Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • YouMail Receives $4.5 Million from VantagePoint Venture

    YouMail, a company that provides free cell phone voicemail service, raised $4.5 million from VantagePoint Venture Partners. VantagePoint is a Firm that invests in entrepreneurial companies at all stages of development in the CleanTech, HealthCare and Information Technology sectors. Craig Cooper, a venture partner at VantagePoint, will join the YouMail Board of Directors. Mr. Cooper is a… Read More

  • No Gphone: Google Software to go Mobile in 2008

    Google’s long awaited conference call announcing the Internet company’s mobile phone intentions came at noon today, est. Many of the rumors that have created a buzz can now be laid to rest, at least for awhile. There is no Gphone (Google phone) in the immediate future. The Gphone was supposed to be a low cost mobile device with the hardware and software of a military… Read More

  • A Cashless iPhone Society

    Apple isn’t trying to create a communist worker’s paradise but the electronics maker is no longer accepting cash for the popular iPhone. Apple now only accepts credit and debit card purchases at its stores. Carl Marx must be rolling in his dustbin. IDC tech analyst Chris Hazelton says this is the latest example of Apple trying to keep tight control of the iPhone. Apple… Read More

  • Mobile Devices Replacing PC’s Importance in Japan

    Mobile devices are slowly replacing the importance of a PC for Japanese consumers. While businesses may want the latest personal computer, average households are looking to devices like mobile phones and game consoles for entertainment and connectivity. PC shipments in Japan have fallen for five straight quarters, the first ever drawn-out decline in PC sales in a key market. In the second… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Mobile Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. I-play released the findings of its mobile game survey this week. It seems a lot of us can’t put those magic handsets down. The survey revealed that 38% of casual online games customers play games on their mobile phones and almost half, 45%, would play their favorite online games if they were… Read More

  • Nokia’s Ovi Hits a Snag

    Nokia, the largest mobile phone manufacturer, is having problems with its Ovi service. Ovi allows users to download music, games and maps to their handsets. The gaming service has been delayed due to software testing problems and Warner Music withdrew its song titles from Nokia’s music shop. MobileCrunch reported on Ovi in August. See: Ovi Knocking at the Door. Warner has withdrawn its… Read More

  • Sprint Nextel has poor Third Quarter

    Sprint Nextel, the United State’s third largest wireless provider, posted poor third quarter numbers as the company lost customers and revenue. Sprint Nextel earned $64 million, or 2 cents per share, compared with earning $379 million, or 9 cents per share, during the same period a year ago. Quarterly revenue declined 4.2 percent to $10 billion, missing analysts’ predictions of… Read More

  • Omnifone’s New MusicStation Available in UK


    Omnifone’s MusicStation, a music service that allows unlimited downloads, became available today in the Untied Kingdome through a partnership with Vodafone. Vodafone’s UK consumers are the first mobile users in Britain to have the freedom to download, play and share unlimited amounts of music, direct to their phone. This comes one week before Apple’s iPhone launches in… Read More

  • Alcatel-Lucent Posts Third-Quarter Loss

    Alcatel-Lucent, the French-American telecommunications equipment maker, reported a third-quarter loss of $373 million today. To help the bottom line, the company plans to layoff another 4,000 employees beyond the February announcement of 12,500 layoffs. This amounts to a 20% reduction in payroll. It is hoped this move will save the company an additional $578 million by 2009. CEO Patricia… Read More

  • Myxer Surpasses 3 Million Mark

    Myxer, a mobile content delivery company, announced that it has reached over 3 million users, making it one of the largest distributors of mobile content. In April of this year Myxer reached 1 million users and has tripled that number in less than six months. If growth continues at this pace, within ten years aliens in a galaxy far, far away will be downloading wallpaper and ringtones from… Read More

  • A Google Phone in 2008?

    Rumors about Google jumping into the phone business picked up again today with the Wall Street Journal reporting that Google phones will be available by mid-2008. MobileCrunch reported last month (Google Rumors: GPay and GPhone) that Google powered phones may be in the works. While the company is unwilling to comment at this time, the Wall Street Journal thinks that an announcement is… Read More

  • NBC Universal Hires SinglePoint

    NBC Universal has hired SinglePoint, a wireless messaging service, to launch one of the biggest mobile marketing initiative ever conducted by a media company. SinglePoint will manage and execute multiple participation media campaigns such as mobile voting, sweepstakes, contests, and mobile text news alerts. By outbidding its competitors, SinglePoint has won the largest Interactive Television… Read More

  • Verizon Has Strong Third Quarter

    Verizon Communications announced today that its quarterly revenue rose due to strong wireless subscription growth. Verizon Wireless, which Verizon Communications owns with Vodafone, added 1.8 million net retail customers in the quarter, giving the company 63.7 million subscribers. “It’s a story of tremendous strength in wireless and continued deterioration in wire line,”… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Mobile Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Verizon Wireless and SkyZone Entertainment announced a partnership this week to provide South Koreans greater access to SkyZone’s mobile gaming archive. SkyZone offers a full lineup of richly textured 3D graphics and games that feature multiplayer connectivity between PC and mobile platforms. Read More

  • Rogers Tests 7.2 Mbps Wireless Data Service

    Rogers, a Canadian wireless service provider, announced today it has begun field trials of its 7.2 Mbps wireless data service in the Brampton and Montreal areas. The trials utilize 3.5 generation wireless HSPA/UMTS technology, allowing a peak download speed of 7.2 Mbps, the fastest speed in Canada. “The consumer appetite for mobile applications is undeniable in Canada and around the… Read More

  • INgrooves Music Screensavers available this November

    Emdigo has partnered with INgrooves to launch the INgrooves Music Screensaver this November. The screensavers will be available on Verizon and Alltel Wireless for $2.99 per download. The application animates artists in 3D with the artists’ music when the phone is flipped open. Top artists Tila Tequila, Too Short and B Legit are part of the initial offering. “By combining our… Read More

  • Donate to Red Cross with Text 2Help Program

    As fires blaze across southern California forcing hundreds of thousands to flee, the Wireless foundation and American Red Cross announced that most American wireless subscribers can make a charitable donation to the Red Cross Disaster relief Fund through a program called Text 2Help. Subscribers of participating wireless carriers can donate $5 to relief efforts simply by text messaging… Read More

  • Celebrate Halloween on your Mobile Phone

    Cellufun announced today its Hellofun celebration. During Hellofun, users can decorate their homepages, dress up their avatars in costumes and pass out virtual tricks and treats. By visiting other homepages, users collect virtual treats or tricks while watching their own homepage to give as good as they take. If someone is stingy in giving out treats, the word will get out to the rest of… Read More

  • Japanese Women Fight Groping with Mobile Application

    For years Japanese women have endured being groped while in large crowds. Packed commuter trains are notorious prowling areas for men who feel the need to sexually assault random women. According to Tokyo police, 1853 men were arrested for groping passengers on Tokyo trains in 2005. But the harassment on trains is thought to be much higher because many women are too embarrassed to report… Read More

  • Hisense to buy Qualcomm’s Innovative MEMS Mobile Phone Displays

    Hisense, a Chinese electronics manufacturer, and Qualcomm, a wireless products developer, announced today that Qualcomm MEMS displays will be put into Hisense phones in 2008. The Qualcomm MEMS displays are being touted as superior in viewing quality and lower in power consumption. Qualcomm has developed the first direct view MEMS display for mobile devices, an innovation that offers… Read More