Posts Tagged ‘ vodafone ’

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:

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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

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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).

Vodafone announces mobile app store

Vodafone – the world’s largest mobile operator by sales, active in 27 countries – has announced that it will launch its own mobile application store. The app store is scheduled to go live later this year, giving access to Vodafone’s 289 million worldwide subscribers. The operator will bill premium downloads directly to subscribers’ existing prepaid and postpaid accounts, claiming 30 percent of revenues in the process.

More on the Vodafone app store here.

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. 

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Verizon, Vodafone team for live Madonna simulcast

Verizon Wireless and Vodafone announced they will team to deliver a live global mobile simulcast spotlighting performances from Madonna‘s April 30 show at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. The simulcast, which expands Vodafone’s exclusive mobile content distribution and promotion deal with Warner Music International in support of the new Madonna album Hard Candy, will feature four live songs from the disc, officially dropping Tuesday. Verizon Wireless is scheduled to begin the mobile broadcast at 10 p.m. EST via the V Cast Performances channel, with Vodafone Live’s broadcast beginning at 3 a.m. GMT for subscribers in the U.K., Germany, Italy, France and close to a dozen other international markets. V Cast Performances will also archive the performance for 30 days.

Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless issued an exclusive “mobile underground remix” of the new Madonna single “4 Minutes” remixed by hip-hop mastermind Timbaland, who is also slated to release an exclusive album via the operator’s Mobile Producer in Residence program.

Source: Fierce Wireless

Madonna simulcast on Verizon and Vodafone

Mobile radio Tunin.fm on Vodafone

Tunin.fm, a brand of Dutch company Mobilaria, has signed a deal with Vodafone Holland to allow mobile radio services on the Vodafone network.
Vodafone clients can listen to more than 200 radio stations with their mobile phone from anywhere in the world. For this service they pay a fixed fee of 3,50 EUR per month. This fee is used to compensate the streaming limits that are normally applicable. The profit is divided between Mobilaria and Vodafone.
Mobilaria is also in talks with other telecoms, such as KPN.

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SMS celebrates 15th birthday

It might seem like the hype of the past 5 years, but SMS is in fact much older than that. This month, it has been 15 years ago that the first text message was sent out by a few IT-workers at Vodafone UK. Back in 1992, it wasn’t yet seen as a potential revenue generator, but just as an additional phone service. With the numbers we reported a few days ago, it’s clear they were proven quite wrong…