Bidding for Canada's wireless spectrum topped $2 billion -- in both U.S. and Canadian dollars -- on Monday, surprising government observers who said they were pleased by the number of new entrants in the auction. With 16 rounds wrapped up, Telus passed Rogers Communications as the top bidder both in dollar value and number of high bids.
Go2 Media has secured T-Mobile USA as a client for its online-content portal, joining Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint Nextel, the companies said Monday, with Go2 adding that it has introduced new features to its site. T-Mobile, which will not include advertising for now, will provide subscribers with election news, limited sports coverage and a local business directory.
The number of customers hooked up to CDMA networks grew 30% to 231 million across the Asia and Pacific region in the first quarter of 2008 as the area accounted for 51% of global CDMA usage, followed by North America with 31% at 140 million users, according to industry statistics. Overall, CDMA's base rose 17% to 451 million.
Intera Group, a phone-booth operator that also sells ads on the disappearing stations, is trying to regroup by going wireless. The company is sending marketing promotion messages to cell phone users -- who can decide whether to accept the promos -- via Bluetooth technology.
Motorola has upgraded its Good Mobility Suite for enterprise users, which the company says turns employees' mobile phones into laptops with the ability to access data and applications behind corporate firewalls. The version 6.0, from Motorola's recently purchased Good Technology Group, features what the company terms the first "managed service" VPN in which users can connect to any TCP-based destination, including networked computers or file servers.