CTIA's annual Wireless show is taking place in beautiful New Orleans this year, and we're expecting a variety of announcements — new phones, apps, and services are all on tap. The action kicks off in earnest on the afternoon of Monday, May 7th with events from AT&T, Verizon, and Mastercard, but you can expect news throughout the week. On Tuesday, look for liveblogs of a keynote session by FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and a roundtable featuring AT&T's Ralph de la Vega, Sprint's Dan Hesse, T-Mobile's Philipp Humm, and Verizon's Dan Mead!
At CTIA Wireless 2012, carriers and partners were lukewarm on the promise of HD voice but excited for the future of video calling.
ZTE is showing off a low-end Android 4.0 handset that the company says is headed to Cricket. The Nova 4.0 V8000 has a 4-inch WVGA screen, 8-megapixel camera around back, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM, and runs on a single-core Qualcomm S2 processor clocked at 1.4GHz.
The HTC Car StereoClip (Aux) accessory is a USB flash drive-sized Bluetooth dongle that will receive wireless audio from your phone and pass it off to a speaker with its male 3.5mm headphone jack.
AT&T has canceled the launch of the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD announced at CES.
The iCache Geode is a digital wallet iPhone 4 / 4S case that promises to replace your plastic credit and loyalty cards with digital equivalents. The case has an E Ink display on the back for displaying reader-friendly barcodes and it has a programmable universal credit card.
Sprint will be releasing a Direct Connect Now app for Android smartphones that offers interoperability with its push-to-talk service.
AT&T has announced it is going to start testing small cells for use on its network. The miniature, short-range cell sites can be deployed at a fraction of the cost of a traditional tower.
Cadillac has announced that it'll be giving away iPad training manuals with purchases of the all-new XTS full-size sedan. The company is also beefing up its call centers and training dealerships to make the CUE customer support experience better.
Hillcrest Labs' motion control technology is coming to smartphones and tablets.
Clarity is a division of Plantronics whose tagline is "Smart for seniors," and its latest product falls directly into that niche. Dubbed the Clarity Pal, its main feature is an audio "boost mode" that cranks up the volume to 25 decibels so that the hard of hearing can still use a phone
The Unnecto Quattro is a dual-SIM Android phone that will cost under $200 unlocked when it's released later this year. The phone has a 480 x 800 LCD screen and a 650MHz processor.
CTIA show director Rob Mesirow says that RIM could keynote its fall Enterprise & Applications show, which is timed well for a BlackBerry 10 device announcement.
Carrier IQ is no stranger to privacy issues in the mobile space after last November's discovery that its software was being improperly logged by HTC and the subsequent fallout. Today, the company announced that it has hired on a new "Chief Privacy Officer and General Counsel," Magnolia Mobley. We sat down with Mobley and Carrier IQ's Andrew Coward to discuss her new role in the company and where Carrier IQ is going now that it has a much more public face than before.
SIM maker Giesecke & Devrient notes at CTIA that Apple's proposed nano-SIM design has been revised to prevent jamming in larger slots.
Wilson Electronics is showing off its newly upgraded Sleek wireless signal booster at CTIA, the Sleek 4G-A, and we just got a chance to check it out in person.
Neither the just-announced HTC Evo V 4G on Virgin nor the HTC Design 4G on Boost Mobile are new. Both are Sprint devices that are being brought down to the pre-paid MVNO in a move that Sprint says is a part of a new trend where it will move top-tier devices into the low-range on pre-paid once they've spent some time in the market
Kyocera released the Rise and Hydro today, two new budget smartphones for the US market.
Droid Incredible 4G LTE hands-on
We got a chance to test out Clarion's Next Gate, an in-car infotainment system that's powered entirely by your iPhone.
MasterCard introduced PayPass Wallet today at CTIA, a new service for buying things online.
CTIA has tweaked several aspects of its Wireless show this year, so here's what readers can expect from the revised event.