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Sprint selects Kineto for Wi-Fi mobile calls

New Sprint service expands indoor voice and messaging coverage using existing Wi-Fi networks. Voice and messaging coverage at home and in the office has been a top subscriber concern since the very beginning of the mobile industry. Fortunately, with Strategy Analytics reporting that Wi-Fi is now installed in nearly two-thirds of all U.S. households, and a recent Deloitte study indicating nearly two-thirds of all U.S. smartphone users now prefer to connect to Wi-Fi for accessing the Internet, the pieces are now in place to address this coverage concern.

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Mobile communications company Viber acquired by Rakuten for $900m

Viber Media, Inc. is a messaging and Internet Protocol (IP) based telephone service that is accessible from popular mobile devices and smartphones vis-a-vis the Viber mobile app. The apps, once downloaded, allows people to dial landline/mobile phones Internationally over the phone’s wifi or data connection to strike conversations leveraging Viber’s high quality network. It’s customers…

Sprint will be adding 4G LTE in nine additional cities in coming months

iPhone 5 and other 4G LTE supported smartphone power data users in several cities will soon enjoy a very fast smartphone data experience and benefite from all you can consume 4G LTE plans. Sprint is laying the long term building blocks to stay in the race and potentially surpass carriers such as AT&T and Verizon both of whom are saturating the US with 4g LTE networks of their own.

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Mobile paid search spend up significantly

Brands are investing in Facebook Advertising with new bigger budgets with a focus on Fan Acquisition while Mobile PPC spend conctinues to increase based on Efficient Frontier’s Q4 2011 Digital Marketing Performance Report. Mobile spend accounts for 7-8% of search spend compared to 2% just a year ago.

AT&T mobile customers to get Zynga games through 1st of a kind strategic deal

AT&T Announces Strategic Agreement With Zynga; Deal to Bring World Class Mobile Games and Customized Content to Millions of AT&T Customers
PR Newswire. Popular games such as Words with Friends and Zynga Poker, plus customized content, will be featured for download on AT&T’s shelf in Android Market later this year.

SPIRIT DSP’s mobile VoIP client Viber hits 15 million users in 4 months

SPIRIT DSP’s mobile VoIP client Viber hits 15 million users in 4 months. TeamSpirit voice engine mobile provides high definition mobile VoIP calling to Viber’s iPhone and Android smartphone users. Viber’s free mobile VoIP app can make calls over 3G and Wi-Fi connections, bypassing the use of any cellular voice minutes; calls are free worldwide. Unlike other VoIP services such as Skype, Viber requires no registration or need to log-in to make calls.

Tablets and mobile devices get community and entertainment with Motorola Mobility’s SocialTV

Motorola Mobility blends community and entertainment with the launch of SocialTV companion service for tablets and mobile devices. The new tablet and mobile device companion extends Motorola Medios multi-screen video service management portfolio.

Motorola’s new SocialTV Companion Service is part of the Motorola Medios multi-screen video service management portfolio. SocialTV helps service providers differentiate their offering and generate incremental revenue by leveraging social networking, loyalty programs, advertising and product merchandising via companion devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops.

AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion

AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom to resolve impending spectrum exhaust challenges in key mobile markets due to explosive demand for mobile broadband. The AT&T buyout will enhance wireless network capacity, output and quality in near term for both companies’ customers. Additionally, AT&T will expand 4G LTE deployment to an additional 46.5 million Americans, including in rural, smaller communities, for a total of 294 million or 95% of the U.S. Population. Currently AT&T provides 4G LTE service for T-Mobile USA’s 34 Million Subscribers. More than $8 billion in incremental infrastructure spend by a U.S. company over 7 years enabling nation’s high-tech industry, innovation and economic growth.

Detroit metro area gets 4G LTE from MetroPCS

MetroPCS brings first commercial 4G LTE services to Detroit offering the only mobile 4G experience with the Samsung Craft mobile smartphone. Detroit is the third U.S. city where MetroPCS is offering commercial 4G LTE service, with additional major metropolitan areas to follow later this year and into early 2011. With a state-of-the-art 4G LTE network and an advanced entertainment handset with a brilliant AMOLED screen, MetroPCS’ predictable, flexible and affordable service plans provide a compelling value to consumers while meeting their growing demand to do more with video, social networking and higher speed Internet access.

Skype for Android(tm) Now Available

Skype for Android(tm) now available and supports Android 2.1. Smart phone users globally will now be able to experience the benefits of Skype on the move using either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE or 3G) In the US, Skype for Android works over WiFi only. Skype for Android is not available in China and Japan at this moment.