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Vodafone calls get more expensive

Fancy paying more money for your call charges? Then you’re in luck – Vodafone has had just the idea for you: it’s decided to hike up its per minute call costs for both pay as you go and contract customers. The price rises, which go into effect next month, will see call costs rising by […]

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Apple firmware update brings iPhone ‘bug fixes’

Apple has released a new firmware update for the iPhone, OS 2.02.2, promising rather obliquely ‘bug fixes’. Apple being Apple isn’t saying what the bugs are and how they might need fixing, but more than a few commentators are pointing the finger at the 3G problems that seem to have plagued users. If that was […]

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Visa tests out text fraud warnings

Visa has announced a new scheme to warn customers about potentially fraudulent transactions by SMS. Using 2,000 guinea pigs, Visa is testing a new service which will send out text or email alerts to bank customers when certain transactions are carried out on their accounts, such as when a payment is made over a certain […]

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Japan’s FeliCa wallet phone push

According to this article from The Press Association, Japan is planning to agressively push its mobile technology abroad, particularly focusing on the wallet phone – that’s devices which incorporate a type of NFC or ‘wave and pay’. The particular type of wallet phone tech they’re talking about here is FeliCa, developed by Sony and very […]

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Google opens up Android SDK

Android is getting closer and closer to hitting the shelves. Google’s Android developers blog has just announced that a beta SDK of Android is now ready for use. Google released a very early version of the SDK late last year and after gathering up all the feedback, it’s now releasing a beta proper, which it’s […]

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£2,100 for fastest texting teen

Sweden has a new fastest texter: it’s 17 year old student My Svensson, who beat her nearest rival by seven seconds to win the SMS Swedish Championship in Stockholm, according to RTE News. To claim the title, Svensson rattled out a 141 character SMS in 61 seconds. To soothe her aching thumbs, Svensson will take […]

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MobileMe users gets 60 days freebie from Apple

It looks like Apple is trying to restore itself in users’ good graces after a series of access problems and outages with its MobileMe online back-up service. After offering subscribers an extra 30 days on their subscription last month, the company has announced it’s now giving away another 60 days free. From Apple’s support website: […]

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Synchronica snaps up AxisMobile

British mobile email and synchronisation company Synchronica has gone shopping, buying consumer mobile email outfit AxisMobile for $4.9 million in shares, bringing the provider new capabilities like email-to-SMS gateway and open up Synchronica’s service to lower end devices. And that’s just the start of it: the company’s just announced that its raised another $10 million […]

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Ads come to mobile YouTube

As Google hunts for new ways to make money from wildly popular YouTube – make that any way to make money from YouTube – it’s started testing ads on the mobile version of the video sharing site. From Google’s mobile blog: You may have noticed that we started running a test of display ads on […]

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Orange gives away free laptop with 3G

What better way to convince people to buy your mobile broadband than by giving them a free laptop? That seems to be the thinking behind Orange’s latest move in the 3G data world. Now, for anyone who fancies signing up on a two year mobile broadband contract, Orange is giving away a dinky Asus eee […]

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Kwiry reminders get Amazon, Netflix

Reminder service Kwiry has announced some nifty little updates, bringing Amazon and Netflix into the fold. Kwiry works essentially like clever Post It notes – you text reminders like ‘pick up dry cleaning’ or the name of a song you’ve heard and want to write down before you forget it to a short code. Kwiry […]

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Motorola not dead after all

It looks like rumours of the death of Motorola have been greatly exaggerated. According to those whose jobs it is to pontificate on companies’ state of health or otherwise – the analysts – struggling Motorola has turned a corner and things are looking up. Citi analyst Jim Suva said in a research note quoted by […]