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Nice piece by Pearce on Motorola
January 25, 2008, 8:11 am
Filed under: cellular, James Quintana Pearce, mobile, Motorola, Nokia, Samusng

Nice piece in MocoNews by James Quintana Pearce today, “Motorola Doesn’t Need Another Hit Phone”. He argues that pundits who blame Motorola’s state on the lack of a hit phone are missing the point. Success in the industry has been driven by depth and variety in the product line, not a single hit phone.

Worth a read here….

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Nokia Extends the Prism Line
January 23, 2008, 4:04 pm
Filed under: 7900, Crustal Prism, Daubal, mobile, Nokia, Prism

Nokia today announced the latest member of the Prism Collection, the Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism, extending the fashion conscious product line. Featuring a crystal center key, and the diamond pattern keypad of the other Prism phones, the Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism is the product of Nokia’s partnership with designer Frédérique Daubal. Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism will be available in the first quarter of 2008, and the 3G phone features a 2 megapixel camera, 1 GB of internal memory and a music player with matching headset. The keypad is also user customizable into one of 49 different colors….



Sony Ericsson Gets in the Music Business for Real
November 9, 2007, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Apple, EMI, iPhone, mobile, Music, Nokia, Sony, Sony BMG, Sony Ericsson, Universal, Vivendi, Warner Music

In a clear response to Nokia’s recent launch of a music portal with PC and mobile storefronts for purchasing and downloading tunes, Sony Ericsson has announced that it too will have a full-fledged music store for its customers by Q2 2008. S-E has always been able to sell tunes from the Sony BMG Music Entertainment, but has now reached agreement with the other three major labels (Universal Music Group (Vivendi), EMI Group PLC and Warner Music Group Corp). All of which means that Sony Ericsson customers will now be able to purchase the vast majority of the major label music that they can purchase through iTunes, Rhapsody, Nokia Music, etc.

The announcement yesterday was apparently timed to respond to both Nokia’s announcement last month, and the launch of the iPhone in Europe which takes place today.




Google kicks off the Open Handset Alliance
November 5, 2007, 2:16 pm
Filed under: cellular, Google, Gphone, HTC, Microsoft, mobile, Motorola, Samsung

Google today announced its much anticipated cell phone strategy. Instead of competing with cell phone manufacturers, Google plans to provide the software to run on handsets manufactured by some of the worlds leading cell phone manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, with additional partners anticipated in the future. There will be no Google phone or GPhone, rather, Google with license the software for free to handset manufacturers to encourage them to develop mobile computing and communications platforms that will surpass the Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones that are currently available on the market.

Consumer electronics hype junkies will be disappointed, but may change their mind when the new handsets start rolling out in the second half of next year.



Sprint’s Touch a Weak Answer to iPhone’s Call
October 18, 2007, 4:05 pm
Filed under: Apple, AT&T, HTC, mobile, Opera, smartphone, Sprint, Touch

Sprint today launched Touch, the latest addition to its product line. Manufactured by Taiwan’s HTC, the phone has a full touch screen, an mp3 player, and e-mail support, and was touted as an answer to AT&T’s iPhone offering. Some of the phone’s features are very competitive with the iPhone in its first incarnation. The EVDO Rev. 0 network is a substantial advantage for Sprint, but the half Gig of SD storage in the base configuration is uncompetitive with iPhone’s 8 Gig onboard, and Pocket Internet Explorer is not a competitive mobile browser.

Sprint has a competitive product line overall, and Touch will certainly help, but it’s no iPhone.

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PC Mag’s Detailed Review of the Touch



Nokia Product Placement
October 17, 2007, 1:07 am
Filed under: 7900, mobile, Music, Nokia, Prism, SugaBabes

Whoever is doing product placement marketing for Nokia deserves a bonus.

The top two music videos in the UK this week both feature the Nokia Prism 7900 prominently, most notably the SugaBabes “About You Now” which focuses on two Prisms repeatedly throughout the video. The other video is Shayne Ward’s “No U Hang Up” which opens with a shot of the Prism and then shows glimpses of it throughout the video. Sexy, trendy, Pop artists loving their phones…. You couldn’t ask for better placement…..



Nokia Inks Direct Deals to Bring Video to N95
October 1, 2007, 11:54 am
Filed under: mobile, N95 CNN, News Corp., Nokia, Sony Pictures

News Corp., Sony Pictures and CNN have struck a deal to distribute video directly to Nokia handsets, sidestepping mobile carrier decks. The first phone supported will be the N95, already a multimedia superstar in the mobile market.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter