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|12/27/2007 Nokia Pushing
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
Cell Phones are for Safety
|12/28/2007 Chicago Cellular
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.
|12/27/2007 Study Uses
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.
|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.
|12/25/2007 China Regulates
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
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
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
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
In the future, JetBlue hopes to offer additional services
beyond e-mail and instant messaging.
|11/14/2007 iPhone Possible
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
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
|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
|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
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