Web, an annual

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-21       Article Source : EE Times

PARIS — A meeting this week in Beijing is being staged by promoters of the Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) standard who have invested heavily in China and are now seeking to drum up market volume and a return on their investment after years of DAB technology development.
The World DAB Forum is staging an international DAB conference in the Chinese capital on April 20-21.

Although the DAB-based digital radio market is taking off in the U.K., skeptics note that the

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-18       Article Source : TechWeb News

Sprint Nextel Corp. on Thursday launched a new service that locates children through their cell phones, the first U.S. mobile carrier to offer tracking using standard hardware.

Dubbed "Family Locator Service," the $9.95 per month service relies on GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to pinpoint up to four cell phones, and then maps their locations on a PC or a parent's own cell phone.

Privacy safeguards, said Sprint, include parent-child permission to track phones, and text messages that are sent

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-16       Article Source : Reuters

Television on mobile phones could become a mass market feature in a couple of years, the head of world number five mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson said on Thursday.

He said uncertainty over which technology would come to the fore could hold back developments, although as a mobile phone maker he was open to any way of bringing television to handsets.

"We see that coming, but I don't think that it is going to be a real volume market in 2006. It

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-16       Article Source : TechWeb News

Helio LLC, a joint venture between EarthLink Inc. and South Korea’s SK Telecom Co., has tapped Yahoo! Inc. to give customers access to services from any mobile phone.

Gearing up to launch the mobile service in spring 2006, Helio officials said Thursday the company will offer Yahoo services, such as Search, Mail, Messenger, News, and Sports.

Search will give customers one-click access to the mobile Web, local, and image content with music, videos, and games.

Information on local

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-14       Article Source : TechWeb News

Novatel Wireless announced Monday that it has delivered samples of EV-DO and HSDPA 3G external PCI ExpressCards/34 to laptop manufacturers and major carriers.

Novatel said the EV-DO Express cards will support speeds up to 2.4 Mbps while HSDPA cards will support speeds up to 3.6 Mbps.

The technology offered in both technologies is compatible with earlier versions of each respective technology. The EV-DO solution is compatible with earlier CDMA 1X networks while the HSDPA technology is backward compatible with WCDMA

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-13       Article Source : TechWeb News

Mobile WiMAX is expected to get its U.S. introduction early next year in Michigan by broadband provider Arialink. The broadband connectivity provider plans to use equipment provided by Samsung Telecommunications America.

In an announcement Friday, Arialink said it expects the deployment in Muskegon County will be the first commercial mobile WiMAX installation in North America. Arialink noted that Samsung has already built out mobile WiMAX deployments in Europe and Asia.

Financial support for the deployment is provided by the state

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

Three quarters of telecoms operators with third-generation (3G) mobile phone networks have agreed to install an upgrade that makes their networks three to five times faster, a survey found on Friday.

The faster version of the 3G networks is called High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and is already commercially available on 14 networks in countries including Austria, Finland, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel, Kuwait, Portugal, South Africa and the United States, the global mobile suppliers association (GSA) said in a market update for the

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-11       Article Source : TechWeb News

Cingular Wireless has joined with InfoSpace Inc. in providing software tools that unsigned bands looking for an audience on MySpace can use to convert their tunes to ring tones and sell them on the popular social-networking site.
 
Mobile Music Studio is currently being tested by about 75 bands and artists with profile pages on MySpace, which has a subscriber base of mostly teenagers and young adults. The tools are available on a dedicated MySpace page, which guides artists through the licensing

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-10   

The Ireland-based startup launched a service at this week's CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas that it claims offers more communications options to mobile users than Sprint Nextel's push-to-talk service.

Mobile Tornado has its eye on Sprint Nextel customers. The Ireland-based startup launched a service at this week's CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas that it claims offers more communications options to mobile users than Sprint Nextel's push-to-talk service.

Push-to-talk services offer mobile device users a walkie-talkie type setup, letting

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-10       Article Source : TechWeb News

PayPal on Thursday said 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, National Basketball Association (NBA), and a host of other businesses have begun to accept payments from a new service allowing purchases by mobile phone text messaging.

PayPal Mobile lets consumers buy goods and services, such as DVDs and shoes, by sending a text message. Giving customers an option to pay by cellular phone bridges a gap technology companies have been trying to close for years.

The new service offers three options

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-10       Article Source : TechWeb News

PayPal on Thursday said 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, National Basketball Association (NBA), and a host of other businesses have begun to accept payments from a new service allowing purchases by mobile phone text messaging.

PayPal Mobile lets consumers buy goods and services, such as DVDs and shoes, by sending a text message. Giving customers an option to pay by cellular phone bridges a gap technology companies have been trying to close for years.

The new service offers three options

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-09   

Even as his company's stock slid almost 5.5 percent on the Nasdaq in the wake of a disappointing quarterly earnings report, Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) CEO Jim Balsillie sounded an optimistic note today, saying that, while subscriber growth may remain soft for the next few months, success later this year will come from an unexpected quarter: the consumer market.

Analysts debated the wisdom of that strategy, and the meaning of RIM's earnings report, after the Waterloo, Ontario-based maker of the popular

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