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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Wednesday, April 26, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For April 26, 2006

Vonage, The Cloud to Roll Out VoIP over Wi-Fi

VoIP operator Vonage has linked up with U.K. Wi-Fi hotspot
operator The Cloud to launch a mobile/Wi-Fi service. The service
will be available to Vonage subscribers who have specially
enabled Wi-Fi mobile handsets, and then make cheap VoIP calls
from any Cloud hotspots in the country. The service is restricted
to these hotspots; customers...

Skype Announces Music Ringtones Deal

NEW YORK -- Skype, eBay Inc.'s Internet telephone subsidiary,
announced a deal Tuesday with music publishers that will make
audio clips from artists like Madonna, Green Day and Red Hot
Chili Peppers available to its users as ringtones. Clips from
Madonna songs -- including 'Like A Virgin' and 'Vogue' -- will

China Gives BlackBerry Maker, and Free Markets, a Raspberry

NEW YORK -- The BlackBerry e-mail device is coming to China in
the next few months. By then, thousands of Chinese may already be
checking their e-mail on the new 'Redberry.' The Redberry is not
a new version of the BlackBerry that's been designed by Research
in Motion Ltd. for the Chinese market. It's the name being used
by two...

Sprint Nextel Reports 11 Percent Drop in 1st-Quarter Profits

RESTON, Virginia -- Sprint Nextel Corp. on Wednesday said
first-quarter profits declined 11 percent as merger costs
outweighed higher sales for the cell-phone carrier. For the
three months ended March 31, the company reported earnings of
$419 million, or 14 cents per share, compared with $472 million,
or 31 cents per share, during...

Sprint Unveils Text to Landline Service

Recognizing the popularity of text messaging, Sprint Nextel
introduced its new Text to Landline service, which enables
customers to text messages to wired phones. The service is
designed to send text messages converted to voicemail messages on
a landline phone. The Text to Landline service is being offered
to customers who own 2-way...

Cisco Speaks Enterprise

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO - message board), the No. 1
enterprise wireless LAN vendor in the world, is attempting to
extend its dominance in the market through wireless VOIP
technology partnerships that should help to improve the quality
of voice-over-WiFi services for enterprise users. The networking
giant has teamed up with...

Alcatel, Lucent Face 3G Decision

Among the complicated decisions facing Alcatel (NYSE: ALA -
message board; and Lucent Technologies Inc. is what to do with
their disparate wideband CDMA (W-CDMA) plans. Alcatel already
claims Orange SA as a W-CDMA customer, and Lucent has signed up

A VoIP, GPS PDA for Business Travelers

The bloom is off the rose for PDAs, which are increasingly being
overshadowed by smartphones. But business travelers, interested
in lowering their cellular costs by using a low-cost voice over
Internet protocol (VoIP) service, will want to check out the
Pharos Traveler GPS 525, a PDA with GPS and VoIP capabilities.

Boingo Expands Wi-Fi Reach

Boingo Wireless has forged two new deals that will add 1,200
international hot spots to its Boingo Roaming System. The
company announced a roaming partnership with French mobile phone
operator SFR that will add more than 300 hot spots in France to
the Boingo Roaming System. The SFR network consists of the
Toulouse and Bale-Mulhouse...

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