San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. said it received an 18-month, $70-million contract to make wireless phones for Canada’s BCE Mobile Communications Inc., which dropped its current supplier, Oki Telecom Inc. Under the contract, Qualcomm will provide BCE Mobile with phones, including its popular palm-size, lightweight “Q” phone, which will be used in BCE’s Bell Mobility digital personal communications services network. With PCS, users can get wireless voice and data services, such as paging, over small phones. Bell Mobility said it will use Qualcomm’s phones because their availability was “more consistent with the company’s service launch schedule.” Representatives of OKI Telecom weren’t immediately available to comment. BCE Mobile is a unit of BCE Inc., the parent of Bell Canada. Qualcomm shares rose 6.25 cents to close at $46.625 on Nasdaq.
Qualcomm Gets Canada Wireless Contract