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October 9, 2012
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  • Verizon boosts enterprise mobility
    Verizon is enhancing its enterprise mobility capabilities to provide support to more devices, such as tablets and laptops, and a larger number of applications. It has also included deeper security options to protect data. The upgrade includes more Wi-Fi features for hot spot connectivity. The enterprise mobility features will be available to medium-size and large companies in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. ZDNet (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Frontier teams with AT&T
    Frontier Communications will resell wireless service from AT&T in select markets in New York and Washington states under a deal that will enable Frontier to provide a quad-play service to subscribers in rural areas. The telecom will offer a pair of Android phones as part of the service. "We are contemplating additional market expansion once we prove the concept's merit. Success criteria include unit sales, broadband inclusion and incremental revenue," Frontier's Don Banowetz said. (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • With StarStar Me, Sprint offers vanity phone numbers
    Sprint Nextel will let customers pick out a vanity phone number composed of five to 10 characters, becoming the first carrier to take part in Zoove's StarStar Me service. A $3-a-month fee will enable subscribers to get a combination of numbers that correspond to any available word or phrase. Sprint also said that it will recruit companies in the hospitality industry and certain retail sectors to resell its service -- working as mobile virtual network operators -- in a partnership that would link their loyalty programs to Sprint's data service. All Things D (10/8), GigaOm (10/8), (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Windows Phone 8 in high gear: AT&T pre-orders may begin Oct. 21
    AT&T will reportedly begin taking pre-orders for phones that run Windows Phone 8 software on Oct. 21, eight days before industry observers expect Microsoft to officially introduce the handsets. The phones will include the HTC 8X, Nokia's Lumia 920, Samsung's Ativ Smart PC and the Asus Vivo Tab RT. A Microsoft executive said the company expects that the estimated 3,000 mobile applications in its Window Store will mushroom to 100,000 within 90 days of the launch. CNET (10/8), ZDNet (10/8), CNET (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Brits pour $56 million into 5G research lab
    The University of Surrey will create the 5G Innovation Centre after receiving $56 million in grants from U.K. carriers, a group of telecom vendors and the government-backed UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. "The boundaries between mobile communication and the Internet are blurring, so the fifth generation is Internet on the move," said Rahim Tafozolli, a university professor and director of its Centre for Communications Systems Research. BBC (10/8), ZDNet (U.K.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Severed fiber cable disrupts Sprint network in West
    Sprint Nextel restored service Monday afternoon after an outage that affected three states and caused flight delays at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The wireless carrier, which blamed the blackout on a pair of severed fiber-optic cables, said it had restored service to Northern California, Oregon and Washington by 1:30 p.m. Pacific time, but not before the two airlines had canceled 70 flights. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reports: RIM may be readying new tablet; Google eyes 10-inch Nexus
    Research In Motion has withdrawn its PlayBook tablet from third-party online outlets, a move that led one analyst to suggest that the BlackBerry maker might be close to releasing a follow-up tablet. The PlayBook is still for sale on RIM's own website. In other tablet news, Google is reportedly working with Samsung Electronics to develop and co-brand a 10.1-inch tablet featuring a 2,560x1,600 display with pixels per inch of about 299, which would top the iPad's PPI resolution. CIO Asia/IDG News Service (10/9), CNET/Business Tech blog (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sofant designs tiny but powerful antenna
    Sofant Technologies said it has designed a 4-square-millimeter antenna designed to boost wireless signal quality fourfold and save 90% on battery consumption. Based at Scotland's Edinburgh University, researchers said they built an antenna that latches onto a single strong signal instead of searching constantly to find the most powerful one. It could take up to three years to bring the product to market, CEO Sergio Tansini said. Bloomberg (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • U.S. House panel, Huawei trade barbs over security worries
    The House Intelligence Committee said it would forward to the FBI evidence that Chinese gear maker Huawei could use its equipment to engage in espionage activities in the U.S. The panel, which strongly advised U.S. firms against importing products from Huawei and fellow Chinese firm ZTE, also alleged that Huawei had violated immigration and bribery laws. Huawei termed the allegations "little more than an exercise in China-bashing." In a related item, Cisco Systems reportedly has severed ties with ZTE after the company sold Cisco equipment to an Iranian mobile phone carrier. Network World (10/8), Network World (10/8), The Wall Street Journal (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • Watch IBM, Symantec and Zipcar Execs' LIVE Keynotes at MobileCON
    Today at 9:30-11 a.m. Pacific time, watch IBM's Senior Vice President of Global Business Services Bridget van Kralingen, Symantec's Chief Technology Officer Steve Trilling and Zipcar's Chairman and CEO Scott Griffith keynote remarks live from MobileCON in San Diego. MobileCON is the mobile IT and enterprise event designed specifically for the IT executive and professional. Watch the three days of keynotes live from MobileCON. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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