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Verizon Chaperone comes to new handsets

Jan 30 2007 - 04:49 PM ET | Backpage, Data
Verizon Wireless' innovative Chaperone service has been launched for new handsets. The child-tracking program was previously only available on the LG Migo. Chaperone is now available on the following handsets: LG 3450L, LG VX8300, LG Chocolate and the Motorola KRZR...

Sprint updates on WiMAX buildout

Jan 09 2007 - 11:46 AM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has updated investors on its plan to build a 4G WiMAX mobile data network. The first coverage areas will be Chicago and Washington D.C. and the network should reach over 100 million people by the end of 2008....

Yahoo! Go For Mobile 2.0 beta released

Jan 08 2007 - 05:10 PM ET | CES, Data
CES 2007 -- Yahoo has released an update to Go For Mobile, adding in a slew of new features and a redesign. The new version focuses on Yahoo oneSearch which displays different categories of search results for a single query....

Sprint adds Mac compatibility for EV-DO Rev A card

Jan 08 2007 - 03:00 PM ET | 3G, Backpage, CES, Data, Sprint Nextel
CES 2007 -- Sprint Nextel has announced officially supported Mac OS X compatibility with one of its EV-DO Rev A cards. Previously the easiest way to get EV-DO on a Mac was to go with Verizon (Mac OS X offers...

Verizon Wireless announces V Cast TV

Jan 07 2007 - 08:02 PM ET | CES, Data, Verizon Wireless
CES 2007 -- As expected, Verizon Wireless has officially announced its mobile TV service. V Cast TV uses Qualcomm's MediaFLO technology to provide broadcast TV to US consumers for the first time. The service will launch later in the first...

Cingular teams up with MySpace

Dec 18 2006 - 01:08 PM ET | Cingular, Data
Cingular has teamed up with MySpace to provide a mobile version of the popular social networking site. In a relatively unique move for a free website, MySpace Mobile will be made available to Cingular customers through a Java application for...

Verizon Wireless quietly rolling out EV-DO Rev A

Dec 14 2006 - 04:43 PM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Sprint Nextel has been busy announcing anything new about its EV-DO Revision A rollout while Verizon Wireless has stayed quiet on the topic. To the casual bystander it appeared that Sprint Nextel was pulling away with a huge lead, but...

Sprint activates EV-DO Rev A in 10 more markets

Dec 12 2006 - 03:28 PM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has upgraded its data network to EV-DO Revision A in 10 more markets around the country. Rev A adds significantly faster upload speeds compared to the older Rev 0 technology. The latest batch of upgrades includes many of the...

Opera Mini 3.0 ships

Nov 30 2006 - 03:09 PM ET | Backpage, Data
Opera Software has announced the availability of Opera Mini 3.0, the second major update to the package this year. The free application is a web browser designed to work on the vast majority of mobile phones sold. This differs from...

T-Mobile also testing out MediaFLO

Nov 27 2006 - 10:38 PM ET | Data, T-Mobile
T-Mobile USA joins both Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel in MediaFLO trials. Verizon Wireless will be the first carrier to launch with the mobile TV service and is the only company committed to FLO. Just last month Sprint announced it...

Report: 500m mobile broadband users by 2010

Nov 21 2006 - 06:00 PM ET | 3G, Backpage, Data
A new report from Strategy Analytics says that the global market for mobile broadband will reach 500 million users by 2010. Next generation technologies like WiMAX and UMTS TDD will help fuel the growth but not dominate it. The report...

Boost Mobile launches loopt, GPS-enabled social network

Nov 14 2006 - 03:13 PM ET | Data, MVNO
Boost loopt is a new location aware social network service from Boost Mobile and loopt. Using the phone's built-in GPS, Boost loopt automatically updates your location for a private list of friends. Users can update their status and geo-tag locations...

Traffic.com launches mobile site

Nov 14 2006 - 01:05 PM ET | Data
Traffic.com has launched a WAP site containing its live traffic information for 50 metropolitan areas in the US. Traffic.com powers a lot of the other traffic services, but this marks the first time they have released the information directly to...

Verizon Wireless in talks with YouTube

Nov 07 2006 - 05:09 PM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
According [subscription req.] to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon is currently in negotiations with YouTube concerning mobile delivery of the popular video sharing site's content. YouTube currently has no mobile viewing platform but does make it easy to submit videos...

Google introduces Java Gmail app

Nov 02 2006 - 02:06 PM ET | Data
Google has further expanded its mobile offerings with the introduction of a Java Gmail client. The previously available WAP version of Gmail is still supported, but the application will give a more consistent experience across phones. Google is making the...

MediaFLO being tested by Sprint

Oct 11 2006 - 06:19 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has confirmed that it is testing out Qualcomm's MediaFLO mobile TV technology. Recently word leaked about Sprint Vue, which was being billed as a new mobile TV test, but there was no information available about the technology. MediaFLO is...

Helio announces Hybrid data card

Oct 04 2006 - 04:10 PM ET | 3G, Data, MVNO
Fledgling mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Helio has announced a data card called the Hybrid. With the Hybrid, Helio becomes the first MVNO to offer a data card. The card itself is based off the Sierra AirCard 580. Despite the...

Yahoo launches mobile advertising service

Oct 04 2006 - 03:44 PM ET | Backpage, Data
Yahoo has launched advertising in its mobile search site. The search engine results pages (SERPs) were previously free of sponsored results. Users can click on the ads to view more information, including the ability to call the advertiser. MobileTracker couldn't...

AWS auction ends with $13.7B in total bids

Sep 20 2006 - 12:02 AM ET | 3G, Data
The US government sponsored Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction has ended and raised a total of $13.7 billion. The auction started on August 9th and fell within expected proceeds. There were 161 rounds of bidding and only 35 of the...

Mobile ESPN announces live college football

Aug 30 2006 - 03:40 PM ET | Data, MVNO
Mobile ESPN has announced live video of up to 25 college football games per month during the upcoming season. Starting next month the upstart mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) will have an exclusive on the top market college games. The...

Sprint launches Novatel Wireless S720 EV-DO Rev A card

Aug 29 2006 - 01:27 PM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched the country's first EV-DO Rev A mobile broadband card, the Novatel Wireless S720. While it conforms to the new speedy Rev A technology, don't expect faster speeds quite yet. Sprint doesn't expect to activate its Rev...

Tech preview: real time traffic info via cellular network

Aug 21 2006 - 04:35 PM ET | Data, Unique
By Jon Gales -- Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the folks at IntelliOne, a small Atlanta based firm that is attempting to corner the real-time traffic market by monitoring cellular data with software. Traffic monitoring today is...

Qualcomm to bring MediaFLO to Japan in 2008

Aug 16 2006 - 03:01 PM ET | Data
Qualcomm wants to launch MediaFLO in Japan as soon as 2008. MediaFLO is a multi-cast mobile TV standard that offers 20 channels of QVGA video. While mobile TV is already a reality in Japan, Qualcomm thinks the added features of...

Sprint Nextel chooses Mobile WiMAX for 4G network

Aug 08 2006 - 01:37 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today announced plans for a nationwide 4G WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) network. The company has hosted trials of several technologies and decided on mobile WiMAX IEEE 802.16e for its next generation network. Analysts believe this is...

Verizon Wireless ships ExpressCard style EV-DO card

Aug 03 2006 - 11:25 AM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless has started to ship the Novatel Wireless V640 ExpressCard/34. Previously the company only sold data cards in the older PCMCIA format and owners of notebooks with the new ExpressCard slot were out of luck. The card is available...

Sprint accelerates EV-DO Rev A launch

Aug 03 2006 - 11:18 AM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has announced an accelerated launch of EV-DO Revision A. The speedier 3G tech was supposed to start coming online in the first quarter of next year. Sprint plans to have its entire network upgraded to EV-DO revision A...

Google adds live traffic info to mobile mapping

Jul 25 2006 - 04:55 PM ET | Data
Google has made an impressive update to Google Maps for mobile, the service now shows live traffic information in more than 30 metro areas of the US. Google Maps for mobile is a free Java application that works on most...

Sprint adds NFL Mobile to normal data subs

Jul 24 2006 - 11:35 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
In time for the 2006-7 season, Sprint has removed the extra fee for its NFL Mobile service. NFL Mobile is now apart of Vision or Power Vision and comes at no additional cost. Sprint is a major sponsor of the...

Yahoo Mail Mobile gets an upgrade

Jul 21 2006 - 12:47 PM ET | Data
Yahoo! has upgraded the mobile version of its popular Mail service. According to MobileCrunch, the update is mostly a redesign. The new design tries to cut down page views to speed up workflow. There are a few new features though,...

Yahoo Go Mobile heads to Motorola

Jul 20 2006 - 10:11 AM ET | Data, Motorola
Motorola has agreed to pre-install Yahoo Go for Mobile on tens of millions of new Motorola handsets. Yahoo Go was announced earlier this year at CES and so far has been promoted in a limited fashion by Cingular and Nokia....

US MMS traffic surges 40% over last quarter

Jul 19 2006 - 11:30 AM ET | Data
Mobile 365 is reporting that US based Multimedia Message Service (MMS) traffic has surged 40% in the second quarter of the year. MMS is most commonly called picture messaging by carriers, but other types of multimedia can be included. The...

MobiTV nets $70M C-round investment

Jul 12 2006 - 09:14 AM ET | Backpage, Data
Mobile TV startup MobiTV has inked a $70 million series C venture capital investment led by Oak Investment Partners. MobiTV is the current market leader in mobile TV and has over a million subscribers spread over 20 carriers globally. MobiTV...

Garmin Mobile expands offerings

Jul 10 2006 - 03:37 PM ET | Data
Garmin announced an expansion to its Garmin Mobile service. Garmin Mobile 3.0 is currently available to Sprint Nextel subscribers (both iDEN and CDMA) with a compatible handset. The update brings more points of interest, such as: fuel prices, weather and...

Verizon Wireless chooses Lucent for EV-DO Rev A

Jun 27 2006 - 03:27 PM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless announced it has chosen Lucent to deploy EV-DO Revision A. The network upgrade is a combination of hardware and software updates. Verizon has been testing Lucent's rev A technology since 2005. Once completed Verizon Wireless will be able...

W3C passes mobile web best practices spec

Jun 27 2006 - 02:49 PM ET | Backpage, Data
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 as a candidate recommendation. The document is based on work from 30 organizations, including Nokia, Vodafone, Opera Software and NTT DoCoMo. It offers up "best practices" for...

Google courting China Mobile

May 18 2006 - 02:07 PM ET | Backpage, Data
Google has been hosting meetings with Google Mobile to try and secure a leading position for Chinese mobile search. The Chinese mobile market is the largest in the world and since there are many more phones than computers, mobile search...

YouTube launches mobile uploads

May 10 2006 - 10:36 AM ET | Data
Popular video sharing site YouTube today launched some mobile features. Videos taken on mobile phones can now be directly uploaded to YouTube. To get started you need to register for a regular account and then set up a mobile profile....

Opera Mini 2 released

May 03 2006 - 12:39 PM ET | Data
Opera Software today announced version 2 of its popular Opera Mini application. The free browser was launched globally in January and has quickly gained popularity. Opera Mini uses a proxy server hosted by Opera to handle most of the raw...

Sprint to broadcast NFL draft live

Apr 19 2006 - 10:56 AM ET | Backpage, Data, Sprint Nextel
As part of its sponsorship of the NFL, Sprint Nextel will broadcast the 2006 NFL draft to Sprint TV subscribers. This is the first time that the draft has been broadcast live to mobile phones. It takes place April...

Opera Mini statistics revealed

Apr 06 2006 - 01:06 PM ET | Backpage, Data
Opera Software revealed some of the usage behind its new Opera Mini browser today. Because the software works through a proxy server run by Opera Software, it's possibly to accurately assess usage. Opera Mini uses are generating between 38-76...

Verizon Wireless adds to V Cast content

Apr 06 2006 - 12:30 PM ET | 3G, Backpage, CTIA, Data, Verizon Wireless
CTIA 2006 -- Verizon Wireless today announced a barrage of new content for its V Cast service. The content comes from several new partners and will be available to existing and new subscribers for no additional cost. The O.C...

Qualcomm covers Vegas in MediaFLO

Apr 04 2006 - 07:56 PM ET | Backpage, CTIA, Data
CTIA 2006 -- MediaFLO parent Qualcomm today announced that it has city-wide coverage of Las Vegas for its mobile TV network. Because of the live network around the city, live demos will be possible at CTIA. Devices will be...

MobiTV tops million subscribers

Apr 04 2006 - 04:22 PM ET | 3G, CTIA, Data
CTIA 2006 -- Current third-party Mobile TV leader MobiTV has surpassed the million subscriber milestone. The numbers weren't broken down by geographic area, so it's hard to tell how many of these subscribers are in the US (MobiTV's service...

Traffic.com expands mobile offerings

Apr 03 2006 - 10:12 AM ET | Backpage, Data
Traffic.com announced new mobile versions of its real-time traffic information service. Traffic teamed up with Air2Web to create WAP and SMS versions of its update service: Using push and pull messaging, drivers can receive traffic summaries and alerts of...

AOL launches mobile browsing service

Apr 03 2006 - 10:06 AM ET | Data
AOL has announced a new mobile browsing service that reformats websites to appear better on mobile devices. This is similar to a service from Google and a handful of independent sites. These types of services have caught some flack...

MapQuest Navigator, mobilized P2P mapping

Apr 03 2006 - 12:34 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
According to Reuters, MapQuest Navigator is a new location based service for select US mobile phones that promises point-to-point navigation with voice direction and mapping. MapQuest is a unit of AOL and operates one of the leading internet based...

Qualcomm achieves 7.2 Mbps HSDPA call

Mar 31 2006 - 10:06 AM ET | 3G, Backpage, Data
Nortel and Qualcomm together completed an industry leading 7.2 Mbps data call over HSDPA. HSDPA is the 3G technology that Cingular Wireless is currently upgrading its network to. The companies completed the initial series of pre-commercial category 8 HSDPA...

Mobile ESPN announces MLB content

Mar 31 2006 - 09:17 AM ET | Data, MVNO
Mobile ESPN announced its exclusive content lineup for the 2006 Major League Baseball season. Since the carrier was launched after the end of the 2005 season, baseball wasn't a major part of the initial content. Mobile ESPN's MLB coverage...

Sprint announces EV-DO expansion plans

Mar 30 2006 - 10:57 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today revealed its expansion plans for EV-DO (or Power Vision as their marketing team calls it). The network is expected to reach 190m people nationwide by the end of the year. Starting in Q1 2007 Sprint will begin...

Sprint Nextel launches Find It LBS

Mar 28 2006 - 10:45 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel launched a new Location Based Service (LBS) dubbed Find It that helps point users to places of interest. Find It uses the GPS built into cell phones in combination with a database of places like restaurants, gas...

BusinessWeek on MediaFLO

Mar 27 2006 - 12:04 AM ET | Data
BusinessWeek has an interesting article on Qualcomm's MediaFLO technology. We've covered it before, but general interest is starting to stir since Verizon Wireless plans to initiate a limited launch of MediaFLO later this year. While official plans for Verizon...

Verizon Wireless V Cast hooks up with indie music

Mar 16 2006 - 03:41 PM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless announced several new indie music distribution deals for its V Cast Music service. The announcements were made at SXSW (South By Southwest), a large music and technology event in Austin, Texas. V Cast subscribers can now hear...

CBS intros paid mobile video alerts

Feb 27 2006 - 09:16 AM ET | Data, In The News
CBS today introduced two mobile video alert services that its calling CBS News to Go and E.T. to Go. Around five alerts will be sent out daily and right now the same alerts will be sent to everyone, but...

Adult content most popular for mobile Google

Feb 23 2006 - 12:21 PM ET | Backpage, Data
Google researchers let it slip that adult content is the most popular topic for mobile Google searches. Porn made up a full 20% of searches from cellphones, compared to 8.5% from desktops. The figures were pulled out of a...

Cingular global MMS interoperability

Feb 22 2006 - 03:36 PM ET | Cingular, Data
It looks as if global MMS interoperability has finally made it to the US. Aicent has inked a deal with Cingular Wireless whereby Aicent's global MMS footprint will be available to Cingular customers. In essence this means that an interconnection...

Opera announces mobile AJAX widgets

Feb 14 2006 - 04:23 PM ET | 3GSM, Backpage, Data
Opera Software today announced its first AJAX powered widget for mobile phones. The app's called Freedom and gives users a suite of widgets such as news, real-time stock prices and maps. “Freedom is a great demonstration of how the...

GlobeTrotter GT MAX, tri-band HSDPA / 3G UMTS Wireless Data Card

Feb 13 2006 - 10:22 AM ET | 3G, Backpage, Data
Option N.V. the wireless technology company, today has announcement the GlobeTrotter GT MAX, a tri-band HSDPA / 3G UMTS Wireless Data Card. "The GlobeTrotter GT MAX is has a multi-band flip-out integrated antenna design meaning that GT MAX once...

Cingular to test DiBom DVB-H tech

Feb 07 2006 - 06:54 PM ET | 3G, Data
DiBcom told RedHerring in an interview that Cingular Wireless will test out its DVB-H based mobile TV technology. DVB-H is not the only mobile TV standard around, but it does have one major boost--Nokia is backing it. The N92...

USA Today launches WAP site

Feb 01 2006 - 03:28 PM ET | Backpage, Data
USA Today launched a WAP version of its online content today. In terms of circulation, USA Today is the nation's largest news paper. The WAP site was created by Crisp Wireless and is updated in real time with content...

Visto files patent lawsuit against Good Technology

Jan 31 2006 - 04:31 PM ET | Data
Wireless email is the subject of yet another lawsuit, this time Visto is suing Good Technology over patent infringement. The suit claims Good Technology has infringed on multiple patents held by Visto. “Visto’s commitment to providing our customers with world-class...

Opera Mini launched worldwide

Jan 24 2006 - 09:00 AM ET | Data, Staff Picks
Opera Software today released its mass market mobile browser, Opera Mini. Until now the software was only available in Norway and other select European countries. Unlike Opera Mobile, Opera Mini is designed to be used on the vast majority...

Nokia, Motorola, others join DVB-H alliance

Jan 23 2006 - 11:47 AM ET | Backpage, Data, Motorola, Nokia
A group of industry leaders today announced an alliance to promote Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld. The DVB-H standard is a method of getting live TV content on mobile phones. The Mobile DTV Alliance is made up of: Intel,...

TDtv mobile TV tech announced

Jan 18 2006 - 02:19 PM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
IPWireless today announced TDtv, a new mobile TV standard. In tandem, Sprint Nextel announced a $10 million investment in IPWireless. TDtv operates in the universal unpaired 3G spectrum bands that are available across Europe and Asia at 1900MHz and...

BlackBerry gets Google Talk, Local

Jan 12 2006 - 11:13 AM ET | Backpage, Data, Research In Motion
Research and Motion and Google today announced that Google Talk and Google Local will be supported through the BlackBerry Wireless platform. "As mobile technology continues to converge, consumers are becoming increasingly more connected and require access to information at...

Yahoo Go Mobile launches

Jan 06 2006 - 03:36 AM ET | Backpage, CES, Data
CES 2006 - Yahoo is expanding its mobile offerings with the introduction of Yahoo Go Mobile. This news comes a day after Google and Motorola announced a partnership. Yahoo Go Mobile allows anyone with a Yahoo account to get content...

Motorola and Google team up

Jan 06 2006 - 03:24 AM ET | CES, Data, Motorola
CES 2006 - At a press event Thursday evening dubbed MOTOMIXER, Motorola announced a partnership with Google to make mobile search easier. At least some Motorola handsets should end up shipping with a Google button, but it's not yet known...

Cingular showing off 3.6Mbps HSDPA

Jan 05 2006 - 03:00 PM ET | 3G, CES, Cingular, Data
CES 2006 - Cingular has successfuly completed the first HSDPA data call, right here at CES. Last night at a media event there was a laptop computer equipped with a 3.6Mbps HSDPA PC card and it was attaining around 2Mbps...

scanR demos whiteboard to PDF service

Jan 05 2006 - 02:47 PM ET | Backpage, CES, Data
CES 2006 - We caught up with a neat still in pre-launch mode company called scanR last night. They specialize in making camera phones work for business users. Until now about all a camera phone could be used for in...

MobiTV2 launches on Sprint and Cingular

Jan 04 2006 - 11:12 AM ET | Backpage, CES, Cingular, Data, Sprint Nextel
CES 2006 - MobiTV today introduced a major new version of its streaming TV service, dubbed MobiTV2. The upgraded service is available now to customers using Sprint PCS and Cingular. For those unfamiliar, MobiTV streams live television to mobile...

Motorola launches iRadio

Jan 03 2006 - 05:13 AM ET | CES, Data, Motorola
CES 2006 - Motorola has taken the wraps off of iRadio, a music streaming service that works over Bluetooth. iRadio will debut on the ROKR E2. While iRadio wasn't a secret, Motorola has been showing it off at various...

Opera chooses Google for mobile browser

Dec 29 2005 - 08:14 PM ET | Backpage, Data
Opera Software today announced that Google will be the default search engine for both of its mobile web browser products. This includes the widely acclaimed Opera Mobile and the new (not yet widely available) Opera Mini. The one-year deal...

Gmail mobile launches

Dec 16 2005 - 03:18 AM ET | Data
Google just announced that its Gmail webmail service is now available in a mobile phone friendly format. As long as Gmail Mobile doesn't break any patents, it should be welcome to Gmailer's looking to escape the desktop. To use Gmail...

Visto sues Microsoft, patent infringement

Dec 15 2005 - 01:17 PM ET | Data
Fresh off its patent licensing pact with NTP, Visto filed suit against Microsoft for patent infringement. This is nothing new for Microsoft--the company typically has 30 ongoing patent infringement lawsuits going on at any given time--but is notable because it's...

Visto inks licensing deal with NTP

Dec 14 2005 - 03:28 PM ET | Data
Wireless email upstart Visto today announced a patent licensing deal with NTP. NTP is of course in a viscous patent lawsuit with wireless email leader Research In Motion. Terms of the deal were not announced, but Visto will not be...

Verizon Wireless to broadcast TV

Dec 02 2005 - 02:55 AM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm yesterday announced an agreement that will bring live US TV content to Verizon Wireless subscribers. Qualcomm's $800 million MediaFLO network will be used for distribution. The network is expected to launch late next year and will...

Opera 8.5 for S60

Nov 14 2005 - 12:35 PM ET | Data
Opera Software today released Opera 8.5 for S60 phones. The last release (version 8) was released back in July. New features in 8.5 include: Zoom-on-page to view images and text up close Custom keypad shortcuts Faster Improved image handling For...

Cingular launches AC860 HSDPA card for business

Nov 14 2005 - 01:38 AM ET | 3G, Cingular, Data
Cingular Wireless recently added the Sierra Wireless AC860 PC card to its business website. The card suppors quad-band EDGE and dual-band UMTS/HSDPA. The business site notes Cingular plans on launching UMTS/HSDPA in 15-20 markets by the end of the year....

Google Local for mobile launched

Nov 07 2005 - 01:09 PM ET | Data
Google expanded its mobile offerings today by the introduction of a Java application that accesses Google's local search and mapping service. Prior to today the same information could be accessed via WAP, but the user experience was poor at best....

Sprint Power Vision launched

Oct 30 2005 - 08:13 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint has unveiled its consumer EV-DO service dubbed Sprint Power Vision. Power Vision covers high-speed data access for handsets, as opposed to through a laptop PC card. Pricing looks like: The Power Vision Plus Pack - Entry level,...

Cingular expands mobile email, IM

Oct 24 2005 - 12:13 PM ET | Cingular, Data
Cingular customers can now gain access to their existing email or IM accounts from AOL, MSN and Yahoo! through a new set of Java applications. Phone compatibility varies for email and IM, but most Motorola phones can access both. The...

Flash Lite to work with BREW

Oct 18 2005 - 11:40 AM ET | Data
Macromedia and Qualcomm today announced that Flash Lite will be available as an extension to BREW. BREW is used in the US by Verizon Wireless. BREW developers will realize the benefit of rich mobile experiences and the return on investment...

Memory Stick Micro latest in flash memory format wars

Sep 30 2005 - 06:17 AM ET | Data
SanDisk and Sony today showed off the latest in a seemingly never ending parade of flash memory formats--the Sony Memory Stick Micro. The format is meant to compete with microSD and MMCmicro which are both small enough to sit on...

MobiTV upgrades service to version 2

Sep 26 2005 - 10:16 AM ET | Data
CTIA IT 2005 -- MobiTV, a provider of live TV streaming services to an array of US carriers, has updated its flagship service to version 2. MobiTV2 has much higher quality audio and video, according to the company 15-20 frames...

Status of mobile TV in the US

Sep 22 2005 - 12:06 PM ET | Data
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article [paid subscription req] today about mobile TV in the US. Both device makers and carriers believe this will be a hot market over the next several years (after music phones stop being...

Dell, Lenovo and HP to build EV-DO directly in laptops

Sep 19 2005 - 01:12 AM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless put together deals with three of the largest laptop makers to build-in EV-DO technology to use its BroadbandAccess network. So far today Dell, Lenovo (maker of the ThinkPad) and HP have announced upcoming models with BroadbandAccess. Unlimited EV-DO...

Good Technology lays off 20% of company

Sep 14 2005 - 11:01 AM ET | Data
Good Technology, maker of push email software that competes with Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform, has laid off about 100 employees or 20% of its workforce. The cuts come from the sales department as Good is focusing on direct to...

T-Mobile EDGE to launch by end of September

Aug 31 2005 - 01:20 PM ET | Data, T-Mobile
T-Mobile USA will finally launch its EDGE data service next month, according to an updated passage on their about page: By the end of September 2005, T-Mobile plans to launch EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) service across its...

Verizon Wireless expands and cuts price of EV-DO

Aug 29 2005 - 12:08 PM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless has expanded BroadbandAccess, its name for high-speed EV-DO service. Besides the new market, the price for existing Verizon Wireless voice customers has been cut 25% to $59.99 for unlimited monthly use. Rumors of the price drop leaked out...

Verizon expected to reduce EV-DO cost

Aug 28 2005 - 12:31 PM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
UPDATE: It's true. BroadbandAccess is in new markets too. Reuters is reporting that Verizon Wireless will lower the cost of its unlimited EV-DO 3G data service. The package currently costs $79.99 per month. Sprint Nextel recently launched similar service is...

Verizon Wireless completes test of EV-DO Rev A

Aug 18 2005 - 11:45 AM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless and Lucent have recently tested EV-DO Revision A, the next generation data technology that will replace EV-DO. The recent test included the industry's first live over-the-air call using 1xEV-DO Rev A technology. A more extensive trial has been...

Google buys another mobile startup

Aug 17 2005 - 11:36 AM ET | Data
According to BusinessWeek, Google recently bought Android, a secretive mobile startup. Earlier this year Google snapped up Dodgeball, a mobile focused social networking company. Little is known about Android other than that they make software for mobile phones. One of...

Qualcomm buys Flarion

Aug 11 2005 - 11:42 AM ET | 3G, Data
Qualcomm this morning announced a $600 buyout of FLASH-OFDM inventor Flarion Technologies. If after two years Flarion meets certain milestones, there will be another payout of $205 million in stock and cash. Qualcomm noted that it plans to stick with...

Opera releases Java browser

Aug 10 2005 - 06:08 PM ET | Data
Opera today announced a version of its popular mobile web browser made for phones with Java (J2ME). This version will work on a much larger number of handsets than previous versions, not just smartphones (Windows Mobile, Symbian, etc). Dubbed Opera...

Cingular in talks with HBO for video content

Aug 10 2005 - 10:37 AM ET | Cingular, Data, Rumor
An article at Newsweek Online notes that Cingular is in talks with HBO over wireless video content. HBO is well known for its critically acclaimed original programming (Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, etc) and the deal could be one of...

AOL debuts mobile search site

Jul 27 2005 - 01:41 PM ET | Data
AOL today announced a new search site that is optimized for access by mobile devices. Available at mobile.aolsearch.com, the new service gives mobile users access to web, Pinpoint Shopping and AOL Yellow Pages. Both Google and Yahoo have similar offerings....

MMCmicro finalized

Jul 22 2005 - 03:38 PM ET | Data
MMCmicro, a competitor to the newly established standard microSD, has been finalized. Development of MMCmicro has been headed up by Samsung (microSD, formally known as TransFlash, was created by memory giant SanDisk). While MMCmicro cards are slightly larger than micoSD,...

Opera 8 released for Series 60

Jul 14 2005 - 04:06 AM ET | Data, Nokia
Opera Software today announced that a new version of its popular web browser has been released. Opera 8 for Symbian S60 offers an updated rendering engine among other changes: * Major upgrade in Opera's Small-Screen Rendering (SSR) * Four-way navigation...

Apple updates iSync, adds more phones

Jul 11 2005 - 07:06 PM ET | Data
Apple has updated its iSync software that allows Macintosh users to connect and manage information on other devices, including mobile phones. Version 2.1 adds support for more mobile phone models. The full list is available below. To update your copy...

.mobi TLD gets approved

Jul 11 2005 - 04:47 PM ET | Data
ICANN, the non-profit group in charge of the domain system used on the internet, today approved the top level domain (TLD) .mobi. This will make it possible for people to register domain names that end in .mobi. While mobile devices...

Sprint PCS launches EV-DO

Jul 07 2005 - 09:47 AM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has today began the official launch of high-speed EV-DO service in select markets. Verizon Wireless began offering a similar service last summer. The launch this month is limited to 34 markets, but by early 2006 Sprint expects to...

DataViz ships ActiveSync enabled RoadSync

Jul 05 2005 - 04:41 PM ET | Data
DataViz today began shipping its RoadSync application that uses Microsoft ActiveSync technology. According to DataViz, this makes the new version of RoadSync the, "First Full Exchange ActiveSync Implementation on Non-Microsoft Based Devices." The software will run on phones running Symbian...

Opera releases Windows Mobile browser

Jun 30 2005 - 08:30 PM ET | Data, Smartphone
Opera today released a version of its popular web browser for Windows Mobile. Opera for Mobile is the preferred browser by most Symbian users, but until today wasn't available on Windows Mobile. bq. "Originally, we had not planned to make...

Verizon Wireless further expands BroadbandAccess

Jun 27 2005 - 07:06 PM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Following last week's launch of more EV-DO BroadbandAccess markets, Verizon Wireless today announced more new markets in Ohio, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, Lousiana, New york, Connecticut, Minnesota and California. A full list of all current markets is available below. Sprint PCS...

Verizon Wireless expands BroadbandAccess EV-DO network

Jun 24 2005 - 11:53 AM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless has bolstered its BroadbandAccess EV-DO network coverage over the past week, likely in preparation for the upcoming launch of Sprint's EV-DO service. The following markets have either been added or updated recently: * Seattle, Washington * Portland, Oregon...

NTT DoCoMo 4G test hits 1Gbps

Jun 23 2005 - 02:16 AM ET | Data, DoCoMo
Japan's NTT DoCoMo is busy testing 4G wireless technology (we're still using 2G here in the US) and has achieved a milestone, a 1Gbps data download speed while moving at 20km/h. 1Gbps while moving is a new record. The same...

Intellisync Wireless Email Express announced

Jun 21 2005 - 11:32 AM ET | Data
Intellisync today announced a new hosted push email service called Wireless Email Express that is being marketed as a BlackBerry alternative. Intellisync Express is a completely hosted service sold as a subscription through distributors (Ingram Micro), resellers and directly by...

Survey: Consumers want in-flight data not voice

Jun 20 2005 - 10:37 AM ET | Data, SMS
According to data gathered by research firm IDC, American flyers would rather use their cell phones for activities other than voice communication. A hot topic because of FCC and FAA regulation, in-flight cellular communication was recently opposed by (of all...

Sprint launches Novatel Merlin S620 EV-DO card

Jun 16 2005 - 11:32 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today launched another EV-DO data card, the Novatel Wireless Merlin S620. While Sprint PCS hasn't technically launched EV-DO service yet, the card will work albeit at a slower speed until the 3G data service is launched. By the...

Napster inks deal with Ericsson

Jun 15 2005 - 12:33 AM ET | Data
Napster, the [now] legal music download service, has teamed up with Ericsson to make a version of Napster's music service that will work on mobile phones. The new service is expected to be launched during the next twelve months. bq....

TiVo To Go expands to Windows Mobile

Jun 08 2005 - 12:26 AM ET | Data, Smartphone
TiVo today announced Windows Mobile support for TiVo To Go. For those unfamiliar, TiVo To Go allows TiVo subscribers to watch content on devices other than a TV. Prior today it was limited to a Windows powered desktop computer. TiVo...

Microsoft enters push email market

Jun 07 2005 - 12:59 AM ET | Data
Microsoft yesterday announced the Messaging and Security feature pack for Windows Mobile 5.0. The software will make Microsoft a direct competitor to push email leader Research In Motion among others. bq. The feature pack includes Direct Push Technology, which keeps...

Cingular adds GoodLink push-email

May 31 2005 - 01:04 AM ET | Cingular, Data
Cingular announced today that it will start providing Good Technology's GoodLink software to corporate clients looking to have push-email. By sharing the profits with Cingular, Good is showing another sign that upsetting market leader RIM (maker of BlackBerry) is its...

Good Technology raises $65 million in VC

May 27 2005 - 02:22 PM ET | Data
Good Technology, mostly known for its wireless email services, has raised another $65 million in venture capital. This latest round brings the total amount invested to over $200 million. Good is trying to oust wireless email leader Research in Motion...

Young people ready for mobile music and video

May 26 2005 - 02:04 AM ET | Data
A new study from Network Management Group consulting firm says that young adults are interested in streaming mobile music and video options. 2005 has been called the, "Year of the music phone" with many music savvy handsets being announced, such...

XM Satellite Radio looking at mobile phones

May 17 2005 - 04:07 PM ET | Data
Hugh Panero, CEO of XM Satellite Radio, has gone on record stating that XM is currently in the process of carrier negotiations to get its radio content carried on mobile phone networks. On Monday the company announced it had surpassed...

Sony VAIO T350 has EDGE built-in

May 11 2005 - 03:26 PM ET | Data
Sony yesterday announced the VAIO T350, the first laptop that has EDGE wireless data technology built-in. Besides EDGE, the Sony VAIO T350 supports WiFi and Bluetooth, making the ultraportable laptop the most wireless savvy on the market. The T350 includes...

Blogger launches mobile feature

May 06 2005 - 02:00 PM ET | Data
Leading weblog publishing service Blogger has launched a new feature dubbed Blogger Mobile that allows users to post content from mobile phones. Both images and text can be posted to all Blogger powered sites (or by default a new moblog)...

Q4 2004 US data revenues hit $1.6 billion

May 03 2005 - 05:47 PM ET | Data
In a study on the US wireless industry, research group IDC noted that fourth quarter 2004 US wireless data revenues hit $1.6 billion. That works out to approximately $3 per wireless user per month. Overall data made up 5.8% of...

Verizon Wireless ships KPC650 EV-DO card

Apr 18 2005 - 12:36 PM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless has started shipping the Kyocera Passport KPC650 BroadbandAccess PC card. Kyocera claims that their card performs 30% faster than the AirCard 580 from Sierra Wireless (Sprint signed up to carry that exact card). bq. The superior performance of...

Infinity to broadcast to cell phones

Apr 18 2005 - 01:08 AM ET | Data
Following on the heels of Clear Channel, Infinity has announced that it will start to broadcast some of its content to mobile phones. It will be based on Nokia's Visual Radio service, which besides audio includes textual data: bq. The...

Clear Channel aims to broadcast on cell phones

Apr 13 2005 - 05:11 PM ET | Data
Clear Channel Communications intends to begin offering some of its radio programs to cell phones this year. Clear Channel is the largest owner of radio stations in the US. bq. The San Antonio, Texas, company said it plans to let...

EV-DO Revision A shown off

Apr 13 2005 - 03:45 PM ET | Data
Qualcomm today announced an ontime sample delivery of a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A chipset. The Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM6800 is the first chipset for mobile phones enabled for the second generation EV-DO technology. EV-DO Rev A supports downloads of...

NextWave out of Chapter 11

Apr 13 2005 - 12:44 PM ET | Data
NextWave is officially free of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Its $3 billion sale of PCS licenses to Verizon Wireless has been completed, giving the company enough cash to settle its debts. The company has been re-organized under the name Nextwave...

Google launches mobile local search

Apr 12 2005 - 01:43 AM ET | Data
Google today launched a mobile version of its local search service. This move is seen as an effort to compete with Yahoo, which already offers a similar service. bq. Google Local for mobile will enable users to see 10 local...

Live baseball games as cartoons in Japan

Apr 11 2005 - 04:45 PM ET | Data
Select professional baseball games will be presented as cartoons for DoCoMo subscribers in Japan. The games (both American and Japanese) will be shown in real time, but in the look of a video game. bq. This is not fantasy baseball,...

Sprint PCS launches MSpot radio service

Apr 04 2005 - 03:59 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced the launch of a streaming radio service powered by a new company called MSpot. MSpot Radio brings satellite-quality streaming audio to mobile phones. For $5.95/mo Sprint PCS Vision subscribers have access to 16 channels, including 8...

Answers.com launches mobile version

Mar 31 2005 - 04:34 PM ET | Data
Answers.com, a relatively new service from GuruNet, has launched a mobile version dubbed MobileAnswers. After launching earlier this year, Answers.com became well known thanks to its partnership with Google. Google links to Answers.com for dictionary results for search terms on...

DataViz licenses Microsoft ActiveSync

Mar 30 2005 - 04:32 PM ET | Data
DavaViz has become the latest company to license ActiveSync from Microsoft. The deal will allow DataViz RoadSync to tie in with Microsoft Exchange server. An update to RoadSync that will incorporate the ActiveSync protocol will be available in May 2005....

MSN Video Downloads launches

Mar 30 2005 - 12:20 AM ET | Data, Smartphone
Microsoft today announced MSN Video Downloads, a video download service for Windows Mobile powered devices (both smartphones and PDAs). Signed content sources include MSNBC.com, MTV, Food Network, FOX Sports and IFILM. MSN Video Downloads is available in the United States...

SK Teletech inks EV-DO deal with Nokia

Mar 29 2005 - 10:12 PM ET | Data, Nokia
The EV-DO news continues--SK Teletech has signed a, "Memorandum of understanding with Nokia to sell EV-DO cell phones." Reports put the deal at 7 million EV-DO phones per year. Nokia currently has no EV-DO handsets. SK Teletech is trying to...

ALLTEL launches EV-DO

Mar 28 2005 - 11:37 AM ET | Data
ALLTEL has launched EV-DO, high-speed wireless download technology, in three markets. The three cities are: Tampa, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. ALLTEL is calling the service Axcess Broadband which is very close to Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess. Unlimited Axcess Broadband service costs...

NTP looks to other companies

Mar 16 2005 - 06:34 PM ET | Data
After announcing a $450 million settlement with Research In Motion this morning, patent holding firm NTP is now looking to other mobile device makers for license fees: bq. James Wallace [NTP lawyer] said NTP's patents would likely be needed by...

Sprint signs with Sierra for EV-DO cards

Mar 03 2005 - 10:39 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint will a high-speed data access card from Sierra Wireless later this year once it activates EV-DO. Sprint hopes to have 60 cities covered by EV-DO by early 2006. The first cities should be active starting in the second half...

Cingular announces EDGE Wireless WAN service

Feb 21 2005 - 11:37 AM ET | Cingular, Data
Cingular today announced an EDGE-powered Wirless Wide Area Network back-up data service aimed at businesses. bq. Customers can configure their local area networks so that the Wireless WAN Connectivity Service automatically activates should the wireline connection be interrupted, thus achieving...

Xdrive launches mobile music service

Feb 07 2005 - 03:27 PM ET | Data
Xdrive announced a streaming music feature for various PDAs, including the Treo. Xdrive Music is available to aall Xdrive members and works like this: # Install a music player on your Treo that supports the streaming of .mp3 (audio) and...

Verizon looking at Sprint, report

Feb 03 2005 - 03:30 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Scott Moritz at TheStreet filed a report this afternoon about Verizon looking at a possible Sprint buyout (sound familiar?). It's still in early stages though: bq. People close to the Verizon camp say the big telco has started a so-called...

Verizon Wireless VCAST launches

Feb 01 2005 - 12:00 AM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
Today marks the launch of Verizon Wireless' V CAST media streaming service, the first of its kind in the United States. V CAST uses EV-DO to download the content. V CAST is available to Verizon Wireless subscribers with capable phones...

Verizon ships Novatel V620 EV-DO card

Jan 12 2005 - 12:15 PM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless today announced the introduction of Novatel Wireless' V620 EV-DO high-speed data card. The V620 uses dual band EV-DO and 1xRTT technologies (1xRTT is used when no EV-DO signal can be found). Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service is $79.99 per...

Verizon Wireless VCAST, 3G media streaming

Jan 07 2005 - 02:00 PM ET | 3G, CES, Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless today announced VCAST, the nation's first 3G multimedia service for consumers. Starting February 1st, VCAST will use EV-DO to deliver high-resolution video, 3D games and music right to mobile phones. bq. For $15.00 monthly access in addition to...

Verizon to debut streaming audio/video service

Jan 06 2005 - 07:54 PM ET | 3G, CES, Data, Verizon Wireless
The Associated Press is reporting that Verizon Wireless will tomorrow make an announcement concerning mobile audio and video: bq. With the mammoth International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a backdrop, Verizon Wireless planned Friday to detail a robust...

MapQuest launches mobile service

Jan 06 2005 - 12:24 AM ET | Data
MapQuest announced a "Send to phone" feature for its mapping service that allows users to send full color maps to their mobile phones. bq. To use the Send to Phone feature, a MapQuest Mobile subscribers simply need to visit the...

2005: MP3 phones all the rage

Dec 29 2004 - 06:09 PM ET | Data
At least one analyst is expecting 2005 to be the year that mobile phones with MP3 playback become mainstream. MP3 ringtones are not an uncommon feature today, but handsets with quality playback for more than a ringtone is few and...

Israel to restrict mobile porn

Dec 27 2004 - 08:14 AM ET | Data
Israel's Communications Ministry has announced that mobile phone carriers must begin restricting access to adult content. The ruling was due to, "Complaints that too many children were exposed to erotic material." bq. The ministry said in a statement that it...

Samsung i730 to have WiFi

Dec 23 2004 - 02:21 PM ET | Data, Rumor, Samsung
The Samsung i730 will ship with WiFi according to new documents posted by the FCC. This means the device will include Bluetooth, WiFi and EV-DO. Other features of the Samsung i730 include: * Megapixel camera * Sliding QWERTY keyboard *...

Motorola eyes Sprint data upgrade

Dec 22 2004 - 05:40 PM ET | Data, Motorola
Motorola is looking to become a supplier for Sprint's future high-speed data upgrade. Besides the future EV-DO upgrade, Sprint's going to have a surplus of bandwidth suitable for WiMax: bq. It has said it would consider using the WiMax standard....

Music Choice Today, unlimited music streaming

Dec 19 2004 - 09:29 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Music Choice Today is a new music streaming service that is expected to be launched soon by Sprint PCS. Through Music Choice Today, Sprint customers will be able to have unlimited music streaming for $5.99 a month. The service is...

DoCoMo has 1Gbps link

Dec 17 2004 - 11:58 AM ET | Data, DoCoMo
The future of wireless looks to be a showdown in wireless 1Gbps (1 gigabit per second) technology--just weeks after Siemens announced it was working on technology to transmit 1Gbps wirelessly, NTT DoCoMo announces the same thing. The last time DoCoMo...

Siemens has 1 Gbit/sec wireless link

Dec 07 2004 - 08:33 PM ET | Data, Siemens
Siemens today announced that researchers at the Siemens Communications Group department have developed wireless technology capabale of speeds up to 1 Gbit/sec (1000 megabits per second). WiFi currently tops out at around 50 megabits per second, which is still quite...

Movie premiere on a cell phone

Dec 07 2004 - 05:08 PM ET | Data
An Indian movie destined for the big screen will first be seen on the small screen--the cell phone screen. bq. Arindham Chaudhary's much talked-about campus caper Rok Sako To Rok Lo will be premiered for Airtel subscribers on their cell-phones...

Sprint EV-DO plans announced

Dec 07 2004 - 09:40 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced technical plans for its EV-DO network (high-speed data). The company has completed hashing out a deal worth $3 billion to create the network. Major beneficiaries of the network contracts are Lucent, Motorola and Nortel. The contracts...

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...

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...

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*...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sony Ericsson GC89 EDGE card [CTIA IT 04]

Oct 26 2004 - 01:19 AM ET | Data, Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson yesterday announced a new EDGE data card for laptop computers. The Sony Ericsson GC89 is a quad-band EDGE card with support for EDGE class 10 (up to 247 kbps). Besides EDGE, the GC89 also supports WiFi (802.11b and...

Verizon Wireless intros new PIM features [CTIA IT 04]

Oct 26 2004 - 12:57 AM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless yesterday announced new Enhanced Personal Information Management (ePIM) features, for Pocket Outlook on Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003. The new features are available on both Microsoft QuickStart and SmartStart programs for Exchange Server 2003 Mobile Messaging. They are: *...

Cartoon Network, Adult Swim come to Sprint PCS

Oct 25 2004 - 12:07 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS inked a deal with Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network to bring mobile content from Adult Swim and the Cartoon Network to Sprint PCS handsets. Adult Swim is what Cartoon Network changes to during the late night / early...

LexisNexis improves BlackBerry support for lawyers

Oct 22 2004 - 12:23 PM ET | Data, Research In Motion
LexisNexis announced that it has improved its support for access by BlackBerry mobile devices. The update was aimed at legal professionals who need on the go access to court cases. LexisNexis notes that this can help out lawyers in many...

Top selling mobile appications

Oct 19 2004 - 03:24 PM ET | Data
Handango has announced the top selling applications for September 2004. Also noted was the average price for mobile applications rose for the third month in a row to $17.92. These listings and statistics only include applications Handango sells. Top five...

KDDI announces music download service

Oct 13 2004 - 01:41 PM ET | Data
KDDI announced that it will launch the first music download service that actually sends songs to mobile phones. AT&T Wireless' music service only lets you preview and purchase songs--a PC does the downloading. However, KDDI's service will only start out...

MobiTV for AT&T Wireless launches

Oct 10 2004 - 05:48 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Data
MobiTV has linked up with AT&T wireless to provide its live TV streaming service to AT&T Wireless customers. Previously, MobiTV was limited to Sprint PCS customers. If you are an AT&T Wireless customer interested in the service it is only...

Cingular to ship Opera on 6620

Oct 06 2004 - 12:53 PM ET | Cingular, Data
Opera Software announced today that Cingular Wireless will include Opera Mobile on the memory card that ships with its Nokia 6620 smartphone (launched last month). Just yesterday we noted that Opera will begin to ship as the default browser for...

Opera Mobile default browser in UIQ 3.0

Oct 05 2004 - 02:45 PM ET | Data
Opera Software announced that the company's Opera Mobile web browser has been selected to be the default browser on UIQ 3.0, a user interface platform for Symbian OS. UIQ is used on Sony Ericsson's P800, P900, and P910; BenQ's P30...

AT&T Wireless launches mobile music store

Oct 05 2004 - 12:19 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Data
AT&T Wireless today announced the mMode Music Store or what the company is calling, "The first-ever mobile music store in the US." The service ties in with Windows based personal computers to make the mobile phone a "Remote control" for...

Audio streaming to Sprint PCS phones

Sep 29 2004 - 09:25 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Catahoula Streaming Audio is a new application from Quadline that lets you stream MP3 and WAV audio files to Sprint PCS mobile phones. It remains to be seen if Sprint PCS wants to allow this on its "unlimited" data plans....

Verizon Wireless launches mobile AOL mail

Sep 29 2004 - 09:02 AM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless today announced that its subscribers now have access to AOL email accounts via Verizon Wireless' Get It Now. The service costs 99 a month as part of an introductory offering. The application is compatible with the Kyocera Slider...

O2 announces new data solution

Sep 28 2004 - 01:09 PM ET | Data
O2 has announced a unified mobile data solution for businesses. The technolgy combines 3G, Wireless LAN and GPRS in an attempt to get business professionals online anywhere. Software from the company called O2 Connection Manager chooses the best connection available...

Ogo launched by AT&T Wireless

Sep 27 2004 - 01:45 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Data
AT&T Wireless today launched the Ogo CT-10 wireless messaging device (email/IM/SMS). While newly announced today, the Ogo was no surprise--an FCC filing revealed details of the device prior to today's announcement. The Ogo costs $17.99 monthly for unlimited service, or...

Opera Mobile reaches 1 million downloads

Sep 20 2004 - 02:58 PM ET | Data
Opera today announced that Opera Mobile, its Symbian based mobile phone web browser, has had over 1 million downloads. This makes Opera Mobile the most popular 3rd-party Symbian app. Opera Mobile started to really take off because of SSR, Small...

Peer-to-peer comes to cell phones

Sep 15 2004 - 03:00 PM ET | Data
New Scientist has an article about peer-to-peer (P2P) file transfer software coming to a mobile phone near you. P2P is the technology behind applications like the original Napster and current KaZaa. Employees at the Nokia Research Center have written P2P...

Verizon promotes weather service for Ivan

Sep 15 2004 - 02:47 PM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is busy promoting data and text based weather services to its subscribers in the path of Hurricane Ivan. Despite imminent destruction and loss of life, the company is not making these services available for free. bq. As demonstrated...

Siemens shows off 360 megabit mobile data

Sep 14 2004 - 01:55 PM ET | Data, Siemens
Siemens showed off new wireless technology at the Mobile Internet 2010 forum that allows data to move across at up to 360 megabits per second. That's about 150 times faster than most cable modems. bq. To make the high-frequency signals...

Check Gmail on your phone

Sep 10 2004 - 11:04 AM ET | Data
Engadget found a free PHP web application that allows you to check your Google Gmail email from your mobile phone. The Gmail interface is currently too complicated for mobile phones to handle, though Google has hinted at making a "mobile"...

MDM announces "Directions On The Go"

Sep 07 2004 - 01:08 PM ET | Data
Mobile Digital Media (MDM) today announced Directions On The Go, a directions and mapping solution for Series 60 mobile phones. The software is stored on an MMC card so it takes up no space on your phone. Compatible handsets are...

Mossberg reviews MobiTV, Sprint TV

Sep 01 2004 - 12:43 AM ET | Data, Review, Sprint Nextel
Walter Mossberg, star reviewer for the Wall Street Journal, took a look [subscription only] at two mobile TV offerings available to Sprint PCS users. Mossberg's reviews are known to make or break services, which is bad news for Sprint TV:...

Opera announces Windows Mobile browser

Aug 31 2004 - 04:44 PM ET | Data
Opera today announced a version of its popular mobile browser for the Windows Mobile OS. Opera's Small-Screen Rendering technology reformats web pages for mobile devices to eliminate horizontal scrolling. A shipping date was not announced, but the company said the...

HP iPAQ h6315 Pocket PC shipping from T-Mobile

Aug 25 2004 - 12:33 AM ET | Data, Smartphone, T-Mobile
T-Mobile USA as expected today launched the HP iPAQ h6315. The Pocket PC device sports WiFi, GPRS and Bluetooth. You can purchase it starting today from the T-Mobile website for $499. Orders should ship tomorrow which is ahead of most...

Verizon launches EV-DO in Las Vegas

Jul 27 2004 - 06:02 PM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless will tomorrow launch its EV-DO powered BroadbandAccess data service in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will provide users with internet speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second. San Diego and Washington D.C. are the other cities that have Verizon's BroadbandAccess....

T-Mobile ends unlimited free WAP

Jul 27 2004 - 05:36 PM ET | Data, T-Mobile
T-Mobile USA has quitely ended an unpublicized program that gave all of its subscribers unlimited WAP access for free. According to the mobile phone discussion site Howard Forums, many T-Mobile subscribers that try and use the service now get a...

AT&T Wireless launches 3G

Jul 20 2004 - 01:58 PM ET | 3G, AT&T Wireless, Data
As expected, AT&T Wireless has launched 3G service in four major US cities: Detroit, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle. Dallas and San Diego should come online before the end of the year. Data speeds average 220-320 Kbps. Unlimited mMode data...

EDGE interests 100 carriers

Jul 16 2004 - 12:15 PM ET | Data
A 3G Americas press release from today states that there are over 100 carriers worldwide working on or already support EDGE. In the US, AT&T is the furthest along, followed by Cingular and T-Mobile. bq. EDGE customers can expect to...

YellowPages.com on Sprint PCS

Jul 15 2004 - 02:32 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced a deal that brings YellowPages.com content to select Sprint PCS Vision handsets. It's not clear if this is a paid service. bq. "Now Sprint PCS Vision customers can find businesses, get driving directions, and connect with...

Verizon gives $5B contract to Lucent

Jul 13 2004 - 12:51 PM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless has awarded a $5 billion contract to networking giant Lucent. The money will be spent on, "Next-generation network expansion." The company also noted that the upgrades from Lucent will allow its 1xEV-DO high-speed data network to expand. Lucent...

Nextel PitCommand announced

Jul 06 2004 - 02:21 PM ET | Data, Nextel
Nextel has announced a service called PitCommand that lets Nextel handsets tap into real-time information about NASCAR. PitCommand is a Java application that creates a single view of all the critical race elements - including speed, RPM, throttle/brake indicators, lap...

Verizon Wireless promos 'Mobile Web 2.0'

Jul 01 2004 - 12:44 PM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless introduced a new data service today called Mobile Web 2.0. The technology ties in with Upoc Networks so customers can, "access the service for the latest news, sports, weather, entertainment, business and email." Furthermore, customers can participate in...

Sprint PCS announces EV-DO

Jun 22 2004 - 01:40 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint PCS today announced plans for an EV-DO high-speed wireless data network. EV-DO has speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second and peak rates of up to 2.4 Megabits per second for downloads. Verizon Wireless is the other US...

Minimo, Mozilla on your mobile

Jun 18 2004 - 05:36 PM ET | Data
The Mozilla Foundation has gotten a cash infusion from Nokia to make a Mozilla based browser for mobile phones--Minimo. The challenge is to shrink the size of Mozilla, a popular open source web browser, into somthing that your phone can...

3G data card from Novatel approved

Jun 10 2004 - 03:59 PM ET | 3G, Data
Gigaom notes that Novatel got FCC approval on their new 3G Wireless PC Card. The Merlin U520 Wireless PC Card Modem was developed jointly with Lucent and should enable download speeds of up to 384 kbps. This card will be...

BEA demos new mobile browser

May 27 2004 - 01:34 PM ET | Data
BEA Systems recently demonstrated a new type of mobile brower to PC World Magazine. It aims to provide mobile users the same utility from the internet as desktop users. bq. Dubbed Alchemy, the technology extends the idea of a Web...

Cingular to test high-speed data

May 26 2004 - 12:09 PM ET | 3G, Cingular, Data
The Wall Street Journal is reporting [subscription] that Cingular Wireless will soon start testing a high-speed data service. Don't get too excited though, it isn't expected to become commercial until 2006. bq. Cingular will use so-called UMTS technology for its...

IDC sees no mobile data 'killer app'

May 20 2004 - 12:31 PM ET | Data
Analysts at research group IDC don't see a killer app in mobile data's future. Killer apps are usually what drive sales to the next level... For personal computers it was VisiCalc, a spreadsheet. This doesn't mean that data is dead,...

WiFi in phones could become a trend

May 09 2004 - 02:03 PM ET | Data
The AP has an article about the possiblity of WiFi becoming the next big thing in mobile phones. The benefit is that with the increasing number of free "hot spots", calls and data could cost nothing (as long as you're...

Sprint PCS launches Sierra Wireless data card

Apr 28 2004 - 04:41 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has joined other carriers in offering a data card for customers wishing to get internet connections on laptops. The card, made by Sierra Wireless, should supply speeds of 50 to 70 Kbps, with peaks up to 144 Kbps....

OpEd: AT&T's "unlimited" data may have limits

Apr 27 2004 - 03:06 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Data
We reported a few days ago that AT&T Wireless was starting up an unlimited data plan. Both T-Mobile and Cingular have similar plans (though still cheaper than AT&T Wireless'), so the announcement made since. It comes out today from an...

Cingular turning on EDGE network

Apr 23 2004 - 10:00 AM ET | Cingular, Data
Cingular announced the launch of EDGE high-speed data service in South Florida. There is no definition of what is South Florida, an area that has spotty GSM coverage at best. bq. Cingular data customers need obtain an EDGE-enabled device, such...

AT&T Wireless introduces cheaper unlimited data plan

Apr 23 2004 - 09:54 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Data
AT&T Wireless has introduced an unlimited data plan for as low as $44.99 ( $49.99 without voice service) a month. The pricing for unlimited data prior to this point was $79.99. Both Cingular and T-Mobile offer unlimited data for $20...

Cingular intros new "media" data packages

Apr 13 2004 - 10:22 PM ET | Cingular, Data
RCR Wireless News is reporting that Cingular Wireless has introduced a new line of data packages. The Media Basic package, which costs $8 per month, includes: * 250 text messages * 50 multimedia messages * 1 megabyte of data transmission...

DoCoMo's FOMA tops 3 million subscribers

Mar 31 2004 - 07:58 PM ET | Data, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service has passed the 3 million subscribers mark. With a fixed-rate unlimited data plan coming soon, it's likely that this number will grow even fast than its already blistering pace. Two months ago the total was 2...

3 to offer free in-network calling, data

Mar 29 2004 - 09:09 PM ET | Data, In The News
Swedish 3G carrier '3' will offer free in-network calls and data transfer. The move is an attempt to gain market share bq. "The offer is available for existing and future subscribers who sign up for services starting at 99 Swedish...

Report: NTT DoCoMo to offer fixed rate unlimited data

Mar 16 2004 - 10:18 PM ET | Data, DoCoMo
Reuters is reporting that Japan's NTT DoCoMo will introduce a flat-rate unlimited data plan aimed to compete with rival KDDI Corp. bq. "The rate will be set at 3,900 yen ($35.84) a month and will be available starting in June...

Verizon Wireless high-speed data reviewed, expanding

Mar 15 2004 - 12:59 PM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless' high-speed data service, dubbed EV-DO, was reviewed in the Washington Post. The network is currently in the process of going nationwide. bq. "What's clear is this: After years of false promises of fast wireless Internet access in our...

A look at 4G: 100 megabit downlinks

Mar 03 2004 - 10:51 AM ET | Data, DoCoMo
CBS Marketwatch reports on NTT DoCoMo's research on "4G" technology. The company spends over a billion dollars US each year on research and development. It's also very rare to get a glimpse inside the labs. bq. "It's all about speed....

Novatel inks Verizon data card deal

Feb 10 2004 - 09:14 PM ET | Data, Verizon Wireless
Novatel announced today that it has signed a deal to supply the laptop cards for Verizon Wireless' 3G data network. The nationwide EV-DO network which is already available in Washington D.C. and San Diego was announced January 8th....

AT&T Wireless giving away EDGE cards

Feb 05 2004 - 02:21 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Data
In November 2003, AT&T Wireless launched nationwide EDGE data service. With speeds over 2x conventional GPRS and nationwide connectivity, the company hoped that business would hop on board. Since the launch, the company has taken a beating. To help spur...

Nextel preps highspeed wireless data

Feb 05 2004 - 02:13 PM ET | Data, In The News
Nextel, the carrier most known for its push-to-talk services, is testing a highspeed data network in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. According to the company, speeds as high of 3 megabits can be experienced (more than twice the speed of a T1)....

Vodafone tries 3G data

Jan 26 2004 - 10:08 AM ET | 3G, Data, Vodafone
The Register is reporting that Euro-carrier Vodafone is trying out 3G data cards. The service should make it to the marketplace by Spring. However, the Register wasn't too impressed with the speed: bq. "The current version of the card provides...

Bell Labs meshes privacy with location tracking

Jan 19 2004 - 02:26 PM ET | Data
Bell Labs announced that it has developed software that uses location based services, but still allows customers to retain some sort of privacy. Location based services are those that provide data to customers based on location--such as traffic reports and...

Verizon Wireless announces nationwide 3G network

Jan 08 2004 - 12:45 PM ET | 3G, Data, Verizon Wireless
Verzion Wireless has announced plans to create a nationwide 3G EV-DO network in the US. The service which has been available for some time in Washington D.C. and San Diego will be expanded to other major US cities by this...

EDGE PC card reviewed

Dec 02 2003 - 04:18 PM ET | Data, Review
This is the first review we have seen of Sony Ericsson's new PCMCIA card that gives Windows powered laptops to access EDGE data networks. We first noted the device last month. It's interesting to note that the reviewer had better...

Japan / China to develop 4G mobile phone

Nov 23 2003 - 12:56 PM ET | Data, Staff Picks
While the rest of the world is still getting ready to hop on the 3G bandwagon, Japan and China are working together on 4G. The three-year project is going to start in December, and will use the upcoming IPv6 standardl....

AT&T Wireless launches nationwide EDGE

Nov 18 2003 - 05:55 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Data
AT&T Wireless has announced nationwide coverage for EDGE high-speed data. The new technology pushes data over its GSM network 2 times faster than before. Average speeds hover around 100-130 kbps. Nokia recently announced several new EDGE compatible phones, and made...

Nokia launches 5 EDGE phones

Oct 28 2003 - 08:03 AM ET | Data, Nokia
Nokia this morning announced 5 new EDGE (highspeed data) equipped phones: * Nokia 6230 - Small, but with a VGA resolution camera. Other notable features include an MP3 player, Bluetooth and a multimedia card slot. * Nokia 7700 - Runs...

Unlimited GPRS for $2

Jul 15 2003 - 12:59 AM ET | Bargain, Data
Gizmodo notes that you can snag unlimited GPRS data over in India for a mere 9 Rupies (about $2 US). T-Mobile offers the same plan at $20 a month and upon its introduction it was hailed as revolutionary....

Cingular Launches EDGE Network

Jun 30 2003 - 02:35 PM ET | Cingular, Data
Cingular has launched the world's first EDGE network, oddly enough in Indianapolis Indiana. EDGE stands for Enhanced Datarate for Global Evolution and is a software tweak to GPRS . Data speeds peak out at 170 kilobits per second and average...