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Mobile Phone SoftwareNovember 17, 2010

NFC Is Coming: No, Seriously


It’s been a long, long time since I last wrote about near-field communication, a technology that makes all kinds of mobile phone transactions possible. For the past couple of years, it’s been lying low in a number of international trials. But it never seemed to make any real progress in the United States. Until now.

Wireless Industry News1/17/2009

Sony Ericsson’s Q4 2008 Earnings Report


So Sony Ericsson kicked off the phone makers’ quarterly earnings reports for the end of 2008, and it sure wasn’t good: the tag team effort between Sony and Ericsson AB produced a 187 million euro loss in Q4, on 2.9 billion euro revenue.

Wireless Industry News1/7/2009

Random: 2009 First Week in Review


With the Consumer Electronics Show getting started on Thursday, and the MacWorld already underway, there’s a lot of little bits of news floating around. Here’s a recap of what’s happened so far in the first week of 2009.

Wireless Industry News12/25/2008

TheStreet’s Top 5 Smartphones for 2008


TheStreet.com just released a list of its top five smartphone picks for 2008. Among the winners: 1. Apple iPhone 3G 2. LG Incite 3. Nokia E71 4. Blackberry Storm 5. Blackberry Pearl Flip

Wireless Industry News12/21/2008

Ouch? New Taxes on Smartphones Being Considered in EU


A new law being considered in the European Union would turn certain smartphones into “multi-functional devices,” which on the surface just sounds like a pointless name change. But the change comes with some stiff penalties. Aka taxes. Phones that feature a built-in mobile TV receiver would be taxed a whopping 14%, while devices with integrated [...]

Wireless Industry News12/19/2008

Report: Mobile Phone Market Will Slow in 2009…Again


It seems good news in the cell phone world is in short supply these days. A new report from research firm IDC says that phone shipments will be 1.9% lower in 2009 than in 2008. And there’s plenty more where that came from…

Wireless Industry News12/17/2008

How NOT to Trade Up Your Cell Phone


So Nokia recently sent out its holiday newsletter, filled with phone deals (free $75 Visa Prepaid card when you spend more than $300), new phone announcements (Nokia 6650), good causes (send a UNICEF e-card and Nokia will make a donation), and other holiday cheer. But there was also something more sinister: the Nokia Trade-Up program.

Nokia Phone News12/12/2008

Ouch: Nokia’s Comes With Music DRM Gets Sidestepped


Here’s three fun facts for today: -Nokia’s Comes with Music service uses Microsoft’s DRM. -An application called Tunebite can strip Microsoft’s DRM from Comes with Music files. -Comes With Music comes with unlimited music downloads. D’oh!

Wireless Industry News12/5/2008

Nokia Expects Phone Sales to Fall 5 Percent in 2009


On November 14, Nokia reported that estimates for both the fourth-quarter of 2008 and the whole of 2009 would be lower than expected, and got burned. Today, Nokia added more fuel to the flames with its latest announcement that industry sales for 2009 would drop by a least 5 percent, and fourth-quarter sales would be [...]

Wireless Industry News11/24/2008

Kodak Goes Up Against Samsung and LG in Patent Fight


Eastman Kodak Co. is not happy. At least not with the current #2 and #5 largest phone manufacturers, Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. The imaging giant filed a lawsuit against both South Korean conglomerates in New York, and, as an added bonus, also lodged a complaint with the International Trade Commission. According to [...]

Wireless Industry News11/21/2008

Forbes Interviews the Nokia Design Chief


Alastair Curtis is Nokia’s Chief Designer, which means he pretty much oversees every phone that gets created. Forbes recently did an interview with the guy, and it’s a great, short read.



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