Ruckus Wireless unveils Wi-Fi router/repeater

The name we all love to love -- Ruckus Wireless -- wants you to be able and bridge those outdoor, citywide WiFi networks and those indoor, ad-hoc networks into a single point of connectivity.

How? Why, the company has developed a single device that captures outdoor Wi-Fi signals from a metro network and re-broadcasts them in the home for end-users. In other words, this is a built-in Wi-Fi router (?) and Wi-Fi repeater in one unit.

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).

Mobile marketing coming into its own?

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

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.

Is Cingular an unstoppable profit machine?

When Cingular announced that it added 2.4 million new subscribers to its ranks in the latest quarter, the question came up about the profit Cingular addd -- which was three times as much as the prior quarter.

Can Cingular (darn...AT&T, I mean) continue to make profits like this as growth slows in the American wireless market? It will have to do so by stealing customers from other carriers.

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.

Windows Mobile smartphones are multiplying

It seems there are a billion smartphones and Pocket PC phones (remember, two different OSes there) running on Windows Mobile.

Years ago, the Palm OS seemed to be a 'favorite' in the wireless handset world -- that mantra, though, is up between Windows Mobile and Symbian now in a "Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed" style of fight.

With that, check out a review of the new "Hermes" Pocket PC device (from HTC, of course) over at MobileBurn.

What makes for a well-designed wireless handset?

That headline begs for responses from all corners. What is a good cellphone design all about? Purely physical aspects like size, weight and curves?

How about software design and user interface (UI) aspects like speed, intuitiveness and "prettyness"? These software and hardware aspects -- plus much more -- makes for a well-designed wireless handset.

What's your favorite?

Cingular launches first 3.6Mbps HSDPA handset in North America

For all of you who can't stand being limited to Cingular's existing 1.8Mbps HSDPA handsets or Sprint Nextel's 800Kbps EV-DO handsets, Cingular just upped the bar in the "theoretical" wireless speed department.

The new Motorola V3xx is the first HSDPA handset in this hemisphere that supports HSDPA speeds up to 3.6Mbps, which is all nice and good -- but real-world speeds are...quite different most likely.

Still, this handset's pretty sweet to look at (and use, I'll bet). It's available at Cingular now.

Sprint Nextel's 'broken connections'

Although I haven't experienced a single problem in my area with Sprint Nextel and Cingular (the two subscriptions I carry), apparently many subscribers using the older Nextel iDEN network are having, umm, issues.

This article sheds a little light on what may be going on at Sprint Nextel in terms of network performance, although I've heard the same complaints from customers of T-Mobile, Verizon, Cingulr and Alltel as well. In other words, things like this are highly subjective.

Why did the RAZR become so popular?

The Motorola RAZR became so popular over the last two years because it broke the mold in terms of handset design. All of a sudden, the "thin is in" mantra took over the popular wireless handset marketplace.

In terms of success, the RAZR has it -- over 50 million units sold in its history (and still counting). In addition, there are tons of copycats now and every manufacturer is making "slim" phones from entry-level phones to smartphones.

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