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CTIA Wireless 2008 E-Tech Award Winners Announced

Winners chosen from 13 award categories ranging from infrastructure and 4G to consumer applications and mobile widgets

Attendees text in their votes for Best in Show winner, the Instinct by Samsung

CTIA WIRELESS 2008, the premier global event representing the $500 billion global wireless industry, today announced the winners of the third annual Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards. The E-Tech awards honor the best products and innovations in a number of categories representing the wireless ecosystem, including mobile consumer electronics, consumer mobile applications, enterprise solutions, network infrastructure, mobile widgets and 4G. CTIA WIRELESS is taking place this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The coveted Best in Show award, chosen by CTIA WIRELESS attendees via text voting, goes to the Instinct by Samsung, exclusively from Sprint. The Instinct phone was unveiled during Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse’s keynote address on Tuesday. Text voting capabilities were provided by iLoop, OpenMarket and NeuStar.

“This year’s E-Tech award winners represent all facets of the mobile lifestyle — from the enterprise to the consumer,” said Robert Mesirow, CTIA vice president and show director. “We’d like to thank each of the judges for giving their time and expertise to the process of choosing this year’s top entrants. Congratulations to all of the winners.”

Nearly 300 submissions were received for this year’s E-Tech Awards. A panel of 31 judges evaluated each entry on innovation, functionality, wow factor, importance of technology and ease of use and implementation. The E-tech Award winners in each category are:

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4G – Service Creation & Development
1st place – Accenture 4G Accelerator Solution v2.0
2nd place – Yahoo! Mobile Developer Platform
3rd place – SANDVINE PTS14710

4G – Service Management
1st place – Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian
2nd place – MFORMATION SERVICE MANAGER for WiMAX
3rd place – Over the Air Device Provisioning Enablement for WiMAX from Bridgewater Systems

Consumer Applications – Healthcare/Public Safety/Transportation/Public Services
1st place — FocalPoint™ 3.0 by Omnilink
2nd place – mobi-pass™ from Mobiqua
3rd place – iVisit SeeStar/SeeScan

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 PicDeck™
2nd place – WidSets
3rd place – Yahoo! Go 3.0

Enterprise Solutions
1st place – Copernic Mobile for Business
2nd place – TeleNav Track
3rd place – Zone Manager ‘enterprise IT asset tracking and inventory system’

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Mobile CE – Accessory
1st place -Clear Harmony™ 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 SignalBoost™ 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

Mobile Widgets – Enterprise
1st place – PhoneFusion One’s Mobile Call Control
2nd place – CellTrust SecureSMS™

Network Infrastructure – In-Building/Local Area Network Solution
1st place – Samsung UbiCell
2nd place – Airvana CDMA HubBub (Femtocell)
3rd place – Agito Networks RoamAnywhere Mobility Router

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Network Infrastructure – Wide Area Network
1st place – Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian
2nd place – Net-Net Multiservice Security Gateway (MSG) by Acme Packet
3rd place – Universal WiMax Digital Radio Head

CTIA Mobile Widget Contest
This year, CTIA WIRELESS challenged developers to create a unique and innovative mobile widget for the show. The winner is OnPoint Digital for the CTIA Wireless CellCast site, an easy-to-use tool for broadcasting audio content.

This year’s E-Tech judges included:

  • bnetTV – Michelle Sklar
  • BusinessWeek – Steven Wildstrom
  • CNET – Jessica Dolcourt, Josh Lowensohn, Kent German
  • Engadget – Chris Ziegler
  • eWeek – Andrew Garcia, Jim Rapoza, Wayne Rash
  • ExtremeLabs, Inc. – Tom Henderson
  • FierceWireless – Lynette Luna, Sue Marek
  • Gizmodo – Brian Lam, Wilson Rothman
  • Heavy Reading – Patrick Donegan
  • InformationWeek/Unstrung – Richard Martin
  • Jupiter Research – Julie Ask
  • Mashable – Kristen Nicole, Pete Cashmore
  • Network World – Keith Shaw
  • PC Magazine – Jaime Lendino, Sascha Segan
  • PhoneDog.com – Noah Kravitz
  • Phonescoop – Eric Zeman
  • RCR Wireless News – Colin Gibbs, Mike Dano
  • San Diego Transcript – Phil Baker
  • TechCrunch Network – Peter Ha
  • Wireless Week – Rhonda Wickham
  • Yahoo! Tech – Christopher Null, Gina Huges.

About CTIA WIRELESS 2008
As the premier global event representing the $500 billion global wireless industry and the largest wireless show in the world, International CTIA WIRELESS 2008 brings together all industries affected by wireless technology for three days of intense learning and networking. Visit http://www.ctia.org/ctiawireless.

CTIA-The Wireless Association™ is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers. CTIA is also recognized as the premiere producer of two annual technology events representing the complete wireless, mobile and Internet industries: CTIA WIRELESS 2008 takes place in Las Vegas April 1-3; CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2008 takes place in San Francisco September 10-12.

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