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|09/28/2008 Cell Phone
Popularity in Europe
A growing number of Europeans do not bother to buy
landline telephone service in their homes, relying
instead on their cell phones, the European Commission
Cell phones, which first outnumbered human beings
in Europe in 2006, did that by an even greater margin
in 2007: nearly 112 phones for every 100 people, the
EU executive body said.
One reason is that monthly line rental for fixed phones
costs more on average than a prepaid mobile phone
|09/27/2008 RIM TouchScreen
Research In Motion is preparing to launch the long
anticipated touch-screen version of its BlackBerry
smartphone, according to an official promotion e-mail
from U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless .
|09/26/2008 G1 Phone Game
Turn off the rumor mills, pull down the mocked-up
artwork, and say goodbye to the blogger speculation.
Google and T-Mobiles G1, the first mobile phone built
around Googles open-source, Linux-based Android platform,
is officially a product.
Before a warm, if not entirely enthusiastic crowd
in Manhattan, executives from T-Mobile, HTC and Google
(including a surprise appearance by company founders
Sergey Brin and Larry Page) officially unveiled the
Listing for $179 with two data plans ($25 and $35),
the T-Mobile G1 is available now to existing T-Mobile
customers in limited quantities (via T-Mobiles web
site) and at all T-Mobile locations by late next month.
It will also launch in the U.K. in November, and across
all of Europe by early next year.
|09/23/2008 Financial Toll
on Mobile Industry
Mobile phone makers and operators risk losing thousands
of their most profitable customers as financial havoc
whacks the global banking industry.
Analysts said the success of Blackberry-maker RIM
is the most dependent on Wall Streets future.
In worst case scenario 40,000 workers may lose their
jobs in finance following Lehmans collapse and problems
at other big financial firms, New York Governor David
Paterson said earlier this week.
|09/16/2008 Texting Could
Be Source of Train Tragedy
Federal investigators said Sunday they plan to
obtain the cell phone records of two teenagers and
the engineer of a commuter train to determine whether
text messages played a part in a head-on collision
that killed 25 people.
A commuter rail car lies on its side after a collision
Friday near Los Angeles, California.
The Metrolink train had failed to stop for a red
signal, triggering the Friday collision with a freight
train, according to the commuter trains operators.
In addition to the 25 fatalities, more than 130 passengers
On Sunday, Kitty Higgins of the National Transportation
Safety Board said investigators have been in touch
with two teenagers who told a local television station
that they had been exchanging text messages with the
Metrolink train engineer before the impact.
|09/11/2008 Never Forget
|09/10/2008 Rising Text
A key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee is
asking the nations top four wireless carriers to justify
the sharply rising rates they charge people
to send and receive text messages.
In letters to top executives at Verizon Wireless,
AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile, Wisconsin
Democrat Herb Kohl said Tuesday that he is concerned
that rising text messaging rates reflect decreasing
competition in the wireless business.
|09/08/2008 Yahoo Search
on AT&T Phones
AT&T plans to offer, through its mobile Internet
portal, a collection of Yahoos oneSearch mobile Web
services including links to news, financial information,
weather, Flickr photos as well as Web search via the
|09/08/2008 Cowboys and
The craggy gullies where Idaho cowboy Paul Nettleton
runs 1,200 head of cattle are often precious minutes
from reliable cell phone coverage.
That could spell disaster in this region where sudden
summertime storms howl in from eastern Oregon, bringing
dry lightning that can ignite fast-moving wildfires
on sage- and juniper-covered hillsides. Unchecked,
the flames could quickly turn this old mining towns
historic wooden buildings to ashes.
This spring, Nettleton and six other Owyhee County
ranchers who make their livelihoods in some of Americas
most remote backcountry began carrying satellite telephones
provided by the federal Bureau of Land Management
and the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security.
It is an effort to turn men whose ranching families
have been wedded to this land for more than a century
into a high-tech advance guard against devastating
|09/06/2008 Nokia Market
Share is Shrinking
Nokia the worlds biggest cellphone maker, said it
expects to lose market share in the third quarter
as it fights to maintain profit margins, sending its
shares as much as 14 percent lower.
Nokia warned its third-quarter market share would
fall from the 40 percent notched up in the second
three months of the year, compared with a steady market
share it forecast earlier.
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