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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.
July 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The fees that cellphone carriers charge customers who break service contracts took a big hit when a judge said such charges by Sprint Nextel Corp. probably violate California law. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Bonnie Sabraw, in a tentative ruling issued late Monday, said Sprint would have to pay $18.3 million to customers who sued over the fees and credit $54.8 million to those who were charged but did not pay the fees.
July 19, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Mobile-phone maker Motorola Inc. sued a former executive now working for Apple Inc., accusing him of disclosing its trade secrets to aid in the marketing of Apple's iPhone. Michael Fenger left Motorola in March as vice president for the company's mobile-device business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is now Apple's vice president for global iPhone sales, according to a complaint. "He was privy to the pricing, margins, customer initiatives . . .
July 10, 2008 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
When the new iPhone goes on sale Friday, Apple Inc. will also launch an online software store peddling a potpourri of programs such as games, pedometers, tip calculators and language translators for the device. The company hopes that by enabling buyers to transform the phone into a personalized electronic Swiss Army knife of sorts, it can boost sales. "We live in a post-modern world of fragmented preferences," said Shiv Bakhshi, an analyst at research firm IDC.
June 30, 2008 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
YOU KNOW the shot: Seen from above, the hero (or villain) is hurtling down the freeway, top down, one hand on the wheel and the other clutching a cellphone to his ear. It's Hollywood's image of how deals are made, dates are broken and gossip is shared, at 65 miles per hour. On Tuesday, that shot will be history. California motorists -- as well as those in Washington state, where a similar law was recently passed -- will be prohibited from talking on hand-held cellular phones while driving.
June 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission laid out a plan Thursday to regulate the fees that cellular phone companies charge consumers for canceling their contracts early. FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin's proposal was similar to an industry plan put forward last month. Martin, speaking at a public hearing, criticized the fees, saying that "in practice, it can leave people locked into a service that they really want to leave."
June 8, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
As of July 1, a police officer can pull you over and give you a ticket for DWT -- Driving While Talking. On a cellphone, that is, if it's held up to your ear. Talking on cellphones in cars will still be allowed (otherwise, life as we know it in Southern California would come to a halt), but drivers must use a hands-free device while gabbing, according to a California law ratified in 2006 and finally about to take effect. The law applies to drivers 18 and older.
May 22, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
President Bush on Wednesday announced a loosening of U.S. restrictions that will allow Cuban Americans to send cellphones to family members in Cuba. Speaking in the White House East Room in a celebration marking the first "Day of Solidarity With the Cuban People," Bush said it was up to the Cuban government to decide whether it would allow its citizens to receive the phones. Administration officials argued that the relaxed restrictions on trade with the Cuban people did not represent a weakening of the long embargo on trade with Cuba.
May 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Apple Inc.'s iPhone is sold out at its online stores in the U.S. and Britain, a sign that a new model with faster Internet access may be introduced soon. The shortage suggests Chief Executive Steve Jobs is readying a new model, which may be unveiled during his speech at Apple's developer conference June 9, Piper Jaffray & Co. analyst Gene Munster said.
May 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Leap Wireless International Inc., operator of the Cricket and Jump pay-as-you-go mobile-phone services, reported a narrower first-quarter loss after adding more customers. The San Diego-based company said its loss shrank to $18.1 million, or 27 cents a share, from $24.2 million, or 36 cents, a year earlier. Sales advanced 19% to $468.4 million as Leap added a net 230,000 customers in the quarter. Shares of Leap rose $4.38 to $54.48.
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