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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • AT&T Posts Strong Fourth Quarter Wireless Growth

    AT&T Posts Strong Fourth Quarter Wireless Growth

    AT&T announced today stronger-than-expected wireless growth in the fourth quarter. Investors were concerned that a slowdown in the U.S. economy would hurt the company’s subscriber growth. But AT&T added 2.7 net new wireless subscribers in the quarter. This is higher than the 1.92 million subscribers that some analysts had predicted. AT&T’s fourth-quarter profit was $3.1… Read More

  • NTT DoCoMo to use Goolge’s Mobile Search Engine

    NTT DoCoMo to use Goolge’s Mobile Search Engine

    It was announced today that Japan’s largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, is partnering with Google to provide customers Internet searches and other services from the search engine giant. NTT DoCoMo currently uses its own i-mode to provide mobile Internet services. By spring of this year, Google will be set as the default search portal page. Keyword-based advertisements will appear on search… Read More

  • Motorola Handset Market Share and Profits Down

    Motorola Handset Market Share and Profits Down

    Motorola announced today that its profit fell 84% in the fourth quarter and that its handset division is struggling. CEO Greg Brown acknowledged that the No. 3 cellphone maker isn’t doing what needs to be done to keep and improve its global handset market share. At the end of 2006, Motorola had 23% worldwide market share. By the end of 2007 it dropped to 13%. “Demand for some of our… Read More

  • AD Infuse gets $12 Million in Seed Money

    AD Infuse gets $12 Million in Seed Money

    The mobile advertising company Ad Infuse announced today that it has secured $12 million in financing. New investor SoftBank capital led this new financing round, which also includes existing investors ComVentures and Storm Ventures. The money will be used to promote and develop Ad Infuse’s mobile advertising network and platform, adInMotion. The company will also invest in its adInTouch… Read More

  • Zumobi to be Distributed on Windows Mobile

    Zumobi to be Distributed on Windows Mobile

    Zumbi has entered into a business agreement with Microsoft. Zumbi’s Zooming User Interface and mobile widget platform will appear on Windows Mobile. The applications are compatible with Windows Mobile versions 5.0 and newer. “Currently shipping on devices from more than 48 device makers with 125 mobile operators in 55 countries, Windows Mobile is one of the most accessible and familiar… Read More

  • HTC’s Touch Handset Family Reaches 2 Million Mark

    HTC’s Touch Handset Family Reaches 2 Million Mark

    HTC’s Smart handset family of products, which is billed as a rival to Apple’s iPhone, sold 2 million units last year. The company sold nearly 12 million handsets overall last year, roughly a 12% increase over 2006 sales. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced last week that his company sold more than 4 million iPhones since its launch. The HTC Touch uses Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software and… Read More

  • Japan to offer Government Sanctioned Mobile Phone Guides

    Japan to offer Government Sanctioned Mobile Phone Guides

    The Japanese government is planning to offer exams for people who want to be mobile phone guides. The guides will help customers learn how to use all the functions that their phones offer and explain the complicated billing system used to charge for various services like text messaging and data downloads. In Japan, talking on the phone while commuting in a bus or train is frowned upon so many… Read More

  • Thailand’s AIS Negotiating with Apple for iPhone

    Thailand’s AIS Negotiating with Apple for iPhone

    Thailand’s Advanced Info Service (AIS) announced today that it is negotiating with Apple for the right to carry the iPhone on its network. Apple plans to expand the iPhone franchise to Asian countries this year. The popular handset is currently available in the United States and large European countries. “We are negotiating on details, including a revenue sharing standard. Apple needs… Read More

  • Kyocera to buy Sanyo’s Mobile Phone Division

    Kyocera to buy Sanyo’s Mobile Phone Division

    Sanyo Electric Co. announced today that it will sell its mobile phone division to Kyocera Corp. The two companies haven’t reached a final price for the deal which is expected to be closed by April 1 of this year. The value of the mobile division is estimated to be worth $374 million (40 billion yen). With occurred debt, the deal should be worth $467 million (50 billion yen). News of the sale… Read More

  • Weekly Gaming News Roundup Week 3

    Weekly Gaming News Roundup Week 3

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. It seems some mobile phone gurus were talking about mobile games at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. One of the biggest problems that the game industry has is the pace at which new handsets are developed and released to the public. When someone upgrades to a new handset with all… Read More

 
  • Smaato Receives Seed Money

    Smaato Receives Seed Money

    Smaato, a mobile ad-server technology company, has received $3.5 million in financing from international media, advertising, mobile and financial community investors. Silicon Valley based legal firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advised on the funding and participated with an investment of its own. “We are convinced Smaato is at the fore front of this new marketing opportunity. Mobile… Read More

  • Sprint Announces Subscriber Losses

    Sprint Announces Subscriber Losses

    Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile phone provider in the United States, reported a net loss of 683,000 post-paid subscribers today. This loss is far greater than those predicted by analysts, which ranged between 350,000 and 500,000 subscribers. The company also reported net losses of 202,000 prepaid subscribers. Sprint’s subscriber base was 53.8 million at the end of 2007, including… Read More

  • YouMail Launches New non-Intrusive Advertising Program

    YouMail Launches New non-Intrusive Advertising Program

    YouMail, a free voicemail service, launched a new advertising program this week that will connect brands with mobile users through text-based advertising. This new feature will add short, non-intrusive 40-character marketing messages to the text alerts users already receive when a caller leaves a new voicemail. “Advertisers continue to struggle to find unobtrusive ways to reach consumers on… Read More

  • Mobile Fun Offers Celebrity Autographs

    Mobile Fun Offers Celebrity Autographs

    If you are an autograph hound, Mobile Fun may have the service for you. Your mobile phone can now be autographed online by famous and historical people like Stalin or Shakespeare without having to go to the trouble and cost of renting a time machine. Mobile Fun is currently working on a system that allows modern celebrities to sell limited editions of their autographs online so that customers can… Read More

  • EU May Regulate Text and Mobile Data Costs

    EU May Regulate Text and Mobile Data Costs

    Mobile phone users in Europe are paying high costs to text message or use mobile Internet services outside their own country, the EU’s telecoms chief said today. This word comes just a few months after the EU regulated the cost mobile phone service providers could bill for roaming charges outside a customer’s country of origin. Last September the European Commission capped roaming fees… Read More

  • Hear Text News on your iPhone with PimpMyNews

    Hear Text News on your iPhone with PimpMyNews

    A startup called PimpMyNews.com has launched a free news application that converts text news into spoken news for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The Web-based service can be accessed through the iPhone’s or iPod Touch’s Safari browser. PimpMyNews uses the Internet to find the latest news and converts text into audio that can be listened to on the devices. Audio versions of the news can be… Read More

  • Mig33 Gets Into The Calling Card Business

    Mig33 Gets Into The Calling Card Business

    If you’ve ever traveled abroad, you’ve probably had some experience with pre-paid calling cards. For about $10 you get what you expect, a code that gives you minutes on your mobile phone. However, mobile social network Mig33 is looking to offer a little bit more. Tomorrow the company will be announcing the sale of pre-paid cards in South Africa that not only make calls but also access… Read More

  • Take AMF Ventures Survey to Voice Your Opinion

    Take AMF Ventures Survey to Voice Your Opinion

    AMF Ventures will be conducting an anonymous on-line poll over the next few weeks. The short survey, it takes about 5 minutes to answer, is aimed to assess how important industry people view some of the current issues around technologies and standards. The survey wants to get an international perspective on a range of mobile standards issues. The survey is intended for mobile telecommunications… Read More

  • Make Mobile Call while Flying Norwegian Air

    Make Mobile Call while Flying Norwegian Air

    Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA announced today that it will provide mobile phone and wireless Internet services on flights this year. Passengers will also be able to access travel information, broadband telephone services and mobile banking. The on-flight services will be provided by a new subsidiary, Call Norwegian AS. The company expects to launch these conveniences in the fourth quarter of this… Read More

  • Clearwire to Offer Google Services

    Clearwire to Offer Google Services

    Clearwire, a wireless service provider, announced today that it will offer subscribers Google applications in the first half of this year. Clearwire customers who have wireless Internet will be able to access Google applications like e-mail, calendar and Google Talk instant message service. Clearwire was founded by Craig McCaw. McCaw said the company also plans to provide Google’s Web search… Read More