In this edition of the Wireless Supersite Web Digest:
Handspring moves the Treo 600 closer to launch.
Samsung and Nokia agree to cooperate.
Palm seeks to terminate rivals with T2 Tungsten.
China Calling with Cell-Phone Standard China, the worlds
largest market for cell phones, is aggressively developing a homegrown
technology that can run the next generation of mobile telephone networks,
challenging the traditional dominance of American and European companies.
During the 1990s, as China spent $10 billion to build a national mobile
telephone network, foreign companies reaped most of the rewards. Cisco
Systems, Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia produced much of the equipment that
runs the networks and many of the phones on them. Now, the country is
planning for 3G. If China develops its own 3G standard, it could save on
the royalties it would otherwise have to pay foreign firms for their gear
-- a tab that reportedly runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
And if Chinas standard gained favor abroad, its companies could then
collect royalties from foreign counterparts. In China, construction of 3G
networks and the manufacturing of new phones could absorb $8 billion in
the first three years, said Edison Lee, an Asia telecommunications
researcher at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong.
Mobile Competition Comes to Afghanistan with Launch of Second
Afghanistan became the latest battleground for mobile phone companies
with the launch of the countrys second commercial cellular network.
Roshan -- or "light" in Dari and Pashto -- is a new GSM network launched
by the Telecom Development Company of Afghanistan Ltd. (TDCA). Roshan
chief executive officer Karim Khoja said by the end of the year the firm
aimed to have a 50 percent share of the market currently dominated by the
Afghan Wireless Communication Co. (AWCC). Roshans imminent arrival on the
Afghan cellular scene has already prompted price cutting by its rival,
with AWCC dropping its sign-up fee for a SIM card from 130 dollars to 50
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Yahoo! NewsSamsung, Nokia Team on Cell Phone Apps
Samsung Electronics and Nokia have reached a basic agreement to
collaborate on software and market development for cellular handsets and
smartphones. The companies agreed on the basic concept of mutual
cooperation about software development and new, future market generation,
said Samsung spokesperson Seung Youn Kim. The informal discussions did not
include any specific agreements but did lay the ground for more formal
arrangements to be reached in the future in areas including operating
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PCWorld.comPalm Forges New Tungsten Handheld
Palm last week launched its newest Tungsten handheld targeted at
businesses, the Tungsten T2. T2 comes with 32MB of memory, twice that of
its predecessor, the Tungsten T. It also includes a new "transflective"
display, which is the same size and resolution as that of the Tungsten T,
at 320 pixels by 320 pixels, but Palm says it is more easily viewed both
indoors and outdoors. The handheld also comes with the latest edition of
Palms operating system, version 5.2.1, and built-in Bluetooth wireless.
Tungsten T2, which is available now, will sell for $399, according to
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CNET News.comTreo 600 Moves Closer to Launch
Handsprings upcoming Treo 600 smart phone has taken a step closer to
commercial launch with the device gaining approval this week from the U.S.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Two versions of the Treo 600 were
approved: one compatible with the CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access)
wireless standard, and carrying the Sprint PCS logo in an image included
with the documents, and one compatible with the GSM (Global System for
Mobile Communications) wireless standard. Few technical details of the
devices were included in the approval papers although Handspring last week
provided some basic details. The device will be based around an Arm
microprocessor and run Version 5 of Palmsources operating system.Read the full story on: