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Apple gives back $100

A furious response from early adopters to the $200 (E146) cut in iPhone prices has seen Apple give $100 credit notes to all early purchasers. The company posted an open letter from CEO Steve Jobs on its Web site defending the decision to cut the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, but […]

September 10, 2007

Qualcomm and TeamCast expand MediaFLO

Qualcomm, developer of advanced wireless technologies and mobile data solutions, has licensed its FLO modulator software to France-based TeamCast, a company that develops equipment for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) serving the mobile TV transmission industry. The agreement enables TeamCast to accelerate development of FLO-compliant modulators for mobile TV transmissions, which can then be integrated into […]

September 10, 2007

Thomson combats piracy and supports Taiwan mobile TV

Thomson has revealed its new deterrent to piracy utilising watermarking technology allowing video on demand (VoD) operators to identify content on a per transaction basis. The combination of Thomson's Sapphire VoD server and NexGuards watermarking technology offers an end-to-end content tracking and piracy deterrence solution. Thomson has also revealed that Taiwan's terrestrial broadcaster, Public Television […]

August 31, 2007

Qualcomm, Maxis and Astro trial MediaFLO in Malaysia

Qualcomm, developer of wireless technologies, mobile communications group Maxis and ASTRO All Asia Networks, have signed an agreement to conduct a technical trial of Qualcomm's MediaFLO technology in Malaysia. The MediaFLO trial is expected to begin in autumn 2007 and will feature 25 live content channels provided by ASTRO delivered in an 8 MHz UHF […]

August 31, 2007

Nokia takes on iTunes

Nokia has unveiled a new online music store and a global gaming service as it takes on US rival Apple with its iTunes and iPhone. Nokia sells more than one third of the world’s mobile phones, and is looking for new sources of revenue from services and content as the industry matures and voice prices […]

August 30, 2007

iO downloads for Manx

iO global, provider of integrated mobile content solutions, has revealed that Isle of Man's Manx Telecom has launched a converged content delivery service, 'Mobile Downloads', which enables its 75,000 subscribers to purchase, download and consume music from a mobile device and/or PC using the iO Mobile Experience Platform. Manx Telecom customers will be able to […]

August 30, 2007

Canal Plus: TV channels should finance mobile TV

Television channels, and not mobile phone operators, should finance the distribution of programming on mobile phones, according to Canal Plus head Bertrand Meheut. 'TV channels should pay for the network as they already do for traditional television,’ Meheut told the Les Echos. ‘If mobile phone operators pay for the network, they will demand in exchange […]

August 29, 2007

EC looks to boost satellite services

A new mobile service for telephone, television and internet via satellite could be operational within a few years under a proposal made by the European Union’s executive arm. The plan would make the European Commission (EC) the clearinghouse for satellite companies seeking permission to offer the service in Europe, avoiding the need for approval from […]

August 27, 2007

BT, Sony video phone on PSP

BT Group and Sony have unveiled new software that will allow gamers using portable PlayStations to make video and voice calls and send instant messaging. They said the Go!Messenger wireless software for Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game player was set for commercial launch in January 2008. In a battle for supremacy against Japanese rival […]

August 26, 2007

France: mobile TV model conflict

French media companies, including Lagardere, Bollore, NRJ, and BFM, want to offer free mobile TV channels, while MNOs plan to charge a monthly subscription of E5 to E15, reports Les Echos. Under the broadcasters’ plans, at least some mobile TV channels will be free to air. Using the same model as for DTT, customers would […]

August 24, 2007