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Mobile Lowdown 8-5-11

Some of the stories people are talking about in mobile this morning:

–Tablet market booms as more also-rans chase Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) (All…

Mobile Lowdown 8-3-11

Some of the stories that people are talking about in mobile this morning:

–Pegatron to begin shipments of iPhone 5 in September (DigiTimes…

Mobile Lowdown 8-1-11

Some of the stories people are talking about in mobile this morning:

–Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) launching iPhone 5 in October, not September (All…

Mobile Lowdown 7-29-11

The stories people are talking about in mobile this morning:

–Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) passes Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and holds off Samsung to become…

Mobile Lowdown 7-27-11

Some of the stories that people are talking about in mobile this morning:

–Smartphone sales will hit 420 million in 2011, to take 28 perce…

Mobile Lowdown 7-25-11

A look at the biggest stories in mobile this morning:

» RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) “streamlining” operations, lays off 2,000 (paidContent)…

Mobile Lowdown 7-15-11

The most important stories in mobile this morning:

»  iPad 2 and Verizon iPhone take some wind out of Android’s sails (Flurry)

Hands On With Infuse 4G: a Vivid 4.5″ Device

Want to get a feel for the size of Samsung Infuse 4G? I compare it to several other phones, an iPod touch and even a 7-inch tablet. Although the Infuse 4G doesn’t use a dual-core processor, Android 2.2 runs fairly quickly on the 1.2 GHz chip.

Home Health Monitoring is Big Business

Remote health monitoring generated €7.6 billion globally in 2010, an amount destined to grow as this nascent area of healthcare is used more heavily in the future. Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiac conditions and asthma are successfully treated wtih home monitoring using mobile technology.

Medical Minder Allows Treatment at Home Over 3G

The healthcare segment is embracing the benefits of mobile technology, as evidenced in the new Minder device by Cambridge Consultants. The Minder uses 3G technology to allow healthcare professionals to monitor patient vital signs remotely. Remote treatment has big cost benefits over hospitalized care.

mHealth Summit Update — Organizations Stepping Up

The mHealth Summit is winding down in Washington, D.C., and the mobile healthcare initiative gained some financial backing as major organizations have announced donations to the cause. Three donations of $1 million will assist the mHealth Alliance in advancing mobile technology in healthcare.

Mobile Healthcare Has Ills, But the Prognosis Is Good

Mobile technology has the potential to make a huge contribution for advancemetns in global healthcare, but incorporating it is not without significant challenges. The mHealth Summit is currently underway in Washington, D.C., where healthcare experts have come together to address these challenges.

Listen Up: Mobile Retail Isn't Just About Apps

Downloadable smartphone applications may be the hottest thing in mobile these days, but another segment is quietly generating money: selling physical goods to consumers over the mobile web. And it’s a potentially huge industry.

10 City Bike Sharing Networks to Watch

These 10 bike sharing programs offer a glimpse of how a growing number of cities and unconventional transit players are putting wi-fi, solar power and smartphones to work in the service of mobility on demand.

Mobile Game Maker Glu Loses Two Execs

Two of Glu (NSDQ: GLUU) Mobile’s high-level executives have left the company, according to an SEC document, and the mobile game company says…

In the App Economy, Does the Mobile Browser Matter?

Mobile broadband consumption shows no signs of slowing, but the way people access the mobile web could be changing. As more smartphone titles appear, use of mobile browsers could actually decrease as applications offer more useful bite-sized chunks of the web.

Dell Creates Mobile-Phone Unit

As Dell prepares to launch its first mobile-phone this month in China, the computer-maker said it is creating a new communications division…

It's All Android, All the Time

Mobile industry insiders are in San Diego this week attending the CTIA conference, and they have two things on their minds —…

Tomorrow: Our EconSM Conference And Mixer

We’re counting down the hours ’til our EconSM: Social Meets Mobile conference and mixer take place at San Francisco’s Mission Bay Conference…

EconSM Countdown: T Minus One Month

Our third annual EconSM conference at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco is only a month away. This year

Aircel CEO Rohit Chandra Joins Unitech

Expect more such announcements as new entrants start rolling out services. Aircel CEO Rohit Chandra is the new CEO of Unitech’s telecom arm.…

How To Start A Voice Portal With Rs 1 Lakh

Just finished reading a very interesting post on “How To Start A VoiceSite With Rs. 1 Lakh” by Veerchand Bothra from Netcore. Bothra writes…

MobileStore Launches Online Store

The MobileStore, the mobile retail JV between Virgin and the Essar Group has launched its online sales operations, reports ET. While the com…

JuiceCaster Launched With Tata Teleservices

CDMA based Mobile operator Tata Teleservices has launched JuiceCaster, the mobile social networking service in India. JuiceCaster, from LA b…

Penguin India To Offer Mobile Books

Penguin Books India is offering mobile books to consumers. The company has tied up with Mobifusion, and will initially be offering three boo…

MTNL launches CRBT service; WOW!

[by Cerius Shah] MTNL has launched its CRBT (NYSE: BT) service sooner than expected. The service powered by soon to be IPO’d OnMobile can be…

Radio One Sets Up Mobile Voice Portal

Radio One 94.3 FM, a BBC and Mid Day Joint Venture has set up a voice portal for Bangalore, reports exchange4media. The portal gives access…

Not Yet A Wireless Internet Revolution

A report here, at Businessweek – titled A Wireless Revolution in India, about the fact that the number of Indian users accessing the Interne…

Led Zeppelin Finally Set to Sell Music Online

While the world still waits for (legal) Beatles downloads, Led Zeppelin is finally set to release its back catalog online. Starting this wee…

Reliance Inks Distribution Deal With Apple

Reliance has inked a deal with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) for opening Apple Stores in India, reports ET. 10 standalone iStores will be launched by t…

Trying Out The Unlocked iPhone In India

So the iPhone is available in India…I tried out two yesterday (one in pic on the right). The phone connects to Indian GSM networks (both A…

Essar Seeks Telecom Licence For BPL

Essar, a 33 percent partner in Vodafone-Essar, has apparently filed for a telecom licence under the name ShippingStop.com, a fully owned sub…

Handygo Launches MBlog @ Rs. 50/month

Mobile content developer Handygo has launched its blogging service M Blog through a tie up with mobile operators like Airtel, Hutch, BSNL, R…

Bharti Telesoft Eyes Software Firm Jataayu

If you read the name Jayaatsu in this Economic Times article it is probably because overworked (sloppy?) editors overlooked a typo. Anyways,…

BPL Mobile To Launch Mobile TV/Video Service

BPL Mobile will launch its mobile TV and video service this month…this will be on 2-2.5G, not 3G environment. It will cost Rs. 5 per minut…

iPhone: Yes, We Bought It

In case you’re wondering about the radio silence today, Rafat’s #18 in line at the Lincoln-Wilshire AT&T store in Santa Monica and I’m #6 a…

Tamil Literature On The Mobile

Sangam Literature is being converted into mobile format by MobileVeda, a startup being incubated at the Vellore Institute of Technology, rep…

Billdesk Eyeing The Mobile Payments Space

Electronic bill payments company Billdesk intends to enable bill payments via the mobile, by the next quarter, reports Business Standard. Bi…

Disney Launches Donald Duck Mobisodes In India

The Walt Disney Internet Group is releasing a 13 episode Donand Duck series for the mobile called “Donald Duck – Lost in time” starting June…

Hungama Mobile Inks Deal With UAE Operator du

Hungama Mobile has inked a deal to provide mobile content to UAE based telecom operator du. First up, Hungama will distribute content relate…

Clickjobs Launches Moble Solution

Clickjobs has launched “Jobs on Mobile” – SMS based job alerts for job seekers. [via release] It’s an opt-in solution, wherein job seekers c…

Evangelizing Mobile Usage In Rural India

Nokia is evangelizing mobile usage in rural India – two dozen vans are on six month long tours of rural India, reports IHT. Representatives…

Coverage From CTIA on MocoNews.net

Our exec editor Staci Kramer is at CTIA, and covering all the relevant portions in detail on our MocoNews.net site. The dedicated CTIA secti…

Tirupati Temple To Accept Mobile Donations

It’s been a while since there has been news of religious institutions embracing new media: the Economic Times reports that the Tirumala Tiru…

The Battle For Mobile Real Estate

In an interview with the Financial Express, Devinder Kishore, director of marketing at Nokia India talks about working within the mobile eco…

Hutch, Airtel Offer Mobile Radio

Hutch is offering Mobile Radio via VAS to its subscribers, and I just don’t understand the pricing: As per Tech 2.0, it’s a dial-in service…

Mobiles As Educational Tools

This is interesting: Sesame Workshop India is using mobile phones to allow children without access to a TV set to view Galli Galli Sim Sim,…

On MocoNews.net: Detailed Coverage From 3GSM

Our journalists Robert Andrews and Peggy Anne Salz are covering the big 3GSM conference in Barcelona in all its details, on MocoNews.net:
–…

Keynote Address @ MoMo Delhi, Jan 07

Vijay Shekhar Sharma of One97 Communications in the Keynote address at Mobile Monday Delhi, spoke about the onset of the mobile economy, and…

The IAMAI-IMRB Mobile VAS Report

IAMAI and IMRB have released a report on Mobile Value Added Services in India. For the report, they referred to secondary data from industry…

Mobile Subscriber Figures for November

GSM numbers have topped the 100 mil mark while CDMA has touched 36 million. In November:
Total subs: 100,786,048
New Subs: 5,044,457
Metros:…

Rediff Launches Ringtone Search

Rediff has launched ‘Rediff Ringtone Search’ which allows users to search for ringtones online, and download them on their mobile phones. Ac…

The Numbers on Mobile Content

Couple of new pieces of research covered on our sister site MocoNews:
— Juniper Research has released some predictions about the global en…

How’s Visual Radio Doing In India?

How many people are using visual radio in India? According to “sources from Radio Mirchi”, the radio station owned by BCCL, visual radio pen…

Maruti Goes Mobile For Lead Generation

Maruti Udyog has picked up the mobile gauntlet, but are still skeptical about it as a long term strategic tool. Maruti is using the 3636 cod…

RBI Bullish On Mobile Transactions

RBI Governor Dr Y.V. Reddy told newspersons that banking using the mobile phone is currently being tested at the Institute for Development a…

On 3G Vs WiMax

Spectrum for 3G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) is being allocated simultaneously and BusinessWorld has a writeup (subscription reqd) co…

Rajesh Jain On Mobile Internet, VCs And More

Knowledge@Wharton has an interesting interview with Rajesh Jain, CEO of Netcore. In the interview, Jain talks about a variety of things incl…

@ MIPCOM: Our Coverage From Last Week

Paidcontent and MocoNews were the official blogs for MIPCOM 2006 at Cannes in France and our London journalist Jemina Kiss was there:

– Cen…

MapmyIndia v-2007: Good But Not Great

CE Info Systems has launched a new version (v-2007) of their Mapquest-like site MapmyIndia. At the presscon yesterday, the product looked be…

Reliance Launches Mobile Blogging

The Economic Times: Reliance Communications has launched mobile blogging for its customers. RCL has partnered with the Hyderabad-based mobil…

Star 7827 Adds More Content To ‘Voice’

Exchange4media reports that Star 7827 Voice has new offerings: the mobile voice portal shall host TV content from soaps and reality shows, a…

On PVR’s M-Ticketing Venture

PVR’s Mobile Ticketing venture may just give M-Commerce a fillip and open the gates for many such application launches; the airline ticketin…

BharatMatrimony.com To Launch Mobile Portal

BharatMatrimony.com has planned a mobile portal and is in talks with Sify, Hungama and Mobile2Win for content, reports Business Standard. Ap…

Bharti Has Mobile TV Plans For 2G

Moneycontrol.com reports that Bharti Telesoft’s deal with UK based Vimio will enable live TV to be streamed via GPRS and Edge. Vimio’s high…

Now SMS Video Tones On Airtel

Airtel has introduced an ‘SMS video tone service’ which can play videos assigned to individuals and groups on incoming and outgoing calls, a…

India Gears Up For Mobile Communities

With around 2-3 million mobile subscribers connected to GPRS, operators and content providers are looking to create communities to engage th…

No Clarity On IPTV, Mobile TV Regulations

DNA: While IPTV and Mobile TV are not likely to be under the purview of the Broadcast Bill, the Ministry of IT and Communications might be l…

@ CTIA: Some Possible Mobile Content Themes

This CTIA, starting this coming week in LA, will hopefully be a more rational one, but maybe that’s asking for too much. We’ll be here (it i…

Virgin Comics Targets Mobile & Internet

The Hindu BusinessLine: Virgin Comics and Animation (VCA) has tied up with Paradox Studios to develop games on its comic books – Devi, Sadhu…

July Systems Gets Mobile DRM Patent

A U.S. Patent, “Application Rights Management in a Mobile Environment” (US Patent 7089594), has been granted to July Systems, a Bangalore ba…

NTL To Rebrand As Virgin Media

NTL and Telewest will be no more as of next Feb. 14 … The UK cable TV firm has confirmed it will rebrand as Virgin Media, taking on the na…

Speech Recognition To Drive Mobile Revenues

Business Standard: Nuance Communications, a $232mn company, has deployed speech solutions for telecom operators, who expect speech recogniti…

Religion Goes Hi-Tech This Festive Season

The Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai is making things easier for devotees. Their website allows darshan via live webcast, created by Cybervox…

Mobile2win China-Disney: Deal Ya No Deal?

Mobile2win China’s rumoured sale to Walt Disney is back in news again. The Economic Times reports that a deal between Disney and M2W is like…

Tegic Launches XT9 Predictive Text In India

AOL owned Tegic Communications, which provides predictive text technology to most of the mobile handset manufacturers launched their XT9 pre…

Nazara Launches Two Dhoni Games

Nazara Technologies, a Mumbai-based mobile content developer, has announced the launch of two games based on popular cricketer Mahendra Sing…

Star 7827 Offers Audio Content On “Voice”

Indiantelevision.com: Star India’s Star 7827 has launched an interactive audio service on the mobile called “Star 7827 Voice”. Mobile subscr…

Telecom Numbers From Rural India

Business Standard: Growth in Telecom in India, as expected, is coming from the rural sector now: Almost 35% of Tata Teleservices’ business c…

Nokia launches WiFi enabled N80 in India

Moneycontrol.com: After the N91, Nokia has launched the N80 in India, which it claims is a truly convergent device: It works on 3G, WLAN, Ed…

Asianet On Reliance Mobile

The Hindu reports that Asianet’s news and programming will be provided on the data service suite of Reliance Mobile. Customers will be charg…

Animation: Is Jidou Coming To India?

Jidou Limited, a Hong Kong based vending machine company that created Jidousports, a successful childrens animated TV and Mobile series is l…

Superscape Games On Tata Indicom

Yahoo Finance: One of the larger international players in the mobile gaming business, Superscape, has made some of its 2D and 3D games avail…

Games Galore At Star 7827

The games section of Star 7827 is slowly filling up: I just counted 45 games available for download. Star has announced the launch of games…

Kalzoom Bags M-Learning Order

We’d written a few days ago about an interactive e-learning initiative that’s gotten noticed – HeyMath. Now here’s m-learning.
Rediff report…

IMI wins Yahoo Short Code Deal

Business Standard: Hyderabad based VAS enabler IMI Mobile has won a deal for providing Yahoo with short code based technology in two regions…

Mobile 365 Wins SMS Deal With Skype

Now you can SMS any mobile phone in the world using Skype: Mobile 365 has announced that it has been chosen to provide SMS services to Skype…

Keynote Address At MoMo Delhi, Aug ’06

In the keynote address at MoMo Delhi, Naresh Gupta, Senior VP, Adobe India spoke about factors inhibiting development of mobile technology,…

IBM To Develop Next Gen Platform For Bharti

IBM will develop, manage and operate a “Next Generation Service Delivery Platform” (NGSDP) for Bharti Airtel. Airtel is investing over $100…

India’s Hinterland Story

Business week has a story on how Indian telcos are pushing towards the hinterland for the next stage of growth. I found this statistic inter…

Coruscant Tec May Be On The Block

You must be wondering what would have happened to the mobile content company Coruscant Tec since the founders (Ajay Adiseshann and Probir Ro…

The Happy Co-existence Of Convergent Media

The Hindu Business Line: Media companies are seeking new platforms to deliver content on so they can reach their audiences in more places, a…

Foreign Mobile Content On A Rise In India

Press Trust of India (Via TMCnet): As several mobile content companies are trying to cash in on Indian classical music, and cultural traditi…

Hutch Launches Pre-paid Mobile Content Cards

Business Standard: I think one of the biggest obstacles in the growth of mobile content offtake in India is the complexities in accessing th…

Indiagames To Bring Yana Gupta On Mobile

Indiantelevision.com: Yana Gupta is not quite Mallika Sherawat. However, Gupta is an item girl and super model in her own right. Indiagames,…

Mauj Telecom Launches Wimbledon WAP Portal

Indiantelevision.com: Mauj Telecom has partnered with the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to launch Wimbledon Mobile portal. The mu…

Fame Cinemas Launches Mobile Ticketing

Indiantelevision.com: Fame Cinemas has launched mobile ticketing and it’s available in Mumbai, Pimpri (Pune) and Kolkata where the multiplex…

Wizdom.in Launches Mobile Learning Packages

The Hindu: Mobile learning is here. Wizdom.in, a brand of Valued Epistemics Pvt Ltd, is offering programs, which will enable students to stu…

Cellebrum Partners With UK’s ICE 365

Cellebrum, a mobile content company from the MCorpGlobal stable, has partnered with ICE 365, a UK mobile content service provider. This will…

Airtel, IMImobile Launch Tamil Voice Portal

Exchange4media.com: Airtel has launched 747 shortcode, “billed as India’s first Tamil voice portal”. IMImobile, an enabler of mobile value a…

Mobile Content Companies’ Celebrity Craze

The Economic Times: Here is a story on the craze among Indian mobile content companies in acquiring celebrity rights or as what the industry…

@ FT Mobile: Our Extensive Coverage

Our new London-based correspondent Jemima was at the FT Mobile conference earlier this week, and has extensive coverage from the two days, o…

Pepsi India Launches Mobile Portal For Youth

The Economic Times: PepsiCo India has launched a mobile portal – ‘Pepsi Globe Smart Client’ – targeted at the youth. The portal is powered b…

Helio Kicks Off MVNO Service

Helio, the oh-so-hip youth-focused MVNO, backed by Earthlink and SK Telecom, has launced today … Helio’s two models, as announced earlier…

Airtel Launches Cricket Content On Mobile

Press Release: Airtel, India’s leading mobile services provider, has launched a package-  of cricket content for mobile phone users. The se…

Naukri Launches Hiring Service On Mobile

Techtree: Jobs portal Naukri.com has launched a mobile product called Insta Hire. Apparently, it enables recruitment over mobile phone and r…

Indiagames Launches Promotions On Airtel

Indiantelevision.com: Mobile content companies have to now resort to promotions to shore up their revenues. Indiagames Ltd, which saw a 6 pe…

Mobile TV Exempt From Regulation in Canada

This is a significant for mobile TV advocates in Canada: TV programming currently made available through mobile and other wireless handsets…

Indian Mobile User Base Touches 90 Million

Here are some statistics on India’s telephone subscriber base. According to a release (here PDF) by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of Indi…

Patni Computer Wins Disney Mobile Deal

The Hindu Business Line: Patni Computer Systems Inc, the US-based subsidiary of India’s Patni Computer Systems, has signed a multi-service c…

SMS Your Resume Real Time

There has to be a mobile solution to jour job hunting in India where mobile phones outnumber even cable & satellite homes. SMSResume.com hel…

Coverage From Midem: Mobile Music Galore

[by Mark Frieser] The MIDEM music confab was held last week in Cannes…and a series of posts from there on the mobile music side of the con…

Sprint To Debut Movies, TV Shows on Network

OK, so now I have to say, this is beginning to border on ridiculousness…Sprint Nextel is going to announce a deal Monday which will bring…

CTIA Launches Mobile Content Guidelines

CTIA, the U.S. wireless association has announced some guidelines for mobile content, along with all the major carriers…The guidelines mai…

More Details on Cable Cos’ Mobile Plans

Some more interesting details emerge of cable companies’ plans to launch wireless services…it is expected that Sprint will announce deals…

Cable Cos Sign MVNO Deal with Sprint: Story

After some speculation over the last two weeks, Sprint Nextel has signed deals with three cable companies to offer own-branded wireless serv…

Sprint’s Music Service To Launch Monday

Sprint Nextel’s new music-download service is going to launch Monday Oct. 31, reports Forbes.com. It will be supported by new mobile phones…

Motorola Signs Up Universal for iRadio

Yes, iRadio is still alive and is supposed to launch in Q1 next year…Motorola, which is launching the service, has signed up Universal Mus…

@ CTIA: Let’s See What Sticks

From San Francisco: Some fleeting impressions from both iHollywood’s MES and Billboard’s MECCA mobile content conferences today: way too muc…

Sky Dayton’s Korean-American Challenge

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Had an hour-long conversation with Sky Dayton, the CEO of SK-Earthlink, at the company’s temporary offices in Westwood. It was for backgr…

Next Week: MocoNews At CTIA

Next week both Rafat and our MocoNews.net principal correspondent James Pearce will be attending the CTIA Wireless convention in San Francis…

Sprint Launches Merged Company Today

(via Adrants): The newly merged Sprint-Nextel has officially launched today, and repositions itself as a sports entertainment company as wel…

BT To Launch Mobile Content Portal in UK

This should create some good heat in the UK market: UK telco behemoth BT is drawing up plans to launch a mobile content portal to go head to…

Mobile Is The Fastest Growing Media Channel

So says Informa, the research firm. Gaming on mobiles will generate sales of $42.8 billion by 2010..Global revenues from mobile games are pr…

Building A Different Bundle

Usually when we hear about the bundle, it’s about creating a triple or quadruple play of entertainment and comunications services: video, vo…

Paramount Trailers on VisiFone

We’ve been following VisiFone for a while, but I am still not convinced: VisiFone is a VOIP phone with a built-in screen and the parent comp…

Piracy Comes To Ringtones

Perhaps the first such study: vendor Qpass is estimating that about $40 million of revenues have been lost in U.S. since 2004 due to rington…

Five This Week: MocoNews Headlines

Below are five mobile content headlines you should be aware of, if you’re in the media industry. For more in-depth expert coverage, you can…

@ VOD Summit: What About Mobile?

(by Dorian Benkoil) Mobile was flicked at a bit here and there, but no one really addressed it in any depth.
LightningCast, an in-stream ad…

Top Headlines From MoCoNews.Net: June 12-17

Our sister site MoCoNews.net provides in-depth, expert coverage of mobile content. Here are some of this past week’s top stories:
— Exclusi…

MoCoNews.Net: Napster Hits A Winner

Over at sister site MocoNews.net, correspondent James Pearce followed up on the Napster-Ericsson news by interviewing Brad Duea, president o…

BT Launches Fixed-To-Mobile Service

One UK analyst describes the move as “watershed.” Using IP and a home access point that doubles as a wireless router, BT Fusion subscribers…

More On Sirius-Sprint Deal

Merrill Lynch analyst Laraine Mancini: The announcement “reinforces our belief that as satellite chipset technology evolves, satellite radio…

Some Top Headlines From MoCoNews.Net

Our sister site provides in-depth, expert coverage of mobile content. Here are some of this past week’s top stories:– Two Senior Management…

VH1: I Love the Synergies

I have written about this before: VH1 is the perfect vehicle of Viacom to go multi-platform…and now its hit show Best Week Ever, launched…

Top Mobile Content News

Top headlines from our sister siter MocoNews.net:
— Sorrent Raises $20M In New Funding
— BBC Versus The Mobile Operators
— Latin America’…

Special Package: Mobile TV

If you’re trying to understand the mobile TV market, then read the series of links below…a lot of activity and research coming out, and we…

More on PayPal Mobile

PayPal people told me today that its mobile plans are in infancy for now…the company has just started exploring the idea of mobile payment…

Paypal To Move Into Mobile Payments

First on paidContent.org: PayPal has been available through WAP for some time now, but this is the start of a new venture inside the ubiquit…

Qualcomm Invests In Mobile TV

Qualcomm has established a subsidiary, MediaFLO USA, to deploy and operate a nationwide network operating in the 700 MHz spectrum to deliver…

Falling on Def Ears

A great story on Def Jam Enterprises’ mobile ambitions…and why not? “I live wireless,” said Russell Simmons…”Right now I’ve got a phone…

CTIA’s Special Section

CTIA started today, and so did the flow of mobile content deals and news…stay tuned for up to the minute coverage…(I’m not there, but ag…

Politics on Your Phone

The presidential elections in U.S. is prompting some good mobile content related launches:
— Sorrent has released a Bush vs Kerry boxing m…

Podcasting Pushback

If I say something about Podcasting, I would sound like “I told you so” copycat…instead I would let the fearless Russell Beattie put it in…

Opening Up The Wall

(reg. req.) In the latest Mobile Communications International magazine, about operators’ walled gardens of content: Mobile operators’ plans…

Jamdat’s Big Day On The Street

Jamdat Mobile, an LA-based mobile gaming/applications company, reported unexpectedly strong first day IPO results..the company raised approx…

Content in 3G World

A report following the Mobile Commerce World conference held in London last week: Disney plans to launch “Disney Town” to sell merchandise f…

Bringing Mobile And PC Together

Martin Tobias in another post: “Today most mobile content companies don’t consider laptop or non carrier connected PDAs as their market. Why…

iPod and Mobile Music

Jeremy Allaire continues in the ContentNext series: “It doesn’t seem likely that Apple will enter the phone business with the iPod…I think…

Mobile Device As A Content Creator

Martin Tobias on mobile content: “I have a real problem with the current myopic fascination that mobile content companies have of trying to…

Flashing Mobile Content

Jeremy Allaire in ContentNext Series: “Flash holds the promise of uniting audio, video, interactivity, animation and creating a new kind of…

History Lessons Via Mobile Phone

This is an interesting project…the Talking Street tours from Candide Media Works, which packages celebrity and expert commentary into a so…

First DVB-H Trial Balloon Flies in U.S.

I don’t understand the technicalities of it, but I know spectrum is a huge policy issue and this could have big implications for media compa…

JAMDAT Adds eBay CFO, Estimates IPO Pricing

Mobile content provider Jamdat announced that Rajiv Dutta, eBay’s CFO, has agreed to join the company’s board of directors once the company…

Ad Supported Mobile Devices

Subsidizing mobile devices is nothing new. However, those subsidies are always to push service plans or add-ons. Now comes a new business mo…

Ad-Supported Mobile Content Coming?

This in a very interesting move, and perhaps signals a way mobile content will move in the future: ad supported. Till now, mobile content ha…

SmartServ Launches Youth MVNO Uphonia

SmartServ Online, the mobile content and tech provider, has launched a new telecom MVNO called “Uphonia” in U.S., featuring low cost, pre-p…

Continental Divide Over Mobile Music

An interesting juxtaposition of Apple-Motorola announcement on enabling iTunes access on mobiles: Just putting iTunes music content on the p…

Networks Embrace MobiTV

NBC Universal, Fox Interactive Media and Comedy Time are the latest networks to jump into the mobile TV arena, thanks to a new deal between…

Details on AT&T’s 3G UMTS Launch

AT&T Wireless has announced its 3G UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) mobile network in the U.S…(read the story earlier). C…

Mobile Net Searching Still Out Of Loop

Even as more wireless devices sport e-mail software and Internet service, mobile search has remained a bit-player’s game – often provided in…

Mobile Music Explodes Beyond The Ring Tone

According to a new report by Baskerville, the increasing involvement of the major music labels in the real music
ringtone business means th…

So Why Does Vodafone Filter Block Sky News?

As I reported first, Vodafone’s content control policy in UK is having some embarrassing teething troubles…and not everyone is happy. Acco…

The Mobile Music Report For May-June 2004

The new Mobile Music Report, covering news for May and June (missed writing up the report last month), is out now…The report covers top ne…

Mobile Entertainment Industry and Culture

() (Warning: big PDF file): I missed this one earlier last month, but relevant enough…The mGain research project funded by the European Co…

America, Get Ready for “Ringbacks”

BW does an oh-wow story on ringbacks, a modified version of ringtones…I’ve been covering it on my sister site MocoNews for some time now.…

Rolling Stone Ringtone Service Launches

Rolling Stone ringtones service is being launched by Dwango North America, on AT&T Wireless, Cingular and Nextel across a variety of wirele…

VeriSign Plans Jamba Wireless Service Soon

VeriSign, which bought out Europe’s largest wireless content mediation company Jamba in May, will roll out its newly purchased wireless cont…

It’s All Going Mobile For Media Companies

They figured? As regular readers will know, companies such as Disney and Time Warner are considering if they should provide full mobile phon…

Mobile Operators To Launch Data Standards

Europe’s largest mobile telecom network operators have launched a new company aimed at developing standards to accelerate customer take-up o…

The Mobile Music Terminology

Let’s get this straight…Emily over at Ringtonia has done a great service for the industry, and is trying to standardize all the different…

MocoNews.net: New Design, New Commitment

I’ve redesigned my sister site MocoNews.net, which covers mobile content sector in all its depth. The attempt is to simplify the layout, mak…

Ringtone Middlemen For IPO?

I’m being slightly sensationalist with this headline, but it is fun to think about…if Chinese ringtone and mobile content companies can ha…

CNN Live On UMTS In Netherlands

(via Picturephoning): CNN will be streamed live to Vodafone Live customers in Netherlands…
This follows a similar launch by CNN in Austria…

Macromedia’s Serious About Content

It is always interesting to see a company bet everything on one product or platform…in Macromedia’s case, it is Flash. It is betting the w…

Napsterization Fears For Mobile Music

Mike Butcher does a good roundup story on the Napsterization fears in the mobile music industry, focusing on whether new handsets would allo…

Charlie Chaplin To Hit Cells

Charlie Chaplin’s family-run business that holds the rights to the comedic icon has signed an agreement to create interactive games for mob…

Search Engine For Cell Phones Developed

Siemens has announced a search engine function to work with all mobile Web standards, whether WAP, i-mode or UMTS. The technology was devel…

Death of Unconnected Handhelds?

That’s the big question to be asked…PDA, as anyone smart enough would have figured out, is a transitory technology/device, and as such not…

BEA Details Mobile Browser Concept

BEA Systems is developing new mobile browser technology…dubbed the Alchemy Universal Client Platform, it aims to solve the problem of web…

Study: Mobile Customers Want Video Streaming

Yeah, yeah…one study says they don’t, another says they do…In-Stat predicts that mobile video services will generate revenue of $5.4 bi…

Case for Upscaling Telecom Operators

A model which sounds perfect in theory, and something which MVNOs are trying as well..Virgin Mobile is the typical example which springs to…

TV on Mobiles: Still Nascent

An overview story about the TV-over-mobile market, still in its infancy. It is still a market 5-years away, according to analysts…
In Japa…

Mary Meeker Sets Her Sights On China Market

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Mary Meeker, the Morgan Stanley Internet analyst once dubbed “Queen of the Net,” has turned her attention to China — just in t…

Dial-That-Tune Comes to U.S.

What did I tell ya? AT&T Wireless has announced the availability of a new music recognition service…The new “#ID” music service is provide…

TV Wrist Watch Hits Japanese Market

The NHJ TV wrist watch is about to launch, beginning of May in Japan for 19,800yen ($185).
The VTV-101 Wrist Watch TV features a 1.5″ color…

Shazam To Enter U.S. Market This Month

The hot little mobile music recognition company Shazam Entertainment is entering the U.S. market this month, with the launch of its service…

BT Clickandbuy Goes Mobile

In UK, that is…the online content payment company BT Click&Buy is offering a mobile billing option as well…
The new functionality allows…

Music on Your Mobile: New Route For Piracy?

In what is a blatantly alarmist headline, the IHT story explains the current state of the mobile music industry, where some music labels are…

Mobile Phones to Operate TV Recorder

The ultimate couch potato…Opera said that the Mobile Interactive Programming Guide (IPG) would allow clients to look up television schedul…

The Mobile Content Value Chain

Perhaps the best description I’ve ever seen on the mobile content value chain..this one is the U.S. market value chain…click on this link…

NTT’s New Music Recognition System

Mobile music recognition systems are the next big wavelet in the mobile content market…Shazam in UK, Gracenote and Musikube in US, Mobiqui…

Full Size Browser on a Cell Phone Screen

That’s what Picsel is promising…Picsel Browser runs on BREW V2.1 and beyond, and will allow users to display Flash, video, Microsoft Offic…

Mobile Content Billing in EU Under Threat

Well, not necessarily news, and an alarmist story, since most people expect the EU e-money directive will never be enforced in the strictest…

Elvis on Mobile Phones

Be ready for the King on your mobile phone…Elvis Presley Enterprises has tied up with Diggit Entertainment Group to develop a comprehensiv…

Continued Coverage of CTIA Wireless Summit

Our sister site MocoNews.net has extensive coverage of the CTIA Wireless 2004 Summit…
— Dana Blankenhorn is covering the summit for The M…

Coverage of CTIA Wireless Summit

Our sister site MocoNews.net will have extensive coverage of the CTIA Wireless 2004 Summit…I wish I could be there, but had to cancel due…

Norwegian Site Launches Mobile Music Service

Telenor Mobil, Norway’s largest mobile operator, has launched a mobile music service through its flagship djuice website and related brands.…

Sopranos on Sprint Phones

Ringers, screen savers and applications based on hit TV show Sopranos are now available to Sprint subscribers… A mix of free and premium d…

The Economics of Mobile Music

More details on UK radio group Chrysalis’ plans to launch a mobile music service…if the service is successful, it will increase revenues…

Now Hear This: Cellphone Remixes

(sub. req.): Sony and Universal Music are working with their top artists to remix their songs into 90-second-to-two-minute versions–song cl…

Ringtones Jump From PCs to CDs

In a first for the cell phone ring tone industry, Artemis Records has tied up with the controversial ringtone assembly software maker Xingto…

China’s Tom.com Stumbles On Nasdaq IPO

Tom Online, expecting to ride high on the China technology bubble in its initial public offering this week and to surpass last week’s IPO of…

Motorola Gets Its MTV

Motorola and MTV International have announced some joint deals, following their partnership earlier last year: Motorola will be the exclusiv…

3 UK Launches Live Video Mobile Channel

UK 3G telecom operator 3 has launched a live video mobile news and entertainment channel called ‘Today on 3’ to celebrate its first annivers…

New: Mobile Music Report for Feb 2004

March 2, 2004: We are launching our first ever report: The Mobile Music Report for Feb 2004. The report, as the name suggests, is a context…

Mobile Games in EU: A Report

 A comprehensive report by Tommi Pelkonen, professor at Helsinki School of Economics, writing for Acten, on the mobile gaming market in EU.…

Content Becomes Crucial For 3G phones

Alongside shiny new handsets, scores of new multimedia services designed for third-generation, or 3G, cellphone technology were demonstrated…

Content Owners Slam Mobile Industry

Mobile operators are like Microsoft: all content operators hate them to death. Content owners struck out at the mobile industry at 3GSM on W…

Exporting the Japanese Content Model

European operators are not necessarily content in exporting the iMode content…local operators still doubt a DoCoMo-type model could work f…

New Content Deals: National Enquirer; AFP

Two new content deals announced today:
— Agence France-Presse (AFP), the wire agency, has launched a mobile news application available, in…

Nokia To Integrate Wi-Fi Into New Handset

In a huge boost to the use of open-web of mobile content, Nokia has unveiled its latest Communicator, model 9500, with in-built Wi-Fi connec…

Cell Phone Rings Equal Bling Bling

Brilliant headline, by the way. In a series in Forbes on the business of hip-hop, a story on the newest hip-hop accessory for the urban set:…

ABC News Launches SMS News Alerts

ABC News has launched a premium SMS news alert service in the USA using Telenor Mobile Interactive for the premium rate service. The service…

Yahoo, AOL Push IM On Cell phones

Yahoo has announced an IM service designed for customers of Sprint’s PCS network. The service is priced at $2.99 a month. Meanwhile, AOL has…

Samsung To Put Satellite TV Into Cell Phone

Followup on a story I linked to earlier: Samsung will be among the first to develop handsets which will receive multimedia programming broad…

Making Wireless Go Ka-Ching

A rather naive article on the wireless market: what’s the next wireless fad and rainmaker? JQ, retire…

Mobix Partners for Mobile Soap Opera

UK mobile content delivery firm Mobix Interactive has teamed up with Jack Brand to pilot a new video mobile soap opera in the UK. A pilot of…

KaZaa Wireless

Bet you didn’t expect this…KaZaa Wireless version: “Kazaa Wireless provides mobile capable brains to your Kazaa desktop application.With K…

KaZaa Wireless

Bet you didn’t expect this…KaZaa Wireless version: “Kazaa Wireless provides mobile capable brains to your Kazaa desktop application. With…

Satellite Mobile Radio Ready for Japan, SK

You’ve probably heard of satellite radio like XM and Sirius…well, think of this as satellite radio AND TV on your mobiles…Mobile Broadca…

Digital Media Licensing Body Formed

Intel, mm02, Nokia, Panasonic, RealNetworks, Samsung and Warner Bros. Studios today announced plans for a licensing and compliance framework…

Rightsrouter’s Ringtone Royalties

A new European company, Rightrouter, was launched at MIDEM, that aims to sell pop artists’ songs to mobile content providers, while protecti…

UK Company Launched Mobile Domains

A new concept of mobile domain names is being launched by Messages, a leading UK domain name provider, letting any consumer or SME register…

[MobileMusic @ Midem] The iMode Way of Life

The biggest heavyweight at Mobile Music conference at Midem was Takeshi Natsuno
managing director and founder of i-mode for NTTDoCoMo. His…

Index to Launch Mobile Music Label

In an only-in-Japan story (though who knows…), Index Corp, one of the biggest mobile content providers in Japan, has launched a new music…

Will Mobile Content Kibi Cards Work?

Well, you decide…these content cards haven’t really gained much ground except perhaps in the video games market….now UK retailers Phones…

US Presidential Campaign News on Sprint

Sprint has launched a multi-media app. for its wireless users, through which they can get up-to-the-minute election results and complete cov…

Sprint Rings Up UMG, WMG

Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group are the latest players in Sprint PCS Vision’s blossoming Music Tones business. UMG and WMG are…

SMS.ac Boss Trash Talks in Japan

Michael Pousti, CEO of mobile company SMS.ac, never one to mince his words, said that the mobile data market will exceed $100bn in five year…

Ringtones Ring Up Huge Sales; Or Do They?

Well, after yesterday’s report that the ringtone market has flattened and will decline soon, comes another report that sales of ringtones la…

Mobile Soap Opera Comes To The UK

The latest phenomenon in the Netherlands, the mobile soap opera, is set to hit the UK market in the next few months. The show ‘Jong Zuid’, o…

Wildseed’s Wildcard: Teen

A very interesting story on Wildseed, a company which develops intelligent faceplates for mobile phones, aimed at the teen market…
The co…

3 UK Finally Opens Up to Premium SMS

UK 3G operator 3 has finally opened up fully to premium SMS, enabling brands and content owners to run campaigns over all five UK networks.

UK TV-To-Mobile First

Endemol UK and 4Interactive, Channel 4’s interactive division, have launched what they claim to be the UK’s first TV-to-mobile video streami…

New Technology Brings TV to Cell Phones

Another story in Idetic, the parent company behind MobiTV, the TV on mobile venture currently available in U.S. through Sprint. The company…

Microsoft Suffers Mobile Setback

Vodafone is to delay the introduction of a new OS developed by Microsoft, in a setback to the US software giant’s ambitions in the telecom i…

Richard Branson: Winning Virgin Territory

“Thanks to Virgin’s early success, several are said to be hearing pitches from brand powerhouses such as Walt Disney and Nike. Those compani…

Mobile Entertainment Goes Hollywood

(sub. req.): A good overview story on how media/entertainment companies are trying to develop mobile revenue streams…

Mobile Commerce May Beget Turf War

(sub. req.): Emboldened by rising sales of games, ringtones and other digital content, cellphone operators are rolling out services that all…

TunA Lets Users Fish for Music

Media Lab Europe is on to the next wave of peer-to-peer music sharing. TunA software for mobile devices turns everyone into a mobile radio s…

Japan’s First TV Cell-Phone

Vodafone Japan is launching its first TV mobile phone: its V601N from NEC, on sale in December. “Watch the tube, grab screen shots and captu…

Take It With You

(sub req): A profile of PocketThis, the UK-based company that offers a way to let you store information from the Web on your mobile phone. S…

Mobile Firms Face Text Backlash

(sub. req.): Too much of a good thing corrupts: European mobile operators’ profit bonanza from text messaging is at risk from a consumer bac…

Analysis of O2 Mobile Music Service

UK mobile operator O2 launched a music download service for its wireless users: an analysis of the effort: “Despite the high quality audio,…

McLuhanizing Mobile Media

What would Marshall McLuhan, visionary prophet of pre-Internet media, say about mobile telephony, texting, the mobile Web, and the always-on…

It’s Nice to Share

Douglas Rushkoff is at it again: dissing mobile content, though of course he makes sense. “Wireless providers…are falling for the same mis…

O2 Launches Mobile Music

UK telecom operator O2 has delivered on its promise to launch a music download service via mobile phones – a move first mooted last month……

Mobile TV – More Than Just Hype?

“There are a lot of barriers to mobile TV, and this is another area in the development of the mobile world, where heads need to be banged to…

Here Come the Media Phones

“Users could very well be willing to pay for new, expensive media-ready phones, and the services to go along with them, but no one is sure e…

My Cell Phone is Not a TV

Or so thinks Douglas Rushkoff…”Sure–I can imagine bizarre circumstances under which I’d be glad for my cell phone to display broadcast te…

Sprint Adding TV Service For Cell Phones

TV on mobile is red hot (which, of course, doesn’t mean anything when it comes to business models): Sprint network in U.S, is adding a TV se…

Kodak Mobile Signs Cingular as First Partner

Kodak is teaming up with Cingular to provide mobile imaging for $2.99 a month. The “Kodak Mobile” service offers anytime, anywhere access to…

The Ubiquitous Network Society of Today

(via Buzzmachine): A very nice graphic by Anil de Mello, depicting the role of mobile phones as the main feature of the networked individual…

Premium Rate SMS Music Download Surcharge

(via Ringtonia): If you thought credt-card micropayments were inefficient, look at premium rate SMS, the reverse billing. Linkin Park, the n…

Atlantic To Release Albums on Wireless Card

The Atlantic Group, the parent company of Time Warner labels such as Atlantic, Nonesuch and Lava, has teamed with Fearless Entertainment to…

BT Offers Mobile Content On Public Kiosks

BT in UK has launched a new content service, BTringtones.com, on its public Internet kiosks [which, by the way, probably has ridiculously lo…

Merging Mobility and Media

As Nokia launches its Nokia 7700, and with it the Series 90 platform, the story ponders on whether Nokia’s plan to merge mobility and media…

CNN To Be Embedded Into Nokia 6600s

CNN’s new Java-powered mobile news product, CNNlive, will be embedded into the multimedia cards of Nokia 6600 phones sold in Europe…after…

The SMS Gold Rush

Ten percent of Europe’s SMS traffic now comes from value-added services and content such as ringtones, quizzes, and mobile chat. The opportu…

TV on Mobile: The Business Model

Must read: WSJ does a story on Nokia’s latest 7700, and wonders whether there’s a business model to beaming TV onto mobiles: “f consumers do…

It’s Still Not “Next Year” for Mobile

(sub. req.): Another bubble-bursting story by Barron’s, this time on the mobile services market: after the CTIA conference frenzy last week,…

Nokia Developing Independent TV Technology

Nokia is developing a handset that will offer TV companies a chance to bypass telecoms operators and broadcast programmes straight to mobile…

InfoSpace’s Future Hinges on Mobile

A nice overview of the present situation at InfoSpace, and how it is hinging on the mobile market to drive forward…
“One of the reasons In…

Premium Mobile Content Market On The Rise

According to Qpass (a vendor in the market, so take it with a pinch of salt), revenue per subscriber purchasing premium mobile content grew…

Mobile Content Deals Asunder–Part II

Coinciding with the CTIA conference, a slew of mobile content deals are being announced. Second round of the deals (first round here)
— Acc…

KDDI To Start Flat-Rate Mobile Internet

In a significant move, Japan’s second largest telecoms operator KDDI will introduce a flat rate next month for packet transmission of email…

Motorola In Tie Ups With RNWK, PacketVideo

Motorola has turned up the heat in the mobile market: it has announced tie-ups with PacketVideo and RealNetworks. Additionally, Motorola ann…

A Growing Menu: Content-to-Go

“Branding and the possibility of generating revenue are important, according to Andy Nulman, president of Airborne Entertainment, but of equ…

Mobile Content Deals Asunder

Coinciding with the CTIA conference, a slew of mobile content deals have been announced. Some of them are below:
— Sony Ericsson Expands On…

Kyocera Launches Virgin’s MTV phone

Virgin Mobile USA branding agreement with pop culture powerhouse MTV has come to bear fruit, with Kyocera Wireless today introducing MTV-bra…

Dialing for Dollars

(sub. req.): Will people use their cellphones to buy lots of stuff? Phone companies are determined they will…a good overview of the curren…

The 6-11-21 Rule

Patrick Harris, executive director of thoughtengine (formerly Director of Creaticity (!) at Orange), mentioned a very interesting statistic…

Mazingo PDA Subscription Service Closes Down

Mazingo, a PDA-based multi-media subscription service which I have written about extensively in the past, has closed its service due to lack…

China Nets Have Priced in a Strong Q3

Another story on the inflated valuations of Chinese portals…there are plenty of concerns, starting with revenue concentration. Sohu and Si…

MMO2 Leads Way in Mobile Music Downloads

UK Telecom operator MMO2, BT Group’s former mobile arm, is set to become one of the first of the leading mobile operators to sell chart musi…

3 Opens Network To Premium SMS

3, the 3G operator in UK, has opened up its subscriber base to premium SMS: The Sun is the first media owner to go live with a premium SMS s…

TIM Launches Mobile TV

Italian mobile operator Telecom Italia Mobile will launch video news on mobile phones, making use of the GPRS (2.5G) network.
According to…

Comparison Shopping?

(via PicturePhoning): This is bound to create some controversies: NeoMedia, a technology company involved in authentication/barcoding soluti…

Nokia Shake-Up Stresses Content Hopes

Nokia has unveiled a top management shake-up and a restructuring, including naming a new CFO…the shakeup is aimed at strengthening its foc…

Opera’s Mobile Browser Gets a Tune-Up

Opera Software has updated its Web browser for the Sony Ericsson P800 smart phone, improving the way some complex pages render on the handse…

Why Go 3G, When 2.5 Does It?

The wireless version of the eternal debate: UK telecom operator 3 is banking on football and better quality video to lure subscribers to 3G.…

Scottish Cartoon Newsreader Goes Mobile

The Scottish government’s virtual news avatar is going mobile: Seonaid, an online cartoon character which the govt. has been using on its of…

‘TV-On-Mobile’ Schemes Heat Up

“TV-on-mobile” is a hot button issue among many broadcasters and technology companies at this year’s International Broadcast Convention in A…

Social Currency

No matter how colorful you make it, content will never be king in a wireless world. It’s not the content that matters – it’s the contact, wr…

Going Gold? Maybe, if Enough Cellphones Ring

“Some people in the music industry see a not-so-distant future when teenagers will pay a few dollars to download full songs onto their phone…

New UK Mobile Portal Bypasses 3G

Flix, a new UK-based mobile content company, plans to launch a mobile video portal later this month that will work on existing mobile networ…

Caution: Mobile Content at Work

A long and interesting article on the emerging business models in mobile content, in the B2B context…”Bottom line: In the mobile game, don…

Mobile Devices: One Generation From Useful

(via Textually) Jakob Nielsen weighs in on the usability of mobile devices: “Right now, there aren’t enough mobile devices in use to warrant…

The First Wireless Soap

This is funky as funky can be…Holland, the country who brought to television the first “Big Brother” reality show in 1999, is now innovati…

User Created Mobile Content

Will user-generated content be as important for the mobile Internet as it is for the wired Internet?
By the way, the excellent wireless new…

The Economist to Switch PDA Edition to Fee

Economist.com’s mobile/PDA version will no longer be free, though a price on the new subscirption version hasn’t been set. The new version,…

Mobile Sinners

Brilliant name for an adult wireless content site…

Wireless Streaming Standard Approved

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has finished the 802.15.3 standard, ensuring that digital content streamed over a wire…

Vodafone Joins Bid to Screen Football Clips

Vodafone UK is vying with BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster, for the rights to show UK’s Premiership football highlights on 3G mobile phones…

Raking It In On Ringtones

According to Strategy Analytics, the amount of ringtones we download is going to double by 2008 -Strategy Analytics claims carriers will win…

Read A Magazine, Wi-Fi Style

This deal can be pretty trivial or pretty smart, depending on which camp of Wi-Fi hype [or even digital-version camp] you’re on…Zinio, the…

Nokia Adds Full Tracks to Ring Tones

Nokia has been working closely with the music industry to make them port music to cell phones, and in effect persuade labels and music fans…

Death Knell for Mobile Content Providers?

Analysts have predicted the demise of the majority of pure mobile content operators within the next few years. “Most content providers belie…

Sprint to Launch Full Songs on Mobiles

In what could become a rush among mobile operators in U.S., Sprint is expected to annouce a deal with the major music labels that brings ent…

The Next Big Thing…The Cell Phone

I have to say…Business 2.0 is a good magazine, but sometimes it comes out with these “wow-a-trend!” story…like…cell phones! Anyway, th…

Mobile Smart Agents To Spend Your Money?

(via Textually) Holy Cow…A consortium of the world’s top consumer electronics firms, mobile networks and broadcasters are funding the deve…

‘Hulk’ Promotions On the Cell

“The Hulk” won’t restrict himself to the big screen today…Moviso, the mobile services and products company, simultaneously launched an amb…

The Reality on Avatars

We called them cartoons, now they call them digital avatars. I was attending the DA Group’s Get Real: Get Virtual seminar in London, on usin…

Samsung Phone Adds TV Reception

(via PicturePhoning.com): The killer app: Samsung Electronics has built a TV reception function into its latest handset SCH-X820, for its do…

Yao Ming Gets Own Wireless Service

Will Yao Ming fit into your cell phone screen? Yep, now he will…Sohu.com, a Chinese portal, will launch the official Yao Ming wireless ser…

Web Pages On NEC Mobile Phones

NEC has developed a new technology called “Semantic Zoom” function, which enables the user to comfortably view webpages using TVs, PDAs and…

Church Offers Premium Bible SMS

A Cardiff, UK company is to offer people a regular message from the bible via their mobile phones in an attempt to show how up-to-date the c…

MTV to Set up Mobile Phone Network

MTV’s prepaid mobile services (branded “HELLO_MTV”) will initially be available in Sweden from the 1st June 2003 and will include a unique s…

New Site Launch: Moco.News

I have launched a new site, called Moco.News, on mobile content news. The site will have expanded coverage of the wireless content arena, wi…

Will Ambient Devices Catch On?

Perhaps the wierdest piece of news I have seen in a while, but Ambient Devices has developed an “embedded” wireless device which changes col…

The Promise of Premium SMS in US

A report from the Consect Global Wireless Summit, where PaidContent.org was one of the media sponsors. “Remember that age-old scenario about…

Ringtone Market More Than Just Hot Air

The [ringtones] market has already topped $1 billion globally and has been all the rage in Europe and Asia for several years. Sales in the U…

Selling Mobile Games

(free registration required): Djuice, the portal for Telenor Mobile in Norway, does not believe that users are particularly price sensitive,…

Time for Mobile TV?

(free registration required): “Indeed, the pay-per-view model of existing premium channels is well suited to the mobile environment. However…

The Bulls and Bears of Mobile Content

Maybe we should, maybe we shouldn’t. Get into mobile content, that is. The pros and cons of it were given at the IFRA conference by Constant…

Sony Ericsson Ups the Ante For Mobile Gaming

A new deal will see high-end games for Sony Ericsson’s latest handsets distributed through retail, wireless and online outlets in the UK. Th…

Pocket Internet TV in Your, uh, Pocket

Does a pocket TV sound utopian to you? It is, however, far from that, for a digital TV receiver which works over the Internet has been in te…

Is M-Commerce Dead and Buried?

“The phase we are entering [in wireless commerce], the content phase, is one in which people purchase content that is then delivered to thei…

Siemens Helps to Put TV on Mobiles

Siemens has teamed up with German TV channels, 13th Street and Studio Universal (part of Universal Studios) to turn TV shows into a mobile f…

Variety, AP and Reuters on Sprint Phones

Sprint’s PCS division is launching a new video product for users, offering movie reviews, news and sports scores from companies such as Dai…

Sony Tags BREW for Content

Sony Music Entertainment is the first major music company to sign an agreement to publish applications and content for QUALCOMM’s Binary Run…

Making Wireless Content Pay

A good overview of the wireless cotent market in the U.S. “[T]he licensing action is hot and heavy. Some wireless content distributors belie…

South Park Games to Go Mobile

Comedy Central will license cartoon series South Park to games publisher IN-FUSIO, and will be made available this summer. The deal will lea…

Japanese Operators Test Mobile Payments

Japanese mobile phone operators NTT DoCoMo and KDDI have both announced plans to trial services that will allow subscribers to make credit c…

The Dynamics of the Ringtones Market

Ah, one of the wonders of modern world: $1 billion ringtones market, and that’s a very conservative estimate. “With [handsets with] enhanced…

Beyond Mobile Content Consumption

An interview with Ion Valaskakis, head of the Entertainment group for Vodafone Global Content Services. “It won’t be long before we’re able…

CNBC Italy to Stream News Over Mobile Phones

The Italian branch of CNBC has teamed up with mobile services provider Ustream.it to create Cfn/CnbcMobile, which will stream financial news…

Mobile Video and Its Uses

A very informative research into what users do with mobile video, based on a Finnish (where else?) study. Mobile phones suitable for viewing…

O2 to Offer Video Downloads

O2, the UK wireless operator, will begin trialling its video download and video messaging services next month among 350 select users, with a…

Asahi’s Wireless Magic Act

While most news sites around the world have yet to figure how to coax readers into paying for online news, Japan’s No. 2 newspaper Asahi Sh…

Cash in Hand: Mobile Payment Jungle

(free registration): A detailed story on the early days of the mobile transactions dream. There are a number of solutions in the market, but…

Music and the Mobiles

Ten percent of the music sold in the world last year was ringtones: $3 billion. That figure from Jay Alan Samit, president, EMI Record Music…

Mobile Content Deals Happening Fast

Mobile content deals are happening fast and furious. SmartServ, a wirless content technology company, has tied up with an undisclosed handse…

World Conquest through Bottom Up Media

(free registration required): A provocative story by Douglas Rushkoff on how users can make sure that wireless media does not become another…

Launches Mobile Alert Subscription Service

, the in-demand Arab network, has launched a wireless news alert service with technology from London-based company Pervasive Edge. The servi…

Coming Soon: Movies on Your Cell Phone

T-Mobile says full-motion video and sound will be available on the new Nokia 3650 wireless phone with the company’s service. The announcemen…

ARPU Increasing for Mobile Operators

Mobile operators in Western Europe at last appear to be halting the long-term decline in average revenue per user (ARPU) ? an essential step…

Greeting Cards on Cells

Wireless technology provider Moviso has teamed with AmericanGreetings.com to deliver electronic greetings and graphics to mobile devices thr…

“Mobile Sector in Crisis”

That is the view of Professor Peter Bruck, from Austrian Research Centers in Salzburg. He believes the crisis is on three levels: the limit…

IGN LAunches Wireless Gaming Review Site

IGN Entertainment has launched a new editorial section on wireless gaming, with reviews of games and hardware tools. Also, stories on Mobile…

Do’h, Its Wireless!

Twentieth Century Fox has licensed “The Simpsons” to the wireless division of video game publisher THQ to be developed into games, ringtones…

TruTones Gains Instant Celebrity

In a new offering from Moviso, popular song excerpts and sound effects — all licensed and authentic — are available on the company’s TruTo…

InphoMatch Launches Wirless Content Gateway:

InphoMatch Launches Wirless Content Gateway: SMS platform maker InphoMatch has launched its content delivery platform, called InphoAxxess. T…

Mobile Music: The Sound of Silence?

Record label Sony Music Entertainment on Wednesday unveiled a new “mobile music” service for cell phones that’s missing something: tunes to…

Mazingo to Stream AP Video

Mazingo to Stream AP Video on Wireless Service: Mazingo Mobile Entertainment Network, a subscription based wireless/PDA channel, will offer…

mmO2 To Start Music-Over-Mobile Pilot:

mmO2 To Start Music-Over-Mobile Pilot: British mobile operator mmO2 announced that it is to trial the world’s first ‘music over mobile’ serv…

NHL Goes Wireless With PocketBoxOffice:

NHL Goes Wireless With PocketBoxOffice: Wireless entertainment network provider Airborne Entertainment, which operates PocketBoxOffice, the…

Pocket PC Subscription Services Coming:

Pocket PC Subscription Services Coming: The Australian company GoConnect will launch an interactive video subscription service will not only…

European Carriers Unite for M-commerce:

European Carriers Unite for M-commerce: Four of Europe’s top wireless operators have joined forces on a mobile payment initiative designed t…

Vodafone’s 3G Spoiler

Vodafone plans to head off the threat posed by the launch of the UK’s first third generation mobile phone network by offering its customers…

UK Ring Tone Market Worth

UK Ring Tone Market Worth £60 M a Year: This according to UK-based research company NOPWorld and Swedish Mobile Metrix, who surveyed people…

CNN Mobile Expands Mobile Services:

CNN Mobile Expands Mobile Services: CNN Mobile has started offerinmg new services to operators of mobile phones. Mobile customers can watch…

In Japan and Korea, Mobile

In Japan and Korea, Mobile content Is Making Money: The wireless Web? Wasn’t its obituary written way back in 2000?…Yet, Japan’s three mob…

Mobile Content: Phones Just Wanna

Mobile Content: Phones Just Wanna Have Fun: A case study on how Samsung used it mobile club to promote premium wirless content services. “Wi…