Orange UK broadband outage is fixed

The broadband outage that hit Orange in the UK on Monday has been fixed and customers have been restored to “full service” according to the company. The firm lost connection to between 60,000 and 100,000 of its customers at 4pm (GMT) on Monday afternoon after what the company described as a “network equipment failure”. A […]

Visto first to gain Symbian approval for email

Push email firm Visto, on Tuesday announced it has successfully completed the Symbian email validation program and is the first company to be accredited the “Symbian Approved” mark for push email. The mark “guarantees mobile professionals a high-quality mobile email experience”, according to the companies. The validation program defines industry agreed quality guidelines for push […]

Orange UK suffers ‘major’ broadband outage

Broadband users with Orange in the UK have suffered what the firm described as a “major” national outage Tuesday. Blaming a “third party network failure”, Orange has confirmed the blackout is “affecting large parts of country” in a recorded message on its tech support line. The Orange press office has issued a statement but refused […]

Voda puts HSDPA phones under Christmas tree

UK-based mobileco Vodafone said on Monday that it would have 24 new HSDPA-enabled 3G devices in the shops in time for Christmas. As well as loading all the devices with Vodafone Live! services including streaming mobile TV and full track downloads, the mobile giant claims the devices are “smaller and lighter and have a longer […]

Symbian Sling deal is ‘Pure Sweetness’

Symbian has teamed up with Sling Media, a digital lifestyle consumer electronics products company, to bring consumers mobile TV to Symbian smartphones. Sling Media will deliver a version of its SlingPlayer Mobile software application – currently available only in the US and Canada – for Symbian OS in select European and Asian countries during Q4. […]

Symbian and Samsung launch skinny 3G slider

Symbian teamed up with Korean manufacturer Samsung Tuesday to launch the SGH-i-520 at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London. The new HSDPA smartphone is based on Symbian OS v9 and S60 3rd edition, Feature Pack 1. It’s a looker with a skinny slider and an in-built HSDPA radio and browser. Samsung reckons it will deliver […]

Barablu throws down gauntlet to Skype

Voice over IP (VoIP) player Barablu threw down the gauntlet to rival Skype at the 3GSM Asia conference, by demonstrating free VoIP calling between several Symbian Series 60 based devices and Microsoft Windows Mobile handsets. The company is targeting two of the largest and fastest growing categories of wifi enabled mobiles with its offering. Barablu […]

Nokia inks deal to deliver Cartoon Network shows

Finnish mobile giant Nokia has inked a deal with the Cartoon Network that will see Nokia users able to download shows such as ‘Johnny Bravo’ and ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ straight to their handsets. Cartoon Network – owned by Turner Broadcasting – will use Nokia’s Content Discoverer application to host content. The pair will deliver clips, games […]

3G to be convergence catalyst in China

Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) adoption is off to a slow start in China, but the commencement of 3G services between 2008 and 2010 will prompt swift growth, according to new research from analyst In-Stat. In 2005 In-Stat estimates there were about 400,000 consumer FMC subscribers, but that number is forecast to increase to 11.4 million […]

3GSM Asia: Asian ops plan IM rollout

The GSM Association’s personal Instant Messaging (IM) campaign has scored further success in Asia, with mobile operators in Malaysia and Singapore planning the development and launch of interoperable IM services. Launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last February, the initiative aims to make instant messaging on mobile networks as ubiquitous and popular as […]

Asia ripe for VoIP as FMC comes of age

Norwegian IP telephony provider Vyke has highlighted the potential demand for mobile voice over IP (VoIP) services in the Asian market, shifting its focus from a European theatre of operations to the Asia Pacific region. Speaking to telecoms.com Hans-Arne L’orange, chief executive of Vyke, said the Asian market is ripe for services such as mobile […]

3GSM Asia: GSMA launches low cost 3G challenge

The GSM Association (GSMA) is inviting handset manufacturers to “submit proposals” to develop a low-cost 3G handset. The handset should, says the Association, be capable of sophisticated applications “that can support advanced services, such as high-speed Internet browsing, mobile TV and instant messaging, while costing significantly less than a low-end 3G handset today”. The 3G […]

3GSM Asia: GSMA goes nuts for biofuels

The GSM Association (GSMA) Development Fund has teamed with Ericsson and MTN to establish biofuels as an alternative source of power for mobile networks in the developing world. For the past three months the trio have been working on a project in Nigeria to demonstrate the potential of biofuels to replace diesel as a source […]

3GSM Asia: Notebooks get mobile broadband

High speed mobile broadband will soon become a standard feature of notebook PCs, offering connectivity and roaming across global mobile networks. At the 3GSM World Congress Asia in Singapore Monday, the GSM Association (GSMA) published guidelines prescribing a common approach for PC manufacturers to fully integrate HSDPA 3G functionality into their product ranges. The news […]

RIM to miss Q2 deadline

Research In Motion (RIM) has warned that it will not be able to meet the October 17th deadline for reporting its Q2 financial results. RIM said Friday that it will need to review certain figures before filing its report, due to a potential “technical error” under US accounting rules. A management and insider cease-trade order […]

Symbian-powered 3G Samsung expected

South Korean manufacturer Samsung is widely expected to reveal its HSDPA-enabled SGH-i520 handset on Tuesday. The phone combines the Symbian operating system with Nokia’s Series 60 interface. The device – a hybrid phone/PDA will be aimed at the European market, according to Samsung and is expected to do well in the fashion stakes with a […]

Nokia tips India as second-largest market

India is set to become the second largest market for Nokia by 2008 the company said Monday. In an interview with The Hindu newspaper, Nokia’s CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said that the Finish manufacturer was making marked progress in the emerging region and that he believed Nokia was well ahead of its rivals there. Nokia is, […]

Geitner quits Voda amid reshuffle

Yet more troubles in the Vodafone boardroom emerged on Friday when Thomas Geitner, head of the operator’s new IP and convergence unit, unexpectedly quit amid yet another reorganisation at the firm. On Friday, the company announced that it has revised its organisational structure for the second time this year and has decided to devolve the […]

Will Orange dump Carphone Warehouse?

A day after the UK’s Carphone Warehouse was effectively dumped by Vodafone, Orange has signaled that it may well halt its contract sales with the reseller. In a statement, Orange said: “Since our indirect distribution costs have gone up significantly over the last few years we are in the process of reviewing our independent strategy […]

Voda drops Carphone as retailer

Shares in UK mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse took a dive Thursday after Vodafone announced it would be dropping the company as a retailer for contract subscriptions. Instead Vodafone has signed up Phones 4U as an exclusive third party retailer for Vodafone contract customers on the UK high street. Vodafone said it aims to benefit from […]

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