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  • Glu to Develop and Publish the Price Is Right and Family Feud Mobile Games

    Glu signed a deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) to bring two popular games shows your mobile phone. The agreement gives Glu a multi-year and exclusive rights contract to develop mobile games based on The Price Is Right and Family Feud franchise. The games will be released in North and Latin America. Drew Carey took over hosting The Price Is Right from Bob Barker recently. The Price… Read More

  • EU Lifts Restrictions on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

    The European Union (EU) decided to lift restrictions on in-flight cell phone use today. Passengers flying over European airspace will be able to talk, text and send e-mails with their cell phones. In-flight service may be available this year on some airplanes using European GSM technology. Most other countries around the world prohibit in-flight mobile use because of the fear cell phones… Read More

  • Zumobi Wins E-Tech Award at 2008 Wireless Conference

    Zumobi was awarded top honor in the CTIA Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards in the Consumer Mobile Widgets category at CTIA Wireless 2008. Zumobi’s open mobile widget platform is free and supported by advertising. “We are thrilled that Zumobi has seen such success at Spring CTIA 2008, and are equally proud to be recognized at the same event we launched at a year ago,” said… Read More

  • Verizon to Build Broadband with its Acquisition of 700 megahertz

    Verizon was the recent winner in the FCC’s auction of the 700 megahertz spectrum. (See: Bids in.) The company plans to use the spectrum to build a faster wireless broadband network to deliver high-speed services. Verizon will hold a webcast later today to discuss the plans for the spectrum’s use. AT&T, the second big auction winner, has already said it will use the spectrum… Read More

  • CrossLink Media Awarded Exclusive Contract with US Army and Air Force

    CrossLink Media announced yesterday at CTIA Wireless 2008 that the company was awarded an exclusive contract with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to provide text-based mobile coupons across military installations throughout the United States. AAFES is a multi-channel retailer offering merchandise and services via retail stores, catalogs and online to active duty, guard and… Read More

  • Pinger Releases Pingercast Service to All

    If you are an entertainer or just someone who wants to get your message out to the world, you may be interested in Pinger’s beta release of Pingercast. In the past, Pingercast messaging was only available to major media companies but now even the small time operator can build awareness with fans who use mobile phones. Pingercast allows any entertainment promoter to connect with the… Read More

  • iPlayboy: for the iPhone

    Doug Aamoth and Peter Ha here in Hugh Hefner’s private loft on the 34th floor of the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Nine girls will be competing for the title of “Miss Mobile Playboy” as a kickoff to Playboy’s second generation of mobile content. Read more… Read More

  • Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers Don’t Know if they have Mobile TV

    QuickPlay Media released the results of a national survey that measured interest in mobile TV and video content. The survey found that 47% of consumers don’t know whether or not their carrier offers such services. It seems as though service providers aren’t getting the word out about the wonders of mobile TV and video. “Mobile operators have done an excellent job addressing… Read More

  • V-ENABLE and buzzd Partner to make you King or Queen of the Nightlife

    V-ENABLE, a local mobile search and directory assistance service is partnering with buzzd, a location-based mobile entertainment service that provides real-time information for bars, clubs and restaurants. This partnership will combine V-ENABLE’s local search with buzzd’s (see MobileCrunch post on buzzd) user generated content and all the best listings from CitySearch, Flavorpill… Read More

  • Liveblogging the CTIA 2008 Keynote

    CrunchGear is liveblogging the CTIA 2008 keynote as we speak. They’ll be covering the show from a gadget and service perspective and if you’d like to get in touch with the boys, drop them a line at tips @ Live from the CTIA Wireless 2008 Keynote Read More

  • Developing Continents Help Soften Mobile Sales Slowdown

    As the mobile phone market in Europe and North America slows down the slack is being picked up by Africa and Asia. Handset manufactures sold 238 million phones in the first quarter of this year, up 10% from a year ago, but down 15% from 2007’s fourth quarter. Fourth Quarter sales are usually up because of Christmas sales. Texas Instruments, a large chip maker for the mobile industry… Read More

  • Fun at Vantrix’s Booth in Las Vegas

    If you are attending this year’s CTIA Wireless convention is Las Vegas this week, you may want to stop at booth #6935 and have a visit with Vantrix. The Weather Channel Interactive and Vantrix are hosting a set that lets you announce the weather in front of a camera with Jim Cantore. Your debut in broadcast storm tracking will be available on your mobile phone within minutes to share… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. If you can’t wait for the next mobile game that is based on a movie, Glu’s upcoming game Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa will be here in October of this year, just in time to get back home from your crocodile hunting trip to the Nile. “’ Madagascar’ was an enormous success and… Read More

  • Communist Cuba to allow Unrestricted Mobile Phone Use

    The communist dominos are falling as the dictatorship of the proletariat realizes it can’t stand up against the relentless momentum of the mobile phone. Capitalist technology has pushed over one more domino in Cuba. President Raul Castro announced today that the Cuban government will allow unrestricted use of mobile telephones by all Cubans for the first time. Cuba currently has the… Read More

  • The Really Simple becomes Multimedia with Cellyspace

    Like the alchemists of old who converted lead into gold, Cellyspace launched an application yesterday that automatically converts RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) feeds directly to mobile subscriber’s messaging in-boxes. There is bound to be gold for someone at the end of this rainbow. Skycore, the developers of Cellyspace, think the auto-conversion… Read More

  • Taliban Attacking Cell Towers in Afghanistan

    In the last month, the Taliban in Afghanistan have been targeting cell phone towers. Around 10 towers have been attacked causing nearly $2 million in damage. Service providers have been forced to shut down service across southern Afghanistan at night. This has angered hundreds of thousands of customers who have no other telephones. The Taliban is attacking certain towers because it believes… Read More

  • Nepal’s Maoists Wage Election Battle with Mobile Phones

    Mao Tse-Tung once said, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Ofcourse he said that decades before text messaging became so popular. Today’s savvy revolutionary is putting his or her thumbs at risk by text messaging thousands of voters to turnout and cast a ballot in Nepal’s April 10 elections. To get around the government’s ban on putting up… Read More

  • Kannuu wins Technology Innovation Award

    Kannuu won the Technology Innovation Award for Best Mobile multimedia in Nokia’s Mobile Rules! 08 competition. The award was given for kannuu’s Partial Word Completion technology that lets users find instead of search when accessing mobile services. Ever since Samuel Johnson wrote the first English Dictionary, my spelling has been atrocious. This is especially true when I want… Read More

  • UK to allow Mobile Calls from Aircraft

    According to the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the United Kingdom will soon allow passengers on UK-registered aircraft to make mobile phone calls or send text messages while flying. Ofcom has been considering the idea since last year and has been in discussions with other European countries. MobileCrunch reported last December and this January that Air France and Norwegian Air have… Read More

  • and Action Engine Launch Mobile Golf Course Finder

    Unless you live south of the Equator, spring is here and that means it’s time to dust the driver and hit your first 330 yard shot of 2008. The problem is, where do you find that perfect course for straightening out the Mulligan blues? and Action Engine put their swings together and launched an ad-supported mobile application that lets golf enthusiasts search and access course… Read More