Average employee uses only 13% of monthly wireless data cap

Xigo (Manassas, VA), the cloud-based solution that simplifies managing enterprise telecommunications costs, conducted a research audit on data gleaned from its base of 250,000 phones under advisement for the month of March 2011. Xigo’s research findings indicate that average enterprise mobile phone users with wireless data plans use less than one-sixth of their monthly cap, and users with voice plans use slightly more than two-thirds of their allotted minutes. As a result, enterprises are paying for considerably more data and voice bandwidth than their employees actually need.

Verizon Wireless expands M2M product suite

Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, NJ) and TeleNav, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the availability of TeleNav Asset Tracker. The product provides enterprise customers, utilizing location-based services (LBS) enabled wireless devices, with near real-time location information, as well as critical activity alerts, for cargo, delivery trucks or other mobile assets.

Smart grid proves feasible

A trial involving 25 household in the Hoogkerk district of the City of Groningen, Netherlands - PowerMatching City - has demonstrated that it is possible to create a 'smart grid' with a corresponding market model, using existing technologies. The system enables consumers to freely exchange electricity and keeps the comfort level up to par. This is the first time in Europe, and insofar as known worldwide, that the results of a live smart grid community are known at this technological scale.

Nokia chooses Qualcomm for Windows phone, seeks others

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Nokia said on Friday it was negotiating with several chipset suppliers for its future Windows Phone models after deciding to use Qualcomm in its first smartphones using Microsoft's software.

Nokia announced in February it would use Microsoft's Windows Phone software in all of its smartphones.

Microsoft Windows Phone operating system (OS) is available only on Qualcomm's chips, but the U.S. software giant has said it was expanding the supplier base.

"The first Nokias based on Windows Phone will have the Qualcomm chipset," said a Nokia spokesman.

China Telecom in talks with Apple over CDMA iPhone

Reuters

China Telecom Corp Ltd (Beijing China), the smallest of the country's three wireless carriers, has contacted Apple Inc to introduce the popular iPhone based on CDMA (code division multiple access) technology, Chairman Wang Xiaochu said today.

Larger rival China Unicom is the only operator in China, which has 886 million mobile phone users, to offer the iPhone so far. However, some analysts say China Telecom could be next after an exclusive agreement with Unicom expires this year.

e-books now outselling paper books

Reuters

Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday that it now sells more digital e-books than paper books and that its recently introduced lower-priced Kindle e-reader is outselling other versions of the device.
Amazon, which does not divulge exact sales figures for the Kindle or e-books, said that for every 100 print books it has sold since April 1, it has sold 105 e-books. That includes both paperback and hardcover books, but excludes free downloads.

Last month, Amazon introduced a Kindle for $114, or $25 less than its next most expensive version, featuring advertising.

KEMET Corp selects tw telecom for BCDR data replication

tw telecom (Littleton, Colorado), a provider of managed services, including Ethernet, converged and VPN solutions for businesses in South Carolina and throughout the U.S., today announced that KEMET Corporation has selected it to provide Gigabit Ethernet Service to connect KEMET's North American headquarters in Simpsonville, S.C., to one of its data centers in Columbia, S.C.

EMEA Professional mobile radio market jumps 25% in 2010

The Professional mobile radio (PMR) terminal market jumped a staggering 25% in terms of unit volumes in 2010 (compared to 2009), according to the latest data from IMS Research.

There has been very strong growth across the PMR terminal market in EMEA, where IMS Research’s latest figures indicate that revenue growth in 2010 was even higher than the 25% unit growth figure. This is seen as great news for the industry following a 2009 that saw huge declines.

Clearwire selects Ericsson to manage 4G network

Clearwire Corporation (Kirkland, WA), a provider of 4G wireless broadband services in the U.S., and Ericcson (Stockholm, Sweden) Wednesday announced a seven-year, managed services partnership that will transfer the day-to-day management of Clearwire's 4G network to Ericsson and allow Clearwire to realize operational efficiencies and reduce operating costs.

Verizon and Medco unveil first real-time mobile medication app

Verizon Wireless (New York, NY) and Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (Franklin Lakes, New Jersey) today announced a mobile application that can instantly guide patients and their doctors to the lowest-cost prescription drug to meet their health needs and help them identify potentially harmful drug interactions. The new Medco Pharmacy mobile app delivers critical information to help Medco members manage their prescription medications.

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