Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Motorola First-Quarter Sales down 21%

    Motorola, the company that manufactured the first commercially available cell phone, saw its overall sales drop 21% in this year’s first-quarter. Sales dropped to $7.45 billion from last year’s first-quarter sales number of $9.43 billion. Motorola’s cellphone division dropped 39% compared to the sales numbers from first-quarter 2007. The mobile phone division lost $418… Read More

  • Samsung Electronics Posts First-Quarter Profits of 37%

    Samsung Electronics announced today that its net profit was up 37% in the first-quarter of this year. Much of the increase came from sales of cell phones in emerging markets. Samsung earned 2.19 trillion won ($2.2 billion) in the three months that ended on March 31. Sales rose 19% to 17.11 trillion won ($17.19 billion). Samsung said that mobile sales “achieved similar volume” to… Read More

  • NextWave to Sell Spectrum Holdings

    NextWave Wireless is planning to sell its holdings of U.S. airwaves. It is estimated that the licenses held by NextWave are worth billions of dollars. The money raised from the sales will be used by NextWave to pay off debt and invest in the company’s products. NextWave makes telecommunications equipment. Among other things, it makes chips for WiMax, a next-generation wireless standard… Read More

  • Buzzd Secures Series A Funding

    Buzzd, a location-based city guide and social network for mobile phones, announced that it has completed Series A funding, led by Greycroft Partners and Monitor Ventures. The money will be used for product development and distribution. Monitor’s Fern Mandelbaum will join Buzzd’s Board of Directors, along with company Co-Founders Nihal Mehta and Deepen Shah. “Monitor and… Read More

  • MobileHook API Available for Web 2.0 Developers

    Hook Mobile’s MobileHook API is now available for Web 2.0 application developers. Developers will be able to build multimedia from social networking sites, and include photos, video, audio and slideshows. This API provides open access into Hook Mobile’s MAX 2.0 platform that provides Multimedia Messaging (MMS) delivery into wireless carrier networks. “We are embracing… Read More

  • Voice Activated Directory for BlackBerry from Microsoft

    Microsoft’s Tellme subsidiary launched a voice activated directory for the BlackBerry yesterday. Users can talk into the device and say the name of a business, type of business, or keywords like “weather”, “movies”, “traffic”, “map” or “driving directions.” The application then uses GPS to locate the BlackBerry and give out… Read More

  • Sprint Customers get Voice-Enabled FreeMobile411

    V-ENABLE, a local mobile search and directory assistance service, announced today that Sprint customers can get the full-featured downloadable version of FreeMobile411. Users only have to speak what they are looking for into their phone and the results will be displayed on-screen within seconds. FreeMobile411 gives access to 140 million residential and 14 million business locations. Users… Read More

  • One Year of Free Sony BMG Music from Nokia

    The world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer is offering a free one year subscription to the world’s second largest music label to buyers of certain music phones. Sony BMG hosts musicians such as Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Celine Dion, just to name a few. Nokia’s offer differs from other similar deals in that users can keep all the music they download during the 12… Read More

  • Skype Offers Unlimited International Calling Plan for $9.95 a Month

    Skype announced today an unlimited international calling plan that only costs $9.95 a month. The plan allows unlimited calls to land-line phones in 34 countries. The countries include most of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. Calls to U.S. landlines and cell phones are included, as are calls to cell phones in Canada, China… Read More

  • China Mobile’s First-Quarter Profits Up 37%

    China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone carrier, announced today that its first-quarter profits are up 37%. China has the largest population of mobile users, with around 520 million accounts. The government of China predicts that this number will increase to 600 million in the near future. “The rapid growth in China’s economy and the vigorous demand for… Read More

  • Austrian City of Graz Cracks Down on Cell Phones

    Austria’s second largest city, Graz, is cracking down on cell phone use during public transport. Commuters are being ordered to keep their phones on silent mode and can’t talk on the phone while in transit. “I know I insulted the cell phone goddess a little,” Graz Mayor Siegfried Nagl said.
    “But people need to know they don’t have the right to be on the… Read More

  • AT&T to Cut Wireline Jobs but add Wireless Jobs

    The largest telecommunications company in the United States announced today that it will cut 4,600 jobs to facilitate a shift to growing sectors of its business. Most of the layoffs will be among managers in the wireline operation, which includes local phone service and service for large corporate customers. Jobs in finance will also be cut. ”Even with the reductions announced today… Read More

  • Nokia Profits up 25% in First-Quarter

    Nokia posted a $1.9 billion profit in the first-quarter of this year, up 25% from last year’s $1.6 billon first-quarter. Revenue grew 28% to $20 billion from $15.6 billion a year earlier. Nokia saw strong growth in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Despite nearly $2 billion in profits, Nokia stock dropped 13.5% by the end of trading on Thursday. Analysts had predicted a 42% rise in… Read More

  • Alltel Wireless and Ontela Launch PhotoCopter Service

    If you have ever taken a picture with your phone and then transferred it to your PC you know that your thumbs can get tired. A typical phone requires 100 keystrokes to transfer 10 pictures to a PC. A recent study by Ontela found that 93% of camera phone users want to save their pictures on their home computer but only 24% actually do it. Alltel Wireless and Ontela decided to take on this… Read More

  • iPhone Price Lowered in Britain

    Carphone Warehouse and O2 cut the price for the basic iPhone in Britain by 100 pounds ($197). The 8 gigabyte iPhone will be sold for 169 pounds until June 1. The 16 GB iPhone price will not be lowered and sells for 329 pounds. Sales of the iPhone have slowed in Britain since its launch and this move may have been made to clear inventory of the 8GB model to make room for the next model upgrade. Read More

  • South Korea’s LG Electronics has Record 1st Quarter Sales

    The world’s fifth largest mobile phone manufacturer had a record first-quarter this year. LG Electronics sold 24.4 million mobile phones in the quarter ending in March of 2008. The sales helped the company earn a profit of 422 billion won ($427 million). In last year’s first-quarter, LG Electronics lost 123 billion won. LG sales were led by the high-end Viewty, Voyager and… Read More

  • LTE Technology may hit Market Next Year

    Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is one step closer to industry-wide stability. 3GPP LTE technology (LTE is the name given to a project within the Third Generation Partnership Project) offers wireless broadband speeds with downloads around 100 Mbps and uploads of 50 Mbps. Seven telecommunication companies have reached an agreement on a framework for licensing intellectual-property rights that relate… Read More

  • Cubans Allowed to Buy Cell Phones Starting Today

    The government of Raul Castro began selling mobile phones to the general public today. Hundreds of Cubans have lined up at state-owned telephone offices to take advantage of this technical wonder. The cheapest mobile phone costs the equivalent of more than nine months of state wages and yet thousands are expected to buy a handset in the near future. Calls will be paid for with prepaid cards… Read More

  • Ericsson Bags $1.44 billion in China

    Ericsson announced today that it has signed contracts with China Mobile and China Unicom. Ericsson is a wireless equipment maker. The two contracts will expand Ericsson’s Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks and bag the company a hefty profit from the $1.44 billion sale. The sale to China Mobile is by far the larger of the two, coming in at $1.3 billion. This will… Read More

  • The Smellphone

    Matching smells with media has been tried in the past. There were movies that provided the audience scratch-and-sniff packets, and some experimentation with smell-o-vision. Neither became popular and the idea was dropped. But it seems the Japanese company NTT DoCoMo is giving this idea new life. New mobile phones from the company will be equipped with fragrance cartridges that release… Read More