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2009-12-18 06:25:00

Recently compiled data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the recession may be accelerating the change in how Americans communicate.  In a surprising trend, it seems that more people of all income classes are responding to the economically challenging times by ditching traditional landlines and going totally cellular. The study also found that phone preferences tend to vary more along the lines of age and geographic location than between...

2009-12-02 11:12:00

SOMERSET, N.J., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- 'Tis the season when HD televisions, smart phones and other electronic gifts fly off the shelves. Now, a new wireless connectivity system makes it possible for people who wear hearing instruments to enjoy the full potential of the holiday's most-wanted electronic devices. The new Oticon ConnectLine(TM) system, featuring the ConnectLine TV Adaptor and ConnectLine Phone Adaptor, takes the wireless connectivity of the popular Dual, Epoq and Vigo Connect...

2009-08-15 02:25:01

Traditional landline telephones seem to be going the way of the telegraph in America, analysts say. The phones are being unplugged for good in favor of cell phones at a rate of 700,000 a month, and one in four households now relies solely on cell phones, statistics show. At the current rate, the traditional plug-in telephone will disappear from American homes by 2025, The Economist reports. In 2005, only 7.3 percent of households relied only on cell phones, says the Centers for Disease...

2009-08-12 08:00:00

MIAMI, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Brightstar Corp. announced it has been awarded a patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,532,881) through its innovative Idea to Consumer (ITC) division for developing a proprietary technology that enhances the mobility of a fixed wireless terminal. Brightstar's invention consists of an apparatus and a method for limiting the communications range of a fixed wireless terminal allowing a mobile phone to be used like a cordless phone within a predetermined range. Wireless...

2009-05-08 16:31:00

Network Performance and Free Services Keep Relief Workers, Residents Connected SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Firefighters in the field and evacuees at shelters in Santa Barbara County are relying on the Verizon Wireless and wireline networks to stay connected during the Jesusita wildfire. The company has donated wireless modems for Internet access, and mobile phones with airtime to help firefighters battle wildfires and evacuees to contact loved ones and get updates on their...

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2009-05-06 15:35:00

For the first time ever, the number of U.S. households with cell phone service alone exceeds those with only traditional landline phone services. The high-tech shift is being driven, in part, by slowing economic conditions. A survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 20 percent of households had only cell phones during the last six months of 2008, a 3-percentage point increase over the first half of the year.  The move represents the...

2009-03-26 16:37:00

Firm introduces Address-Based Sampling to KnowledgePanel(R) MENLO PARK, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Knowledge Networks (KN) is continuing its tradition of research innovation by integrating Address-Based Sampling (ABS) into its recruitment for KnowledgePanel(R) - the only online panel for custom research based on statistically valid sampling. By using dual-frame recruitment (ABS and RDD), Knowledge Networks furthers its ability to represent accurately cell phone-only households...

2009-03-26 15:01:00

Some Cell Sites On Back Up Generator Power, But Still Handling Customer Voice and Data Traffic RIDGELAND, Miss., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellular South's wireless communications network sustained minimal damage as a result of the severe storms and at least one tornado that swept through central Mississippi late Wednesday and early today. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090319/CG86339 Most of the Mississippi-based company's 500 cell sites in central Mississippi were...

2009-03-11 12:50:05

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says wireless-only telephone use continues to increase across the United States. The CDC said Oklahoma leads the nation in the percentage of households with cell phones only at 26.2 percent, with Vermont having the fewest wireless-only households at 5.1 percent. These findings are important to CDC because many of our largest surveys are done on calls to landline phone numbers, said Stephen Blumberg, a CDC health scientist and lead author of the...

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2008-12-18 09:10:00

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of households in the U.S. that rely only on wireless services is up to nearly 18 percent, up several points from last year. During the first half of 2008, households using only wireless services rose 13.6 percent from last years mark. The agency collected the data as part of a project to see if nationwide health polls were being skewed by mobile phone only households. Verizon Communications, AT&T Inc, Qwest...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.