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  • China Mobile Resumes iPhone Talks with Apple

    China Mobile Resumes iPhone Talks with Apple

    Over the past year, China Mobile and Apple have been dancing about in a bid to bring the iPhone to the world’s largest mobile market. The main hang-up has centered on revenue sharing demands from Apple. China Mobile announced today that Apple has dropped this demand and negotiations are underway. Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, said earlier this week he would like to see… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile acquires Helio for $39 million

    Virgin Mobile acquires Helio for $39 million

    Here’s the press release for now. There will be a conference call at 11am EDT that I will broadcast on CrunchGear live. More as we get it. WARREN, N.J., June 27, 2008 – Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. (NYSE: VM), a leading national provider of wireless communications services, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Helio, a joint venture between SK Telecom and… Read More

  • Nearly half of all Chinese embrace Mobile Phones

    Nearly half of all Chinese embrace Mobile Phones

    China, the world’s most populous country, is a nation of 1.3 billion. Nearly half, 592 million, use mobile phones according to Ministry of Information Industry figures. As mobile subscriptions have risen, land-line use has dropped. Mobile subscriptions in China are up 9% over last year’s numbers. According to the Xinhua news agency, the main factor behind growth was a trend for… Read More

  • Call of Duty: World at War coming from Glu Mobile

    Call of Duty: World at War coming from Glu Mobile

    The mobile game publishing company Glu will extend its exclusive, worldwide partnership with Activision to bring Call of Duty: World at War to mobile platforms. It shouldn’t be long before thumb thumpers around the globe enlist to fight Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. “We’re excited to extend our partnership with Activision and bring Call of Duty: World at War to mobile… Read More

  • Moto ROKR M8 comes to T-Mobile

    Moto ROKR M8 comes to T-Mobile

    The cellphone companies (other than Apple; it’s perfect in every way imaginable) are still trying their hardest to make a decent MP3-playing cellphone. T-Mobile latest attempt is the Motorola Rokr E8, which will be available on July 7, the same date that Real Madrid want to announce the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo. The phone, which debuted at January’s CES, appears to be more… Read More

  • The State of Open Mobile OSes

    The State of Open Mobile OSes

    Open operating systems, for most folks, means that the operating system is essentially free. The average computer user knows that Linux is free, as in beer, while Windows costs money. The case is the same for mobile OSes although, until very recently, the idea of purposely using an open OS has been a fairly nebulous concept. To be clear open mobile OSes have been around for years, starting… Read More

  • iSuppli Estimates new iPhone costs $173 to Manufacture

    iSuppli Estimates new iPhone costs $173 to Manufacture

    Research firm iSuppli Corp. estimates that the 8 gigabyte version of the upcoming iPhone costs Apple around $173 to manufacture. The handset goes on sale in twenty-two worldwide markets on July 11, with the cheapest model selling for $199 in the United States. But Apple will make more money than the $26 difference between the sale price and manufacturing costs. The retail price of the iPhone… Read More

  • The State of Mobile OS Openness

    The State of Mobile OS Openness


    Open operating systems, for most folks, means that the operating system is essentially free. The average computer user knows that Linux is free, as in beer, while Windows costs money. The case is the same for mobile OSes although, until very recently, the idea of purposely using an open OS has been a fairly nebulous concept. To be clear open mobile OSes have been around for years, starting… Read More

  • Nokia offers to buy Rest of Symbian and Give Away Software

    Nokia offers to buy Rest of Symbian and Give Away Software

    Nokia announced today that it is offering to buy the 52% of Symbian that it doesn’t already own for around $410 million. Software developed by Symbian is the most widely used on high-end mobile phones and Nokia plans to make the code available free to other manufactures. Nokia hopes to make Symbian software the industry standard worldwide. If the purchase is successful, Nokia will form… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile Announces Unlimited Calling Plan

    Virgin Mobile Announces Unlimited Calling Plan

    Virgin Mobile USA announced that it is starting an unlimited calling plan that will be available July 1. Unlimited calling will cost $79.99 per month but doesn’t cover unlimited text messaging. Unlimited texting can be added for an additional $10 a month. The prices don’t include taxes and other fees that can add up to $10 a month, depending on what part of the country the… Read More

  • UN Concerned about Mobile Phone Disposal

    UN Concerned about Mobile Phone Disposal

    The UN is meeting in Indonesia this week for a five day conference on waste management. At the top of the list of things to be concerned about is the disposal of billions of gadgets and handsets that have inundated the world in the last ten years. Over 1,000 delegates from 170 countries are attending the Basel Convention which is being held on Bali, Indonesia. MobileCrunch has been covering… Read More

  • Japanese iPhone to sell for $215

    Japanese iPhone to sell for $215

    Some in Japan are counting the days, waiting for July 11 to come when the new iPhone goes on sale. The country’s number three mobile phone company, Softbank Corp. will sell the handy 8 gigabyte device for 23,040 yen, or about $215. The 16 gigabyte model will sell for around $320. The Japanese mobile market is known for its competitiveness. In the past, mobile carriers have practically… Read More

  • Invites For Jibe Mobile

    Invites For Jibe Mobile


    There are plenty of ways to upload photos and other content from your phone to the Web. But the premise behind Jibe Mobile is simply to be able to use your phone to share social media already on the Web with your friends, whether they are online or out with their phones. The service is launching today in private beta. We have invites for the first 300 people to sign up here. Jibe is a… Read More

  • Android Delayed

    Android Delayed


    Google is finding that launching an entirely new cell phone platform is taking longer than expected. When it first announced its Android mobile operating system, Google said the first Android phones would be available during the second half of this year. Now the mobile carriers that signed up as Android partners are pushing out their launches, with only T-Mobile still trying to get an… Read More

  • Wi-Lan Sues RIM, Motorola and UTStarcom

    Wi-Lan, a Canadian technology licensing company, has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Research in Motion (RIM), Motorola and UTStarcom. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, and alleges that the companies’ mobile devices and other equipment infringe patents held by Wi-Lan. Specific damages or remedies were… Read More

  • First Hosted Asian DVB-H Mobile TV Service

    First Hosted Asian DVB-H Mobile TV Service

    Alcatel-Lucent and SpeedCast Limited have announced today that they plan to jointly market, deploy and operate a shared, hosted DVB-H platform for mobile TV operators in Asia. The objective of the collaboration is to enable delivery of video content to operators for transmission to devices supporting the DVB-H mobile TV standard. The service will enable mobile TV service providers to deliver… Read More

  • Criminal Charges Filed against former Nortel Executives

    Criminal Charges Filed against former Nortel Executives

    According to legend, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) always gets their man. This time, instead of a lone mounted officer in a rocky and snow filled landscape catching the criminals, the market enforcement team of the RCMP caught three former executives from the telephone equipment company Nortel. Former CEO Frank Dunn, Chief Financial Officer Douglas Beatty and corporate… Read More

  • U.S. 9th Circuit Protects Privacy of workers’ Text Messages

    U.S. 9th Circuit Protects Privacy of workers’ Text Messages

    The U.S. 9th Circuit appeals court ruled yesterday on the privacy of employees’ text messages and e-mails. The ruling makes it more difficult for employers to read correspondence sent by workers on company accounts. The ruling makes it illegal for employers that contract an outside business to transmit text messages to read them unless the worker agrees. Employee e-mails can only be read… Read More

  • Philadelphia to Turn Free Wi-Fi back On

    Philadelphia to Turn Free Wi-Fi back On

    In 2005, EarthLink began an ambitious project that would bring free Wi-Fi to the citizens of Philadelphia. EarthLink quit its effort in May because of complaints about signal service. In a city of over a million people, only 6,000 signed up for the EarthLink service. A new group of investors announced that they would finish the project. Network Acquisition Company, a group made up of local… Read More

  • Sprint Nextel Undercuts the iPhone with Price of the Instinct

    Sprint Nextel Undercuts the iPhone with Price of the Instinct

    Carrier Sprint Nextel announced today that its smart phone, the Samsung Instinct, will sell for $129.99 when it goes on sale Friday. The cheapest iPhone model, which reaches the public on July 11, sells for $199. It looks as though Sprint is hoping to compete with AT&T in the smart phone market by being cheaper and quicker to market. The Instinct is similar to the new iPhone. It… Read More