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|01/31/2005 SBC to buy
AT&T for $16B|
SBC Communications Inc. said Monday it will buy
AT&T Corp. for about $16 billion, aiming to bolster
its services for large corporations and end "Ma Bell's"
The combined company would have
around $71 billion in revenues, the same as top U.S.
telecom Verizon Communications Inc. A merger would
likely face antitrust hurdles.
of the No. 1 long-distance carrier will include $14.7
billion in SBC stock and a special dividend of roughly
$1.04 billion to be paid by AT&T to its shareholders
when the deal closes.
|01/28/2005 SBC said to be
in talks to buy AT&T|
SBC Communications, the second-largest regional phone
company in the nation, is in talks to buy AT&T for
more than $16 billion, according to executives close to
A deal, if reached, would be
the final chapter in the 120-year history of AT&T,
the first technological giant of the modern age and the
original model for telecommunications companies
worldwide. A deal would be a reunion of sorts, putting
back together some of the largest pieces of the Ma Bell
telephone monopoly, which was broken up in 1984.
|01/27/2005 Cell phones
channel TV broadcasts|
More than half of U.S. cell phone customers will soon
be offered the wireless equivalent of cable TV in the
largest expansion yet of the North American mobile video
Cingular Wireless on Tuesday began
selling MobiTV, making scores of shows available for $10
a month, plus the cost of downloading data. While
offered nationwide, MobiTV is only available on a
half-dozen Cingular handsets, including Motorola's
President Zafirovski to Resign|
Motorola Inc. announced Wednesday that Mike
Zafirovski is resigning as the company's No. 2
executive, a departure that had been widely expected
since he was passed over for the chief executive's job a
Zafirovski, who helped engineer a
turnaround at the cell-phone manufacturing giant, is
scheduled to step down Jan. 31 as president and chief
operating officer after more than four years with
As a convenience to customers using PageGate in
conjunction with NetIQ we have added an integration FAQ
that steps users through the setup process.
NetIQ integration FAQ details the steps
required to use PageGate in conjunction with NetIQ.
Using PageGate with NetIQ will allow alerts to be sent
to to wireless messaging devices like pagers and
|01/24/2005 SBC TAP
NotePage has added a number of SBC TAP phone numbers to their large
database of TAP numbers.
When sending text
messages to pagers and cell phone, the terminal phone
number is required we have listed the most commonly used
numbers along with the settings. Please let us know of
any additional modem numbers that you would like to have
added to the database.
The database allows users
to look-up telecom companies by
|01/22/2005 Text Messaging
Lets Iraqis Tip Authorities|
The tip came in fast, telegraph-terse, and discreet.
Maj. Mohammed Salman Abass Ali al-Zobaidi of the Iraqi
National Guard scrolled down to read it: "Black
four-door Excalibur. Behind cinema."
From cell phone
screen to local authorities: Acting on the recent text
message tip to the Iraqi National Guard commander,
police in a nearby town tracked down a black car behind
theater, and arrested the driver for suspected links
to insurgent attacks.
Internet Telephony Visibility Increases|
Some well-known names are lining up behind one
company's technology to let consumers and enterprises
put away their cell phones--and mobile call
charges--when they get to their homes and
IBM, VeriSign, and Airespace want to
foster roaming between cell phone systems and IP
(Internet Protocol) networks so calls to a user's cell
phone number can come to a wired or wireless VoIP
phone instead. And with dual-mode cell/Wi-Fi phones that
are starting to emerge, a subscriber could carry one
phone and simply switch modes when in range of a Wi-Fi
|01/20/2005 Cell Phone
Market Seen Soaring in '05|
The global mobile phone market is set to grow to 2
billion subscribers by the end of 2005, fueled by strong
demand from developing economies in Asia and Latin
America, Deloitte & Touche said on Tuesday.
The consulting firm said it expected voice calls
to continue to be the primary driver of profits and
revenues for mobile phone companies, with volumes
continuing to grow steadily on the back of falling
prices and rising ease of use.
|01/19/2005 Toshiba App
Controls Desktop Via Cell Phone|
Toshiba has developed software that gives cell phone
users the ability to access and control their Windows
desktop computers from afar, according to press reports.
|01/18/2005 Verizon Teams
Subscribers to Verizon Communications Inc.'s
high-speed Internet services will be able to access
customized and premium content from Web giant Yahoo Inc.
under a multiyear agreement that combines the companies'
offerings into a single brand.
The deal, whose
terms were not disclosed, is the latest example of an
Internet provider teaming up with a content company to
offer more than just a fast connection. For their part,
content providers receive greater exposure and a slice
of monthly per-subscriber fees.
telecom firms help fund Bush inauguration|
Telecom and tech firms, some already in the wireless
business and others planning to enter it, are helping
foot the bill for President Bush's inauguration Jan. 20.
The donors, according to the Presidential Inaugural
Committee, include Qualcomm Inc. ($100,000), AT&T
Corp. ($250,000), MCI ($25,000), Oracle Corp.
($100,000), SBC Communications Inc. ($100,000), Southern
Co. ($250,000) and Time Warner ($250,000).
|01/14/2005 Samsung phones
convert words to text|
For people fed up with pecking out text messages on
their mobile phone, Samsung Electronics may have an
answer. The South Korean electronics maker has developed
what it is calling the world's first mobile phones that
can convert spoken words into text messages.
phones use two speech-to-text products, called VoiceMode
and QuickPhrase, and were shown off at the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.
|01/13/2005 Yet Another
Mobile Phone Virus Found|
A Brazilian virus writer has unleashed a new mobile
phone virus, called Lasco.A, that is capable of
spreading both through the short-range wireless
Bluetooth technology and by attaching itself to files,
according to the Finnish antivirus company
Complete Article Mobile Phone
Resoruce and site relating to messaging. The Messaging Pipeline contains all sorts
of information related to messaging.
gaining for cell phones as credit cards|
People already use their cell phones to read e-mail
messages, take pictures and play video games. Before
long, they may use them in place of their wallets.
By embedding in the cell phone a computer chip
or other type of memory device, a phone can double as a
credit card. The chip performs the same function as the
magnetic strip on the back of a credit card, storing
account information and other data necessary to make a
|01/11/2005 Nokia slashes
research staff to cut costs|
Nokia (news - web sites), the world's largest mobile
phone maker, said it would cut costs in its Multimedia
Business Group by shedding workers in the division's
research and development department.
the Finnish giant said it hoped to reduce its overall
research and development costs to between nine and 10
percent of net sales by 2006, from 12.8 percent or 3.76
billion euros in 2003, to improve its profitability.
|01/11/2005 Comcast to
Offer Web-Based Phone Service (VOIP)|
Comcast Corp. is joining the crowd of major cable TV
and telephone companies venturing into Internet-based
phone service, but with a higher price and extra
features which the nation's largest cable provider hopes
will set its product apart.
The company — which
plans to charge $40 per month, or $5 to $20 more than
most of Internet phone services — said Monday it
believes customers will pay more for features such as
battery backup to keep the phone line running during
Previews Itunes Phone|
A Motorola executive on Thursday previewed an
upcoming mobile phone that can play music from Apple
Computer Inc.'s iTunes store.
Speaking during a
keynote at the International Consumer Electronics Show
here, the executive demonstrated a phone that in many
ways mimics the iPod.
The phone syncs with a
computer and the iTunes Music Store like an iPod does,
and incorporates an iPod-like interface for navigating
and playing digital music, said Ron Garriques, a
Motorola executive vice president.
|01/09/2005 TV May Soon
Beam From Cell Phone Screens|
The screens may be tiny and the batteries overworked,
but the wireless industry is bringing TV to a cell phone
With the mammoth International Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a backdrop, Verizon
Wireless detailed a robust multimedia service for mobile
phones, promising video, audio and 3-D games
custom-designed for the constraints of a handheld
|01/07/2005 Text Messaging
Rings in the New Year Breaking Records|
A mobile phone was as essential to the recent New
Year's festivities as a party mood and Auld Lang Syne,
if the number of text messages sent is anything to go
Between midnight on 31 December and midnight on
1 January, 133m text messages were sent in the UK.
|01/06/2005 Telecom Firms
Conversent Communications LLC yesterday announced a
plan to combine with a telecommunications counterpart in
Although the deal is being billed
as a merger, the larger Conversent will become a
majority owner of Charleston-based FiberNet LLC and the
two firms will maintain their respective brands.
Financial terms of the stock transaction were
not revealed because both Conversent and FiberNet are
privately held. The merger, subject to state regulatory
approvals, is expected to be finalized in
The combined company will serve about
51,000 customers in 10 states in the Northeast and
messaging: A tool for disaster warning?|
When the tsunami hit Sri Lanka, Sanjaya Senanayake
found he could not make calls on his mobile phone or
regular land line at first - but he could send and
receive text messages from his cellphone.
Senanayake, a 23-year-old television producer,
spent last week reporting on the disaster, frantically
searching for friends and posting his experiences to the
networked world through a Web log, or blog - often via
text messages relayed by a friend in Mumbai, India.
|01/04/2005 Telecom: The
Merger Is The Message|
Last year ended with a bang in telecom. During the
final three months, Cingular closed its $41 billion
acquisition of AT&T Wireless, and Sprint announced a
$35 billion mega-merger with Nextel Communications. At a
time when interest in traditional telecom companies is
as rare as rotary phones, mergers are a sign of the
profound changes afoot.
|01/03/2005 Mobile phone
plays valuable role in wake of tsunami
By making it possible to share information quickly
and to quickly raise large sums in relief aid, the
mobile telephone has played a valuable role in the Asian
By making it possible to
share information quickly and to quickly raise large
sums in relief aid, the mobile telephone has played a
valuable role in the Asian seaquake disaster.
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