Mobile industry in Africa satisfying key consumer needs

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While Western mobile companies scratch their heads about how to replicate or adapt the widespread adoption of mobile data services in Japan and Korea, Africa provides another example of how people respond to a great need not new technology. Currently WIZZIT Bank is providing a mobile banking initiative to fulfil the needs of the 14 million South Africans who have …

EditorMobile industry in Africa satisfying key consumer needs

It is Predicted that Japanese Mobile Subscribers Will Reach 107.9 Million by the End of 2010

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DUBLIN, Ireland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 15, 2006–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com) has announced the addition of Japanese Mobile Market Forecast 2003-2010 First Half 2006 to their offering. This is a regular report published twice a year. The report presents an analysis of future trends in the Japanese mobile market as determined through an examination of issues in each category during the first half …

EditorIt is Predicted that Japanese Mobile Subscribers Will Reach 107.9 Million by the End of 2010

Sales in the Mobile Handsets Market Increased to Over 800 Million Units

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DUBLIN, Ireland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 15, 2006–Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com) has announced the addition of Worldwide Wireless & Mobile Market Forecast, 2005 – 2010 to their offering. This market study provides a picture of the worldwide wireless market, today and five years into the future. The study is allocated into several regional sections: Worldwide overview, North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia …

EditorSales in the Mobile Handsets Market Increased to Over 800 Million Units

Ringtone reality check: India cellphone story long way to go

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NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18: India hopes to be a telecom major by 2020 but trends indicate it is still on the dark side of the wireless divide: rural teledensity is still at 2 per cent, roughly where it was at the time of Independence, as against 40 per cent teledensity in the urban areas. Fresh data for 2005-06 filed by …

EditorRingtone reality check: India cellphone story long way to go

South Korea’s Samsung launches phone for worldwide use

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SEOUL (AFP) – South Korea’s Samsung Electronics launched a “Real World Phone” mobile handset designed to work nearly everywhere in the world. The SCH-V920 model allows users to communicate freely in over 90 countries in America, Asia, Europe and Oceania regardless of communications network standards, Samsung said in a statement. The company said it was the first mobile handset capable …

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NTT secures approval to combine mobile, fixed-line services

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(Kyodo News International via NewsEdge) The Japanese government plans to allow Nippon Telegraph and Telephone group to offer packages combining cellular and fixed-line phone services, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported. This would allow cellular service firm NTT DoCoMo to offer both services by leasing fixed-lines from group units NTT East and NTT West, the business daily said. Similarly, NTT East …

EditorNTT secures approval to combine mobile, fixed-line services

Texas Instruments narrows profit outlook for Q3

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Texas Instruments, the biggest maker of chips for mobile phones, narrowed its profit outlook for the third quarter without changing the midpoint of its previous forecast, made in July. TI said it was benefiting from strong demand for chips used in mobile phones, high-definition televisions and other electronic devices. The semiconductor bellwether said it expected to earn $0.44 to $0.46 …

EditorTexas Instruments narrows profit outlook for Q3

eAccess to Borrow DoCoMo Network

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Japan’s eAccess Ltd. said on Monday its wireless unit will borrow its bigger rival NTT DoCoMo Inc.’s network to offer a nationwide cellphone service. eAccess’ mobile unit will roam on DoCoMo’s network in areas outside the major cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The agreement will helps eAccess launch a nationwide voice service in March 2008 before completing its own …

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Apple tries to lure Japanese MobileYouth with iTunes

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  Whereas Apple dominates the market for music downloads in America, its iTunes online music store only has a 5% share in Japan, where youth prefer to download songs onto their mobiles, avoiding online credit card purchases. Apple must be aware that iTunes must realize that it does not hold the same cachet in the Japanese youth market as in …

EditorApple tries to lure Japanese MobileYouth with iTunes

A Quantum Leap for Cell Phones: no more buttons

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It’s likely to evoke the children’s song inquiring, “Where’s the button?” On Aug. 21, designer Pilotfish and sensor maker Synaptics are releasing a prototype of a cell phone, and the funny thing is, it doesn’t have any buttons. Instead, the Onyx device understands signs and gestures, thanks to the sensitive touch pad covering most of its surface. It opens and …

EditorA Quantum Leap for Cell Phones: no more buttons