Sony Ericsson Showcases Better, Faster 3G Speeds

Permalink: Sony Ericsson Showcases Better, Faster 3G Speeds by Franz Bicar

Sony Ericsson, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of mobile phones, will demonstrate what they claimed to be the fastest 3G wireless performance ever at this week’s CTIA Wireless trade show in Las Vegas.
The company boasts of connection speeds running at 56Mb per second (Mbps) using their 3G High-Speed Packet Access (HSDPA) network connections. This [...]


Skype for the iPhone is Finally Here

Permalink: Skype for the iPhone is Finally Here by Franz Bicar

A few months ago at CES, the Skype VoIP client for the iPhone was announced. Now, it is finally here. The free app will finally be available to download from the iTunes App Store. While most of us already know what Skype is for, there are a few functionalities that are iPhone-specific which, I’m sure, [...]


Survey shows iPhone as the “Most Useful” Smartphone in UK

Permalink: Survey shows iPhone as the “Most Useful” Smartphone in UK by Franz Bicar

The iPhone won, yet again! In a recent survey conducted by comScore, an internet marketing research company, the iPhone led the pack as being the device used in accessing mobile content over the internet. Ninety-three percent of UK iPhone owners accessed mobile media in January. This includes accessing news/info via browser; e-mail; listening to mobile [...]


BuddyMob to release iPhone app

Permalink: BuddyMob to release iPhone app by David Masters

BuddyMob has revealed that it will be launching an iPhone and a Symbian version of its Android application, and has announced a number of performance upgrades based on customer feedback.
An iPhone and iTouch version of the app will be launched in June, whilst a Symbian version is set for release ‘later this year’.
Updates to the [...]


Yell launches SMS directory enquires

Permalink: Yell launches SMS directory enquires by David Masters

Yell has launched a new text message-based directory enquiries service.
The 118-24-7 TextBack service allows consumers to make simple SMS-based directory enquiries from which they can expect a fast text response with an embedded link to the telephone number they’re looking for.
Consumers can make enquires at any time of day, seven days a week.
Mark Canon, Yell [...]


Carrier IQ launches handset use monitoring service

Permalink: Carrier IQ launches handset use monitoring service by David Masters

Carrier IQ this week launched a new service to enable network operators to monitor the quality of their networks and the effect this has on customer experience.
IQ Insight Experience Manager gives network operators and handset manufacturers an objective real-time view of what is happening on subscribers’ devices, including quality of service, services used, and application [...]


Free mobile TV will win subscribers

Permalink: Free mobile TV will win subscribers by David Masters

Mobile TV providers will need to offer free services to win subscribers and develop the market, an industry expert said this week.
Weijie Yun, president of Telegent Systems, a company that has already enabled free-to-air mobile TV on 20 million handsets around the world, said free services are key if mobile TV is to become a [...]


Travelodge launches iPhone GPS room booking

Permalink: Travelodge launches iPhone GPS room booking by David Masters

Travelodge yesterday launched iBooker, a GPS-based room booking application for the 3G iPhone.
Business and leisure travellers will be able to use iBooker to find Travelodge accommodation in three easy steps.
Once installed, users simply press the Travelodge logo on their phone and the handset will automatically find rooms and prices for the five nearest Travelodge hotels.
Users [...]


ForgetMeNot Africa launches email via SMS service

Permalink: ForgetMeNot Africa launches email via SMS service by David Masters

ForgetMeNot Africa has announced the continent-wide launch of its Message Optimiser service.
Message Optimiser turns any basic mobile handset into a smarter, Internet capable, multi-channel messaging device.
It enables network providers to provide unified messaging services such as email, instant messaging, and SMS, without the end user having Internet access, device upgrades, or application downloads.
Networks can use [...]


SMS Mac chooses TynTec for messaging service

Permalink: SMS Mac chooses TynTec for messaging service by David Masters

UK-based messaging operator TynTec has been chosen to provide the back-end SMS capabilities for computer-to-mobile messaging service SMS Mac.
SMS Mac will use TynTec to power the SMS capabilities of its Mac OSX Dashboard widget, its Mac address book plug in, its Vista sidebar gadget, and its Windows XP Yahoo! Widget.
The company said it chose TynTec [...]


Dell Smartphone - Could it Succeed?

Permalink: Dell Smartphone - Could it Succeed? by Franz Bicar

Talks and rumors of a Dell smartphone may actually be more than just rumors. Dell CEO Michael Dell recently confirmed the company’s move towards what they refer to as “smaller-screen devices.” This statement was issued by Dell last March 24 while traveling in Japan.
This is news for a lot of people but not really that [...]


Mobile TV: 472m subscribers by 2013

Permalink: Mobile TV: 472m subscribers by 2013 by David Masters

The number of people watching TV on their mobile handset will reach almost half a billion in the next five years, according to analysts at Cantab Wireless.
By 2013, 472 million consumers will have TV subscriptions on their mobile phone, Cantab said.
Cantab’s new report forecasts the strongest mobile TV subscriber growth in Asia, especially in Korea [...]


Dell CEO confirms smartphone plans

Permalink: Dell CEO confirms smartphone plans by David Masters

Dell is on schedule to launch a new line up of smartphones, CEO Michael Dell confirmed yesterday.
The announcement follows media reports that a Dell handset sent for testing to network operators was received with a lukewarm reception.
According to rumours the handset had been due for release sometime in the first half of this year, although [...]


Samsung Behold Review

Permalink: Samsung Behold Review by Franz Bicar

Almost everybody knows of the Samsung Omnia. It is Samsung’s entry in the touchscreen market. But did you know that the Omnia has a younger sibling? The Samsung Behold is a responsive touch-screen cell phone with a few advanced features and an excellent camera.
The 3G Samsung Behold is considered as the younger sibling of the [...]


RIM BlackBerry Storm Review

Permalink: RIM BlackBerry Storm Review by Franz Bicar

The RIM BlackBerry Storm came out with a bang. Its hype and excitement was generated by almost everyone who wants an alternative to Apple’s iPhone. This is, of course, the first touch-screen BlackBerry. It features  Research in Motion’s new SurePress functionality. Aside from that, it features a complete set of business capabilities that is inherent [...]


Palringo available for Android handsets

Permalink: Palringo available for Android handsets by Jan Harris

Palringo, a mobile instant messaging application, can now be used on handsets running Google’s Android operating system, allowing users to chat to their friends on messaging services and social networks such as Google Talk, MSN, Facebook, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, iChat, and QQ.
As well as chatting with individuals, the application allows users to chat with [...]


Babelgum redesigns website and mobile app

Permalink: Babelgum redesigns website and mobile app by David Masters

Web TV service, Babelgum, has redesigned its website around a new flash-based player and has launched an updated version of its iPhone video application in the UK, the US, and Italy.
The company is already a success in the UK and Italy, with 30% and 25% respectively of each country’s iPhone users downloading the Babelgum player.
The [...]


Solar powered Bluetooth handsfree speakerphone

Permalink: Solar powered Bluetooth handsfree speakerphone by David Masters

Scosche has launched a new Bluetooth speaker phone that’s powered using solar energy.
The $100 (£69) solCHAT device is designed for handsfree calls made whilst driving.
The solar panel is designed to be stuck in the corner of the car’s windscreen, recharging the device whenever the car is left is the sun.
SolCHAT’s features include easy install that [...]


Kyocera Mako S4000 Phone

Permalink: Kyocera Mako S4000 Phone by Franz Bicar

The Kyocera Mako S4000 is not an ideal handset for the fashion-conscious users, and its low-end features won’t even convince the techie individuals. The Mako S4000 has an angular exterior. Its silver metal skin feels quite strong and sturdy even though it has a slim profile at 3.5 inches by 1.84 inches by 0.67 inch. [...]


Samsung SGH-T119 Review

Permalink: Samsung SGH-T119 Review by Franz Bicar

Its surprising whenever we see a Samsung phone that is not part of its slider family. We are so used to seeing Samsung sliders that it seems as if its all they can even do. So seing a candy-bar type phone manufactured by Samsung is a breath of fresh air.
The Samsung SGH-T119 made its first [...]