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|12/29/2005 Mobile phones
to announce You Have Been Indicted
South Koreans may look at their mobile phones with
some trepidation in the new year because prosecutors
will start telling people they have been indicted
via text messages, an official said Monday.
In a country where about 75 percent of the population
carries mobile phones, prosecutors felt it was time
to move away from sending legal notices on paper and
send them electronically instead, said Lee Young-pyo,
an administrative official.
|12/28/2005 Mood Phones
The Next Big Thing?
Remember mood rings? Now we've got mood phones. Indian
mobile services supplier Bharti Telesoft (www.bhartitelesoft.com)has
developed what it's calling a Color Ring Back Tone
Developed by Polyhedra (www.polyhedra.com), the technology
uses a real-time database to derive its "moods." According
to its developers, the database couples the benefits
of an SQL database with built in fault-tolerance,
data persistence, and event driven data change notification.
It's actually not as complex as it sounds. The Color
Ring Back Tone solution lets users to vary their handset
ring according to their mood, taste or current environment.
You set the phone to display a particular color depending
on who the incoming caller is.
|12/27/2005 E-Carols For
Cellular Phones In The Works
Music In Your Own Words (Miyow) Pty Ltd. is planning
to develop a cellular phone application where consumers
can purchase personalized tunes and send them as e-carol
audio files to friends, the company said Thursday.
|12/27/2005 Alltel's Camcorder
Cell Phone Tunes into FM Radio
Alltel Corporation Inc. and Nokia Corp. have teamed
up to offer customers Nokia's new 6235i CDMA phone
with built-in FM tuner, the companies said Thursday.
Alltel's newest Nokia model offers a joystick keypad
with five-way scroll and 128x128-pixel 65K color display.
|12/23/2005 College Launches
Cell Phone Film Contest
An Ithaca College dean is encouraging students to
instead think small — and she's offering a $5,000
prize to do it. The school has invited high school
and college students across America to submit a 30-second
movie shot entirely with a cell phone.
It may come off like a gimmick, but Dean Dianne Lynch
has no doubts about the contest's academic value.
In today's media marketplace — where cell phones
can take pictures, play music and games and connect
to Web sites — it's all about thinking small and
|12/16/2005 US Carriers
on The Fence About Standards?
North American telecom operators may end up shifting
to the GSM mobile standard from the rival CDMA system,
according to senior executive at Siemens.
CDMA (code division multiple access) technology was
invented by San Diego-based Qualcomm, and the company
delivers virtually all chips needed in CDMA networks
and mobile phones used by some 500 million consumers
mostly in the Americas and Asia.
The rival European-invented GSM (Global System for
Mobile Communications) has 1.6 billion users globally,
according to the GSM Association.
|12/16/2005 Drivers On
The Phone Increasing
number of people who use their cell phones while
driving continued to increase in 2005, according to
a government survey released on Thursday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
survey found that 974,000 vehicles - or 10 percent
of those on the road during the day - are driven by
someone using either a handheld or hands-free phone.
The figure is up from 8 percent in 2004. And the use
of cell phones increased among both young and old
drivers in 2005, and among both men and women, the
Warn of Text Message Stock Scam
Securities regulators are warning investors about
a new twist on the "pump and dump" stock-fraud scam
that uses text messaging on cell phones to tout stocks.
The National Association of Securities Dealers, the
brokerage industry's self-policing organization, issued
an "investor alert" Tuesday advising people to ignore
such messages with "hot" stock tips on their cell
|12/14/2005 There is Money
in Cellular Pornography
Quickly developing into big business overseas, cellphone
pornography is a step closer to taking off in the
Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest cellphone
service provider, quietly has launched filtering devices
and password-enabled blockers that help thwart underage
consumers from buying adult content.
The absence of V-chip-style parental controls largely
has kept U.S. consumers from using cellphones to access
porn, but Cingular, along with rivals, could launch
a huge new porn platform.
|12/13/2005 Full Length
Films on Cell Phones
Sprint Nextel was set to launch a service Monday
that would deliver full-length films to cell phones,
the Reuters news service has reported.
The service will offer television shows and movies
for $6.95 a month in addition to regular voice and
data charges, Reuters reported. Initial films will
include older releases, Reuters said.
|12/08/2005 Welcome To
The Technology Everywhere Generation
About half of all 12- to 14-year-olds own mobile
phones, one indication that today's youngsters are
the first "technology everywhere" generation, according
to a survey released Tuesday by Forrester Research.
The survey covered more than 5,000 youths in the U.S.
and Canada between the ages of 12 and 21 who are regular
Internet users. The results show that mobile technology
is considered essential to young people.
|12/08/2005 Cell Phones
In NYC Subway? Expect Delays
Commuters hoping for cell phone service on the New
York City subway system should expect delays.
Plans to add cell phone reception to the city's subway
system are on hold.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is extending
the deadline for providing cell phone service in 277
stations. Cellular companies have concluded that adding
service to the stations, without providing reception
in the city's tunnels, will not be worth the $250
million cost, according to news reports published
The MTA is extending the deadline until the end of
the month but officials deny that the plan is the
|12/07/2005 Nokia Adds
Mobile Search To Cell Phones
Nokia has added 4INFO Inc.’s mobile search service
in the United States, the company said Tuesday. The
service is free; 4INFO's revenue comes from advertising.
Customers with a Nokia handset can now download the
application to query millions of U.S. local directory
listings, real-time sports scores, player statistics,
local weather forecasts, and detailed movie show times
and reviews through 4INFO’s free plug-in.
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|12/06/2005 Cingular Joins
Cingular Wireless, the largest mobile operator in
the U.S., said Monday that it will finally offer push-to-talk
service, claiming its service has several advantages
over its competitors.
In a statement, Cingular claimed its PTT network is
unique because of how it combines PTT with standard
cellular phone calls. The operator also claimed it
has the largest PTT footprint in the U.S. and unique
features such converting PTT sessions into standard
cell phone calls, the ability to see who is available
for PTT conversations and the ability to quickly create
group PTT calls with as many as 20 participants.
Cingular is the last of the three largest U.S. cellular
operators to offer PTT service. It claimed that its
customers will find the wait worthwhile.
|12/05/2005 China Wants
Cell Phone Registration
China will soon require all mobile phone users to
register with telecom providers or face a cutoff in
service, state media reported Friday.
The new rule, announced by the Ministry of Information
Industry, is part of a crackdown on telephone fraud
and illegal text-messaging practices, and the country's
thriving trade in counterfeit and otherwise illegally
obtained mobile phones.
It is also expected to help authorities control "improper
political commentary," the news report said.
|12/03/2005 French Mobile
Firms get a Big Bill
In a victory for consumers, the French government
on Thursday fined the country's three main mobile
telephone operators a record 534 million for colluding
to set prices for phone calls for five years starting
The ruling was the biggest regulatory crackdown on
the European mobile industry, but experts said consumers
are unlikely to see much reimbursement for the higher
prices they paid, a result of a complicated French
|12/01/2005 Cingular tests
unlimited calls to AT&T home phones
Cingular Wireless, in a bid to improve customer loyalty,
is testing a service that allows unlimited calls between
its cell phones and the home phones of AT&T Inc.'s
local telephone customers, Cingular said on Wednesday.
The test program, dubbed Mobile2Home, comes as local
phone operators face increasing competition from cable
providers, and as mobile providers have to fight harder
to win new mobile users and hold onto existing ones.
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