MMO2 cheaper calls fear
Loss-making mobile telecom operator MMO2 has warned sales growth will slow significantly as new call charges imposed by telecoms regulator Oftel kick in.
In a trading statement issued on Monday, the UK’s fourth largest mobile telecoms operator reported strong growth in customer numbers and revenue in the past three months.
But it said the cheaper call charges imposed by Oftel will impact on its turnover in the second half of its financial year.
Earlier this year, MMO2 reported record losses of ?10.2bn – after massively overpaying for third generation licences at the height of the telecoms boom.
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Turning mobiles into walkie-talkies
New “push-to-talk” services that turn mobile phones into walkie-talkies with unlimited range could soon make text messaging obsolete.
The services let users choose a recipient from an instant messenger-style “buddy list” on their phone screen, press a key and start talking.
The message, which can be up to 30 seconds long, comes out through the recipient’s mobile’s loudspeaker almost instantaneously.
Push-to-talk has proved immensely popular in the United States, and Nextel, the mobile phone operator which dominates the US push-to-talk market, has 12 million customers for its service.
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AT&T Rolls Out Cross-border SMS
AT&T Wireless has rolled out international text messaging capabilities that will allow its subscribers to communicate with colleagues, friends and loved ones around the globe.
The service has been rolled out in approximately a dozen countries, including China, Germany and the United Kingdom. AT&T Wireless said it expects to bring on some 200 carriers in 100 countries in the months ahead.
While the implications for marketers were not immediately clear, cross-border interoperability may eventually open the wireless channel to communications programs of a global nature. If more carriers begin offering similar overseas SMS compatibility, there may be an opportunity for international viral or branding campaigns.
Nvidia Unleashes Chip On Handheld Sector
The ink is barely dry on its acquisition deal with MediaQ Inc., but Nvidia Corp. is wasting no time getting into the wireless sector. The chip designer has released its first graphics chip for the handheld device market.
The first product out of the gate from its new GoForce product line is the GoForce 2150 handheld media processor, which is designed to make handhelds with integrated digital cameras better at delivering high-resolution picture capture and motion JPEG video capture. Key features include, a 64-bit 2D graphics accelerator, embedded memory for LCD frame buffer and flexible CPU interface.
Nvidia says it has done its research and knows that the camera phone segment will continue to grow over the next several years. Handset manufacturers are turning to high-resolution megapixel cameras to differentiate their designs, according to multimedia and graphics research firm Jon Peddie Research. …….
T-Mobile Gets In The N-Gage Game
T-Mobile is ramping up to unleash Nokia’s N-Gage mobile game deck to U.S. buyers. The
wireless service provider will entice users with a free 30-day trial.
In addition to the trial, the deal includes $50 worth of free voice and text messaging. After the trial period expires, gamers can sign an annual contract for a T-Mobile voice plan and, through 2004, get access to unlimited N-Gage wireless gaming services for an additional $9.99 a month.
The N-Gage features a digital music player, stereo FM radio and tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 mobile phone. The device will retail for $299 USD.
Besides being the first to provide the multiplayer gaming service in the United States, T- Mobile will be the exclusive provider of the game decks at Target, Electronics Boutique, Game Stop and Circuit City.
Independent Research Group remains bullish on Nokia’s N-Gage device, which is set to make its debut next month. “Nokia forecasts unit sales of 6 million over the next two years, a small number in terms of total sales, but a good barometer of the company’s ability to grow outside its core market,” analyst Erik Zamkoff said.