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12/27/2007 Nokia Pushing Back Dates

Nokia has again pushed back the launch of its gaming service N-gage due to delays in software testing, a spokesman said on Thursday, in the latest blow to the Internet services ambitions of the worlds top cellphone maker. The gaming service, together with a music shop and mapping services, is one of the cornerstones of Nokias drive into mobile Internet services under its new Ovi brand.


12/29/2007 Cell Phones are for Safety

Most parents who bought cell phones for their children this Christmas are doing so for safety reasons, according to a new survey.


An online poll of 339 parents found that 78 percent were considering getting a cell phone for their children so they could be in contact with them in case of an emergency.

Cell Phones are for Safety


12/28/2007 Chicago Cellular Ban Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit was filed this week against the city of Chicago by an attorney claiming that arrests of drivers talking on their cell phones made by the citys police officers were illegal.


The lawsuit states that Chicago police officers have been arresting and ticketing thousands of drivers violating the citys cell phone ban, which was imposed almost two years ago. Drivers are typically fined $75 if caught talking on their cell phones or up to $200 if they are involved in an accident.

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12/27/2007 Study Uses Blackberrys

Dave Ritchie has a BlackBerry, but he doesn't use it as a cellphone or to receive and send e-mail. Instead, he pulls it out once a day, rolls the track wheel and clicks on it to fill out a questionnaire.


Ritchie, who turns 80 on Sunday, has COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and he is taking part in a year-long study that puts modified BlackBerrys in the hands of patients to find out more about their condition and what might be behind cyclical flare-ups.

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12/26/2007 Analog Cell Phones Will Be Shut Down

Carriers will start shutting down the country's oldest cellular network, for analog devices, in February.

How to know if you will be affected:
Cell phones. If your phone is less than five years old, or has features like texting, Internet access or a built-in camera, it's not analog. An unknown number of analog handsets are still in use. Carriers say it's less than 1 percent of all U.S. cell phones. But with 250 million cell phones in use, that could still mean a million phones.

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12/25/2007 China Regulates Text Messages

A Beijing city regulation clamping down on people who send text messages that spread rumors or endanger public security is a threat to freedom of expression, a watchdog group said Monday.Chinese authorities commonly use vague charges to detain dissidents.

China Human Rights Defenders, an international network of activists and rights monitoring groups, said the recent regulation on text messages raises serious concerns over the restriction of freedom of expression in China. The group said in a statement that an average of 180 million text messages are sent every day and that text messaging has become one of the most important means of receiving information unavailable in the mainstream media.

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12/12/2007 TryPhone

Mobile Complete on Monday launched an interactive Web service that lets mobile users test-drive popular phone models before buying them.

The company's free service, dubbed TryPhone, can be accessed via a Web site, which contains virtual mobile phones that simulate the exact same features of physical phones. The devices appear on the screen larger than normal, allowing people to press buttons, run programs, and compare different devices.


12/10/2007 TomTom and Google Maps

TomTom, a maker of personal navigation devices, said last week that customers can now use Googles mapping service to find business addresses and then transfer them via a computer to a TomTom gadget.


12/09/2007 AT&T Open to External Devices

Customers of AT&Ts mobile-phone service can attach outside devices and run outside applications, the company said Thursday, following an announcement last week that Verizon Wireless would open up its network.


But AT&T's GSM-based network has been open to outside devices and applications for years, the company said. AT&T will start to publicize that information through salespeople at AT&T stores.


12/10/2007 Wireless Internet in the Air

JetBlue plans to introduce limited in-flight e-mail and instant messaging access on one airplane on Tuesday.


Customers on the equipped plane will be able to use their laptops and Wi-Fi-enabled phones to access a customized version of Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger. BlackBerry users will also be able to check e-mail and use BlackBerrys IM client on their phones. The service is being launched in partnership with Yahoo and BlackBerry.

In the future, JetBlue hopes to offer additional services beyond e-mail and instant messaging.


11/14/2007 iPhone Possible in China

China Mobile is in talks with Apple to sell the iPhone in China, the company's CEO said on Tuesday. But he's not keen on the type of revenue-sharing model that Apple has insisted on elsewhere in the world.


11/14/2007 China Mobile on Mt Everest

China's largest cell phone service provider successfully tested a transmission station on Mount Everest on Tuesday, making it possible for climbers and those on next years Olympic torch relay to make calls, a state news agency reported.


China Mobile had to hire yaks and porters to help transport equipment up to the station site at 21,325 feet, the Xinhua News Agency said.


11/13/2007 iPhone in Germany

Customers in Germany and Britain lined up to buy the iPhone as it debuted there Friday, with Apple Inc. hoping to replicate the success that the combination cell phone, music player and Web browser has seen in the United States.


Apple hopes to sell 10 million iPhones in 2008, helped by its launch in Asia next year. In Germany, the phone went on sale at more than 700 T-Mobile shops, including one in Cologne that opened just after midnight with some 350 customers already waiting outside.


11/12/2007 Disney Mobile in Japan

US entertainment giant Disney said Monday it will launch a mobile telephone service in Japan in a tie-up with Softbank Corp., hoping to use its popular characters to win a slice of the cutthroat market.


Walt Disney Japan, the local unit of Walt Disney Co., applied to the communications ministry to start Disney Mobile in spring 2008 by leasing networks from Softbank Mobile, the two companies said in a joint statement.


11/06/2007 Cellular Payments

A trial group of Taiwanese citizens are already using their mobile phones to pay for subway rides using a contactless payment system, and they will soon start testing handsets with credit and cash cards on board.


11/05/2007 Google Cell

AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are talking with Google (GOOG) about the possibility of accepting Google applications and ads on mobile devices.

The prospect of a branded device that could be sold in cellphone stores is not currently under discussion, say people familiar with the talks. They declined to be identified because Google has not yet made an announcement.


10/23/2007 Mobile Phone Bill of Rights

Customers of mobile-phone carriers should not have to pay early termination fees if they're called to overseas military service or have their contracts automatically extended every time they call customer support, critics said Wednesday.


Several lawmakers called for the U.S. Congress to pass a mobile-phone subscriber bill of rights during a hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

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10/22/2007 Text Messaging Settings

We have updated a number of settings for telecom carriers. Refer to the lists, the carriers are listed alphabetically in each section.
SNPP Settings , WCTP Settings , TAP Phone Numbers , and SMTP Settings.


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