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Wireless Makers Work Out Deal for Faster Net

Royalty agreement may lead to better networks, speedier browsing

(Newser) - Big wireless equipment companies have worked out a royalty deal allowing for the adoption of new technology that should speed up the wireless web. The companies have agreed to limit the royalties they charge each other for patents related to a technology called long-term evolution, or LTE, reports the Wall ...

New Phones Compete With Software, Not Hardware

Applications and entertainment options more important than iPhone's aesthetics

(Newser) - The iPhone may have buzz, Wired writes, but the smartphone market is deviating from the model of Apple’s “Jesus phone,” particularly in the software area. Wary of Apple’s restrictive software development policies, Wired pegs the Nokia N95, with an open source application platform, as more influential...

Icahn Wins: Motorola Will Spin Off Mobile Unit

Company says it will spin off foundering mobile unit that's lost $1.2 billion

(Newser) - Motorola blinked in its showdown with billionaire investor Carl Icahn, announcing this morning it will spin off the foundering mobile-device division that lost $1.2 billion last year and has seen its share of the mobile phone market shrink from 22% to 12%, reports Bloomberg. Moto’s stock rose 6....

Phone Makers Chase Fickle Customers
Phone Makers Chase Fickle Customers

Phone Makers Chase Fickle Customers

Execs obsess over consumer wants, 'subliminal' needs

(Newser) - With the cellphone industry increasingly hit-driven, phone designers are plumbing the consumer psyche through cultural experts and focus groups, reports the New York Times. "Our job is to be behaviorists and psychologists," says an exec. Competition has heated up as consumers buy—and discard—phones at an ever-faster...

GPS Phone Outwits Live Tour Guide
GPS Phone Outwits Live Tour Guide
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GPS Phone Outwits Live Tour Guide

CNET impressed by Nokia Navigator's Barcelona knowledge

(Newser) - Next time you strike out for the territory, you might be better served by Nokia’s new Maps 2.0 service than by a real live tour guide. CNet’s Marguerite Reardon literally road-tested the pedestrian GPS service at a Barcelona conference, taking to the Gothic Quarter’s labyrinthine alleys...

India Rolls Out $20 Cell Phone
India Rolls Out $20 Cell Phone

India Rolls Out $20 Cell Phone

The bare-bones 'people's phone' aimed at the half of Indians who have no mobile

(Newser) - On the heels of India’s $2,400 car comes its $20 mobile handset, the “people’s phone,” the Times of London reports. It has no smart features—not even a screen. “It is just a phone,” says the chairman of Spice Mobile, the phone’s...

Windows Mobile Bandwagon Gets Bigger
Windows Mobile Bandwagon Gets Bigger

Windows Mobile Bandwagon Gets Bigger

Sony Ericsson joins; only Nokia holds out

(Newser) - Sony Ericsson will join most of the world’s other top cell phone makers in offering a smartphone based on the Windows Mobile operating system, leaving only industry leader Nokia without a Windows Mobile version. The first of the company’s new phones, called the “Xperia X1,” will...

Corporations Share Green Tech Patents

IBM, Nokia, Sony and Pitney-Bowes join the new Eco-patent Commons

(Newser) - IBM tops the list of companies donating patents to a group that aims to help businesses produce greener products by sharing eco-friendly technology. Big Blue has promised 27 patents to the Eco-patent Commons; Nokia, Sony and mail equipment maker Pitney-Bowes will also donate, reports PC World. Shared patents will be...

Nokia Divides Itself to Focus on Mobile Net

New corporate structure emphasizes services and software

(Newser) - Furthering its plans to transform into a mobile Internet company, Nokia has announced a corporate reorganization into three divisions: devices, software and services, and markets. It’s the focus on software and services, Fortune writes, that’s exceptional for the world’s largest phone manufacturer, and signals the seriousness of...

Nokia Wins Big on Luxe Phones
Nokia Wins Big on Luxe Phones

Nokia Wins Big on Luxe Phones

Decked-out cell phones seen as status symbol for mega-rich

(Newser) - Nokia is enjoying increasing success with its Vertu subsidiary, a maker of luxury cellphones, as a super expensive phone becomes a status symbol for the mega-rich. Der Spiegel reports that Vertu phones, which come diamond- or gold-encrusted, make the iPhone look absolutely pedestrian with a price range from $6,500...

In 'Smartphone Valley,' Telecom Boom Calls

Computing birthplace draws new industry to Californian shores

(Newser) - Silicon Valley is being reborn as a telecom hub, as phone companies jockey for computing technology and battle to compete with Apple and Google. Nokia, which opened a major research center in Palo Alto last year, has named its first Golden State-based technology chief. It's one of several firms rushing...

Nokia's New Portal Takes On Tech's Biggest

New Ovi.com platform will go head-to-head with likes of Google

(Newser) - Nokia has announced bold plans to move beyond mobile phones and compete head-on with big tech and Internet names like Apple, Google and Microsoft, PC World reports. Its Ovi.com site will act as a gateway to all of its music, photo-sharing and games services: "Ovi" is the Finnish...

Garmin Drops Out of Tele Atlas Bidding

GPS maker's shares soar after allowing rival TomTom to acquire map provider

(Newser) - Garmin, the world’s top GPS producer, dropped its $3.3 billion bid for mapmaker Tele Atlas yesterday, allowing rival TomTom to seal the deal. That may prove a long-term disadvantage for Garmin, but investors love the non-deal, sending shares up 16%, their best gain in five years. “There’...

Legal Woes Haunt Qualcomm
Legal Woes Haunt Qualcomm

Legal Woes Haunt Qualcomm

Battles with Nokia and Broadcom take toll on stock despite record results

(Newser) - Qualcomm reported record sales and profits for its 2007 fiscal year, but if its executives thought that would please a jittery Wall Street, they were wrong, as shares fell in after hours trading. The Financial Times reports the company is in a long-running and costly multinational legal battle with Nokia,...

No Warner Content for Nokia Music Site

Music withheld over illegal download concerns

(Newser) - The latest music copyright battle has pitted Warner Music against Nokia. Warner refuses to sell its tunes through the new Nokia Music Store website, on grounds that another Nokia service, the file-sharing site Mosh, enables swapping of copyrighted material, the Wall Street Journal reports. Music from Universal, Sony BMG, and...

Dial in Style This Fall
Dial in Style This Fall

Dial in Style This Fall

You don't have to own an iPhone to hang with the handset in-crowd—just check out these babies

(Newser) - Don't let iPhone users have all the fun—other manufacturers are coming out with slick little products that have some nice features of their own.  PC World finds the top five worthy of your attention:
  1. Sprint Touch: Touch screen features give it an iPhone like feel—only simpler.
  2. Samsung
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Mergers Can't Keep Telecom From Free Fall

As multiple companies post losses, problems spread across sector

(Newser) - This quarter was supposed to see the start of a fightback for the beleaguered telecommunications industry. But the bad news keeps coming: Ericsson has warned investors to prepare for a sharp drop in profits, Nokia is still losing money and firing thousands of workers, and Alcatel-Lucent is already seeking a...

Nokia Profits Soar 85% on Popular New Models

Market share grows to give company biggest lead ever against competitors

(Newser) - The world's biggest maker of mobile phones announced an 85% increase in third-quarter profits today, topping analysts' estimates on the strength of popular new models. Nokia Oyj increased its already dominant market share to 39%, from 36% last year, giving the Finnish company more of the pie than its three...

Nokia Targets Apple with Anti-iPhone Ads

Campaign blasts recent update that shut down modified handsets

(Newser) - Nokia, seeing Apple vulnerable on the issue of iPhone mods, is throwing down the gauntlet in a new ad campaign proclaiming its N95 phone "open to anything," and recommending that users "load it up" with third-party apps and mods. The ads respond to Apple's draconian iPhone update,...

Nokia Buys Map Software Firm
Nokia Buys Map Software Firm

Nokia Buys Map Software Firm

Deal seen as move to boost use, fend off iPhone with more location-based services

(Newser) - Nokia announced it would buy Navteq, a mapping and navigation software maker, for $8.1 billion, the New York Times reports. Nokia is trying to bring mapping and other location-based services to cellphones in an attempt to combat sliding sales from handset market saturation and compete with Apple's iPhone, which...

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