iPhone unlikely to reach China; MacWorld speculation

China Mobile and Apple are understood to have called off discussions over a potential launch of the iPhone in China. The pair are known to have been in discussions over a potential launch of the device since November, although no reason was given for the termination of the talks. Some believe that China Mobile, the […]

iRiver preparing to intro media phone

Following Apple’s successful jump from the portable media player market to the mobile phone space, gadget manufacturer, iRiver, is set to attempt a similar feat with the launch of a device later this year. At the CES show in Las Vegas earlier this week, photos emerged of a prototype GSM handset/media player, which is expected […]

Sony wheels out own wireless transfer tech.

Japanese electronics giant Sony has lifted the curtain on its TransferJet close proximity wireless connectivity technology, going up against existing standards such as Bluetooth and even Wireless USB. The proprietary technology will allow for the high speed transfer of large data files, such as photos or HD video, between devices such as mobile phones, digital […]

BT brings Vision to Xbox

Microsoft teamed up with UK incumbent telco BT on Monday, announcing a plan to deliver IPTV and HD movie services to Xbox 360 users. The partnership will enable BT Broadband customers to use an Xbox 360 to access the BT Vision IPTV service and its library of on demand content. The service will be made […]

Moto buys Soundbuzz music shop

Troubled handset and equipment vendor Motorola this week acquired mobile music company Soundbuzz for an undisclosed sum. Soundbuzz is a privately held, pan-Asian music platform, and will help Moto expand its Asia mobile music offerings beyond China and into India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The US vendor said that it aimed to capitalise […]

Intel looks to ultra mobile future

Chip giant Intel is betting that that ultra mobile internet devices will be the “next big thing in computing,” with the company making a significant push into the mobile space in 2008. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show, taking place in Las Vegas this week, Intel president and CEO, Paul Otellini, said that the world […]

New Year; new handsets

It’s a good thing the gargantuan industry shindig that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place in the first week of January. While much of the mobile industry is still rousing itself from its festive slumber, we can always rely on a torrent of gadget launches to keep us going. And this year, Motorola […]

Sony adds Skype to PSP

Japanese electronics giant Sony beefed up its PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming device on Monday, with confirmation that it is to add Skype VoIP functionality later this month. From January 24, Sony will make a firmware update available for the PSP-2000 series of devices, which includes the Lite and Slim models, containing the Skype internet telephony […]

Nokia Siemens wins $1bn Saudi contract

It’s a happy new year for Nokia, as the Finnish vendor said Monday that it has bagged a $1bn contract to deliver kit and services to Saudi Arabian operator Zain. Nokia Siemens Networks said it has been tapped to supply a full turnkey 2G and 3G mobile network, including core and radio networks, operations and […]

Nokia N-Gage returns next week

Leading handset vendor Nokia said Thursday that its ill fated N-Gage platform will be making a comeback next week. Owners of the Nokia N81 and N81 8GB will have exclusive access to a pre-release version of the N-Gage application and one or more N-Gage games, the vendor said. Nokia will also be opening up its […]

Nokia gets one over on Qualcomm

Finnish handset maker Nokia claimed a victory over US chip shop Qualcomm on Wednesday, as the US International Trade Commission (ITC) issued a ruling that Nokia had not infringed three Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm filed suit against Nokia in 2006, alleging Nokia’s infringement on six patents. But the US chip vendor voluntarily withdrew three of the […]

Nokia unveils ad funded video service

Not content with putting the terrors on the operator community by rolling out its own music services, Nokia is provoking its customers further with an ad supported video service released this week. On Monday, Nokia announced a video service called Medeo, which focuses on delivering red carpet news, movie star interviews, film trailers and fashion […]

Device no show burns Palm

US gadget maker Palm said Friday that its loss for the quarter to the end of November would be greater than expected, as roll out of its ‘secret weapon’ fell behind schedule. The company said revenues were expected to be in the range of $345m to $350m, compared to earlier guidance of $370m to $380m. […]

Motorola deletes chief technology officer

Just days after Ed Zander announced that he is to step down from his role as chief executive officer at Motorola, the beleaguered kit maker has also lost its head of technology. Telecoms.com doesn’t remember seeing an announcement on the departure of Padmasree Warrior as Moto’s chief technology officer, but the US firm has been […]

Nokia expects strong growth in emerging markets

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, said Tuesday that it expects industry mobile device volumes in 2008 to grow approximately 10 per cent, from the estimated 1.1 billion units shipped in 2007. Speaking at the manufacturer’s annual investor event in the Netherlands on Tuesday, Nokia president and CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, said he expected this growth […]

Ericsson scores Russian 3G contract

Swedish vendor Ericsson said Tuesday that it has been selected by leading Russian operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), to supply and deploy a 3G/HSPA network. Under the agreement, Ericsson will deliver 3G core and radio access network equipment, network management system hardware and software plus a range of professional services such as network deployment, systems integration, […]

Nokia promises users music they can keep

Finnish vendor Nokia announced an extension of its mobile music platform on Tuesday, with the unveiling of a subscription service that allows users to keep their music. At its annual investor day in the Netherlands, Nokia announced its ‘Comes With Music’ platform, that enables people to buy a Nokia device with a year of unlimited […]

Verizon backing LTE

US CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless has announced that it is to embark upon a 4G LTE deployment plan in the US, with trials beginning in 2008. Vendors involved in the trial include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia Siemens and Nortel. Vodafone, a minority but significant stakeholder in Verizon, has publicly declared its technology neutrality going forward. […]

Back to the future

With December almost upon us and Thanksgiving taking place in the US, you can already feel the telecoms industry settling down to hibernate until January. With not an awful lot else going on Amazon managed to grab good coverage for the launch of its Kindle electronic book thingy. Given the science fiction heritage of the […]

Nokia Siemens may be cut out of monster Indian deal

Nokia Siemens Networks’ share of one of the world’s biggest GSM contracts is in danger after the Finnish-German venture reportedly refused to budge on price. Reports coming out of India today, indicate that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), which is in the process of awarding a $2bn plus tender for around 22 million GSM lines, […]

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