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March 17, 1995
A man was arrested Thursday after sheriff's deputies raided his home and seized 15 illegally cloned cellular telephones and the laptop computer used to program them, officials said. Patrick Ray, 21, was taken into custody without incident at his apartment in the 600 block of Bonita Avenue and was being held on $25,000 bail, the deputies said. Ray may be responsible for cellular phone company losses of "close to a million dollars," Sgt. Steve Biagini of the sheriff's Temple City station said.
October 2, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
State prison officials have confiscated 4,130 contraband cellphones this year, more than all those seized in the previous three years combined, according to an internal report released Thursday. The findings sparked concern among legislators that the proliferation of cellphones in state lockups is a growing security problem. More than 100 illegal phones were discovered at the California Institution for Men in Chino, including 10 in August, according to the report from Matthew Cate, head of the state prisons system.
December 11, 1990 | From Associated Press
GM Hughes Electronics has developed technology it says will increase the capacity of cellular phone systems fifteen-fold--a boon to overcrowded systems in cities such as New York and Los Angeles. The entrance of the General Motors Corp. subsidiary into the race for the next-generation cellular technology appears promising, but it will only increase an industry battle over which system eventually will be used, industry analysts said. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Assn.
June 23, 2009 | Alex Pham and David Sarno
A thirst among shoppers for stylish cellphones that can do more than make calls and take grainy snapshots has helped Apple Inc. ring up sales of more than 1 million units of its high-end iPhone 3G S just three days after the device went on sale, the company reported Monday. "Even with a down economy, food, shelter, clothing and now smart phones are becoming an essential part of people's lives," quipped Ken Dulaney, an analyst at Gartner Inc.
January 1, 1989 | DAN BIERS, Associated Press
The rage of Hong Kong these days is easy to spot. Just look for the tiny antennas, the telltale sign of the portable telephones so many people are carrying wherever they go. Despite price tags of $2,000 or more, the hand-held telephones have become a huge hit in this British colony, where doing business is a 24-hour preoccupation and new status symbols are always in demand. Downtown streets are filled with professionals ready for business, with the cellular phones tucked under their arms or stuffed, antenna-up, into briefcases.
December 28, 1987 | TRACY THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Demand for cellular telephones has grown rapidly since their introduction four years ago--the number of cellular users nationally has now surpassed the 1-million mark. There are now two companies serving Southern California--PacTel Cellular and Los Angeles Cellular. PacTel's system, covering Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, is the nation's largest in terms of the number of cell sites, covering more than 9,200 square miles.
Odetics Inc. announced new technology Tuesday that can send video images over cellular telephones, opening the way for new uses of the long-distance video technology in markets such as remote monitoring and security. The Anaheim company said the video communications technology can transmit black-and-white or color images of a scene from a security camera to a monitor elsewhere. "Odetics will not live or die on the success of this technology," said David Lewis, an Odetics vice president.
When comic strip hero Dick Tracy needed to call the police chief, he never bothered rifling through his pockets for loose change. The famous detective simply pushed a few buttons on his two-way wrist radio and, voila , he had headquarters on the line. The comic strip's creators could not have known just how sophisticated telephone communications would become in the 1990s.
Taking global telecommunications a giant step forward, Motorola Inc. is expected to unveil plans today for a $2-billion network of orbiting satellites to provide cellular telephone service to remote stretches of the planet.
June 8, 1990
Motorola Inc. has signed a $5-million contract to provide cellular telephones toHungary. Motorola said the deal makes it the first company to supply mobile phones in EasternEurope.
June 6, 2009 | David Colker and Michelle Maltais
Ladies and gentlemen, weighing in at 4.79 ounces, is the new contender for Coolest Phone in the Universe -- the Palm Pre. Can the Pre, which goes on sale today, beat the 4.78-ounce reigning champion, the Apple iPhone? Here's a comparison of the two phones' major features: -- Price Both phones have a basic cost of $199, but the Pre requires a payment of $299 upfront with a $100 mail-in rebate. Winner: Tie, as long as you don't mind waiting for the Palm rebate.
May 5, 2009 | Alana Semuels
For the moment, Apple Inc.'s iPhone has been unseated from its throne. Research in Motion's BlackBerry Curve replaced the iPhone as the best-selling smartphone among consumers in the first quarter, the NPD Group said Monday. The iPhone came in second, with two other BlackBerry models -- the Storm and the Pearl -- right behind.
February 16, 2009 | Alana Semuels
Get ready for a week of phone porn. The Mobile World Congress, the cellphone industry's version of the Consumer Electronics Show, kicks off in Barcelona, Spain, today. Thousands of mobile-industry professionals will converge on the city to show off new gear, announce previously secret products and try to convince one another that the sector will weather the economic downturn. Research group Strategy Analytics predicted last month that the global mobile phone market would shrink 9% in 2009.
February 15, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Verizon Wireless has started selling a device that boosts cellphone signals in a home for $250, making it easier for people to rely solely on wireless. The Verizon Wireless Network Extender is a device known as a femtocell and needs to be connected to a broadband Internet line. It then acts like a miniature cellular tower, listening for signals from a subscriber's cellphone. It covers up to 5,000 square feet. Verizon, the nation's largest carrier, is following in the footsteps of Sprint Nextel Corp.
January 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Shares of Leap Wireless International Inc. and MetroPCS Communications Inc. tumbled after Sprint Nextel Corp. said it would introduce an unlimited-calling plan to compete with the pay-as-you-go wireless carriers. The Boost Mobile program will include unlimited calls and text messages for $50 a month starting Thursday, Sprint said. Leap and MetroPCS also offer unlimited plans at $50 a month. Leap shares fell $2.47 to $25.23. MetroPCS dropped $2.10 to $13.87. Sprint Nextel rose 2 cents to $2.29.
January 7, 2009 | DAVID SARNO
Not long after I returned from a recent trip to Canada, I was surprised to find a $400 cellphone bill in the mailbox. This seemed odd because I'd made only two phone calls when I was there, the longer one for 15 minutes. But when I looked closer at the breakdown, I saw what was going on. It wasn't I who'd been making dozens of long-distance calls back to the States -- it was the phone itself. While I thought my iPhone was sitting "unused" in my jacket, it had been constantly checking my e-mail for 72 straight hours.
February 25, 1999 | Jason Kandel, (714) 564-1038
The Police Department gave 30 city letter carriers cellular telephones this week as part of a partnership between the department and the U.S. Postal Service. The phones are programmed with an emergency number; if a letter carrier notices a crime in progress, he or she is to call that number and police will be dispatched. Each letter carrier received training from police on spotting potential crimes.
December 24, 2008 | BLOOMBERG NEWS
Google Inc., owner of the world's most-used search engine, is giving employees cellphones instead of cash gifts this year as it reins in costs during the recession, according to a person familiar with the matter. About 85% of workers will get a handset powered by Google's Android operating system as a holiday gift, said the person, who asked not to be identified. Google handed out $1,000 cash gifts to most employees last year.
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