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Cox Communications Launches Cell Network

Cox Communications is taking on wireless companies on its own turf by launching a long-anticipated cellular service in three scattered markets where it already provides cable.

Verizon Wireless's $70 Unlimited Deal Isn't for Everyone

Verizon Wireless is sending out notices to existing customers in select markets, informing them they're eligible for a discounted plan that will give them unlimited text, mobile-to-mobile calls, data and 450 minutes of talk time for $69.99 a month -- but not everyone is eligible.

Samsung Shares Fall on Gloomy Forecast

Samsung Electronics shares fell 2.5% to 773,000 won each, fueling declines in other Asian technology stocks, after the company forecast its third-quarter profit will fall from the second quarter's record high.

Motorola Joins
the Patent Wars,
Suing Apple

No less than four major mobile companies -- Apple, HTC, Microsoft and now Motorola -- are currently suing each other over cell-phone technology. At issue is the intellectual property that underlies several popular mobile devices.

Nokia Chairman Clears Up His Retirement Plans

When Nokia announced last week that its new CEO would be Stephen Elop, longtime Chairman Jorma Ollila, who led the company into the mobile phone business, was deliberately hazy about his own plans. Now we know: Ollila will remain on board through spring 2012 to help with the transition.

Google's Android to Become World's No. 2 Mobile OS

Google's Android mobile operating system continues to make major inroads in the cell phone market, and will shoot from a mere 3.9% global market share in 2009 to an estimated 17.7% this year, ahead of RIMM and Apple, according to a new report from research firm Gartner.

Motorola Earnings: Phone Maker Beats Estimates

Motorola's second-quarter performance beat Wall Street's earnings expectations thanks to sales of its ES400 personal digital assistant to businesses, and issued a third-quarter forecast that was higher than analysts' expectations based on the strength of its popular new Droid X smartphone.

Telecom Giant Telefonica Buys Full Control of Brasilcel

Telefonica's months-long effort to acquire a controlling stake in Brazil's leading mobile phone company, Vivo, has ended with the Spanish telecom giant ponying up nearly $9.75 billion to acquire full ownership in Brasilcel, which owns 60% of Vivo, from Portugal Telecom.

Looking for a Savvy Smartphone Pick? Dial Marvell Technology

The reason Marvell could be a good bet now: Its chipsets are favored components in practically all mobile handsets and other hand-held consumer electronics, including RIM's BlackBerry, Apple's iPhone and iPad, Amazon's Kindle and other devices.