Freedom Wireless’ pre-paid wireless patent upheld.

A federal court upheld previous patent decision and ordered Boston Communications Group (BCGI) and Cingular Wireless to stop selling prepaid wireless services based on Freedom Wireless’ patented systems. The ruling allows BCGI and Cingular to service current customers for 90 days while paying Freedom Wireless 2.5cents/minute royalty. BCGI CEO issued a statement assuring that his company will continue the appeals process. It appears that only Cingular TDMA pre-paid service is affected – and as Cingular has been hard at work transitioning to GSM this decision will probably only accelerate that process.

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