Why iMessage won’t kill SMS

This week Apple unveiled iMessage, a feature that enables iOS users to exchange text messages and images without incurring messaging charges from their carriers. Despite headlines to the contrary, though, iMessage is not going to kill the cash cow that is SMS.…

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Qualcomm Buys iSkoot, Gains Smart Feature Phone Services

The Qualcomm Innovation Center today announced it has purchased iSkoot, a San Francisco-based startup that offers mobile application services primarily to feature phones. With the acquisition, Qualcomm can feed feature phones with data-friendly proxy services, RSS, email, VoIP functions, real-time notifications and social networking software.…

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Verizon Brings Online Account Tools to Feature Phones

Verizon is today enhancing online management functions to give customers a single portal for checking email, managing account information and remotely programming a FiOS DVR from a web-connected computer or mobile phone. The portal brings advanced account functionality to feature phones that don't support mobile applications.…

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Why the OS Is Hot at CTIA — and What It Means

The mobile industry has gathered in Las Vegas for CTIA, its annual dog-and-pony show featuring the latest handsets and technology. This year's show is all about the mobile operating system, as evidenced by the first wave of announcements out this morning. Here's what they mean.…

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Feature Phones: The Next Market for Mobile Apps

Qualcomm last week unveiled Brew Mobile Platform (MP), an effort to keep pace with the breakneck mobile-app industry by breathing new life into a venerable platform. While the offering is described as a full mobile operating system -- a term generally used to refer to smartphone platforms -- Qualcomm says it will deliver "high-end features across all 3G technologies and virtually all market tiers of mobile devices." In other words, it will bring much of the goodness of smartphones to the feature phones that sell for a few bucks, or are even given away when a user signs up for service. But do those users want them?…

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