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  • MAXRoam: Easy international roaming with a SIM card

    Just a quick note to mention that 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

  • Android Prototype may land in Barcelona Next Week

    ARM, a British chip designer, may reveal a prototype of a mobile phone based on Google’s open-source Android next week at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona. The showing could come as early as Monday. Google and ARM have declined to comment on this, so don’t book a flight to Spain unless you’re willing to gamble on this rumor. Taiwan’s High Tech… Read More

  • Tiny Phone Module from Modu

    Modu, an Israeli startup company, has contracted with three mobile phone carriers to sell the tiny mobile module called Modu. The Modu is a micro cell phone that pops into interchangeable jackets or into other devices that want to connect to the Internet. The Modu will be launched on October 1 of this year with the help of Telecom Italia Spa in Italy, OAA Vimpel Communications in Russia… Read More

  • Americans Recycled less than 10% of Mobile Phones

    Only 9.4% of Americans who bought new mobile phones last quarter recycled their old handsets, a survey from iSuppli Corp’s consumerTrak service says. This is double the number of phones recycled in the third quarter of 2007 but well below the numbers hoped for. “iSuppli’s fourth-quarter survey indicated that while U.S. consumers increasingly are recycling their old… Read More

  • The Wall Street Journal’s Digital Network goes Mobile

    The Wall Street Journal Digital Network announced today a free, downloadable application for Windows Mobile phones that provides users access to, and The service was developed with help from Action Engine Corporation, a mobile application platform provider. While on-the-go, users will be able to read financial news, mange their personal stock portfolio… Read More

  • Nokia’s Gaming and Social Networking Services Now Available

    The world’s largest cellphone manufacturer, Nokia, has expanded its mobile Internet services by launching its new N-Gage gaming service and social networking site Share on Ovi, today. The gaming service and media sharing site are a large part of Nokia’s strategy to create mobile services under its new Ovi brand. The social networking site will allow users to share photos and videos. Read More

  • New iPhone and iPod Models have Twice the Memory

    Apple announced that it has new models of the iPhone and iPod with twice the memory of older <img src='' alt='apple-logo6.jpg'class="left"
    versions. A version of the iPhone will now sell with 16 gigabytes of memory. Since its launch in June of 2007, Apple has sold over 4 million iPhones. The… Read More

  • LiMo Foundation to Launch Phone Platform in March

    The LiMo Foundation plans to release the first version of its Linux software platform for mobile phones this march. LiMo’s goal is to offer handset manufacturers and operators a hardware-independent software platform that is safe for downloadable applications. LiMo Foundation executive director Morgan Gillis isn’t happy with just publishing the code on time. He wants to put… Read More

  • MobileCrunch at MWC 2008

    I’m headed to Barcelona tomorrow and will be rolling around the Catalonian country-side for a few days before MWC, which starts next Monday. I’d love to talk to start-up folk and/or fans in B-town and Girona. My number in Spain, thanks to the super-cool MaxRoam, will be +34957780732 and my SMS-only number will be +972543563127. I’m also available via email. I’d like to… Read More

  • Greystripe Adds Ten New Distribution Partners

    Greystripe announced today that it has added ten new distribution partners for Greystripe’s AdWRAP Catalog Platform. Greystripe is the world’s largest distributor of ad-supported mobile games and applications. 40 partners now account for 85% of all downloads of Greystripe titles. AdWRAP was launched a year ago and now has 40 partners including Zedge, Cellware, Tagtag… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming News Roundup

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Vivendi Games Mobile announced a list of its big name game releases that will become available in the first half of this year. Most of these titles are based on television shows and movies, so if the Hollywood writer’s strike is getting you down you can look to your mobile phone for comfort. Read More

  • A&E TV Network Taps Talent from Crisp Wireless

    A&E Television Networks (AETN) is partnering with Crisp Wireless to create and manage mobile websites for three of AETN’s channels. The websites will provide information and downloads for A&E Network, The History Channel and BIO. “This initiative is a great way for us to extend our consumer’s passion for our brands and programming to a mobile audience,” said… Read More

  • Motorola may Restructure or Dump Mobile Phone Division

    After the New York stock market closed yesterday, Motorola announced that it is considering ways to deal with its ailing mobile phone division. Some have speculated this means selling or spinning-off the division, but the statement’s language leaves open other possibilities. Motorola said it would consider separating the handset division from the company and that it is looking at ways… Read More

  • North Korea to build new Mobile Network for the Masses

    Stalinist North Korea has contracted with the Egyptian company Orascom Telecom to provide mobile phone service in the communist country. North Korea began mobile service in November 2002 but within 18 months banned the service for ordinary citizens and recalled handsets. It is believed the network is still available for government officials. The deal will give Orascom Telecom a 25-year… Read More

  • Comstar to Build WiMax Network in Armenia

    Comstar UTS, a Russian land-line operator, announced today that it has started building a mobile broadband network using WiMax technology in Armenia. Comstar will buy base station equipment from Airspan Networks. “We intend to launch the network this year and, therefore, become the first and the largest wireless broadband Internet operator in Armenia,” Comstar’s president… Read More

  • African Mobile Internet Services to see Huge Growth

    Analysis from growth consulting company Frost and Sullivan predicts that Africa’s demand for mobile Internet access will increase between 40% and 50% between 2006 and 2009. It is thought that this expansion is due to the continent’s lack of sufficient fixed line structure and the reduced cost of handset and mobile internet service prices. “The poor state of fixed line… Read More

  • U.S. Leads World in Productive Use of Telecommunications Technology

    Connectivity Scorecard, a system that ranks countries on around 30 indicators that measure how will a country boosts its social and economic prosperity through telecommunications technologies, puts the United States at the head of the list. The system was created by London Business School professor Leonard Waverman to examine how well countries utilize networks, cell phones and… Read More

  • T-Mobile Subscriptions near 1 Million Mark in 4Q

    T-Mobile USA added 951,000 subscriptions between October and December of 2007. This gives the country’s fourth largest mobile phone company a subscription customer base of 28.7 million. T-Mobile’s sales were up 14.6% over 2006 numbers. Shareholders of Deutsche Telekom AG, the T-Mobile parent company, were asking for the sale of T-Mobile USA last year. Chief Executive Rene… Read More