TelecomDirect News Daily Update - August 28, 2006

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Motorola and Nokia Experience Problems in Russia

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Motorola said last week that it would not seek compensation for the destruction of mobile phones worth US$2 million. In March this year, 167,000 Motorola mobile phones (worth about US$17 million) were impounded by police at a Moscow airport as evidence in a contraband case. In April, police charged that the phones posed a danger to ...

One-Touch Keypad Finds a Home

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As everybody knows, most alphanumeric keyboards designed for mobile devices are little more than a cruel joke. Tiny keytops and cramped layouts make any attempt at rapid, long-term typing frustrating and potentially painful. Back in 2002, Lexington, Mass.-based Digit Wireless unveiled its FasTap keypad. The device was designed to ...

Sprint Aims to Simplify Business Mobility

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Sprint Nextel introduced Sprint Advanced Wireless Solutions, a program designed to provide business customers with an all-inclusive mobility solution. Sprint intends to act as the single point of contact for its business customers, while handling contract negotiations, and solution configuration and integration for its customers. ...

Frontier/Citizens Seek Broadband Deregulation

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The incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) operations of Frontier and its parent Citizens Communications have asked the federal government to free their broadband businesses from rules and regulations the latest chapter of what is becoming a growing trend among major U.S. telcos: Seeking light-touch treatment. Forbearance petitions ...

Laptop vs Smartphone: No Contest

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Executives at smartphone manufacturers like Palm Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) need only look at their own products to understand why, even as the devices gain popularity across different job functions and levels, the penetration among all mobile workers remains a fraction of the total potential user base ...

Nokia Siemens Names More Execs

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Nokia Corp. and Siemens Communications Group have ironed out more details of their carrier infrastructure joint venture, Nokia Siemens Networks, naming the heads of its business and regional divisions. The new company will combine Nokia's Networks Business Group with the carrier-related operations of Siemens ...

Mobile Video Industry Will Begin to Shape up in 2008

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The market for long form mobile/portable video content (video content of greater than 30 minutes) is currently in an experimental phase, and will likely remain at this stage for at least two years, reports In-Stat. By 2008, however, the industry will begin to gain traction and demonstrate its long-term ...

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