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How To Do Free WiFi Right

Notable about all the places that offer free WiFi in London is a requirement to accept the terms and conditions – and, in almost all cases…

Tony Blair Joins Khosla Ventures As An Advisor

Tony Blair is joining VC firm Khosla Ventures as a “senior advisor,” according to a report in the NYT. That puts the former British prime mi…

UK’s Channel 4 To Slash Mobile Efforts

UK broadcaster Channel 4 will slash its mobile offerings to save money, moving to automatic porting and away from bespoke mobile publishing.…

Industry Moves: mSpot; Azuki; 2ergo

— mSpot: Mobile music and entertainment company mSpot has hired Aline Yu as VP of marketing and Gregg Brown as director of product marketin…

3 UK Strikes Mobile Ad Deal With Yahoo!

It’s best days may be behind it in online search, but Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is proving its still a contender in mobile. The search engine and p…

BBC Deciding On Mobile TV Strategy

The BBC is currently mulling over the results of a 12-month long mobile TV trial to figure out its long term strategy for the medium. NMA re…

Outdoor Ad Agency Kinetic Forms Mobile Group

Kinetic, the global outdoor buying agency in the WPP network, has announced the formation of a mobile advertising division Kinetic Mobile as…

Mobile Barcodes Finally Catching On In The US?

Quick response (QR) codes, or scannable mobile barcodes, that can hold web page URLs or other content in them, are popular in Japan, but hav…

WIN Buys Pocket Group For Up To $8.77 Million

UK-based Mobile entertainment company WIN Plc has today announced the acquisition of London-based mobile music company Pocket Group for up t…

British Spectrum Auction Set For Next Year

British regulator Ofcom will auction spectrum next year: “The 1452MHz to 1492MHz radio spectrum is being freed up by the transition from ana…

AOL Launches UK Portal

AOL (NYSE: TWX) has launched a UK mobile portal which aggregates information from AOL’s website and other sites, and optimizes it for mobile…

ITV Launches First Made-For-Mobile Show

UK broadcaster ITV (LSE: ITV) has launched its first made-for-mobile show, dubbed The Hot Desk. The two-minute episodes will be hosted by Ni…

Ministry Of Sound Planning Mobile Music Store

UK dance music company Ministry of Sound has drawn up plans for a mobile music subscription download service dubbed Earwig, according to NMA…

Telescope Appoints Jason George As Chairman

Participation media and mobile marketing company Telescope has appointed Jason George as chairman of the company. George joined the company…

Carphone Warehouse Launches Postpaid MVNO

UK’s Carphone Warehouse has launched a second MVNO, reselling Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) minutes under the TalkMobile brand. TalkMobile is a postp…

Times Media Launches Mobile Service

UK publisher Times Media will launch mobile access to The Times, The Sunday Times, and Times Online next week. The content will include brea…

O2 Launches Interactive Mobile Comedy Show

O2 will host an interactive comedy show designed for mobile phones, If an alien came to Earth, which will feature an interactive forum allow…

Mobile Content Use In UK Declining: Survey

A survey from Continental Research of just under 1,000 people shows that they are using less content now than they did last year. The survey…

WeComm Closes $6 Million In Funding

London-based WeComm has raised 3 million pounds (US$5.98 million) in a round of funding from Elderstreet and Frontiers Capital. The company…

Orange Launches Channel About UK Footballer

UK footballer Frank Lampard has signed a six-figure contract with operator Orange UK to create Frank TV, a series of video diaries about the…

UK Music Mag NME Launches WAP Site

IPC Media has launched an off-portal WAP site for its UK music magazine NME. Accessed by sending an SMS to a shortcode the site will offer l…

Mobile TV: UK Users Change The Channel

A fairly damning article about the state of mobile TV in the UK from the Guardian … Taking its cue from last week’s demise of BT Movio, it…

Ministry of Sound Planning MVNO In UK?

Oh boy, here comes another attempt at a content-focused MVNO, this time in UK: Ministry of Sound, the legendary electronica brand which has…

Omnifone Music Service To Go Retail In UK

Omnifone, a music subscription service launching in Europe with partnerships with major labels and handset manufacturers, may not be going w…

Buongiorno To Buy iTouch for $191 Million

After a year and more of rumors about iTouch’s sale, it has finally happened: the once-European biggie in the mobile content space has been…

Virgin Mobile Founders Quit in UK

Virgin Mobile, one of the pioneering MVNOs part of Richard Branson’s group, has lost two executives instrumental in creating the service, re…

HTC Launches MS Touch Screen Phone

Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC has launched a touch-screen phone (HTC Touch) which uses an Microsoft OS and, naturally, is being reporte…

Virgin Mobile UK Taps InfoSpace For Metasearch

Virgin Mobile UK has signed up InfoSpace to run its search service, expanding its results to third party sites as well as Virgin’s own porta…

I-Play Bought By Oberon Media

London-based mobile game provider I-play will be acquired by New York-based Oberon Media for an undisclosed sum, with the deal expected to c…

Telepartner Gets $7 Million Funding

UK-based mobile business solutions provider Telepartner said it has received $7 million in VC funding, which includes the acquisition of the…

UK Plans Text Quiz Code Of Practice

The Mobile Entertainment Forum has drawn up a six-page framework for a code of practice for TV quiz text services in a bid to restore consum…

UK Users Trying Mobile Internet, Few Return

Harris Interactive has released the results of a poll showing a strong difference between the number of people who have used mobile internet…

Might U.K. iPhone Sales Disappoint?

Interest in iPhone is high, but will that translate into stellar sales when the device hits the market? Not likely, according to El Reg. Quo…

Mobile Web About A Fifth Of PC Web

Telephia and comScore have released some research, MobileWeb Metrix, which shows that the mobile web is about a fifth the size of the PC web…

Google Mobile Maps Hits UK

Google has launched a new version of Google Mobile Maps in the UK — well, a version specifically for the UK from the sound of it. The Regis…

Later Today: Our London Mixer At The Savoy

Later this evening, our big London mixer on Thursday at The Savoy. I won’t be there, but our ContentNext Media contingent includes Staci D K…

UK Gov Threatens To Ban TV Phone-Ins

This is exactly what the industry hopes to avoid — governmental regulation. However, after a series of scandals around the UK

Synchronica Raises $7 Million

Royal Tunbridge Wells-based Synchronica (AIM: SYNC) has raised 3.5 million pounds (US$7.0 million) through a placing of new ordinary shares.…

Orange UK Introduces Flat-Rate Data Plan

Orange has joined other UK operators in offering flat-rate data plans. Contract customers will be able to sign up for unlimited surfing for…

Zamano Planning Further Acquisitions

Irish company Zamano is planning more acquisitions, after closing on Eirborne Text Promotions a couple of weeks ago. “The reason we raised c…

Sky Digital Media Starts Selling 3rd Party Ads

Sky Digital Media has started selling advertising on third-party mobile sites, winning the account to sell across Geek TV. “The broadcaster…

MobileMail To Buy Into TxtNation

UK-based MobileMail has announced plans to buy 49 percent of compatriot txtNation for 1.25 million pounds (US$2.5 million) in cash and US$7…

Carphone Warehouse Expands US Push

Carphone Warehouse’s trial run with Best Buy in the US appears to have been successful…”Up to 200 Best Buy stores will now play host to Ca…

Eidos Buys Game Developer, Distribitor

Eidos Interactive has bought UK-based games developer Morpheme for an undisclosed sum as part of its push into new media. In February Eidos…

iStockphoto Goes Mobile

Image warehouse iStockphoto is joining the growing number of similar enterprises moving into mobile as a hedge against falling prices and ov…

Chick-Lit Goes Mobile

Romance brand Mills & Boon will launch some of its books on mobile, to combat the “embarrassment factor of carrying your Mills & Boon around…

History Channel Unveils UK WAP

The History Channel has launched a direct-to-consumer WAP portal in the UK, the first one it has done (although it does have carrier deals i…

Orange UK Signs Up Social Network Bebo

Update: This has been officially announced…Reuters: The group said it had signed an exclusive deal with Bebo for the service in the UK for…

Mr Bean Tries Cameraphone Marketing

The movie Mr Bean’s Holiday is running a mobile marketing campaign in the UK — but for once it’s not based on Bluetooth. The promotion invo…

Ofcom Steps Into UK Call TV Storm

UK media regulator Ofcom has announced it will hold an inquiry into the “call TV crisis”, reports C21 Media. The issue is over TV shows that…

Red Nose Day Goes Mobile

Comic Relief, the organization that runs the charity fundraising event Red Nose Day, has offered mobile content for the first time, reports…

ATM To Sell Mobile Content

Bank Machine, which has 1,400 ATMs, is distributing a new machine called the Max Box which will sell mobile content such as games, ringtones…

News Of The World Goes Mobile

British newspaper News of the World has launched a mobile version of its Sunday paper, reports Online Journalism News. The service is provid…

Virgin Media And Sky Battle Over Licensing Fees

Sky has threatened to pull its major channels from Virgin Media as they have failed to reach an agreement on how much Virgin Media would pay…

Telefonica To Trial Intertrust DRM

Telefonica’s Spanish and UK mobile arms will trial the DRM system developed by Intertrust, called Marlin (originally developed by Intertrust…

3 Ireland Offers BBC Comedy Shows

3 Ireland has started offering hit comedy shows from the BBC, reports 3G.co.uk. That includes Little Britain and The Office. Apparently over…

UK Mobile Internet Use Increasing

The Mobile Data Association has said that mobile phone users in the UK accessed the internet on their handsets around 15.9 million times in…

MySpace Rules In Mobile User-Gen, Report Says

User-Gen is gaining some traction in the U.S. and the U.K., according to new research from Telephia that compares user activity in both mark…

@Napte Mobile++: Endemol UK's Mobile Experience

Rafat did the opening Q&A/Presentation at Napte Mobile++ with Peter Cowley, MD of Digital Media for Endemol UK. Most of it was very interest…

Orange UK Taps ITN For Video News

Orange has beefed up its broadband and mobile service with the addition of news and entertainment content from ITN, a producer of programmin…

Orange Working On a Google Phone?

A day before the alleged Apple iPhone is supposed to come out, comes the story that Orange is working closely with Google on a “multi-billio…

Orange TV Catches Ashes Wave

Orange UK claims its live mobile TV coverage of the Ashes cricket competition with Australia has resulted in thousands of subscriptions bein…

UK’s Channel Four Broadcasts Whole Shows Live

UK’s Channel 4 has begun simulcasting its shows on BT’s Movio DAB mobile TV service, which effectively means Virgin Mobile at the moment.
Ch…

Viacom CEO Excited About Mobile

Viacom CEO is projecting US$500 million in digital revenue for 2007…most of the article is about sites like YouTube and “enforcing rights”…

MonsterMob Holds Out Hope For La Netro Zed Bid

UK mobile content company MonsterMob (which hit a spot of trouble over the recent introduction of regulation in China) has confirmed that th…

Carphone Warehouse Plans Content Portal

UK mobile retail giant Carphone Warehouse will launch a Java application that will serve as a storefront. The application will be on sale as…

Britain Mulls Killing Radio For Mobile Services

The UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, has “published a statement that said many of the AM and FM licenses are up for renewal and an auto…

UK Mobile Internet Usage Growing — MDA

The Mobile Data Association has issued a release saying that 40.7 million users in the UK used the mobile internet in the third quarter of 2…

Mobile TV: In The U.K. It

The Olswang Convergence Consumer Survey 2006 documents that mobile TV is not catching on as well as the industry had hoped. In fact, consume…

Orange Expands BBC World Deal

C21 Media: Mobile operator Orange has expanded its deal with the BBC (where BBC World had been available to Orange subscribers in France). “…

UK Gameshow Bullseye Goes Mobile

Granada Ventures (the publishing arm of UK broadcaster ITV) has signed up Player X to create a mobile game of popular gameshow Bullseye, acc…

MSN Strikes Mobile Content Deal With PA Group

NMA: MSN has signed a deal with British news service PA Group to provide news and sports content on the MSN mobile service. “The deal will i…

Groove Mobile Goes D2C In Europe

RCR News is reporting that Groove Mobile, which normally offers a white label service to carriers, is keen to launch a direct-to-consumer mo…

Sega Taps Rockpool To Develop Mobile Games

Mobile Industry Biz: Sega Europe has signed up Manchester-based Rockpool Games to help develop mobile games based on Sega’s well known brand…

Mobile TV Research Figures “Impossible”

The Inquirer has continued to investigate the research on mobile TV/video viewing in the UK that was questioned at the end of last month, wh…

Telephia Clarifies BBC Viewer Figures

Telephia has clarified figures it gave last week, among them “33 percent of all mobile TV/video viewers watched BBC 1”. We covered this in o…

UK Shopping Channel Sells Via WAP

UK shopping channel QVC has launched a WAP service that will let people buy goods via their mobile phone: “QVC in your Pocket lets users acc…

Carphone Warehouse Buys AOL UK

James: Carphone Warehouse is a big UK retailer of mobile devices, and mobile content. I’m not sure if this will have any mobile repercussion…

The Death Of The Ringtone

Dodgy sales techniques, piracy and full-track downloads are all being blamed as the bottom falls out of the ringtone market. Research by Mus…

Yahoo Beta Launches Sponsored Search On Mobiles

Yahoo has launched a beta version of sponsored search results on the company’s Mobile Web service in the United States (on Cingular, Sprint…

Non-Technical Issues Of Mobile TV

For a long time technical issues have dominated the news of mobile TV. Occasionally people talked about issues with royalties or whether sho…

UK Top 10 Mobile Games — July

Here are the top 10 mobile games downloaded in the UK in July as reported by ELSPA (it’s started including the developer as well as the publ…

This Week: @ Mobile Content World, London

As if CTIA wasn’t enough for conference binging, this week we’ll have coverage from Mobile Content World in London. Our LDN journo Jemima Ki…

European Broadcasters Mobile Moves

Swedish company Zodiac Television has launched a mobile content unit, which has so far done a 3G test with Telenor in Sweden and is also lau…

2006 UK Digital Music Survey

There’s a lot of interest in the 2006 Digital Music Survey (PDF) by Entertainment Media Research, most of it negative. We posted on it yeste…

Bad News For Mobile Music?

This is a bit of half-empty view of the statistics, but there’s some interesting figures from a survey done by Entertainment Media Research…

UK Top 10 Mobile Games — June

Here are the top 10 mobile games downloaded in the UK in June as reported by Elspa (it’s falling a bit behind)…

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CFL Launches Mobile Video

The Canadian Football League has teamed up with Setanta Mobile to trial a “fan-centric, ad sponsored downloadable video program in the UK ma…

Going Mobile With Drama

Making mobile components to some forms of TV shows is easy, such as with gameshows or talent contests. Others are more difficult, and drama…

UK’s ROK Building To IPO

This article is an unabashed panegyric to UK-based Rok, because it’s the local paper of Shropshire, the county where Rok is based. So it’s a…

What’s On TV Mag Goes Mobile

IPC Media is making a WAP page for its magazine What’s on TV. The top-selling TV magazine hasn’t had a web page before, possibly because it…

Who’s Buying Monstermob Then?

Monstermob, the UK-based mobile content firm, which is going through a bunch of troubles, and has confirmed that it has received a bid, is s…

Internet On Mobiles Still A Turn-Off

A survey of 1500 British mobile phone users by hosting company Hostway has found that 73% of respondents didn’t access the web from their mo…

Monstermob Takeover Chatter

Monstermob, the UK-based mobile content biggie which has been going through some major troubles of late, has seen its shares rise today on t…

Dialing Into the Youth Market

Teenagers have a penchant for sharing a great deal of information about themselves, contact details as well as interests and things they lik…

Sky Offers Mobile Music Downloads Via TV

Sky has partnered with digital music company Craze Productions to offer mobile music through Sky’s eBusiness Portal, Sky Net, which provides…

BBC Extends Local TV Trial To Mobiles

The BBC has extended its trial of local TV to mobile phones. Local TV is intended to “create and distribute genuinely relevant local news an…

WIN Acquires Cumulus Technology

Mobile solutions provider WIN has announced it will acquire Cumulus Technology (a UK-based mobile data services development specialist) for…

UK Government Acts On Cyber-Bullies

The UK government is sending out guidelines to schools in England setting out simple steps that “schools, parents and pupils can take to pre…

SelfcastTV — UK Mobile Video Sharing Site

Video sharing sites are becoming increasingly common, and more of them are incorporating mobile video uploading into their services. Selfcas…

Britons ‘Dependent On Mobile Use’

Yougov polled 16,500 people across the UK to find out how they use their mobile phone, and came up with the sort of answers you’d expect……

Ad-Supported Ringtones

In exchange for receiving three SMS ads a week UK mobile users are offered free ringtones…
“Consumers text the word ‘Pitch’ to 87000 and j…

Mobile TV Polychip Firm Gets Funding

Mirics Semiconductors, a UK-baed mobile TV chips firm, has received a first round of financing from Pond Ventures. The amount was undisclose…

DAB-IP Mobile TV Standard Approved

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has approved a revision of the DAB-IP mobile TV standard, which paves the way for…

US, Japan To Lead Mobile TV Market

Juniper Research has predicted a global mobile TV market of $11.7 billion by 2010, with Japan generating $2.9 billion of that revenue and th…

Virgin Readies UK’s First Mobile TV Broadcasts

Virgin Mobile UK will launch a mobile broadcast TV service “in Autumn” this year, repackaging BT’s Movio product for which it will reportedl…

Exclusive Love Island Mobile Content

ITV1’s celebrity reality show Love Island is being supported with exclusive mobile and online content. “Fiona Robertson, ITV’s interactive c…

Sky Launches Mobile Recording Service

UK satellite TV company BSkyB has launched a service allowing customers of its Sky+ digital video recorder to set their machines remotely us…

Listen To Radio, Buy Song From Mobile Phones

UK’s UBC Media Group has launched a technology that allows people listening to digital radio on their mobile phones to buy the song they ar…

ITV Close To Signing Deal For Mobiles

So says The Business…UK TV broadcaster ITV is close to announcing a deal with an operator that will allow its channels to be broadcast dir…

NewBay Acquires Inamobile

Mobile social networking provider NewBay Softwarehas announced the acquisition of Inamobile, a UK developer of handset applications that pro…

M:Metrics To Deploy M:Meter This Year

M:Metrics has announced some details of its planned M:Meter service, which is due for launch in the second half of this year. The research c…

The Buzz On MozzyTones

The MozzyTone (the official ringtone based on the high-pitched sound that adults are supposed to be unable to hear) has officially launched.…

UK First Battleground For European Convergence

This article is about various telecommunication companies coming together to offer “quadruple plays” based on the recent move by France Tele…

The Disaster Called 3G; World Cup Kick?

Well, so they hope..this story addresses the lack of adoption of 3G services in UK, and how operators are hoping on World Cup, something we…

UK’s TwoFour Launches Mobile Division

TwoFour — an independent broadcast company in the UK — has launched a mobile division, TwoFour Mobile. “We are convinced that Mobile will…

UK Broadcasters Back Mobile TV Trial Using DAB

(reg required) Both the BBC and ITV will put a channel on a new six-month mobile TV trial using DAB technology which launched in London toda…

HMV To Sell CDs By Mobile

Music retailer HMV, responding to declining in-store sales, will launch a three month trial on June 5th to buy CDs via mobile phone. The ser…

The Mosquito Ringtone

Updated: 10/01/06: And now it’s a dance track…
Updated: 06/12/06: New York Times picks this up a couple of weeks later and has a front pag…

Groove Mobile Signs On Indie Labels

Groove Mobile has signed a worldwide licensing deal with the Association of Independent Music (AIM), a non-profit trade organization for ind…

Celebrity Chat With The Darkness

Warner Music UK and T-Mobile UK have teamed up to offer a mobile celebrity chat with the rock band The Darkness to coincide with the release…

Channel 4 Debuts Mobile Video News

UK’s Channel 4 now offers mobile video news bulletins — they’re currently free apart from data charges. “The service features bulletins, ‘H…

Sideloading Now Legal In Australia

The Australian Federal Cabinet has (finally) agreed to make “sweeping changes to copyright laws”. The important thing for mobile is that it…

@ FT Mobile: Touching on DRM

— Summary here of some DRM issues that the Mobile Entertainment Forum flagged up. It estimates that a lack of effective mobile digital righ…

Big Brother Creator Enters Mobile

Exactly what mobile TV needs or the beginning of the end for mobile TV? That depends on how you feel about reality shows… Peter Bazalgette…

Reward For Citizen Journalism

Nokia has teamed up with the UK’s Press Gazette to launch the Citizen Journalism Award, which will spotlight people who found themselves wit…

UK Top 10 Mobile Games

Here are the top 10 mobile games downloaded in March as reported by Elspa…

1) Sonic the Hedgehog — SEGA/iFone
2) Tetris — EA
3) LMA…

Next Week: In London For We Media Forum

Next week, I’ll be in London for the We Media Global Forum, being organized by the Media Center, Reuters and BBC. And while the program does…

Trinity Broadcasting Network Goes Mobile

Religious broadcaster TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) has signed a deal with JH2Media to offer its content to mobile phones. Starting May…

Age-Rating Mobile Games

UK game retailer GAME has partnered with MAD4Games to sell mobile games on the Game.net website…the news being that the games are going to…

T-Mobile UK To Offer World Cup Video Clips

T-Mobile UK, the official sponsor of World Cup, will video clips of key games from the tournament in Germany…besides clips, there will be…

James Murdoch on Mobile Video Business Models

In an interview with World Screen, James Murdoch, the CEO of BSkyB, says it is early, but “it’s not so early that we can’t start to put thin…

Carphone Warehouse Ups Content Drive

UK-based Carphone Warehouse has upped its mobile content push in readiness for a world where content will drive handset sales. A portal Phon…

Empire Magazine in UK Launched Mobile Portal

And why is this important? From the description of it, this seems to be among the more ambitious attempts by magazines to extend into mobile…

BSkyB Maybe Planning Mobile TV Service

The Inquirer: Nothing like a good supposition story… The Inquirer has suggested that satellite TV operator BSkyB is likely to offer a mobi…

Terraplay Gets $3.2 Million

Terraplay, the Swedish mobile and connected gaming platform development company, has raised $3.2 million in funding. Investors in the round…

Robbie Williams Phone To Launch With T-Mobile

Robbie “Can’t-Break America” Williams is continuing on his admittedly pioneering digital music expansion..he is launching a new phone made w…

Mobile Game Controversy?

Alten8 has pulled a game it was planning on distributing from Russian publishers Zen Creations, citing “unfair and unjust criticism in the…

Hat Trick Brings Comedy Clips To Mobiles

UK TV production company Hat Trick has signed a one-year deal with i-Rights to put clips from the comedy shows Have I Got News For You, Fath…

UK Pay-Per-Text Mobile Ad Service

Miva has teamed up with directory service 118 118 to launch TXT//AD, a service to include advertisements in information messages sent by 118…

Troma’s Cult Faves To Come To Mobiles

Lloyd Kaufman is teaming up with European channel operator Zone Vision (which operates the Horror Channel in the U.K.) to bring cult favorit…

UK Mobile Content Market To Treble To

Just when a KPMG survey predicted a gloomy picture for mobile content worldwide, here is a study from PayPal and Datamonitor that says that…

3 UK’s User-Gen Mobile Channel on MSN

MSN.co.uk has signed a deal with UK operator 3 to create a mobile blogging channel. The three-month deal will see 3’s SeeMeTV, a mobile TV c…

Rok Offers Free Mobile TV Trial

ROK Entertainment Group is offering a free trial of its mobile TV player (Rok TV) with a “text for mobile TV” service for mass-market 2.5G h…

Virgin Radio to Put Podcasts on Mobile

That’s all I know, from a one line description of a story in the latest NMA magazine in UK (it is behind a pay wall)…it is being launched…

AKQA Launch A Mobile Digital Arm

UK ad-agency Akqa has launched a mobile division, appointing Dan Rosen — who launched mobile marketing agency 12snap in 2000 — to head the…

For-Side Imploding; iTouch For Sale Again

I sorta-kinda knew about this, in relation to For-Side.com’s U.S. and European implosion, but didn’t follow up: Ten months after Japanese mo…

Orange Goes With TDtv

UK operator Orange has announced plans for a mobile TV trial with the new TDtv technology, recently proposed by IP Wireless (and backed by S…

News From The Guardian On Mobiles

The Guardian has done a fair bit in the mobile space, and now it has finally gotten around to launching a news service. The service is run b…