Category: Content & Applications


Telus pulls out of porn market

Canada’s second placed mobile operator, Telus Mobility, has been forced to put the lid on its adult content services after firm condemnation from the Catholic church. Archbishop Raymond Roussin of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, called for Catholics to hang up their Telus subscriptions earlier this week, in protest and “general frustration with the lack of […]

Telefonica signs up for Intertrust DRM

Spanish operator Telefonica Moviles Espana and its European subsidiary, O2, signed up for Digital Rights Management (DRM) licenses from Intertrust on Tuesday. The agreement includes a trial of both Marlin DRM and OMA technologies and will include an evaluation of interoperability between OMA v.2.0 devices and other Marlin devices. Last week at the 3GSM World […]

MonsterMob sale draws competition

Chinese content company Linktone confirmed plans to make a formal offer for UK-based mobile content firm MonsterMob on Wednesday. Linktone’s proposal is conditional that MonsterMob turns down a rival offer from Spain’s LaNatro Zed at its EGM on Friday. “Linktone is ready to make a formal takeover offer for MonsterMob within hours of MonsterMob’s EGM […]

Chinese New Year to spark SMS boom

China’s mobile operators expect subscribers to send around 14 billion text messages during the week long holiday for the Chinese New Year, according to local reports. Festivities for the Year of the Pig began at the weekend and the country’s two mobile providers, China Mobile and China Unicom are bracing themselves for a barrage of […]

Data revenues to rule by 2014

The amount of traffic an operator carries is about to explode and within seven years the majority of that traffic will be data orientated, including music, video, messages, and enterprise applications, according to industry analyst ABI Research. At the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last week, ABI noted that mobile operators were scrambling over each […]

New “payments club” goes live in Q107

Processing payments by mobile has long been one of the industry’s big hopes, but after years of trying, there’s still very little to show for it but a succession of failed projects and a variety of kludgy fixes like premium SMS. Payments specialist Upaid hopes to change this, as its senior VP sales, Richard Owen […]

SMS remains messaging king

SMS, the long standing crutch for mobile data revenues, faces a healthy future with statistics forecasting traffic volumes and revenues that continue to confound predictions. UK-based researcher Portio Research, released a report on Tuesday, ‘Mobile Messaging Futures 2007 – 2012′ which anticipates that although the growth of SMS revenues will not be as aggressive as […]

DRM disagreements follow Microsoft launch

Microsoft has been criticised over its proprietary DRM solution ‘PlayReady’, launched Monday, for trying to eclipse the OMA’s open standard and risking market fragmentation. PlayReady will allow users to share protected pieces of content between mobile phones, PCs and other devices. Microsoft insists its solution is “platform agnostic” – however critics have rounded on the […]

Sony Ericsson opens up UIQ ownership

Sony Ericsson, which closed its acquisition of Symbian subsidiary UIQ Technology this week, has unveiled plans to open up the open up the software house to investors. At the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona on Wednesday, Sony Ericsson openly invited phone vendors to become shareholders in UIQ, which develops a user interface framework and application […]

GSMA makes a song and dance over Bollywood

At 3GSM World Congress renowned Indian film director Sanjay Dutt presented 10 short films by five directors as part of the Made for Mobile project, sponsored by the Sundance Institute and the GSMA. The complete film will be released in cinemas at the same time as the 10 individual shorts are distributed online. GSMA chief […]

Vodafone’s content drive goes off the map

Vodafone Live! will be drawing on Google for its maps and local search service, it was announced Monday, while the company will be working with Citibank on a new mobile payments system. Google launched Google Maps in 2004, which proved to be the starting gun for Web 2.0, as the service’s rich AJAX-based user interface, […]

Vodafone puts YouTube on mobile

Vodafone marked the end of a busy week on Friday with an agreement to launch YouTube on mobile phones. The service will launch in the UK initially and will be expanded to key markets across Europe, allowing users to access a version of the popular YouTube service directly via Vodafone live! As part of the […]

Mobile content sales boom in 2006

Mobile transaction firm mBlox on Thursday highlighted strong growth in the premium SMS and mobile content markets in 2006. The company said that it processed over 1.4 billion application-to-person transactions worldwide during 2006, worth more than $500m in street revenue. In the US, the number of premium SMS transactions mBlox processed increased 100 per cent […]

Vodafone offers eBay app.

Vodafone has struck a deal with online auction house eBay to offer a dedicated downloadable mobile application for the service. The eBay application will be free to download on Vodafone live! or embedded on key handsets. The offering will launch initially in Italy initially and will be made available across Europe later this year. The […]

Vodafone in MySpace partnership

Vodafone announced an exclusive tie up with social networking portal MySpace on Wednesday, allowing Vodafone customers to interact with the site via their mobile phones. MySpace already has deals with Cingular Wireless and MVNO Helio in the US and Softbank in Japan, but today’s announcement marks the first extension of Fox Interactive Media’s portal into […]

Jobs upsets the DRM applecart

Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple, called on the big four record labels to abolish Digital Rights Management (DRM) for portable devices on Tuesday. Speaking candidly in a statement on the Apple website, Jobs conceded that DRM, the method music retailers use to protect tunes from being illegally copied, “haven’t worked, and may never work, […]

Nortel CFO steps down

Canadian vendor Nortel said late Wednesday that Peter Currie will step down as executive vice president and chief financial officer on April 30. The company has begun searching for a new candidate and Currie will continue to provide advice and assistance during the transition. Mike Zafirovski, president and CEO of Nortel said “Peter has successfully […]

Mobile industry moves to protect kids

Fifteen leading European mobile operators and content providers will meet with senior EC figures in Brussels on Tuesday, signalling the industry’s move towards self regulation of mobile content. In a meeting presided over by Viviane Reding, the Commissioner of Information Society and Media, the operators and content providers will sign the “European Framework on Safer […]

Bug invades TomTom GPS units

A Trojan that attacks GPS devices sounds like the stuff of security nightmares. But this week, it happened, as GPS vendor TomTom confessed that all the GO910 GPS receivers produced during one week in October had been shipped with a virus aboard. The Trojan, Backdoor.Win32.Small.io, exploits the Windows Autorun function to initiate other malware on […]

Brits judged by ringtones

An estimated 97 per cent of Brits judge someone’s personality based on their choice of ringtone, with 90 per cent of UK mobile owners having been criticised by friends and family for their selection. According to figures published by mobile phone retailer, Dial-a-Phone, around 80 per cent of UK mobile users actually fear criticism of […]

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