Sanyo reports huge net loss for recent quarter

Sanyo reported a 7.3 billion yen net loss for the most recent quarter this past Tuesday, casted doubt on whether the struggling Japanese electronics maker will pull out of some markets it serves.

Strangely, a decline in domestic sales (Japan) outpaced strong performance overseas (U.S. market and others). The reason for the declines was given as increased competition in digital cameras that offset higher sales of mobile phones and advanced washing machines. Sanyo only sells mobile handsets to one U.S. carrier -- Sprint.

Billionaire asks for seat on Motorola's board

Carl Icahn -- a financier who likes to get involved with companies he tries to "fix" -- has bought about 1.4% of Motorola's stock and has requested a seat on the board of directors.

There are many guesses that say Icahn wants to split Motorola up into component pieces (like any bullheaded financier) based on lackluster results from its last quarter.

Motorola, though, has has great results in recent years with a stock price that has done well. So, what's Icahn's beef here?

Sprint adds more EV-DO Revision A markets

Sprint continues to take its 3G wireless network across the U.S. to the next level, as it's upgraded more markets to the next-gen EV-DO Revision A standard.

Miami Fl., Portland Ore. and Puerto Rico have received the nicety of Sprint's latest upgrade and all three markets now have EV-DO Revision A speeds available to customers.

At this time, the speeds are only available using PC Cards -- not handsets.

Sprint wants to control feature and smartphones

As the complexity of certain advanced wireless handsets and fully-fledged smartphones becomes more prevalent, carriers need a way to manage those devices on the network -- millions of them.

As such, Sprint has partnered with mFoundation to do just that. It will be able to provision, configure, diagnose and manage feature phones and smartphones on its network -- remotely and with (hopefully) a minimum of fuss.

Cingular spends $86 million in Las Vegas upgrades

Looks like the nation's largest carrier spent a staggering $86 million to upgrade its wireless network in Sin City last year, surpassing the estimate of $46 million which was initially forecast.

If you're in Vegas any time soon and don't have a good wireless signal, Cingular probably wants to know about it after spending so much in upgrading the level of service there. Just don't count cards on that new Windows Mobile smartphone, ok?

China's 4G tech leapfrogs existing 3G tech

Althought 3G wireless technology is still in its infancy here in the U.S. and around the globe, China wants to be the first to have a fully-functional "4G" standard in place.

It apparently has it, as a group of 10 "leading domestic institutions" called the "FuTURE Project" this past Sunday rolled out 4G in Shanghai. More details here.

Cingular and Travelocity settle over adware charges

If you are familiar with "adware", you'll know that it is installed on personal computers (almost always without consumer consent) to display advertising and popups that seem to take over the PC as if it were possessed.

Well, in a fist, marketers have been held responsible for ads displayed through adware -- and the culprits include the largest mobile carrier in the U.S. -- Cingular (the wireless unit of AT&T), which will pay New York $35,000 to cover penalties and investigatory costs.

Hyperfactory launches mobile media platform for advertisers

With a few copmpanies and a handfuls of startups banking on the future of mobile marketing -- kinda like Google bet its future on text ads all those years ago -- the Hyperfactory is set to offer a global platform for contextual media planning based around this platform.

Companies want to find out which types of campaigns work and don't work on the "third screen" -- the mobile phone screen, that is.

Motorola and TI seizing in on WiMax and 3G

The prevalence of 3G wireless handsets combined with the global positioning of WiMax technology is making Motorola and Texas Instruments gleefully happy -- as both companies are trying to seize on those markets ahead of rivals.

Motorola has plenty of rivals in the 3G marketplace, although TI has a decent portion of the WiMax market with the clout it wields (alongside Nortel and Alcatel, among others).

Verizon slaps Cingular back, adding 2.1 million postpaid subscribers

Just when Cingular's numbers of adding 2.4 million new subscribers in its latest quarter seemed inpenetrable, Verizon just announced that it added 2.1 million.

The catch -- all of those for Verizon were postpaid customers, and most of Cingular's numbers were prepaid customers. Looks like Verizon beat Cingular in the customer numbers that count for more.

T-Mobile growth dips a bit in latest quarter

As 2006 drew to a close, T-Mobile -- the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S. -- saw subscriptions drop from the same period in 2005, although growth was still quite good all things considered (what with Cingular adding 2.4 million customers in the same period).

T-Mobile USA said it added 901,000 net new subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2006, fewer than the 1.39 million it added during the same time in 2005.

Alvarion accused of violating U.S. security laws

Another scandal in the making -- possibly -- is WiMAX developer Alvarion's tussle with the U.S. Government over possible violations of U.S. securities laws.

Alvarions says that it will "vigorously defend" itself (of course) from the accusations after a class action complaint was filed in the Northern California U.S. District Court.

Allegations? That Alvarion failed to mention that sales to a certain the customer were not expected to continue producing substantial revenues for the company. Investors:0, Alvarion: 1.

Nokia wants new ad agency

Looks like Nokia -- the world leader in wireless handset sales but lagging here in the U.S. -- is looking for a new global ad agency.

The company probably wants to grow back its mojo after being so popular in the U.S. marketplace (and elsewhere) just five years ago when Nokia was "the phone" to have.

Recently, Motorola, Samsung and LG have beaten up on Nokia here in the American market quite badly with newer styles, higher-end phones and more selection -- and Nokia has become "not the brand" it used to be.

Is Wireless Number Portability a success or failure?

The prevalence over the last few years of letting customers here in the U.S. "port" their wireless telephone numbers form one carrier to another has been a very nice success from all accounts. Personally, I've used this and found the value to be quite good (i.e., not losing my number).

How about the rest of the world? According to this article, failed implementation has meant that customers are not using number portability in the numbers that were expected in many markets across the globe. Here in the U.S., though, the process is quite smooth after the initial kinks were ironed out.

Verizon Wireless expects margins over 40%

When a company is making profit margins in the area of 40% or more, you know some money -- quite a bit of money -- is being made.

Verizon Communications -- which runs the second-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. -- said that it expects to maintain wireless gross margins of 43% to 45% for the coming years.

That is pretty bold considering Verizon Wireless wants to take more marketshare over the next few years -- which generally means deflated margins at the expense of more share.

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