The Mobile Phone Club

The latest news and reviews from the Mobile Phone scene.


Wednesday, 31 October 2007

ROTATEME on the Nokia N95

ROTATEME is an application which allows the screen orientation to be switched from portrait to landscape and vice versa on Symbian S60 devices.

Due to launch at the end of November, V2.0 of this app. will allow N95 users to utilise the phones built in level sensor to switch viewing angles automatically - just like the Apple iPhone.

To see this handy add-on in action click through to N95 blog

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Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Apple iPhone Nano - is the rumour true?

Images of the much talked about iPhone Nano are not hard to come by on the web. Up until now all pictures have been fan made mock ups and the talk has been just that, with Apple staying tight lipped on the subject.

Now some photo's have appeared claiming to be taken by an Apple insider, showing the iPhone Nano truly may exist. It shows a much smaller device than it's big brother - which is due to go on sale in the UK next week.

More via Pocket Picks

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The MOTOROKR T505 is the first combined in-car hands free and music solution offered by Motorola. It contains a Bluetooth speakerphone and digitial FM transmitter, to enable you to take calls and stream music directly from your phone through your existing car audio system. As an added bonus, the T505 also features a FM digital radio for when you exhaust your phone’s music library.

The T505 uses StationFinder, a technology that tells users which setting on the FM dial is optimal for broadcasting audio from the unit. When receiving calls, the T505 automatically mutes any music playing and audibly announces the Caller-ID, preventing drivers from having to take their eyes off the road.

The MOTOROKR T505 doesn’t need to be installed into the car, simply clipping onto a car’s sunvisor and paired using Motorola’s own EasyPair technology. It is due for a post Christmas launch.

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Thursday, 25 October 2007

Nokia N81 now shipping - available November

Nokia has confirmed that one of its most anticipated new handsets for this year, the N81, is now shipping. Available in two memory types, one with a 2GB microSD card and the other with 8GB of built-in storage, the N81 is reported to have excellent sound performance, and also offers a 3.5mm headphone socket as well as the new Nokia Ovi download service supplying music, games and maps.

Vodafone has decided to stock the N81 (in 8GB form), and you can register for email updates about the phone over on Voda’s Coming Soon pages.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007

MMS your images to the Parrot DF7700 digital photo frame

Parrot has announced that its ground-breaking MMS digital photo frame will hit stores by the end of the year.

The Parrot DF7700 offers a high-resolution 7-inch digital TFT LCD screen, USB connection and an SD card slot. The DF7700 is a real electronic photo album, storing over 500 images in its internal memory.

A SIM card with a dedicated call number built directly into the photo frame, allows you to send your photos straight to the PARROT DF7700 via MMS from your mobile phone, wherever you are in the world and regardless of your operator.

More via Pocket-lint

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Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Bebo Extra on your Orange mobile

UK operator Orange and the popular social networking site Bebo have partnered up to offer unlimited use of Bebo Mobile for just £3 a month.

"Orange customers will be able to sign up for a “Bebo Extra” which offers unlimited mobile access to and enables them to send comments by text message directly to their friends’ profile, receive immediate text message profile notifications and send Bebo Mails via text for just £3 a month."

If you’re an existing Bebo member you’ll be able to access the mobile version of the site via Orange World on your handset. If you don’t yet have a Bebo account, you can sign-up over at Bebo’s site, then text ‘Bebo’ to 1233 via your Orange phone.

More here

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Monday, 15 October 2007

The future of Bluetooth and wireless connectivity

Intel details the future of Ultra-Wideband Technology and what it's vision is for short range wireless networks, including Bluetooth technology.

- A digital camcorder could play a just-recorded video on a friend’s HDTV without anyone having to fiddle with wires.
- A portable MP3 player could stream audio to high-quality surround-sound speakers anywhere in the room.
- A mobile computer user could wirelessly connect to a digital projector in a conference room to deliver a presentation.
- Digital pictures could be transferred to a photo print kiosk for instant printing without the need of a cable.
- An office worker could put a mobile PC on a desk and instantly be connected to a printer, scanner and Voice over IP (VoIP) headset.

We should hopefully see the first products featuring UWB Bluetooth technology sometime in 2008.


Friday, 12 October 2007

Motorola U9 launched - not PEBL or ROKR!

In a surprising move Motorola has launched its replacement to the U6 model without a 'family' name. The Motorola U9 was rumored to be a PEBL style handset but, being also a music device it was suggested it would acquire the ROKR tag. In the end it seems Motorola chose neither to avoid any confusion.

The Motorola U9 will be a conventional clam (no fancy hinge this time) offering touch sensitive keys on the front to control your music via a Windows Media Player 11 supporting application. The U9 offers stereo Bluetooth and micro SD card slot to complement this. The camera is 2 megapixel and the internal screen a 2" 262k colour TFT specification item.

More here

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Free Wi-Fi at any McDonald's restaurant

McDonald's will be introducing free high speed wireless internet to most of its 1200 UK restaurants by the end of 2007. The move will make it the UK's biggest provider of such a service.

Customers with laptops, PDAs, mobiles and consoles will be able to surf for as long as they wish, saving money over some coffee shops and cafes which offer a similar service but charge users a fee - maybe up to £260 for someone who uses just an hour a week.

McDonald's say the service is aimed at both casual and business users.

More via The Guardian

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Monday, 8 October 2007

The next Nokia episode?

We have spotted a new teaser page on the Nokia website.
Similar to the page used to create hype around the N81 and Nokia Music Store service launch ealier in the summer, this time the day of reckoning is 02.11.07.

There is speculation that this time the teaser is for the unconfirmed N82 handset. A five megapixel cameraphone with xenon flash and 2.4 inch display, boasting GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and an FM radio.

More likely is the launch of the Nokia Music Store download service going live, as it was promised "later this year" when details were first released back in August.

Link - Nokia Play

Musicstation service free to £40 contract customers?

Following our earlier news of Vodafone's agreement with Omnifone to offer their Musicstation service to its customers, further rumours have appeared to suggest the network will offer Musicstation free to any monthly subscribers spending £40 a month or more on an 18 month contract.

This move could be a strong preventative step in the bid to stop customers moving to Apples iPhone when O2 launch it on 9th November.
The Musicstation package retails at £1.99 per week but these 'premium' customers would be given access to unlimited dowloads for free. The service will be pre-loaded on some new Vodafone handsets in its Christmas line up and available through Vodafone Live! on others.

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Friday, 5 October 2007

Adobe launches Flash Lite 3 for mobiles

The new Flash Lite 3 has just been released to bring mobile phone internet browsing one step closer to what you expect on your home PC. Mobile phones will be able to watch Flash Player compatible video and browse Flash enabled Web sites from now on with the new application.

Opera Mobile, version 8.65 has just been released with support for Flash applications. This is the most highly used browser for mobile phones out there. Adobe Flash Lite runs on multiple platforms, including S60 on Symbian OS, second and third edition, Qualcomm BREW 2.x/3.x and Microsoft Windows Mobile 5, in addition to embedded operating systems on a variety of OEM platforms.

There are more than 300 million Flash-enabled mobile devices and handsets out there now. Adobe has good reasons to expect more than one billion Flash-enabled devices to be available by 2010.

More at Adobe

Monday, 1 October 2007

Nokia set to buy Navteq

Nokia have reached an agreement to buy US based mapping company Navteq for $8.1 billion. The aqusition has been agreed by both boards and is now subject to shareholder approval.

Mapping services are fast becoming a must have element to high end mobile devices and this latest development is designed to give Nokia the edge when it comes to integrated navigation sloutions of the future.

More at Mobile News