Sprint Says QChat Still On Track
A Sprint spokesman today confirmed that the patent rulings against Qualcomm will not delay Sprint's launch of QChat, a next generation walkie-talkie technology. The injunctions against Qualcomm allow them to sell infringing EV-DO chipsets until 2009, though Broadcom had asked for an immediate injunction on all QChat capable chips. Sprint is expected to launch QChat in the first half of this year. QChat was developed by Qualcomm, who worked with Motorola to develop an alternative to iDEN direct-connect for other networks.
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.
Qualcomm Signs Patent-Licensing Deal with Lenovo
Qualcomm today said it has signed a new patent licensing agreement with Lenovo, which will use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G wireless technology in future mobile devices. The patents will appear in both Lenovo- and Motorola-branded devices and cover technologies specific to the China market.
Qualcomm Reaches Deal To Acquire NXP
Qualcomm today announced a deal to acquire NXP Semiconductors for $47 billion. NXP is a co-inventor and key patent holder of NFC technology.
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.
Sprint Targeting 2019 Launch for 5G On Its 2.5 GHz Spectrum
Sprint today said it is working with Qualcomm and SoftBank to develop 5G technologies, including the 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard, for Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum (Band 41). Sprint's 2.5 GHz airwaves offer a massive footprint around the country, making it ideal for providing coverage.
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