Andrew Seybold Choice Award Finalists Continue to Display Innovation, Practicality; Winners to be Announced March 23

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Wirless Commuications Analyst/Consultant Andrew Seybold today announced 12 finalists in the four "Most Innovative" categories that are the basis for the annual Andrew Seybold Choice Awards: (Most Innovative) Mobile Applications; Mobile Devices; Mobile Service; and Mobile Technology. Winners are recognized at the Andrew Seybold Wireless Dinner, a popular event that takes place in conjunction with the spring CTIA Wireless show to honor outstanding achievements in the wireless communications industry.

This year's competition was structured around the dinner theme of 'Visions, Validations, Vistas' and we feel that all of the finalists reflect the theme very well

Andrew Seybold today announced the 12 finalists in the four "Most Innovative" categories that are the basis for the Andrew Seybold Choice Awards, with the winners to be presented at the 20th annual Andrew Seybold Wireless Dinner on the evening of March 23 in the Lido Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas. The event is held annually in conjunction with the spring CTIA Wireless show to honor outstanding achievements in the wireless communications industry.

"This year's competition was structured around the dinner theme of 'Visions, Validations, Vistas' and we feel that all of the finalists reflect the theme very well," Seybold said. "Moreover, they also reflect the continuation of the fresh thinking and innovation that has long characterized the wireless communications industry."

The four Choice Awards categories are (Most Innovative) Mobile Applications; Mobile Devices; Mobile Service; and Mobile Technology. The finalists and their entries include:

Application
AAA's Roadside: an iPhone application that enables a member to request roadside assistance without the need for placing a phone call. It works with GPS in a step-by-step process.

Alcatel-Lucent's Developer Platform: cloud-based enterprise tools that enable developers to build, test, manage, and distribute applications across networks, including television, broadband Internet, and mobile.

XTop Mobile: a smartphone and PC downloadable application that resides on both, extending smartphone functions onto the desktop, allowing users of either to interact directly with the other.

Device
Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset: a dual-microphone and noise-canceling AudioIQ2 technology earpiece that delivers a speaker's natural sounding voice even in harsh conditions. Its innovative rechargeable carrying case can triple talk time for extra battery life on the go.

Research In Motion BlackBerry Bold 9700: a stylish, premium smartphone that makes it easy for customers to access email and messages, make voice calls, browse the web, and stay organized and entertained wherever they are, all at 3G speed.

Wilson Electronics U-Booster: a cell phone signal booster with built-in amplifier that boosts signals to and from cell sites to reduce dropped calls, extend signal range, and minimize cell phone 'dead zones.'

Service
Good for Enterprise 6.0: a secure, easy-to-use enterprise mobility suite that provides IT with the ability to connect smartphones to the enterprise network without sacrificing data security and control.
Huawei Technologies MOCN (Multi-Operator Core Network): an environmentally friendly feature written into the 3GPP R6 that enables multiple operators to share All Radio Access Network resources, including carrier and baseband resources.

Research In Motion's BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0: secure, push-based server software for business mobility that supports advanced IT administration features and smartphone controls to create a secure, centrally managed link between BlackBerry® smartphones and enterprise systems, applications, corporate phone environments.

Technology
Huawei Technologies CDMA SingleRAN Enhanced 3900 Base Station Series: enhanced BTS3900 series support for CDMA, DorB, LTE, RF, and baseband modules that guarantee smooth evolution.

Research In Motion Blackberry Presenter: a small, lightweight device that plugs into a projector or monitor, enabling users to display Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations wirelessly from their BlackBerry smartphone.

Spectrum Bridge Inc. TV White Spaces Network: a wireless TV white spaces network that uses an intelligent TV white spaces database system to distribute broadband connectivity to assign non-interfering frequencies to white spaces devices and other protected TV band users.

Individuals wishing to attend the 20th Annual Andrew Seybold Wireless Dinner can obtain invitations by contacting a sponsor or Linda Seybold. Sponsors to date include Huawei, Jabra, Motorola, Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sony Ericsson, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless, Fusion Wireless, and iLane/XTop Mobile.

About Andrew Seybold, Inc.

Andrew Seybold, Inc. is dedicated to solving client challenges through strategic consulting, client-specific research and analysis, publications, speaking engagements and educational programs. Company founder Andrew M. Seybold and his partners provide deep technology and business expertise, proven best practices and long-established relationships with industry leaders. Mr. Seybold is highly regarded for his COMMENTARY e-newsletter and the Andrew Seybold Wireless University. For more information, visit http://www.andrewseybold.com.

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