Category: Content & Applications


Mobile content sales boom in 2006

Mobile transaction firm mBlox on Thursday highlighted strong growth in the premium SMS and mobile content markets in 2006. The company said that it processed over 1.4 billion application-to-person transactions worldwide during 2006, worth more than $500m in street revenue. In the US, the number of premium SMS transactions mBlox processed increased 100 per cent […]

Vodafone offers eBay app.

Vodafone has struck a deal with online auction house eBay to offer a dedicated downloadable mobile application for the service. The eBay application will be free to download on Vodafone live! or embedded on key handsets. The offering will launch initially in Italy initially and will be made available across Europe later this year. The […]

Vodafone in MySpace partnership

Vodafone announced an exclusive tie up with social networking portal MySpace on Wednesday, allowing Vodafone customers to interact with the site via their mobile phones. MySpace already has deals with Cingular Wireless and MVNO Helio in the US and Softbank in Japan, but today’s announcement marks the first extension of Fox Interactive Media’s portal into […]

Jobs upsets the DRM applecart

Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple, called on the big four record labels to abolish Digital Rights Management (DRM) for portable devices on Tuesday. Speaking candidly in a statement on the Apple website, Jobs conceded that DRM, the method music retailers use to protect tunes from being illegally copied, “haven’t worked, and may never work, […]

Nortel CFO steps down

Canadian vendor Nortel said late Wednesday that Peter Currie will step down as executive vice president and chief financial officer on April 30. The company has begun searching for a new candidate and Currie will continue to provide advice and assistance during the transition. Mike Zafirovski, president and CEO of Nortel said “Peter has successfully […]

Mobile industry moves to protect kids

Fifteen leading European mobile operators and content providers will meet with senior EC figures in Brussels on Tuesday, signalling the industry’s move towards self regulation of mobile content. In a meeting presided over by Viviane Reding, the Commissioner of Information Society and Media, the operators and content providers will sign the “European Framework on Safer […]

Bug invades TomTom GPS units

A Trojan that attacks GPS devices sounds like the stuff of security nightmares. But this week, it happened, as GPS vendor TomTom confessed that all the GO910 GPS receivers produced during one week in October had been shipped with a virus aboard. The Trojan, Backdoor.Win32.Small.io, exploits the Windows Autorun function to initiate other malware on […]

Brits judged by ringtones

An estimated 97 per cent of Brits judge someone’s personality based on their choice of ringtone, with 90 per cent of UK mobile owners having been criticised by friends and family for their selection. According to figures published by mobile phone retailer, Dial-a-Phone, around 80 per cent of UK mobile users actually fear criticism of […]

UK subs binge on mobile data

The Mobile Data Association has announced that a new record for the number of mobile internet sessions was achieved in the UK during December. Subscribers accessed the net from their mobile devices a total of 15.9 million times, up 1 million from the previous record reached in November, 2006. The figures quoted by the MDA […]

3 solves billing issues

Reports have been circulating this week that some users of 3 UK’s new X-Series service may have been over billed for data usage. Despite having an unlimited data plan, with a 1GB per month fair use limit, a number of users have reported higher than normal bills. 3 has said that in about 50 cases […]

UCG bandwagon gains momentum

The user Generated Content (UGC) bandwagon gathered momentum today with the news that Singapore’s M1 and UK-based Vodafone are looking to get in on the game. After Hutchison Whampoa 3 UK set the ball rolling with SeeMe TV in 2005, the UGC market has exploded. Now M1 is hoping to cash in on a generation […]

Mobile internet big in Finland

A survey of mobile phone users in Finland has discovered that 25 per cent of respondents use their handset to access the internet. The Mobile Media Tracking survey, conducted by research firm Satama was commissioned by the Finnish Direct Marketing Association. Over 1,500 Finns aged between 15 and 64 took part in the survey. According […]

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 […]

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