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Week in Review (Week of October 8)

October 12, 2006 in Wireless Industry News

My Nokia Week passed by pretty uneventfully, other than receiving my Nokia N80 phone and stylizing it somewhat with the Crystal Case. This time around: Orb MyCasting, Nokia in Africa, SE’s quarterly results, and the T-mobile Dash.

The first bit of news on the agenda today came on Monday, when Nokia announced an agreement with children’s organization Plan to “empower” African children, among other things. The idea is to use rather sophisticated technology (radio/internet/mobile phones/television) to fight unsophisticated poverty and improve children’s rights. I don’t see how Nokia-provided mobile equipment (or their 1 million Euro donation) can do anything more than serve as a gigantic ad: Buy Nokia phones!

Second news item: Nokia and Orb MyCasting. Orb MyCasting is a program that allows you to connect your mobile device to your pc, and stream specified content to your phone. You don’t actually get to control your computer (vs a program such as VNC or Remote Desktop), you just get access to the shared content, namely photos, videos, music, and tv, on it. The MyCasting software will initially be available on the new Nokia N80 Internet Editions, shipping in November. Might I add that the N80 is a pretty sweet phone.

Nokia also finalized their acquisition of GPS mapping software company gate5. The Nokia N95 phone, to be released in 1st quarter of 2007, is the first Nokia handset to feature integrated GPS technology and software – software developed by gate5.

Sony Ericsson reported earnings today, and by all accounts completely and utterly destroyed them, with net profits nearly tripling since last year. This is mostly due to the success of their Walkman music phone line of handsets – specifically the K800 and the W810. Sadly, Charter Equity Research Analyst Ed Snyder claims that “we see nothing competitive from Nokia or Samsung in the near-term, leaving the field to the Walkman phones.” Guess he hasn’t seen the N91 or upcoming N75/N95 phones, eh?

T-mobile announced that they would begin selling a Windows-enabled smartphone complete with mini keyboard and Wifi capability, called the Dash. The Dash will begin selling at a price of $199 with 2 year agreements. I think I’d rather have a Motorola Q. (and the E61first of course, this being a Nokia Phone blog) The Dash definitely ain’t stylin’, that’s for sure.

Upcoming news: Nokia reports 3rd quarter earnings on October 19th, 2006. So next Thursday’s Week in Review will either have me ranting and raving or just my typical happy self. We shall see.

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