Posts Tagged ‘ t-mobile ’

Google to sell own Android phone

Google reportedly plans to begin selling a branded Android smartphone directly to consumers as soon as early 2010 as it continues to broaden its web services portfolio beyond the desktop. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports the device – dubbed the Nexus One – boasts software designed by Google itself, from applications to the user interface of each individual screen; HTC is said to be manufacturing the device hardware.

UPDATE: With the Nexus One, the software giant has now started producing hardware.  It hopes to compete against the iPhone, claiming the Nexus One is faster.  If it really is the long promised iphone killer, will have to be seen.  The smartphone is now avaiilable for British and American consumers through the Google web shop (either device-only at $ 529, either combined with a T-Mobile subscription at $ 179).  Collaborations with Vodafone and Verizon should bring the device respectively the European and US market in the spring of 2010. No details yet whether Nexus One will be available in Belgium anytime soon.

Read more:

Wall Street Journal

De Tijd

– And an interesting comparison between Nexus One and iPhone on Mashable

In other Google news: Google Search was the most visited mobile site in the US in 2009.  Yahoo! Mail comes in second, followed by Gmail, The Weather Channel and Facebook.

Interesting numbers & figures from Nielsen

96,1 million SMS on New Year’s Eve

In the last days of 2009, the Belgian mobile operators were anticipating some 100 million SMS messages to be send on New Year’s Eve.  The end result is a bit less but still a record: 96,1 million messages.  One year earlier, that amount was at 78,3 million.

Proximus treated 40,8 million SMS between 20.00 (31 dec.) and 8.00 (1 jan.), which was 13% more than last year.  Mobistar counted 33,04 million messages (+40%) and Base 22,27 million (+19%).

The many formulas that include free SMS could be one cause for the large increase.  There were no major incidents with the mobile network.

Our Dutch neighbours only sent about 70,4 million messages over the networks of KPN (27,7 million), Vodafone (25,2 million) and T-Mobile (17,5 million).

Proximus to offer new Google Phone

Proximus will be distributing the new HTC Magic, the second mobile phone equipped with the Android operating system.  The first Google Phone was the T-Mobile G1.

The HTC Magic Google Phone will have a touch screen and will support 3G and Wifi.

More info will follow at a press conference tomorrow.

Dutch SMS service to stimulate Mobile Internet

Three years after the launch of the Belgian PlazZza platform, The Netherlands are also coming with a SMS service to stimulate Dutch Mobile Internet sites.

The initiative comes from the Open Mobiel Internet, who started testing the flatfee SMS9009 service.  For a fix tariff of 500 euro per 3 months, advertisers can reserve a keyword on the shortcode 9009.  When consumers send this keyword by sms, they receive a direct link to the mobile internet site of the advertiser.  Both sending the keyword and receiving the link are free of charge.  The Dutch mobile operators Vodafone, KPN and T-Mobile all joined the initiative to further stimulate and drive traffic to the Mobile Internet.  All actors are hoping that ultimately this will lead to the development of many more mobile marketing campaigns.

The tests will be evaluated at the end of 2009. 

sms9009-netherlands-mobile-internet

No T-Mobile G1 in Belgium

The T-Mobile G1, the first smartphone based on the Google Android operating system, won’t become available in Belgium.  This time the problem is not due to the prohibition of combined sales, but to the fact that T-Mobile is not present in our country. 

But no worries, HTC is also working on an Android-phone, which should become available on the European market in this quarter.  Expect some more Android announcement on next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

As for the G1; he will soon get a brother, the G2 with a higher resolution, larger screen, a 5 megapixel camera and a lower energy consumption.   
Meanwhile, HTC is working on new smartphone models, that integrate elements from both Blackberry and iPhone.
Some pictures of a pink HTC model, labelled the ‘Hero’, also leaked online.

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Send mobile pictures to your digital frame

We all know the digital picture frame, that visualizes our pictures, stored on its memory card.  The T-Mobile Cameo device promises to make this technology a bit more dynamic and exciting.  This picture frame has a build-in modem and even its own phone number.  This allows to send your mobile pictures via MMS to the frame.  Even when you’re on holidays and the frame is on standing in your living room at home.  You can also send your pictures to the frame of a friend, if that frame is configured to allow your pictures.  A very nice way to share your pictures, indeed!

The Cameo frame became available in the US this month and most reviews agree that it works pretty much as advertised, although some tests revealed a few minor hiccups. 
One downside however is that you need a permanent connection for the frame, which is only offered by T-Mobile for the monthly fee of $10.  So you have to be sure you’ll use it enough to keep it worth the cost.  And of course, the frame only works on places that have T-Mobile coverage.

I haven’t yet heard of any European providers of this technology.  If you know one, leave me a comment.

T-Mobile Cameo picture frame

Google unveils own mobile g-phone: the T-Mobile G1

Yesterday, after months of anticipation, internet search giant Google unveiled their own mobile phone.  The mobile device, manufactured by HTC and developed in collaboration with mobile operator T-Mobile, has been baptized the T-Mobile G1.   It will start quite a competition with the popular iPhone of rival Apple.  The handset, which is based on Google’s Android platform, will be available in US stores on October 22nd for $179, which is 20 dollars cheaper than the iPhone.  It comes with a 2-year subscription with T-Mobile.

the T-Mobile G1

At first glance, the design seems to us a bit less sophisticated.  It’s thicker but narrower than the iPhone.  Many of its features are similar to the iPhone and Blackberry: touch screen, trackball navigation, 3G, Wi-Fi, e-mail, GPS,…  Advantage over the iPhone is the Qwerty keyboard and a higher resolution camera (3 megapixel). However, the G1 can’t shoot video, while the iPhone can. 

To compete with Apple’s iTunes store, the T-Mobile G1 offers access to 6 million MP3 songs in the Amazon store.  And of course, there are lots of Google applications integrated in this smartphone: Google maps, Gmail, Youtube.  The mobile device is also aimed to boost Google’s open source Android software platform.

Surely, we’ll hear lots more about this new toy in the coming days & weeks!
Full product presentation can be found on www.t-mobileg1.com/