Mobile Operators want all the instant messaging pie

Link: Cellcos prepare for IM onslaught | The Register. 15 of the leading non-US cellular carriers were plotting to launch their own statement on standardised interoperable instant messengers, a move that is meant to slam the mobile door in the face of not just Microsoft, but also AOL, Yahoo, Google and, of course, Skype, the […]

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Mobitel & Buzz GSM re-branded as tiGO

Link: Mobitel & Buzz GSM re-branded as tiGO, announces MMS and Mobile Internet (updated) – Ghana Mobile News. Millicom Ghana yesterday unveiled a new brand name for its network. The GSM network previously branded as Mobi GSM for post-paid service and Buzz GSM for prepaid service is now to be known as tiGO. Plus they’re […]

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Buy fuel by text in Zimbabwe

The Swazi Observer Ex-pats can now buy petrol for their friends and families back in Harare through a simple SMS-based voucher system. The website allows Zimbabwean ex-pats to walk into an Internet cafÈ in Belgium, for instance. Five minutes later, their parents in Harare can collect the petrol, says a Zimbabwean entrepreneur.

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SMS still #1 in Asia/Pacific

SMS still top service for Asia/Pacific mobile phone users – IDC – Text messaging remains the most popular service for mobile phone users in the Asia Pacific despite phone offers for newer applications such as email and gaming, an industry research group said here. International Data Corp (IDC) said its survey showed that less […]

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Vodafone spontaneous gigs

Link: Mobile Marketing Magazine: Vodafone goes all Spontaneous. Vodafone  is expanding its music interests, with the creation of a music property called ‘TBA’. This is a series of six ‘spontaneous’ gigs by top bands in cities around the country, starting in April, with one each month, culminating in The Vodafone Live Music Awards in October. […]

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Hutchison/3, mobile web access – update

I sent an email via the Three website asking to clarify why I couldn’t get access to the web properly after having paid the extra cash for their ‘mobile websites’ package. Three have responded, but unfortunately I don’t know the outcome.  I got a voicemail from a very nice sounding lady asking me to call […]

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New Media Age irrelevance about MMS

Normally I wouldn’t give New Media Age the time of day.  Any "NEW MEDIA" publication which still thinks it’s cool to hide its content behind a login box needs its head examined. This headline caught my attention though: Mobile data revenues overtake fixed-line as MMS use rockets I can’t give you any more than that, […]

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T-Mobile offers ticketless check-in via MMS – T-Mobile Start Ticketless check-in with MMS – mobile phone reviews, news, community Anyone who registers for the new service in the online flight reservation will receive his or her boarding card around three hours before take-off, in the form of a 2D barcode sent to his or her mobile handset. Using this barcode, […]

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Don’t get textual in China

Link: JURIST – Paper Chase: Foreigners face deportation for texting porn, disturbing order under new China law. China’s new Law on Public Security Administrative Penalties [text in Chinese; press release] took effect Wednesday, creating 165 new offenses and setting maximum penalties ranging from 200 yuan ($25 US) to 15 days detention for Chinese citizens all […]

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HOT: 160 Characters Mobile Messaging Awards!

Link: 160Characters Association. This is the third annual 160 Characters Mobile Messaging Awards run in association with Informa Telecoms and Media. In 2005 there were more than 110 entries from 23 countries on 5 continents – see here for the 2005 winners and the 2005 short list. If you’ve provide any sort of mobile technology […]

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The iPod? What a rubbish idea… in 2001 ;-)

Matt Weston at BusinessBricks posted a link to the Original Ipod announcement thread on MacRumours from 2001.  His post reads: MacRumors thread via S vs. N. ‘I still can’t believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! Who cares about an MP3 player? I want something new! I want them to think differently! Why […]

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Mobile trojan whacks out premium SMS (Russia only)

Mobile Trojan horse tries to send premium rate SMS messages Experts at SophosLabsâ„¢, Sophos’s global network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have urged mobile phone owners not to panic following the discovery of the first cellphone malware that tries to make money. It only applies to Russian language/Russian phones… surely someone can do […]

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