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Nokia open up about Symbian

Morning readers, Whatley here, just got this over MSN from a friend of mine at Nokia; “Hey Whatley, we are buying Symbian and will donate it + S60 to an open source foundation!” To which my response was a resounding – “Eh?” You can read the official Nokia press releases here and here Now, I’m […]

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Update on Monstermob rumours

Since my article last week with rumours that Monstermob had gone bust, I’ve had quite a few emails from interested parties asking if I know anything else. As it’s been a long holiday weekend in the UK, I haven’t had a chance to do any further research – however it appears I won’t be needing […]

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Rumours rumours.. Monstermob gone bust?

Just heard a rumour on the Bango forums (via the Mobile Monday London mailing list) that Monstermob have gone bust. If you’ve got any inside information (anonymous sources will be respected and kept so), drop me an email to alex (at) sms text news (dot) com Monstermob goes bust. Only months after acquisition of Monstermob […]

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Noodles cheap calls cost oodles?

Link: Noodle for cheap calls Had a tip in from an SMS Text News reader earlier about a service called Noodle. The concept is quite simple – you get a new number which you use instead of your existing mobile number, and everytime you make or receive a call you earn 2p a minute cash. Is […]

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Paypoint and Shop Scan Save bring mobile barcodes to the masses

Link: Pay Point – PAYPOINT ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH SHOP SCAN SAVE® Got an anonymous tip in about this earlier. Must have missed the press release back in April, or they need a new PR agency, as it didn’t appear on our news story radar. Anyway, better late than never.. Shop Scan Save® is an innovative […]

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Everyone’s favourite messaging service looking for a buyer

A little bird reckons that a mobile related voicemail messaging service close to my heart is up for sale. Interesting.

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Vodafone: Rumour, speculation –

Just had this in via the anonymous tips form. Perhaps some of those more intimately aware of what’s happening at Vodafone could confirm, deny or rebuke as appropriate? Word on the street is Vodafone are going to start charging for using their home portal. That’s right. No more free Vodafone LIVE. Which is quite frankly […]

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Questions (answered) over the Millionaire Walkway game

who wants to be a millionaire Originally uploaded by ew4n. [Update: Njar (see comment) has set us straight: The 07 number simply receives the traffic. The user is sent back a message from a shortcode before being billed the £1 — as is right and proper.] I had this sent in this anonymous analysis of […]

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What exactly is going on with Neomedia?

I’ve getting loads of anonymous tips that I just can’t publish regarding Neomedia (check out the Investors’ Hub topics flying left right and centre). I’ve no idea of the veracity of some of the claims being made. Can anyone explain to me in a non-actionable manner, what exactly is happening with Neomedia?

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EFF challenges NeoMedia’s patent claim on barcode / mobile picture / price comparison

I had an anonymous tip in this afternoon pointing my attention to this post on the Electronic Fronteir Foundation’s site. Link: EFF: DeepLinks A company called NeoMedia has a patent on reading an “index” (e.g, a bar code) off a product, matching it with information in a database, and then connecting to a remote computer […]

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Vodafone UK overcharging on their shortcodes?

I had an anonymous tip called in this afternoon about Vodafone. The caller, who works in the UK mobile industry, close to major aggregators, claims that for the last 6 weeks, Vodafone UK have been charging users not just for the MO (the originating message) to a shortcode, but also for the MT (the return […]

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Anonymous Tip: Who’s about to buy MBlox?

I had a reliable source tell me that MBlox, the world’s largest mobile transaction network, is up for sale. My source’s choice of words: “Up for sale” As apposed to: “About to be acquired” … is interesting and rather telling. Either someone’s made a brilliant offer, or someone there wants an exit. I couldn’t remember […]