Category: Content & Applications


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 […]

Vodafone opens door to cheaper surfing

Vodafone looks to have taken a leaf out of 3 UK’s book and has decided to make it cheaper for its customers to surf outside of the walled garden. On June 1, the mobile operator is launching a new data tariff which will allow users to download up to 15MB of data for £1 per […]

Blyk: limitations apply

Pekka Ala-Pietila, co-founder and CEO of incoming ad-funded MVNO, Blyk, has revealed that free calls and messages will not be unlimited when the carrier launches in the UK this summer. In an interview that will appear in the May edition of telecoms.com’s sister publication, Mobile Communications International, Ala-Pietila – former president of Finnish handset giant […]

Mobile TV in “quagmire of delays”

A quagmire of regulatory delays hampering the availability of mobile TV spectrum in Europe will only delay DVB-H adoption over the next two to three years, an industry analyst has warned. In its recent report, “Enabling Technologies: Entertainment At Heart Of OEMs Brand & Profit Strategies,” Strategy Analytics said that delays were likely to fragment […]

ROK says mobile TV still rolling

US consumers do not want specialised mobile TV content – they would prefer their mobile to offer the type of thing they watch on TV at home. This is one of the main findings of a recent survey of more than 2,000 American mobile phone users by internet information provider comScore. But the statistic of […]

Mobile banking interest waning

Consumer interest in mobile banking remains limited in the US, despite renewed efforts on the part of financial institutions to drive awareness. Industry analyst, Jupiter Research, estimates that just 8 per cent of online consumers who own a cell phone are interested in using mobile browsing to check account balances. In its latest report, “Mobile […]

Oz picks up Thumbspeed

Mobile email provider Oz said Tuesday that it has acquired Thumbspeed, a developer and publisher of messaging, photo sharing and personalisation applications for mobile phones. The news may surprise the market but possibly less so the two companies, whose CEOs, Hank Skorny of Thumbspeed and Skuli Mogensen of Oz, have been on good terms for […]

Sony inks content deal with China

Sony BMG Music Entertainment signed a deal Thursday with content aggregator, GMI, which allows the firm to use Sony’s library of content in China. GMI will be allowed to licence Sony’s music, videos and other audio content, including ring tones, according to a statement. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

EMI, Apple get rid of DRM

Record label EMI and computer giant Apple made a landmark announcement on Monday, removing copy protection software from downloadable music. EMI will make its existing digital music catalogue available via iTunes without Digital Rights Management (DRM). Users will be free to copy the songs they download onto all of their devices, including mobile phones, without […]

The BBC goes Orange

UK mobile operator Orange announced Thursday that the BBC will start providing content for its mobile TV service, Orange TV, beginning April. The company said its customers will be able to watch part of the BBC’s portfolio, including BBC One, BBC Three and BBC News 24 on their mobiles. The move is part of a […]

Virgin US in deal with Yahoo

Virgin Mobile USA said Wednesday that it intends to make Yahoo’s mobile services available to all its 4.6 million subscribers. The announcement comes as arch rival Google said it had inked a deal with handset maker LG. Both Yahoo and Google are vying for position, not only as the consumer’s preferred search brand but also […]

AT&T offers free Napster access

US operator AT&T this week struck a deal with music download site Napster, giving customers free unlimited access to more than 3 million songs for one year. The offer starts Sunday, April 1, and is available across the company’s nationwide wireless network on select tariffs as well as via the operator’s triple lay bundles. Napster […]

Japan goes with FLO

Japanese mobile operator KDDI and US chip firm Qualcomm saidd Tuesday that trials of mobile TV illustrated a commercial viability for paid mobile broadcast services in Japan. Qualcomm and KDDI established a jointly owned company, MediaFLO Japan Planning Incorporated, in 2005, to examine the viability of deploying Qualcomm’s FLO mobile TV technology in Japan. Recently, a […]

Cellphone usage on planes faces turbulence

US communications regulator, the FCC, has held off on plans to lift the ban on cellphone usage whilst onboard a plane. Although the FCC has been inundated with requests from consumers to maintain a ban on in flight mobile phone usage, the latest obstacle has been thrown up by the mobile industry itself. The mobile […]

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