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  • Vonage Settles with Nortel

    Internet calling company Vonage announced today that is has settled three patent disputes with telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Nortel. The settlement involves a limited cross license to three Nortel and three Vonage patents and will not call for any monetary payments by any party. Vonage has settled other patent disputes in the last few months with AT&T, Sprint Nextel and Verizon… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup

    Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Research from Frank N. Magid associates has found that a majority of cell phone users don’t play mobile games. I know how ridiculous that sounds but the evidence is in. Over 80% of Internet users, ages 12 to 64, own a cell phone or PDA but only a little over 10% of this population played a mobile game at… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone makes AFI Significance List

    Apple’s iPhone makes AFI Significance List

    Each year the American Film Institute (AFI) votes on “moments of significance”. A 13 member jury (which includes film scholars, artists and critics) vote on seven events that affected “the world of moving image” over the past year. The iPhone made the list this year. AFI says the iPhone is a “symbol of the exploding on-demand culture.” The device, which sparked… Read More

  • Incesoft and mInfo Partnership in China

    Incesoft and mInfo announced today that they will collaborate to bring advanced conversational search to Chinese MSN instant messenger (IM) users. The companies will cooperate on both the technical and the marketing side to distribute the XiaoMing IM search robot to the land of dragons. “Currently there are over 80 million mobile instant messaging users in China. With this number having… Read More

  • Did Alexander Graham Bell Steal Phone Technology

    A new book by author Seth Shulman entitled “The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret” argues that Bell stole ideas for the telephone from rival, Elisha Gray. By hiring clever lawyers and a corrupt patent examiner, Shulman makes the claim that Bell was able to examine patent documents Gray had filed which helped Bell perfect his telephone. Some of the best… Read More

  • Vonage Finalizes Settlement with AT&T

    Internet phone company Vonage settled a patent lawsuit brought against it by AT&T. AT&T claimed that Vonage infringed with its patents by using packet-based telephony products, which allow voice conversations to be carried over the Internet. Since going public in 2006, Vonage was hit by multiple lawsuits by telephone service providers. It settled a suit with Sprint Nextel and another one… Read More

  • Handset Production Soars in Taiwan

    Taiwan’s production of handsets is up nearly 82% over last year’s numbers. Many of the 6.2 million devices manufactured in Taiwan are made for Apple and its iPhone brand. It is believed that similar numbers will be achieved in next year’s first quarter. This will be a jump of 150% over this year’s first quarter numbers, Market Intelligence Centre said in a forecast. Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup

    Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. A little news has leaked out about the upcoming mobile game Final Fantasy IV: Return to the Moon. The game is a direct sequel of Final Fantasy IV. But you could probably guess that from the title. The DNA results are in and it is confirmed that Theodore is Cecil’s and Rosa’s son. The divorce… Read More

  • Make in-flight Cell Calls with Air France

    Air France is experimenting with cell phone calls on a limited number of European routs. Passengers can send and receive short messages and send and receive e-mails if the phone supports Internet access. At first, travelers won’t be able to make or receive voice calls because of issues with other passengers. Air France hopes to allow voice calls within three months in a way that won’t… Read More

  • Chicago Cell Phone Ban Under Attack

    Attorney Black Horwitz has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley and several police officers over the city’s ban of talking or texting over a cell phone while driving. Thousands of drivers have been ticketed since the law went into effect in 2005. Drivers are typically fined $75 if caught talking on their cell phones and up to $200 if they are involved… Read More

 
  • Don’t Drive and use Mobile Phone in Britain

    Motorists caught talking or text messaging in Britain face hefty fines and jail time under guidelines due to be published today. In the most serious cases drivers caught using a cell phone can be charged with dangerous driving which carries a maximum punishment of two years in prison and an unlimited fine to be determined by a court. Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving was banned in 2003… Read More

  • Yahoo Partners with America Movil

    Yahoo has cemented a deal with Latin America’s top mobile phone company America Movil today to provide mobile Web services to 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Yahoo’s oneSearch service will be the default on America Movil’s wireless carriers’ portals. Localized versions of oneSearch will be created for each region. This is the largest of 21 search deals… Read More

  • Intuit to Launch Quicken on the iPhone

    Intuit, the world’s largest provider of personal and small business finance software, is going to offer Quicken for iPhone users. The service will cost $3 a month and launches on January 8 of next year. Intuit hopes this will expand Quicken’s 14 million user base and boost the market penetration of a brand that already generates around 1.7 million new copies of software a year. The new… Read More

  • Apple in Talks with NTT DoCoMo

    <img id="image2317" height=85 alt=japan3.jpg src="http://old.mobilecrunch.com/wp-content/japan3.jpg"class="right"/&lt; Apple is talking with Japan’s mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo to launch the iPhone in Japan. According to a report published yesterday, Apple’s share of subscriber revenue is a point of contention between the two companies. NTT… Read More

  • FCC Reveals 700mhz auction bidders

    FCC Reveals 700mhz auction bidders

    Look who’s bidding for 700mhz spectrum! Yesterday, the FCC announced the list of applicants to the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction. Of the 266 applications submitted, only 96 were accepted, and another 170 were deemed incomplete (but these will be given a chance to provide the required information and participate). You can download both lists, along with the announcement here at the… Read More

  • Land Lines Overcome by Mobile Phones in U.S.

    For the first time, U.S. households are expected to spend more money on cell phone services than on land line services. In 2006 an average of $524 was spend on cell phone bills as compared to $542 for land line and pay-phone services. But government and telecom analysts predict 2007 will see mobile phones surpassing land line numbers. “What we’re finding is there’s a huge move of… Read More

  • Zipit to Launch Text Message Plan in February

    Zipit Wireless announced today that it will launch a text-messaging plan for its Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 in February of next year. The Zipit 2 is a small device that allows users in a Wi-Fi hotspot to do free instant messaging with AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. Zipit users who register for the text-messaging plan will now be able to send and receive… Read More

  • Leading Democratic Candidates SMS Supporters

    The three leading Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards are trying to reach younger voters by sending SMS (short message service) updates to supporters. No Republican candidate has yet used this technology to whip up support. Political observers say that text messaging has been used in other countries to rally support for political causes. Text messages… Read More

  • Alltel Unrolls Voice2TXT

    Alltel’s new Voice2TXT service uses voice-recognition software that allows mobile phone customers to read their voicemail messages as text messages. Voice2TXT costs $4.99 a month and still has the option to listen to messages as usual. “It’ll appeal to a broad customer base … people who are in meetings quite regularly and can’t take a phone call — it’s… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup

    Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. If you don’t have the time to practice your dating skills with real people, you may want to play Fantasy Date from Sprint and MoConDi. Fantasy Date is a WAP-based interactive mobile video dating game that features role-playing options that leads players through hook-up and relationship challenges. Fantasy… Read More