Category: Digital Infrastructure & Economy


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 Telecoms.com’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, […]

Sony Ericsson sets sights on top three

Sony Ericsson, the Swedish-Japanese handset maker, reached its fifth anniversary Monday and set itself the target of becoming one of the top three players within five years. Over the past five years the 50:50 joint venture has leapt from a loss making sixth place to a profitable fourth position in terms of global handset market […]

BlackBerry to lose its crown – analyst

The Blackberry’s position as the dominant mobile email solution is coming to an end according to industry analyst IDC . The analyst group says Microsoft’s involvement with Motorola, Palm, and others, as well as Nokia’s commitment to an end-to-end strategy, threaten the Blackberry’s stronghold in the enterprise market. Viewing the mobile email arena as “a […]

Another VoIP provider scoots to market

Another company has joined the raft of internet telephony players presently wading out into the market. US-based iSkoot on Friday introduced a Java-based thin client designed for putting VoIP on dual mode and cellular phones. The user installable platform claims it allows the handset to connect with VoIP services such as Skype, GoogleTalk, AIM, Microsoft […]

BenQ fails to turn Siemens handsets around

Taiwanese electronics firm BenQ will bail out of its German mobile phone subsidiary, as it is unable to stem unsustainable losses at the unit. The firm said Thursday that it has resolved to discontinue capital injection into BenQ Mobile and is considering filing for insolvency protection over the next few days. BenQ acquired the beleaguered […]

Prodi to address parliament on Telecom Italia

The Italian Premier Romano Prodi will speak to parliament later today to discuss Telecom Italia and the row that has erupted since its reorganisation was announced. According to reports, Prodi was initially reluctant to discuss the issues that have seen its chief resign and its senior executives publicly taunt Prodi over what many sees as […]

Intel to deliver HSDPA notebooks

Finnish vendor Nokia has climbed into bed with chip giant Intel to deliver HSDPA mobile broadband connectivity to notebook users. Although 3G and HSDPA data cards are already available for notebook users, the Nokia module will be integrated with the next-generation Intel Centrino Duo platform, offering HSDPA connectivity as an embedded option. Mooly Eden, vice […]

Vodafone unveils own brand 3G device

Following in the footsteps of its rivals, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile, Vodafone on Thursday unveiled its first own-branded 3G handset. The Vodafone 710, designed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, will be launched in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands, Romania and Portugal from early October 2006. The device packs an MP3 music player, 1.3 […]

Coms shows wifi VoIP devices

UK internet telephony provider Coms, unveiled the first in a range of wifi-enabled cordless handsets on Thursday. The provider introduced two devices, both by UTStarcom. The F1000 SIP-based device, available for £109 and the F3000 SIP device for £149. Coms allows subscribers to choose a number which they can use either on the home wifi […]