News from CTIA 2008

CTIA ’08 introduced a plethora of devices, accessories, and theories about its future but what had most interested was the 2 Mbps Mobile WiMax demo given by Intel, Motorola, and Clearwire. This as well as Sprint’s Xohm WiMax network, scheduled for launch later this year, are being looked at closely to see if mobile broadband is the future money maker that some think. Analysts are surprised to see how far ahead of the mobile broadband game Sprint is considering their recent struggles.

Nokia and their 810 internet tablet are already to go the WiMax route and were commended for the device with a 1st place finish in the Fashion and Lifestyle category. Samsung also scored big at CTIA with both the Instinct and the ACE. The won 1st and 3rd place respectively, in the Smartphone category.

The following awards were given:

Consumer Applications – Messaging (SMS/MMS)/Mobile Marketing
1st place – Cellfire 3.0
2nd place – Reply with Jott for BlackBerry
3rd place – SnapNow Mobile Visual Search

Consumer Applications – Mobile Entertainment/Social Networking
1st place – Ontela’s PicDeckâ„¢
2nd place – WidSets
3rd place – Yahoo! Go 3.0

Mobile CE – Accessory
1st place -Clear Harmonyâ„¢ Wireless Ear Buds
2nd place – CradlePoint PHS300 Portable Hotspot
3rd place – Motorola WiMAX CPEi 750 Desktop CPE

Mobile CE – Fashion & Lifestyle Products
1st place – Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition
2nd place – Wilson SignalBoostâ„¢ Pro Amplifier Kit (801242)
3rd place – ARCHOS 705 WiFi Portable Media Player

Mobile CE – Phone/Smartphone
1st place – Instinct by Samsung, exclusively from Sprint
2nd place – Nokia N96
3rd place – Samsung ACE (SPH-i325)

Mobile Widgets – Consumer
1st place – Zumobi
2nd place – Fusion Voicemail Plus by PhoneFusion
3rd place – JACKED Mobile SportsTop