Sprint Nextel has inked a deal with music distributor Groove Mobile and plans to launch a music downloading service on Oct. 31, BusinessWeek Online reports. Under the arrangement, Sprint Nextel plans to charge $2.50 per song for downloads that can be downloaded through a phone or a computer, depending on the user's preference.
Nextel Partners reported third-quarter net income of $434.5 million, up from $34.4 million a year earlier, and that revenue jumped 32% to $473.1 million. The company projected it would add 415,000 subscribers for the full year, compared with a previous estimate of 400,000.
Broadcom, LM Ericsson Telephone, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Texas Instruments filed complaints with the European Commission alleging Qualcomm licenses its patents in an anti-competitive manner.
Federal judges in New York and Texas have ruled over the last two weeks that the FBI may not track mobile phone users unless they can show "probable cause" that a crime has been or is being committed. However, both courts said the FBI may access mobile phone calling logs for individual users to aid in crime investigations.
Wireless e-mail pioneer Research in Motion is facing new competitive threats from the likes of Microsoft and Nokia, and it still has a patent lawsuit filed by Virginia-based NTP hanging over its head. While RIM's BlackBerry device still is enormously popular, the company's future success is far from guaranteed.