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11/29/2005 Carrier Settings

Just as a reminder we have the following resources available to customers:

SNPP Settings - alphabetical listing of paging and telecom carrier SNPP 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 by Gartner.

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.

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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 phone users.

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.

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11/16/2005 Cingular Unveils Mobile Service

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 content.

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 and violence.

The two-tier rating system will categorize content offered directly by cell phone providers as either "Generally Accessible Carrier Content" or "Restricted Carrier Content."

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 the CTIA.

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 of rioting.

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.

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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 and SMS

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 Internet.

"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 downloads.

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.

11/01/2005 Candidates 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) broadband service.

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 Paid

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 Phones

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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