Friday, October 13, 2006

The Week in Wireless, October 13, 2006

  • Sprint Nextel raised the price of its text messages from 10 cents to 15 cents, which means that—because the carrier changed its service pricing—Sprint Nextel subscribers can cancel their contracts without incurring early-termination fees. Sprint Nextel said it increased the price “due to a rise in the cost of offering the service.” You read that right—the price for mobile TV is falling but the cost of text messaging is on the rise.
  • Google acquired YouTube, and they’re calling the combination “GoogTube.” I wish we could get funny-name combinations like this in wireless, but “Crown Signal” or “Global Castle” just doesn’t cut it. The best I ever heard in wireless was “Sextel” (Sprint and Nextel).
  • Hiptop vendor Danger announced Australian carrier Telstra will sell its neato, swivel-screen gadget. All you Australian Paris Hilton fans, rejoice! Right now I’m picturing Crocodile Dundee with a Hiptop, and I am happy.
  • Hook Mobile introduced a new cross-carrier MMS application that allows players to collect and trade “mobile trading cards” of contestants from the CBS reality TV show “Survivor.” And I thought collecting baseball cards was a waste of time … Yikes. Of course, if Hook Mobile were to offer a “mobile trading card” game for “Magic: The Gathering,” I would be all over that, yo. And if you ever want to challenge me to a “Magic: The Gathering” tournament I will totally rule your world, yo, because my “Magic: The Gathering” deck is the bomb! Fo shizzle.
  • Samsung is going to sell a 10-megapixel camera phone. I think I speak for everyone when I say: Finally! Sheesh, could it have taken them any longer to release a 10-megapixel camera phone? I mean, I’ve been waiting for a 10-megapixel camera phone for, like, ever. My 9-megapixel camera phone just seems so obsolete.
  • Check out this press release from NeoMedia Technologies. In it, the company said that its mobile marketing subsidiary 12snap “has started the second half of fiscal 2006 with ‘solid revenues from major client customers,’ both involved in national soccer promotional programs delivered via mobile phones.” Now, the strange part about this press release is that they put the phrase “solid revenues from major client customers,” in quotes—I didn’t add them. Why would you add quotes to your own press release? I think they did it because 12snap is “awesome.”
  • Cingular is hosting a “Cingular Messaging Awards” event, where wireless users can send in witty text messages, funny self portraits or videos of their hottest dance moves to win. (Win what? I have no idea.) I would very much like to submit my entries for each of these categories, but I suspect all the things that I want send in to this event are probably too … inappropriate. But isn’t that always the case with stuff that’s really funny?
Source: RCR

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