It was funny when a friend's mom recently asked me my thoughts on Voice over Internet protocol, referring to Vonage and Sun Rocket. Oh, I forgot one important fact, she's in her '80s.

Mobile phones are taking on a whole new look.

Nextel Mexico announced that short messaging service (SMS) has begun between Nextel Mexico and Telcel.

Service revenues in the global telecommunications industry will reach $1.3 trillion by the close of 2007, with continued strong growth in wireless leading the way, says a new market analysis report from The Insight Research Corporation.

Satelites Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. announced that it has appointed Raul Cisneros Matusita to serve as the new CEO of Satmex, effective November 30, 2006, to help chart a new direction for the Company. Mr. Cisneros's appointment was made on the same day the Company officially concluded its U.S.

AT&T Inc.and NBC Universal, Inc. announced a distribution agreement to deliver NBC Universal linear, high-definition (HD) and on-demand programming as part of the AT&T U-verseSM TV channel lineup.

Verizon Wireless V CAST has added Spanish language content specifically for children. From game shows to cartoons ¡Sorpresa! (which means surprise) features shows that aim to both educate children and provide young Hispanics ages 2 to 12 with culturally relevant programming.

The availability of sophisticated handsets is proving to be a mixed blessing for the U.S. ringtone market.

According to the results of a new survey of US and Canadian consumers that segments households by demographics, all segments rated broadband “the communication service they can least live without,” reports In-Stat.

MTV announced the premiere of “Ricky Martin: MTV Unplugged” in high-definition on MTV Latin America; as well as MTV Tr3s, MTV Puerto Rico and on MTV Networks new high-definition channel in the US, MHD, on November 1, 2006 at 10pm (EST).

Messaging is the least sexy, but most profitable, segment of the huge mobile data market.

While mobile carriers, music producers, television networks and equipment providers throw out a never-ending barrage of multimedia goodies to lure consumers into spending more add-on dollars, users seem content to just keep their heads down and tap out more messages.

Hint: Money and influence tend to be related.

Primetime viewing for mobile video hits during the afternoon and early evening, according to Telephia, the largest provider of consumer research to the communications and new media markets. According to Telephia’s Mobile Video Diary Report, 30 percent of mobile video users watch mobile TV and video clips on their cell phones during the hours of noon and 4 pm, and 31 percent watch during the early evening commute hours of 4 pm to 8 pm. Not surprisingly, mobile video viewing drops to just nine percent during the regular television primetime hours of 8 pm to 11 pm.

'Can you hear me now...or read my message or search the Web or watch the news?'

eMarketer projects that 297 million Americans will have a mobile phone by the end of 2009, up from 208 million in 2005, representing over 92% of the country's population.

It is no secret that mobile phones are attractive to advertisers and marketers. BusinessWeek and visiongain projected in March 2006 that US mobile advertising and marketing spending will increase rapidly from 2005, reaching $602.3 million in 2009.