BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion reportedly is thinking about separating its phone manufacturing unit from its messaging network. The Sunday Times of London reported on the potential plans, saying that Amazon and Facebook could be among possible buyers. RIM could also opt to sell part of the company to a technology giant. The company has hired advisers as it examines ways to leverage the BlackBerry platform, such as partnerships, licensing and "business model alternatives," a RIM spokesman told CNET.
A FCC officials said Chairman Julius Genachowski is still weighing whether to apply open Internet regulations to wireless carriers and asking for comments on other controversial rules concerning Internet content. The FCC has also rejected a proposal from M2Z to allow the company to provide free broadband service using wireless spectrum in the AWS-3 band, a victory for carriers that had argued vigorously against the plan.
A growing number of advertisers are looking at ways to make cell phone advertising more acceptable to consumers. At stake, according to a study by Gartner, is a virtually untapped ad-revenue bonanza that could swell to $14.6 billion by 2011.
Reports say that the FCC is circulating a plan to turn down a proposal from startup M2Z Networks to use 25MHz of spectrum to build a free wireless broadband Internet network available to reach most of the country. In March, CTIA - The Wireless Association® asked the FCC to "move immediately to dismiss or deny M2Z's application." M2Z said Wednesday it would sue to get the
FCC to conduct an analysis of its plan.