Monday, October 30, 2006

The cell phones of tomorrow

Live television channels by next year, tagging in two years and much more.

Future mobile phones will entertain, amaze - and even make calls.

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Cellular Banking: Cellphones Take Over for Banking in Certain Countries

About half a million South Africans now use their mobile phones as a bank. Apparently, while most South Africans do not have traditional bank accounts, most do have mobile phones.

If this technology continues to spread, it could change the way banking is done in certain countries (namely, most of Africa).

Cellular banking could become the norm.

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Cellphones Are Crime Busters

An audio interview about the use of Cellphone images and video for crime solving.

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Pew Research: 1 in 10 Americans Have Cut the Cord and are Cellphone Only

Pew Research: 1 in 10 Americans Have Cut the Cord

This story relates how this fact effects political polling and studies the political and demographic make up for Cell phone only users.

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What you need to know before you sign a cellphone contract

What you need to know before you sign up for a new cellphone plan.

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Used phones drive Third World wireless boom

With the number of cell phones in use worldwide hitting 2.5 billion and rising, recycled phones are playing a growing role in the spread of wireless communications across the developing world, where land lines can be costly or unavailable.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Slingbox - home TV pictures on your mobile

Sling Media, the company behind Slingbox, the broadband TV broadcast box, was at the Smartphone Show in London this week, telling everyone it will have a viewing client for smartphone mobile phones available by the end of the year.

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T-Mobile Tattoos MOTORAZR V3s

Just launched from T-Mobile, these tattooed MOTO RAZRs let everyone know that even though they've been around the block a few times, they can still break a pool cue over someone's head with the best of them.

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Watch Google Video on your phone

A Web application that lets you search for and play Google videos on your phone. Well, on some phones, anyway.

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Mobile Phones Deliver Beauty Tips

Mobile phone users can now get beauty tips via their device. As the cell phone market expands and new features are added, manufacturers are going all out to beat the competition.

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One billion cellphones to ship this year

Despite a soft second quarter, both in terms of units and average selling prices, the mobile phone market is expected to achieve shipments of one billion units this year, according to ABI Research. Over 245 million mobile handsets shipped in Q3, and 4Q is expected to be a "bumper quarter."

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Can Cellphones Use the Web 2.0 Applications?

Experts said that mobile phones will not be able to use many of Web 2.0 services due to some constraints. For example, Google Maps is built on Ajax (like many other Web 2.0 services). Ajax pushes data to the client device which speeds up future user requests but on a mobile phone, decreases fast battery life and chuck up the limited memory onboard.

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mDive Mobile Polling Reaches Elusive Markets

scenarioDNA and Mobile Transit Authority, announced today that they have extended their strategic partnership and launched a new mobile opinion solution called mDive. mDive is a turnkey mobile-based market research solution that engages consumers on their cell phones. mDive provides a timely and enhanced method of understanding critical marketing n

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Shots Heard in Mobile WiMAX Revolution

High Speed, Low Cost At last week's conference, Nortel Networks Corp. showcased a cellular base station transceiver for mobile WiMax applications that it plans to start selling to wireless carriers next year.

Cut through the buzz and the message is pretty clear: Mobile WiMAX is not yet ready for prime time.

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Ohhh Nooo... IBM RFID Demo Disrupts Nearby Cell Phone Signals

IBM had to stop a recent RFID demo at the Australian Tennis Open after the tech was found to be blocking signals from a nearby Vodafone tower -- the incident confirmed long-running concerns that RFID readers could disrupt towers in Vodafone's mobile phone network because of overlaps in the frequencies used...

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Quitting Your Cellphone Service: Make a New Plan, Stan

Our Consumerist comrades point to handy tips showing how to get out of a cellular service contract that no longer pleases you.

Say you want that latest cellphone but your plan doesn't offer it. Unfortunately, sometimes it's easier to get a divorce than it is to get away from Verizon Wireless (or any other provider). Here's our favorite ways...

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Verizon Broadband Wireless "Unlimited" Scam

Verizon has been marketing it's broadband wireless as "unlimited"; however, it is actually limited. Customers who pass the secret threshold of 5GB usage per month for 3 months in a row are immediately terminated without question.

Quite a scam.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Warning: Tears can damage your cell phone

Source: Cellular Blog (

A good friend of mine learned something about the vulnerability of technology this week when her cell phone died after she cried into it.

"You're kidding?!" I said incredulously as my friend Amy told me the reason I couldn't reach her on the phone most of the week. Unlike some of her more effusive phone conversations, the call in question had lasted only around 10 minutes, with maybe five minutes of actual water flow, she said.

Amy knew something was wrong almost immediately--and this time it wasn't her relationship.
"The keypad started to malfunction. I couldn't hit the 'send' button, and that was very sad," she said. The next day the Sprint customer support people told her the phone had water corrosion.
"I was told I had one to two days to get my phone numbers off the (old) phone," said Amy, who hurriedly transferred the data before it was lost. But she wasn't able to save the 150-plus "supersweet" text messages from her boyfriend. That was "truly the worst thing" about the whole ordeal, Amy said.

The phone meltdown "was a big deal," she said, with no small amount of anguish. "It affected several of my jobs and affected my relationship."

But later her boyfriend laughed it off, even joking that he should get her a waterproof cover for her new cell phone.

Eight states to pilot Mobile VoIP over xMax/WiFi

The VoIP Service Blog tells us that Far Reach Technologies is set to deploy mobile VoIP services in 76 markets across eight states, starting with Volusia County, Florida in March 2007.

The wireless networks will use xMax technology, developed by xG, and access will be offered for a flat rate.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

T-Mobile and Apple Deal in the Works? We Think Not.

We were listening in on the conference last friday, and honestly, didn't get the vibe that the CEO was talking about a partnership. He was just talking about making T-Mobile more Apple-like, and not hinting at a future iPhone release on their network.

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Those Awful Hats - 1909's Please Turn Off Your Cellphone

Even back in 1909, watching in theaters had problems like cellphones in today's theaters.
A gentleman with a top hat, and a series of women with ever more ludicrous hats enter a movie theatre. They refuse to remove them, until a giant bucket forcibly removes one hat...

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Cell Phone Tracking

Cheating spouse? Paranoid about your kids? This is definitely a hot topic for those individuals looking to see where their family members are going. New services are starting to emerge such as WORLD-TRACKER.COM in the UK and AccuTracking in the US...

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Cingular Wireless sues telemarketers for unsolicited calls

"Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. on Tuesday said it filed three lawsuits in a U.S. federal court against telemarketers to stop them from making unsolicited and illegal calls to Cingular customers."

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Wireless iPod?

Rumors of a widescreen wireless ipod

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Cell Phone Keypad Lights Way For Helicopter Hiker Rescue

Listen to the 9-1-1 call as a pair of young adults are rescued from the wilderness near Los Angeles thanks to the keypad *light* from a nearly dead cellphone.

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Condoms get high-tech: make love to the sound of cellphone music

A Ukrainian scientist has invented a condom that plays music during sex. A miniature loudspeaker and motion sensor implanted in the condom's upper cuff provides a range of musical tones during sex. Music volume depends on intensity of love-making and tone varies based on the sexual position.

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Tired of sneaking your cellphone in class?

Change your ringtone to a high frequency sound! Most people over 30 are unable to hear the sound. Click the mp3 and find out if you can hear the noise.

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Survey: West Coasters most polite cellphone users

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) announced today the findings of a survey focused on consumer cell phone etiquette.

Surprisingly, the survey revealed that while the West Coast was a little less tolerant of public cell phone use, there seemed to be a general agreement on when and where not to make or receive cell phone calls.

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Beer on Your Phone

I've written a simple page that allows for queries of all beer related locations in the database. I kept the page extremely simple with the intention of it being easily readable on my own cell phone. I've never done markup for mobile pages so feel free to comment if you have experience.

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Windows Mobile "Crossbow" in the wild

Here ya go WinMo lovers, a screen shot of the purported next generation Windows Mobile OS codenamed Crossbow, courtesy of MS Mobile News.

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T-Mobile hearts Apple. Deal in the works?

T-Mobile's CEO (USA), Robert Dotson, spent a bit of time at a press conference last Friday discussing what a shining example of innovation Apple is and how "Apple's and T-Mobile's visions seem to be aligned."

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Wireless tower operators face off

Crown Castle will advance to the top spot with the acquisition of Global Signal. Now it's nearest rival American Tower's play

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First Ever Under-Sea WiFi

Because radio waves don't travel through salt water, divers can't talk to or text each other without using clumsy wired devices. But now British firm Wireless Fibre Systems, based in Livingston, claims it has developed a wireless modem that works underwater.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

The PS3's gaming engine -- now in your cellphone!

The Cell processor sits at the heart of the PlayStation 3, most powerful game console yet developed, and a high-performance computer from IBM and now Toshiba wants to put that power into mobile devices and cellphones.

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Dialed In: Nokia Brings the Keyboard Back

Every now and then, Nokia launches a phone that flies under the radar and develops a small but loyal following. Such was the case with the company's 6800 series of phones. Launched a few years back, these compact phones were novel for their flip-out keyboards. The series went away, but now Nokia is bringing it back with the similarly styled E70.

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T-Mobile Dash Product and User Guide

Catwoman broke into the T-Mobile servers and dropped a whole load of internal documents down our chimneys for all to see. The notable ones are the product guide (posted below), sales guides (to help them sell the product), a comparison to the Motorola Q on Verizon (posted below), and a FAQ to answer customer's questions.

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Open Source Mobile Phoney

Is the DLink V-CLICK an open source Linux powered cellphone revolution, or just old news with a new name?

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Comparison Of Verizon, Sprint and Cingular's High Speed Data Networks

If you were wondering what the difference between Sprint, Verizon and Cingular's high speed cellular data network was, you've come to the right place. A Sprint employee did a comparison of the three, pitting them in a deathmatch based on coverage, performance, terms of service, and pricing.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Hacking Wireless Computers

Fox News shows how hackers access your wireless network for free...
Incredible filmclip.

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Why Americans Don't Get the Coolest Gizmos

For years we have been reading about the latest greatest gadgets on Gizmodo or Engadget only for the product never to see the light of day here in the US. Everything from ultra-portable laptops to the car that can parallel park itself not to mention high-speed wireless networks. So why don't American's always get the newest and coolest gizmos?

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Runners Can Easily Track, Store, and Share Training Info on Cell Phones

A wireless training resource, enables runners to track and store their workouts -- including mileage, split times, caloric burn, elevation changes and other information -- as well as to share running route information from cities around the country, all with the push of a button on their wireless phones.

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Sweet Wifi Finder/Google Maps Mashup..

This is a community-driven listing of cafes with wireless internet access. Browse listings, share reviews and ratings, and add your own cafes.

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T-Mobile outlines plans for 3G network

T-Mobile USA, the fourth largest cell phone provider in the U.S., said Friday it will spend roughly $2.66 billion over the next couple of years to deploy a 3G wireless network. The company, owned by the German carrier Deutsche Telekom, will use the $4.2 billion worth of spectrum licenses it recently bought in the Federal Communications...

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T-Mobile's plans: MySpace, YouTube, iPhone?

The carrier announced plans to roll-out a nationwide UMTS network to enable user-generated content and social networking applications, which follow the Web 2.0 trend, like MySpace and YouTube.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Yahoo serving up search ads on mobile phones

Like Yahoo's sponsored search results on the Web, advertisers will bid in an auction on keywords that will display their ads on the search results page. The service will work on most mobile phones and handhelds that have Web browsing capabilities.

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Wireless Bills Continue to Rise

Overall spending for wireless service has increased significantly from 2004 as customers continue to try new non-voice services a new study finds. During the past three-years, the average monthly wireless bill has increased $11 to reach $66 this year, up from $55 in 2004 J.D Power and Associates reports.

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Hidden dangers of free public WiFi

Research shows that free wireless public networks located in airports and other public places are ripe for exploitation by hackers.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Sprint's next leap in wireless: WiMax

Sprint Nextel has given WiMax technology a green light, becoming the first major U.S. carrier to back WiMax for its fourth-generation (4G) wireless data network.

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5.1 channel cellphone from japan

They're still prototypes at this point, so don't expect an official roll-out anytime soon, but these two handsets from NTT DoCoMo are pretty darn hot, considering that they support digital radio in glorious 5.1 surround sound. After all, cell phones aren't just communication devices anymore; they are just as important for their picture-taking, music-jamming, and video-playing capabilities.

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Peep Show: Samsung Trace t519 for T-Mobile

The Samsung Trace (t519) is being sold exclusively at T-Mobile, and has added to the busy release calendar the company has had in the month of September. Check out the peep show...

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Nokia Opens Up Bluetooth Competitor

Looking to take on Bluetooth, Nokia said Tuesday it was open-sourcing its "Wibree" wireless technology. According to the company, Wibree uses a fraction of the power of other radio solutions, and is easily integrated with Bluetooth.

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Monday, October 02, 2006

Your Mobile Phone is Such a Scream! No, Really!

A new service launched Monday is designed to deter mobile phone theft by equipping telephones with an ear-piercing scream.

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Nakama - Post Mobile Photos to MySpace, Blogs

Toronto startup Nakama is another new media-sharing site for mobile phones - essentially a more mobile version of Webshots or YouTube. The service, which launched last week, supports mobile uploading of images and videos from your phone via a unique email address.

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Cingular Launches Mobile Podcasting

Cingular Wireless subscribers can now search, download and subscribe to podcasts from their mobile phones for $5/month.

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Wireless Cities

C/Net has a special report on wireless cities, describing communities around the country that are experimenting with wireless networking and counting on Wi-Fi's popularity as a way to revive moribund downtowns that have steadily lost business to suburban malls for decades.

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CSI Wireless: Miami Wireless Customers Make Most Calls

If you think people in Miami make a lot of calls on their wireless phones, you're right.
The average Verizon Wireless customer from Miami makes and receives more calls than Verizon Wireless customers from any other major U.S. city, according to the first Big City Wireless Use Study by Verizon Wireless.

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Milwaukee's Goin' Wireless with a $20m WiFi Network

This week, the clock starts ticking on the 18-month window for Midwest Fiber Networks to complete installation work on the city's wireless Internet service.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

T-Mobile - Releasing new Smartphone: DASH - Oct 16th

T-Mobile DASH to launch in all markets on October 16th 2006.
DASH details: Windows 5.0 Smartphone - 2.4 inch 320x240 QVGA TFT LCD - Memory: ROM 128MB / RAM 64MB - TI OMAP 850 200MHz - WIFI - EDGE / GMS / GPRS Quad-band (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz) - Bluetooth - Infrared IrDA - Camera: 1.3MP - Battery 970 mAh - mini USB.

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Get Your Hands on a Condom via SMS

MobileMistress brings us a lil' condom-sms-talk, saying there's a new sheriff in town that apparently offers condoms directly to your door by simple text messaging.

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SEO for Mobile Search

Google Mobile Web Search allows you to search for websites that are specifically designed for mobile phones and devices. If the website isn't formatted correctly, then it won't appear in the Mobile SERP's. This article describes the necessity to SEO Mobile websites.

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Why is there no Skype Mobile?

skype CEO talks about issues with mobile phones

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Mobile phones help check drunk driving in Japan

A mobile phone with a breath analyzer is getting popular among transport firms in Japan as it can help the companies conduct tele-checks on the drivers' breath to prevent drunk driving.
The system, developed by NTT DoCoMo Inc, has been introduced to 15 companies since its launch about three months ago.

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New symbol for 'wireless internet access'

Wired is working with NYC Wireless and other organizations to distribute the icon and have it gain global acceptance as the standard symbol of wireless internet access.(Image)

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Is the WiFi Revolution Underway?

A shift in how entertainment is delivered to the home will increase demand for consumer electronics products with wireless networking capabilities and ignite explosive growth for WiFi Latest News about WiFi, according to a study released this week by ABI Research Latest News about ABI Research.

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Verizon's BlackBerry 8703e, Hot or Not?

The hottest or nottest new BlackBerry device reviewed for all you fellow CrackBerry addicts!

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