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  • 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


    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


    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

    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

    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

  • Ringtones from Dave Matthews Band and Van Halen Finally Available

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    Dave Matthews Band and Van Halen have been holding out from releasing their music as ringtones. But pressure from fans and promoters has caused these high-profile acts to release ringtones available on AT&T… Read More

  • Mobile Ads for MSN in U.S.

    U.S. users of Microsoft’s MSN Mobile began to see advertisements on the service for the first time yesterday. Users in Belgium, France, Japan, Spain and the U.K. have been viewing ads for a while now. The technology for mobile advertisements comes from a recent acquisition by Microsoft of ScreenTonic. Paramount Pictures and Jaguar Cars are among the first companies to advertise on MSN… Read More

  • Omnifone’s MusicStation Sweeping the Globe

    MobileCrunch has been following Omnifone’s MusicStation this year (See: MusicStation) and the music service is sweeping the globe with coverage. And for good reason, MusicStation subscribers can download unlimited music for a weekly fee to their mobile phones. Over 1.2 million tracks are available and in the United Kingdom the service only costs 1.99 pounds a week. MusicStation combines… Read More

  • Japanese Mobile Phone Just for Children

    When children are off on their own parents can worry about a child’s welfare. In Japan, NTT DoCoMo will launch a second parent friendly mobile phone for children. The first phone of this type was offered in 2006 and sold around 500,000 units. The new unit, F801i, will go on sale in Japan later this month. The F801i has a 100-decibel alarm that a child can activate by pulling on a cord. Read More

  • Weekly Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is coming to an N-Gage near you. The game casts players as Darth Vader’s “Secret Apprentice” and takes place between the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. You will be able to… Read More

  • Poor Second Quarter for Palm

    The smartphone manufacturer Palm lowered its second quarter numbers and said it has higher than expected losses. The company is blaming the poor performance on the delay of a product release. Palm had predicted sales for the quarter to be between $370 and $380 million but only posted sales around $350 million. Market analysts had expected sales to be around $376 million. In October Palm figured… Read More