PDA News – Blackberry War, Treo 700w review, Palm quarterly financials

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NYT: USPTO to invalidate NTP patents

A sudden turn in the Blackberry War! Just as NTP was getting closer and closer to nailing down Research In Motion on a patent infringement claim, the beleagured Canadian force seems to have gained a new ally. The New York Times, in a story published early today, says that the United States Patent & Trademark Office has decided to invalidate the patents that NTP has used as the basis for their case against RIM. A patent office document obtained by the Times stated that “The patent owner’s arguments are deemed nonpersuasive… The next office action is expected to be a final rejection of all current claims.

This would pull much of the carpet, and indeed the floorboards, out from under NTP’s suit. While they can appeal the decision, the company is now fighting uphill, when it seemed that they were within days of a massive financial settlement.



Pre-release Treo 700w review

It’s not even been officially released yet, but Treo-enthusiast website Treonauts has acquired their very own production-level Treo 700w smartphone. Besides a specification sheet, they’ve also posted the first part of their device review. The initial installement focuses on synchronization and the functionality of the Today screen. If they follow this length all through their listed review itinerary, it will turn out to be a nine-part epic miniseries. So if you’re interested in every facet of Palm’s new PocketPC, then be sure to tune in.



Palm releases quarterly results

In addition to the more newsworthy Treo roadmap, Palm has also released their quarterly financial report for the three months ending December 2nd. The company reported $440 million in revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2006, up 18% from the same time last year. This comes out to about 47 cents per share, exceeding analyst expectations of 44 cents per share. PALM stock rose about 5% on the news in after-hours trading.




T-Mobile still one year away from high-speed

In an interview with technology website BetaNews, T-Mobile’ Vice President of Engineering Operations, Neville Ray, stated that the company is still a year away from launching a high-speed data network to compete with offerings from Verizon, Sprint, and Cingular.  The VP placed blame for the lag on T-Mobile’s lack of available radio spectrum.

While Ray declined to comment about what technology T-Mobile would adopt, the company is expected to select UMTS, the de facto GSM 3G standard, which is already in use by Cingular and T-Mobile’s European division.

Ray also talked about T-Mobile’s expansion into the 850 MHz band, which covers a considerable portion of the rural areas, as well as offering better signal penetration than T-Mo’s traditional 1900 MHz signal. According to Ray, the company has secured roaming agreements for almost all the 850 MHz GSM coverage available, and will be continuing to activate roaming through 2006, eventually producing a coverage map more in line with that of Cingular, the other major GSM carrier. Can I get a hell yeah?




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