SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft at its Windows Phone Summit today presented a formal "preview" of the Windows Phone 8 operating system that will become the new heart of its smartphone strategy and, it hopes, the basis for increasing influence and clout in the smartphone market.
Both Qualcomm and InToTally are developing methods to make WCDMA voice more efficient so operators can wring out additional spectrum capacity to make room HSPA and HSPA+ data services.
Voice has become the Rodney Dangerfield of wireless. It no longer gets any respect as operators and customers alike focus on text and data services.
Circuit-switched voice is starting to seem so passé, but it's going to be around for quite awhile. That's why companies such as InToTally and Qualcomm are developing methods to make WCDMA voice more efficient so operators can wring out additional spectrum capacity to make room HSPA and HSPA+ data services.
Qualcomm is teaming with fast food chain Burger King for BK Mobile Crown Card, a pilot program enabling consumers to pay for their meal by scanning a QR code with their Apple iPhone or Google Android smartphone.
Sprint Nextel said it inked deals with Goodman Networks, Overland Contracting (a construction affiliate of Black & Veatch), Pyramid Network Services and WesTower Communications to decommission the company's iDEN network.
Dish Network said it struck a deal with Qualcomm to help it develop chipsets for wireless devices that could operate in both "terrestrial and satellite modes in the 2 GHz/AWS-4 band."
Though hamstrung by the bevy of frequencies upon which it will be deployed, LTE will nonetheless be available for globetrotters who need international roaming, said a Verizon Communications executive.
Dish Network Chairman Charles Ergen said that his company has inked a deal with Qualcomm for chipsets to support devices running on its LTE Advanced network, and that Dish is in the hunt for more partnerships.
Chipset manufacturers, faced with maturing markets and weaker economic conditions in the United States and Europe, are increasingly turning to low-cost smartphones in China to goose their sales.