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|07/29/2005 Google Maps
Hack - Cell Towers
At the rate developers are coming up with new uses
for Google Maps, we may just have to make this a daily
feature. Here's the latest, courtesy of our peeps
at Hackaday: It's the cell phone tower search from Mobiledia.
They've taken the FCC's public data on cellphone tower
locations, put it into a database and created a front-end
to let you search the database and display your town's
towers via Google Maps; now you know where to go to
avoid dead spots!
|07/29/2005 FCC staff urges
In the strongest indication yet that the Federal
Communications Commission will complete its review
of Sprint Corp.'s $35 billion acquisition of Nextel
Communications Inc. ahead of the informal late August
deadline it has set for the deal, agency Chairman
Kevin Martin has circulated a formal report on the
merger to commissioners for review, sources said.
The FCC's wireless telecommunications bureau has recommended
clearing the transaction with only minimal divestitures
from Sprint and Nextel. Commissioners are expected
to vote on the merger by August, according to people
familiar with the agency.
|07/29/2005 Surge in text
messaging makes cell operators
It takes the number of characters in this paragraph
- just 160 - to flirt, avoid traffic jams, balance
your checking account, help Africa and win a generation.
Text messaging on cell phones is finally taking off
in the USA. It has been around for years and is a
huge part of life in Japan and South Korea. But in
the U.S. market, text messaging had caught on only
among teens and American Idol fans voting for their
favorites - until the past year or so.
|07/28/2005 RSS More Important
Than VoIP and Skype?
According to Marketing Studies-
The Shareware Industry Awards Foundation
certainly seems to think so, since they awarded top
honors in the 2005 Awards to FeedForAll, the desktop
RSS publishing tool.
FeedForAll won in the Best Internet
Communication category, even beating Skype.
What this shows is that RSS is becoming increasingly
recognized as a key internet communications tool,
in addition to starting to establish a place for itself
in the entire communicational mix.
|07/28/2005 Yahoo, Motorola
Partner In Mobile Market
Motorola Inc. and Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday said they
planned to collaborate in bringing Yahoo's online
services to Motorola's Linux-based devices, broadband
home products and its upcoming iRadio service.
Under the agreement, the companies intend to offer
wireless operators and consumers Motorola cellular
phones and other devices that are optimized for direct
access to Yahoo's web mail, entertainment, financial,
shopping and other online services. The devices are
scheduled to ship next year.
|07/27/2005 Internet phone
providers given more time on 911
Internet telephone service providers are getting
a month longer to get their customers to acknowledge
they know about the limitations of dialing 911 for
help, U.S. communications regulators said on Tuesday.
Concerned by several high-profile incidents where
people had difficulty reaching emergency dispatchers,
the Federal Communications Commission had asked Internet
telephone companies to obtain customer acknowledgments
of the limitations of the service by July 29.
|07/27/2005 AOL Mobile
America Online plans to begin testing a new service
that lets wireless phone users search the Internet
and link to regular Web pages that it will reformat
for tiny cell-phone screens.
The test of AOL Mobile Search Services is an attempt
to move away from the computer, where its position
as the dominant Internet provider is being undermined
as users defect to cable operators and telephone companies
offering high-speed Internet access.
|07/26/2005 Bad time for
T-Mobile USA buy
Vodafone (VOD.L) does not consider the time right
for an acquisition of T-Mobile USA, a unit of Germany's
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), Vodafone's chief executive
was quoted as saying in a German newspaper interview.
Arun Sarin told Welt am Sonntag, "This would not be
a good time. T-Mobile is the last of four competitors
and it does not have a third generation mobile network.
This is a difficult situation."
|07/25/2005 New York Sues
Nextel, Sprint, T-Mobile Over Ads
New York City's Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)
Thursday said it is suing Nextel, Sprint and T-Mobile
over deceptive advertising that it said could mislead
"You can't promise a great deal in the headline and
hide the true costs in the fine print," DCA Acting
Commissioner Jonathan Mintz said in a statement. "If
a cell phone company promises free long distance,
consumers should get free long distance - period.
While clamoring for competitive consumer attention,
these major cell phone companies crossed the clear
line between promotional gimmicks and deceptive advertising."
Specifically, the DCA says that the vendors violated
the city's Consumer Protection Law. The agency previously
had similar charges against Verizon Wireless and AT&T
Wireless, which has since been acquired by Cingular.
|07/25/2005 Group Sues
Sprint, Cingular For 'Cellular Cramming'
Consumer advocacy group claims that Sprint is charging
for text messages advertising its own services and
that Cingular refuses to remove improper messaging
The Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) said
in two complaints to California's Public Utilities
Commission that the cellular operators are participating
in "cellular cramming." It said in a statement that
the "more pernicious" charge was against Sprint.
The group claimed in a statement that it has documented
instances in which Sprint charges customers for text
messages it sends unbidden to those customers advertising
its services. The group further charged that Sprint
refused to put those customers on a "do not spam"
list and only gave the customers the option to receive
no text messages at all.
|07/22/2005 SBC Communications
Profit Dips on Charges
SBC Communications Inc., whose purchase of AT&T
Corp. will make it the world's largest phone company,
on Thursday reported a drop in second-quarter profit
due to charges related to the acquisition of AT&T
Wireless by its Cingular Wireless joint venture last
Quarterly income fell to $1 billion, or 30 cents per
share, from $1.17 billion, or 35 cents per share,
last year. Excluding acquisition charges, SBC reported
earnings of 43 cents per share.
|07/21/2005 Cingular Drops
Churn and Increases Subscribers
Cingular Wireless Wednesday reported modest gains
in revenues and strong increases in profits and the
number of new subscribers in the most recent quarter.
The company boasted a gain of 1.1 million new subscribers
in the second quarter of 2005, giving it a total of
51.6 million. Those customers are apparently more
satisfied as the company reported a "churn rate" of
1.8 percent, significantly lower than its similar
rates in previous quarters.
|07/21/2005 Cell Phone
Sales To Top 1 Billion In 2009, Study Says
Overall worldwide mobile phone sales will increase
16 percent this year to 779 million this year and
will reach the one billion unit milestone in 2009,
according to a market study released Wednesday by
market research firm Gartner.
In addition to sales of one billion mobile phones
in 2009, the research firm predicted that there will
be 2.6 billion units in operation that year.
"The world's appetite for mobile phones has exceeded
even the most optimistic expectations," Ben Wood,
Gartner's research vice president for mobile terminals,
said in a statement.
Symbol Technologies on Monday made a concerted effort
to attack the low end of the mobile-computing market,
introducing a Windows CE-based hand held device targeted
at SMBs in the retail and manufacturing markets.
The ruggedized entry-level MC1000, which weighs 7.23
oz. including battery, is best suited for users who
carry out data-capture and numeric-entry applications,
including inventory management, stock checking, delivery
confirmation and a number of applications involving
scanning, company officials said.
|07/19/2005 A Cell Phone,
a Movie Lobby and a Message
This summer, moviegoers walking through theater lobbies
in three cities might have felt a sudden vibration
in their cell phones, the work of a nearby Bluetooth
Last month, 20th Century Fox signed a deal with Loews
Cineplex Entertainment to distribute movie trailers,
ring tones and pictures through kiosks in three Loews
theaters, in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
|07/26/2005 Few Care About
Mobile Video, Survey Finds
Few mobile subscribers have any interest in receiving
video on their phones, according to a survey released
Monday by market research firm In-Stat.
Only one in eight respondents said they were interested
in paying for mobile video, according to the survey.
In addition, the handsets of two-thirds of the respondents
aren't even capable of receiving mobile video, the
|07/18/2005 Feds seek ability
to monitor in-flight cell calls, e-mail
Federal law enforcement officials want the ability
to tap suspicious in-flight cell phone calls and e-mail,
fearing terrorists could use the technology to coordinate
|07/18/2005 Future for
Inflight Cell Phones Looking Grim
Passengers hoping to call Mom from 35,000 feet suffered
a political setback last week in the U.S. House. At
the first congressional hearing on the subject in
years, members of a House subcommittee uniformly derided
the proposal to lift the 14-year-old ban on using
cell phones in flight.
|07/14/2005 Cell Phone
Sales Expected to Slow
Worldwide unit sales of mobile phones are on a record
pace for the fourth consecutive year, but the rate
of growth is slowing significantly, according to a
market study released Wednesday by In-Stat.
The study found that, despite double-digit sales growth
in the last few years, shipments of mobile phones
will grow only six percent compared to last year.
"The slowing pace is a result of some mature markets
at, or near, full penetration, and weaker-than-expected
growth in some emerging ones," Allyn Hall, In-Stat's
director of wireless research, said in a statement.
"It's a sign of a maturing industry."
|07/14/2005 Study: Hands-Free
Cell Phones No Safer Than Hand-Helds
State legislatures considering laws to restrict cell
phone use in moving vehicles would be best advised
to forget the measures, according to the Governors
Highway Safety Association (GHSA) response to a study
finding that even hands-free phone devices don't reduce
"GHSA urges state legislatures to refrain from enacting
hand-held cell phone bans because such bans send an
incorrect message to drivers that as long as they
are hands-free, they are safe," said Colonel Jim Champagne,
GHSA Chair, in a statement.
"The message is clear: Drivers should not use ANY
type of cell phone behind the wheel."
|07/14/2005 Mobi on the
Following pressure by mobile phone players, including
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT - news), a new Internet domain
was approved for Web sites designed for wireless phones.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) has greenlighted the ".mobi" suffix.
Scheduled to appear in 2006, Web sites using the new
domain will be written for the limited resources of
cell phones, including small screens, memory and bandwidth.
|07/14/2005 Sprint and
The Sprint-Nextel merger is expected to get overwhelming
shareholder approval. Some analystshowever, believe
the FCC approval will come with some conditions that
will result in the combined company -- which will
be the third-largest wireless carrier in the U.S.
-- selling off some wireless licenses or other assets.
|07/13/2005 Text Messaging
Prevailed In Wake Of London Blasts
Panicked residents and visitors in London during
the terrorist attacks Thursday generally found their
cell phones jammed. But those who had text messaging
systems were often able to get messages through.
Text messages, which are usually limited to 160 characters
on most cell phones, take up little bandwidth. In
addition, there were anecdotal reports of e-mails
and instant messages from London getting through to
|07/13/2005 Study Sounds
Alarm on Driving, Cell Phones
Drivers using cellular phones are four times as likely
to get into a crash that can cause injuries serious
enough to send them to the hospital, said an insurance
study released Tuesday.
Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
suggests that using a hands-free device instead of
a hand-held phone while behind the wheel will not
necessarily improve safety. The institute said it
was the first attempt to estimate whether phone use
increases the risk of an injury crash in automobiles.
|07/12/2005 Chicago's Partial
Cell Phone Driving Ban Starts
Starting Friday, don't get caught driving in Chicago
with a cell phone pressed to your ear.
A law imposing a $50 fine for those using cell phones
while driving goes into effect Friday. The fine increases
to $200 if the driver gets in an accident while talking
on the phone. However, use of hands-free headsets
|07/12/2005 FCC OKs Alltel-Western
Federal regulators signed off Monday on Alltel Corp.'s
$4.4 billion acquisition of Western Wireless Corp.
— a union that would make Alltel the nation's fifth-largest
cellular telephone service provider.
The Federal Communications Commission said the proposed
merger "will serve the public interest, convenience
and necessity." The commission concluded that the
likely public-interest benefits of the merger outweigh
the potential public-interest harms.
|07/12/2005 High-tech cell
phones aid rural Africans
Daniel Mashva heaved his sack of cabbages and sweet
potatoes into a rickety shared taxi and traveled nine
hours under the scorching sun to the market in Johannesburg.
By the time he arrived, half his tiny harvest was
rotten and the 48-year-old father of five returned
to his impoverished village just a few pennies richer.
That was before new cell phone technology changed
Mashva now dials up to a virtual trading platform
on his new high-tech phone and sells his produce direct
from his small thatched hut on the fringe of the vast
Kruger National Park.
"I check the prices for the day on my phone and when
it's a good price I sell," he told Reuters from his
village in the remote Northeast of South Africa.
|07/11/2005 Crisis Strained
Cell Phone Networks
Reports that wireless networks became clogged Thursday
morning during the horrific bomb attacks in London
came as no surprise to people in the United States.
After all, Americans went through the same frustrations
on Sept. 11, 2001, when millions of citizens couldn't
get through to friends and relatives on mobile networks.
As Londoners discovered on Thursday, an emergency
puts enormous strain on wireless infrastructure.
"(Mobile) phones were erratic for a few hours," said
London resident Stuart Williams, an IT manager.
|07/08/2005 Sprint, T-Mobile
Subscribers Can Share Pictures, Video
Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc. on Thursday said
they have agreed to let each other's subscribers exchange
pictures and video.
The agreement has the two companies agreeing to "multimedia
messaging services interoperability," which enables
their subscribers to send and receive photos and videos.
|07/08/2005 Instant images
The most intimate images of the bomb blasts in London
have come from cellphones with cameras and video recorders,
as technology originally marketed as entertainment
is bringing observers closer to the news.
The availability of the cameras, combined with the
ability to transmit images and text instantaneously,
is enabling the world to view news with the immediacy
of a victim or spectator.
|07/07/2005 New Whispering
Wireless Promises Better Options for Rural Internet
In a world crowded with signals from pagers, cordless
phones, television and other gadgets, a Florida-based
company is hoping xMax, a new wireless-communications
technique, will rise above the noise using just a
While popular wireless technologies (such as Wi-Fi
and the forthcoming WiMax) operate in the 2.4 GHz
spectrum, xMax operates over the older 900 MHz band.
Even so, the company claims the new technology offers
speeds of 40 Mbps over distances of 15 miles.
|07/07/2005 Disney Plans
U.S. Wireless Phone Service for Families
The Walt Disney Company's Internet Group, in partnership
with Sprint, plans to establish a nationwide wireless
phone service, dubbed Disney Mobile, in the United
States, the company announced Wednesday. Using Sprint's
PCS network, the service--which specifically targets
families--is due to begin operations next year.
Simultaneously, Disney is planning to develop exclusive
handsets and entertainment content aimed at families,
the company said in a press release.
|07/06/2005 Deutsche Telekom
may sell T-Mobile USA
Deutsche Telekom has been sounding out institutional
investors on whether to sell off U.S. mobile operator
T-Mobile USA or spend billions of dollars to expand
the business, according to fund managers.
Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile USA officials declined
to comment on what they called market rumors.
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|07/02/2005 Moving Beyond
First, there were musical ringtones. Then came "ring-back"
tones -- tunes that play while a caller waits for
someone to pick up a mobile phone. Now cell phones
are offering streaming music, with access to online
music stores on the way.
The wireless industry is making a big push into the
music business, taking cues from Apple Computer Inc.'s
iPod and from its own success selling more that 182
million mobile phones.
|07/02/2005 Purina Ringtones
The company is making available five ringtones --
with cat and dog noises, along with jingles and sounds
from its offline advertising. Wallpapers consist of
pictures of cats and dogs. Users can also sign up
to receive pet care tips via SMS. While Moore admits
there's not a compelling reason to offer such pet
care content to people on the go, he says the company
already had the content and felt there was no harm
in testing whether users were interested.
to Be on U.K. Cell Phones
For doodlers who can't get enough etching and sketching
at home, Etch-A-Sketch is coming to a cell phone.
The nearly 50-year-old classic toy, adapted for the
mobile phone by a company named In-Fusio, is being
introduced in Britain on a wide array of handsets
by the cellular carrier Orange. The cellular version
can't replicate the look and feel of the original
red-and-rectangular plastic toy, which is still produced
by Ohio Art Co. And users will have to settle for
a key pad rather than white knobs. But there is one
key advantage: For the first time, In-Fusio said,
doodlers will be able to save their drawings — up
to three in the phone's memory.
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