TelecomDirect News Daily Update - December 08, 2006

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Palm Gets Its OS Back

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Paving over a gaping hole in its strategic roadmap, Palm Inc. said today that it has re-licensed the source code for its operating system, known as the Palm Garnet OS, from Access Systems Americas Inc., a unit of Japanese company Access Co. Ltd. The contract, under which Palm will pay $44 million for a perpetual, non-exclusive ...

Alfa Seeking Dialogue with TeliaSonera and Telenor

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Altimo, the telecoms arm of Russian holding group Alfa, is keen to enter into dialogue with Sweden's TeliaSonera and Norway's Telenor, with a view to establishing some form of alliance with either, according to press reports. Altimo CEO Alexey Reznikovich has pointed out that representatives of Altimo and TeliaSonera are already.

Moto Q on MTS and Palm Treo on Rogers Increase Smartphone Options

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Smartphone options available to Canadians have been expanded this week as MTS Allstream launches the Motorola's Moto Q, available for free on a three-year contract or C$149 on a two-year contract. Rogers Wireless has also taken on the quad-band EDGE-capable Palm Treo 680, available for C$299.99 on a three-year contract. ...

Session Border Controllers in Converged Fixed-Mobile IMS/TISPAN Architecture

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Acme Packet has defined the role of session border controllers within the next-generation, converged fixed-mobile IMS architecture defined by 3GPP and extended by ETSI TISPAN. Within this architecture, session border controllers provide service providers with critical support for real-time interactive IP-based voice, video and ...

Poll: 'IM-ing' Divides Teens, Adults

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WASHINGTON -- Teenager Michelle Rome can't imagine life without instant messaging. Baby boomer Steve Wilson doesn't care that it even exists. They're part of an 'instant messaging gap' between teens and adults. And the division is wide, says an AP-AOL survey on how Americans use or snub those Internet ...

Take a Picture

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It's no news that camera phones are hot. Tech research giant Gartner recently predicted that nearly 50 percent of mobile phones sold worldwide in 2006 will incorporate a camera; the number rises to 81 percent by 2010. One is tempted that observe that cameras will be increasingly added to mobile phones whether or not buyers ...

U.K. Wireless/Broadband Retail Battle Twists & Shouts

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In the latest twist in the turbulent British retail cellular and broadband markets, U.K. cellphone retailer Phones 4U today leaked -- and it appears on purpose -- word it's negotiating to become a broadband reseller. Its target is rival Carphone Warehouse, from which it stole the Vodafone cellular resale contract two months ago, ...

BSkyB Gets Googly

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British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (BSkyB) says it plans to offer its U.K. broadband customers a set of Sky-branded services from Google including video, communications, search, and advertising. The two companies say they've signed a set of 'wide-ranging multi-year agreements' to develop, tailor, and re-brand ...

Battery Recall Hits Cell Phones

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On the heels of the notebook computer industry being hit with a slew of battery recall announcements, NTT DoCoMo is calling back 1.3 million battery packs used on one of its phones sold in Japan. The Japanese operator says it is pulling the batteries made by Sanyo Electric Company back because deformed parts were discovered in the ...

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