Category: Content & Applications

EC throws weight behind DVB-H

The European Commission is believed to have prepared a document supporting DVB-H as the standard of choice for mobile TV in Europe. Furthermore, the commission is also expected to add DVB-H to the list of standards published in its official journal, which implies that EU countries are required to encourage the use of DVB-H. The […]

3 to launch BREW on X-Series

Hutchison Whampoa’s 3G unit, 3, has agreed to deploy Qualcomm’s BREW content delivery platform across a bunch of its X-Series devices. Using BREW, 3 plans to embed applications on the handset to deliver a more integrated user experience, which in turn will encourage take up of services, the operator said. Qualcomm claims that BREW changes […]

Nuance buys Tegic for $265m

Speech and imaging software house Nuance is to buy predictive text entry specialist Tegic from Time Warner’s AOL for $265m. Tegic’s T9 predictive text entry has been extremely successful and is currently installed on over 2.5 billion handsets worldwide. Founded in 1995, Tegic was bought by AOL in December 1999 for an undisclosed sum. Nuance […]

Little room in wireless data margins

Margins for wireless data are only ever going to get tighter, according to research published this week by Analysys. It may sound blindingly obvious but the quest for greater ARPU in the face of falling voice revenues is resulting in the widespread adoption of low cost bundled data tariffs. This, in combination with new access […]

YouTube readies for iPhone landing

YouTube will be available on Apple’s forthcoming iPhone from launch, the Californian company said on Wednesday. The Google-owned user generate content firm also revealed it has been encoding its clips into a new format in an attempt to improve quality and preserve battery life when viewed over wireless devices. YouTube is using the advanced H.264 […]

Truphone out of luck with Ofcom

It doesn’t look like embattled VoIP provider Truphone is going to get much backing from the UK communications regulator in its tussle over termination charges with T-Mobile. On Monday, the VoIP provider complained that T-Mobile had started blocking connections to Truphone’s new 07978 number range. T-Mobile argues that even though Truphone has managed to acquire […]

Premium SMS racks up healthy revenues

Almost one third (32 per cent) of US mobile content revenue – $237m – came from off portal premium SMS revenues in the first quarter of 2007, according to a report from US digital consumer researcher Telephia. In its Premium SMS report, Telephia investigated trends in off portal content purchases where premium SMS was the […]

Orange steps up mobile ad activity

Orange UK made a brace of announcements this week in the advertising provision space, indicating that the firm is escalating its activities in this area. On Tuesday the company revealed that it has selected US vendor PhoneSpots to deliver targeted listing information for the carrier’s 118 000 directory services offering. This service connects a caller […]

Mobile email gets a boost

A poll by UK market research firm ICM brings welcome, if not surprising, news for proponents of mobile email. There is precious little doubt over the usefulness and popularity of email, however, some question whether there is sufficient consumer pull for the communications tool to take off on the mobile platform. Charles Black, CEO of […]

Anam banks on SMS money transfer

SMS applications developer Anam Mobile, announced a partnership with mobile payment services firm TR2 Communications on Monday, as the duo launch a global SMS-based money transfer service. There is a ready market of consumers seeking cheaper, faster, more reliable and more accessible ways to get money to family and friends elsewhere, particularly in developing markets, […]

Ericsson grabs CMS maker

Ericsson has acquired Drutt, a company that provides software for carriers to manage the delivery of multiple versions of their content. The system monitors user activity on the web in a variety of ways, and adapts content to suit different devices. So far, a total of 60 customers have deployed it in 35 countries. Ericsson […]

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’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 […]

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