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There have been no eye-catching marketing events or even any anecdotal evidence to suggest that NTT DoCoMo's FOMA - the world's first third-generation wideband CDMA service - is yet on its way to becoming a Japanese social phenomenon to rival the once sensational i-mode, DoCoMo's exist...
In a recent interview, Jeff Goldman spoke with Dan Mattox of the Walt Disney World Resort's Information Services department, and found there's a lot more wireless behind Mickey Mouse than you might expect.
Because data cable runs are costly and disruptive in industrial settings, wireless alternatives, especially wireless Ethernet, are rapidly growing in popularity. As is often the case with new technology applications, there is a wide range of wireless Ethernet implementations on the mar...
As you've probably heard all too often by now, banner ads are a bust. With average click-through rates below 1% across the Web, advertisers have been turning to other ways to reach out with their messages. I don't know about you, but I never remember banner ads or anything about the ad...
Seeing, hearing, touching - as multimodality grabs hold, users of mobile applications worldwide will reap the benefits - and so will mobile operators. Mobile applications - whether Web or voice - are still struggling to make inroads with the majority of mobile subscribers, both en...
From recording temperature fluctuations in caves to tracking components for warranty claims, the portable power of Palm handhelds, combined with the tiny iButton, offers an affordable, highly mobile solution that's easy to use. During the week, Pete Lindsley works as an electrical eng...
Mesh technology is taking broadband wireless into markets and applications that were unthinkable just a few years ago.
'American Idol' appears to be the first major television production in the U.S. to capitalize on a target audience that falls into the category of 'technology-savvy youth.' By all accounts, the results are impressive. By April 9, AT&T was able to claim their one millionth vote via text...
Anticipation is a key factor in figuring out what will happen in the wireless industry over the next couple of years. As entertainment migrates to the handset, it's predicted that revenues from games on mobile phones will reach $6 billion by 2005. How? Many questions remain, but there ...
An alternative to inefficient paper-based systems enables field employees to use PDAs to check on marketing displays and track product inventory at retail stores. The major ROI for vendors is more accurate service and up-to-the-minute marketing information on any location, at any time....
Is the cap lift equally capable of improving QoS and making carriers more profitable? Or only the latter? Unfortunately, we may not know until the smoke clears whether the consumers, the carriers, or both are the winners. On November 8, 2001, the FCC began a gradual lift of the spectru...
From the development of the first wireless package tracking system in the transportation industry more than 20 years ago to today's cutting- edge technologies such as Bluetooth and 802.11, FedEx continues to rely on wireless solutions to enhance delivery and improve customer service.
Applications such as voice-activated dialing, voice portals, handsfree conferencing, and others are not a panacea. They won't fully support a crippled industry. They will, however, help it to regain its feet.
'Empowering people through great software ­ anytime, anyplace, and on any device' is Microsoft's vision. Literally. Long accused of using its dominant position in the desktop software market to repel innovative competitors, some are wary of Microsoft's ventures in the mobile industry ­...
AT&T Wireless is due to start selling Java-enabled handsets this month and, if service planners at Redmond headquarters are smart, they'll take a note or two from the 'i-Appli' Java ecosystem created by investor NTT DoCoMo in Japan. Here, Java has become a major success story, and ...
The government of the District of Columbia is embarking on a major revamp of its communications technologies as one of many steps to improve its level of service, specifically emergency services, to its residents.
In what is claimed to be the largest outbound SMS campaign to date in the U.S., Levi's took the plunge into mobile marketing. In a 'hunt the clue' style campaign, Levi's offered a pair of diamond-encrusted jeans that consumers could win by visiting the Levi's Web site, and answering qu...
Enhanced 911, usually called 'E911,' is technology that offers an abundance of solutions for safety and security problems. Prompted by federal law, cellphone companies must provide accurate technology to their handsets so that callers' locations can be identified in emergencies - wheth...
From improving dispatch to avoiding traffic to locating on-road services to improving customer service, wireless solutions are enabling even small trucking companies to compete efficiently. While the media is rife with articles about how wireless technology will impact consumers, littl...
The mobile gaming industry is relatively embryonic. It's at an early stage of evolution where fundamental strategies for success are coarsely defined. Its clear dissimilarity from other rising markets is that it's a marriage of two extremely successful industries. Established digital g...
Some people think outdoor ads clutter the landscape. I couldn't help but notice the vast array of billboards for dot-com companies along California's Highway 101 a few years ago. I didn't mind them, but then again, I was into the whole dot-com thing. Now most of them have been replaced...
Traditionally a consumer player, VoiceStream is shifting its focus toward the enterprise with new sales approaches, devices, and data applications. It used to be that the only time you heard anything about VoiceStream, it was through the company's spokeswoman, Jamie Lee Curtis.
The hallmark of wireless communications to date has been constant technological evolution. First there were analog technologies such as AMPS and NMT, then came the transition to digital with GSM - which in turn is evolving with technologies such as GPRS.
It could help improve the safety of vessels at sea. It could help with fighting terrorism. Doug Cline is a man with a mission: to introduce wireless vessel tracking to the maritime world. Here WBT talks to Cline and his associates on the Foresight Project and learns that, while it may ...
Nextel is building on its industrial voice service success with a broad professional data service that features 30 new J2ME applications, with 20 more in the works. Starting with several choice partnerships and customers old and new, it is now set up to deliver tailored mobile data...
Java's back: after spending seven years wandering around the wilderness of Web browsers (where it gave us applets) and servers (where it's had a little more success, with servlets and JavaServer Pages entrenched as a serious platform for dynamic content), it's returned to its roots as ...
The latest International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report on the state of world telecommunications revealed that seven of the world's ten most profitable telecom companies are in Asia.
Wireless technology has changed the very bedrock of effective production and supply management. Managers and staff can now easily monitor where a product is, where it came from, when it left the warehouse, and when it will get to the supplier, not to mention how much it cost to make it...
Cryptography is a wonderful thing. Long keys and well-designed algorithms mean that even the most determined government is unlikely to be able to break your encrypted messages. However, every encryption system has one weak point: Where and how do you store your keys? Most encryption so...
DoCoMo, which started the world's first W-CDMA service in October, has pursued a strategy of taking minority investments in overseas carriers to build a family of mobile phone companies throughout the world using the same 3G mobile phone technology. So far, it has not been a resoundi...
The wireless Internet has become a way of life for Japanese consumers. What will it take to create a similar experience for North American users? NTT SOFT thinks they have the answer and they have set up an ambitious plan to achieve their goals. Over the past decade, NTT's wireless div...
Until recently, the mobile marketing industry was too embryonic to be noticed. Its explosive growth in Europe over the past nine months has now shown SMS-based marketers that they have a fantastic opportunity to talk to their prospects and bases on a one-to-one basis.
Europe is seeing a new order coming to fruition as the Net we know begins to detach itself from the PC and migrate to the mobile world. With this migration, developers are faced with new trials, and marketers, with fresh challenges. What they share is the lack of common standards aroun...
Here's how system provisioning can provide a way for carriers and device manufacturers to introduce new capabilities for handsets after they've been deployed in the field, ensuring the most up-to-date services without incurring high costs.
Incucomm Consulting, located in Richardson, Texas, has recently completed comprehensive market research on mobile enterprise solutions. The results show that enterprise customers expect to greatly expand their spending for mobility, but want to see some very specific features as well a...
Tibet, the poorest province in China, has the highest ARPU for China Mobile. A poor Beijing student from the province of Hubei walks around with the latest Samsung color-screen GPRS Java-enabled phone. Construction workers climb high-rises while talking on Nokia phones. China is the la...
By banding together via aggregators, lots of smaller companies can make a proposition the operators can't ignore. One of the most frustrating experiences for mobile content or service providers is negotiating a profitable channel to market with mobile operators. The negotiation process...
Apparently for Siemens Mobile Acceleration, the time to jumpstart the U.S. market for innovative mobile solutions is now. Contrary to the regressive trends in Silicon Valley, Siemens sees an opportunity to stimulate the environment for innovative new products serving network operators,...
WAP was first launched commercially in the UK during late 1999, by Orange. Since then, all the other UK MNOs have followed suit with their support, and despite the widespread panning WAP has taken in the press, there are now in the realm of 1-million WAP subscribers in the UK - not too...
As a developer of mobile applications, it's easy to see that the new Mobile Services can be beneficial in helping to create much better adoption of wireless applications. However, I feel that two huge barriers will have to be removed in order to make this a success. Americans still ...


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