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  • Killer Mobile Phone?

    South Korean police revealed today that a 33 year-old quarry worker was found dead with a mobile phone stuck to his chest. It is believed that the device may have caused the death. The man had burns on his chest, fractured ribs and internal bleeding, a doctor said. “When he was admitted into the emergency room, the melted mobile phone was stuck to he left side of his shirt,” said… Read More

  • The iPhone Lands in France

    Following European launches in Britain and Germany, the iPhone has landed in French markets. Orange, the mobile phone and Internet branch of France Telecom, has the exclusive rights to sell the Apple handset in the country that gave us Paris. Twelve outlets in France are offering the device for 749 euros today, before the full launch scheduled for tomorrow. Over 50,000 people have already… Read More

  • Japan Offers University Course via Cellphone

    Japan’s Cyber University, the nation’s only university to offer all classes on the Internet, began offering a class today that is taught over mobile phones. Students will be able to learn about the mysteries of the pyramids while on the go. Cyber University, which opened in April with government approval to give bachelor’s degrees, has 1,850 students. Softbank owns 71 percent… Read More

  • Orange boasts of "below 999 euro" unlocked iPhones

    French iPhone fans can breathe easy: Orange will be selling the iPhone, unlocked, for considerably less than 999 euro but more than 500 euro. The price will be about 500 euros, but “well below 1000 Euro”, said CEO Didier Lombard to the radio station Europe 1 In Deutschland bietet die Deutsche Telekom das Hype-Handy derzeit ohne Vertragsbindung für 999 Euro an. In Germany… Read More

  • Verizon to Open Network Next Year

    CrunchGear reports: By the end of 2008, you’ll be able to BYO device to Verizon’s high speed wireless network, according to a press release issued today. Verizon “will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company.” This could be seen as a reaction to upcoming Android… Read More

  • Wireless Cutting into European Landlines

    A report by the EU statistical office Eurostat reported today that almost one in five EU households have gone fully wireless, cutting off landline subscriptions that dominated the telecommunications market for over one hundred years. In 2005, out of every 100 habitants, 95 had a mobile phone. In 1996 only 8 out of 100 could go mobile. New comers to the European Union tend to have more… Read More

  • Strong Cellphone Sales Predicted in Fourth Quarter

    Research firm Gartner announced today that this year’s fourth quarter will see an increase in cellphone sales worldwide. In the third quarter vendors combined to sell over 289 million handsets, with strong demand in Asia and Africa lifting sales 15% from a year ago. These numbers are predicted to continue, with holiday sales in Europe and North America helping to boost… Read More

  • Silver Shine Rings in the Holidays

    AT&T (Ma Bell) and LG Electronics MobileComm (LG Mobile Phones) announced the availability of the new Shine by LG today. The Shine is a sliding form-factor device that features a silver exterior and comes with video, music and camera features. The phone is sold exclusively through AT&T and comes with a 2.2-inch mirror LCD screen. The phone is packed with some of AT&T’s… Read More

  • Qualcomm Seeks Injunction against Nokia in British Court

    Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone manufacturer, is being sued by Qualcomm, a U.S. chipmaker, over two technology patents held by Qualcomm. The lawsuit is scheduled to begin today in the British High Court. Qualcomm is asking the court for an injunction that will stop Nokia from selling products in Britain that use the patents in dispute. Nokia is denying that any of its products… Read More

  • Partners Valimo and Gemalto Provide Safe Mobile Signature

    Gemalto, a digital security company, has partnered with Valimo, a mobile signature company, to create a secure mobile signature application for the mass market. Valimo’s Mobile Authentication Client (VMAC) will be put on Gemalto’s SIM (subscriber identity module) to provide customers with a safe way to sign documents electronically. “We have seen a significant increase… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Unlocked in Europe

    Deutsche Telekom’s mobile unit T-Mobile announced today that it would sell the Apple iPhone without a contract. This was done in order to comply with a court injunction awarded to rival Vodafone by a German court. (See yesterdays post.) In Europe, when a mobile phone is sold that has a lengthy service contract attached to it, the hand set is sold at a discounted price. T-Mobile will sell… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone Lock has Troubles in Europe

    Yesterday the British telecom group Vodafone sued Deutsche Telekom’s mobile unit T-Mobile for the exclusive right to sell Apple’s iPhone in Germany. A German court granted Vodafone its request for a preliminary injunction designed to stop the sales of the iPhone linked to an exclusive 24 month T-Mobile contract. The injunction doesn’t keep T-Mobile from selling the handset… Read More

  • AT&T to Buy Ingenio

    AT&T is in negotiations with Ingenio to buy the online advertising company. Ingenio’s technology traces the effectiveness of advertisements by tracking phone calls made to businesses based on phone numbers used in ads. The ads tracked can be online, on mobile phone Web sites, or print. Ingenio’s technology provisions the phone numbers and tallies the calls. Rates paid by… Read More

  • Two New Phones from Verizon

    Verizon Wireless announced the release of two new mobile phones today. It seems that the holiday season brings out the best in companies. The Voyager and Venus will be on sale this week. Both hand sets will be sold in all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores. The Venus goes on sale today and the Voyager will make the display case on November 21. “These phones offer customers some… Read More

  • AT&T to Sell First Napster Mobile Phone

    If you have been hoping that a mobile phone is available for sale before the holidays that supports Napster’s wireless digital music service, your wish has been granted. Service provider AT&T and handset maker Samsung have collaborated to create the first mobile phone that supports Napster’s mobile music archive, and it goes on sale this Friday, November 23, just in time for… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Developer id Software and Fountainhead Entertainment announced this week that the two companies have joined forces to create a new division of id Software, id Mobile. This new division will develop games for cell phones, the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable. The two software developers have worked in… Read More

  • Bribery Scandal in the Republic of Samsung

    Samsung, the huge corporation known around the world for high-tech mobile phones,
    flat-screen-TVs and huge merchant ships, is being rocked by another scandal that has renewed concerns about the power and influence of the “Republic of Samsung.” In South Korea many call Samsung this in deference to its size and worldwide exposure, and take great pride in the… Read More

  • Funny Voicemail Greetings for YouMail from Salient Media

    YouMail, a free cell phone voicemail service provider, has partnered with Salient Media to provide users with comedic voicemail greetings. Some of the greetings from Salient entertainers are free, while other greetings are sold on a subscription basis. Subscriptions range between $1.99 a month to $9.99 a month, based on the number of different greetings a user uses at one time. … Read More

  • Third Quarter Losses for GoAmerica

    GoAmerica, a provider of relay and wireless communications services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired persons, announced losses for the third quarter ending September 30, 2007. Net losses were approximately $861,000 or $0.41 per diluted common share. Losses are up from second quarter losses of $786,000, or $0.36 per diluted share. Compared to last year’s third quarter… Read More

  • Recycle Old Handsets Today

    Today is America Recycles Day 2007 and CTIA, The Wireless Association, wants to remind us to recycle used wireless devices and accessories. Green is the trendy thing to be these days, so why not get rid of some clutter and become popular by recycling? “These days, many Americans are `going green’ and taking measures to reduce, reuse and recycle in their daily lives,” said… Read More