From Cannes to Barcelona and back?

February 16, 2006

One of the main discussion topics on sidelines of the technology fair is the move to Barcelona this year. Most people seems to be happy with a bigger town, bigger venue, better public transport and more hotels but not all. nokia1.jpg

Wi-Fi connections on handsets

February 15, 2006

The mobile phone industry is looking beyond wide area networks, and increasingly this includes Wi-Fi, as this UTStarcom handset makes clear. Photo: Reuters/Tarmo Virki

Taking on the Blackberry

February 14, 2006

One of the most popular topics at this year’s 3SM World Congress, the world’s largest wireless trade show, is whether new competitors for the mobile email market will succeed in winning a significant percentage of the business that is most associated with the Blackberry.

From the scene

February 14, 2006

Reuters’ correspondent Matt Cowan reports from a camera phone from the floor of the world’s largest mobile phone trade fair – The 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona.

Sanyo, Nokia launch 3G phone JV

February 14, 2006

 Nokia and Sanyo Electric Co. on Tuesday said they plan to form a joint venture to develop and make mobile phones for the CDMA standard, Yukari Iwatani Kane and Nathan Layne report from Tokyo. “You could almost characterize it as a partnership of two weaknesses,” said Nick Ingelbrecht, an Australia-based analyst for Gartner.

Mobile IM, but not for free

February 13, 2006

sky.JPGThe mobile industry unveiled plans to bring instant messaging (IM) to cell phones later this year to tap a new source of revenues and build on the success of text messaging, Santosh Menon reports.

Nokia, Sony-Ericsson on the catwalk

February 13, 2006

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Nokia launched three new phone models on Monday (N-92 pictured above), due in the second quarter, saying it hoped to sell “tens of millions” of its new slim 6131 camera phone, Tarmo Virki and Georgina Prodhan report from 3GSM.BenQ Mobile said it will bring the world’s first HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) mobile phone to market around the time of the soccer World Cup in Germany that starts in June. The EF91 can download video such as football clips much faster than the first generation of 3G phones.