Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • 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

  • Japan’s First Mobile Phone Film Festival

    In 2005 a mobile phone film festival debuted in France. Today in Yokohama Japan a similar display of cellphone generated art is being featured at The Pocket Films Festival. Over 400 international entries have been narrowed down to 48 movies deemed worthy of showing. One of the judges, Masaki Fujihata, a film professor, says that mobile phones are an important tool in an emerging art… Read More

  • JailBreak: Over 1 Million Served

    Web based jailbreaker AppSnap has executed its code for iPhone liberation over 1 million times. The hack makes it possible to run unsanctioned applications on your iPhone, such as an eBook reader or Blackjack for phones of firmware 1.1.1. It doesn’t free your phone from the AT&T network, though. The hack works by exploiting the way the iPhone’s firmware handles TIFF images… Read More

  • No Wireless For Kindles In The Midwest

    Some people in the midwest are discovering that Amazon’s recently <a href="“>launched Kindle doesn’t work as advertised. They’ve found that Kindle’s killer feature, wireless downloads of books, doesn’t work because Kindle can’t connect to their mobile networks. It borders on a “bait and switch” tactc and was a problem… Read More

  • Shoot HD Video with your Mobile Phone in near Future

    An executive at Nokia predicts that in a few years mobile phones will have the ability to shoot video in HD. Cellphones with cameras are being used as camcorders but the video quality isn’t good. Nokia launched the N95 this year and the handset has the ability to shoot video with television quality. But in a few years those home movies may be shot in HD with yours mobile… Read More

  • 20% of French iPhone buyers paid almost $1000 for an unlocked iPhone


    Orange is reporting that of the 30,000 iPhones they sold in the first five days, 20% were purchased unlocked for 749 euros. With contract the phones sell for 399 euros, meaning 6000 users opted to pay more for complete phone portability. This makes perfect sense. First off, unlocked phones are the norm overseas and paying a premium for a good product is understood and accepted. The false… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Relocked in Germany

    In the last few weeks, Apple has been embroiled in a lawsuit brought by Vodafone against T-Mobile of Germany. In an initial ruling, a German court enforced an injunction against T-Mobile’s exclusive right to sell a locked iPhone only. To comply with the order, T-Mobile began selling an unlocked version of the handset for 999 euros, as compared to a locked version of the same device… Read More

  • See how you Cellphone Service does in January Issue of Consumer Reports


    The January 2008 issue of Consumer Reports contains the publication’s annual survey of cellphone service. If you want to see how your service provider stacks up against the competition you may want to get a copy. Over 47,000 readers in 20 metropolitan areas across the country were surveyed by Consumer report’s National Research Center. The high cost of service and mandatory… Read More

  • Apple and others sued by Klausner over Voicemail

    Klausner Technologies filed a lawsuit in U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision Systems and Skype over alleged patent infringements interfering with Klausner’s visual voicemail rights. Klausner is seeking $360 million from Apple and AT&T claiming the iPhone utilizes patented technology owned by Klausner. The other three companies… Read More

  • VoIP via your Cellphone for Cheap International Calls with MobileTalk

    If you have ever made an international call on your cellphone you know that charges can be really high. It doesn’t take long to rack up a big bill when you are calling friends in China or Britain. Now VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider 8×8, also known as Packet8, has an application that allows you to call international over the Internet on your mobile phone. There is no… Read More

  • You Will Control 25% of Entertainment by 2012

    Nokia’s latest study, ‘A Glimpse of the Next Episode’, predicts that within five years a quarter of all entertainment will be created, edited and shared within peer groups rather than coming out of traditional media groups. Trend-setting consumers from 17 countries were asked about their digital behaviors and lifestyles. Nokia also used information gathered from its 900… Read More

  • Weekly Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. I-Play announced this week that it has sealed the deal with Pandemic Studios to publish Mercenaries 2: World in Flames for mobile gamers. The soldiers of fortune return to stop a power-hungry tyrant from taking over Venezuela’s oil supply. This power play turns the South American country into a war… Read More

  • Phone Unlikely to be Cause of Death in South Korea

    MobileCrunch reported earlier today that a cellphone may have caused the death of a quarry worker in South Korea. According to new reports this afternoon, the man may have died of other causes. The worker was found with a melted cellphone in his pocket yesterday but he also had a broken spine, broken ribs, and heart and lung injuries. According to the Yonhap news agency, the National Institute… Read More

  • Helio Mysto unveiled

    Peter Ha grabbed the first images of the Helio Mysto, the successor to the Drift. It’s essentially a CDMA version of the Samsung U600. No specs yet but the U600 has: * 3.2 Megapixel Camera
    * (Half Shutter, Auto Focus, Flash)
    * 262144 Color TFT Screen (2.22”)
    * 103.2×49.3×10.9 mm
    * 60 MB + microSD
    * Video Recording (MPEG4, H.263)
    * Music… Read More

  • Cellfish Movie: Har Har Har

    http://cellfish.com/static/swf/player8.swf?Id=241751 We talked about Cellfish this morning but did we supply you with a funny video to illustrate how it works? Didn’t think so. Read More

  • A Website Delicacy: Cellfish Media’s New Add-to-Phone

    Cellfish Media, a mobile content provider, released “Add-to-Phone” yesterday. This free application is embedded in websites and allows users to download content from the web to their phones with one click of the mouse. Content can be sent to mobile phones as a download or as a stream. Add-to-Phone works on any carrier in 100 countries and can be used on any WAP-enabled phone. Read More