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Sprint, Palm Offer a Few Tidbits on Pre

On the face of it, the tie-in between Sprint and Palm for the upcoming Palm Pre brings to mind two drowning men hanging on to each other for dear life in a rough sea. Pre users will reportedly be offered Sprint's "Everything" line of plans, which covers voice and data. Individuals can pay $69.99 fo...

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Spinvox Delivers Handy Talk-to-Text Service

Toolbars and add-ons bring increased functionality to Web browsers and the computers that run them. UK-based SpinVox does the same thing for cell phone users. The company offers several services that convert voicemail to text messages or e-mail and allow message broadcasting to listed recipients and...

Microsoft Swings Mobile Search Deal With Verizon

Microsoft will be providing mobile search to Verizon's huge customer base under a new partnership agreement that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer have publicly confirmed -- Seidenberg in remarks at a Citigroup conference and Ballmer at the Consumer Electronics Show. The de...

FCC Gives Nod to Major Wireless Mergers

The Federal Communications Commission gave its blessing to two large wireless deals Wednesday. The larger of the two is Verizon Communications' $28.1 billion buyout of Alltel; Verizon will pay $5.9 billion and assume $22.2 billion of Alltel's debt. The other deal is the $14.5 billion merger between ...

In the Wireless World, 3 Things Matter: Location, Location, Location

Location-based mobile and Web services are increasingly delivering value and gaining adherents as service providers devote greater time and resources to developing them further. For example, Sprint's Xohm wireless broadband unit is working with a group of leading mobile Web application development c...

Verizon to Offer Starter Centro Smartphone as iPhone Alternative

Palm and Verizon Wireless announced a deal Thursday that brings the device maker's popular Centro smartphone to Verizon subscribers. The Centro's debut on Verizon comes some nine months after Palm launched the device on Sprint's wireless network and about five months after it became available to AT&...

JetBlue Buys Verizon’s Airfone for In-Flight Messaging Push

Signaling JetBlue's belief that travelers want to stay connected at all times, its LiveTV unit has agreed to buy Verizon's Airfone business, a move that will enable the discount carrier to offer a bundle of communications services during flight. The handover is not expected to be completed until Jan...

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Yahoo’s Poison Pen Pal; Free Internet but No Porn

Newly revealed court documents have Yahoo squirming. It now appears the company may have spurned an offer from Microsoft worth $40 a share way back in 2007 -- months before all its hand-wringing over a much-publicized, much-lower bid. Yahoo apparently also declined an earlier offer of a search adver...

After Gulping Alltel, Verizon Weighs In Heavier Than AT&T

Verizon Wireless confirmed Thursday that it will buy Alltel Wireless in a deal worth $28.1 billion, one that will help it reach new markets and push it ahead of AT&T as the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. The move comes just a year after a group of private equity players took Alltel private...

After Gulping Alltel, Verizon Weighs In Heavier Than AT&T

Verizon Wireless confirmed Thursday that it will buy Alltel Wireless in a deal worth $28.1 billion, one that will help it reach new markets and push it ahead of AT&T as the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. The move comes just a year after a group of private equity players took Alltel private...

After Gulping Alltel, Verizon Weighs In Heavier Than AT&T

Verizon Wireless confirmed Thursday that it will buy Alltel Wireless in a deal worth $28.1 billion, one that will help it reach new markets and push it ahead of AT&T as the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. The move comes just a year after a group of private equity players took Alltel private...

FCC Kicks Off Closely Watched Spectrum Auction

The Federal Communications Commission began its long-awaited 700 megahertz wireless spectrum auction Thursday, setting in motion a process that could help determine how -- and by whom -- next-generation wireless services will be delivered. The FCC has said the auction could raise more than $15 billi...

Alltel Tailors CRM Mobile App for BlackBerry

Alltel has joined the ranks of service providers offering mobile CRM functionality to their business customers. The wireless company has introduced SalesNOW, a contact, activity and deal management Web app designed for the BlackBerry mobile device. Most of the application's features relate to contac...

Promising Startup Frontline Wireless Flops for Lack of Funding

When the Federal Communications Commission's much-anticipated auction of 700MHz wireless spectrum begins later this month, at least one planned participant will be conspicuously absent: startup Frontline Wireless, which apparently shut its doors this week. "Frontline is closed for business at this t...

FCC Spectrum Auction Attracts Motley Crew of Hopeful Bidders

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday published the list of companies that have applied to participate in its auction of the 700 MHz band of wireless spectrum next month, and included among the long list of expected players were a few surprises. Oil giant Chevron, for one, apparently plan...

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