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  • Sprint Nextel has poor Third Quarter

    Sprint Nextel, the United State’s third largest wireless provider, posted poor third quarter numbers as the company lost customers and revenue. Sprint Nextel earned $64 million, or 2 cents per share, compared with earning $379 million, or 9 cents per share, during the same period a year ago. Quarterly revenue declined 4.2 percent to $10 billion, missing analysts’ predictions of… Read More

  • Omnifone’s New MusicStation Available in UK

    Omnifone’s MusicStation, a music service that allows unlimited downloads, became available today in the Untied Kingdome through a partnership with Vodafone. Vodafone’s UK consumers are the first mobile users in Britain to have the freedom to download, play and share unlimited amounts of music, direct to their phone. This comes one week before Apple’s iPhone launches in… Read More

  • Alcatel-Lucent Posts Third-Quarter Loss

    Alcatel-Lucent, the French-American telecommunications equipment maker, reported a third-quarter loss of $373 million today. To help the bottom line, the company plans to layoff another 4,000 employees beyond the February announcement of 12,500 layoffs. This amounts to a 20% reduction in payroll. It is hoped this move will save the company an additional $578 million by 2009. CEO Patricia… Read More

  • Myxer Surpasses 3 Million Mark

    Myxer, a mobile content delivery company, announced that it has reached over 3 million users, making it one of the largest distributors of mobile content. In April of this year Myxer reached 1 million users and has tripled that number in less than six months. If growth continues at this pace, within ten years aliens in a galaxy far, far away will be downloading wallpaper and ringtones from… Read More

  • A Google Phone in 2008?

    Rumors about Google jumping into the phone business picked up again today with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Google phones will be available by mid-2008. MobileCrunch reported last month (Google Rumors: GPay and GPhone) that Google powered phones may be in the works. While the company is unwilling to comment at this time, the Wall Street Journal thinks that an announcement is… Read More

  • NBC Universal Hires SinglePoint

    NBC Universal has hired SinglePoint, a wireless messaging service, to launch one of the biggest mobile marketing initiative ever conducted by a media company. SinglePoint will manage and execute multiple participation media campaigns such as mobile voting, sweepstakes, contests, and mobile text news alerts. By outbidding its competitors, SinglePoint has won the largest Interactive Television… Read More

  • Verizon Has Strong Third Quarter

    Verizon Communications announced today that its quarterly revenue rose due to strong wireless subscription growth. Verizon Wireless, which Verizon Communications owns with Vodafone, added 1.8 million net retail customers in the quarter, giving the company 63.7 million subscribers. “It’s a story of tremendous strength in wireless and continued deterioration in wire line,”… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Verizon Wireless and SkyZone Entertainment announced a partnership this week to provide South Koreans greater access to SkyZone’s mobile gaming archive. SkyZone offers a full lineup of richly textured 3D graphics and games that feature multiplayer connectivity between PC and mobile platforms. Read More

  • Rogers Tests 7.2 Mbps Wireless Data Service

    Rogers, a Canadian wireless service provider, announced today it has begun field trials of its 7.2 Mbps wireless data service in the Brampton and Montreal areas. The trials utilize 3.5 generation wireless HSPA/UMTS technology, allowing a peak download speed of 7.2 Mbps, the fastest speed in Canada. “The consumer appetite for mobile applications is undeniable in Canada and around the… Read More

  • INgrooves Music Screensavers available this November

    Emdigo has partnered with INgrooves to launch the INgrooves Music Screensaver this November. The screensavers will be available on Verizon and Alltel Wireless for $2.99 per download. The application animates artists in 3D with the artists’ music when the phone is flipped open. Top artists Tila Tequila, Too Short and B Legit are part of the initial offering. “By combining our… Read More

  • Donate to Red Cross with Text 2Help Program

    As fires blaze across southern California forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, the Wireless foundation and American Red Cross announced that most American wireless subscribers can make a charitable donation to the Red Cross Disaster relief Fund through a program called Text 2Help. Subscribers of participating wireless carriers can donate $5 to relief efforts simply by text messaging… Read More

  • Celebrate Halloween on your Mobile Phone

    Cellufun announced today its Hellofun celebration. During Hellofun, users can decorate their homepages, dress up their avatars in costumes and pass out virtual tricks and treats. By visiting other homepages, users collect virtual treats or tricks while watching their own homepage to give as good as they take. If someone is stingy in giving out treats, the word will get out to the rest of… Read More

  • Japanese Women Fight Groping with Mobile Application

    For years Japanese women have endured being groped while in large crowds. Packed commuter trains are notorious prowling areas for men who feel the need to sexually assault random women. According to Tokyo police, 1853 men were arrested for groping passengers on Tokyo trains in 2005. But the harassment on trains is thought to be much higher because many women are too embarrassed to report… Read More

  • Hisense to buy Qualcomm’s Innovative MEMS Mobile Phone Displays

    Hisense, a Chinese electronics manufacturer, and Qualcomm, a wireless products developer, announced today that Qualcomm MEMS displays will be put into Hisense phones in 2008. The Qualcomm MEMS displays are being touted as superior in viewing quality and lower in power consumption. Qualcomm has developed the first direct view MEMS display for mobile devices, an innovation that offers… Read More

  • Real-Time Videoconferencing for Today’s Mobile Phone

    KT-Tech, a small start-up company, has revealed its mobile phone videoconferencing application, KTvid. KTvid allows person-to-person videoconferencing in real-time over today’s mainstream cellular networks. The application doesn’t require the high-bandwidth of a 3G cellular network for quality two-way video and audio connectivity so its potential can be realized today. I… Read More

  • AdMob Releases Free Report

    AdMob, a mobile advertising company, announced today that it is releasing its first periodic report on data and trends in the mobile market free for download. The report covers the 1.5 billion ads served in the month of September and includes manufacturer, device and country-specific data on AdMob’s top four markets by impressions served. The United States, United Kingdom, India and… Read More

  • AT&T Partners with Napster

    AT&T announced today that Napster’s entire music catalog of over five million songs will be available to AT&T’s mobile phone customers early next month. The service will expand the company’s offerings beyond the independent music offers through eMusic. This will allow AT&T to compete with Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel in the music download arena. AT&T… Read More

  • United Nations Approves WiMax

    The United Nations telecommunications agency voted to approve WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) technology, and make it part of the third-generation (3G) of mobile standards. This endorsement should open up global frequencies to make WiMax a worldwide player in the lucrative 3G market. WiMax has inherent advantages over Wi-Fi and landline data delivery systems. WiMax is… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Electronic Arts will launch Need for Speed: ProStreet for the mobile phone community later this month. This high octane game will be available in Europe on October 26 and in North America on October 30. Players race 16 high performance cars at 11 famous street racing locations. Winners earn cash to… Read More

  • iPhone Unlocked to Outside Developers

    Apple announced that in February it will make a developer’s kit available to independent software makers. This will make it easier for developers not associated with Apple or AT&T to create games, navigation systems, screen-shot capture programs and other tools for the iPhone. A few weeks ago, the iPhone was updated over-the-air and independently developed software was erased in… Read More