January 30, 2009

Orange launches UK’s first PAYG Blackberry

Permalink: Orange launches UK’s first PAYG Blackberry by David Masters

Mobile operator Orange has launched the Blackberry Pearl 8120 on pay-as-you-go.
Costing £145 for the handset, web access costs £5 per month on the PAYG Animal package.
The £5 monthly charge includes access to email, social networks, and messaging.
Pippa Dunn, Orange UK’s director of PAYG, said: “With nearly two thirds of UK mobile customers now using PAYG, [...]

January 29, 2009

Palringo adds location function for iPhone users

Permalink: Palringo adds location function for iPhone users by Jan Harris

Mobile IM provider, Palringo, has announced the addition of location, distance and maps functionality for iPhone users.
The new application allows iPhone users to simply look at their contact list to see the town where their contacts are currently located, and how far away it is.
Palringo plans to extend the application further with the [...]

January 28, 2009

Nokia ships 1m 5800 XpressMusic

Permalink: Nokia ships 1m 5800 XpressMusic by David Masters

Nokia has already shipped one million 5800 XpressMusic handsets, which launched in the UK on Friday.
The Comes With Music phone is Nokia’s first touchscreen model, pitched in direct competition against Apple’s iPhone.
Nokia vice president Jo Harlow said: “The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has been received very positively and this milestone is further proof that people all [...]


RipCord Receives Frost & Sullivan Recognition

Permalink: RipCord Receives Frost & Sullivan Recognition by Alan Harten

RipCode, Inc. has won a Frost & Sullivan award honouring its achievements in the field of mobile-video call technology and its potential impact on the marketplace.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan hands out awards honouring those businesses which demonstrate superior performance and outstanding achievement in areas such as technological innovation, customer service, leadership, and strategic [...]

January 23, 2009

HTC Touch Cruise (O2 XDA Guide)

Permalink: HTC Touch Cruise (O2 XDA Guide) by David Masters

HTC has given the Touch Cruise a makeover and has unveiled the revamped handset as the Touch Cruise 09.
Sleeker than the awkward looking original, the Touch Cruise 09 features a QVGA 2.8-inch touchscreen, built-in GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera, and microSD card slot.
Connectivity is via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GSM, and HSDPA with UMTS support. Maximum download [...]


HTC Sapphire to be launched in May

Permalink: HTC Sapphire to be launched in May by David Masters

High Tech Computer’s (HTC’s) second Android-powered handset, the Sapphire, is expected to launch in May, reports DigiTimes.
‘Sources familiar with the company’s latest roadmap’ leaked the news, quelling rumours of a January release.
Vodafone will join T-Mobile in distributing the Sapphire, the source said. Previous rumours had T-Mobile as the sole distributor.
HTC plans to introduce more [...]

January 21, 2009

GPS smartphones will buck recession

Permalink: GPS smartphones will buck recession by David Masters

GPS-enabled handsets will bypass the economic recession, according to analysts at ABI Research.
A study by the market research firm found that GPS-enabled phones are expected to see shipments increase to 240 million units this year, up 6.4% compared to 2008.
As such, GPS shipments will buck the trend of declining handset sales - predicted to fall [...]


iPhone outsells G1 6-to-1

Permalink: iPhone outsells G1 6-to-1 by David Masters

Apple’s iPhone trounced Google’s G1 handset in the fourth quarter, if recent sales estimates are to be believed.
Analysts at Morgan Stanley polled mobile phone retailers on iPhone and G1 sales, and used the data to put together estimates on total sales.
Google released the G1 in the fourth quarter, selling an estimated 300,000 handsets in the [...]


MobiTV nominated for Global Mobile Award

Permalink: MobiTV nominated for Global Mobile Award by Jan Harris

MobiTV has been nominated by the GSMA for an award in the Best Mobile TV Service category at the Global Mobile Awards.
The awards will be held at the Palau Nacional in Barcelona, on Tuesday 17th February 2009.
MobiTV is a software download which allows a mobile phone user to watch live TV and VOD [...]

January 20, 2009

Fujitsu ships waterproof phone with fingertip sensor

Permalink: Fujitsu ships waterproof phone with fingertip sensor by Jan Harris

The Fujitsu F-01A, available from NTT DoCoMo, is the world’s first fingerprint-enabled waterproof cell phone.
Apparently it can be submerged underwater for half an hour without coming to any harm.
The AuthenTec AES1711 fingerprint sensor helps to ensure data security and features AuthenTec’s new TouchStone packaging, which is designed for durability and ease of integration into [...]


Palm Pre exclusive to Vodafone?

Permalink: Palm Pre exclusive to Vodafone? by David Masters

Leaks by Vodafone officials have revealed that the much anticipated Palm Pre smartphone will be a Vodafone exclusive.
Exclusive distribution of the Palm Pre would help consolidate Vodafone’s position against O2, who won the iPhone 3G exclusive deal last year.
Negotiations between Palm and Vodafone are still at an early stage - so the talks could end [...]

January 19, 2009

Top Secret: N97 released in March

Permalink: Top Secret: N97 released in March by David Masters

Don’t tell anyone, but we at MobileWire have been let into a secret.
Nokia’s latest flagship smartphone, the N97, now has a UK release date. It’s 31st March.
Although Nokia has yet to reveal an official release date, Play.com has put the handset up for reservation at £479.99.
Which means it’s not much of a secret anymore, and [...]

January 16, 2009

Nokia N79 goes Active and Eco

Permalink: Nokia N79 goes Active and Eco by David Masters

Nokia has released two new handsets this week: one for fitness freaks, and the other for eco-friendly activists.
The Nokia N79 Active is a ‘healthy twist’ on the N79.
This ‘perfect running companion’ comes with a specially designed armband to hold the phone in place whilst you work out, and a Bluetooth heart rate monitor to help [...]


T-Mobile MDA Basic

Permalink: T-Mobile MDA Basic by David Masters

T-Mobile is to release an entry-level Windows smartphone, the MDA Basic.
The HTC-made handset is almost identical to the HTC Touch Viva, but with updated software.
This compact 2.8-inch touchscreen device features a 2 megapixel camera and microSD expansion slot.
Connectivity comes via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GSM and EDGE; there is no 3G.
The MDA Basic will be launched to [...]

January 14, 2009

Third Party Web Browser Approved for the iPhone

Permalink: Third Party Web Browser Approved for the iPhone by Franz Bicar

We’ve all heard about the supposed “evil” that is Apple. We’ve complained about them locking their hardware to their different softwares and services. Most of these complaints are because of the iPhone. Lots of users would love to have the freedom that wasn’t given by its manufacturers. But now, one could suggest that Apple has [...]

January 13, 2009

Unify4Life turns Blackbery into media portal

Permalink: Unify4Life turns Blackbery into media portal by Jan Harris

Canadian company, Unify4Life demonstrated its UnifyGuide interactive media portal at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas, January 8-11.
The company is dedicated to turning a Blackberry smartphone into a customised interface for home electronic devices.
Its latest development, demonstrated at the International CES, is the UnifyGuide.
This works with Unify4Life’s AV|Shadow – [...]


Sony Ericsson W715 exclusive to Vodafone

Permalink: Sony Ericsson W715 exclusive to Vodafone by David Masters

Sony Ericsson this week unveiled the W715, its latest Walkman handset.
The slider-style handset features a 2.4-inch QVGA auto rotate screen, expandable memory, and ‘crystal clear’ sound.
It features a 3.2 megapixel camera with PictBridge printing and 3.2x digital zoom.
GPS functionality integrates with Google maps, or Vodafone’s Find&Go navigation service.
Connectivity comes via Wi-Fi, HSDPA, HSUPA, 3G, and [...]


Macworld, Thai Fraudsters, and the iPhone Nano

Permalink: Macworld, Thai Fraudsters, and the iPhone Nano by David Masters

With rumours of the iPhone Nano sweeping the internet in recent weeks, tech-heads widely expected Apple to announce the device at this year’s Macworld conference.
So confident were counterfeiters of an iPhone Nano unveiling that they started producing fake versions in Asian factories ready for release at the moment of Apple’s announcement.
The fraudsters hoped to make [...]


Vizimo: iPhone users prefer BBC

Permalink: Vizimo: iPhone users prefer BBC by Brian Turner

According to Vizimo, iPhone users in the UK were much more likely to watch BBC programming over the Christmas period.
Vizimo, whose Tioti TV+ application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod enables people to programme their Sky+ box directly - found that of the 50 most recorded programmes, 39 were broadcast by the BBC.
The Doctor Who Christmas [...]

January 9, 2009

Sony Ericsson launches C510 Cyber-shot

Permalink: Sony Ericsson launches C510 Cyber-shot by Jan Harris

Sony Ericsson has announced its C510 Cyber-shot phone, which promises advanced photo features at an affordable price.
The phone’s 3.2-megapixel Cyber-shot camera features face detection technology which can detect faces and bring them into focus instead of the background.
This face-friendly camera also has a feature known as “Smile Shutter”, which auto-snaps pictures when someone [...]