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|09/29/2005 FCC Uncertainty
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) rules
on Voice over IP (define) wiretapping accessibility
is likely to set off another round of regulatory uncertainty,
all in the name of regulatory certainty.
Since the FCC began investigative proceedings on VoIP
almost two years ago, the agency has promised a light
regulatory approach but stressed that Internet telephone
services would have certain legal obligations, particularly
in the areas of law enforcement and public safety.
|09/28/2005 Text Messages
You Train For Your Thinking
Sending text messages via SMS may be a popular activity
for some, but for others typing the alphabet on a
numeric keypad is somewhat of a challenge.
Tegic Communications, subsidiary of AOL, is aiming
to make text input easier with a new product announcement
and a new partnership that will add speech and handwriting
recognition to mobile devices.
|09/27/2005 Industry Group
Calls For Lower Taxes On Mobile Phones
The GSM Association has called for the high taxes
levied on the mobile phone industry in many developing
countries to be reviewed as they have made mobile
communications unaffordable for hundreds of millions
of people, holding back social and economic development.
The call came as the Association unveiled a detailed
study into the problem which showed that in 16 of
the 50 developing countries surveyed, taxes represent
over 20 percent of the total cost of owning and using
a mobile phone. In 14 of the developing countries,
the average mobile phone user pays more than $40 a
year in taxes on handsets and mobile services.
|09/27/2005 Smart Phone
Taps Blackberry Space
Microsoft teamed up with mobile computer maker Palm
and telecom giant Verizon on a new "smart phone" aiming
to grab market share from the popular Blackberry device.
The world's biggest software group and the two partners
will combine their marketing clout to take on established
"smart phone" devices using the Blackberry platform
developed by Canada's Research in Motion.
|09/27/2005 Motorola wins
new cheap phone deal with $30 model
Motorola will sell more than 6 million mobile phones
for less than $30 each in a new program to bring very
cheap handsets to developing markets, industry body
the GSM Association said on Tuesday.
The cost per handset will dip below $30, compared
to $40 in the first Emerging Market Handset (EMH)
program awarded in February, which was also won by
|09/26/2005 Islamic mobile
phone going on sale in Europe reminds Muslims of prayer
For Muslims, it's a high-tech call to prayer.
The Ilkone I800 cellular telephone generates five
automated reminders a day at prayer time, points Muslims
in the direction of Mecca and contains a complete,
authorized version of the Islamic holy book, the Qur'an,
in Arabic and English.
|09/26/2005 New Mobile
Virus Can Jump to PCs
Yet another virus targeting mobile devices has emerged,
this time with a new twist: It has the potential to
infect PCs when users transfer data from phone to
The Cardtrap.A Trojan resembles other malware targeting
handhelds running the Symbian operating system, such
as Cabir, that typically spread through a phone's
built-in messaging applications or by way of Bluetooth
However, unlike earlier mobile-phone viruses, Cardtrap.A
has a built-in mechanism that plants two worms on
a phone's memory card with the ultimate goal of infecting
|09/23/2005 Games on cellphones
becoming serious business
Since graduating from university Maija Parjanen has
mostly been paid to play games.
Eight hours a day, five days a week, she beeps and
clicks her way through the working day, testing new
mobile phone games for Helsinki gaming studio Sumea.
|09/23/2005 First Planes
To Trial Personal Cell Phones
Two European airlines will allow passengers late
next year to use their own cell phones on commercial
flights within western Europe, a Geneva-based technology
firm said Tuesday.
TAP Air Portugal and British carrier bmi both have
agreed to introduce OnAir's voice and text service
for cell phones in separate three-month trial runs,
OnAir's Chief Executive George Cooper said.
|09/22/2005 Court Nixes
Some Ads Sent to Cell Phones
An Arizona appellate court ruled Tuesday that a 1991
federal law's ban against using autodialers to call
cell phones applies to sending e-mail text messages
with unsolicited advertisements — a technology not
in vogue when the law was enacted.
The unanimous ruling by a three-judge Court of Appeals
panel upholds a trial judge's pretrial ruling in favor
of a man who had sued a mortgage company in 2001 after
it sent two unsolicited text messages to his cell
phone. Rodney L. Joffe claimed that the calls by Acacia
Mortgage Corp. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection
Act of 1991.
|09/21/2005 Cell Phone
Ban Urged for Teen Drivers
Banning teenagers from using cell phones or other
wireless devices while learning to drive should be
a national auto safety priority, say U.S. transportation
The National Transportation Safety Board put the proposed
restriction on its "most wanted" list of safety improvements
for the upcoming year, which also includes older appeals
for more states to impose limits on teens' night driving
and carrying of passengers.
|09/19/2005 Sprint Launches
Streaming Music Service
Sprint Nextel Corp. is becoming the latest cell phone
carrier to let its customers listen to music on the
The nation's No. 3 wireless provider said Monday that
it and Seattle-based digital media provider RealNetworks
Inc. are launching a streaming music service for Sprint
PCS customers called Rhapsody Radio.
|09/19/2005 Use Your Cell
Phone Instead of Your Credit Card
Ever wish you could pay for something with your
cell phone? Chances are if your friends have kids,
they'll whip out their cell phone to show you pictures.
So why not put other staples of the wallet--such as
driver's license, credit cards, and membership cards--on
Although we're a ways off from putting driver's
license info on our handset, we can now link a credit
card to our mobile, allowing us to pay for things
like restaurant bills, parking meters, and cab fares
using our phone. This is a promising concept, but
the services are not yet nationwide, and the process
needs fine-tuning, as I found in some recent hands-on
|09/16/2005 Mobile Fuel
Adoption of long-lasting and renewable fuel cells
for powering mobile devices will start to accelerate
significantly in 2006, according to a study released
Thursday by market research firm NanoMarkets.
The study claimed that sales of the fuel cells will
reach $1.6 billion by 2010. The growth will be spurred
by the fact that mobile devices are becoming more
sophisticated and require ever-more power, according
to the study. This problem has actually slowed down
release of new mobile devices.
|09/14/2005 Integrate Messaging
into Monitoring Applications
NotePage's software currently integrates with nearly
any monitoring application. Most integrations use
PageGate with the commandline/ascii interface to pass
the alert to PageGate. PageGate then sends the message
out to the appropriate pager or cell phone. If you
are interested in working with a software application
that NotePage has an established relationship with
take a look at the NotePage Integration Partner Directory.
If you are interested in integrated your application,
please contact us or review the integration notes. which deals with the
hows and whys.
|09/13/2005 Nokia Brings
Nokia, the world's largest maker of mobile phones,
said it was launching a corporate e-mail system to
allow workers at almost any level to send and receive
mail from their mobiles.
This is not anything new - PageGate has allowed this to be accomplished
|09/08/2005 Cells Phones
As A Home Networking Platform
Robust phones emerge as a new platform for controlling
a variety of home devices
Did you leave the lights on when you left the house
this morning? Just grab your cell phone and turn them
off. Wondering how the kids are faring with the new
nanny? Your phone can help there too.
Digital integrators say mobile phones could be the
next big platform in home integration, giving users
a means of controlling a variety of home systems remotely.
|09/08/2005 Satellite Communications
Fills Katrina's Telephone Void
With most landline and cell phone networks still
dead in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast where
Hurricane Katrina hit hardest, there has been an almost
panicky run to satellite phone service, which has
remained uninterrupted in the days since the hurricane
plowed into the region.
“Our phones are ringing off the hook,” said Liz
DeCastro, a spokeswoman for Iridium Satellite. “We’ve
just shipped 10,000 phones and we’re ready to ship
There has been a 3,000 percent increase in traffic
in the region since the hurricane landed in the area,
|09/08/2005 Free Phones,
Web Assistance for Katrina Victims
Tech and telecom companies are digging through their
warehouses and sending everything from batteries to
buses to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
With power and telephone service down in the hardest-hit
areas, communications gear for rescue workers is one
Motorola has shipped about 1,300 cell phones and 21,000
other pieces of emergency communications equipment
to relief groups. Microsoft dispatched three buses
- normally used for product-marketing tours - equipped
with satellite Internet connections. AOL sent three
similar trucks, and stuffed them with T-shirts, toys
and DVDs for evacuees.
|09/06/2005 Wireless Coming
Back to New Orleans
A number of wireless carriers said this weekend they
are starting to restore service in the New Orleans
area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in some
cases with generators on the roofs of hotels.
The collapse of the communications network in the
New Orleans area has been widely blamed for contributing
to the disaster there, as local officials were unable
to talk to each other and to federal authorities to
arrange relief in the days after Katrina laid waste
to the city.
Verizon Wireless said it is at work restoring parts
of New Orleans and surrounding areas including Mandeville,
Lacombe, Hammond and Covington. It has also restored
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport,
which is being used for relief airlifts.
|09/05/2005 Text Messages
to Keep Tabs on Croatian School Children
Croatian children will find it more difficult to
mess up in school and keep it secret this year as
information about their performance will be available
to parents at the touch of a mobile phone button,
an official said.
Thanks to a programme financed by the education ministry,
parents can opt to receive reports about their children's
school achievements and attendance via SMS text messages,
Drazen Vikic Topic of the education ministry said.
"Parents will receive general information on school
events, activities as well as on children's behavior
and marks," he said.
|09/05/2005 Apple's iPod
to set European mobiles ringing
European mobile phone operators are jumping on the
iPod bandwagon and hope to secure deals that will
give them access to a wealth of hot tracks from Apple
Computer Inc's famed iTunes music store.
Germany's T-Mobile, the mobile phone arm of Deutsche
Telekom , said at the IFA consumer electronics show
in Berlin that it planned to sell a musical mobile
phone that can access iTunes, made by U.S. vendor
Motorola Inc., by Christmas in Germany.
|09/05/2005 European cellphones
to get faster data
Mobile International, Deutsche Telekom's mobile division,
will launch the new HSDPA high-speed mobile service
in four European countries by March to improve Internet
speed on mobile phones.
HSDPA is a special version of third generation (3G)
mobile phone services, offering data speed which allows
clients to watch television on mobile phones and is
even faster than many fixed-line broadband connections.
|09/01/2005 Study Finds
Cell Phones Don't Cause Tumors
Using a mobile phone for ten years does not significantly
increase a person's risk of developing a tumor, according
to a new study from the UK's Institute of Cancer Research.
The investigation was the largest one to date that
has studied the relationship between mobile phones
and acoustic neuromas, a type of tumor that occurs
close to the ear, according to the study's authors.
"The results of our study suggest that there is no
substantial risk in the first decade after starting
use. Whether there are longer-term risks remains unknown,
reflecting the fact that this is a relatively recent
technology," Anthony Swerdlow, professor and lead
investigator at the Institute of Cancer Research,
said in a statement.
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