Category: Content & Applications


GSMA backs NFC initiative

Members of the GSM Association (GSMA) said on Monday that they are coordinating an initiative to encourage a common approach to the implementation of Near Field Communications (NFC) on mobile phones. NFC is a short range wireless technology that enables a range of ‘contactless’ applications, such as payments or location based services for the mobile […]

3 gets into Groove with music service

UK mobile operator 3 UK beefed up its mobile music offering on Monday through a partnership with Groove Mobile. 3 UK’s marketing director, Graeme Oxby said that the partnership will allow 3 subscribers to download music simultaneously from their phone to their PC and vice versa as well as providing full track downloads direct to […]

3 embraces mobile internet model

Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa unveiled a mobile broadband service on Thursday, which the company intends to use to deliver a fixed line type experience. From December 1, the company’s UK 3G operation, 3 UK, will offer services under the brand ‘X-Series’ which include unlimited IP telephony via Skype, instant messaging via Microsoft and Yahoo! […]

Sprint taps Microsoft for search services

US operator Sprint Nextel said Thursday that it has forged a partnership with Microsoft to develop new service offerings for Sprint’s business and consumer customers. The first consumer offering in this collaboration allows Sprint customers to use Windows Live Search on their mobile phones to access location-based content. The service is immediately available at no […]

Orange to launch mobile HD TV

France Telecom’s mobile unit Orange France is gearing up to launch high definition mobile TV on Thursday. Details are scant, but analyst reports reveal that the service will only be available over HSDPA to start with followed later by dedicated mobile broadcast technology. Initially there will only be one handset available, from Samsung. The offering […]

Big two team up for free calls deal

A day after Google said mobile calls should be free and supported by advertising, Vodafone has announced it is to offer cheaper calls if they accept adverts from Yahoo. Vodafone has signed an agreement with the internet search firm, making it its exclusive display advertising partner in the UK. The offer will be rolled out […]

TIM gets BREW on the boil

Leading Italian mobile operator, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM), said Monday that it has signed up to launch wireless data services based on Qualcomm’s BREW content delivery platform. The operator will offer the services over its 3G network and plans to make available new applications and services including premium 3D games, a dynamic idle screen with […]

Motorola gets Good

Motorola on Friday announced that it has agreed to acquire mobile email company Good Technology for an undisclosed sum. The US vendor, which already uses Good’s mobile messaging software on its BlackBerry styled Q device, said the acquisition would be used to increase the company’s enterprise client base. Good, which focuses solely on the corporate […]

Stalk your friends with Helio

Helio, the US MVNO jointly owned by Earthlink and Korea’s SK Telecom, launched a GPS tracking service on Wednesday that allows subscribers to keep tabs on their friends. When Helio members switch on their ‘Buddy Beacon’ the GPS satellite technology broadcasts their location to the friends they have added to their Buddy List, showing their […]

Mobile TV content faces financial hurdle

Future development of the mobile TV and video market may be stunted by under-financing, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms and Media in partnership with German consultancy, peacefulfish. The report, ‘Getting into Mobile TV and Video: Financing, producing and distributing TV and video content,’ forecasts that worldwide revenues from mobile TV and video […]

MySpace coming to Japanese mobiles

According to reports, Japanese mobile users may soon be able to use the MySpace.com social network service on their mobile phones. The Nihon Keizai newspaper reported Monday that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and Softbank are planning to launch the internet service through a 50/50 joint venture. Already versions of MySpace are arriving in European countries. […]

Motorola calls for Java unification

US manufacturer Motorola on Wednesday issued a call to reduce the heavy fragmentation of the Java platform for mobile devices. The vendor appealed to the broader Java Micro Edition (ME) ecosystem to establish a complete Java ME software stack for the mobile industry, under the Apache License Version 2.0. Motorola said it will work to […]

Swiss ops test DVB-H

Swiss mobile operators Swisscom Mobile, Orange and TDC’s Sunrise are set to trial the DVB-H mobile TV platform from Wednesday through a pilot with Swisscom Broadcast. The trial will run until the end of January and will involve some 200 select customers and employees spread across the three operators in the city of Berne. Participants […]

Rail tickets by mobile on track

UK railway Chiltern Railways is expected to be the first train operator in the country to begin delivering tickets to mobile phones. Mobile ticketing technology, which is currently being tested, sends a bar code to the passenger’s mobile phone via SMS, which is then scanned at the ticket gates. The technology will be available for […]

Mobile IM usage to soar

Business use of mobile Instant Messaging (IM) will accelerate into a $2bn-plus opportunity in Western Europe and North America by 2010, driven by a number of supply and demand side catalysts. According to new research from Strategy Analytics, between secure and fully auditable enterprise IM platforms and public mobile IM services such as MSN Messenger, […]

Nokia inks deal to deliver Cartoon Network shows

Finnish mobile giant Nokia has inked a deal with the Cartoon Network that will see Nokia users able to download shows such as ‘Johnny Bravo’ and ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ straight to their handsets. Cartoon Network – owned by Turner Broadcasting – will use Nokia’s Content Discoverer application to host content. The pair will deliver clips, games […]

Asia ripe for VoIP as FMC comes of age

Norwegian IP telephony provider Vyke has highlighted the potential demand for mobile voice over IP (VoIP) services in the Asian market, shifting its focus from a European theatre of operations to the Asia Pacific region. Speaking to telecoms.com Hans-Arne L’orange, chief executive of Vyke, said the Asian market is ripe for services such as mobile […]

Big talk from JaJah

Internet call firm Jajah, has launched its Mobile Suite which allows users to make low-cost international calls from their mobiles. The firm, noted for launching a free web-activated telephony service allowing users to make free landline calls via its website , has launched Mobile Suite as a plug-in – available for download – or via […]

Prodi to address parliament on Telecom Italia

The Italian Premier Romano Prodi will speak to parliament later today to discuss Telecom Italia and the row that has erupted since its reorganisation was announced. According to reports, Prodi was initially reluctant to discuss the issues that have seen its chief resign and its senior executives publicly taunt Prodi over what many sees as […]

3 Ireland trials digital mobile TV

Irish 3G operator, 3 Ireland, said Monday that it has been awarded a license by regulator ComReg to trial broadcast mobile TV services for one year. 3, which already runs a 3G streaming TV service over its networks, is understood to be looking at alternative technologies to take mobile TV forward. DVB-H technology which the […]

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