Mobile Phone Accessories – Orange and HMV Agree Gaming Deal

March 22nd, 2010

An exclusive gaming deal between Orange and HMV is set to be finalised this week as Orange seeks to open the door for its consumers to mobile gaming, music, films and live events that offer a wealth of mobile phone accessories for everyday use.

The majority of HMV’s mobile games, to be powered by Orange, will also be available to other network users on handsets with Java-enabled phones. Consumers will have eventual access to a vast library of over 400 games, with new titles expected to be added week on week.

The kind of games that can be expected from this mobile gaming deal are the likes of Fifa Manager ’10, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Tetris – with such premium games costing users between £3 and £5.

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BlackBerry Mobile Phones – Market Share Under Attack by Nokia

March 19th, 2010

The BlackBerry mobile phone market share could be set to come under attack by Finnish mobile giants Nokia, with the Nokia E72 business smartphone set to hit the shelves targeting the female consumer population. Nokia is aiming to attract working women to the smartphone, increasing its market share in the enterprise market to compete with BlackBerry/RIM.

BlackBerry appears to be growing its own market share in the non-enterprise market, with half of all BlackBerry consumers attracted to the Pearl and Curve handsets which have taken the industry by storm.

Both BlackBerry and Nokia appear keen to crack the hybrid consumer-business market, with a need to attract users with aesthetically pleasing designs as well as providing efficient mobile working applications.

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iPod Touch Accessories – The Difference Between 1st, 2nd and 3rd Generation Models

March 17th, 2010

The phenomenon of the iPhone somewhat overshadowed the success of the iPod Touch. Despite having no mobile phone hardware built into its device, the iPod Touch has become a similarly important multimedia gadget complete with a broad range of iPod Touch accessories – as well as its ability to store and view music, images and videos across a 3.5” touch screen display.

With three generations of iPod Touch handsets now on the market, it can be very difficult to distinguish between the models. The original 1st generation model was available with both 8GB, 16GB and 32GB memory storage, weighing in at just 120g. The 1st generation iPod Touch was connective via USB 2.0, with iPod Touch data leads and cables available to both synchronise and charge the device simultaneously.

The most significant developments and enhancements in the 2nd generation were its improved battery life, which enabled users to listen to audio for over 50% longer. A variety of iPod Touch accessories are available to maintain connectivity and accessibility on the move. Car chargers simply plug into your car’s cigarette lighter running on 12/24 volts.

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Smartphones – Google Nexus One UK Release Delayed Until Mid-April

March 15th, 2010

Google’s impending Android-powered smartphone, the Nexus One has been delayed for release in the UK until mid-April, allowing its competitors to steal a march on them in the British market over the coming weeks.

The delay of Google’s first own-branded mobile device will allow Vodafone to present the HTC Legend well before the release of the Nexus One. The HTC Legend has already received glowing reviews from experts and analysts, and Google launching their very own smartphone has proved a more time-consuming decision than previously expected.

The Nexus One has been available to purchase in the United States since January, although consumers and industry experts have criticised Google’s decision to make the handset available only through online web sales.

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Mobile Phone Users – Ofcom Reveals Service Comparison Information

March 12th, 2010

In the tightening global economy, British watchdog organisation Ofcom has revealed figures that will encourage mobile phone users to make greater savings on their bills by switching to a mobile tariff that is better suited to the individual needs of the consumer.

With the vast selection of tariffs available amongst a variety of mobile phone carriers there is no excuse not to find a deal that offers the optimum level of talk-time minutes and texts. Purchasing a tariff that includes thousands of free minutes and text messages obviously sounds advantageous, but if you end up using only a small percentage of this allowance that is a considerable amount of money wasted.

This latest service comparison document, Consumer Focus and the Communications Consumer Panel is designed with the simple idea of directing mobile consumers to the most cost-effective monthly deals and services.

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Mobile Phone Accessories – Self-Charging Smartphone on the Horizon

March 10th, 2010

Mobile manufacturers Nokia have filed for a US patent to produce a smartphone that can be used continuously without having to be plugged in and re-charged. Simply put, this self-charging smartphone will mean consumers would never need a battery charger again.

We’ve all found ourselves frustrated at our mobile phones, smartphones, laptops and netbooks losing charge at the most inopportune of moments, whilst having to become accustomed to a mass of wires and chargers by our side.

However this latest technological breakthrough aims to supply wireless power to mobile phones and smartphones. Researchers are believed to have found a method of using ambient radio waves and kinetic energy to enable to handset to receive enough energy to remain fully charged.

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Apple iPad Due for UK Release in April

March 8th, 2010

Mobile manufacturers Apple have revealed that its new Apple iPad device will be going on sale in UK stores from late April, a few weeks later than previously suggested by the American giants.

Mobile phone users will have the ability to purchase both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and 3G accessible iPads towards the end of next month, with the latter version likely to cost significantly more with the option of connecting to 3G services on public transport where there are very few Wi-Fi hotspots.

Competition to secure the ranging for the Apple iPad is expected to be fierce, with Orange a potential frontrunner at present. While the Apple iPad does not allow for mobile phone calls, its expansive 10” touch screen provides users with the ability to view web pages, video and digitised newspapers and magazines – making it a leading mobile working device.

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Mobile Internet – Internet Roaming Charges Capped for EU Usage

March 3rd, 2010

Mobile phone users in countries across the European Union will now be able to cap their mobile internet usage to avoid the threat of surprise bills. New roaming laws passed by the European Commission have enforced mobile phone carriers to implement an option to stop web surfing if charges reach a certain limit.

It would appear that customers wishing to facilitate the service must currently apply through their provider, but from July 1 it is to become automatic across the board.

The agreed default limit set by the European Commission stands at around £45 a month, although that limit is negotiable between the consumer and the provider on an individual basis. Mobile phones and smartphones users will be warned when reaching 80% of their set limit.

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Mobile Phones – Orange & T-Mobile Merger Given Official Go-Ahead by EU Commission

March 2nd, 2010

The long-awaited decision regarding the future of the proposed takeover between global mobile phone carriers Orange and T-Mobile arrived to conclusion this week. The European Commission has granted a conditional go-ahead, with a networking sharing agreement with 3 and a reduction in its share of the combined 1800MHz band the main terms of the agreement.

Interestingly the EU Commission could not find any just cause to reject the merger, with no direct concerns in relation to the mobile phones market and provisions for all mobile telecommunications products.

The agreement from the European Commission has seen the Office of Fair Trading withdraw its request to appeal, after the Commission smoothed over fears from the OFT that the approaching merger would make the UK mobile phones market weaker and uncompetitive with fewer carriers for consumers to choose from.

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Mobile Phone Subscribers – Two Thirds of Developing World Use Mobiles

February 25th, 2010

The latest report from the International Telecommunications Union presented a staggering statistic, with 67% of all people on the planet now mobile phone subscribers. It is thought a mind-bending 4.6 billion people had subscribed to a mobile phone service prior to the end of 2009 – relative to 67% of the planet’s human population.

This increase underlines the immense growth that the mobile industry has engineered over the last eight years. Even in 2002 just 1 billion people were signed up to use mobile phone services – with 3.6 billion new users in the last eight years.

It would seem that communications technology products are becoming much more accessible and economical to all corners of the globe. In comparison to global average income, mobile phone costs are lowest in Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Kuwait and Luxembourg, with the United States interestingly also on the horizon.

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