Texas Instruments narrows profit outlook for Q3

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Texas Instruments, the biggest maker of chips for mobile phones, narrowed its profit outlook for the third quarter without changing the midpoint of its previous forecast, made in July. TI said it was benefiting from strong demand for chips used in mobile phones, high-definition televisions and other electronic devices. The semiconductor bellwether said it expected to earn $0.44 to $0.46 …

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eAccess to Borrow DoCoMo Network

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Japan’s eAccess Ltd. said on Monday its wireless unit will borrow its bigger rival NTT DoCoMo Inc.’s network to offer a nationwide cellphone service. eAccess’ mobile unit will roam on DoCoMo’s network in areas outside the major cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The agreement will helps eAccess launch a nationwide voice service in March 2008 before completing its own …

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NTT secures approval to combine mobile, fixed-line services

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(Kyodo News International via NewsEdge) The Japanese government plans to allow Nippon Telegraph and Telephone group to offer packages combining cellular and fixed-line phone services, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported. This would allow cellular service firm NTT DoCoMo to offer both services by leasing fixed-lines from group units NTT East and NTT West, the business daily said. Similarly, NTT East …

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Apple tries to lure Japanese MobileYouth with iTunes

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  Whereas Apple dominates the market for music downloads in America, its iTunes online music store only has a 5% share in Japan, where youth prefer to download songs onto their mobiles, avoiding online credit card purchases. Apple must be aware that iTunes must realize that it does not hold the same cachet in the Japanese youth market as in …

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A Quantum Leap for Cell Phones: no more buttons

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It’s likely to evoke the children’s song inquiring, “Where’s the button?” On Aug. 21, designer Pilotfish and sensor maker Synaptics are releasing a prototype of a cell phone, and the funny thing is, it doesn’t have any buttons. Instead, the Onyx device understands signs and gestures, thanks to the sensitive touch pad covering most of its surface. It opens and …

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J:COM to launch FMC trial in October

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Japanese cable company Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) will begin a trial for Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC), a new telephone service which allows customers to have a single phone number which can be both fixed and mobile. The service will allow an existing mobile phone with Wi-Fi support to transmit a landline telephone signal as an extension of the traditional household landline …

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SK, Samsung launch mobile phone for global use

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Korean mobile operator SK Telecom and Samsung have unveiled their ‘Real World Phone’, a handset that works on CDMA, GSM and JCDMA networks. Making roaming possible in over 90 countries, the phone also includes a simple translation service for ocmmon phrases in English, Chinese and Japanese, as well as a camera, MP3 player and Nate drive. The 14.9-mm phone will …

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Qualcomm acquires Qualphone for $18 m

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BANGALORE: Qualcomm, the U.S.-based leader of Code Division Multiple Access or CDMA phone technologies, has announced the acquisition of another American company, Qualphone, which is a key provider of software to drive multimedia content to mobile devices over the Internet, for $18 million in cash. While Qualcomm has laboratories inBangalore,Hyderabad and Mumbai where Indian engineers are helping the company to …

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Mega telecom partnerships

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In one of the biggest network management and rollout deals globally, ‘s largest GSM operator, Bharti Airtel, has awarded Swedish telecom equipment vendor, Ericsson, a $1 billion outsourcing contract for network management services. Deals such as this, along with the hyper growth, have propelled our telecom sector and operators into global limelight. High sunk costs, rapid technological advances, high obsolescence …

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Mobile, global is aim of cell phone makers

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JEJU, South Korea — Most mobile phones you buy in South Korea don’t work in Japan, while a phone bought in the United States may or may not work in Europe. Consumers have long faced a perplexing alphabet soup of terminology involving disparate wireless technologies and radio frequencies when simply seeking to buy a phone to call business associates or …

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