Category: Digital Infrastructure & Economy

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 […]

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 Hans-Arne L’orange, chief executive of Vyke, said the Asian market is ripe for services such as mobile […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

3G – ‘money down the drain’

3G is a low priority for mobile users across the globe who see the technology as costly and unnecessary, according to a study by market information company, TNS. The firm noted little increase in 3G usage amongst consumers who see mobile TV and internet surfing as a waste of time and money. The firm says […]

Sony Ericsson onto a good thing

Sony Ericsson looks to have hit the sweet spot by attaching the Cyber-shot and Walkman brands of its Japanese parent to its mid and high end phones. The mobile phone manufacturer on Thursday reported that net income for the third quarter almost tripled over the past year, shooting up to Eur298m (£201m), compared to Eur104m […]

T-Mobile Dashes into mobile email space

T-Mobile USA entered the mobile email fray late Thursday, unveiling its exclusive “Dash” Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone. The Dash device – also known as the Excalibur and manufactured by Taiwan’s High Tech Computer – looks very much like it is aimed straight for the BlackBerry/Motorola Q/Nokia E61 market. Whilst in Europe, SMS is the messaging […]

Nokia to do WiMax handsets in 2008

sometime in 2008, the firm said Wednesday. The world’s biggest producer of mobile phones revealed plans for the technology as it rolled out a WiMAX-enabled version of its lightweight base station. While stationary computers can connect to WiMAX today, there will not be a mobile version available till later this year which gives Nokia more […]

Qualcomm, Broadcom both claim small victory

In the latest twist in the increasingly tedious Qualcomm versus Broadcom patent dispute, both sides have claimed victory. Late Tuesday, an administrative law judge at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Qualcomm has not infringed two of the three Broadcom patents in question. However, the ITC also found that Qualcomm does infringe five […]

T-Mobile promises UMA; U-turns on VoIP

T-Mobile USA intends to deploy Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) devices in at least one market before year-end, in a bid to maintain a competitive edge while it rolls out 3G. The operator last week said that work on its 3G network has already begun, with a majority to be completed before 2008. But in the […]

Smartphone sales rocket as PDA demand wanes

Worldwide shipments of PDAs and smartphones increased 57 per cent during the first half of 2006, totalling 42.1 million units when compared to the same period last year. The statistics, released Monday by industry analyst Gartner, found that the smartphone market is experiencing exponential growth, increasing 75.5 per cent on last year with 34.7 million […]

RIM destined for extinction?

Research in Motion (RIM) will become a victim of its own proprietary solutions and is doomed to extinction within a decade unless it embraces open standards. This is the argument put forward by Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica, the firm that put the scream feature into stolen mobiles. Brinkschulte believes RIM’s reluctance to embrace open […]

Overall handset growth to slow “dramatically” – report

The rate of overall worldwide mobile handset growth will slow dramatically beginning next year as saturation in developed markets starts to balance out the booming growth in emerging regions. So says’s parent, Informa Telecoms & Media in its latest report “Future Mobile Handsets”. Since the slump in the worldwide handset market at the turn […]

Wifi is wonderful – Official

Wifi may be the wonderful wireless technology that frees our bytes but consumers want more access, more hotspots and more speed. So says new research sponsored by T-Mobile and YouGov. According to the pair who teamed up to look at what wifi users want, more than half of those asked want access on trains and […]

Big talk from JaJah

Internet call firm Jajah, has launched its Mobile Suite which allows users to make low-cost international calls from their mobiles. The firm, noted for launching a free web-activated telephony service allowing users to make free landline calls via its website , has launched Mobile Suite as a plug-in – available for download – or via […]

Orange, Nokia in Signature deal

French operator Orange stepped up its Signature phone strategy Wednesday, announcing a partnership with Nokia that will allow increased customisation of Symbian S60 devices. Under the agreement, Nokia is to create an Orange specific software package to complement the Symbian S60 OS. This aim is to help S60 device manufacturers benefit from greater cost efficiency […]

Qualcomm denied in Broadcom patent spat

US chip shop Qualcomm had its request for a preliminary injunction against rival chip firm Broadcom denied late Monday. US District Court Judge Rudi Brewster said that Qualcomm’s requested injunction to stop Broadcom’s development and sale of 3G cellular chips was “light years beyond” what would be appropriate. The two chip manufacturers have been scrapping […]

Siemens execs cough up to help BenQ staff

German vendor Siemens expressed its disappointment over BenQ’s decision to kill off handset manufacturer BenQ Mobile on Monday. The Taiwanese-German joint venture was established just over a year ago when the German firm effectively paid BenQ Eur50m to take the ailing division off its hands. But in a show of solidarity to its former employees, […]