Nuance signs up Samsung for mobile care, XT9

Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) today inked a deal with Samsung Electronics to embed its on-device self-service software, Nuance Mobile Care, in select mobile phones. The relationship builds on one announced earlier this week to bring Nuance’s XT9 predicative text service to Samsung’s mobile phones. more…

Best of 2009: The top buzzwords

Whether you think they’re buzz-worthy or not, we’ll be happy if we never hear these industry favorites again:

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Allied Wireless hiring at new Little Rock HQ

Allied Wireless, a subsidiary of Massachusetts-based Atlantic Tele-Network (NASDAQ:ATNI), is building a new headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., the company announced today along with plans to hire 200 to 250 workers at the new location.

Allied was created to operate wireless assets acquired by Atlantic that had been divested as part of Verizon Wireless’s acquisition of Alltel. Atlantic had previously hinted that it might choose Little Rock to set up its new base of operations, in part because hundreds of layoffs following Verizon’s acquisition have left a ready pool of available talent there.

In September, 13-year Alltel veteran Frank O’Mara was named to lead the acquired business, which includes 800,000 subscribers in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio and Idaho.

Best of 2009: ‘Deals’ that came back to haunt their deal-makers

You can bet these companies have their fair share of regrets:

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Swype adds Nokia, Samsung to investor list

Start-up Swype has made no secret that its goal is to take-over text input for all mobile phones, and it appears to be one step closer. The company, whose technology relies on quick tracing motions on touchscreen phones, today announced it has secured $5.6 million in series B funding, including from world’s largest handset maker Nokia (NYSE:NOK). more…

AT&T, Verizon both gained from 3G ad war

AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) appear to have both benefitted from the recent internecine ad campaign in which the two bickered over whose 3G wireless coverage was superior — though Verizon may have gained more than its rival.

According to a survey released today by YouGov Brand Index, Verizon Wireless’ brand awareness among adults 18 to 34 shot from 37.1% in early November to 62.2% in early December. AT&T’s awareness in the same group rose from 41.2% to 54.5% in that time. Toward the end of November, as the holiday shopping season kicked into full swing, Verizon Wireless had surpassed AT&T in terms of awareness.

That mutual benefit is fortunate for the two companies, since the war brought attention to weaknesses in both of their offerings and underscored the limits of today’s 3G networks. But it also may encourage the two to try to repeat the phenomenon. We haven’t seen the last of Luke Wilson.

Best of 2009: The year’s top scapegoats

The companies and individuals who bore the brunt of criticism in 2009 were:

  •  Most unfair scapegoat: U.S. telcos as anti-net-neutrality invaders or privacy and unfair business practitioners
  •  Google, which is destroying multiple industries so that they can be rebuilt for the digital age.

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US still waiting as first LTE network lands in Sweden

Just a few weeks after Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) finished its 2009 WiMax rollout, competing 4G technology long-term evolution (LTE) landed its first network – in Sweden. TeliaSonera launched in two cities – the first LTE launches ever – today, promising wireless download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second. The wireless operator used equipment from Ericsson and Huawei to roll out the service in Stockholm and Olso, respectively. more…

Best of 2009: This year will be most remembered as…

This year will be most remembered as:

  •  The year we all survived – well at least mostly.
  • Everyone opened an app store. Applications continued the insane momentum they started last year, but this year, no one was satisfied with just an app. Every handset maker, carrier, operating system and third-party wanted to own the storefront to shop them.

Keep reading to see the rest of our responses, as well as the best from our readers… more…

Study: Backhaul radio spend down in Q3

Operators are supposed to be busting up their piggy banks to upgrade their backhaul networks in anticipation of increased 3G and eventual 4G data traffic, but a new study from Infonetics shows that one of the key backhaul equipment sectors, microwave radios, was down 8% in the third quarter. The global microwave market brought in $1.4 billion, half of which went to Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and NEC, according to Infonetics. more…

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