Microsoft Thinks Outside Business Box in the Battle for the Wireless Prosumer

Microsoft Corp.’s wireless division wants you. And everyone else as well. In a shift in strategy announced last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the software giant noted, a bit creepily, that it will be our constant “companion in a world of change.” In fact, it is now actively targeting the con-sumer — or, […]

AT&T to Complete HSPA Transition, Expands 3G Plans

AT&T Inc. will complete its wireless network upgrade to High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) by the middle of 2008, it said Wednesday. The upgrade will make for consistent 3G network uplink speeds of 600kbps and 1,400kbps, and uplink speeds ranging from 500kbps to 800kbps. The upgrade is part of the companys wireless expansion plans, […]

Nokia Sets Sights on N.A.

Finnish handset maker Nokia said it plans to launch six to 12 new operator-specific phones in North America in 2008, with an eye to capturing a bigger market share than its current 11 percent. Nokia, which is by far the No. 1 manufacturer worldwide, only ranks No. 4 Stateside, behind Motorola Inc., Samsung Electronics and […]

Nokia Opens the Door to Internet Services

No. 1 handset manufacturer Nokia has revealed more of its plans for moving into Microsoft territory with Ovi, a Web portal that will act as a personal dashboard for PC and mobile phone-based Web content. Ovi, which means door in Finnish, was announced in August. It will let PC and handset users access an online […]

AT&T and Verizon Agree to Wireless Asset Swap

AT&T Inc. will trade wireless assets with Verizon Wireless to fill in network coverage, the companies said Tuesday,. After Verizon finalizes its acquisition of Rural Cellular Corp., AT&T will take over some licenses, network assets and subscribers of the former Rural Cellular, in Burlington, Vt., and rural service areas (RSAs) in New York, Vermont and […]

Wireless+: Products for the Globetrotter

letsroam Global SIM CardManufacturer: letsroam, www.letsroam.comCoverage: The global SIM card operates in more than 90 countries and provides free roaming in more than 50.List Price: Approximately $74 for a card with a $10 creditFunctionality Notes: By replacing the SIM in an unlocked GSM wireless phone before traveling, a customer can move efficiently between countries, automatically […]

Google Confirms 700MHz Participation

Its official, Google Inc. will bid in the upcoming 700MHz auction, set to begin Jan. 24. The search giant said Friday it will vie for its piece of the former UHF airwaves, which could be used for WiMAX and other broadband wireless technologies down the road. There are 1,099 wireless licenses up for grabs, but […]

Samsung Nabs No. 2 Handset Spot

Motorola Inc. has been bumped to third place in the wireless handset manufacturer race by Samsung. Gartner Inc. says Motorola ended the third quarter with a 13.1 percent share of the market, vs. Samsungs 14.5 percent market share. Nokia remains firmly in the No. 1 spot globally, and increased its share to 38.1 percent. Motorola […]

XO Unveils FMC Trial for Small Businesses in Seattle

SMBs as small as 10-person offices just got a big-enterprise tool. XO Communications and Sotto Wireless on Wednesday announced a fixed-mobile convergence trial in Seattle. The package consists of Internet access, PBX functionality, Wi-Fi, cellular voice and e-mail, and a Nokia E61i dual-mode handset, all wrapped up with hosted Microsoft Exchange and a portal to […]

Helio Lowers Handset Pricing

Helio LLC said it is offering discounts its three handsets as a temporary online promotion. The MVNO, which has been under scrutiny since the high-profile failure of Ampd Mobile, for having a similar postpaid, bells and whistles-heavy business model, is known for refusing to alter its pricing despite subscriber blowback. But it said Tuesday that […]

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