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March 29, 2012
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  • AT&T will back Nokia's Lumia with record campaign
    AT&T has vowed to back Nokia's Windows-based Lumia 900 with an aggressive marketing campaign that will be bigger than even its iPhone efforts. "At all levels, this is a notch above anything we've ever done," AT&T device head Jeff Bradley said in an interview after it was revealed that the carrier would sell the smartphone for $99 starting on April 8. Besides launching a massive television ad campaign, AT&T will make the Lumia its centerpiece at retail outlets. CNET/Crave blog (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dell shelves smartphone efforts in U.S. market -- for now
    Dell says it has canceled its Venue and Venue Pro handset products, effectively exiting the U.S. smartphone market, although the company says it plans to announce more mobile products this year. It will continue selling the products in India and South Korea, and others in China and Japan. One analyst says the company may be attempting to start fresh in the sector. PCWorld/IDG News Service (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Behind the Apple-Android patent wars
    Apple founder Steve Jobs reportedly was actively involved in launching a litigation strategy to rein in what the company saw as the use of Apple features on Android phones. Rather than target Google for litigation, Apple went after vendors that produced Android-powered devices, such as Samsung and HTC. The strategy frequently pits Apple against its own business partners, according to this article. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Marketing 
  • Publishers experiment with mobile-ad systems
    When it comes to mobile-ad infrastructures, publishers are not limiting themselves to one vendor option. Almost half have tried DART for Mobile, one survey found, while 41% have gone with AdMarvel, 34% have tested Mocean and 19% have worked with Nexage. "There is a heck of a lot of experimentation going on," said Joy Liuzzo of InsightExpress, which conducted the survey. "When you see this much experimentation, it is indicative that folks are interested in learning." MediaPost Communications/Mobile Marketing Daily (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • GM eyes smartphone app to take over car navigation system
    A $50 smartphone application could eventually take the place of a vehicle's dashboard navigation system, General Motors said Wednesday in disclosing that it would release an app, called GoGo Link, that will project onto a touch screen. The driver-controlled display, which will feature maps and provide audio directions via iPhone and Android software, will debut this year on Chevrolet's 2013 Spark and Sonic subcompact models. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.)/The Associated Press (free registration) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Study: Flaws in billing systems cost carriers $58 billion last year
    Inadequate billing practices and technology cost carriers more than $58 billion worldwide last year, Juniper Research says in a study that points to the explosive output of traffic generated by a multitude of new devices. "The systems in place now can't identify accurately how this traffic is being processed," said Windsor Holden, the study's co-author. The estimate represents more than 6% of the industry's total revenue. VentureBeat (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Spotlight is on RIM's CEO as earnings report nears
    Analysts hope to get a better sense today of how newly installed CEO Thorsten Heins intends to pull Research In Motion out of its slide. The BlackBerry-maker reports financial results after the markets close, and Wall Street is predicting a glum account, with Zacks Investment Research projecting sharply lower earnings. The Wall Street Journal (3/28), Bloomberg (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • EU lawmakers agree on plan for lower roaming fees
    European Union lawmakers have agreed on a framework that will result in lower cellphone roaming costs for consumers under a compromise between the European Commission and the Parliament that the legislative body is expected to approve in May. The deal split the difference between the EC's proposal and the Parliament's more aggressive plan. Reuters (3/28), Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • CTIA letters to FCC and NTIA on implementation of spectrum legislation
     
    After our spectrum victory last month, CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent sent letters to the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, calling on them to work jointly to conduct auctions of broadcast television spectrum and 30 MHz of additional spectrum in time to meet the National Broadband Plan's goal of bringing 300 MHz of spectrum to market by 2015. For the FCC's consideration, the letter also offers proposed timelines for conducting these auctions, highlighting the importance of moving quickly in order to meet the National Broadband Plan's goals and to address the well-recognized spectrum needs of U.S. consumers. To read the letters and proposed timelines for conducting these auctions, visit the CTIA Blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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