Entry deadline extended for 2006 Mobile Messaging Awards

Link: 160Characters Association. The main entry deadline has been extended to Wednesday 19th April following our website server problems. A late entry and final deadline of 28th April with an entry fee surcharge. Don’t wait till the last moment! Enter NOW! You can read more details about the deadlines and entry fees here. Make sure […]

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Malaysian Politician not impressed with SMS poll

Link: Welcome to Sun2Surf. MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu slammed an SMS poll which pits the popularity of two leaders for the party’s No. 2. He said only leaders who lack influence, credibility and strength within the Indian community and the party would attempt to gauge their support or popularity through SMS polls. […]

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MobileActive gunning for US marketshare

Link: MobileActive to hit US market this month. Mobile content and entertainment provider MobileActive Ltd will launch services in the US later this month, as part of a plan to target the more than 200 million mobile users in the country.

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Australian liquor chain BWS doesn’t quite get mobile yet

Link: Tailored texting targets customers for liquor chain – Technology – smh.com.au. The Woolworths-owned liquor chain BWS has signed up to a service that allows customers to get the location of the nearest store sent to their handset by a return text message. The retailer is introducing the service nationally after a trial in Queensland […]

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MindMatics wins Virgin Mobile USA deal

Link: MindMatics to Support Virgin Mobile USA in Operation, Distribution of MMS Alert Services. MindMatics announced today that it has signed an agreement with Virgin Mobile USA to operate and distribute Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS) Alerts Services for Virgin Mobile wireless phone customers. I’ve done a bit of work with MindMatics London in the past […]

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HSBC launches MoniLink banking by mobile

Link: MediaGuardian.co.uk | New media | HSBC to launch bank service on a mobile. HSBC and its First Direct offshoot yesterday became the first banks to sign up to a new service that allows customers to check their bank balance, receive mini-statements and top up their pre-pay call time using their mobile phones. Pretty nifty.  […]

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Young Americans on the phone 22 hours a month

Link: village voice > arts > Education Supplement 2006 by Jessie Pascoe. And in 2005, according to new-media research company Telephia, Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 are the ones talking the most on cell phones, averaging almost 22 hours a month. 22 hours a month equates to 3% of your life…  hanging […]

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Cellphones to blame for anxiety & low self-esteem?

Link: Handphone Use Linked To Anxiety, Low Self-esteem :: Bernama.com. Brisbane-based consumer behaviour researcher Diana James said the handphone had become a "huge part" of people’s social lives, so much so that excessive mobile users were experiencing personal problems ranging from agitation if forced to turn them off, to low self-esteem if they did not […]

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China makes good on promise to cut out SMS abuse

Link: DNA – World – China cancels 19,000 subscribers for abusing SMS service – Daily News & Analysis. Cellphone operator China Mobile has canceled services for 19,000 subscribers in a southern city for using text messages for fraudulent or criminal purposes, state media said on Tuesday. Abuses such as sending messages designed to get people […]

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Telsa does something about SMS spammers

Link: iTWire – IT News Australia, Telecommunication News, IT JOBS – Telstra to lean on SMS spammers. Telstra is taking action to help customers cancel receipt of SMS messages to their mobile phones for which they are charged a premium rate.

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China mobile music market – 13.5 billion yuan by 2008

Link: China wireless music market revenue seen at 13.5 bln yuan by 2008 – Analysys – Forbes.com. Revenue from China’s wireless music market is expected to reach 13.5 bln yuan by 2008, according to Analysys International, an internet-based provider of media and technology business information.

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