AT&T sends unsolicited 'Idol' text; Will Obama back WiMAX?

> AT&T Mobility sent an unsolicited text message to roughly 2 million of its 75 million subscribers, urging them to tune into the television show "American Idol." Article

> With President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan sure to include some money for broadband buildout, will it be Obama who gives WiMAX extra backing? Commentary

> Samsung entered into a licensing agreement with Wi-LAN, a licensing communications company with patents related to WiMAX, GSM and other wireless technologies. Release

> The directory assistance company kgb launched a suite of services in North America based around text messaging and mobile web solutions. Release

> Nokia-Siemens won a contract from T-Mobile Austria to manage the carrier's backhaul network.  Article

> Aircell announced that United Airlines will be its fifth Gogo Inflight Internet customer, providing Internet service on 13 Boeing 757 jets that travel from New York's JFK airport to Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Article

And finally... The handset vendor Mi has launched a Barack Obama-branded phone in Kenya, the home of Obama's father, using the color scheme and logo of the president-elect's campaign. Article