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April 2, 2008 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
Money wiring is going wireless. Remittance giant Western Union Corp. said Tuesday that it was rolling out a service that would enable consumers in the U.S. to send money to relatives in Latin America using their cellular phones. Targeted at Latino immigrants and their families, the service aims to piggyback on the soaring popularity of mobile phones in the developing world by making it more convenient for customers to send and receive money. Global remittances surpassed $300 billion last year.
March 29, 2008 | From Reuters
Cuba said Friday that it would allow all Cubans to buy and use cellphones, the latest step by new President Raul Castro to improve access to consumer goods. Cuba has the lowest rate of cellphone use in Latin America. The service had been restricted to foreigners and government officials and employees. Cuban telecommunications monopoly ETECSA, a joint venture with Telecom Italia, said it would begin selling the service within days to people who have the hard currency.
March 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Sprint Nextel Corp.'s Boost Mobile, a service provider that targets young adults, began selling advertisements on its phones to bolster sales. Boost will initially display ads from News Corp.'s Fox Searchlight Pictures and Honda Motor Corp.'s Acura line. The promotions will appear in software for Internet access and music downloads.
March 18, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
UCLA's neuropsychiatric hospital has banned all cellphones and laptop computers after a patient posted group photos of other patients on a social networking website, officials confirmed Monday. Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, said in a statement that the decision was part of "UCLA Health System's ongoing efforts to enhance patient privacy and confidentiality in compliance with California's patient rights law."
February 20, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
If you've got an appetite for talking on mobile phones, major cellphone companies are ready to give you all you can eat. Three of the nation's largest mobile phone carriers said Tuesday that they would offer unlimited domestic calling for a flat $100 a month, raising the possibility of a price war and the likelihood that customers finally might be able to understand their bills. Verizon Wireless was the first to announce the new option early Tuesday, followed quickly by AT&T Inc.
February 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Viacom Inc.'s Paramount studio is starting a unit for delivering entertainment on mobile devices. Paramount said it had appointed executives to head the unit in North America, Asia and Europe.
February 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Qualcomm Inc. overtook Texas Instruments Inc. to become the largest maker of chips for mobile phones last year as customers used more of its semiconductors for devices that surf the Web and download videos. Sales of Qualcomm phone chips rose to $5.5 billion in 2007, compared with about $5 billion for Texas Instruments, which had dominated the market since the 1990s, said Will Strauss, an analyst at Forward Concepts Co. in Tempe, Ariz.
January 18, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
The purse may be the consummate accessory in New York, but in Los Angeles, where Hollywood deals are sealed while navigating traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway, the cellphone is the ultimate status symbol. Here are some that really get the cash register ringing. $28,000 to $171,550 GoldVish Illusion. For the jewelry lover who has everything, this diamond-encrusted phone comes in a solid 18-karat casing in yellow, rose or white gold with crocodile leather inlays available in 12 colors.
January 15, 2008 | From Blooomberg News
Apple Inc. may unveil a version of the iPhone for Canada as early as today, but China Mobile said Monday that talks over the launch of iPhone handsets in China had been called off. Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs may make the announcement about the iPhone for Canada during his speech at the Macworld conference in San Francisco, said RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky. Apple probably will outline an agreement with Rogers Communications Inc.
December 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Google Inc. added buttons to its home page for Apple Inc.'s iPhone so users can check e-mail, view their calendars and track blogs on a single site. The tabs appear at the top of Google's page where iPhone users go to search the Web. Previously, users had to go through more steps to switch between applications. Mountain View, Calif.-based Google is using the popularity of the iPhone and competing mobile devices to lure advertisers.
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