TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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Vonage, The Cloud to Roll Out VoIP over Wi-Fi

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VoIP operator Vonage has linked up with U.K. Wi-Fi hotspot operator The Cloud to launch a mobile/Wi-Fi service. The service will be available to Vonage subscribers who have specially enabled Wi-Fi mobile handsets, and then make cheap VoIP calls from any Cloud hotspots in the country. The service is restricted to these hotspots; customers...

Skype Announces Music Ringtones Deal

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NEW YORK -- Skype, eBay Inc.'s Internet telephone subsidiary, announced a deal Tuesday with music publishers that will make audio clips from artists like Madonna, Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers available to its users as ringtones. Clips from Madonna songs -- including 'Like A Virgin' and 'Vogue' -- will be...

China Gives BlackBerry Maker, and Free Markets, a Raspberry

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NEW YORK -- The BlackBerry e-mail device is coming to China in the next few months. By then, thousands of Chinese may already be checking their e-mail on the new 'Redberry.' The Redberry is not a new version of the BlackBerry that's been designed by Research in Motion Ltd. for the Chinese market. It's the name being used by two...

Sprint Nextel Reports 11 Percent Drop in 1st-Quarter Profits

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RESTON, Virginia -- Sprint Nextel Corp. on Wednesday said first-quarter profits declined 11 percent as merger costs outweighed higher sales for the cell-phone carrier. For the three months ended March 31, the company reported earnings of $419 million, or 14 cents per share, compared with $472 million, or 31 cents per share, during...

Sprint Unveils Text to Landline Service

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Recognizing the popularity of text messaging, Sprint Nextel introduced its new Text to Landline service, which enables customers to text messages to wired phones. The service is designed to send text messages converted to voicemail messages on a landline phone. The Text to Landline service is being offered to customers who own 2-way...

Cisco Speaks Enterprise

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Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO - message board), the No. 1 enterprise wireless LAN vendor in the world, is attempting to extend its dominance in the market through wireless VOIP technology partnerships that should help to improve the quality of voice-over-WiFi services for enterprise users. The networking giant has teamed up with...

Alcatel, Lucent Face 3G Decision

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Among the complicated decisions facing Alcatel (NYSE: ALA - message board; and Lucent Technologies Inc. is what to do with their disparate wideband CDMA (W-CDMA) plans. Alcatel already claims Orange SA as a W-CDMA customer, and Lucent has signed up Cingular...

A VoIP, GPS PDA for Business Travelers

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The bloom is off the rose for PDAs, which are increasingly being overshadowed by smartphones. But business travelers, interested in lowering their cellular costs by using a low-cost voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service, will want to check out the Pharos Traveler GPS 525, a PDA with GPS and VoIP capabilities. Manufactured...

Boingo Expands Wi-Fi Reach

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Boingo Wireless has forged two new deals that will add 1,200 international hot spots to its Boingo Roaming System. The company announced a roaming partnership with French mobile phone operator SFR that will add more than 300 hot spots in France to the Boingo Roaming System. The SFR network consists of the Toulouse and Bale-Mulhouse...

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