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  • 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

  • Apple in Talks with NTT DoCoMo

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    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… 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… 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… 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… 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 —… 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. Read More

  • Hack Attack may be coming to iPhone in 2008

    Security researches at Arbor Networks are predicting that the iPhone will be subject to a serious attack in 2008. The attacks will likely take the form of malware embedded in photos or video. In the past the iPhone has been vulnerable to such attacks through a bug in its handling of TIFF images. A recent update has solved the problem. Former versions of Apple’s firmware used a version of… Read More

  • 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… 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? 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… 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… Read More