Category: Content & Applications


Skypers sell advice via VoIP

VoIP champion Skype jumped on the user generated content (UGC)¬†bandwagon Wednesday with the announcement of two new services. Skype 3.1 introduces the beta release of Skype Prime, which is essentially an expertise marketplace. Skype Prime allows users to make money and reach potential customers around the world. An in-built billing mechanism allows users to set […]

Pocket Outlook easier than BlackBerry – Analyst

Users find it easier to configure Windows Mobile Pocket Outlook than RIM’s BlackBerry, according to an end-user report from analyst firm, Strategy Analytics. The report: Windows Mobile Outlook Easiest to Configure: Beats BlackBerry BIS, Nokia S60 and UIQ v3.0 Email Clients says that Pocket Outlook achieved a 100 per cent success rate in its benchmark […]

Microsoft, Interoute plan VoIP peering system

Microsoft and pan-European carrier, Interoute, plan to launch a service by June that will enable businesses using the software giant’s Live Communications Server (LCS) to interconnect their VoIP calls within “three mouse-clicks”. LCS, soon to be renamed Office Communications Server 2007, presents a competitive challenge to conventional business-VoIP systems by knitting telephony into Microsoft’s desktop […]

Mobile web still causing pain

Web portal Yahoo! offers the mobile web experience, according to research published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Media Lab on Monday. In terms of mobile experience, Yahoo! beat Google, Napster, YouTube and MySpace, after participants carried out a set number of tasks specific to each provider on both a laptop PC and a wireless device. […]

Norwegian rockers make music for mobiles

Norwegian rock band Turbonegro has become the country’s first band to release a single exclusively for mobile phones. The song “Do You Do You Dig Destruction?” is taken from Turbonegro’s forthcoming album and is available from Norwegian operator Telenor’s djuice portal in partnership with Universal Music. The can be downloaded for free until the end […]

Ops hit wrong note on music pricing

Mobile operators are fighting a losing battle when competing with Apple over the pricing of digital music, say analysts. Pyramid Research believes that whether operators and record labels like it or not, the public perception of the cost for legal downloadable music has been defined by Apple’s ‘one size fits all’ pricing of $0.99 per […]

Yahoo strikes HTC deal

Internet search firm Yahoo,¬† has struck a deal with Taiwanese manufacturer, High Tech Computer (HTC) to put its software on all HTC phones running Windows Mobile. HTC said the deal would put Yahoo’s software “on millions of HTC devices”. The move is an aggressive response to Google’s push on the mobile platform: both companies are […]

BREW cooks up $1bn in revenues

Qualcomm said Monday that its BREW application and content delivery platform has become a billion dollar industry since the first commercial deployment of BREW services in November 2001. BREW has been commercially deployed by wireless operators in 31 countries around the world and last year broke into Europe. In September, O2 UK announced the availability […]

Nokia resurrects N-Gage as software platform

Finnish vendor Nokia revealed more of its plans to reincarnate the N-Gage mobile gaming platform on Monday. After doing away with the doomed hardware-based N-Gage handsets, the company has turned the gaming technology into a software platform for “tens of millions” of S60 devices. On Monday, Nokia launched its next generation software development kit (SDK […]

Radio station beats censors with SMS

One of the last sources of independent news available to Zimbabweans, after the Standard newspaper was forced to stop publication, is SW Radio Africa (SWRA), a station based in London and run by exiles. But recently, Robert Mugabe’s government began noise jamming the short wave frequency SWRA broadcasts on. In a bid to beat the […]

Elisa pilots N-Gage platform

Finnish mobileco Elisa has signed up to pilot Nokia’s latest incarnation of its N-Gage mobile gaming service. Elisa will combine its existing mobile gaming platform with the N-Gage gaming platform and will carry out intensive testing and evaluation in a live network environment. Nokia’s next generation N-Gage platform is intended to make it easier for […]

Voda intros B2B ad model

Vodafone has introduced a business to business mobile advertising service in the Netherlands. On Friday, the Big V said it will start with a proposition for two segments in the enterprise market – insurance resellers and pharmacists. Mobile users will be targeted with content and ads on their phone. In cooperation with Dutch company I-Wood […]

Telus pulls out of porn market

Canada’s second placed mobile operator, Telus Mobility, has been forced to put the lid on its adult content services after firm condemnation from the Catholic church. Archbishop Raymond Roussin of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, called for Catholics to hang up their Telus subscriptions earlier this week, in protest and “general frustration with the lack of […]

Telefonica signs up for Intertrust DRM

Spanish operator Telefonica Moviles Espana and its European subsidiary, O2, signed up for Digital Rights Management (DRM) licenses from Intertrust on Tuesday. The agreement includes a trial of both Marlin DRM and OMA technologies and will include an evaluation of interoperability between OMA v.2.0 devices and other Marlin devices. Last week at the 3GSM World […]

MonsterMob sale draws competition

Chinese content company Linktone confirmed plans to make a formal offer for UK-based mobile content firm MonsterMob on Wednesday. Linktone’s proposal is conditional that MonsterMob turns down a rival offer from Spain’s LaNatro Zed at its EGM on Friday. “Linktone is ready to make a formal takeover offer for MonsterMob within hours of MonsterMob’s EGM […]

Chinese New Year to spark SMS boom

China’s mobile operators expect subscribers to send around 14 billion text messages during the week long holiday for the Chinese New Year, according to local reports. Festivities for the Year of the Pig began at the weekend and the country’s two mobile providers, China Mobile and China Unicom are bracing themselves for a barrage of […]

Data revenues to rule by 2014

The amount of traffic an operator carries is about to explode and within seven years the majority of that traffic will be data orientated, including music, video, messages, and enterprise applications, according to industry analyst ABI Research. At the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last week, ABI noted that mobile operators were scrambling over each […]

New “payments club” goes live in Q107

Processing payments by mobile has long been one of the industry’s big hopes, but after years of trying, there’s still very little to show for it but a succession of failed projects and a variety of kludgy fixes like premium SMS. Payments specialist Upaid hopes to change this, as its senior VP sales, Richard Owen […]

SMS remains messaging king

SMS, the long standing crutch for mobile data revenues, faces a healthy future with statistics forecasting traffic volumes and revenues that continue to confound predictions. UK-based researcher Portio Research, released a report on Tuesday, ‘Mobile Messaging Futures 2007 – 2012′ which anticipates that although the growth of SMS revenues will not be as aggressive as […]

DRM disagreements follow Microsoft launch

Microsoft has been criticised over its proprietary DRM solution ‘PlayReady’, launched Monday, for trying to eclipse the OMA’s open standard and risking market fragmentation. PlayReady will allow users to share protected pieces of content between mobile phones, PCs and other devices. Microsoft insists its solution is “platform agnostic” – however critics have rounded on the […]

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