December 5, 2007 |
Leap Wireless International Inc., operator of the Cricket and Jump mobile-phone services, said Tuesday that it planned to bid in a U.S. government auction of airwaves in January to expand its network. Leap will use a subsidiary to bid in the Federal Communications Commission auction, according to a regulatory filing from the San Diego-based company. Denali Spectrum License, a company in which Leap has a noncontrolling interest, also will bid, the company said.
December 1, 2007 |
They're the superheroes of the airwaves, invisible signals that can carry data faster than a speeding bullet, powerful enough to penetrate the thickest walls of homes and office buildings, able to leap long distances between transmission towers in a single bound. The federal government's decision to auction off this prime public spectrum next month could change the wireless world.
November 30, 2007 |
Verizon Wireless, the No. 2 U.S. mobile service, said Thursday that it planned to build a next-generation high-speed wireless network based on Long Term Evolution, or LTE, technology and to start trials next year. The move could eventually bring revenue to network equipment makers suffering from slower spending by carriers. But it is also seen as a blow to a rival technology developed by Qualcomm Inc. and to WiMax, an emerging wireless standard that Intel Corp. supports.
November 22, 2007 |
Like many professionals, Mark Stiffler spent countless hours surfing the Internet, typing e-mails and talking on a cellphone. The "wired" life took a toll. It made him edgy and disconnected. His dependence on high-technology began feeling much like addiction and, like many addictions, this one affected his personal relationships. "Many of us are wondering if technology is taking over," said Stiffler, who owns a Web development firm. He isn't alone in his concerns.
November 18, 2007 |
Britney does it. So does my boss. What about you? It's texting while driving: the insanely attention-diverting practice of typing out messages on cellphones while barreling down the highway. A law against it in California is set to go into effect in July, but it applies only to drivers under the age of 18. Guess that leaves Britney Spears in the clear. An abstinence campaign probably wouldn't have much of an effect either, given how common texting has become as a form of communication.
November 17, 2007 |
Google Inc. is considering bidding alone on coveted airwaves to launch a U.S. wireless network as a deadline nears to declare bidding plans, people familiar with the situation said. One source underscored that Google had made no decision as of Friday on whether it would bid with partners or on its own in the auction of 700-megahertz spectrum due to begin Jan. 24. Bidding could pit Google against top wireless carriers AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.
November 10, 2007 |
Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp. said Friday that they had canceled their plan to combine the high-speed wireless networks they are building. The breakup is a blow to Clearwire, which already has a network in some parts of the country based on the WiMax technology. Sprint's network, using the same technology, would have complemented Clearwire's coverage. Shares of Clearwire fell $4.54, or 25%, to $13.49 after sliding as low as $13.03, an all-time low. The Kirkland, Wash.
November 6, 2007 |
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 |
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.
November 3, 2007 |
Google Inc. will unveil its mobile strategy Monday, including a phone operating system and a broad alliance with multiple wireless service providers and handset vendors, people familiar with the matter said Friday. Sources said the Google mobile operating system would be based on open-source Linux code, which would 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.