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|03/27/2007 Is Sprint worth
Just a few years ago, a leveraged buyout of a
company as big as Sprint Nextel would have been unthinkable.
The No. 3 wireless carrier has $41 billion in annual
revenue and a market cap of $56 billion. Add in the
cost of a 25% premium and the assumption of more than
$23 billion in debt, and a Sprint Nextel buyout could
be nearly twice as large as Texas Pacific's record
$45 billion proposed buyout of power company TXU.
|03/26/2007 Safety Could
be Impacted by Qualcomm Ban
Government agencies would have a harder time communicating
with the public in an emergency if imports of cell
phones containing Qualcomm chips are banned, a federal
|03/26/2007 Flight Ban
Likely to Stay
The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications
Commission will ask fellow commissioners to keep in
place a ban on mobile phone use during airplane flights.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday that he
has asked the commission to end its inquiry into whether
mobile phones can be used safely on airplanes, based
on concerns from ground-based wireless carriers that
the calls could interfere with their networks. The
FCC's proceeding to lift the ban on mobile phones,
launched in December 2004, also drew comments from
thousands of passengers who supported the ban.
|03/23/2007 Kenya SMS Payments
The ping of a text message has never sounded so sweet.
In what is being touted as a world first, Kenya's
biggest mobile operator is allowing subscribers to
send cash to other phone users by SMS.
|03/22/2007 Cellular Payments
Belgians will be able to use their cell phones
as debit cards within a few months, Belgian cell phone
operators and Banksys, a Belgian firm specialized
in electronic payments, said on Tuesday.
Using text messaging, the payment system will allow
consumers to pay anything from six euros up to the
limit of their bank account, Banksys Chief Executive
Vincent Roland told a news conference.
|03/20/2007 Google Phone
Google Inc. is developing its own mobile phone,
according to industry insiders and analysts, while
a Google official in Spain last week acknowledged
the company is "investigating" such a project.
Google is not commenting directly on leaks from
Europe and the United States which describe a low-cost,
Internet-connected phone with a color, wide-screen
|03/20/2007 Cell Phones
are Handier than Most Realize
There are a few things that can be done in times
of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually
be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check
out the things that you can do with it:
FIRST: The emergency number worldwide
for mobile is 112. If you find yourself
out of the coverage area of your mobile network and
there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will
search any existing network to establish the emergency
number for you, and interestingly this number (112)
can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try
SECOND: Have you locked your keys
in the car? Does your car have remote keyless entry?
This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own
a cell phone. If you lock your keys in
the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone
at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold
your cell phone about a foot from your car door and
have the person at your home press the unlock button,
holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your
car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive
your keys to you. Distance is no object.
You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can
reach someone who has the other "remote" for your
car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
THIRD: Hidden Battery Power - Imagine your
cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys
*3370#. Your cell will restart with this
reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase
in battery. This reserve will get charged
when you charge your cell next time.
FOURTH: How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your mobile phone's serial number, key in
the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # A
15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number
is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep
it somewhere safe. When your phone get stolen, you
can phone your service provider and give them this
code. They will then be able to block your
handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card,
your phone will be totally useless. You
probably won't get your phone back, but at least you
know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either.
If everybody does this, there would be no point in
people stealing mobile phones.
FIFTH: Cell phone companies are
charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information
calls when they don't have to. Most of
us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle,
which makes this situation even more of a problem.
When you need to use the 411 information option, simply
(800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411
without incurring any charge at all. Program
this number into your cell phone now.
|03/12/2007 Vonage Verdict
Web-calling outfit Vonage suffered a major setback
on March 8 when an eight-person jury found it guilty
of infringing on three patents owned by rival telco
After a weeklong hearing in the U.S. District Court
for the Eastern District of Virginia, a jury ruled
that Vonage Holdings must pay Verizon Communications
$58 million in damages and a 5.5% licensing fee per
subscriber per month.
|03/12/2007 Cell Phones
in Hospitals - Okay
At restaurants and the movies, it's a question
of courtesy; on airplanes and at hospitals, it's been
one of safety. But according to a new study published
in the current Mayo Clinic Proceedings, using a cellphone
at the hospital won't pose a risk to patients.
The Mayo study looked at cellphone use in such
equipment-rich areas as the intensive care unit, echocardiography
lab, and the pulmonary ventricular rehabilitation
unit. Two types of Nokia phones were tested at varying
radio frequency levels in 75 hospital rooms, where
patients were depending on feeding pumps, ECG monitors,
and external pacemakers, for example. After 300 tests,
the researchers found no evidence that cellphones
interfered with the life-saving machinery.
|03/10/2007 Wrestling Goes
Professional wrestlers will soon be fighting for
space on tiny mobile phone screens thanks to Cingular
The top U.S. mobile service provider, owned by AT&T
Inc. , plans to announce an agreement with World Wrestling
Entertainment Inc. to sell everything from ringtones
with famous wrestlers' voices to graphics and videos,
including weekly matches and the annual spring tournament.
|03/06/2007 Blocked Cell
Phones in Russia
The oldest theater in Russia has installed equipment
to block cell phone signals in a desperate attempt
to force patrons to stop taking calls during performances.
|03/05/2007 Mobile Phone
Captures Russian Teacher Beating Student
A teacher in northern Russia could face up to three
years in prison after being captured on a mobile phone
camera beating a student in front of his classmates,
a law-enforcement official said.
|03/05/2007 Young Japanese
Almost all young Japanese say mobile phones have
changed their lifestyles, with nearly one-third of
them confessing to spending three hours or more a
day on their mobile, a survey says.
Of Japanese aged 20 to 40, some 16 percent say
they spend three to five hours a day on their mobiles.
Nine percent use their phones for five to 10 hours
-- and four percent spend even more than 10 hours
Japanese Cellular Habits
|03/01/2007 Text Messaging
Catches Teacher Dealing Drugs
A middle school teacher trying to buy pot was
arrested after she sent text messages to state trooper
instead of a dealer, police said.
Trooper Trevor Pervine was at dinner with his wife
and parents celebrating a birthday when his phone
started buzzing with messages about a marijuana purchase.
At first, Pervine thought the messages were from
friends playing a joke, Kentucky State Police spokesman
Barry Meadows said. But a couple of phone calls put
that idea to rest, and Pervine responded to set up
a meeting, Meadows said.
|02/27/2007 Wireless US
One-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to
the Web using a wireless network to send e-mails,
check the latest news or read other things, according
to a survey released on Sunday by the Pew Internet
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