Microsoft has moved to shoot down speculation that the company might produce its own smartphone, a periodically recurring rumor that was sparked anew when a pair of Wall Street analysts issued a research point suggesting how the Windows creator would follow up on its Zune MP3 player.
T-Mobile USA expects to release the Samsung Memoir this month, an 8-megapixel device that also includes GPS capabilities and a touch-screen QWERTY keyboard. The mulitmedia handset is a quadband GSM/EDGE world phone that also has the capability of being used on the carrier's 3G UMTS/HSDPA network.
Qualcomm said it was resigned to waiting a few more months to expand its MediaFLO mobile-TV service in the wake of Congress' acting to extend the digital-TV deadline to June 12 -- although one report suggested many TV stations might make the changeover this month. Qualcomm said it remained concerned that Congress would extend the deadline beyond June if enough TV owners do not have digital-TV converters, a step that AT&T and Verizon Wireless said they would oppose.
AT&T Mobility has sued in federal court telemarketers that are using a technique known as "spoofing" to hide their identities and pitch extended car warranties to cell phone customers, saying the autodialing practice violates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and FCC rules. But because AT&T hasn't discovered who is making the calls -- which annoyed customers sometimes mistakenly blame on the operator -- it has subpoenaed the records of service providers that carry them.
Nokia Siemens Networks introduced Thursday its new Flexi-operated unified radio base station that promises carriers it can handle all of the 2G, 3G and 4G needs. While the device lacks the software to operate Long Term Evolution-based 4G service, NSN said it could handle GSM/EDGE and HSPA networks today and be reconfigured to support LTE down the road.