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|11/29/2005 Carrier Settings
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|11/24/2005 Cell Phone
Sales Soared In Record Quarter
Sales of mobile phones continued to soar in the third
quarter of 2005 and Nokia expanded its worldwide market
share lead, according to a study released Tuesday
The study found a 22 percent increase in mobile phone
sales in the third quarter of this year compared to
the same quarter last year, the research company said
in a statement. The increase is the largest for any
quarter since the company started keeping such statistics
in 2001, according to Gartner.
|11/22/2005 Sprint Buys
Alamosa for $3.4 Billion
Several of the Sprint affiliates filed suit against
that company as it prepared for the Nextel acquisition
over the summer, saying Sprint's sale of Nextel-branded
products would violate the company's agreement not
to compete with the affiliates in their territories.
|11/22/2005 Company To
Offer Tracking By Phone untitled
It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?
If you don't, your cell phone might be able to tell
you. For a few years, wireless phone companies have
had the technology to figure out the location of cell
In the U.S., though, wireless firms have yet to roll
out location-based services that track the whereabouts
of children. Privacy and potential liability issues
have made wireless firms leery of such an offering
-- until now.
|11/16/2005 Cingular Unveils
Cingular Wireless on Monday introduced a radio service
for its mobile phone customers, using about 40 channels
of commercial-free music from Music Choice and MobiTV
Inc.'s streaming media service.
The service, which runs over data connections to Cingular's
phones, is its latest effort to expand beyond voice
phone calls. It also plans a song download service
as music is expected to become the next popular feature
for cell phones.
|11/15/2005 Start-up aims
to join telephone and wireless calls
A secretive start-up backed by two powerful Silicon
Valley venture capital firms will on Monday outline
its plans for bridging the gulf between mobile telephones
and fixed-line phone networks.
Executives of Mountain View, California-based Stoke
Inc. say they are developing a way to offer so-called
"fixed mobile convergence" inside offices, at home
and around town as well -- a major stumbling block
the communications industry is facing.
|11/14/2005 Cell Phones
Adopt Ratings for Content
The cell phone industry is adopting a rating system
for its multimedia services to designate which music,
video and gaming products are intended for adults
and provide tools for parents to block access to that
The ratings and parental tools would not, however,
stop youths from using the wireless Internet connections
on their mobile phones from accessing public Web sites
that feature content and products involving sex, profanity
The two-tier rating system will categorize content
offered directly by cell phone providers as either
"Generally Accessible Carrier Content" or "Restricted
|11/14/2005 Industry Group
Fights Cellular Pornography
Major U.S. mobile operators will identify and label
adult content and equip their customers to block minors
from accessing it, according to an industry pledge.
The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
(CTIA), which includes all the major U.S. mobile operators,
unveiled the voluntary pledge on Tuesday. In the first
phase of the commitment, the companies will classify
the content they deliver in at least two categories:
Generally Accessible Carrier Content, to be available
to all users, and Restricted Carrier Content, accessible
only to users over 18 or with a parent or guardian's
authorization. Only items provided by carriers would
be covered; content provided by end users or accessed
via the public Internet would not be classified under
those rules, according to guidelines published by
|11/14/2005 Email Seen
As Biggest Security Hole For Mobile Devices
Email vulnerabilities represent the greatest source
of risk for mobile devices, according to a recent
survey by Good Technology.
The company surveyed 600 IT professionals about their
concerns with the widespread use of handheld computing.
Of those questioned, 79% considered email to be the
biggest security threat. Another 26% regarded corporate
intranet applications to be the greatest vulnerability.
|11/10/2005 French youths
turn to Web, cellphones to plan riots
France's government is policing cyberspace as well
as rundown suburbs in the battle to end two weeks
Young rioters are using blog messages to incite violence
and cellphones to organize attacks in guerrilla-like
tactics they have copied from anti-globalisation protesters,
security experts say.
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has diverted
resources to monitoring blogs -- short for Web logs
-- in an effort to anticipate the movements of the
protesters, who have set fire to thousands of cars
since the unrest began on October 27.
|11/08/2005 Qualcomm Files
Patent Suit Against Nokia
Wireless technology giant Qualcomm Inc. said Monday
it is suing Nokia Corp., one of the world's largest
cell phone makers, for alleged patent infringement.
Qualcomm said its suit, filed in federal court in
San Diego, covers 11 patents for making or using equipment
that complies with the global system for mobile communications,
or GSM, which is the most popular mobile phone standard
in the world.
Qualcomm claims that Nokia is infringing its patents
by making or selling products in the United States
that comply with the GSM family.
|11/03/2005 Sex, Drugs
China has declared war on scams using mobile phone
short messages that promise everything from fake cash
prizes to sexual services to contract killings.
Laws governing China's mobile phone market have fallen
behind its explosive growth, which has generated huge
profits for short message service providers.
The new campaign is an extension of a crackdown started
last year on pornographic and subversive content and
spam messages sent by mobile phones or through the
"Illegal short messages have become a major cause
of damage to social order," Wu Heping, spokesman for
the Ministry of Public Security, was quoted as saying
by the Beijing News on Wednesday.
|11/03/2005 Nokia sees
new mobile TV networks by mid-2006
Mobile phone giant Nokia expects mobile TV networks
using its chosen standard to be up and running by
the middle of next year, allowing people to watch
live TV broadcasts on their cellphones.
The system -- Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld --
is being tested in about 40 pilots worldwide and Nokia's
Anssi Vanjoki said on Wednesday he expects networks
to go live in the first half of 2006.
|11/02/2005 Motorola Settles
Lawsuit With Ex-President
Motorola Inc., the world's No. 2 mobile phone maker,
on Monday said it has agreed to settle a lawsuit against
former president Mike Zafirovski for $11.5 million
cash and other requirements.
Motorola earlier this month sued Zafirovski, claiming
his new job as CEO of Nortel Networks Corp. could
risk disclosure of Motorola's trade secrets. The telecommunications-equipment
maker, which is based in Brampton, Ontario, was not
named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
|11/02/2005 Sprint to sell
song downloads at $2.49 a pop
Sprint Nextel introduced a music store for cellphones
Monday, the first to offer direct-to-phone wireless
Sprint's store offers music downloads for $2.49 each,
compared with 99 cents a song at Apple's iTunes Music
Store or RealNetworks' Rhapsody.
Reach Voters With Blogs, RSS, Text Messages
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign
is going mobile. The mayor's campaign Web site landed
a spot on AOL's beta site AIM Today, where his smiling
face appeared Monday morning next to the image of
a cell phone and the words "Text Mike."
In addition to urging people to send messages to the
mayor, the Web site offers campaign news alerts and RSS feed. Though the
billionaire mayor paid for the advertisement, it warns
users that they will have to pay their usual company
fees for the "alerts."
|11/01/2005 FCC okays telecom
mergers with conditions
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
on Monday approved two giant telecommunications mergers
with conditions that include holding some rates steady
and offering "naked" DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)
With the FCC approvals, Verizon Communications Inc.'s
acquisition of rival MCI (Profile, Products, Articles)
Inc. and SBC Communications Inc.'s purchase of AT&T
Corp. are ready to go forward pending approval from
a handful of states. Last Thursday, the U.S. Department
of Justice (DOJ) approved the mergers under the condition
that the two merged companies divest fiber-optic network
facilities in several major cities.
|10/31/2005 Motorola Gets
Motorola Inc., the world's second-largest mobile-phone
company, said it was paid $500 million cash Friday
by Telsim as part of a settlement of its 4-year-old
legal case against the Turkish wireless carrier.
In exchange for dropping all claims, Motorola said
it also got the right to receive 20 percent of the
proceeds from the sale of Telsim assets over $2.5
billion when the Turkish government sells them off
in coming weeks to settle debts.
|10/31/2005 Mobile Camera
Consumers are expected to buy a half billion camera-phones
this year, which amounts to 2 out of every 3 mobile
phones purchased, a research firm said.
The latest forecast from Future Image Inc. means that
5 out of every 6 digital cameras sold this year would
be embedded in phones.
The buying spree is expected to continue at least
through 2009, when camera-phone sales are expected
to rise to 900 million units, or 90 percent of the
1 billion mobile phones projected to be sold that
year, the research firm said in a statement.
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