Category: Handsets & Devices


Equity firms buy up Freescale

Motorola’s semiconductor spin-off, Freescale, on Friday announced its acquisition by a private equity consortium for a total of $17.6bn (£9.4bn). The consortium is led by The Blackstone Group, and includes The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group. The board of directors of Freescale has unanimously approved the merger agreement and will recommend that […]

Zune goes wi-fi to take on Apple

Software giant Microsoft has wi-fi-enabled its forthcoming Zune portable media player device in a bid to unseat the iPod from its throne. Late Thursday, the Redmond Giant gave consumers a sneaky peek of the device, with which it will go toe to toe with the 500 pound gorilla of the digital music player market – […]

BT unveils 3G mobile TV handset

On Wednesday, BT announced a deal with Chinese vendor ZTE which will develop the world’s first 3G mobile handset compatible with BT Movio’s wholesale mobile entertainment service. Further, the dual-mode designs will, according to the pair, be compatible with all mobile TV technologies in the near future. ZTE, China’s fastest growing mobile solutions provider, claims […]

Russia’s Euroset plans ambitious expansion

Euroset, the fastest growing mobile retailer in Russia, has revealed that is planning an MVNO strategy both inside and outside of the company’s domestic market. The firm argues that it is bigger and in better shape than Carphone Warehouse – which claims it is the UK’s largest retailer – has also revealed it intends to […]

Brits are groove champions on the mobile

When it comes to a groove, the UK is, according to analyst M:Metrics, more willing to get down on a mobile device than anywhere else in Western Europe or the US, The measurement firm found that the UK boasts the highest percentage of mobile subscribers who used their mobile device as a music player in […]

Nokia nabs Eur 2bn deal with China

The world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, on Tuesday signed agreements with its customers China Mobile and PTAC in a deal worth more than Eur 2bn for the full year 2006. In what is a major coup for the Finnish market leader, the group employed pomp and ceremony to celebrate the deal Which was attended […]

Moto and Nokia team up on mobile TV

Mobile handset manufacturers Nokia and Motorola said on Monday that they have inked a deal to cooperate on mobile television interoperability. In a statement the firms said the aim of the deal is to achieve interoperability among the companies’ DVB-H enabled devices and network services. The handset manufacturers will work together to support solutions based […]

Analysts unimpressed with Virgin’s Mobile TV

Analysts and observers have criticised the launch of Virgin’s mobile TV service, both for the quality of the offering and its lack of channels. The mobile virtual network operator announced its broadcast mobile TV offering at an event in London on Thursday but already questions are being asked about its quality and the effect that […]

Apple iFone almost ready?

The rumour mill is grinding again and the internet is abuzz with speculation that the unveiling of Apple’s long awaited iPod phone, or iFone, is imminent. What we know is that Apple has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday September 12 in London, with similar events presumably taking place around the world. The topic of […]

Mobile advertising worth $11.35bn by 2011 – Analyst

Spending on mobile advertising is about to take a sharp upturn, according to a report by Telecoms.com’s parent Informa Telecoms and Media. In its latest study ‘Mobile Advertising Services: generating revenue through subsidised content’ the analyst predicts that worldwide spend on mobile advertising will be worth $11.35bn (£6.05bn) within five years. The report suggests that […]

RIM’s ‘Pearl’ set to win consumer hearts

Making good on its promise, Research in Motion, the Canadian manufacturer behind the BlackBerry launched its first consumer version of the iconic gadget on Thursday The new BlackBerry – dubbed 8100 or ‘Pearl’ – is a response from the company to concerns that while it remains dominant in the corporate mobile email sphere, it lacks […]

Qualcomm, O2 BREW up cool content initiative

Over a year in the planning, US chip shop Qualcomm this week realised its vision of deploying the BREW content delivery system over GSM. Telefonica’s UK mobile operation, O2, introduced its own-branded Ice 3G handset Monday – Europe’s first device to use Qualcomm’s BREW-based uiOne interface. uiOne is an operator customisable users interface, which allows […]

Wifi handset debuts

IP solutions firm UTStarcom has launched a portable wifi handset for voice over IP (VoIP) calls, a week after Skype announced its first handset that doesn’t need a PC to work. The F3000 has a full-colour 1.8″ LCD screen, the ubiquitous polyphonic ringtones, SMS and talk-time of up to three hours. “We are seeing massive […]

Broadcom takes hit in patent spat

US chip shop Broadcom suffered a setback in its patent spat with CDMA pioneer Qualcomm Friday, when the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed Broadcom’s antitrust complaint. The two chip vendors have been scrapping over alleged antitrust violations by Qualcomm for over a year now. But late last week the […]

Skype intros cordless phones

Internet telephony provider Skype Thursday unveiled its first standalone cordless phones that do not require a PC to operate. The forthcoming devices allow Skype users to make and receive calls over the internet and traditional telephone network without a computer, bundled with the convenience of a cordless (not wi-fi) phone. The first models to be […]

New security standards coming

New security standards for mobile devices are due to be formally announced at the CTIA Wireless show in Los Angeles next month. Dubbed ‘Mobile Security Specification’ the new standards – backed by Nokia, France Telecom and Samsung – have been designed to shut down mobiles if they are stolen or lost. The security features will […]

Sprint shows Rev. A cards

US operator Sprint Nextel announced commercial availability of its high speed cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A data cards Tuesday. Compatible with laptops as well as the soon-to-be-available Linksys Wireless G-Router, the Merlin S720 card manufactured by Novatel Wireless, allows wireless broadband connectivity at average download and upload speeds of 450-850kbps and 300-400kbps respectively. Sprint plans […]

BT stalks Skype with Softphone campaign

The UK’s incumbent telecoms company, BT, is about to launch a major advertising campaign for its PC-based VoIP technology, BT Softphone. Softphone is free to consumers making calls over broadband and will be positioned as a direct competitor to Ebay’s Skype. BT has, reportedly, hired the advertising specialist Agency.com to market Softphone which will launch […]

Samsung launches first UMA device

Samsung has this week launched what it claims to be the world’s first Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) wi-fi handset – the SGH-P200 – in Italy. The device makes use of Kineto software and Philips’ Nexperia cellular system solution 6120 for UMA, allowing consumers to roam and switch seamlessly between fixed and mobile services. The P200 […]

Enterprises may waste £10bn on IP phones

Many businesses are needlessly spending on expensive IP phones with screens, industry analyst Gartner has said. In fact, as much as $20.30bn (£10.70bn) could be thrown away worldwide between 2005 and 2010, on devices that are not really needed. In Europe, Middle East and Africa that figure could amount to more than $5bn during the […]

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