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April 05, 2008

Samsung's 'Instinct' Phone Takes Home CTIA 'Best in Show' E-Tech Award, Judges Announce Other Winners

Samsung's 'Instinct' Phone (SPM-M800) Phone from Sprint, Photo Courtesy CNet's Crave BlogThe CTIA Wireless 2008 has now concluded. One of the highlights of the event, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, was the Emerging Technology Awards. The E-Tech awards honor the products in a number of categories representing the wireless ecosystem, including mobile consumer electronics, consumer mobile applications, enterprise solutions, network infrastructure, mobile widgets and 4G.

Robert Mesirow, CTIA vice president and show director said that this year’s E-Tech award winners represent all facets of the mobile lifestyle, from the enterprise to the consumer. Nearly 300 submissions were received for the 2008 E-Tech Awards. A panel of 31 judges evaluated each entry based on innovation, functionality, “wow factor,” importance of technology and ease of use and implementation.
This year’s panel of E-Tech judges included Michelle Sklar from bnetTV; Steven Wildstrom from BusinessWeek; Jessica Dolcourt, Josh Lowensohn and Kent German from CNET; Colin Gibbs and Mike Dano from RCR Wireless News; Peter Ha from TechCrunch Network; Rhonda Wickham from Wireless Week; and Christopher Null and Gina Huges from Yahoo! Tech.
The ‘Best in Show’ award, chosen by CTIA Wireless attendees via text voting, went to the ‘Instinct’ phone (SPM-M800) by Samsung (News - Alert), available exclusively from Sprint. This phone was unveiled during Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse’s keynote address on Tuesday.
The E-tech Award winners in each category are listed below.
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 (News - Alert)
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”
Mobile Consumer Electronics — Accessory
1st place: Clear Harmony Wireless Ear Buds
2nd place: CradlePoint PHS300 Portable Hotspot
3rd place: Motorola (News - Alert) WiMAX CPEi 750 Desktop CPE
Mobile Consumer Electronics— 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 Consumer Electronics  — 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 (News - Alert) 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
Network Infrastructure — Wide Area Network
1st place: Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian
2nd place: Net-Net Multiservice Security Gateway (MSG) by Acme Packet (News - Alert)
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: OnPoint Digital for the CTIA Wireless CellCast site, a tool for broadcasting audio content.

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Arvind Arora is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Arvind’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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