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mBlox launches global WAP billing platform

mBlox, the world’s largest mobile transaction network, has launched a global WAP billing platform. It’s launching first in the UK where it’s Payforit accredited — meaning it’ll work cross-operator. This is rather smart. The mBlox WAP Billing platform, powered by Valista’s carrier-grade billing system ValistaPlusTM Payments, is a robust and flexible architecture designed to support […]

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mBlox: Carrier revenues to grow to $8 billion in 3 years

By 2011, Carriers will more than double their revenues from off portal entertainment, with total revenues growing to $8 billion by 2011 compared to $3 billion in 2007, due in large part to value added/enabling services to off-portal publishers. So reports a recent study by Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, in collaboration with mBlox. The […]

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Vodafone’s Jens Schulte-Bockum on handsets

Mark Street over at the Vodafone blog has posted up a new video featuring Jens Schulte-Bockum, Vodafone’s Global Director of ‘Terminals’ (or, ‘handsets’, as we say on SMS Text News), waxing lyrical about the company’s announcement of new handset initiatives. Key points being the introduction of Vodafone OEM handsets (one in six, I think Jens […]

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Omniphone’s pre-licensed MusicStation Max launches on LG

The mobile music marketplace is seriously hotting up. Apple, clearly now just after bit-player status, have surrendered the mobile music territory to the mass device manufacturers. Omniphone‘s way to domination is now clear. Today Omniphone announced that they’ve launched their MusicStation Max unlimited mobile music handset programme. The key difference with ‘Max’ is that handsets […]

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Twitter and Jaiku aren’t build to handle the new world of photos, audio and video

Yeah, sorry. I just can’t take any more. I can’t tell you how annoying it is to be reading Twitter and Jaiku messages from people brandishing top-of-the-line handsets as they walk around Mobile World Congress. Whilst the content is fine, the experience is utterly shit. Let’s be clear: It’s crap. Utterly, utterly rubbish. Take, for […]

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Wired correspondent loses handset at MWC; admits to owning Sony Ericsson T610

I hope Charlie finds his lost T610. Soon, I hope, with more and more handsets being fitted with GPS (that works indoors), we will, as a species, evolve from the age of the lost handset! Link: Gadget Labber Loses Cellphone At Worlds Biggest Cellphone Event | Gadget Lab from Wired.com It is also where I […]

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Bluestreak offers services for plethora of handset platforms

News in from Bluestreak Technology, the developer of the MachBlueâ„¢ platform for mobile phones and digital television. They’ve announced the latest addition to their MachBlue Mobile suite – a series of rich-media applications that can be integrated directly with Flash authoring tools to create dynamic user interfaces and content for mobile phones. Essentially, if you’re […]

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MWC: Diary entry from Eli Mahal of Flash Networks

I’ve asked quite a few people to take a bit of time out and send me their thoughts on a key theme (or series of themes) relating to Mobile World Congress. Here’s the first diary entry — from Eli Mahal of Flash Networks: I was delighted to see that the GSMA announced an initiative for […]

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Microsoft Living Dangerously, Buys Sidekick Company

Microsoft just announced at the 2008 Mobile World Congress that it will be acquiring Danger Inc., the company who created and supports the popular Sidekick range of handhelds offered by T-Mobile. Microsoft’s current mobile offering, Windows Mobile 6 (both Professional and Standard) is often slammed for being too ‘businessy’, with a bigger focus on the […]

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Motorola Embarasses Itself At Mobile World Congress 2008

It’s no wonder Motorola’s mobile phone business is in the toilet isn’t doing well. Here we are at the biggest mobile phone event of the year, the 2008 Mobile World Congress. Sony Ericsson dropped 7 handsets on us last night, including the X1, with Windows Mobile (a first for SE) and stinkin quad-band HSDPA support, […]

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Vodafone launch blog for Mobile World Congress

Big Red is going all web 2.0 on our asses with the launch of their Mobile World Congress blog. This is very encouraging. The media relations team appear to be getting more and more comfortable with the medium of blogging. Here’s the announcement from Vodafone: For the first time Vodafone will be running a dedicated […]

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Mobile World Congress showing off LTE

If you’re in Barcelona this year, you can expect to see number of players battling it out to show you working examples of LTE technology, from the network to the devices. Motorola will be showcasing online racing car games played over LTE, as well as LTE enabled VoIP calls. Freescale will also be demonstrating HD […]