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  • No stores and no phones means no clients for EasyMobile

    Posted November 15, 2006 - 11:18 am

    EasyMobile Ltd. plans to shut its mobile phone service in the U.K. on Dec. 13, leaving its 80,000 customers to find a new service provider. The EasyMobile low-cost offering launched first in the U.K. last year, with plans to become available in 12 European countries. Mimicking a successful model spearheaded in Denmark, EasyMobile initially only sold SIM cards but no phones, and had no stores, selling exclusively online.
  • Qualcomm makes headway in Europe and against Nokia

    Posted November 13, 2006 - 11:01 am

    Motorola Inc. will use Qualcomm Inc. chips in future UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service) phones in a deal that could give Qualcomm leverage in an ongoing patent licensing dispute with Nokia Corp.
  • Samsung offers look at future of mobile phones

    Posted November 13, 2006 - 9:37 am

    Mobile phones will undergo a dramatic transformation over the next few years, incorporating more powerful processors and more storage, as well as new technologies, including sensors to monitor a user's health and a wider range of entertainment and online services.
  • Emirates to offer in-flight mobile phone service

    Posted November 12, 2006 - 10:20 pm

    As one group abandons its in-flight Wi-Fi Internet access, another hopes to be more successful with an on-board mobile phone service for air passengers. Emirates Airline has signed up for a new in-flight mobile phone service offered by AeroMobile Ltd., a joint venture between communications and systems engineering vendor Arinc Inc. and Norwegian telecommunications service provider Telenor ASA, the companies said Friday.
  • Motorola buys mobile app company

    Posted November 12, 2006 - 10:16 pm

    Motorola said Friday it would acquire Good Technology, the software firm that provides the mobile e-mail application on Motorola's Q smartphone and on many competing devices. Motorola hopes the move can help it gain more customers among mobile professionals, who need enterprise-level security and management.
  • Symbol waves good-bye to Palm OS -- for now

    Posted November 10, 2006 - 11:05 am

    Symbol Technologies Inc. has decided to discontinue its two Palm OS-based devices worldwide, bowing to European Union environmental regulations and a growing demand for Windows Mobile devices.
  • New Linux phone encourages application development

    Posted November 8, 2006 - 2:05 pm

    Taiwanese electronics company First International Computer Inc. (FIC) hopes to replicate the open nature of the PC in mobile phones with the debut of a smartphone running an open Linux-based mobile software platform developed by one of its product managers.
  • Yahoo tests mobile banner ads

    Posted November 8, 2006 - 9:14 am

    After U.S. mobile subscribers have paid their carriers for data plans, advertisers on Yahoo Inc. mobile services this week will start trying to sell them other things.
  • Siemens looks to UWB for broadband video

    Posted November 7, 2006 - 8:36 am

    IPTV (Internet Protocol television) is no good if it can't get from the broadband router to the TV, so a Siemens AG division is going to use high-bandwidth wireless technology in gear that carriers will distribute to their subscribers.
  • Vodafone chooses Microsoft as third phone platform

    Posted November 6, 2006 - 11:09 am

    Vodafone Group PLC has picked Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile as the third operating system it will offer in its line of mobile phones, the company said Monday. Windows Mobile joins Symbian Ltd.'s operating system and Linux, which Vodafone has already said will also drive its phones for the next five years.
  • Aruba upgrades products for 'VoFi'

    Posted November 6, 2006 - 10:38 am

    Aruba will support voice-quality links on office WLANs, disputing competitors' claims that the job needs a whole new architecture
  • The definitive guide to wireless hotspots

    Posted November 3, 2006 - 2:27 pm

    This extensive guide to finding and using hotspots offers Web sites that will help you locate the best hotspots in your next business destination; security tips; an overview of the current and future technology at the heart of WiFi; tools that you should employ when using a hotspot and more.
  • 'Free' mobile phone service to launch next year

    Posted November 2, 2006 - 10:26 am

    An advertising-funded mobile phone service, aimed at consumers between the ages 16 and 24, is scheduled to launch in the U.K. in mid-2007.
  • Google preps mobile app for Gmail

    Posted November 2, 2006 - 10:17 am

    On Thursday, Google plans to launch a new downloadable application for Java-enabled mobile devices that acts as a client for Gmail, letting users read, create, delete, search, send and receive e-mail messages.
  • Motorola to build open source Java ME community

    Posted November 1, 2006 - 3:25 pm

    Motorola Inc. plans to establish an open source community for the Java Micro Edition (Java ME) software stack for the mobile industry. The company plans to use the open source Apache License Version 2.0. of the Apache Software Foundation.
  • Microsoft launches upgraded embedded OS, CE 6

    Posted November 1, 2006 - 12:24 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is courting embedded device developers by including new tools with the release on Wednesday of Windows Embedded CE 6.0, designed to run a wider variety of applications.
  • Cicero supports Wi-Fi cellular roaming on Nokia phones

    Posted November 1, 2006 - 10:42 am

    Some users of Nokia Corp.'s combined Wi-Fi and cellular phones will soon be able to make voice calls that can roam between the two networks without dropping the call.
  • Nokia software aims to ease converged phone use

    Posted October 31, 2006 - 10:10 am

    Typically, each time users of dual-mode phones try to access Internet services, they must choose which network they want to connect to, sometimes from a list of multiple cellular and Wi-Fi networks. But if a user subscribes to a service from a provider using Nokia's Service Suite, that choice can happen automatically, based on lowest cost and highest speed network or other parameters set by users or the service provider.
  • NTT DoCoMo, Intel to let users set OS on cell phones

    Posted October 31, 2006 - 9:57 am

    NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Intel Corp. will publish Wednesday a set of specifications that will allow users to load a second operating system onto their cell phones, the companies said Tuesday.
  • NTT DoCoMo profits fall on 3G subsidies

    Posted October 27, 2006 - 1:30 pm

    NTT DoCoMo saw profits fall in the first six months of the current financial year due in part to increased handset subsidies as more customers switched to its 3G network.
  • Mobile TV standard race gains momentum

    Posted October 27, 2006 - 1:16 pm

    Switzerland has joined a growing list of European countries testing a broadcast mobile TV service based on technology that is widely supported by operators but currently hindered by a lack of available spectrum.
  • Motorola's dumb phone

    Posted October 26, 2006 - 8:19 pm

    Motorola will release a new cell phone by the end of the year that it says is easier to use, thinner and cheaper than most currently popular models. It also uses new technology that extends battery life. Aimed at countries with underdeveloped cell phone markets, it may also appeal to novice users in the United States.
  • 3G for mobile broadband? Think again

    Posted October 25, 2006 - 10:18 am

    The GSM Association (GSMA), an industry group comprised of mobile operators, wants to see 3G (third-generation) cellular technologies used for wireless broadband in notebook PCs, but operators will have to change their way of doing business to make that happen.
  • T-Mobile merges Wi-Fi, cellular

    Posted October 25, 2006 - 9:57 am

    Subscribers to a new service from T-Mobile mobile will be able to make unlimited U.S. calls via Wi-Fi at home and on Wi-Fi networks that don't require a password. Using the same phone, they can leave the range of the Wi-Fi network and keep talking without an interruption as the call shifts over to the T-Mobile cellular network.
  • Nokia enables Oracle applications on phones

    Posted October 25, 2006 - 9:48 am

    Mobile workers can now access some Oracle Corp. applications from two of Nokia Corp.'s newest enterprise-focused phones, the companies said on Tuesday.
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