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Mobile Phone SoftwareNovember 17, 2010

NFC Is Coming: No, Seriously

It’s been a long, long time since I last wrote about near-field communication, a technology that makes all kinds of mobile phone transactions possible. For the past couple of years, it’s been lying low in a number of international trials. But it never seemed to make any real progress in the United States. Until now.

Wireless Industry News11/16/2008

A World of Hurt for Nokia, and Everyone Else

Ouch: Nokia reported Friday that fourth quarter industry mobile phone sales would be far lower than expected – 20 million phones lower, to be exact. The company also painted a pretty bleak picture for the future, thanks to a certain global recession. Nokia didn’t give any hard numbers for 2009, other than to say that [...]

Mobile Phone Software11/11/2008

Mobile Millenium Gives You Traffic Reports, For Free*

*with participation. Sometime in February, Nokia and the University of California at Berkeley conducted a real-world traffic experiment using cars outfitted with Nokia N95s to see if GPS-enabled mobile phones could gather location data and pinpoint trafficky areas.

Wireless Industry News11/7/2008

Is Cell Phone Insurance Worth It?

A recent post by Jill at SquareTrade got me thinking about something I usually don’t: cell phone protection plans. I’ve never considered these plans and I’m pretty sure I never will. But I tend to baby my cell phone. And most people don’t…

Wireless Industry News10/31/2008

Global Market Share: The New Top 5

What with all the recession talk and lackluster earnings from phone makers, it wasn’t much of a surprise to hear that third quarter cell phone shipments fell 0.4% from the previous quarter (Q2), and gained a mere 3.2% compared to last year. But what was interesting, was the new rankings for global market share.

Wireless Industry News10/24/2008

MIT: The Future of NFC in Everyday Life

What would a future filled with NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology look like? The MIT Mobile Experience Lab attempted to answer this question with a short video and white paper. Video after the jump.

Wireless Industry News10/20/2008

Nokia Settles With Qualcomm for $2.28 Billion

The long and drawn-out war between two wireless giants has finally reached an end. Nokia and Qualcomm both agreed to drop all legal proceedings against each other, and sign a new licensing agreement that has Nokia paying a hefty sum for Qualcomm’s patents.

Wireless Industry News10/18/2008

Sony Ericsson’s Q3 2008 Earnings Report: Pretty Blah

Nokia’s 30% drop in profits doesn’t seem so bad compared to the woes still plaguing Sony Ericsson: the partnership reported a loss of 25 million euros, compared to a profit of 267 million euros last year, on sales of 25.7 million handsets.

Wireless Industry News10/17/2008

Nokia’s Q3 2008 Earnings Report: Definitely Not a Win

Sometime in September, Nokia announced that market share would fall in the third quarter, causing a virtual stock landslide (-11%). Well, the results are in, and yes, market share did fall, along with almost every other metric in the book. But Nokia stock still ended on a high note – some 9.6% higher than the [...]

Wireless Industry News10/15/2008

Report: Sprint Loses $29 Billion, Execs Get $74 million

Executive compensation is always a fun topic, and it turns out the latest chapter in the book of overpaid execs comes from Sprint Nextel, who just beat out 500 companies to win the award for Worst Pay-For-Performance.

Wireless Industry News10/7/2008

Nokia Snags EMI for Comes With Music, and More

The Big Four record companies. That’s Universal, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and EMI. And a couple of days ago, EMI became the last of the Big Four to join Nokia’s unlimited music downloading service, Comes With Music.

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