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10/27/2006 Draw Your Text Message

Pantech's PG-2800 phone allows users to text-message others by drawing out characters with their fingers, which the software then translates into numbers and letters, depending on what the user was trying to draw out.


10/26/2006 NotePage Knowledgebase

A knowledgebase to assist with troubleshooting issues with PageGate and NotePager Pro. The knowledgebase also addresses common issues that are faced when sending text messages.

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10/24/2006 Softbank to Undercut Rivals Cell Phone Fees

Softbank Corp., the smallest of Japan's three cellphone operators, on Monday said it will offer cheaper fees than NTT DoCoMo Inc. and KDDI Corp. and is willing to cut prices further to compete.


10/24/2006 Prepaid Cellular Limited

WalMart Stores Inc. plans to limit each customer to two prepaid cell phones per purchase amid complaints that entrepreneurs are buying the subsidized handsets by the hundreds to resell at a profit, according to people familiar with the matter.


The new limit on the phones, effective last week, was disclosed to The Associated Press by persons at two national cell carriers. They spoke on condition of anonymity because WalMart's policy hasn't been announced.


10/24/2006 Text Messaging still King With Mobile Phones

Text messaging remains the most dominant mode of mobile data communication, as high costs and cumbersome procedures keep customers from fully embracing fancier applications, industry players say.


10/24/2006 Cell Carriers Target Hispanics

Cingular,  is converting signs, pamphlets and other information in about 420 stores nationwide to both English and Spanish. The project began in June and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. And they are  not alone in targeting the Hispanic population for cellular services.


10/20/2006 1 Billion Cell Phones?

Cell phone shipments rose 21 percent in the third quarter, putting the industry within reach of exceeding 1 billion mobile phones worldwide this year, the technology research firm IDC reported Thursday.


10/18/2006 AT & T Looking to Make Concessions

After AT&T and BellSouth had their merger approved by the Department of Justice, the deal looked all but done. The only obstacle remaining was a vote at the FCC, which many observers expected to go AT&T's way last Thursday. But the meeting was cancelled, and now AT&T has offered some concessions and some cash in an effort to get the deal approved.

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10/17/2006 Cell Phone Mergers Gone Awry

A week ago, the AT&T-Bell South merger appeared on track, , all but certain to receive final governmental approval. Even the Department of Justice approved the merger without conditions. Yet after Friday's postponement of the FCC's vote, the final approval of the merger seems more remote and tenuous than ever. What happened?

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10/16/2006 Cell Phone Accessories Booming

Cellphone accessories — from decorations, to holsters to handsfree devices — bring in $1 billion a year at the retail level in the U.S. and the market is growing 10% to 15% annually, said Roger Entner, a Boston-based analyst with the market research firm Ovum.


10/13/2006 Cell Phone Disables

A cellphone that automatically disables itself when separated from its owner for too long is to be launched by Japan's leading mobile telephone operator, NTT DoCoMo.


10/12/2006 Hotel Phone Use Down

A growing number of business travelers are using their cellphones and other technology to avoid extra charges for Internet access and telephone calls. For hotels, a once-lucrative profit center is disappearing.


10/12/2006 Cingular Wireless Sues Telemarketers for Unsolicited Calls

Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. , on Tuesday said it filed three lawsuits in a U.S. federal court against telemarketers to stop them from making unsolicited and illegal calls to Cingular customers.


10/11/2006 Mobile Phones Taking Over

Mobile phones have eclipsed landlines as communication methods of choice for Americans, according to an online survey by Harris Interactive.

The survey found 58 per cent of people had a landline, while 74 per cent of people owned a mobile phone.


10/09/2006 Cashing in on Text Messages

A new cell phone service from MasterCard sends users the location of the nearest ATM via SMS text messaging.

Cashing in on Text Messages


10/09/2006 T-Mobile Expanding Service

T-Mobile USA is set to launch by year's end a new breed of mobile phones that can pass live phone calls between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, a top executive told The Associated Press on Friday.


10/07/2006 ESPN Shutting Down Service

ESPN is closing down its cellphone company for sports fans after less than a year, planning instead to forge deals with other wireless operators to offer Mobile ESPN's multimedia content, the majority-owned subsidiary of Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday.

The Bristol, Conn.-based company will continue providing wireless service and content for its subscribers until the end of the year, refund the purchase price for handsets and assist customers with transferring their phone numbers to other carriers, ESPN executives told The Associated Press.

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10/05/2006 PageGate - Brand Destruction

NotePage has maintained the brand PageGate since 1996. Now with the DC Foley scandal heating up, the press is referring to the scandal as PageGate. :-(

PageGate is network software for sending text messages to wireless devices (pagers, cell phones etc...).


10/03/2006 Screaming Cell Phones!

Now if your mobile telephone is stolen, you can scream — and your phone can, too. A new service launched Monday is designed to deter mobile phone theft by equipping telephones with an ear-piercing scream.


The screaming won't stop unless the battery is removed. Even if the thief replaces the phone's SIM card, the handset will not work.

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10/03/2006 Alltell and Midwest Wireless

The Federal Communications Commission on Monday approved rural telephone operator Alltel Corp.'s  $1 billion acquisition of Midwest Wireless Holdings.


Last month, the U.S. Justice Department said it would not oppose the deal after imposing conditions which require Alltel to sell some assets in four areas of rural Minnesota.


10/02/2006 Cingular Lawsuit

Cingular Wireless LLC, the nation's largest cell phone provider, on Friday sued a private eye caught up in the scandal over the  HP leak investigation, seeking to make him pay for allegedly obtaining customer call records under false pretenses.

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09/29/2006 Japanese Coke machines to accept cellphone credit payment

US soft-drink giant Coca-Cola has said it will equip its vending machines in Japan to accept credit payment through mobile telephones, an increasingly popular money option in the country.


09/27/2006 Cell Phone Vending Machines

Shoppers craving the latest Motorola Inc. cell phones and accessories will be able to buy them at automated sales machines being installed in nearly two dozen malls and airports nationwide.


09/26/2006 Nokia Is Socially Conscious

Nokia said on September 21, it and other mobile industry players have agreed on measures to reduce pollution from the manufacturing and disposal of mobile phones.


The group has agreed to reduce energy consumption, stop using some hazardous materials, improve the amount of phones collected through take-back schemes and recycled, and give consumers more environmental information about products.



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