Qualcomm, says its buying a wireless startup called Qualphone for $18 million. Um, talk about a company that seems built to flip to the Qualcomm buyout machine. Not just the obvious name, but the two companies are both based in San Diego, California. We didn’t get a chance to talk to the companies about the acquisition, so that’s speculation on our part, but the deal is expected to close as soon as the end of the month.
Qualphone also has a release on its web site that talks about targeting Indian telecom operators to help them make the transition to w-CDMA, and expects to grow its development center in Bangalore to 55-plus people by the end of the year. Maybe Qualcomm was looking for a little help with its recent troubles in India?