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  • 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

  • China Interested in Real iPhone

    China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless operator, announced earlier this week that it is in talks with Apple to sell the iPhone. MobileCrunch reported in August of this year that Chinese Pirates Copy (the) iPhone. Now it seems the population of China may be able to buy the real thing, not just cheap knockoffs. The iPhone has moved from its European launch this month and is going to… Read More

  • Yahoo! Adds Nine New Mobile Operators in Asia Pacific

    Yahoo! has added nine new mobile operators to its list of service providers who carry the company’s mobile search engine, oneSearch. Yahoo! now has distribution partnerships with twenty mobile operators around the world and is available in nineteen countries. Yahoo!’s oneSearch has the potential to reach hundreds of millions of mobile customers. The new partnership agreements… Read More

  • Disney Mobile Turns to Japan

    Disney plans to end its U.S. mobile phone service in December and to compensate will turn to the Japanese market early next year. The company is hoping that the demand for its online content will be able to compete in the world’s biggest market of third-generation phones. Disney will use local mobile phone carrier Softbank Corp’s network. The two companies have plans to develop… Read More

  • Alltel Wireless to Launch Parental Controls Application

    Alltel Wireless has partnered up with Bytemobile to create the Alltel Parental Controls application, which will be available free of charge beginning in February 2008. This application will allow parents to filter inappropriate sites that may contain pornography, gambling, weapons or violence. This service will be available to both pre-paid and post-paid accounts. “Through our… Read More

  • EU Regulators to Tackle Large Telecoms

    The European Commission is expected to create a new regulatory body that it hopes will spur telecommunications competition in Europe with the goal of reducing costs for consumers. This new body will have the power to separate telecommunication networks and access providers. It is believed that the large companies that now control these aspects of European telecommunications retards growth… Read More

  • New Mobile Video Advertising Platform from MoPhap and Vantrix

    MoPhap, a mobile ad serving company, and Vantrix, a company which works with mobile video, announced the launch of a new mobile video ad insertion platform. The best of MoPhap’s SparkMobile ad serving and campaign management tools are combined with Vantrix’s Ad Booster advertising insertion and optimization platform. This partnership allows content providers to insert highly… Read More

  • Mobile Gaming Revenue Down

    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. This week’s mobile gaming news isn’t good. According to research firm iSuppli, worldwide mobile gaming revenue was down 9% during the three months ending in June. It seems some in the mobile gaming community are sitting on their thumbs instead of pounding the pads. David Carnevale, iSuppli… Read More

  • Vonage Discusses $39 Million Settlement with AT&T

    Vonage, an Internet phone company, is in negotiation talks with AT&T to settle a lawsuit involving patent infringements. Vanage is asking to pay $39 million over the next five years to put things right. In October, Vonage settled with Sprint Nextel for $80 million and with Verizon Communications for between $80 million and $120 million, the amount to be determined in a future court… Read More