Editor’s Word: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the highest headlines from the previous. Hearth up the time machine, placed on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the recollections!

Who’s afraid of Microsoft?

CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J.-Though Microsoft Corp. wields great energy and has made a number of main latest forays into the marketplace for mobile-phone software program, the wi-fi trade’s conventional handset producers can maintain on to their dominant place, in accordance with a brand new report from Probe Analysis. Lots of the trade’s main mobile-phone makers-including Nokia Corp., Motorola Inc. and others-have rallied across the Symbian working system, a direct competitor to Microsoft’s software program platforms. Symbian’s momentum may block Microsoft’s wi-fi performs, mentioned Dave Chamberlain, Probe’s wi-fi market analysis director. … Read more

SMS use exceeds web use in Europe

CANNES, France-GartnerG2, the analysis and advisory arm of Gartner Group, mentioned quick message service is doubtlessly a robust advertising instrument in Europe, with SMS use now exceeding Web use in Europe. In response to analysis the corporate introduced on the Gartner Symposium/Itxpo in Cannes, France, extra folks in Europe use SMS than e-mail and cell phones provide twice the attain of the PC Web. Sixty-two % of all adults in main European international locations now use a cell phone, in accordance with the analysis. Forty-one % use SMS, in contrast with 30 % that use the Web. Final 12 months, 28 % used SMS and 29 % used the Web. Nevertheless, Gartner mentioned the cell trade in Europe is obsessive about third-generation know-how and has forgotten customers. “The overwhelming majority of customers don’t know what their telephones are able to right this moment, not to mention what 3G is and why they need to have it,” mentioned Adam Daum, vice chairman and chief analyst at GartnerG2. “It doesn’t matter how good 3G is that if no person is aware of or understands what they will do with it.” … Read more

Hmmm, mmWave for gigabit mounted broadband

WASHINGTON-The Wi-fi Communications Affiliation Worldwide urged federal regulators to set guidelines by early 12 months for mounted wi-fi broadband service in higher millimeter wave spectrum that guarantees gigabit- per-second speeds. “I’m assured that the excessive pace wi-fi companies and backhaul enabled by this new spectrum will facilitate progress and unfold of further companies in license exempt spectrum,” mentioned Andrew Kreig, president of WCA. In June, the Federal Communications Fee proposed service guidelines to foster innovation of millimeter wave know-how within the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 92-95 GHz bands. “This creates a brand new paradigm in that there isn’t a shortage of spectrum inside any geographic areas,” mentioned Louis Slaughter, chief govt of Loea Communications Corp. “Each the federal government and the personal sector can co-exist inside the similar geographic space.” … Read more

Fancy telephones: Changeable covers! Downloadable ringtones!

LIBERTYVILLE, Sick.-Motorola Inc. unveiled 4 new handsets for Cingular Wi-fi L.L.C.’s GSM and TDMA networks in addition to T-Cellular USA Inc.’s GSM-only community. The pair of Cingular handsets contains the Motorola C331, which was co-designed by each corporations and shall be provided in each a GSM and TDMA model. The GSM model shall be appropriate with each the 850 MHz and 1.9 GHz spectrum bands, will embrace adaptive multi-rate vocoder know-how and GPRS capabilities. The TDMA model of the handset will embrace changeable back and front covers, rubber facet grips and downloadable ringtones. The clamshell A388 is offered in choose GSM markets and contains GPRS capabilities, messaging and private digital assistant options. The pair of handsets for T-Cellular contains the C332, which is appropriate with the service’s GSM, 1.9 GHz-only community. … Read more

Japan, Korea are the highest markets for digital camera telephones

BOSTON-Japan and Korea stay the highest markets for wi-fi digital camera telephones, in accordance with a 3rd quarter gross sales replace on mobile digital camera telephones revealed by Technique Analytics final week. 9.5 million embedded digital camera telephones have been offered worldwide within the first 9 months of 2002, in accordance with the report. The report additionally mentioned J-Telephone is the highest digital camera telephone operator and Sharp, which sells digital camera telephones operated by J-Telephone and NTT DoCoMo, is the highest digital camera telephone vendor. The analyst agency cites pay as you go and postpaid machine prices, machine range and poor community interoperability points as important success elements to the take-up of the know-how. … Read more

AT&T Wi-fi launches on-line billing

REDMOND, Wash.-AT&T Wi-fi Providers Inc. launched a web-based billing choice for its clients by means of the service’s Site eliminating the necessity for patrons to obtain a paper invoice by means of the mail. AT&T Wi-fi mentioned the service will permit clients to pay their payments on-line with a bank card or by means of an digital funds switch, choose new companies and alter private info. … Read more

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