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Post-show wrap: Symbian Foundation frees from Nokia handcuffs

The Symbian Foundation announced its spin-off from Nokia as a non-profit organization at CTIA Wireless, complete with a new logo, a beta Web site and ambitious aims. At an open forum event at the show, Foundation members, journalists and analysts discussed the future of Symbian’s open-source mobile operating system. The common trend that emerged was a concern that its ties to Nokia were still too strong. more

Post-show wrap: Samsung’s multi-pronged WiMAX strategy

Of any vendor, Samsung probably has the most fingers in the WiMAX pie here in the US. Not only is its network division building a substantial portion of Clearwire’s WiMAX network in the US, its PC division is embedding WiMAX chips into laptops and its handset division just released a stand-alone WiMAX data device, the Mondi—all to support Clearwire’s launch. more

Post-show wrap: CTIA attendance down 15%

Wireless may be getting a partial pass in the down economy, but the industry’s biggest trade show certainly isn’t. CTIA reported attendance at CTIA Wireless dropped 15% this year, short of the worst case scenario, but definitely an indication that recession isn’t bypassing mobile industry. more

Al Gore challenges wireless industry to think beyond profits

Adding the green theme to this year’s CTIA Wireless, Former vice president and Nobel peace laureate Al Gore today commended the wireless industry on its efforts to combat global warming, but said there was still much more work to do. Delivering the final keynote to this year’s conference, Gore said while he believes strongly in the profit motive as the driving force of the economy, some of the most successfully companies are those willing to pursue higher goals than dollars and cents. more

Alvarion heading to Main Street America

Main Street America has tapped Alvarion as a vendor for its rural broadband access deployment in the southeastern US, one of the largest Rural Utilities Service-funded initiatives in the US. Alvarion will deploy its BreezeMAX broadband gear in an unspecified number of Main Street’s 129 RUS-funding-eligible communities in Florida and Georgia. more

Verizon launches app store (kind of)

Verizon announced at CTIA that it is opening its own Mobile Web Games and Apps Store, what it called ‘another easy and fun way for consumers to access the games and applications’ it offers. The portal will feature the tools and titles Verizon already makes available on many of its handsets. Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can use the mobile Web to browse and search the storefront on either a WAP or HTML handset. more

RealNetworks CEO talks unlimited music, DRM

Vodafone Spain this week introduced a new music strategy built around data plans that include unlimited access to mobile music for 12 Euros, or about $16, per month. The logic behind the relatively inexpensive unlimited plan is that if Vodafone can accelerate data penetration, it’ll make more money than from a pay-per-song model, according to RealNetworks chairman and CEO Rob Glaser. more

Didmo launches mobile content creator

Mobile technology and content provider Didmo is branching out from its traditional focus, mobile games and advertising, to launch Magmito, a user-generated mobile content service enabling consumers and enterprises to publish and share their life’s events on mobile devices. The free service lets users form invitations, albums or events on their PC by selecting a template, customizing it with information and photos and sending it to as many mobile devices as they like. more

Nokia Ovi about consolidation, not an app store

As Nokia prepares to officially open its unified application storefront to consumers, the handset maker is stressing that Ovi Store is not about cashing in on the app store craze, it’s the culmination of Nokia’s year-long plans to solve the problem of discoverability and disparate processes across its handsets. more

AT&T dives into beta development, funky devices

AT&T revealed new elements to its mobile strategy at CTIA Wireless today, announcing plans to launch a consumer-driven beta application program and pursue netbooks and other new devices that don’t quite fit the definition of phone or computer. more



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