Nextel Direct Connect Coming to CDMA
Jan 14, 2002, 11:24 AM by (staff)
Nextel, Motorola, and Qualcomm recently agreed to develop a version of Nextel's Direct Connect feature that will work on Qualcomm's 3G technology, cdma2000. The new technology will be based on Qualcomm's existing QChat product. The new service will extend Direct Connect to work globally. This announcement also lays the groundwork for Nextel to move to cdma2000 as a 3G upgrade path, as has been rumored for nearly 18 months.
Samsung Connect Tag Lets You Track Your Stuff
Samsung today announced the Connect Tag, a wireless fob that you can attach to just about anything to monitor its location. Samsung envisions the Connect Tag will work best on kids' backpacks, car keys, dog collars, or even tossed inside cars.
Sprint Likely Switch from Qualcomm to Kodiak for PTT Services
Sprint is on the verge of offering a new version of its push-to-talk service, according to the company's web site. Direct Connect Plus, when it becomes available, will allow "a wide selection of feature phones, smartphones, and tablets" to make PTT calls via 3G, 4G LTE, and WiFi.
Oppo Licenses Qualcomm 3G/4G Patents
Oppo today said it has agreed to license a number of Qualcomm patents pertaining to 3G and 4G technologies. Qualcomm says Oppo may now "develop, manufacture, and sell" 3G and 4G devices in China that use its WCDMA, CDMA2000, LTE-TDD, TD-SCDMA, and GSM technologies.
AT&T Rebranding Mexico's Iusacell and Nextel to AT&T
AT&T has begun rebranding its Iusacell and Nextel properties in Mexico under the AT&T name. Moving forward, people who visit Iusacell and Nextel stores will be buying AT&T Unidos service plans (Unidos con Todo and Unidos a tu Manera, respectively).
Xiaomi Licenses Qualcomm's 3G/4G Tech
Qualcomm today said it signed a patent licensing agreement with Xiaomi, which will use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G wireless technology in future mobile devices. Qualcomm said it has agreed to royalties that are inline with the terms set by China's National Reform and Development Commission.