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April 4, 2006 at 10:54 AM

CTIA: The day before

The difficult part about going to a big convention like CTIA for a journalist is knowing when to fly out. You don’t want to get there too early and at the same time you don’t want to miss any news.

As I sit at SeaTac waiting to fly out to Las Vegas, there’s two things moving already.

1. Bellevue-based InfoSpace announced it has relaunched T-Mobile USA’s T-Zones experience to include a better search function. The new search bar allows the 12 million T-Mobile subscribers that have it, access to: ringtones, games, wallpapers, approved applications surrounding news, stocks, weather, sports, local search for places and events nearby, and information from the Internet that is mobile-friendly.

The deal is fairly significant for InfoSpace, which has been trying to reposition itself as a mobile company.

2. Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft is planning to unveil that it has won its biggest-ever contract for mobile-phone software as early as today. The order from the U.S. Census Bureau covers 500,000 handsets.

A story in yesterday’s paper details how Microsoft has been trying to become a leader in this space.

Bloomberg said with the deal MIcrosoft expects to increase its mobile unit’s sales to $1 billion in one to three years, from $337 million last year, and break the dominance of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry.

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