Category: Content & Applications


Mobile world should look hard at search

Low consumer awareness, poor ease of use and the need for established industry wide metrics are three of the key challenges that need to be addressed for mobile search to establish itself. A report released by the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) on Wednesday, found that while mobile search’s star may be rising, the industry must […]

Mobile gaming pushes right buttons

Mobile gaming is forecast to be the biggest non-SMS data service earner for UK operators in 2007. According to market research firm GfK, the UK’s annual spend on mobile content is set to reach £1bn for the first time next year, an increase of over £100m on last year’s figure. Not surprisingly, the lion’s share […]

GSMA continues Image Share push

The GSM Association (GSMA) and China Mobile on Wednesday announced the successful completion of multi-vendor trials of interoperable Image Share services. This service, which allows mobile users to share images with the person they are talking to whilst on a phone call, has been tested across Nokia, Ericsson, Siemens, Motorola, Samsung and Comneon applications and […]

Voda gets boost from Bubble Motion

Voice SMS developer Bubble Motion was touting its latest customer win on Wednesday, announcing that Vodafone Egypt has seen 15 per cent of its subscriber base adopt the service within two months of launch. The BubbleTalk service, which Vodafone markets under the MiniCall brand, allows users to record a voice message that is sent like […]

UK mobile content market set for boom

The UK mobile content and services market is on the verge of becoming a multi-billion dollar industry, according to new research from telecoms.com’s parent, Informa Telecoms & Media. The analyst estimates that the UK mobile content market was worth £661m in 2006, with 50 per cent of revenues coming from the “mobile cash rich” 25-34 […]

T-Online invests in VoIP

Deutsche Telekom’s investment arm, T-Online Venture Fund, announced an investment in internet telephony player, Jajah on Tuesday.T-Online’s venture is part of a $20m investment round in the VoIP service provider, co-led by Intel.”The agreement is unprecedented. Jajah is the first Voice 2.0 Company to receive this level of industry validation and support. The long-term implications […]

Nokia cheers mobile widgets uptake

Finnish handset giant Nokia said Friday that it has racked up 1 million registered users to its WidSets platform worldwide. WidSets was born out of Nokia’s Emerging Business Unit and launched in October. The platform uses widgets, or mini-applications, to deliver up to date internet content to mobile phones. The platform is handset manufacturer independent […]

Kids’ stuff gets serious

Given that take up of the mobile web is still in the early stages, it seems reasonable to ask why companies like AdaptiveMobile, which provides antivirus, anti spam and content filtering services for mobile operators, feel that mobile internet security should be accorded such a high priority. One major reason, according to Lorcan Burke, CEO […]

EQO brings VoIP to mobile

Internet telephony player EQO Communications took its service offering to the mobile space on Wednesday, promising savings of up to 95 per cent on international calls. But rather than taking on the multitude of players in the VoIP over wifi space, like Truphone or Gizmo, EQO is targeting the truly mobile customer base. EQO Mobile […]

GSMA sponsors mobile advertising

Mobile industry body the GSM Association (GSMA), launched its Mobile Advertising Programme on Tuesday, designed to drive the development and adoption of advertising on mobile phones. The programme is being led by the GSMA’s Mobile Media and Entertainment Group, and will work with players from across the marketing, advertising and mobile industry sectors to promote […]

Cisco and Nokia get into management mode

Mega vendors Cisco and Nokia Siemens Networks entered into an agreement on Monday, to jointly develop a standards-based telecommunications network management platform. The two vendors will deliver an Operations Support Systems (OSS) platform that will provide a common end to end view of diverse network elements – across both IP and mobile – that are […]

Wifi health fears remain unfounded

The ongoing debate about whether or not wireless technologies pose any risk to health looks set to receive further fuel Monday, as BBC1 programme, Panorama, airs an investigation. The programme found that radiation levels emitted by wifi installations at one UK school were three times the level of radiation emitted by a mobile phone mast. […]

ESPN mobile rises again

US operator Verizon Wireless relaunched the ESPN brand on the mobile on Wednesday morning for its V Cast subscribers. ESPN VPN gives subscribers access to video highlights, alerts for scoring updates, breaking news and ESPN Gamecast, which has scoreboards and play-by-play detail, as well as news on players, teams and leagues. ESPN bailed out of […]

Orange segments usage stats

Orange is set to take a bold step Tuesday with the launch of its consumer digital media usage index, an ongoing report showing exactly how UK customers use Orange services and media. The initial index is primarily focused on mobile services including messaging, games, music, TV and the mobile internet but going forward it will […]

Mobile web is rubbish, say students

Shock news from mobile web developer InfoGin on Thursday, which carried out a study and found two in three UK students thought that surfing the web on their mobile was such a rubbish experience they gave up trying. It’s not that students are just idle layabouts either – 69 per cent of respondents said that […]

No i-mode for India

No real surprises here, but with Vodafone’s $11bn acquisition of Hutchison Essar in the bag, NTT DoCoMo has pulled the plug on its i-mode plans for India. Japanese operator DoCoMo and Hutch had signed a contract in December with an eye to launching i-mode in India this year. But “due to the changes in business […]

BlackBerry gets VoIP

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the fruits of last year’s acquisition of Ascendent Systems on Tuesday. The company launched the weightily titled BlackBerry Mobile Voice System for Seamless Enterprise Voice Integration, which basically allows a BlackBerry to connect to the corporate PBX. Using the platform, BlackBerry smartphone users can remain logged into their […]

Orange rolls out all you can eat web

Hot on the heels of Vodafone’s daily data tariff, Orange UK has launched its own flat rate mobile internet offering for both prepay and contract subscribers. Orange customers will have five new bundles to choose from – three for contract, two for prepaid – starting in June. Daily browsing for all subscribers is charged at […]

IM billing: session or subscription?

While it may be positioned as an evolution from SMS, it seems unlikely that mobile instant messaging (IM) will use the same pricing structure in the long term. At least that is the opinion of Matt Hooper, EVP of marketing at Colibria, an international player in the field of mobile instant messaging and presence. “If […]

Game takes shock out of Brit culture

Ever wondered what lies behind the compulsion for young adult males to put traffic cones on their head and run down the middle of street naked? Or maybe you have cast a quizzical glance in the direction of the teenage girl staggering out of Abbrakebabra at 2am stuffing undercooked reconstituted meat products into her mouth […]

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