CTIA

  • Verizon Wireless To Hit 400 LTE Market Goal Ahead Of Schedule, Says CTO Nicola Palmer

    Verizon Wireless To Hit 400 LTE Market Goal Ahead Of Schedule, Says CTO Nicola Palmer

    It’s been less than two years since Verizon first lit up its 4G LTE network, and there’s little question that it’s been growing at a quick clip. To wit, Verizon Wireless CTO Nicola Palmer at MobileCON in San Diego announced the carrier will light up its 400th LTE market (Marquette, Michigan) on October 18, well ahead of the “end of the year” timeframe the… Read More

  • After Nearly 9 Months, Verizon Wireless Now Shows ESRB Ratings In Its App Store

    After Nearly 9 Months, Verizon Wireless Now Shows ESRB Ratings In Its App Store

    You would think that implementing a parent-friendly app rating system that was blessed by both a video game watchdog group and a major wireless trade association would be the kind of thing that deserves a bit of fast-tracking, but there haven’t been many signs of progress in the nine months since the system was announced. Well, that’s no longer the case — Verizon Wireless… Read More

  • CTIA And ESRB Debut App Rating System, No Buy-In From Google Or Apple

    CTIA And ESRB Debut App Rating System, No Buy-In From Google Or Apple

    The CTIA and ESRB pulled back the curtains on their new mobile app rating system today, and it looks like with the help of their six founding partners, app ratings could soon grace a smartphone near you. The new app rating system will be implemented first by AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless, and other storefronts are said to have expressed interest. Read More

  • CTIA And ESRB To Unveil New Mobile App Rating System

    CTIA And ESRB To Unveil New Mobile App Rating System

    Here’s something I’m sure no one expected to see today: the CTIA Wireless Trade Association has just issued a release stating that they have struck a partnership with the Entertainment Software Rating Board in order to start rating mobile applications. Yes, really. The ESRB, if you’ve managed to avoid picking up a video game in the last decade or so, are the folks that decide… Read More

  • CTIA’s New Alert Guidelines Could Mean The End Of “Bill Shock”

    CTIA’s New Alert Guidelines Could Mean The End Of “Bill Shock”

    Obscenely high phone bills have a habit of coming from out of the blue, but that could all change in coming months. According to Reuters, the wireless trade association CTIA is expected to announce a new set of guidelines today under which all wireless carriers must notify their customers when they’re nearing overage territory. Read More

  • MagicJack Femtocell delayed, but still coming this year

    MagicJack Femtocell delayed, but still coming this year

    You may remember at CES this year we had a chance to meet with MagicJack and see the prototype for their Femtocell technology, which they said would be coming out in the first half of the year. Well they missed their projected launch date, but it’s looking like the Femtocell product may still be coming this year. Read More

  • ITU approves standard for universal phone charger

    ITU approves standard for universal phone charger

    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), aka the telecomm branch of the United Nations, has recently approved a standard for a universal phone charger. The standard is based on the GSM Association’s earlier suggestion for a Micro-USB-based universal mobile phone charger. This is really good news for anyone who has been following the ‘universal phone charger‘ story. Read More

  • CTIA supports Micro-USB and 3.5mm for (future) industry-wide adoption

    CTIA supports Micro-USB and 3.5mm for (future) industry-wide adoption

    As anyone who follows the mobile space knows, the CTIA, aka the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, is holding its annual conference this week in San Diego. Besides serving as a stage for new wireless products and services, the CTIA Board has convened to discuss a variety of issues that affect the industry as a whole. Perhaps the most important news to come… Read More

  • K: Y'all sent 740 billion text messages in the first half of 2009

    K: Y'all sent 740 billion text messages in the first half of 2009

    So CTIA does this little survey twice a year just to measure how well (or poor) the wireless industry is doing. The result of its latest survey just hit the wires, and what immediately jumped out at me was this stat: around 4.1 billion (yes, billion with a “b”) text messages per day (!) were sent in the first half of 2009. I wonder how many of those are the always useful… Read More

  • CTIA joins GSMA in support of a "Universal Charging Solution" for mobile phones

    CTIA joins GSMA in support of a "Universal Charging Solution" for mobile phones

    Earlier today, CTIA-The Wireless Association announced its support for the “Universal Charging Solution” (UCS) for mobile phones (developed by the Open Mobile Terminal Platform industry standards group) “to celebrate Earth Day.” CTIA joins the GSMA, which announced its endorsement of the Micro-USB-based universal mobile charger solution back in February. Read More

  • Yahoo oneConnect connects all

    Yahoo oneConnect connects all

    Today at CTIA Yahoo announced oneConnect for the Apple iPhone. The stand-alone app aims to aggregate all your social networks into one place. Naturally, all your favorites are included: Facebook, YouTube, Dopplr, Twitter, Flickr, even Friendster. Of course Yahoo being Yahoo, others are included too. Read the rest over on MobileCrunch. Read More

  • Yahoo oneConnect connects all

    Yahoo oneConnect connects all

    Today at CTIA Yahoo announced oneConnect for the Apple iPhone. The stand-alone app aims to aggregate all your social networks into one place. Naturally, all your favorites are included: Facebook, YouTube, Dopplr, Twitter, Flickr, even Friendster. Of course Yahoo being Yahoo, others are included too. You can communicate with friends’ either via SMS or YIM with Messages, get real-time… Read More

  • Surface coming to AT&T gets a date: April 17

    Earlier this year at CES I got to spend some time with Microsoft’s Surface device, and I was impressed by what they’re doing. I’ll admit I went in with the attitude of “oh, touchscreen table, big deal”, but it’s far, far more than that. Earlier today we brought you news that Surface was going to start appearing in AT&T stores, perhaps as customer… Read More

  • CTIA 2008: Samsung demos Second Life client for cellphones; common decency gives up

    CTIA 2008: Samsung demos Second Life client for cellphones; common decency gives up

    I have a friend who’s obsessed with Second Life. She doesn’t play it much, but she’s in love with the idea. And she’s in the market for a new cellphone. Perhaps I shouldn’t tell her about this new Second Life client Samsung is planning on making available for some of its handsets. Is it a good idea? We don’t know. Is it a good idea my easily obsessed… Read More

  • Nexis search reveals little interest in Sprint Instinct compared to iPhone

    Nexis search reveals little interest in Sprint Instinct compared to iPhone


    Hi-res version of ‘iphone’ results Sprint’s Instinct is supposed to be one of the better iPhone pretenders. Biggs lauded its user interface while simultaneously panning other n’er do wells for their haphazard use of haptic or multitouch-for-multitouch’s sake. So you would think the phone, which is, nearest I can tell, one of the standouts at this year’s… Read More

  • Sprint collects CTIA launch phones in convenient Webpage for your viewing pleasure

    Sprint collects CTIA launch phones in convenient Webpage for your viewing pleasure

    Sprint launched a handful of new phones today at CTIA, and they were thoughtful enough to make a summary page including all of the phones and devices in one spot with specs, press releases, images, and fact sheets. This isn’t hard work. This is Webmastering 101. This is what the Internet is for. And note that Sprint isn’t trying to make you buy the phones, jump through hoops, or… Read More

  • Fun at Vantrix’s Booth in Las Vegas

    Fun at Vantrix’s Booth in Las Vegas

    If you are attending this year’s CTIA Wireless convention is Las Vegas this week, you may want to stop at booth #6935 and have a visit with Vantrix. The Weather Channel Interactive and Vantrix are hosting a set that lets you announce the weather in front of a camera with Jim Cantore. Your debut in broadcast storm tracking will be available on your mobile phone within minutes to share… Read More

  • Cell Carriers Fight FCC over Backup Power

    Cell Carriers Fight FCC over Backup Power

    Past disasters like Hurricane Katrina knocked out wireless communications and impacted emergency crews and victims when they needed to talk. To avoid similar losses of communications in the future, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants most cell phone transmitter sites in the U.S. to have at least eight hours of backup power in the event main power fails. Regulators claim this… Read More

  • Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Keynote Speaker at CTIA

    Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Keynote Speaker at CTIA

    The international CTIA WIRELESS 2008 trade show announced that Virgin founder and chairman Sir Richard Branson will deliver a keynote address on the show’s opening day, April 1 at 9:oo a.m. Keynote speeches will take place in the Barron Room at the Los Vegas Hilton. CTIA WIRELESS will take place April 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson… Read More

  • Speakers Selected for CTIA Wireless Educational Sessions

    Speakers Selected for CTIA Wireless Educational Sessions

    The speakers for this year’s International CTIA Wireless 2008 Educational Sessions, which takes place in Las Vegas April 1-3, have been chosen. Approximately 175 speakers will lead discussions on this year’s topics. These sessions will address the most important issues facing wireless carriers, mobile device and infrastructure manufactures, content developers, media companies… Read More