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  • AT&T and T-Mobile Return Fire: Sprint Takes Aim

    MobileCrunch reported yesterday that Verizon’s new unlimited calling plan could start a price war in the U.S. mobile market. Hours after the announcement by Verizon Wireless, both AT&T and T-Mobile returned fire with unlimited calling plans of their own. Consumers should be happy but stock holders of the telecommunications companies may become a little gun shy. Verizon’s $99.99… Read More

  • Vietnam Telecomp to be held this November

    Vietnam Posts & Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and Adsale Exhibition Services (AES) will be holding the 12th International Exhibition in Vietnam on Telecommunications and Information Technology (Vietnam Telecomp 2008) in HoChiMinh City, SR Vietnam, November 26-29 of this year. Vietnam Telecomp is the most influential ICT event in Vietnam with strong support from the Vietnam government… Read More

  • First Shot of National Unlimited Price War Fired by Verizon

    Verizon Wireless fired the first shot of what may become an unlimited calling plan price war in the United States today. Verizon is offering a national unlimited calling plan with no roaming or long-distance fees for $99.99 a month. While other carriers have what they call “unlimited” plans, Verizon is the first major carrier to make the deal nationwide. The plan is “likely… Read More

  • TV Phones Reach 20 Million Mark in Japan

    Cell Phones compatible with Japan’s mobile digital TV service have reached the 20 million mark in less than two years since the launch of the service. The Telecommunications Carriers Association said that the 20 million mark was reached in December of 2007, thanks to the shipment of over 1 million handsets during the month. OneSeg, the digital TV service launched on April 1, 2006, delivers… Read More

  • Nano-fibers may Power Handsets in the Future

    One day your clothing could power or help to power your handset. Researchers have created a nano-fiber that catches energy from movement making it possible to route that energy for practical uses. The fibers use the same mechanical principle as a self-winding watch but on a scale measured in billionths of a meter. Nano-generators are able to use energy from sound waves, vibrations and even… Read More

  • Open Source may Create Security Risks for Mobile Phones

    To date, mobile phones have been relatively safe from cyber attacks when compared to PCs. Security systems have been able to block most viruses on cell phones, but the mobile industry foresees risks coming from the open software platforms that are looming in the near future. Google is backing the Android open source software which is in competition with LiMo Foundation’s Linux… Read More

  • T-Mobile to Drop Google and use Yahoo in Europe

    T-Mobile announced that it will be dropping Google and picking up Yahoo as its preferred mobile search provider in Europe. This is a minor victory for Yahoo, which is in direct competition with Google and Microsoft to put its search engine on mobile phones that can access the Internet. When T-Mobile partnered with Google, it was heralded as one of the first partnerships between a mobile… Read More

  • Rare Mobile Phone Viruses Feared by Public

    A survey released at the Mobile World Congress today reports that 72% of those surveyed feared a virus may infect their handset. The poll was conducted by IT security specialist McAfee, and based on 2,000 people in Britain, the United States and Japan. Only 2% of respondents actually had a virus in their mobile phone. Nearly 12% said they knew someone who had a virus, while 86% of people said… Read More

  • Remote smartphone support: Crazy good idea

    I popped by the LogMeIn booth today take a look at their RescueMobile package for smartphones. Essentially, the service lets technicians take control of a smartphone remotely, accessing all of its functions and repairing it over the air. LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile simulates a remote smartphone on a support technician’s local computer, who can then manipulate the screen, use its keypad… Read More

  • Dr. Martin Cooper on the future of "handsets"


    Engineer and all-round-nice-guy Marty Cooper told some gathered reporters and industry folks that he likes the iPhone… and Samsung and Motorola phones, but for different reasons. He did, however agree that it’s not as good as everyone says but he does enjoy using it. He was talking about the future of mobile and his point was fairly simple: have faith. Things can and will get better… Read More

  • Google to be Integrated on Nokia Handsets

    The world’s largest handset maker, Nokia, announced today that it will integrate the Google search engine with the Nokia Search application. This plan was released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Google search will be available in more than 100 countries on a variety of handsets. The first Nokia products to be loaded with Google will be the Nokia N96, N78, 6210… Read More

  • VoiceOnTheGo: Do everything over your phone

    I’ll have to try this out when I get home but it seems like a fairly compelling solution. Basically it’s a text-to-voice system that translates all of your emails and some RSS feeds to voice. You call a number and it will start reading you your messages while you drive or are otherwise occupied and it supports most enterprise systems like Outlook and Domino. You can also reply… Read More

  • GoHello: A Mobile Switchboard


    Setting up office PBX systems is hard. GoHello is easy. It’s basically a virtual telephone system with a dedicated receptionist’s application for taking notes, sending SMSes, forwarding calls, and taking voicemail. You can try it free for 30 days and you get a dedicated number — gold numbers (aesthetically pleasing numbers like 5551212 or 5556666) are also available &mdash… Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up – UPDATE!


    We will hold tomorrow’s TC/CG/MC meet-up at the Cafe del Sol, Av Paral.lel 182, right down the street from the Fira. I’ve received quite a few emails already but RSVP with the subject line “BCN MEET-UP” to john @ crunchgear.com so I can put together a head count. Apparently a bunch of strangers in a law office wasn’t quite a good idea. [Map] Read More

  • Starbucks to offer Wi-Fi with AT&T

    This spring Starbucks will brew up a mix of free and paid wireless Internet service in more than 7,000 of its U.S. coffee shops this spring. The new service will be done in tandem with AT&T, which ends a six-year partnership Starbucks had with T-Mobile. Customers that use the Starbucks purchase card will get two hours of free wireless access per day. After that, access will cost $3.99 for… Read More

  • Greystripe sees Success with In-Game Mobile Advertising

    Greystripe, a distributor of ad-supported mobile games, announced the results of its two-month U.S. ad campaign for Yahoo!’s oneSearch mobile web portal. The ad campaign was run in tandem with a ten question WAP survey administered by Grail Research to determine campaign effectiveness, specifically focused on brand lift and ad recall. The ad campaign started on May 19th and ran through… Read More

  • On the ground at MWC 2008

    Just got onto the Mobile World Congress grounds and will be posting here — on the service side — and on CrunchGear [RSS] for gadgets and phones. I’ll try do lots of cross-posting but expect some juicy Mobile 2.0 news soon. If you need to contact me, SMS me at +972543563127 or email john@crunchgear dot com. The meet-up is still on Wednesday at 6pm, location TBD. Merci! Read More

  • MAXRoam: Easy international roaming with a SIM card

    Just a quick note to mention that MAXRoam.com is a really great service. Essentially it’s a reduced rate pre-paid SIM card that lets you add multiple numbers to the same SIM. For example, I now have a SIM card with four international numbers in Spain, Poland, Germany, and the US and they all work seamlessly in almost any phone. It basically lets locals call you at local rates and you… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. If you are able to break away from your mobile games long enough to see the news from time to time, you may be aware that there is a presidential election in the United States this year. Political junkies like me have known about this upcoming event for a few months now. Following a national election is a… Read More

  • China’s Handset Shipment Growth to slow this Year

    Handset shipments from manufacturers based in China grew greatly in 2007, moving 229 million units for the year. This growth is 76% over the 2006 numbers of 130 million handsets shipped. According to iSuppli Corp this growth rate will slow down dramatically in 2008. It is predicted that around 274 million units will reach the market from China, which means a growth of nearly 20%. These… Read More