Monthly Archive for February, 2006Page 3 of 21

USA Wireless Market Revenue Rises 10.7%


Revenue in the USA wireless market totaled US$174.7 billion in 2005, up 10.7% from 2004, with an acceleration in handset revenue and a ramp-up in new wireless subscribers as key drivers of growth, according to the newly released report from the industry trade association, TIA. The wireless handset and device market totaled $15 billion in 2005 and is expected to increase 19.3% in 2006 climbing to $17.8 billion. Twenty-five million new wireless subscribers were added in 2005, more than in any other year, and the 21.4 million subscribers added in 2004 matched the previous high in 2001.

TIA projects the overall wireless market, including transport services, devices, wireless equipment and services in support of the wireless infrastructure, to grow at an 11% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), reaching $265.2 billion in 2009.

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Good Technology raises $20M


Good Technology Inc. said on Friday that it has added $20 million in a fourth round of funding to expand its core products.

Good Technology, based in Santa Clara, received the funds from ValueAct Capital Partners of San Francisco. As a result of the financing, ValueAct partner Michael Lawrie will join Good Technologies’ board of directors. Lawrie is a former chief executive officer of Siebel Systems Inc., now part of Oracle Corp.

“This add-on round is going to be used to expand three of our products — GoodLink, GoodAccess and Good Mobile Defense — for a growing number of new devices that are being introduced this year,” said Reena Mukamal, a spokeswoman for the company.

Court Hearing Update


This will be the official post for updates on the trial for when they come available:

Update #1 – 10:51 AM EST:

NTP has asked the court this morning for $126 million dollars in damages, in addition to undetermined royalties, and an immediate injunction of services in the US. There are about 3.2 million Blackberry users in the U.S. who could be affected by an enforced injunction.

Update #2 – 11:30 AM EST:

NTP has outlined its suggestions for a Blackberry injunction. An injunction would start 30 days after a ruling which would allow RIM and Blackberry users to implement the workaround. They also will grant an exemption to Federal, State, and City government workers. NTP would also want the injunction to become permanent even after the patents expire.

Nothing new here, NTP has already stated all of this before the hearing.

Update #3 – 12:10 PM EST:

RIM responds seeking a new trial, because of claims that were thrown out by a Federal court.

The obvious reason for RIM seeking a new trial is that the new trial will take into account the latest USPTO rulings that found the NTP patents invalid.

Update #4 – 12:51 PM EST:

RIM has announced that The USPTO has issued a ‘Final Office Action’ for all of the five disputed NTP patents. This basically means that the patents are now done for even though NTP may appeal. The final rejections were all based on multiple grounds, required unanimous agreement from a panel of 3 senior patent examiners and are expected to withstand all future appeals by NTP.

The new findings will not be factored into today’s ruling, but will help if RIM gets its new trial.

Update #5 – 1:02 PM EST:

Judge Spencer stopped short of ordering an immediate shutdown of millions of Blackberrys.

But U.S. District Judge James Spencer said there was no escaping that RIM had been found to be infringing on NTP’a patents and he would issue a decision on an injunction “as soon as reasonably possible.”

Update #6 – 1:05 PM EST:

RIMM surged to 11% immediately after the ruling and has leveled to about 7% but expect that number to wildly swing up and down.

Predict Today’s Outcome of RIM vs NTP


Market Blackberry Fate
According to yesterday’s late day selling of RIMM you may think investors aren’t being too optimistic about today’s ruling. However, the pre-market activity right before the case has been pretty much even, with RIM only being down 0.32%.

So this a call to all our readers to predict what will happen today. You can now put your words down in writing and have bragging rights if you predict the right outcome.

Impatica ShowMate Reviewed


ShowMate for Blackberry
Do you have to give a PowerPoint presentation? Tired of carrying that laptop through airport security? Now BlackBerry users can project PowerPoint presentations directly from the BlackBerry and leave their laptops at the office. Impatica has developed a new hardware device called Showmate that tries to tackle this very issue. Read further for our thoughts on the product …

The Impatica ShowMate is a tiny hardware device which is good because then there would be no point in carrying the device if it was the size of your notebook. The piece connects any BlackBerry handheld to any VGA projector or display, allowing BlackBerry users with the Impatica PowerPoint software installed to display graphical PowerPoint presentations like you would with a laptop.

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Medical News on your Blackberry


MedPage Today says that its flagship “news plus CME” product is now available on the three most prominent Internet-enabled wireless platforms for use at the point of care. Physicians and other healthcare providers can now receive MedPage Today’s Teaching Brief CME activities using any Internet-enabled BlackBerry, Pocket PC, or Palm wireless PDA. CME credits are available via the MedPage Today Mobile platform, and all activities — whether completed on MedPage Today Mobile or on the MedPage Today website — are recorded and stored in one integrated database.

“Because MedPage Today offers CME as part of its real-time news reporting, we have a unique equity: daily engagement with our audience, which is now truly extended to the point of care” said Steve Barrett, Vice President of Sales, MedPage Today. “Because of this ongoing and frequent interaction, MedPage Today provides a learning environment that drives real educational outcomes.”

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