Archive for July, 2009

AT&T takes on another Nokia S60 smartphone

AT&T (NYSE:T) and Nokia (NYSE:NOK) today announced the upcoming availability of the Nokia Surge, a Symbian S60-based smartphone built with social networking in mind.

In the press release announcing the handset launch, Nokia stressed that it was designed in the US and on an open platform, two significant facts for Nokia as it tries to make inroads into the US market for smartphones. The US has not been Nokia, the global handset leader’s, traditional strong suite due in large part to a lack of carrier relationships. The N97, Nokia’s highest-end smartphone yet, for example, is available in the US only through open channels and retails for $699. more

Amazon launches dedicated wireless site

Showing that its mobile ambitions don’t end with the Kindle, online retailer Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced the beta launch of AmazonWireless, its new Web site dedicated to cell phone and service plan browsing and shopping sans rebates and plus two-day free shipping. At launch, the site hosts more than 120 handsets from AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD), with plans to add Sprint (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile USA (NYSE:DT) phones during the beta test phase. more

Fight over Nortel’s assets begins

Nortel’s creditors weren’t pleased with Nokia Siemens Networks’ $650 million offer for Nortel’s CDMA and LTE assets, and now they appear to be doing something about it. According to the Financial Times, BusinessWeek and several other publications, creditor MatlinPatterson Global Advisers is trying to spark interest among investors to recapitalize the vendor, raising the possibility that Nortel Networks just may emerge from the ashes of bankruptcy intact. more

ExtendMedia helps telcos integrate OTT content

The market for online video content is large and complex, but according to Chris Gardner, chief marketing officer of ExtendMedia, leadership is still up for grabs. Traditional incumbents are only one in a growing list of potential candidates, which also includes the broadcast networks, online-only hosting sites like Hulu, IPTV providers, Apple, Microsoft, Internet service providers and a variety of consumer electronics manufacturers. more

Analyst: Palm’s European operator partners not wise

Palm (NASDAQ:PALM) secured its first exclusive deals for its new Pre handset today in Europe with Telefonica’s (NYSE:TEF) Movistar in Spain and O2 initially in the UK, Ireland and Germany in time for the holidays. While Palm is tied to these two tier-one carriers exclusively in Europe, the carriers don’t have the same loyalty to the handset maker. Both Movistar and O2 are also the exclusive carriers for Apple’s (NASDAQ:APPL) iPhone 3G S in Europe, creating a potentially telling scenario. more

Sprint could offer enterprise femto

Sprint (NYSE:S) was the first US operator to launch a commercial femtocell service. It was the first to make the femtocell available to MVNO and wholesale partners. And it just may become the first operator to offer an enterprise femtocell to its business customers. more

New rules for a cloud-based world

“We raised $3 million, and we’re effectively an infrastructure company,” James Lindenbaum, co-founder and CEO of Heroku, said at last month’s Structure show, seemingly in half-disbelief.

San Francisco-based Heroku is a hosting and platform provider that helps app developers create, test and deploy their apps more easily. It offers a choice of dedicated and shared resources, making use of Amazon’s flexible cloud-computing platform. And as highlighted by that quote from its CEO, it’s one of a growing number of startups dismantling traditional notions of infrastructure and services in a cloud-based world. One more mortal roasting meat over fire stolen from Mount Olympus. more

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