The Greater Boston Mobile Technology Cluster

12/22/08Follow @wroush

Though we in Boston can’t claim to host a major handset maker like Nokia or Motorola or a major wireless carrier like Verizon or AT&T, the New England area is nonetheless one of the world capitals of the mobile business. As Xconomy’s lead infotech writer for the East Coast, I spend at least a quarter of my time writing about mobile technology. And even after a year and a half on the job, I’ve only scratched the surface of the mobile ecosystem around town, which boasts more than 150 companies, from mobile advertising and marketing firms to applications developers to hard-core infrastructure technology companies.

We figured it was high time that we assembled a list of local mobile companies, similar to our previous cluster stories like Boston: The Hidden Hub of Music and Technology, the Greater Boston Internet Video Cluster, We, Robot: The Greater Boston Robotics Cluster, the Boston Health 2.0 Cluster, the Boston and Seattle iPhone Apps Catalog, and the Greater Boston Innovation Map.

Many thanks to Kate Imbach of Skyhook Wireless and Mobile Monday Boston, who generously shared the Mobile Monday membership spreadsheet on which we based our own list. We’ve played around liberally with the categories in the Mobile Monday rundown. Of course, any errors and omissions in the lists below are our responsibility, not Kate’s or Mobile Monday’s.

We’ve enhanced the list with links to previous Xconomy stories about each company, where available. We restricted the list to companies verifiably based in New England (meaning we left out companies whose websites didn’t list an address), and we didn’t include companies that are still in stealth mode. In some cases we included companies whose main business relates to land-line networking or telephony but which have mobile technologies or operations.

As always, our industry cluster lists are works in progress. If you spot a mistake in this list or you know of a company that should be added, please write to us at

To browse the list, continue to the next page, or pick a category:


Applications and Content


Hardware and Infrastructure

Location-Based Services

Mobile Marketing

Mobile Search

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Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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