November 2004 articles

Cingular 3G plans announced

Nov 30 2004 - 05:02 PM ET | 3G, Cingular, Data
Cingular today announced its 3G plans, an expected announcement after the AT&T Wireless takeover (Cingular now has ample spectrum for advanced data services). The UMTS/HSDPA third generation network will offer average data speeds between 400-700 kilobits per second (Kbps), and...

Fastap LG 6190 shipping from Telus

Nov 30 2004 - 02:01 PM ET | LG Mobile Phone
Telus is shipping the world's first commercial Fastap handset, the Fastap LG 6190. Fastap is a unique keyboard layout the combines a typical number based format with a full alpha keyboard (though not in QWERTY format). A deal between Digit...

Wall Street Journal into mobile content business

Nov 30 2004 - 01:53 PM ET | Data
Early next year, the Wall Street Journal will begin offering content formatted for mobile devices. For $3.99 a month (nothing is free on Wall Street) subscribers will have have: * Interface for navigating through news categories, stocks, bonds, commodities, futures...

Vodafone K.K. to ID prepaid users

Nov 30 2004 - 12:35 AM ET | Vodafone
Vodafone K.K. (Japan) today announced that the company will start to identify users of its pre-paid mobile phone service. The new ID action will help prevent, "Inappropriate use of prepaid mobile phones in Japan." There are three measures to the...

Virgin Mobile India?

Nov 29 2004 - 07:05 PM ET | MVNO, Virgin Mobile
Richard Branson, head of the Virgin Group, may be trying to bring his successful Virgin Mobile cell phone brand to India. India is one of the largest upcoming mobile phone markets in the world and the country already has more...

Non-voice use poll

Nov 29 2004 - 06:59 PM ET | Data
USA Today featured a Snapshot in today's Life section that shows how many Americans use non-voice features on their mobile phones. Here's the breakdown: * *Text messages* - 27% * *Downloaded ringtones* - 14% * *E-mail* - 11% * *Internet*...

Samsung A760 now shipping from Sprint

Nov 29 2004 - 12:02 PM ET | Samsung
Sprint PCS has launched the Samsung RL-A760. The A760 is the first phone to support VoiceSMS [more info]. Features of the phone include: * 128 x 160 pixel 65K color STN display * ReadyLink Push-To-Talk * Voice calling * Voice...

This week in mobile [11/28/04]

Nov 28 2004 - 11:08 PM ET | In The News
In case you missed something in the past week, here are all the big stories: (In chronological order) * The Motorola V260 shipped on Verizon Wireless * Deal: Motorola RAZR V3 for $369.99 * Cingular plans to cut 10%...

Siemens X66 coming to Cingular

Nov 27 2004 - 08:32 PM ET | Cingular
Cingular Wireless will soon launch the Siemens X66. The X66 (AKA SX66) was first thought to be launched by AT&T Wireless, but the device didn't ship before the merger. Features of the Siemens X66 include: * Windows Mobile OS *...

DoCoMo: 2G gone by 2012

Nov 26 2004 - 04:07 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
Briefly--NTT DoCoMo today announced that it will stop operation of its second generation cellular network in 2012. Currently 80% or 40 million DoCoMo customers are on the 2G network. While the company offers a host of 3G handsets [see archive],...

palmOne admits Treo 650 memory problems

Nov 26 2004 - 03:44 PM ET | Palm
Diehard Treo fans who pre-ordered their Treo 650s were dismayed to find that despite having the same amount of memory as the Treo 600, the Treo 650 cannot fit the same amount of data. A technical entry on the company's...

Verizon Wireless testing consumer level EV-DO

Nov 26 2004 - 03:37 PM ET | Verizon Wireless
According to Verizon Wireless Info, Verizon Wireless is now in a trial for a simplified consumer oriented EV-DO data plan called Mobile Media. Currently the only EV-DO data plan is unlimited use for laptops (via a PCMCIA card). The $15...

Cingular sells AT&T Wireless chunk to Alltel

Nov 26 2004 - 03:09 PM ET | AT&T Wireless
As part of the AT&T Wireless takeover, Cingular is divesting a small portion of AT&T Wireless equipment in a sale to Alltel. Alltel has agreed to purchase $170 million worth of AT&T Wireless spectrum and network assets from Cingular. The...

Motorola MPx220 for $49.99

Nov 25 2004 - 12:35 PM ET | Motorola
Tomorrow morning from 6am-12pm BestBuy stores will run a post-Thanksgiving day sale. In the sales circular BestBuy is advertising the Motorola MPx220 for $349.99 and a $300 mail-in rebate, bringing the final price down to just $49.99. This makes the...

Today: One year of number portability

Nov 24 2004 - 12:00 AM ET | Number portability
Today marks one year since local number portability was enabled for the top 100 markets in the United States. According to the FCC, over 8 million people have changed carriers but kept their numbers in that time. Also according to...

Kyocera KX2 launched by Verizon Wireless

Nov 23 2004 - 10:19 PM ET | Kyocera, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless today began shipping the Kyocera KX2, Kyocera's first camera phone. Features of the KX2 include: * 1.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and video capture (up to 15 sec) * 132 x 176 pixel 262K color display *...

Siemens CT66 launched by Cingular

Nov 23 2004 - 10:12 PM ET | Cingular, Siemens
Cingular today launched the Siemens CT66 in most markets. The consumer level phone includes the following features: * 130 x 130 pixel 65K color display * Java 2.0 * Weight of only 85g (3oz) * Speakerphone Expect to pay $69.99...

Nokia 7610 Cingular soft launch in progress

Nov 23 2004 - 07:16 PM ET | Cingular
Update: The Nokia 7610 is now available in most locations. Amazon.com is selling the phone for just $299 after rebate. Cingular has started a soft launch of the Nokia 7610. Despite being shipped in most of the world back in...

Cingular to lay off 10% of workers

Nov 23 2004 - 02:25 PM ET | Cingular
The expected post-merger layoffs have been announced: 10% will be gone. Over the next 12-18 months the nation's largest wireless carrier will cut aproximately 7,000 jobs. Most of the losses will come from the administrative ranks. Customer service jobs should...

Motorola RAZR V3 for $369.99

Nov 22 2004 - 01:51 PM ET | Bargain, Cingular, Motorola
While the Motorola RAZR V3 may be on a lot of wish lists this Christmas, it isn't on a lot of budgets--the $499 price after contract puts it out of reach for most consumers (and that's the limited time, $100...

Nokia Communicator now ships with antivirus

Nov 22 2004 - 12:13 PM ET | Security
FB-4 today announced that its Symbian based Virus Guard will be included on all Nokia Communicator 9300 and 9500 devices sold in North America. Virus Guard is Symbian certified, and is also available on Series 60 and UIQ Symbian devices....

T9 predictive text software updated

Nov 22 2004 - 11:49 AM ET | In The News
Tegic Communications has released version 7.2 of its T9 predictive text software that is used on many mobile phones and PDAs. The update focuses on mutli-lingual capabilities, including easier switching between languages and the addition of three new langauges: Bengali,...

Motorola V260 ships on Verizon Wireless

Nov 22 2004 - 11:34 AM ET | Motorola, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of the Motorola V260. The V260 is very similar to the Motorola V265 which shipped from Verizon Wireless earlier this month. The Motorola V260's feature set includes: * BREW 2.1 * 128 x 128...

Motorola MPx220 for $199

Nov 21 2004 - 01:33 PM ET | Bargain, Cingular, Motorola
After starting sales of the Motorola MPx220 last week, Amazon.com has recently added a rebate to bring the price down to $199. This is the lowest price we have seen for the Windows Mobile powered smartphone. Features of the Motorola...

This week in mobile news [11/20/04]

Nov 20 2004 - 04:00 PM ET | In The News
In case you missed something in the past week, here are all the big stories: (In chronological order) * The Motorola V551 was re-launched by Cingular * AT&T Wireless stores became Cingular Wireless stores * T-Mobile launched the Samsung P735...

Nokia: 10 new 3G phones in 2005

Nov 19 2004 - 12:19 PM ET | 3G, Nokia
Jorma Ollila, Nokia's CEO, is on record boasting about Nokia launching 10 new 3G phones in 2005. Earlier this month, Nokia announced it expected to ship 40 new models in 2005, which means 3G will be an impressive 25% of...

Skulls trojan on Symbian

Nov 19 2004 - 12:03 PM ET | Security
There is a new malicious trojan horse going around that affects Symbian powered phones. According to security firm F-Secure, Skulls: "Is a SIS file that will replace the system applications with non-functional versions, so that all but the phone functionality...

Motorola A630 launches on T-Mobile

Nov 19 2004 - 11:34 AM ET | Motorola, T-Mobile
As expected, T-Mobile has launched the Motorola A630. The phone has experienced a series of delays, as MobileTracker noted last week. Features of the A630 include: * Unique flip open QWERTY keyboard * Bluetooth * AIM * Speakerphone * VGA...

USA Today reviews Treo 650

Nov 18 2004 - 10:18 PM ET | Palm
USA Today featured a review of the palmOne Treo 650 in today's issue. Written by tech columnist Edward Baig, the review was largely positive. Mr. Baig tested a Sprint PCS branded CDMA Treo 650 unit (a GSM version will ship...

Cingular running mini film festival

Nov 18 2004 - 09:46 PM ET | Camera, Cingular
Following Nokia's heels, Cingular Wireless has put together a cellphone produced film festival. Cingular is running two versions, one for film students and one for non-film students. The prize for the winning entry in both categories is a Motorola V551...

T-Mobile ringback tone details

Nov 18 2004 - 02:02 PM ET | T-Mobile
Verizon Wireless announced a trial of ringback tones earlier this week in select California markets in an attempt to beat rival T-Mobile to market with the service. T-Mobile USA will call ringback tones (the rings you hear while calling someone...

Text message speed record possible broken

Nov 17 2004 - 03:52 PM ET | SMS
The Daily Herald of Provo Utah is reporting that a high school student has broken the world record for text message speed. The official phrase to type under time pressure is: bq. The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and...

SH901iC announced by NTT DoCoMo

Nov 17 2004 - 03:45 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo, Security
NTT DoCoMo has announced the SH901iC, one phone from the upcoming 901i Series. The 901i series is marked by 3D surround sound, i-appli games and FeliCa smart-card technology. The SH901iC is well equipped: * 2.2" CGS screen with 260K colors...

Treo 650 shipping from Sprint

Nov 17 2004 - 03:36 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
According to TreoCentral some customers have reported success in ordering Treo 650s from Sprint PCS. Delivery dates are as early as tomorrow, meaning the units have already been shipped. However, Sprint isn't giving tracking numbers, so the reports cannot be...

Virgin Mobile and Nokia team up

Nov 17 2004 - 02:06 PM ET | MVNO, Nokia, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile and Nokia have signed a deal to bring a CDMA Nokia phone to market from Virgin Mobile by 2005. Currently Virgin Mobile only has phones from Kyocera and Audiovox. Nokia hasn't been a major CDMA maker in quite...

BlackBerry subscribers now top 2M

Nov 17 2004 - 01:46 PM ET | Research In Motion
Research in Motion today announced it has passed the 2 million subscriber mark for its BlackBerry wireless platform. Back in August the company announced that it expected 2 million by the end of the year. While it took five years...

2005: Check into airport via mobile phone

Nov 16 2004 - 02:25 PM ET | Data
Some airports in Europe will begin testing mobile phone powered check in sometime next year. The system is headed by Siemens and uses GPRS. It will alllow passengers to: "check in, change seats, check times and receive details for dropping...

Xerox launches camera phone scanning software

Nov 16 2004 - 02:07 PM ET | Camera
Xerox announced new software yesterday that turns megapixel camera phones into document scanners. The new process involves four steps: # Capture the image on your phone. # Apply Xerox software to correct for blurring. # Convert image to black and...

MPx220 on sale at Amazon.com

Nov 16 2004 - 01:35 PM ET | Motorola
Amazon.com has started to sell the Motorola MPx220 with Cingular service. Deliveries should begin in 1-2 weeks. The phone has been for sale at BestBuy locations nationwide for about a month, though reports over the weekend indicate BestBuy has sent...

Verizon Wireless launches ringbacks

Nov 16 2004 - 01:26 PM ET | Verizon Wireless
In the midst of rumors that T-Mobile USA was going to be the first USA carrier to launch ringback tones, Verizon Wireless has activated the service. Ringbacks are the rings you hear while calling someone (opposite of ringtones). Customers can...

Audiovox SMT5600 not carried by Cingular

Nov 15 2004 - 11:17 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Smartphone, UTStarcom (Audiovox)
Due to the merger shuffle, the newly announced Audiovox SMT5600 has found itself without a carrier (it was carried by AT&T Wireless, but did not migrate over to Cingular). The popular Windows Mobile powered smartphone just started shipping about a...

MobileTracker site changes

Nov 15 2004 - 10:31 PM ET | Site News
We've made a couple of changes to the site today and would take some time to explain them. First, if you're an RSS feed subscriber you have probably noticed that the feed is now full text. That means you can...

Nokia 6235 announced

Nov 15 2004 - 09:19 PM ET | Nokia
The Nokia 6235 was announced today at the 3G World Congress & Exhibition 2004 in Hong Kong. The 6235 is a mid-range CDMA handset, despite being introduced at a 3G summit. Features include: * 65K color screen * VGA camera...

BlackBerry 7750 ships from Sprint PCS

Nov 15 2004 - 05:20 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint is now shipping the BlackBerry 7750 from its business channel. This makes Sprint the last major wireless carrier to carry the popular data-centric series. The 7750 is also carried by Verizon Wireless. Here's what the BlackBerry 7750 has to...

Samsung: 9 new phones in Q4

Nov 15 2004 - 01:53 PM ET | Samsung
If more is better, cell phones are going to be great this holiday season: Samsung promises 9 new phones this quarter for the US market. Earlier this month Motorola promised 10 new handsets. But that's nothing compared to new phones...

Italy considers SMS tax

Nov 15 2004 - 01:36 PM ET | SMS
Italy is considering a small tax for every text message sent in the country. It has already happened in the Philippines. Here's how it would work: bq. The Premier, Silvio Berlusconi, is considering a one euro cent (0.6p) levy on...

Samsung P735 on T-Mobile

Nov 15 2004 - 01:21 PM ET | Samsung, T-Mobile
The Samsung P735 is now listed on T-Mobile's website. Features of the P735 include: * Megapixel camera with video recording * Unique twist design (see photo after jump for more details) * 176 x 220 pixel 262K color TFD display...

T-Mobile 3-day weekend is back

Nov 15 2004 - 01:05 PM ET | T-Mobile
T-Mobile's popular 3-day weekend plan is back for sale just in time for the holidays. Under the plan, Friday is counted as part of free weekend calling. The $39.99 plan offers 600 minutes to share Monday - Thursday. This is...

N900iL released by NTT DoCoMo

Nov 15 2004 - 01:31 AM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo today announced availability of the NEC N900iL, a dual-mode 3G/WiFi mobile phone. According to the company: bq. The N900iL is specifically designed to support DoCoMo's exclusive PASSAGE DUPLE system for dual-network operation as both a standard FOMA phone...

Sprint and Verizon to lower LNP fees

Nov 15 2004 - 01:08 AM ET | Number portability, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Both Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless today announced that the two companies will lower the monthly surcharge for expenses related to local number portability. The controversial surcharges have made the two companies over $250 million this year. Verizon is cutting...

AT&T Wireless stores become Cingular stores

Nov 15 2004 - 12:17 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular
Later this morning, AT&T Wireless corporate stores will open for the first time as Cingular Wireless branded stores. Staff at the stores worked doubletime over the weekend to make the changes. Many of the locations across the company sported covered...

Motorola V551 re-launched by Cingular

Nov 14 2004 - 05:58 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular
Update: Amazon.com is selling the Motorola V551 for free after a mail in rebate and activation from Cingular... Cingular has once again listed the Motorola V551 on its website. The phone first appeared on Cingular.com along with the RAZR V3...

This week in mobile news [11/13/04]

Nov 13 2004 - 11:00 PM ET | In The News
In case you missed something in the past week, here are all the big stories: (In chronological order) * Sprint PPC-6601 started selling from business channel * Motorola looks to ship 20 new phones in Q4, 10 that we don't...

IDC: Phone sales rocket in 2004

Nov 12 2004 - 04:43 PM ET | In The News
According to a report from the research group IDC, sales of mobile phones surged nearly 25% in 2004. In the third quarter 164.1 million phones were sold. The market share battle is still fierce: * Market leader Nokia moved back...

Samsung i730, EV-DO, early 2005

Nov 12 2004 - 01:52 PM ET | Data, Samsung, Verizon Wireless
A Samsung executive yesterday let it be known that Samsung would ship a mobile phone using the EV-DO high-speed data standard in early 2005. It was not revealed what phone or what carrier would be involved. Since Verizon Wireless already...

Verizon Wireless steps up advertising

Nov 12 2004 - 01:43 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless has launched [free reg req.] a new advertising campaign targeted at AT&T Wireless users. One of the ads says: bq. Attention AT&T Wireless customersAs long as you are wireless carrier is changing, why not change to the best?...

Amazon pulls A630, adds to puzzle

Nov 12 2004 - 12:58 AM ET | Motorola, Rumor
By Jon Gales -- Despite claims by Motorola that this Christmas will be the season to remember, the company's Motorola A630 phone is no where to be seen. Rumors of manufactoring snags have circulated the internet for several months. Despite...

J.D. Power rates Sanyo best mobile phone

Nov 11 2004 - 04:56 PM ET | Sanyo, Staff Picks
Sanyo came out as the highest rated mobile phone in the annual J.D. Power and Associates 2004 U.S. Wireless Mobile Phone Evaluation Study. Sanyo phones ship in the US from Sprint PCS, with the MM-7400 being its latest offering. Five...

Sanyo MM-7400 details

Nov 11 2004 - 04:39 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
In a follow up to yesterday's announcement that Sprint PCS will ship the Sanyo MM-7400, we have several high resolution photos of the new device. Each photo has been resized, click on it to view the larger version. Feature wise,...

Cingular launches camphone postcard service

Nov 11 2004 - 03:40 PM ET | Camera, Cingular
Cingular today announced a service that lets customers turn pictures taken with mobile phones into post cards. This is similar to an offering announced by PictureTrail last month. Cingular's service is powered by FujiFilm: bq. Cingular customers can now use...

T-Mobile USA Q3 2004 results

Nov 11 2004 - 11:09 AM ET | T-Mobile
T-Mobile USA today announced its third quarter 2004 earnings. The interesting metrics are below: * 901,000 net customer additions * Net Income of $254 million * 2.6% churn rate (customer turnover) * $2.61 billion revenue, up from $1.90 billion in...

Motorola RAZR V3 back for sale

Nov 11 2004 - 10:17 AM ET | Cingular, Motorola
The trendy Motorola RAZR V3 is back for sale on Cingular.com. It appeared for a short time earlier this month and was said to be expected back on November 15th. It appears to be several days ahead of schedule. You...

Sanyo MM-7400 announced by Sprint PCS

Nov 10 2004 - 04:22 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced plans to carry the Sanyo MM-7400. Features of the MM-7400 include: * VGA camera with video recording and LED flash * On-demand streaming video * Built-in media player * Slip-resistant body and interchangeable face plates *...

Intellisync now on Sidekick, T-Mobile

Nov 10 2004 - 01:47 PM ET | Danger, Data, T-Mobile
Intellisync announced today that it has teamed up with T-Mobile USA to provide "over-the-air" synchronization of Microsoft Outlook to Sidekick (both the original and Sidekick II) owners. Users can sync calendars, contacts and tasks. The software is available from the...

3D display touted by Samsung

Nov 10 2004 - 01:40 PM ET | Samsung
Samsung is showing off the first all-angle mobile phone sized 3D display. While there is little demand for such screens right now, Samsung believes the market will bloom into a billion dollar business by 2010. bq. "With this invention, we...

Motorola V265 launched by Verizon Wireless

Nov 10 2004 - 01:16 PM ET | Motorola, Verizon Wireless
Update: You can purchase the Motorola V265 for free at Amazon.com... Verizon Wireless will begin selling the Motorola V265 on Friday. The V265 is an affordable clamshell with a decent feature set: * VGA camera * BREW * Speakerphone *...

Vodafone launches 3G network

Nov 10 2004 - 03:16 AM ET | 3G, Vodafone
As expected, Vodafone today launched its 3G network. The network has been a massive investment by the company thus far--some estimates are as high as $129 billion. The activated markets are: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands,...

Mobile technology snapshot

Nov 09 2004 - 06:45 PM ET | Data, In The News
USA Today's Life section Snapshot focuses on mobile communication technology today: Percentage of people in the USA who have used wireless devices (cellphones, laptops or PDAs) to access the Internet, send e-mail or text messages while: * 22% - In...

PC trojan sending SMS spam

Nov 09 2004 - 02:31 PM ET | SMS, Security
Computer experts are talking about a new Windows based trojan horse that sends spam messages to mobile phones through SMS. The Delf-HA Trojan downloads a spam campaign from the internet and then sends it to random mobile phones numbers in...

Xingtone 4 announced

Nov 09 2004 - 02:27 PM ET | Ringtones
Version 4 of Xingtone, the mobile phone ringtone creation software, has been announced. The most popular new feature will be a way to get around Verizon Wireless' "closed network" (Verizon forces users to purchase ringtones through their store). The work-around...

Samsung i640 info leaked by FCC

Nov 09 2004 - 02:19 PM ET | Rumor, Samsung, Smartphone
Details of the Samsung SCH-i640 have been posted onto the FCC website. The Windows Mobile powered CDMA handset looks to be the successor to the Samsung i600 (carried by both Verizon Wireless and Sprint PCS). Some specs: * Windows...

Cell phones outnumber landlines in India

Nov 08 2004 - 02:48 PM ET | In The News
According to India's government, mobile phones now outnumber landlines in the nation. There are over 44 million cell phone users in India, compared to 43 million land lines. India is one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world,...

Bluetooth roadmap, improved speed

Nov 08 2004 - 02:36 PM ET | Bluetooth
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today released a three year roadmap for Bluetooth, the close range wireless standard. Changes include speed, power and security. You can expect devices reflecting the 2004 changes in the next 6-9 months. Here's a...

Vodafone to launch 3G this week

Nov 08 2004 - 12:41 PM ET | 3G, Rumor, Vodafone
Vodafone is expected to roll out its 3G phone network this week. The company will spend an impressive 100m ($185m US) in marketing, which pales in comparison to the billions it spent on spectrum licenses. 10 phones should be available...

Verizon Wireless launches text message usage tracker

Nov 08 2004 - 12:33 PM ET | SMS, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless has launched a free service that lets customers check their text message usage quickly: just dial #3282 (DATA) and hit send. You'll be connected to an automated system that will tell you your usage but you will also...

Cable companies eye cell service

Nov 08 2004 - 12:44 AM ET | MVNO
The Wall Street Journal has a piece [Subscription req.] on the possibility of cable companies teaming up to offer cellular service. According to the page B1 piece, Powerhouse cable providers like Comcast, Time Warne, Cox and Charter have been in...

Motorola: 20 new phones in Q4 (on time!)

Nov 08 2004 - 12:16 AM ET | Motorola
Motorola announced [Subscription req.] that it expects to launch 20 new mobile phones in the ramp up to the holidays, and unlike last year actually have some units to sell (Motorola was plagued by shipping delays last Christmas). Motorola said...

PPC-6601 for sale by Sprint Business

Nov 07 2004 - 04:22 PM ET | Sprint Nextel, UTStarcom (Audiovox)
Several readers wrote in to say that Sprint PCS is now selling the PPC-6601 through its business channel. The device was announced by Sprint at CTIA IT. Expect to pay $629, though a rebate may be available if you sign...

Traffic images being sent to mobile phones

Nov 07 2004 - 04:11 PM ET | Data
The Washington Post has an article [free subscription req.] in today's issue about a new service that sends pictures of live traffic conditions to mobile phone users. Customers using Traffic Land's AirVideo service tap into nearly 300 cameras in the...

China's 3G troubles mount

Nov 07 2004 - 03:58 PM ET | 3G
The Wall Street Journal has a piece [Subscription req.] in Monday's issue about problems China faces in its 3G rollout. Problems include cost, standards, and poor phones. bq. The Chinese government also could mandate that phone companies share space on...

This week in mobile news [11/06/04]

Nov 06 2004 - 06:07 PM ET | In The News
In case you missed something in the past week, here are all the big stories: (In chronological order) * The Motorola RAZR V3 launched on Cingular... Only to be removed--it should reappear on the 15th. * The Nokia 7710 was...

Deal: Audiovox SMT 5600 for -$25

Nov 06 2004 - 01:50 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Bargain, UTStarcom (Audiovox)
Amazon.com is selling the new Audiovox SMT 5600 for $224.99 with a new activation from AT&T Wireless. Alone that is a good price, but there are also $250 in rebates that bring the final price down to -$25 (yes, you...

CourtTV to using text message alerts

Nov 06 2004 - 02:32 AM ET | SMS
Because of hot demand for information on the Scott Peterson trial, CourtTV has set up a free text message alert service. Subscribers will get two messages: the first when jury deliberations have ended and the second when the verdict is...

RIM investors fear over NTP suit

Nov 05 2004 - 10:07 PM ET | Research In Motion
Investors in Research In Motion sold shares today amid fears of a negative ruling in RIM's ongoing legal battle with NTP. Shares [RIMM] tumbled $10.33 on high volume to $77.75, a loss of 11%. bq. Closely held U.S.-based patent holding...

Cingular-AT&T Wireless merger costs add up

Nov 05 2004 - 09:22 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular
SBC, one half owner of Cingular Wireless, announced today that expenses related to integrating Cingular with AT&T Wireless will outweigh the savings until 2007. bq. In the filing, SBC says while some savings from the merger will appear this quarter,...

Navy inks $100M cellular contract

Nov 05 2004 - 08:43 PM ET | In The News
The US Navy has signed a five-year $100 million cellular service contract. It's one of the largest ever and still has the possibility for larger contracts in the future. Cingular Wireless, Nextel Comunications and Verizon Wireless were all in on...

MPx220 AT&T Wireless watch, even closer

Nov 05 2004 - 05:38 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Motorola, Rumor
MobileTracker has found a group of online support documents from AT&T Wireless concerning the Motorola MPx220. The set of 38 documents were all updated today, November 5th. You can currently purchase a Motorola MPx220 from Cingular Wireless at Best Buy...

PayPal Mobile hiring

Nov 05 2004 - 04:39 PM ET | Data
MocoNews notes that PayPal is expanding its PayPal Mobile team. From a jobposting online (that was removed after the MocoNews story): bq. The Mobile Payments team is an entrepreneurial new business within PayPal. Our charter is to make PayPal the...

13% churn rate for 2004

Nov 05 2004 - 04:28 PM ET | In The News
A study by Harris Interactive found that 13% of adults have changed their wireless provider during the last 12 months. Another 13% are likely to do so in the next year while another 23% are looking into it. Only one...

Treo 650 rollout to be slow

Nov 05 2004 - 02:01 PM ET | Palm
palmOne's rollout of the Treo 650 looks to be as slow as the Treo 600's. Sprint PCS should launch it this month and is claiming an exclusive through 2004. AT&T Wireless has a page up about the Treo 650, but...

Verizon snaps up $3B in spectrum

Nov 04 2004 - 11:52 PM ET | Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless today announced the purchase of NextWave's PCS spectrum licenses, in 23 markets around the country, for $3.0 billion. The 10 and 20 MHz licenses, in the 1.9 GHz PCS frequency range, cover a population of 73 million people....

Symantec looks to cell phones

Nov 04 2004 - 03:10 PM ET | Security
According to PC World, Symantec is looking to cell phones as the next great security software market. As the number of cell phones grows, as does the sophistication, Symantec believes there will be a market for security software. Symantec is...

3 UK launches 3G Motorola's

Nov 04 2004 - 02:57 PM ET | 3G, Motorola
3 UK today announced the availability of three new 3G mobile phones from Motorola. The phones are: * Motorola E1000 - 260K color display, 1.2 megapixel camera with 8x zoom, QVGA resolution display, Bluetooth * Motorola A1000 - Symbian based,...

Nokia TV phone in 2006

Nov 04 2004 - 02:46 PM ET | Nokia
Nokia has announced plans to ship a cell phone with a built-in digital TV receiver by 2006. Nokia said the phone will use the DVB-H standard: bq. DVB-H is a standard specified by the DVB Organization specifically for the transmission...

Nokia announces goals

Nov 04 2004 - 10:05 AM ET | Nokia
At a meeting for analysys today, Nokia announced some of its goals and targets for the next few years. There are some interesting ones, espcially that Nokia is planning on launching over 20 clamshell phones in the next year (currently...

RAZR V3 review

Nov 03 2004 - 10:55 PM ET | Motorola, Review
Walter Mossberg reviews the Motorola RAZR V3 in today's Wall Street Journal. Overall he likes the phone, but thinks it is too expensive. bq. This phone isn't perfect. In addition to its high price, the included software has some drawbacks....

SPINMOTO MS340 announced

Nov 03 2004 - 09:45 AM ET | Motorola
Motorola Korea announced a new handset called the SPINMOTO MS340 that looks like an upgraded Motorola V80. Features of the MS340 include: * MP3 player (stereo speaker support) * 262K color TFT LCD screen that can display 176 x 220...

Verizon, Nextel stop fighting

Nov 03 2004 - 09:35 AM ET | Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless and Nextel Communications yesterday agreed to stop fighting over spectrum and marketing. Verizon Wireless will no longer protest the spectrum switch that is aimed to stop Nextel's interference with emergency radio spectrum. In return, Nextel agreed to allow...

Nokia NFC shell announced

Nov 03 2004 - 09:28 AM ET | Nokia
Nokia yesterday announced a Near Field Communication (NFC) "shell". The mobile phone accessory works with the Nokia 3220 and enables digital wallet type functions. NFC is a short range (several centimeters) wireless technology that will enable payments and ID be...

Napster Mobile launched on AT&T Wireless

Nov 03 2004 - 09:22 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Data
Napster today launched a mobile service available for the Audiovox SMT5600 (currently a AT&T Wireless exclusive in the US). Napster To Go will enable the SMT5600 to be the first mobile phone in the US that has the ability to...

Nokia 3230 announced

Nov 02 2004 - 12:43 PM ET | Nokia
The Nokia 3230 is a new handset that was announced today at the Nokia Mobility conference in Monaco. It's a higher-end Series 60 candybar phone: * 1.3 megapixel camera with video capture up to 1 hour * EDGE high-speed data...

Nokia 6020 announced

Nov 02 2004 - 11:55 AM ET | Nokia
The Nokia 6020 was announced today at the annual Nokia Mobility Conference in Monaco. The mid-range tri-band GSM handset offers a nice mix of features: * EDGE high-speed data * VGA camera * 65K color screen * PoC (see today's...

Nokia intros PoC for Series 60

Nov 02 2004 - 11:50 AM ET | Nokia
Nokia today announced software for select Series 60 mobile phones to enable push-to-talk over cellular (PoC). The add-on client works on Nokia 6600, 6620, 6670 and 7610 mobile phones. bq. Nokia will provide the PoC client to network operators and...

Qualcomm interested in mobile video

Nov 02 2004 - 01:20 AM ET | Data
Qualcomm has announced plans to build a $800 million national network to multimedia to cell phones. Qualcomm set up a subsidary called MediaFLO USA to handle the project that will take an estimated 5-years to complete. bq. Qualcomm intends to...

Cingular kicks off new ad campaign

Nov 02 2004 - 01:03 AM ET | Cingular
Cingular yesterday launched a new advertising campaign aimed to inform people of its AT&T Wireless buyout. As part of the campagin, Cingular has rebranded its website and tweaked the logo (an AT&T Wireless type blue shad has been added). Look...

Nokia 7710 officially announced

Nov 02 2004 - 12:58 AM ET | Nokia
The Nokia 7710 was today officially announced. While MobileTracker has run rumors and photos of the Series 90 device since September, Nokia only today confirmed the 7710's existence. Billed as a competitor to organizers from palmOne and HP, the Nokia...

Mobile presidential election coverage

Nov 01 2004 - 01:19 PM ET | Data
With the US presidential election tomorrow, we thought it would be a good idea to list various sources to catch info about the race via your mobile phone. News sources will be updating throughout the day tomorrow and exit polls...

Treo 650 appears on AT&T Wireless site

Nov 01 2004 - 11:48 AM ET | AT&T Wireless
AT&T Wireless has posted a page containing information on the Treo 650, including a form to be alerted for more information. This is the first information we've seen from a carrier other than Sprint PCS about the new smartphone. The...

Motorola V551 launched by Cingular

Nov 01 2004 - 11:36 AM ET | Cingular, Motorola
You can buy the Motorola V551 for FREE after rebate from Wirefly Cingular today adjusted its phone lineup and added the Motorola V551. The V551 is currently a Cingular exclusive, but is similar to other V series Motorola phones. Here...

RAZR V3 launches on Cingular

Nov 01 2004 - 11:12 AM ET | Cingular, Motorola
Update: Cingular pulled the phone shortly after this post. Look for it again on November 15th... As expected, Cingular Wireless has launched the Motorola RAZR V3. The super-thin flip phone is now listed on online sales for most markets. Expect...