Florida-based VoIP Inc. has launched a trial version of what it claims is the first-ever private network 911 service for Internet telephony. The company expects to bring the service to market in October.
Access Co., maker of the NetFront Internet browser for mobile devices, is buying California-based software maker PalmSource for $324 million. The acquisition is part of Access' broader strategy to diversify its product offerings for the mobile market. Palm is best known for making the operating system that runs nearly 40 million PDAs, smart phones and other handheld devices.
The total number of people using GSM-based mobile phones increased by 347.2 million customers from the second quarter of 2004 to the second quarter of 2005, according to a report by 3G Americas. The total number of GSM users worldwide hit 1.46 billion customers at the end of this year's second quarter, the report said.
WiMAX will complement 3G and Wi-Fi technologies, not compete with them, a report by research firm Forward Concepts says. Wireless carriers eventually may adopt mobile WiMAX as a less-expensive alternative to 3G networks, the study adds.
Wireless broadband connections are being used to provide phone service in areas of the Gulf Coast where fixed-line and wireless networks are not working. The success of such networks is prompting advocates to call for more WiMAX and Wi-Fi deployments, but some analysts say they are not a viable replacement for traditional options.
Skype Technologies co-founder Janus Friis talks about the company's plans to offer Skype services to mobile phone users. Skype recently announced a deal with E-Plus, Germany's third-largest wireless carrier.