The move by the San Diego wireless tech giant marks a shift in product strategy toward services and away from its core mobile phone networking business. Other wireless firms like handset leader
have also broadened their plans into services like email, music sales and navigation.
Qualcomm expects the deal for the Atlanta mobile banking outfit to shave about 2 cents from its 2008 profits.
"Qualcomm is a recognized technology leader and this acquisition is a strong endorsement of the strategic importance of mobile commerce," Firethorn CEO Tripp Rackley said in a press release Wednesday.