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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 17, 2008 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
Qualcomm Inc., the San Diego-based chip maker, will receive about $2.3 billion as part of a royalty-fight settlement with Nokia Corp., the world's leading maker of cellphones. The one-time payment, which Nokia made public Thursday when it reported third-quarter financial results, was roughly what analysts had expected since the two companies announced that they had reached an agreement in July. Qualcomm's shares gained $2.60, or 7%, to $38.89. Nokia's shares jumped $1.50, or 10%, to $16.57.
October 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
California Highway Patrol officials say they have issued more than 20,000 tickets over three months to drivers breaking the law by using a hand-held cellphone while driving. The CHP has issued more than 1,500 of those tickets in an area stretching from Modesto to Bakersfield, with Fresno police citing an additional 1,509 drivers. Despite the publicity surrounding the July 1 enactment of the law, CHP spokesman Tom Marshall says many drivers "still don't get it." The fine is $20 for the first offense, which with court costs adds up to $92 in Fresno County.
September 25, 2008 | Nancy Vogel and Michael Rothfeld, Times Staff Writers
California drivers chafing at the ban on holding cellphones can soon forget about texting, too: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has banned motorists from sending, writing or reading messages on electronic devices starting Jan. 1. Schwarzenegger signed legislation Wednesday that imposes a $20 fine for a first offense of texting while driving and a $50 fine for any subsequent violation.
September 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Research in Motion Ltd. captured more than 50% of the U.S. smart-phone market in the second quarter, up sharply from first-quarter levels, according to technology research firm IDC. Apple Inc., maker of the iPhone, and Palm Inc. both lost market share in the second three months of the year. The IDC numbers show that Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry wireless device, held 53.6% of the U.S. market for smart phones in the second quarter, up from 44.5% in the first quarter.
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.
August 29, 2008 | Alana Semuels
It must have been tough to be a delegate at the Democratic National Convention -- you had to know when to scream for Hillary Rodham Clinton, when to scream for Barack Obama and when not to scream. And then you had to learn the art of shaking hands and networking while listening for really important announcements about, for example, someone somewhere offering free pizza. Life may be easier if you have a swanky cellphone. At least, that's the marketing pitch a pack of companies made as they pushed their mobile-related products to the Democrats in Denver.
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