Nokia snaps up Loudeye

Nokia, the world’s leading mobile handset vendor, Tuesday announced a $60m (£31.5m) deal to acquire mobile music platform Loudeye. The Finnish company, which now refers to top end handsets as “multimedia computers”, plans to use the acquisition to put mobile music services and applications on the device as well as giving users the ability to […]

Sony announces Mylo

The US will be the first to get a taste of Sony’s first wifi communications gadget it says will allow users to chat, send text, browse the internet and listen to music. Dubbed ‘Mylo’ for ‘My Life Online’, Sony’s device is around the size of a PSP and is designed specifically to work in wifi […]

3 to stream ITV mobile TV content

TV broadcaster ITV and 3G mobile operator 3 UK have joined forces in an exclusive deal to stream TV content to mobile handsets in the UK. The deal will enable the 3.5 million customers on 3 to watch ITV’s flagship channel, ITV1 and ITV Play – ITV’s participation channel – live on their mobile phone. […]

NTL hit by merger costs

UK cable behemoth NTL on Tuesday announced its first set of full quarterly financial results since its merger with Telewest and more recent closing of the acquisition of Virgin Mobile. As a result, revenues for the three months to the end of June almost doubled from £482m a year ago to £884m. However, integration costs […]

US spectrum auction starts Wednesday

US communications regulator the FCC is planning to auction off 1,122 wireless licenses Wednesday in a move that could bring in as much as $15bn (£7.8bn) for the government. The licenses to be auctioned are presently being used by the military but would be ideal for the launch of 3G services. Spectrum within the bands […]

Sicap buys Swapcom in MDM power play

Swiss solutions provider Sicap last week bought French mobile software architect provider Swapcom. The acquisition is designed to strengthen Sicap’s position in the Mobile Device Management (MDM) market, it said in a stetement. MDM software enables operators to manage users’ devices, performing functions such as centrally applying security measures and providing automatic handset updates. 32 […]

Telstra scraps fibre network plan

Australia’s incumbent carrier Telstra, is reported to have abandoned its A$4bn (£1.6bn) fibre network after a dispute with the competition regulator. The state run operator scrapped the project after reportedly failing to reach an agreement on how much it would charge rivals to access the high speed network. With the Australian government putting increasing pressure […]

Phones4U boss sells to become billionaire

John Caudwell sold Caudwell Group, which includes Phones4U, to Providence Equity Partners with Doughty Hanson buying up the handset distributor 20:20 Logistics Distribution which will be renamed 20:20 Mobile. Caudwell owns 85 per cent of the company he built up with his brother, Brian, who owns a 10 per cent stake. According to the Caudwell […]

Hacker squeezes BlackBerry security

A security consultant has warned that the popular push-email device beloved of corporate suits everywhere may turn out to be a serious security threat to private networks. Speaking at the DefCon hacker convention in Las Vegas this week, Jesse D’Aguanno of risk management firm Praetorian Global, revealed a new exploit which allows for the BlackBerry […]

Mobile phones will scream at thieves

Imagine you’re a thief and you’ve just nabbed the latest in mobile gorgeousness from your unsuspecting victim, when all of a sudden, the afore-mentioned mobile starts screaming… loudly. This is the latest in anti-phone theft technology and has been introduced by device management company Synchronica. Its system can remotely lock and wipe data from mobile […]

Newcomers threaten PDA leaders

Worldwide shipments of PDAs reached a record 3.7 million units during the second quarter, up 2.7 per cent from the same period a year ago, according to industry analyst Gartner. Interestingly, much of the growth in the PDA market was generated by vendors that were not among the first-tier one year ago, while market leaders […]

Worldwide shipments of PDAs reached a record 3.7 million units during the second quarter, up 2.7 per cent from the same period a year ago, according to industry analyst Gartner.

Swedish vendor Ericsson on Monday laid claim to being the first vendor to complete WCDMA/UMTS 3G calls on all nine 3GPP-defined frequency bands. Initially deployed on the 2100MHz band, vendors and operators are increasingly looking at deploying WCDMA and HSDPA on frequency bands typically used for 2G technologies such as GSM. Using its U310 and […]

FLO wins TIA approval

MediaFLO USA, a division of US chipshop Qualcomm, announced that its Forward Link Only (FLO) mobile TV technology has won approval from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The TIA has granted official approval for the FLO Air Interface Specification (AIS) in a move which is expected to accelerate the standardisation and delivery of MediaFLO-based services. […]

AOL cuts 5,000 jobs

Time Warner’s AOL unit said on Thursday that about 5,000 jobs, equal to around one-quarter of the firm’s worldwide workforce, would be cut in the next six months.AOL chief executive Jonathan Miller told employees yesterday that the company’s workforce of 19,000 would have to be cut down to 14,000. AOL did not provide details of […]

Radvision debuts circuit-switched video platform

Israeli developer Radvision has announced an advanced 3G system that, in theory, will allow users to make video calls for the same cost as an ordinary call. The firm is taking a different view on advanced 3G applications which are usually focused on the prospects for packet-switched data services and the mobile internet. It aims […]

Handheld devices market in 10th consecutive slump

Sales of handheld devices worldwide in Q2 of 2006 saw the market decline for the tenth consecutive quarter according to a leading analyst group this week. According to analyst IDC, a total of 2.9 million units were shipped during the period, compared to 3.7 million devices for the same period in 2005. In its Worldwide […]

Sprint to deploy Rev. A this year

US carrier Sprint Nextel Thursday announced expansion plans for its high speed wireless service and an agreement to carry VoIP traffic for Time Warner Cable. Sprint plans to begin its roll out of the 3G upgrade technology known as EV-DO Revision A during the fourth quarter of this year with coverage expected to reach more […]

Moto warns on Middle East conflict

Mobile giant Motorola has warned that the war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon could disrupt its business, which has sizable manufacturing and engineering operations in Israel. The firm which employs around 3,500 employees in Israel, is believed to be the first to speak out against the war for economic reasons. It also warned that […]

Napster Mobile to go live next week

The now legal peer to peer file sharing network, Napster, on Thursday announced its first deployment of Napster Mobile. US regional operator SunCom Wireless, which operates a GSM network in the Southeast US, will offer over the air downloads of music to handsets and PCs from next week. “Wireless continues to be a very significant […]

Apple sour over Norwegian DRM attack

It looks like Apple, fresh from victory in France where it has fended off attempts to break open its copy protection technology, is remaining brash over a similar situation in Scandinavia. In a statement to the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman this week, the Californian company refused to remove its proprietary lock on iTunes purchases, which ensure […]

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