Mobile and Wireless: Samsung, HTC, Toshiba, LG Show Off Smartphones, Tablets, More at CTIA

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2012-05-09 Print this article Print
BlackBerry and NFC

BlackBerry and NFC

A BlackBerry Bold from Research In Motion lies atop a sheet of near-field communication (NFC) tags. The smartphone can read the information from the tags, in this case a telephone number.
NEW ORLEANS — Not too long ago, "wireless" meant having a cell phone that could be used to make calls and send text messages. That has changed significantly over the past couple of years, with the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets, and the billions of dollars wireless carriers like AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile have spent to upgrade their network infrastructures. That competition is only expected to intensify as these carriers build out Long-Term Evolution (LTE) 4G networks in the coming year. Wireless now has become a way of life for consumers and is quickly becoming the way organizations do business. That was evident at the CTIA Wireless 2012 show here May 8, where—along with the latest mobile computing devices from the likes of Samsung Mobile, HTC, LG Electronics and Toshiba—was everything from wireless pet-tracking systems to cloud-based personal traffic devices. The devices also are coming in all shapes and sizes, from traditional smartphones to tablets the size of Toshiba's 13.3-inch Excite 13. In addition to the various devices, there also was an emphasis on wireless security, which is a growing concern. As smartphones and tablets become more popular with consumers and business users alike, they also will become more attractive targets for cyber-criminals.

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