Samsung, the all-things-CDMA handset maker du jour these days, will be introducing new handsets to CDMA carriers Alltel and Verizon soon.
The two new models -- the R510 and U540 -- look identical to existing handsets offered from other carriers -- like the T-Mobile Trace and the Sprint A500. Both, both of these are packing CDMA innards in ultra-slim form factors.
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.
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.
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?
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.
I guess citizens of Britain are having a cultural crisis over the ringtone selections on their mobile phones, as 4 out of 5 of those citizens fear criticism of their mobile ringtone.
Isn't there anything else in the world to do but give a shout out (good or bad) about a mobile ringtone choice? Apparently, British mobile phone users are in a quandary about choosing their ringtone after new research from Dial-a-Phone indicates 97% of Brits judge personality based on ringtone choice.
As if we didn't all have enough stupid things to judge others on.
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.
Mobile advertising is apparently becoming a big business, though I have yet to see many ads on most of the xHTML and WAP sites I visit (a few hundred, actually).
But, mobile advertising company AdMob says that mobile Web users are drawn to mobile communities and downloading sites (ah-ha!). And, of course, AdMob has served 1 billion mobile Web advertisements in the last six months on those types of properties.
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).
Is advertising to the mobile phone becoming an explosive industry? By many accounts, it is, as the generation of marketing messages across wireless applications is starting to attract some big money.
The wireless web may be the next advertising frontier past the web browser for the PC, and there are companies that are trying to offer a one-stop shop for companies looking to tout their brands on the wireless Web