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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Only 30% chance of a picture being sent by MMS

Link: Mobile photography not equating to increased MMS – News Analysis – Mobile Europe. The challenge for operators, SmartTrust says, is relating this opportunity into revenue after the same survey discovered that a photo taken with a camera phone has only a 30% chance of being forwarded by MMS. Just another reminder that the industry […]

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Go Mobile launches unified SMS/MMS service for Malta

Link: The Times & The Sunday Times, Malta. Maltese people’s penchant for sending SMSs is being made easier through the launch of Go Mobile’s mygo Box. The online messaging centre gives users online access to SMS, MMS, e-mail and their phonebook through one convenient portal. Statistics show that in February 35.9 million SMSs and 67,255 […]

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Vodafone NZ screws customers; triples text cost

Link: New Zealand’s source for business, stock market & currency news on Stuff.co.nz: Text message charges rise. Vodafone is tripling the charge for New Zealand post-paid cellphone customers to send a text message back to New Zealand from Australia, from 20 cents to about 64 cents.

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Philippines regulator considering temporary bar on marketing SMS

Link: NTC weighs move to temporarily bar broadcast SMS – INQ7.net. THE NATIONAL Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is weighing plans to temporarily disallow local operators from pushing broadcast text messages promoting products and services to local subscribers. This came about with continuing complaints from local subscribers including one from Senator Aquilino Pimentel, NTC Deputy Commissioner Jorge […]

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Robert Fisk gets a text from Lebanon’s paramilitary ISF

Link: Independent Online Edition > Robert Fisk. I was in Oslo when I received the SMS on my Lebanese mobile phone from the country’s Internal Security Forces, Lebanon’s paramilitary ISF. "Dear citizen," it began – and I have to admit, I liked the assumption of Lebanese citizenship. "Starting March 15th, the Internal Security Forces will […]

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3 talks with ITN & Sky regarding user created news clips

Link: MediaGuardian.co.uk | Broadcast | Mobile group in talks to create TV link for citizen journalists. Citizen journalism is poised to take a great leap into the mainstream media as the mobile phone network 3 pursues talks with ITN and Sky News about feeding clips produced by its customers on to television news bulletins. A […]

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