The Morning Mobile Minute: Verizon, RIM, Opera Mini, At&t
In the midst of a storm in Southern California I bring you today’s Morning Mobile Minute for Wednesday January 20, 2010.  Starting things off this afternoon is a press release from Verizon Wireless announcing they have selected Spirent Communications as a provider of testing solutions for their nationwide 4G LTE network. Spirent solutions include hardware, test simulators, system simulators and software for test automation. Any organization considering offering devices on the upcoming Verizon Wireless LTE network can use these tools in preparation for device certification by independent labs. IBM and RIM are bringing the BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Quickr and a new version of the BlackBerry Client for IBM Lotus Connections to market through IBM. The new social software offerings will be showcased at the 17th annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Florida this week. According to a recent report, Gartner expects to see steep growth rates for sales of premises- and cloud-based social networking services. As the industry moves toward the three billion phones worldwide with the purpose of providing communications and collaboration anytime and anywhere, Gartner expects more people to spend significant time using collaborative tools on these devices. Two big pieces of news were announced by Opera this morning.  First, the company has acquired AdMarvel, a mobile advertising company based out of San Mateo, CA. The company was founded in 2006 by a team of mobile veterans led by Mahi de Silva and has a broad customer base across the globe. AdMarvel strives to make mobile advertising an open ecosystem through better transparency of performance and simpler management of ad traffic to optimize revenue. AdMarvel’s suite of services is designed to put publishers, developers and mobile operators in control of performance and enables ad networks, agencies and brands to deliver better results. The second big piece of news for Opera is that Opera Mini has been shortlisted for two GSMA Global Mobile Awards. The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, and each February, it hosts the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Opera Mini is a contender for “Best Mobile Internet Service” and “Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough”. The winners of the Global Mobile Awards will be announced during the MWC, on Tuesday, February 16, at 3:45 p.m. (Hall 5, level 3, auditorium 1). The awards presentation will be hosted by British writer, actor and technophile Stephen Fry. The BlackBerry Bold 9700, Samsung Star (S5230), HTC Hero, Huawei U8220 (T-mobile Pulse) and Samsung I8910 HD aka Omnia HD (GT-I8910) have been nominated for the “Best Mobile Handset or Device”.  The Nokia N97 Mini has been automatically shortlisted as Asian Mobile Award Winner.  To see a full list of the GSMA Nominees please visit: Last up this morning is more good news from Haiti.  After we broke down a list of all the programs and relief work being done by the wireless industry last week, today we have some follow up news from At&t. AT&T reached out to business allies to seek additional help. Brightstar, a global wireless industry distribution and supply-chain leader based in Miami, agreed to share with AT&T the cost of providing and delivering 5,000 more wireless devices to the Haiti relief effort. “We are absolutely committed to helping Haiti recover from this tremendous tragedy,” said Marcelo Claure, chairman, president and CEO of Brightstar. “With this joint initiative between Brightstar and AT&T, we are working quickly to help alleviate the suffering, and assist in the rebuilding.” After being contacted by AT&T, Sony Ericsson US moved fast as well, arranging to donate 1,000 more devices to the Haiti relief effort. “Sony Ericsson is proud to work with AT&T in the relief effort,” said John Stroud, Sony Ericsson Vice President of U.S. Sales. “It is essential that those leading the relief effort in Haiti are equipped with the most reliable mobile technology possible.” Related posts:
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