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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.
November 28, 2007 | DAVID LAZARUS
First people were allowed to take their phone numbers with them whenever they switched wireless providers. Now, Verizon Wireless is handing consumers greater clout by allowing them to use their own handsets, not just Verizon's, on the carrier's network. The surprise announcement Tuesday could force other wireless companies to follow suit, which in turn would spur carriers to compete more aggressively on pricing and service. This could lead to cheaper and more feature-packed cellphones.
November 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A rogue cellphone is not accepting calls, but it sure likes to dial 911 operators in eastern Iowa. Operators at the Black Hawk County Consolidated Communications Center said they received about 400 calls from the same cellphone last week and no one seems to be on the other end. Officials can't locate the phone but have figured out that it is an old type not currently associated with a cellphone provider.
November 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Walt Disney Co. will begin cellphone services in Japan in the spring by leasing a network from Softbank Corp., relying on the popularity of characters such as Mickey Mouse to win customers in the $81-billion market. The service will be branded Disney Mobile. Subscriber targets and details on price plans haven't been decided, said Softbank, Japan's third-largest wireless carrier. Burbank-based Disney will become the first reseller of both voice and data services in Japan.
November 6, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Google Inc. rules your computer. Now it wants to rule your mobile phone. After months of speculation, Google on Monday unveiled its vision to transform the wireless industry by making mobile phones as good for Web surfing as personal computers. Google and a consortium of 33 companies, including mobile- handset makers, phone carriers and other technology leaders, plan to offer free software to power mobile phones that will hit the market in the next six to 12 months.
November 5, 2007 | From Reuters
Google Inc. will unveil its mobile strategy today, including a phone operating system and a broad alliance with multiple wireless service providers and handset vendors, according to people familiar with the matter. Sources said the Google mobile operating system would be based on open-source Linux code, which will support applications from different software developers in addition to Google's own services, which include e-mail and mapping. Its partners include Sprint Nextel Corp.
October 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. are in "advanced talks" with Google Inc. about carrying a cellphone powered by the Web company's software, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal's online edition cited unnamed sources in reporting the talks Tuesday. The paper said Google was expected to announce within two weeks a set of software and services that cellphone makers could use.
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