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Visto, a provider of secure and easy-to-use push mobile email, has today announced Visto Mobile 6, a suite of offerings for mobile phones designed to enable end users to connect with friends, family and colleagues in real time in any number of ways including email, social networking, SMS, IM and photo sharing.

"Social networking is fast becoming a powerful communications medium for the consumer, prosumer and business markets, but enterprise and SMB organizations have not had a reasonable mobile solution that addresses both professional and personal needs," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., VP & Chief Analyst, Mobile & Wireless at Frost & Sullivan.  "The social networking capabilities of Visto Mobile 6, coupled with access to email services give users an excellent example of the integrated mobile access and social networking services they need."

Featuring a "living address book," VISTO Mobile 6 offers end users expanded push mobile email and mobile social networking capabilities. This living address book combines favorite contacts from multiple sources, including social networks, into a seamless user interface.  Visto Mobile 6 utilizes Visto's patented push and synchronization technology to keep users constantly up to date in real time on their messaging and social networking activities.

In addition, Visto Mobile 6 provides end users the ability to filter updates from their list of contacts; meaning each user has the control to see only the updates they truly care about.  This eliminates the clutter of unnecessary updates and requests.

Visto Mobile 6 email includes Visto Mobile Exchange Direct Access (EDA) which provides full synchronization of email, contacts and calendar entries with Microsoft Exchange. Further, Visto Mobile EDA uses Outlook Web Access (OWA) interface which requires no software behind the corporate firewall and is easy to set up. With Visto EDA, enterprise users, small business users and prosumers who buy their own mobile services can quickly set up secure Exchange access for a seamless user experience.

"As the capabilities and volumes of smartphones and mid-range mobile phones continue to increase and bundled data plans become the norm, individuals are looking to their mobile device and their mobile operator to provide more functionality and value, including timely and secure delivery of mission critical messaging, applications and content.  In parallel, service providers and operators are looking to bring more value to their customers further up the value chain, independent of RIM, Microsoft, Nokia, Apple and others, while providing a consistent user experience across those and other device platform and operating systems, " said Brian Bogosian, CEO of Visto. "Visto Mobile 6 is uniquely positioned to meet these needs."

For end users, Visto Mobile 6 is said to provide a seamless, easy-to-use solution that enables them to stay connected with the people they care about in the way they choose. For mobile operators, it is claimed to provide significant opportunities for customer and revenue (ARPU) growth, not only because of its low total cost of ownership and fast time-to-market delivery, but because it enables the operator to harness the power of mobile communications including social networking and email, to provide their customers with exciting new services.

According to a recent study conducted by the Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum (bmcoforum), the analysis of practices, as well as country-by-country experience in licensing and regulating mobile TV, highlighted a range of positive solutions. Countries who are about to decide on a particular regulatory framework and business model can pick and choose from these solutions to create their own regulatory framework, says the study.

The bmcoforum report is said to show the effect of regulatory frameworks on the efficiency of commercial launches, in a context where regulatory frameworks for mobile TV across Europe differ considerably. It intends to help the setting of regulatory frameworks for Mobile TV where it has yet to be defined.

According to the bmcoforum findings, all potential players of the mobile broadcast value chain - including broadcast and mobile network operators, mobile service providers, public and commercial, free-to-air and pay-TV broadcasters as well as potential distributors - should be incorporated during the consultation process to enable a wide range of business models.

Consequently any chosen business model should allow for flexible and open partnerships among the different players and promote partnership opportunities without blocking each other.

As done in Austria, the regulator may wish to help to overcome cooperation barriers and so support a faster value chain set-up by asking during the tender process for proposals from complete industrial consortia, which have already established in principle an agreed value chain. However, after license granting the winning consortium should be open to add other players on fair and reasonable terms.
The chosen network approach depends on the available frequency spectra and DTT licensing frameworks. Service competition should be supported either by prescription of a wholesale / shared network approach to enable a set of distributors or by having several networks available together with limited upfront regulatory limitations. bmcoforum supports an approach where a considerable part of the capacity is left for the licensee to meet the market needs of the distributors and users. After the market start it should be in the interest of the cooperation partners to agree on the best content portfolio.

"Regulatory frameworks for mobile TV across Europe vary immensely. With this study the bmcoforum aims to provide guidance for a coherent framework for authorisation regimes across the EU by identifying best practices and promote their adoption", said Prof. Dr. Claus Sattler, Executive Director of bmcoforum.
 
Copies of the full report can be found at www.bmcoforum.org

SITA today announced that it is entering the professional mobile radio market after signing a deal with Germany's third largest airport, Düsseldorf, to deploy a new radio network for 1,200 users in a ten-year $7.8 million deal.

The deal marks a further strengthening of cooperation between SITA and Düsseldorf following a CUTE check-in renewal earlier this year for almost 350 workstations. Although SITA is involved in an outsourcing joint venture for IT at Düsseldorf, the selection of suppliers is totally independent from SITA.

Thomas Schnalke, Managing Director of Düsseldorf Airport, said: "SITA's Professional Mobile Radio is the best private mobile voice solution for airports currently on the market.  The capacity of SITA to offer an integrated and managed service suits our needs perfectly, as do the enhanced security and safety features of the system."

Explaining why SITA has entered this market, Ilya Gutlin, SITA Regional Vice President, said: "Most airports still have legacy systems with basic speech functionality. SITA has developed a Professional Mobile Radio solution based on IP technology, combined with Java-enabled hand-portables.

"The system allows the creation and deployment of air transport specific applications like flight-oriented dialling, the provision of emergency calls from airport mass transport links, flight information queries from airport databases or FIDS (flight information display systems), and many other features that enhance operations at airports. SITA's exclusive focus on air transport and our knowledge and experience of the mission critical applications at airports makes us uniquely qualified to support this."

Full deployment of the system will take several months and will provide the Professional Mobile Radio service to more than 1,200 users.

Some other key benefits include integrity of the radio coverage by constantly checking the radio-links; protection against eavesdropping due to the "signal coding"; and scheduled or ad hoc security programmes and instructions that can be transmitted quickly and efficiently. The RFID-based Guard Control System, which will be used at Düsseldorf, is an application which requires security guards to "swipe" an RFID tag on pre-defined patrol routes using the hand portable. It ensures that guards are following their routes as a supervisor is alerted if any deviations are made.

SITA's Professional Mobile Radio solution can also be integrated with the existing Airport PBX or with SITA Voice Exchange for off-net calling.

Flight-oriented dialling enables the set-up of a temporary group based around the flight number which allows rapid and dynamic communications to all members. This feature contributes to reduction of the turnaround time of an aircraft. 

O2 customers in the Glasgow Subway will soon be the first in the UK to use their mobile phones underground as part of a new deal which will see O2 as the first mobile phone operator in the UK to utilise the multi-user distributed antenna system which enables mobile phones to work underground.

The contract, negotiated with transmission provider Arqiva and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), will see O2 services installed in five of Glasgow's busiest Subway stations - Buchanan Street, St Enoch, Kelvinbridge, Hillhead and Partick. The installation will go ‘live' in December 2008 and could potentially provide a benchmark for rollout in other underground stations such as London, in future.

Although initially limited to platforms and station concourses in the Glasgow Subway, the technology installed by Arqiva could eventually be used to provide coverage around the rest of the SPT underground network.

When the service launches, O2 customers will be able to use 2G services including making voice calls and sending text messages as well as 3G services such as video, internet access, downloading and MMS.

Derek McManus, O2 Chief Technology Officer, said: "This new technology will enable customers to make calls, send and receive text messages and access a host of data services while on the subway platform. This is the first time that any mobile phone network in the UK has implemented a service like this and O2 is delighted to be giving its customers the first chance to communicate on the underground.

"Ultimately, this is about providing O2 customers with the best customer experience and if this means that they can continue conversations on underground platforms or can text friends to say that they'll be arriving in five minutes, then we've successfully provided a better service."

Gordon Maclennan, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations) of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport said it was great news: "This has been sometime in the planning but I'm delighted that we can offer this service to our passengers in time for Christmas. It's a first for Glasgow and it opens the door for wider WiFi coverage in the Underground in future. Accessibility and connectivity are key parts of our continuous Subway modernisation programme."

McManus added: "We were delighted when Glasgow won the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games and this further investment in mobile technology will further enhance the city's reputation as a leader in technology and communication."

Andy Norris, Arqiva's Customer Delivery Director for Wireless Access said: "Wireless access is increasingly expected in public areas and this is an important development for the citizens of Glasgow. Wireless networks bring benefits to all stakeholders and this is particularly recognised by progressive cities like Glasgow. The infrastructure provided at these stations will support many new services and opportunities."

RAD Data Communications has announced that it has successfully concluded full interoperability testing with Symmetricom for synchronizing Next Generation Networks (NGNs), ensuring precise synchronization between UMTS Base Transceiver Stations (Node Bs) and the Radio Network Controller (RNC).

Recognizing that communications systems, especially infrastructure designed for cellular backhaul, as well as Triple Play services, require exact synchronization to be backhauled over Ethernet and IP packet-switched networks, Symmetricom developed a portfolio of Grand Master Clock solutions to support IEEE 1588V2 to ensure the highest possible level of synchronization over the NGN. RAD's soon-to-be-released ACE-3220 cell site gateway will lock onto the Grand Master Clock to synchronize the system.

The global market for synchronizing communications networks over IP protocol is expected to burgeon as packet-based transport networks replace traditional TDM technology in the backhaul. A number of companies and telecommunications operators around the world are already evaluating the products.

New research commissioned by Velti, a specialist in mobile marketing technology and services, revealed that 79% of UK consumers believe the growth of mobile advertising is inevitable. The survey, which polled more than 1,600 UK mobile phone users about their usage habits, showed that the majority of Britons are starting to accept that mobile marketing and advertising will continue to increase in popularity, but also laid down a clear message for any marketers hoping to make use of the medium: 'we want something in return'.

The results of the study showed that, whilst 80% of UK adults surveyed initially said they did not wish to receive advertising on their mobile phones, 56% of all respondents agreed that they would support mobile marketing and advertising campaigns if it was on an opt-in basis and in exchange for incentives or rewards, ranging from cash, free minutes or relevant special offers from brands.

"This research clearly shows that although consumers expect mobile marketing and advertising to grow in popularity, brands using the medium to communicate with target groups will need to offer consumers added value to be successful," comments Alex Moukas, co-founder and CEO of Velti. "Learning how to incentivise and reward participants is key; consumers understand their value in the chain, so campaigns that fail to offer anything relevant or beneficial will, at best, be treated indifferently and at worst, create negative associations with the brand."

According to the research, cash is king with 50% of respondents admitting that hard currency is the key to securing their buy-in. Next on the consumers' incentive wish list were free minutes, free texts or data, with 40% of respondents citing them as an attractive reward for receiving advertising or marketing messages. Finally, 22% of respondents viewed location based services, such as local restaurant reviews, as a worthy exchange for mobile marketing communications.

Despite nearly 60% of all respondents agreeing that incentivised marketing and advertising campaigns were attractive, 55% of mobile users over 45 were determined nothing would encourage them to engage with mobile marketing. This was in contrast to only 29% of under 24's opposing the use of mobile as a commercial channel.

Chris Kaskavelis, Velti's COO and co-founder, added: "It's understandable that financial rewards such as cash and free minutes are attractive propositions for consumers, but the reality is that great value is also derived from timely and relevant communications. If you receive information that fits with the context of your personal environment, such as location based services, or community oriented communications, it can be just as rewarding. It's true that this can be the case with other marketing and advertising channels, but mobile offers much more direct, round-the-clock access to consumers than all other options. Advertising and marketing on mobile is going to be about 'consumer intent' rather than the number of screen impressions."

Mark Fallows, Director of Digital Content, McCann Erickson, comments:
"Mobile advertising and marketing has opened up a channel for brands looking to engage their consumers in a more contextually relevant manner. It's exciting as it forces agencies and clients to be very precise in the value we offer in exchange for consumers' interaction. The fact that consumers are becoming increasingly open to mobile as an advertising and marketing medium is an encouraging and timely development. This has become evident during recent mobile campaigns for our clients' where results generally exceed expectations."

Velti and Ansible, Velti's mobile marketing agency, recently completed a campaign with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) which engaged with pregnant women by asking them to text their due date to a shortcode. This allowed J&J to send the mothers-to-be only the most valuable information and offers corresponding to the exact stage of their pregnancy. The campaign also allowed mothers-to-be to join a mobile community contributing to a support network for pregnant women in their area. The campaign is said to have achieved great success with an impressive 94% retention rate over six months, with the expectant mums opting back in on a monthly basis.

Vodafone Group has announced a number of changes to its organisational structure and new senior management appointments.
 
With effect from 1st October Michel Combes will join Vodafone as CEO, Europe Region. In this role he will be responsible for all markets currently part of the Europe Region, together with Global Marketing and Global Technology and Vodafone Business Services.  He will also join the Executive Committee.
 
For the last two years Combes has been Chairman and CEO of TDF Group, the private equity backed French  operator of shared facilities and terrestrial networks in Europe. He previously spent a number of years with France Telecom in senior management positions. Having begun his career in the External Networks division, he ultimately became Senior Executive Vice President, in charge of NExT Financial Balance & Value Creation and member of the France Telecom Group Strategic Committee.  Throughout his career he has been involved in transformational projects combining both growth and operational efficiency improvements.
 
Commenting on the appointment, Group Chief Executive, Vittorio Colao, said "I am pleased that we have recruited someone of Michel's talents and expertise.  I am confident that he will bring significant experience to Vodafone, given his impressive telecoms and entrepreneurial background".
 
Vodafone Group also announces that the EMAPA region will be reorganised into two regions with effect from 1 January 2009: Central Europe/Africa Region; and Asia-Pacific Region
 
The two regional CEOs will join the Executive Committee and these appointments have yet to be announced.
 
In addition, Vodafone's investment in Verizon Wireless will not be part of any operating region and in light of its financial and strategic importance will be managed directly at a senior level by Vittorio Colao, Andy Halford and Terry Kramer.

With immediate effect Terry Kramer will become the Group Strategy and Business Improvement Director.  In this role he will be responsible for strategy development, for the initiatives aimed at productivity and efficiency gains across the Group and, the governance and coordination of the relationship with Verizon Wireless.  Terry Kramer will also continue in his current role as Group HR Director whilst the company conducts a search for his successor in the role.
 
Vodafone Group also announces that Paul Donovan, CEO EMAPA region has decided to leave Vodafone at the end of this year. He will continue in his current position until 1 January 2009.
 
Commenting on his departure Group Chief Executive, Vittorio Colao, said "I want to extend my thanks and appreciation for all that Paul has done for our business and in particular his role in expanding our emerging markets portfolio. We wish him well in the future."

Orange has announced the launch of the world's first 3G unlicensed mobile access (UMA) platform, opening up a new world of multimedia services to its Unik customers.  Launching first with two exclusive Orange handsets from Samsung and Sony Ericsson, UMA and 3G network technology will be combined in one device for the very first time, says the company.

Orange's UMA service (Unik) allows customers to use a single handset to make calls by seamlessly switching from fixed WiFi to mobile cellular networks as they leave or enter their home or office. For the first time Orange will bring together 3G and UMA technology in a move, it claims, that will see customers experience richer content services and faster data speeds on Orange's 3G and WiFi networks more cost-effectively.

"With the launch of the world's first 3G UMA service we are making life as simple as possible for our customers, whilst helping them get more from their mobile phone," says Georges Penalver EVP of Group Strategic Marketing at Orange. "Orange was one of the first to bring the benefits of UMA technology to our customers in 2006 with the launch of our Unik service. Today, with our new 3G UMA platform, our Unik customers will be able to take advantage of 3G's capabilities delivering exciting multimedia services, such as Orange Music, Downloads, TV and Video. We have increased the benefits of this innovative technology, delivering a simple and cost-effective solution to meet our customers' needs. That's why UMA is at the heart of our convergence strategy."

The first 3G UMA handset to launch will be the Samsung P270. This will be followed by the launch of the Sony Ericsson G705u - the company's first UMA handset.  By combining the best capabilities of fixed and mobile, Orange's customers can enjoy continuous access to news, information and rich entertainment applications from a single device.

John Delaney, a Research Director with industry analyst IDC, said: "The introduction of WiFi into high-end mobile phones has been very successful. Users of such phones are taking advantage of WiFi to stream and download multimedia to their phones more quickly and more cheaply than they can over cellular. This usage trend can be supported effectively by making the experience seamless, removing the need for users to think about and switch manually between different access points and network domains."

Orange's 3G UMA service will initially be available in France in October followed by Poland, Spain and the UK. Orange's existing Unik service is currently available to customers in France, Poland (Unifon), UK (Unique) and Spain (Unico).

Envivio, a technology provider of IP video convergence encoding solutions from mobile to HD, has announced that the performance of its 4Caster M2 mobile TV encoder is to be 'enhanced significantly' with the addition of Extreme Compression. 

As an encoding platform for Mobile TV, the 25 percent increase in performance made possible using Extreme Compression on the 4Caster M2 will have a 'profound impact' on the quality of mobile broadcast and 3G mobile streaming services around the world, claims the company. Operators with both new and existing H.264 based Mobile TV deployments which use the 4Caster M2 will be able to provide subscribers with a 'dramatically enriched quality of experience', it is claimed.

"Our in-house codec development team has worked incredibly hard to improve upon the already outstanding performance of the M2 encoder and we are very excited about the results. By liaising closely with the world's mobile handset vendors and the network operators we have as customers, Envivio has been able to develop an even more efficient mobile TV compression implementation that delivers a truly stunning end user experience on mobile devices that have been designed specifically for multimedia playback." - Eric Rosier, Vice President of Engineering at Envivio.  

GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, has confirmed a large rise in the number of HSPA devices introduced onto the market. GSA's latest HSPA Devices Survey identifies 805 HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) products have now been launched. The number of HSPA devices has virtually doubled in less than 11 months. The number of suppliers increased from 80 to 129 in the same period, i.e. over 61% growth.

HSPA devices address all market segments, and the GSA survey provides the following breakdown:

* 384 mobile phones and UMPCs

* 120 PC data cards (PCMCIA cards, ExpressCards, chipsets, embedded modules)

* 118 notebooks

* 102 USB modems

* 73 Wireless routers/gateways

* 7 Personal Media Players (PMPs)

* 1 camera

500 devices, i.e. the majority, support 3.6 Mbps (peak) or higher download data speeds, including 228 devices supporting 7.2 Mbps peak or higher.

The number of HSUPA-capable (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) devices has tripled in less than a year. Today 97 devices support HSUPA operation, with the majority delivering up to 2.1 Mbps (peak) on the uplink, while 28 products already support or upgradeable for 5.76 Mbps (peak) speed.

Alan Hadden, President, GSA, said: "The number of HSDPA mobile phones increased by 93% since last October, and the number of notebooks with embedded HSPA-connectivity increased by a similar amount. The benefits from deploying HSPA in the lower frequency bands are also widely appreciated. Over 300 devices operate in the 850 MHz band, and the availability of UMTS 900 devices has significantly improved."

While the majority of WCDMA-HSPA systems and devices operate in internationally designated 3G/IMT-2000 core band spectrum (2100 MHz), the 850 MHz frequency band as widely used throughout the Americas, in Australia and in Asia is also well supported. There is also significantly increasing availability reported for UMTS 900 devices, already today supporting UMTS 900 service launches in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

HSPA Device breakdown by frequency (excluding notebooks):

* 637 devices i.e. over 92%, operate in the 2100 MHz band

* 307 devices i.e. over 44%, operate in the 850 MHz band

* 224 tri-band 850/1900/2100 MHz devices facilitate global roaming

* 33 devices operate in the 900 MHz band (UMTS 900)

184 HSPA devices incorporate 802.11/WLAN functionality. Excluding notebooks, this represents over 26% of HSPA devices. 142 HSPA devices also incorporate positioning functionality functionality (GPS, Assisted GPS, etc.). Excluding notebooks, this represents over 20% of HSPA devices. 58 HSPA devices also incorporate mobile TV functionality, representing a number of standards.

Nokia has updated its mobile device market share outlook for the third quarter 2008, with the company now expecting its mobile device market share in the third quarter 2008 to be lower than in the second quarter 2008. This compares to Nokia's earlier estimation provided in the second quarter results announcement on July 17, 2008, when the company said it expected its mobile device market share in the third quarter 2008 to be approximately at the same level sequentially.
 
Nokia continues to target an increase in its market share in mobile devices for the full year 2008.
 
Nokia expects the overall mobile device market in 2008 to be impacted by the weaker consumer confidence in multiple markets. However, it continues to expect industry mobile device volumes in 2008 to grow 10% or more from the approximately 1.14 billion units Nokia estimated for 2007. Nokia also continues to expect industry mobile device volumes in the third quarter 2008 to be up sequentially.
 
Nokia says its current estimate that its mobile device market share in the third quarter 2008 will be lower than previously expected is said to be due to multiple factors. These factors include Nokia's tactical decision to not meet certain aggressive pricing of some competitors, the overall market competition, including the entry markets, and the temporary impact of a slower ramp-up of a mid-range Nokia device. Nokia's strategy is to take market share only when the company believes it to be sustainably profitable in the longer term. Nokia has not broadly participated in the recent aggressive pricing activity - as it believes that the negative impact to profitability would outweigh any short term incremental benefits to device unit sales.

Messaging International, provider of messaging services, has, through its wholly owned subsidiary TeleMessage, announced that its PC2Mobile Application Suite, which allows users to send text, pictures, music and video from a PC to a mobile phone, has been integrated for global availability into Comverse's comprehensive messaging portfolio and has been successfully deployed by a leading tier-1 operator in Eastern Europe.

By downloading the application from a PC, mobile subscribers can send SMS and MMS messages directly from a PC to any mobile phone.  The service integrates as a plug-in onto Microsoft Outlook, and as a toolbar for the Microsoft Internet Explorer and File Explorer. Customers pay the operator for each SMS and MMS message sent via their monthly phone bill.

Messaging International CEO Guy Levit said, "We are excited about this development with Comverse, a worldwide leader in messaging.  This is an important stamp of acceptance for our products and will significantly expand our marketing reach.  The recent successful launch the PC2Mobile solution with a major mobile operator gives us valuable exposure to the booming Eastern European messaging market, which will, we believe, become increasingly important to our future growth."

Dror Bin, Head of Comverse' Products Group, said, "TeleMessage's PC2Mobile fits very well into Comverse's converged messaging strategy, extending the operator's presence to the PC with new and innovative ways to send SMS and MMS messages.  Enabling people to send user-generated and other multimedia content easily from their PCs differentiates the operator's offering, improves the user experience, and paves the way for unprecedented MMS growth potential."

O2 has announced that Pay & Go will be available for the Apple iPhone 3G on September 16 with pricing at £349.99 for the 8GB model and £399.99 for the 16GB model. iPhone 3G Pay & Go customers will also receive inclusive unlimited data and Wi-Fi for 12 months following activation, services regularly worth £120.  

iPhone 3G on Pay & Go will come with unlimited data browsing over O2's mobile network and unlimited access to over 9,000 Wi-Fi hotspots through both The Cloud and BT Openzone for 12 months following activation. Following this, an unlimited data and Wi-Fi bolt on will be available to Pay & Go customers for £10 per month.

"Launching iPhone 3G on Pay  Go opens up even more of the market for this innovative device," said Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2 in the UK. "With inclusive data and Wi-Fi access for the first 12 months, Pay  Go makes it easy for customers to enjoy the best mobile browsing experience ever." 

iPhone 3G will be available to Pay & Go customers in the UK exclusively through Apple, O2 and Carphone Warehouse retail and online stores.

The market for Mobile Internet Devices - the new class of Internet-connected products offering "always-on" Web browsing, photography and video, navigation, games, social networking and voice communications - is forecast to grow at a 'spectacular' compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 167% over the next five years, according to a report from ABI Research.
 
According to ABI, this impressive growth will be paralleled by the penetration of several wireless technologies that are integral to the MID's functions: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and eventually ultra-wideband (UWB).
 
"All Mobile Internet Devices will feature Wi-Fi from the start," says ABI Research senior analyst Douglas McEuen. "That is the essential form of wireless connectivity that no MID will be without. But in addition, ABI Research expects to see Bluetooth reach a 95% penetration rate by the end of 2008."
 
While many MIDs will include voice capabilities, they are larger than mobile phones, and for convenience some users will carry a low-cost phone as well. However many consumers still want an all-in-one device, and the handset/headset configuration enabled by Bluetooth will meet their needs. That will be one of the main rationales for its early adoption in MIDs, says ABI.
 
The report says that more enhanced forms of connectivity are in the pipeline too. The first to reach the market will be "Bluetooth over 802.11," also known as AMP (Alternate MAC PHY). It involves a software addition that will allow the device's Bluetooth circuits to "piggyback" on its much faster Wi-Fi connection when it is necessary to transmit large amounts of data.
 
By 2011, ultra-wideband (UWB) will be added to the mix. "Ultra-wideband offers an ‘on steroids' version of Bluetooth," says McEuen, "Today it is just a wireless USB replacement, but the chips are getting smaller and more powerful and they are aiming for the portable device market. In a few years, it can be really useful in the MID market."