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Motorola CDMA 1xEV-DO Rev. A

November 16, 2005

Interesting news from Motorola. Motorola demonstrated simultaneous video telephony calls using Motorola’s Ojo Personal Video Phone, VoIP, and video downloads from a media server using test modems from Qualcomm to provide the CDMA 1xEV-DO Rev.A.

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Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT) unveiled its prototype CDMA 1xEV-DO Rev. A solution at 3G World Congress and Exhibition 2005, demonstrating some of the advanced multimedia wireless broadband services that will be possible with this next generation technology. With downlink speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps, CDMA 1xEV-DO Rev. A provides new capability for operators to offer enhanced services such as simultaneous video, voice and data applications.

Motorola ColorNotes Voice MMS

November 16, 2005

Motorola, Inc. today announced at 3G World Congress & Exhibition 2005 their Motorola ColorNotes Solution which "transforms traditional messaging by allowing mobile subscribers to express their emotions". According to Motorola, "The innovative messaging service developed for CDMA and GSM networks converts traditional voice or short messages (SMS) to multimedia messages (MMS) that incorporate animated graphics and audio. Motorola ColorNotes also enables users to receive broadcast messages, such as news clips, stock quotes, horoscopes, jokes and more delivered by their favorite animated character."

With Motorola ColorNotes, animated characters take the words right out of consumers’ mouths. Subscribers are able to choose from a library of characters, including celebrities, cartoon characters and animated objects offered by the operator to deliver their messages. Motorola ColorNotes subscribers also have the ability to select from nine different emotions that the character will portray when delivering the message.

PalmSource joins Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum

November 14, 2005

Some news from PalmSource, about them joining a forum that is trying to "standardize" Linux components and APIs that run on mobile phone devices. The reason why Microsoft has been making such strong in-roads in the mobile phone market arena is because they have strict requirements and they provide a baseline operating system that makes it easier for developers to cross-develop applications for different, often competing Windows Mobile devices running Windows Mobile 5.0 (or earlier generations). Here's the release from their website.

PalmSource, Inc., provider of Palm OS, a leading operating system powering next generation phones and mobile devices, today announced that it is a founding member of the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum.

RF Isolation enclosure for accurate testing of Wi-Fi,cellular,Bluetooth,WiMAX

November 14, 2005

It seems like every day there is a new Bluetooth device, a new WiFi product or some other wireless device. With so many wireless standards, engineers need tools to accurately test the products they develop to ensure there is no interference, test the range, and other performance benchmarks. When you consider that many devices nowadays - especially mobile phones - have embedded WiFi, Bluetooth, and 2.5G/3G - sometimes using the same antenna and sometimes with multiple antennas - engineers have to make sure all the wireless specs can get along. That's why I thought I'd share this news release from Azimuth Systems where they are introducing their MIMO-ready radioproof enclosures.

RF Isolation Enclosures Facilitate Accurate Testing of Wi-Fi, Cellular, Bluetooth, WiMAX and Other Wireless Technology Products

ACTON, MA - November 14, 2005 - Azimuth Systems, Inc., the leading provider of Wi-Fi engineering test equipment, today announced the availability of new RF isolation enclosures that will facilitate the accurate testing of 4 x 4 multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) systems, as well as devices based on other wireless technologies.

Streaming live sports to mobile devices

November 9, 2005

Are you a sports addict? Wish you could view your favorite sports team on your mobile device? Well, SmartVideo Technologies and CSTV/College Sports Television have signed an agreement to deliver video and audio programming to mobile devices, such as cell phones, PDAs, etc.

Relatedly, I should mention that CBS announced on Nov. 3 the acquisition of CSTV Networks, Inc. I wonder if the CBS acquisition will have any impact on any sort of mobile TV streaming of any live CBS sporting events? You'd think a traditional broadcast company such as CBS would not support live Internet TV streaming or that they'd at least delay the Internet stream 20 minutes or so just so their traditional broadcast has a competitive advantage.

Motorola Razr V3i launches

November 8, 2005

Leveraging the world-wide success of the Motorola RAZR, Motorola revealed two new colors and two new versions of the popular handset. The Motorola RAZR V3i, RAZR in pink and blue and RAZR for the CDMA network with EV-DO are expected to be available in various regions in Q4 2005. These new updates to the popular RAZR were widely expected but there is no mention of any features added to the Motorola V3i such as having iTunes support. No doubt Verizon and Cingular will be selling these puppies very soon.

ITStarcom CDM-180 and Verizon

November 7, 2005

UTStarcom Personal Communications announced today the availability of the CDM-180 mobile cellular phone through Verizon Wireless. It's reasonably price at $69.99 (with two-year contract) has a unique landscape-formatted 1.8" TFT main display, camera, large keypads, and other features.

"It's Not Fat...It's Full-Featured" boast the advertisements for the latest wireless handset from UTStarcom Personal Communications, the CDM-180, this unique cellphone features a wider but shorter size and landscape oriented screen that they claim is easy-to-read.

"From TVs to computer screens, consumers are accustomed to a landscape view, and we think they'll quickly take to this new handset," said Philip Christopher, president of UTStarcom Personal Communications Division. "While as compact as traditional clamshell phones, the wider form factor feels great in your hand, is easy to dial and the horizontal screen is superb for text display and mobile gaming."

The CDM-180 is an all-digital CDMA, mobile web enabled handset that is compatible with Verizon Wireless' "GET IT NOW" services.





Nokia L'Amour mobile phones

October 21, 2005

BlackBerry maker RIM's shares halted after patent ruling

October 21, 2005

GIPS adds PCTEL to its growing portfolio

October 19, 2005

GIPS signs up yet another hardware manufacturer to use their remarkable voice engine used in Skype, Google Talk, and other VoIP solutions. PCTEL is going to use GIPS technology for to be used on mobile phones, PDAs, and PCs. PCTEL has licensed both the PPC and Symbian versions of GIPS VoiceEngine Mobile to be used in conjunction with PCTEL's Roaming Client family of products. My how far Global IP Sound has come since I did the first exclusive review of their GIPS voice engine on a Pocket PC back in 2003 - before most people even heard of GIPS.

"Our goal is always to provide the highest level of quality, ease of use and reliability available on the market-and GIPS's technology is clearly the best solution available today," said Biju Nair, vice president and general manager of PCTEL's Mobility Solutions Group."We are confident that GIPS VoiceEngine Mobile will allow us to provide the quality levels that our users have come to expect. GIPS and PCTEL have a long history together going back to PCTEL's modem days.

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