CTIA Hit Orlando This Week Like a Hurricane. Some Amazing Products and Announcements

Hi all, this past week the CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the International Association for Wireless Telecommunications Industry, basically the governing body for wireless communications) held its yearly spring convention in Orlando, Florida. Unfortunately, I was not able to go and give you a first hand account and look at all the new product and service announcements. So, I put together a summary of the companies that made the biggest splashes and the articles and videos I got them from (actually I drew from many articles but I have referenced the one article that I feel will give you the most info on the products). I know I normally don’t send you to link after link, however there was so much information that this article would have to be in two or three parts or 10 pages long. I figured it was better to give it to you all at once and you could peruse the products you had an interest in. The videos that are coming from YouTube will also give you the option of seeing more on the particular product.There will be some shockers (T-Mobile) and some “it’s about time”. Lastly, for that one person out there who knows who you are, I just want to say that there is no “cut and paste”. All this came from my little fingers. Please enjoy and let me know which of the new gadgets you think will be big winners.-Bill
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Nokia posts video of Microsoft partnership

Wow, we have to hand it those Nokia social media types, they’re on top of their game. A mere couple of hours after Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer took the stage in London, the video of their joint announcement of a Nokia-Microsoft partnership is up and ready for repeated consumption. For those of you just catching up now, Windows Phone 7 has become Nokia’s “principal smartphone strategy,” MeeGo is getting transformed into an experimental “learning” platform, and Symbian… well, maybe you should sit down for this one, Symbian’s being killed off. There’s more to the strategic alliance unveiled today, including the WP7 Marketplace subsuming the Ovi Store and some Bing and Ovi Maps interaction, so why not press play above and let the men in charge tell you about it?

Nokia Readies U.S. Launch Of N8 Smartphone

Nokia’s first smartphone based on the company’s new Symbian^3 OS will be available in the U.S. as an unlocked phone at the end of September at $549 on the company’s website and through CE distributors.

The N8 is a quadband GSM/penta-band HSPA touchscreen phone, enabling operation in 3G HSPA mode on the AT&T and T-Mobile USA 3G bands as well as in foreign 3G bands. It operates in GSM 850/900/1,800/1,900 networks and in HSPA 850/900/1,700/1,900/2,100 networks. Read the rest of this entry »