Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Microsoft steps up Windows Mobile consumer push

Microsoft is working to boost the appeal of Windows Mobile among consumers by appointing a new head of marketing and by lending support to a new application for viewing Web content.

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it has hired Todd Peters, formerly an executive with Staples, to be corporate vice president of marketing for its mobile communications business. Peters is tasked with positioning Windows Mobile to appeal more to a consumer audience. He fills a position left vacant by Suzan DelBene, who recently left the company.

Microsoft also said it will help market and distribute Zumobi, a software program that makes it easier for Windows Mobile users to access Web sites and widgets, or small applications that provide up-to-date information from the Web.

Zumobi said in a statement Tuesday that Microsoft will distribute the software with Windows Mobile, although Microsoft characterized it as more of a marketing deal and said it would make Zumobi available for download from its Web sites.

Either way, the software, which had been available in beta since December from Zumobi's Web site, should now be easier for customers to get hold of. Zumobi did not respond to questions about the agreement.

The announcements reflect a recent push at Microsoft to attract more consumers. "We are definitely moving into making Windows Mobile come alive for the consumer," said Scott Rockfeld, group product manager at Microsoft's Windows Mobile group. Rockfeld and other Windows Mobile executives have been emphasizing that the operating system is designed to be attractive to users in their personal lives as well as their work lives.

For now, the most compelling value is for enterprise customers who want mobile access to their corporate data and documents, and Microsoft will need to reach more consumers to maintain growth in the future, said Charles Golvin, an analyst at Forrester Research.

"They need to continue to evolve the value proposition and range of applications that are more centered around consumers, even though their primary focus is -- and will remain in the near future -- on the enterprise," he said.

The appointment of Peters and support for Zumobi appear to support this gradual buildup of support for consumer applications, he said.

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Toshiba Announces Portege G710 QWERTY Smartphone

Toshiba has announced the Portege G710 Windows Mobile 6 Standard-powered smartphone. Featuring a QWERTY keyboard in a slim 13mm (.5") thick housing, the G710 is sure to be a hit. This Toshiba smartphone offers quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) for global connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP support for stereo headsets.

The Toshiba Portege G710 sports a large 2.4" QVGA display set in landscape orientation atop the QWERTY keyboard. A 2 megapixel camera is on board so that you never miss a shot, and the built-in GPS receiver makes it easy to find your way. The G710 is set to be available in Q1 2008, though pricing is not yet available.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

First WiFi / 3G Mobile Transport Network in UK

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport ( SPT ) and network operator Arqiva have announced a ground breaking deal to provide a combined cellular and Wi-Fi network across the 15 Glasgow Subway stations.

Under the agreement, Glasgow will become the first UK city to provide passengers with combined 2G and 3G cellular mobile and WiFi access.

Arqiva Wireless Solutions division will begin deployment of the network later this month, with initial testing at Buchanan Street Subway station.

The new network will enable Subway customers to access the internet and mobile phones at stations, and provide public access to WiFi services.

This unique WiFi project is part of the massive programme of Subway modernisation and efficiencies being undertaken by SPT, which sees great potential in using WiFi technology to migrate some of its existing applications and services, including ticketing, onto the network.

Gordon Maclennan, Assistant Chief Executive of SPT, said: “This is a real milestone for SPT as the state of the art technology employed will realise our ambition of continuous improvement to services on the Subway.

“Accessibility and connectivity are vital in today’s fast moving technology environment and I’m delighted that SPT has enabled Glasgow to set the standard of being the first city to provide both 2G and 3G phone and WiFi coverage on the Subway.

“The new network should also reassure our customers that we are regularly responding to changing passenger needs. Any application which enhances passenger safety and delivers better services is high on our agenda.”

Howard Williams, Business Development Manager for Arqiva Wireless Solutions Division, said: “As the UK moves closer to wirelessly-enabled areas the benefits that wireless networks, such as the one contracted by SPT, can provide are being recognised and cities need to capitalise on this.

“In its entirety, the network is not just about meeting the needs of the general public; it is also about generating cost savings and efficiencies for the organisation and its counterparts.”

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Samsung F490 Takes on the Apple iPhone

Samsung today unveiled the SGH-F490, a multimedia phone with a 3.2-inch, 16:9 wide full-touch screen and intuitive user interface for the European market. To support Internet browsing, the F490 embedded Google Search and optimized full browser for Web pages in both vertical and horizontal views. "The Samsung F490 is the solution for consumers who want to use Internet wherever and whenever they want," said Geesung Choi, president, telecom business, Samsung. "F490 is not only a powerful multime...

Samsung today unveiled the SGH-F490, a multimedia phone with a 3.2-inch, 16:9 wide full-touch screen and intuitive user interface for the European market. To support Internet browsing, the F490 embedded Google Search and optimized full browser for Web pages in both vertical and horizontal views.

"The Samsung F490 is the solution for consumers who want to use Internet wherever and whenever they want," said Geesung Choi, president, telecom business, Samsung. "F490 is not only a powerful multimedia device but also a stylish fashion item with sleek and charming design. We are proud to introduce this new innovative multimedia handset to global consumers."

From listening to music to snapping photos and video with the embedded 5-megapixel camera, the F490 offers the latest audio and video functions such as the combination of standard 3.5mm audio jack and support for compatible microSD cards plus 130MB internal memory.

The F490 offers an enhanced multimedia experience with fast HSDPA networks. Downloading large files, streaming videos and even holding video conversations are fast with speeds up to 3.6Mbps. With Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0, users also will be connected to a range of peripherals including wireless headsets and mobile printing.

The Samsung F490 will be available in some European countries from late January at around 530 euros. After being launched in Europe, the phone will come to US and the Asian market including Korea.

The North American variant will be launched on Sprint, called the M800. However it will come with a 2.0-megapixel camera, WiMAX and EV-DO Rev. A.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Windows Mobile 6 phone boasts VGA display, FM transceiver

E-Ten has added to its "Glofiish" family of Windows Mobile phones with a device offering a full VGA display. The X650 also includes GPS and -- in some markets -- an FM tuner and transmitter, the company says.

E-Ten has recently specialized in phones with VGA (640x480) displays, such as X500+, and the slide-out keyboard equipped M700. The new X650 is similar in almost every respect to the X600 introduced in November 2007, except for the earlier phone's QVGA (320 x 240) display.

Like the X600, the X650 includes built-in GPS, based on the SiRF starIII chipset. It also includes both Bluetooth and 802.11b/g WiFi.

The phone's communications capabilities are based on quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/EDGE and include GPRS (general packet radio services) Class B, Multislot Class 10. This provides data transfer of approximately 128 Kb/sec.

The X650, offered in black or purple colors, also includes a two-megapixel camera, along with full audio capabilities. Subject to where it is being sold, the device may include an FM tuner and transmitter, according to E-Ten. The transmitter is presumably intended for sending music from the phone to a car radio.

As a Windows Mobile 6 Professional device, the device includes Direct Push email as well as HTML email capabilities. Other bundled software includes Internet Explorer, Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile, Windows Live, and Windows Media Player 10.

Features and specifications listed by E-Ten for the Glofiish X650 include:

* Processor -- Samsung SC3 2442, clocked at 500 MHz
* Memory -- 256MB flash ROM, 64MB RAM
* Display -- 2.8-inch VGA display
* Camera -- autofocus, two megapixel
* Wireless interfaces:
o WAN -- GSM/EDGE quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), with GPRS/EGPRS Class B, Multislot Class 10
o WLAN -- 802.11b/g wireless
o WPAN -- Bluetooth 2.0
o FM tuner and transmitter (in some markets)
* Other I/O:
o Stereo headset jack
o Mini USB jack
* Expansion -- micro SD slot
* Battery:
o Type -- 1,530 mAh lithium-polymer battery
o Talk time, 5-6 hours
o Standby time, 150-170 hours
o GPS usage, 5-7 hours
o PDA usage, 12-14 hours
* Dimensions -- 4.4 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches (107 x 58 x 14 mm)
* Weight -- 4.8 ounces (136 g) with battery

Pricing was not listed by E-Ten, but the Glofiish X650 will be available by the beginning of February, according to the company.

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Momail Now Available on Over 1000 Mobile Phones

Momail has passed yet another milestone with its popular mobile email service. Already the market leader in devices supported, Momail now hits the 1000 mark.

Examples of the latest and upcoming models compatible with Momail are the Apple iPhone, LG KU990 Viewty, Motorola MOTORAZR V9 and MOTO Q9h, Nokia N82 and 8800 Arte, Samsung I450, J200 and P520 Armani and the SonyEricsson K660i, W380i and W890i.

”In UK the GPS and the digital photo frame has been selected as this year’s “must-have” Christmas gifts, but if we count the number of units sold during the holiday season, the mobile phone will win again this year. We estimate that more than 300 million mobile phones will be sold worldwide this quarter: In UK alone, approximately 6 million handsets will be sold, and Momail functions on almost all of them”, says Roger Grönberg, CEO of Momail.

Of the more than 1.1 billion mobile phones that will be sold this year, more than 80 percent include built-in email support, and Momail intends to be first choice on markets where launched. Today Momail is available in the five Nordic countries, the UK, and will launch in Germany and Poland very soon. Momail will continue to expand its offering across many countries throughout 2008.

”Many consumers will receive a mobile phone this Christmas, and of course we hope they will be used for mobile email and Momail. Momail makes it very easy to get started and it’s patented technology optimizes every email for each mobile’s specific requirements, thus, saving an average of 82 percent of the data traffic to the mobile. Therefore, Momail is the fastest and most cost effective mobile communication solution available today,” says Roger Grönberg.

Availability and price
Momail is free of charge and works on all mobiles with built-in email support. The service is available in the UK and in all Nordic countries. From December onwards many more countries will be added, beginning with Poland and Germany. Free registration is available via the mobile.

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Nokia N95 8GB - A Smooth Black Phone With Lots of Space

The very first thing you would notice about the fantastic Nokia N95 8GB mobile phone is the smooth & suave black casing. Just pick it up to experience the solid feeling. Look at the 2.8" QVGA TFT screen with its ambient light-detector that gives you a clear view & shows upto 16 million colours. The lovely new screen, which is not much larger than its antecedents, yet seems to be dominating the front of this chic handset. The slider appears unique and acutely elegant. What's new about this newest entrant in Nokia family is the screen size that lets the standby screen to show seven standby applications rather than the usual six. Nav keys of this handset are smaller & Media buttons have been elevated so you don't have any problem in finding them. The shutter-less camera & a massive internal memory of 8GB will surely fascinate you.

With the dimensions of 99 mm x 53 mm x 21 mm and a weight of just 128 g, the N95 8GB is ideal to hold in hand or carry in pocket. The best part of this phone is the huge dynamic internal memory of upto 100 MB. Hence, you can store your messages, images, ringing tones, calendar notes, video clips, to-do list & a lot more without worrying for memory constraints. Besides this, the internal flash-memory of 8 GB lets you store multimedia content such as pictures, music, ring-tones, map data, etc.

If you wish to stay connected to your group, you can do so with the messaging services (SMS, MMS, IMs, and emails) provided by N95 8GB from Nokia. The battery of the 8GB Nokia phone gives you upto 210 minutes of talk time in WCDMA & 300 minutes in GSM, and upto 280 hours of standby support. This stylish handset comes with a built-in hands free speaker, dedicated media-keys, and lots of other significant features. Just grab it to experience the joy of using the most stylish & best-equipped gadget available today.

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