AT&T To Enter Wireless Dog-Collar Business?

The American mobile market is pretty much saturated with almost everyone owning a cellphone. While other major carriers are thinking of ways to expand overseas to grow their business, AT&T sees things differently. The company wants to target the small gizmo market for things like wireless dog collars and pallet tracking for shipping companies.

Citing AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega’s talk at the CTIA annual wireless trade show, Reuters writes,

“A wireless dog collar set to hit the market this year is just one of a plethora of new devices the telephone company hopes will catch on with U.S. consumers.

The collar could send text messages or emails to the owner of a pet when it strays outside a certain area, or the device could allow continuous tracking of the pet.

Other gadgets include a pill box that uses a wireless connection to remind people to take their medicine, e-readers, a device that tracks product pallets for shipping companies, and entertainment systems for people riding in cars.”

There is a tremendous scope for alternate business as these and I guess AT&T is taking the right step here. What are your thoughts?

[via Reuters]

Dell Moving Out Of China?

Dell has recently started its operations at its new India plant. On the sidelines of it, Indian Prime Minister hinted at Dell’s statements that implied that the popular hardware manufacturer could be pulling out of China owing to legal and political uncertainties.

Mr. Singh is quoted as saying,

“This morning I met the chairman of Dell Corporation. He informed me that they are buying equipment and parts worth $25 billion from China. They would like to shift to safer environment with climate conducive to enterprise with security of legal system.”

While a statement from the Indian Prime Minister cannot be taken at face value to gauge Dell’s business strategies, the move however could be interesting considering that Google and now GoDaddy have decided to cease their China operations.

[via Engadget]

T-Mobile USA Joint Venture With Clearwire

T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier in the US may be contemplating a joint venture partnership with Kirkland based Clearwire, a leading provider of wireless broadband and ISP solutions.

The rumors itself is not new. However this time, the speculations have been fueled by statements from T-Mobile USA CEO, Robert Dotson. In an interview, Dotson had said,

“We continue to look at JV opportunities for additional spectrum… there are a number of different options we look at, (we) have been talking with cable companies, with Clearwire.”

Ever since T-Mobile garnered high profile smartphone partnerships including the likes of Nexus One, the company’s demand for wireless spectrum has been on the increase and in this regard, a partnership with Clearwire can come handy.

Shares of Clearwire however suffered a 2% drop since the news broke out

[Reuters via TechFlash]

Twitter Advertising Model To Be Rolled Out Next Month

There was a lot of anticipation over Evan Williams’ keynote at the South BySouthwest Interactive conference yesterday. However, while there were interesting revelations regarding Twitter’s new @Everywhere announcement, nothing was revealed about the thing everyone wants to know – How Twitter finally plans to make money?

Now, it appears that Twitter’s ad monetization model could be unveiled in mid-April during Chirp, Twitter’s developer conference scheduled for a month from now.

If the timing of the announcement is indeed set for Chirp, we wonder if that could mean that there could be some sort of revenue sharing feature with the developers. Could we be seeing another Adwords/Adsense ecosystem in the making with Twitter?

[via All Things D]

50 ARM Tablets Launching This Year

Close to 50 ARM based tablet devices could be launched through 2010. This was stated by Roy Chen, ARM’s ODM manager for worldwide mobile computing who says that enquiries over ARM technology for tablet devices from PC manufacturers is so intense that the company has had to rent additional floor space to show off the devices at CeBIT.

One caveat here: Not all enquiries translate into actual products. But truth is that PC and mobile manufacturers have realized the mistake in letting the iPhone have an early mover advantage in the smartphone segment and regardless of whether they see justice in serving a segment like tablet, companies are likely to launch few devices to gauge customer interest in the same.

What do you think?

[via Engadget]

FoxConn Wants To Improve Your Dice-Gaming Experience

One might have assumed that FoxConn wants to claim proprietary rights to devices that can change apps, play music,etc. on shaking the device (which is prior art by the way). But no.  Taiwan based Hon Hai Precision, which is better known as FoxConn outside wants to patent a shake responsive handheld that will improve the experience while playing dice-games.

The patent application reads

“In general, such dice games are played by rolling the dice for the user automatically or based upon a simple button press, which differs significantly from the experience of physically rolling dice. In the real world, there is a causal relationship between physically tossing dice and observing the outcome that has made dice games so popular over the centuries. Therefore, there is a need to provide a handheld device that can be shaken to simulate dice rolling in the real world.”

Play dice games on smartphone with Foxconn devices

Wouldn’t you love shaking your phone instead of a dice?

High Speed Wireless Broadband On T-Mobile Launching March 14?

T-Mobile has announced that the company shall be making certain changes to its coverage map to more accurately depict the data and voice coverage across the country. This is expected to launch come March 14.

However, one of the internal documents posted points to a new category of wireless broadband titled :  “Very fast mobile web : Home broadband like speeds on the go“.  It is not clear if this is the 21 Mbps connection that T-Mobile is working on. Nobody’s confirmed it, but we definitely hope that is the case.

[TmoNews via Erictric]

LG Panther Is First Windows Phone 7 Handset?

Ever since Microsoft unveiled their new generation mobile OS, there have been a lot of rumors about the Windows Phone 7 based handsets launching in the markets. Though a majority of them are not expected to launch until the holiday shopping season, the earliest to launch is likely to be in September.

It is now rumored that LG, the company expected to come out with the first Windows Phone 7 based handset is likely to name the device Panther. Pretty uninnovative and un-cutesy for a brand that is expected to take on the likes of iPhone and Droid.

How do you like the name? Will you be buying one Tell us in the comments.

[Best Mobile Contracts via Gizmodo]

Price Of Motorola CLIQ XT, Nokia Nuron, HTC HD2 Revealed?

Sources close to TmoNews have revealed the prices of the T-Mobile based handsets which get launched later this year. According to the source, Motorola CLIQ XT will launch at a price of $129.99 with a 2 year contract. Without the T-Mobile contract, you can get hold of the device for $329.99.

Nokia Nuron will retail at $69.99 with contract and $179.99 without one. Similarly, HTC HD2 will come at a subsidized price of $199.99 with the 2 year contract and at $449.99 without one.

We guess the phones have been priced at a pretty attractive level. What do you think? Which one are you going for?

[via TmoNews]