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CTIA: Edited Wireless

Dan Jones

ORLANDO, Fla. – CTIA Wireless – One day in, and this year's CTIA show already reads like a Cliff's Notes version of the two large wireless-related shows I've attended this year – the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas in January and 3GSM in Barcelona in February. It has the same basic themes but with less actual news.

These reheated topics of interest include the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone, mobile WiMax, fixed/mobile convergence, and mobile TV. That compact lot could function as a fine little news checklist, if, that is, anyone was doing much more than flapping their gums.

The feeling of being in a news-free zone was reinforced by keynotes this morning. Nobody said anything of note. In fact, Ed Zander, CEO of Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), who begged off his keynote because of a "family matter," was sorely missed – which is a pretty sad state of affairs, when you think about it. OK, OK, there is some news happening.

The new Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) company, ZenZui, appears to be doing some cool stuff with mobile user interfaces. The launch of this new outfit also seems to be part – but probably not all – of Redmond's answer to the iPhone. (See The New 'face of Microsoft.)

WiMax is still on the agenda with new deployments, trials, and an expanded set of compliant products available. Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) also delivered an update on new markets for its upcoming mobile WiMax network in the U.S. (See CTIA: WiMax in the Air.)

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) could also have some brand new enterprise E-series on its stand. I'll be checking that out and reporting back soon.

Nonetheless, there's a distinct lack of hard stories 'round here – unless you count the wireless in fashion show, naturally. Maybe that will change tomorrow. Hope is forever, as Cliff might say.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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