Category: Content & Applications


Mobile music downloads hit the right note

Global spend on music downloaded to mobile handsets is forecast to rocket to $32.2bn by 2010, up from $13.7bn in 2007, according to industry analyst Gartner. The analyst anticipates that carriers will overcome a host of challenges in delivering these services, with two distinct factors driving uptake: personalisation and entertainment. Stephanie Pittet, principal research analyst […]

Bluetooth falls foul of another hack attack

A posting to the Full Disclosure security listserv on Tuesday reveals another Bluetooth-based potential security threat to mobile devices. The exploit relies on a crude denial of service (DOS) attack on discoverable Bluetooth devices. Using USSP-PUSH, a program that sends files as OBEX object exchange requests from a Linux-based Bluetooth stack, security researchers made a […]

VoIP over wifi heads for China

Chinese consumers in Shandong will, starting in April, be able to make calls over VoIP via wifi, using a dual-mode device from Jinan Yinquan Technology. The firm, a wholly owned subsidiary of China VoIP and Digital Telecom (CVDT), will be offering its existing mobile subscribers the new handsets which holds two SIM cards. “One is […]

Mobiboo launches flat rate for UK

UK internet telephony player Mobiboo launched a flat rate all you can eat tariff on Wednesday, allowing subscribers to make unlimited calls to UK landlines. The new tariff is £39.95 per year for home users or £89.95 per year for business users and allows subscribers to make unlimited calls for 12 months to any 01 […]

CSR touts cheap as chips Bluetooth/GPS

UK-based Bluetooth chip specialist CSR has acquired two location specialists for an initial $75m and is pledging to reduce the cost of its GPS chipset to under $1. CSR is paying $40m for Sweden’s NordNav, although this figure could rise to $75m if the GPS specialist meets certain performance targets. The second firm named in […]

DVB-H goes into beta in US

Radio tower company Crown Castle International switched on its beta mobile TV service based on the DVB-H platform on Monday. The service, operated by subsidiary Modeo, is a commercial quality mobile TV offering in New York City. The beta service includes live video content from network programmers Fox News, Discovery Channel and others, as well […]

Bluetooth chipped by hacker tools

The security of Bluetooth has been called into question once again following the release of new tools which could be used to hack into Bluetooth-enabled devices. The tools appeared in the wake of the Chaos Communications Congress in Berlin, which finished late last week. Security consultant Thierry Zoller released a PIN recovery tool called BTCrack, […]

MediaFLO mobile TV to go live in US

MediaFLO, the mobile TV technology developed by Qualcomm, is expected to get its first commercial outing this weekend, when Verizon Wireless becomes the first operator to launch a service based on the system. The launch announcement is expected to come during a press briefing on Sunday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Qualcomm […]

Google to provide mobile search in China

Search giant Google on Wednesday said it had made an agreement with China Mobile to provide mobile search services in China. Google, which has been criticised in the past for providing its service in China, said it will provide search technology for mobile search on the Chinese operator’s Monternet WAP portal. The service was trialled […]

3 and Player X to launch GeekTV on mobile

A made-for-mobile TV channel is to be launched in the UK following a deal between Hutchison’s 3 UK and mobile media firm, Player X. GeekTV will provide a mix of content designed specifically for the mobile, as well as proper television shows, including ‘American Dad’ and ‘Miami Vice’. User generated content is also planned via […]

BlackBerry gets PTT

Research In Motion (RIM), the Canadian vendor behind the BlackBerry device said Thursday that it has tapped Kodiak Networks to integrate push to talk (PTT) functionality on a number of devices. The first device to feature the Java PTT client will be the BlackBerry Pearl available from Cingular Wireless. The PTT feature set will include, […]

32m mobile video users in China by 2008 – Analyst

The mobile video market in China will take off in 2008, driven by interest in the Beijing Olympics according to a new study from ABI Research. The analyst firm predicts that total mobile video users in China will number 32 million by 2008, with about 27 per cent of them using broadcasting technology. The remaining […]

AT&T hails wireless era

The assimilation of BellSouth into AT&T heralds a new wireless era that will see the latter attempt to capitalise on its newly acquired wireless heritage and make advertising a key revenue stream. In a report for the Wall Street Journal, AT&T said its control of Cingular – part of the $86bn BellSouth acquisition – was […]

MySpace does deal with Cingular

Successful social networking portal MySpace announced a partnership with US mobile operator Cingular Wireless on Monday, allowing Cingular customers to access MySpace via their handsets. The deal is MySpace’s largest scale mobile partnership to date, following similar deals with US MVNO Helio and Japanese operator Softbank. In November, the appointment of Jean-Paul Sanchez, previously Vodafone’s […]

Skype founders behind IPTV venture?

The creators of internet telephony champion Skype are believed to be behind an IPTV project based on the same peer to peer technology that has brought them success since the days of Kazaa. Rumour has it that Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom have used some of their proceeds from the $2.6bn sale of Skype to […]

i-mode comes to India

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo today announced a partnership with Indian operator Hutchison Essar under which Hutch will launch the i-mode mobile internet service in 2007. DoCoMo will license the patented technologies and know-how needed for Hutch to offer i-mode over GSM, GPRS and WCDMA, providing access to rich content including email and games. Friday’s announcement […]

Speed limits to hit mobile broadband apps?

Nokia introduced tools on Thursday to help operators throttle bandwidth hungry applications such as VoIP and peer to peer file sharing over the mobile internet. The announcement comes hot on the heels of 3 UK’s promise to embrace the open internet. From December 1, 3 UK will tear down the walls on its existing closed […]

MEF heeds European warning

Trade association the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) will launch a European chapter in Paris Thursday night. The new chapter will work in conjunction with the established MEF Asia, MEF Americas and MEF Global boards “to create local trade development opportunities for its members and focus on legislation affecting the industry.” Telecoms.com likes to think that […]

MySpace coming to European mobiles?

Last week’s appointment of Jean-Paul Sanchez, previously Vodafone’s global business development manager, to head up Fox Interactive’s mobile strategy in Europe has sparked reports that MySpace is preparing to expand onto the European mobile scene. Sanchez is understood to be already discussing distribution details with European service providers, to put MySpace – owned by Fox […]

Berggi system targets low-cost email

Berggi, a low-cost alternative to the BlackBerry, will bring e-mail, and other communications services to the masses according to the firm’s chief executive Tuesday. The firm, which is backed by several high profile European entrepreneurs, will, says its boss Babur Ozden, bring a simplified new email option to the mass market. According to Ozden, the […]

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