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Never mind the weather, here’s the iPhone!

There’s a mix bag of reports about how well the European launch of the iPhone went on Friday. With all the hype over the past few months, I think the telecoms media expected hordes of people to be queuing up outside Apple stores in the UK and Germany way ahead of the evening launch. But it looks like in most cases, potential punters were outnumbered by extra shop staff and security guards.

Androids, iPhones and WiMAX

It’s been an eventful week in the wild world of telecoms. Google set the pace on Monday with the launch of Android and the Open Handset Alliance, which has been met with mixed reception:

Femtophilia

It seems that the whole industry’s gone femto crazy this week. And it’s largely the fault of the Femto Forum, which after getting off to a bit of a wobbly start three or four months ago, has come up smelling of roses with the backing of the major infrastructure players.

G-bomb goes off in handset industry

It’s finally happened. Google has activated its Android and set its sights firmly on Nokia/Symbian. And it looks like most of the rumours were right – Android is an operating system, middleware, a user interface and a set of applications. And it’s free. It’s got three of the top five handset vendors on board as well as 31 other companies, including hardware manufacturers and operators. For Moto, this looks like make or break time – if Android is successful it could help the company pull its fat out of the fire. For the rest of the handset vendors it looks like they’ll be split into two camps.

Is music rental where it’s at?

The UK is going a bit mobile music crazy at the moment. This morning I went down to Paper in London to watch Girls Aloud at the launch of Omnifone’s Music Station service on the Vodafone network, which coincidentally also signalled the first time BlackBerry users have been able to get tunes onto their devices. Then there was also Nokia’s mobile music shop opening its doors – and all this ahead of the iPhone launch next week.

Does the buck stop with the money men?

It looks like a bad time to be a CFO for a telecoms kit vendor at the moment. Not only have we seen Ericsson CFO Karl-Henrik Sundstrom make a quick exit, after a 36 per cent drop in income for the third quarter, but now, Alcatel-Lucent number cruncher Jean-Pascal Beaufret is off too. Beaufret’s exit […]

How much is a social network worth?

$15 billion, that’s how much. 23 year old Mark Zuckerberg must be a very happy man today, after Microsoft shelled out $240m for a 1.6 per cent stake in Facebook. The social networking hype machine has obviously been chugging away since Murdoch paid out $580m for MySpace and I wonder how much longer before the wheels fall off the bandwagon? eBay’s already admitted it got a bit over eager when bidding for Skype and all this crazy spending is starting to look a bit ’90’s…

Plotting Nokia’s assault on the services space

Nokia has been building momentum in the services space of late – an initiative which has been interesting to watch for two reasons. One, because all this talk of social networking and Moshing is suggestive of the world’s biggest handset vendor shaking off its typically dour, Finnish image. And two, because of the controversial statements coming from the typically dour, Finnish chief executives of the world’s biggest handset vendor.

It’s an iPhone bonanza for AT&T

Well, Steve Jobs probably wasn’t the only CEO rubbing his hands with glee at the success of the iPhone this week. The wonder device may have helped build Apple’s cash pile even higher but it looks like it’s also gone down a treat with exclusive carrier AT&T.

It was only a matter of time

Ok, enough with the “I’m on the plane” gags already. It’s only a matter of time before mobile phone usage was allowed on planes. And you probably fall into one of two camps in this discussion

EDGE as sharp as WCDMA?

This might stir up a hornets’ nest, but this consultant chap, Carl Howe, has a point. It’s not all about bandwidth when it comes to mobile ‘broadband’, if the combination of device software and hardware is sluggish, then the web experience will also be.

Apple and Orange are officially a pair

We’ve known for a long time, just as we did with O2 and T-Mobile, but Orange has finally been officially confirmed as the iPhone carrier of choice in France. I use the phrase “of choice” deliberately, as you can see what might have been the sticking point over the past couple of weeks

Who’s paying for wifi now?

The announcement from the BBC this morning, that it will be making its content available for free over wifi, is an interesting turn around for the wifi provider business model. Whereas it used to be the end user paying for wifi access, it looks like it might increasingly be the content provider, or perhaps even the physical hotspot host itself.

Just what is Moto thinking?

Moto’s having a bit of trouble with its handset unit, that much goes without saying, but just what is the company thinking with its “autumn collection” that took to the catwalk last week? Not really new devices are they? Pretty much cosmetic lifts of earlier devices, although in the case of the U9 there’s a bit more under the hood. And why, oh why, does it look like the company is still hedging all its bets on the RAZR brand? Does it really not have anything new to show us?

Sun rising on Savaje?

If the rumours are true, it looks like ill-fated mobile OS SavaJe might be due for an outing. Then again, this is one company you can’t expect any guarantees on.

Mobile broadband gains velocity

The mobile broadband market is gaining velocity, driven by the twin engines of HSDPA and EV-DO with more power yet to come from Mobile WiMAX. There are already more than 200 commercial mobile broadband networks worldwide with more than 50 million subscribers using hundreds of different devices. And rapid adoption of these technologies will lead […]

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