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posted in April 2007
Raise your hand if you have a specialized ringtone set on your phone. Now raise your hand if you haven't bothered to switch your mobile phone's ringer from the default ringer it came with out of the box. Lastly, raise your hand if you keep your phone on vibrate or silent most of the time. According to the Post a Comment
To continue fellow blogger Mitch Wagner's discussion on blogging tools, I thought I'd share a bit of news from Wordpress. A new plug-in from Andy Moore, creator of Web2Txt, allows bloggers to create versions of their blogs that will be viewable on mobile phones. It will also allow bloggers to create posts
That's what Alan Moore, CEO of SMLXL, recommends. His reasoning isn't all that outlandish, either. Turns out, most users of expensive mobile e-mail systems rarely type out messages that are longer than the 160-character limit with SMS. Why are enterprises paying for all that fancy technology if simple Post a Comment
In the very unscientific poll I took while attending the S60 Summit in Madrid this week, most Europeans I spoke with said the iPhone is "worthless without 3G." They are also unconvinced that the touchscreen interface will allo
Well, my trip to Madrid and back to cover the Nokia Applications Summit and S60 Summit was met with good success from a technology standpoint. My mobile phone had no problems adjusting to the European flavors of GSM, though I
According to a new report from Research and Markets, short message service, or text messaging, was a cash cow for network operators in 2006. But with the recent trend to offer unlimited messaging bundles, has SMS become commoditized?
Continuing our tour around the S60 Summit expo hall, Over The Air saw another handful of innovative applications and services aimed at consumers and enterprise users. Want to find the nearest Wi-Fi? Easy. Need to seamlessly switch your cellphone from business to personal mode? Done.
During this morning's keynote address at the S60 Summit in Madrid, Spain, Nokia announced that more than 100 million devices based on the S60 platform have shipped. That totals 53.5% of the world market share for smartphone operating systems, and that doesn't include Symbian UIQ, which also has a sizable chunk of t
The latest results from Jupiter Research note that no matter how hard banks and other financial institutions push mobile banking, only 8% of cell phone users who use online banking services are interested in mobile banking. Jupiter says banks are going about it the wrong way.
Live from Madrid, Spain, Over The Air got the latest scoop on some cool enterprise applications for the connected business user. Ranging from business card readers to invoice approval and device security applications, there's a wealth of enterprise tools for the Symbian S60 platform to make working on the go more productive.
Across the globe sales of mobile phones rose 10% during the first quarter of 2007, according to research firm IDC. The 256.4 million units represent an increase over the year-ago quarter, but it's somewhat cooler than the hot sales from the fourth quarter of 2006, which were 13.8% higher. Will sales hit 1 billion again this year?
According to an inside memo, business subscribers who call Cingular/AT&T's customer service line will receive a prorated credit (up to $2.50) for the loss of their BlackBerry e-mail service for one day last week. Looks like complaining can accomplish something after all.
Yes. More rumors to tempt you, tease you, and taunt you with. Ars Technica is reporting in its blog that a solid inside source at Hon Hai/Foxconn says there are still a number of software/OS bugs to be worked out with the iPhone. They conclude that at best only a "trickle" of iPhones will be available at launch. The iPhone roller coaster continues its twisted, torturous ride.
Research in Motion is saying that a new storage feature led to the complete breakdown of its wireless email service in the Western Hemisphere earlier this week. RIM also stated that security and scalability issues did not play a role in the ou
In looking at Nokia's 1Q financial results today, I noticed something interesting. Its N Series "multimedia computers" are separated from its regular mobile phone business in terms of performance. While Nokia posted a 5% drop in earnings from its mobile phones, it saw a 28% increase in earnings from the "multimedia computers." Maybe that's in part due to the Post a Comment
According to a report from Reuters, AT&T COO Randall Stephenson is looking to quell consumer fears - and maybe silence us bloggers - by issuing a statement about the iPhone. "The iPhone is on target to launch in June," he says. Are his words enough to shut the blogosphere up? Nah.
Last week both Cingular and Verizon Wireless pulled their bare-bones kid phones, the FireFly and Migo, from their respective retail distribution points. The phones targeted kids with basic calling features that kept Mom and Dad happy, but obviously didn't go far enough to tempt the hip kids on the block.
The other day I blogged that maybe carriers aren't getting a return on their investment with respect to 3G wireless data. While that might be true from a mobile phone perspective, it's an altogether different story when you consider mobile data cards. I am writing this blog from a Borders near my home and skipping the T-Mobile Post a Comment
Almost 25% of respondents to In-Stat's online survey said "no thanks" to the idea of phones powered solely by Wi-Fi. The rest of the respondents indicated only minimal interest. Is the technology DOA?
According to a new study by Forrester Research, not really. Only 44% of wireless subscribers are using some type of data service. While this shows that mobile data usage is becoming more commonplace, the bad news is that the bulk of it comes from text messaging rather than ring tone downloads or mobile Internet surfing. In fact, a majority of consumers fail to see the value of Post a Comment
The results come from an In-Stat survey that pitched the high-speed wireless technologies head to head. In the study, the majority of U.S. consumers chose WiMax over Wi-Fi or Post a Comment
Developers for the Symbian Series 60 smartphone operating system will now have more tools and support to create widgets for mobile phones. The lightweight Web applications already appear on PCs. Making them easier to develop and deploy for cell phones will spur greater phone customization and
Taking the mass market, shotgun approach, T-Mobile has trimmed some features from its Sidekick 3 device to produce the $99 Sidekick iD. The problem is, T-Mobile went too far and took away features that even free phones include. Tsk tsk.
There have been several rumors in the last few weeks that Apple's newest operating system, Leopard, would be delayed until the fall. Apple confirmed those rumors yesterday and announced that it had to reallocate engineers from its Leopard team to work on the Post a Comment
While many wireless operators offer mobile Web portals that bring national headlines to your cell phone, finding local information is often a little bit more work. To remedy that, Crisp Wireless and Internet Broadcasting are bringing local news to your handsets with the launch of 29 mobile Web sites i
Apparently the folks over at T-Mobile not only know how to provide wireless phone calls, but they know how to talk to you on the phone, as well. In Vocal Laboratories' study on the quality of customer service, T-Mobile scored all "A's".
At Palm's Analyst Day yesterday, CEO Ed Colligan casually mentioned that Palm is developing its own Linux-based operating system for future devices. And of course, he dodged any questions about a potential sale. Does Palm finally have an Ace up its sleeve?
Research firm In-Stat recently released a report about the growth of mobile TV. As expected, things are going slowly. The number of mobile TV broadcast networks will only increase from 9 last year to 13 this year. The largest barrier? Spectrum availability.
According to ABI Research, the market for advertising on mobile devices will hit the $3 billion mark by the end of the year, and will climb to $19 billion in just four years. But only if advertisers, carriers, and marketing companies follow every avenue offered by mobile technology.
Contradicting the results of an earlier survey, some 25% of teenagers who are aware of the iPhone said they'd be willing to pony up $500 for it. Maybe there's hope for the device, after all.
A mobile virtual network operator, founded by a team of ex-Nokia employees, is targeting the 16- to 24-year-old segment. Blyk hopes to lure in young users with free wireless services in exchange for viewing ads. Or does it hope to lure in advertisers with its base of young users? You decide.
NextWave Wireless, which was in bankruptcy protection only a few years ago, recently scored $355 million in new funding despite showing a $105 million loss for its 2006 fiscal year. Burning a hole in its pocket, NextWave couldn't help but run out and buy a compa
Next Monday's expiration of the cross-licensing agreement between Qualcomm and Nokia has sparked a number of different legal tactics by both companies over the the last few weeks. What's really at stake here? Money and Power.
Behind the field service set, it turns out the early adopters of GPS technology aren't geeky engineer types, but regular female drivers. A recent poll shows that women use the technology to provide a level of comfort when driving in new or unfamiliar areas.
If you thought that nifty wireless broadband plan you have with Verizon Wireless was truly unlimited, you were wrong. The service has always been capped at 5 GB of data transfer per month, even though Verizon's marketing material said it was unlimited. After Post a Comment
That's what John C. Dvorak claims in his podcast, anyway. Citing an internal Cingular product tester, the iPhone only provides for 40 minutes of talk time and the interface crashes all the time. I taste some sour apples here.
IDC released a new forecast that names the mobile device security software sector as a hot prospect for businesses to explore. Security services already bring in $200 million in revenue today and will only continue to rake in the cash as more and more enterprises figure out they should be prote
According to ABI Research, Linux is attacking the mobile phone market in order to bring Linux to the handset environment. Research director Stuart Carlaw even goes so far as to say, "Linux in the cellular phone is not a question of 'if,' but 'when.'"
The mobile Internet, while becoming cool and more useful every day, still has a long way to go. Viewing Web pages or documents on tiny screens just doesn't compare to the desktop browsing experience. Web pages are often squashed, elongated, impossible to read, and unusable in the mobile environment, no matter how big the screen or how speedy the data connection. One company is helping to change that.
In a Financial Times article that appeared on Sunday, Paul Jacobs, CEO of CDMA technology developer Qualcomm, was quoted as saying he hopes Armageddon can be avoided between his company and Nokia when their existing patent agreement ends next Monday. Today, Qualcomm slapped Nokia with
For all the haters of digital rights management, Apple scored a victory on your behalf by announcing an agreement with EMI Music to sell the record company's songs free of DRM.
If you've ever received medical care at a state-of-the-art facility, you've likely seen physicians and nurses hurrying to and fro with some form of mobile technology in their hands. Not wanting to be left out the current technology revolution, the physicians at Jupiter Medical Center are using a combined solution from AT&T, Palm, and McKesson to access electronic medical records and more. Given the amount of information gene