Ericsson Launches Its Own Mobile Apps Store
Network equipment maker Ericsson is following Qualcomm's lead by announcing a new, hosted applications store that wireless network operators can use to offer content to their customers. Earlier this year, Qualcomm introduced Plaza Retail, a way to distribute content to all phones via the network operator rather than the branded experiences offered by the likes of Apple, Google, Palm, RIM and Microsoft. Ericsson's store, similar to Qualcomm's, will be compatible with a wide variety of handsets and can be configured and controlled however the wireless network operators choose. Ericsson did not say if it has signed up any carrier customers for the new service, nor when it would be up and running.
Apple and Ericsson Sign Patent Accord, Settle Lawsuits
Apple and Ericsson have signed a patent-licensing agreement and put an end to on-going patent litigation between the two. Ericsson said the deal is broad and covers 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE technologies.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.
Ericsson to Dump Mobile Modem Biz
Ericsson today said it will cease to make wireless modems for mobile devices and cut about 1,000 jobs as a result. Ericsson cited fierce competition in the space as playing a role in its decision.
Verizon's Go90 Video Service Launches for All
Verizon today made its go90 mobile video service available to anyone who wants to use it. The service had been in only a handful of markets on a trial basis, but is now usable around the country.