3GSM Redux: Fierce Wireless Deal Watch

This is a very cool table I got today in my email from Fierce Wireless (which you NEED to sign up for). It has all the major deals from 3GSM. Nokia was the big player of course, but cool news from IBM, AOL and Sony show how everyone's thinking about mobile tech. The Feature also has a 3GSM review as well. Exciting week, really. I could hardly keep up.

Deal Watch







Nokia and IBM expanded their mobile enterprise relationship with a host of new products. No financial details were released. The new products and services are built around IBM's Wireless Enterprise Delivery Environment as well as IBM's WebSphere software and are designed to work on specific Nokia mobile phones and devices. IBM and Nokia also announced plans to jointly develop services using Nokia's mobile devices, including the Nokia 6800 and Symbian-based devices such as the Nokia 9210i Communicator. IBM also said it plans to develop its WebSphere Everyplace Access product for the Symbian OS.



BT inked a mobile virtual network operator deal with T-Mobile in the U.K. No financial details were released. BT launched its virtual service, called Mobile Sense, four months ago using mm02's network. This deal snubs it's former wireless division in favor of former wireless rival T-Mobile.



Nokia inked a mobile enterprise partnership with Oracle that will bring Oracle's apps to Nokia devices. No financial details were released. The companies said they plan to mobilize Oracle's Collaboration Suite.


Sun Microsystems

Nokia inked a software sales deal with Sun Microsystems that will bundle Nokia's wireless Delivery Server as a part of Sun's new Data Service Delivery Framework (DSDF) to service providers and operators. The Nokia Delivery Server manages business rules for content download, fetches content from a storage system and delivers it reliably to a mobile phone. It is a software server product designed to enable wireless operators and service providers to offer content download services based on Java and Symbian application downloads to mobile devices.

Sony Music


Sony Music teamed up with Ericsson this week to work on a new service to deliver digital music clips to mobile handsets. No financial details were released. The new service, dubbed M-USE, will be initially available to wireless subscribers in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. No carrier deals have yet to be announced.

America Online (AOL)

Cellcom; E-Plus; KPN Mobile; FarEasTone; Smart; Telstra; Singapore Telecommunications; Rogers AT&T Wireless

America Online announced a series of deals that will bring ICQ to wireless carriers in Germany, Taiwan, Israel, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and Singapore. No financial details were released. The deals will make ICQ's messaging client available through SMS messaging.



Samsung acquired a 5 percent stake in Symbian in a deal worth an estimated £17 million. The investment demonstrates the degree to which Samsung is aggressively pushing its weight into the global handset market. While some Symbian partisans may point to this deal as evidence of Samsung's strong support for the Symbian OS, it really demonstrates the lengths to which Samsung is willing to go in order to achieve penetration in the European market.



T-Mobile this week agreed to offer Microsoft's HTC-manufactured phone. T-Mobile is the second carrier to offer the phone; Orange U.K. was the first.



IBM said it would use software maker Trolltech's Linux-based software suite, Qtopia, on future mobile devices. Trolltech received an undisclosed payment for the deal, said to be worth $10 million to $20 million in license fees over the next three years. Trolltech's Qtopia software also powers Sharp's Zaurus Linux handhelds. IBM's announcement comes on the heels of Motorola's Linux pledge and product launch.


Real Networks

Ericsson and Real Networks announced a partnership in which Ericsson will bundle Real Networks' mobile content platform with the equipment Ericsson sells to wireless carriers. The combined solution will support video and audio files in RealNetworks' RealAudio and RealVideo format and files on the industry standards MPEG-4 and 3GPP (third-generation partnership project).



TransDimension announced that it inked a deal with Motorola for its USB On-the-Go standard. The company, which is advancing a mobile version of the USB standard (which has become the standard for connecting peripherals to desktop PCs), already has deals for the mobile version of USB with Qualcomm, Sony, and Philips Semiconductor.
Nokia Texas Instruments Nokia and Texas Instruments announced an extension of their agreement to optimize the Series 60 platform on OMAP-based chips. This deal is designed to give TI an edge in keeping Intel out of the growing community of Series 60 handset makers.
Nokia Hewlett-Packard (HP) Nokia announced a Bluetooth printing solution with Hewlett-Packard for use with Series 60 devices and HP printers. This partnership is an extension of HP's push into wireless printing solutions.



Magic4 inked a deal with Qualcomm to develop an MMS solution for Qualcomm's BREW mobile content platform. The platform features easy integration to camera devices, a photo slide show editor and viewer, and an email delivery system for photos and other content.


Handango, WideRay

PalmSource struck a retail sales partnership with Handango and WideRay that will establish a series of retail kiosks to sell Palm-related software titles. The deal expands an earlier agreement between WideRay and Handango and will use WideRay's existing systems of kiosks in electronics retail locations.


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