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  • Canadian gets $85,000 Cell Phone Bill

    A Canadian oil-field worker was stunned to get a C$85,000 ($83,700) cell phone bill but has been able to cut the damage down to C$3,400. News stories about Piotr Staniaszek have been traveling the globe, making the 22 year-old oil and gas well tester a figure of international media attention after his father went to the press to complain about the size of his son’s cell phone bill. Read More

  • New Company kwiry Helps You Remember

    If you have ever been out and about and come up with a great thought or idea but didn’t have any way to write it down, now you can use the free service from kwiry to help you remember all those thoughts in your head. If a great idea hits you, or you see something you want to checkout later, simply text it to 59479 (k-w-i-r-y) and it’s waiting for you at kwiry.com and in your email. The… Read More

  • Forgetful? Text Kwiry Your Reminders

    Forgetful? Text Kwiry Your Reminders

    Kwiry, an SMS reminder service is officially launching today. The team has been working on the product for the last year after taking $1 million in funding from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. The product is pretty straight forward. It lets you SMS reminders to yourself while you’re on the go. Hear about a new band, product, or restaurant, but don’t have anywhere to save it? Just… Read More

  • Text Message Petition Filed with FCC

    Eight consumer and public-interest groups filed a petition with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) asking to prohibit carriers from blocking advertisements sent via text messaging. This petition comes after Verizon Wireless decided in September to block text messages on its network from abortion rights group Naral ProChoice America. The decision was reversed the same day and the ads were… Read More

  • Mobio Releasing Recipes Application, Makes Grocery Shopping A Breeze

    Mobio Releasing Recipes Application, Makes Grocery Shopping A Breeze

    GetMobio is a cellphone based application platform that brings a lot of advanced applications to non-smart phones. They’ve been releasing a steady stream of new applications since launching earlier this year. They have applications for movies, trivia, cheap gas, and more. Now they’re releasing a recipe app that makes it easy for those not blessed with an iPhone to find meals while on… Read More

  • Ringtones from Dave Matthews Band and Van Halen Finally Available

    <img id="image2284" height=96 alt="van halen.jpg" src="http://old.mobilecrunch.com/wp-content/van%20halen.jpg"class="right&quot; Dave Matthews Band and Van Halen have been holding out from releasing their music as ringtones. But pressure from fans and promoters has caused these high-profile acts to release ringtones available on AT&T Mobility. Read More

  • Mobile Ads for MSN in U.S.

    U.S. users of Microsoft’s MSN Mobile began to see advertisements on the service for the first time yesterday. Users in Belgium, France, Japan, Spain and the U.K. have been viewing ads for a while now. The technology for mobile advertisements comes from a recent acquisition by Microsoft of ScreenTonic. Paramount Pictures and Jaguar Cars are among the first companies to advertise on MSN Mobile… Read More

  • Omnifone’s MusicStation Sweeping the Globe

    MobileCrunch has been following Omnifone’s MusicStation this year (See: MusicStation) and the music service is sweeping the globe with coverage. And for good reason, MusicStation subscribers can download unlimited music for a weekly fee to their mobile phones. Over 1.2 million tracks are available and in the United Kingdom the service only costs 1.99 pounds a week. MusicStation combines the… Read More

  • Japanese Mobile Phone Just for Children

    When children are off on their own parents can worry about a child’s welfare. In Japan, NTT DoCoMo will launch a second parent friendly mobile phone for children. The first phone of this type was offered in 2006 and sold around 500,000 units. The new unit, F801i, will go on sale in Japan later this month. The F801i has a 100-decibel alarm that a child can activate by pulling on a cord. When… Read More

  • Weekly Gaming News Roundup

    Weekly Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is coming to an N-Gage near you. The game casts players as Darth Vader’s “Secret Apprentice” and takes place between the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. You will be able to harness… Read More

 
  • Poor Second Quarter for Palm

    The smartphone manufacturer Palm lowered its second quarter numbers and said it has higher than expected losses. The company is blaming the poor performance on the delay of a product release. Palm had predicted sales for the quarter to be between $370 and $380 million but only posted sales around $350 million. Market analysts had expected sales to be around $376 million. In October Palm figured it… Read More

  • Japan’s First Mobile Phone Film Festival

    In 2005 a mobile phone film festival debuted in France. Today in Yokohama Japan a similar display of cellphone generated art is being featured at The Pocket Films Festival. Over 400 international entries have been narrowed down to 48 movies deemed worthy of showing. One of the judges, Masaki Fujihata, a film professor, says that mobile phones are an important tool in an emerging art form. Read More

  • JailBreak: Over 1 Million Served

    JailBreak: Over 1 Million Served

    Web based jailbreaker AppSnap has executed its code for iPhone liberation over 1 million times. The hack makes it possible to run unsanctioned applications on your iPhone, such as an eBook reader or Blackjack for phones of firmware 1.1.1. It doesn’t free your phone from the AT&T network, though. The hack works by exploiting the way the iPhone’s firmware handles TIFF images, but… Read More

  • No Wireless For Kindles In The Midwest

    No Wireless For Kindles In The Midwest

    Some people in the midwest are discovering that Amazon’s recently <a href="“>launched Kindle doesn’t work as advertised. They’ve found that Kindle’s killer feature, wireless downloads of books, doesn’t work because Kindle can’t connect to their mobile networks. It borders on a “bait and switch” tactc and was a problem conveniently… Read More

  • Shoot HD Video with your Mobile Phone in near Future

    An executive at Nokia predicts that in a few years mobile phones will have the ability to shoot video in HD. Cellphones with cameras are being used as camcorders but the video quality isn’t good. Nokia launched the N95 this year and the handset has the ability to shoot video with television quality. But in a few years those home movies may be shot in HD with yours mobile phone. Read More

  • 20% of French iPhone buyers paid almost $1000 for an unlocked iPhone

    20% of French iPhone buyers paid almost $1000 for an unlocked iPhone

    Orange is reporting that of the 30,000 iPhones they sold in the first five days, 20% were purchased unlocked for 749 euros. With contract the phones sell for 399 euros, meaning 6000 users opted to pay more for complete phone portability. This makes perfect sense. First off, unlocked phones are the norm overseas and paying a premium for a good product is understood and accepted. The false subsidies… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Relocked in Germany

    In the last few weeks, Apple has been embroiled in a lawsuit brought by Vodafone against T-Mobile of Germany. In an initial ruling, a German court enforced an injunction against T-Mobile’s exclusive right to sell a locked iPhone only. To comply with the order, T-Mobile began selling an unlocked version of the handset for 999 euros, as compared to a locked version of the same device that… Read More

  • See how you Cellphone Service does in January Issue of Consumer Reports

    The January 2008 issue of Consumer Reports contains the publication’s annual survey of cellphone service. If you want to see how your service provider stacks up against the competition you may want to get a copy. Over 47,000 readers in 20 metropolitan areas across the country were surveyed by Consumer report’s National Research Center. The high cost of service and mandatory contract… Read More

  • Apple and others sued by Klausner over Voicemail

    Klausner Technologies filed a lawsuit in U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision Systems and Skype over alleged patent infringements interfering with Klausner’s visual voicemail rights. Klausner is seeking $360 million from Apple and AT&T claiming the iPhone utilizes patented technology owned by Klausner. The other three companies are… Read More

  • VoIP via your Cellphone for Cheap International Calls with MobileTalk

    If you have ever made an international call on your cellphone you know that charges can be really high. It doesn’t take long to rack up a big bill when you are calling friends in China or Britain. Now VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider 8×8, also known as Packet8, has an application that allows you to call international over the Internet on your mobile phone. There is no need… Read More