Category: Content & Applications


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 […]

Universal slaps MySpace with copyright suit

Universal Music has filed suite against popular social networking site MySpace over allegations of copyright infringement. The music label, which is owned by French conglomerate Vivendi alleges that News Corp.’s MySpace has allowed users to upload illegally obtained videos of thousands of artists’ works, including some content which has not even been released yet. The […]

Pitch takes fight to MySpace on mobile

British mobile entertainment firm Pitch, on Monday launched a social networking and community service it reckons has the potential to be a MySpace killer on the mobile. The service runs alongside Pitch’s existing advertising-funded content offer, providing videos, games, ringtones, screensavers and wallpapers. Users can build their own mobile home page and get an inbox […]

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 […]

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