Verizon Communications today begins offering a secure e-mail service for physicians, complying with U.S. privacy standards. Telecoms are competing to provide data services for electronic medical records in the health care industry.
Cingular Wireless today started selling a Nokia 6682 handset that's loaded with Yahoo! services including e-mail, IM and address books. The phone, which also offers music-playing capability and a 64-megabit memory card, will allow users to connect with their personalized My Yahoo! page or the AT&T-Yahoo! Web portal.
Internet portal Yahoo! expanded the reach of its mobile services by signing a deal with Nextel to provide WAP access to wireless subscribers. Now users of Nextel, Sprint, Verizon, Cingular and T-Mobile will be able to access Yahoo! instant messaging, e-mail and local directory services through their mobile phones.
In 1920, a 10-minute phone call between Los Angeles and New York cost $26.17 (about $250 in 2004 dollars), but the prevalence of mobile phones, VoIP and flat-rate long-distance services has become such that analysts have stopped tracking the per-minute cost of long-distance calls. Traditional long-distance companies such as AT&T have seen the most inroads made into their business, and landline companies are working to adapt to the new reality.