The Mobile Phone Club

The latest news and reviews from the Mobile Phone scene.


Friday, 30 November 2007

Mobile Number Portability "will be reduced to 2 hours"

Ofcom has confirmed its intention to make moving your mobile phone number from network to network easier by introducing new rules that see the current 5 day process reduced to a maximum of 2 days by 1 April 2008. This will be reduced further on the 1 September 2009 to just 2 hours to "help protect consumers from the risk of losing calls if their old providers' network fails."
"These rules will make it quicker and easier for consumers to keep their number, thereby strengthening competition and consumer convenience" Ofcom has stated.

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Thursday, 29 November 2007

First generation N95 sees improvements

Nokia have just released a firmware update for the first release N95, which should help the phone run at a faster rate. The official blurb on Nokia website says:

This software version includes battery, stability & performance improvements enabling you to run faster and longer - giving you up to three more hours of music (up to 30% increase, from 9h to 12h of music playback). This release also includes a new version of Nokia Maps which provides faster positioning, faster Map Loader, and free 3-day navigation. Free N-Gage demo games are included and other games are available via Download! With the Nokia Music Store now live in the United Kingdom, users can enjoy the convenience of instant over-the-air downloads, regardless of where they are.
After updating your device software to 20.0.015, and restoring your personal data, you can optimise the menu layout by installing the New_Menu_Structure.SIS file. Download and install this file to rearrange your menu layout specifically for SW 20.0.015. Reboot your device to see the menu changes.

One of the major gripes people had with the N95 was its speed, this should change things.
Go to Nokia’s download area

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Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Nokia and O2 "Oyster card phone" in planning

A recent news story from The Guardian explains how Transport for London are working with Nokia and O2 in preparation to launch "a handset with a built-in Oyster card".
The report explains that the scheme will allow travellers to pay for their journeys simply by swiping a compatible mobile phone across the ticket-reading machine. The system appears to be targeted at the tube but could be rolled out for use on buses, trams and some overland train journeys around the capital as well.
Payment would be deducted from a pre-paid account or added to the users phone bill.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2007

TAG Heuer plans its own phone series

Luxury watch maker TAG Heuer has teamed up with Modelabs to produce its own range of mobile phones. The first handset should appear in the first half of 2008 and we should expect the designs to reflect the same qualities as their time peieces. Words such as "contemporary", "technological" and "timeless" being used by company chief Christophe Babin to describe them.
Modelabs have recently been responsible for branded phones carrying the Levi Strauss and Hummer brands while TAG Heuer is best known for its precision sports timing and association with Formula 1 racing. It remains to be seen which style of handset will best reflect these values.

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Monday, 26 November 2007

New iFilms rental service for iPhone?

I stumbled across an interesting article today; it seems that some busy little bee has cracked the coding of the latest iPhone firmware update. Apart from the expected security patch, there was the following section of code:

pumpkin:~ pumpkin$ strings /usr/local/share/iphone-filesystem/usr/libexec/lockdownd grep -i rental
trigger_rental_bag_verification: Could not retrieve FairPlayID
trigger_rental_bag_verification: Could not initialize FairPlay context
trigger_rental_bag_verification: Could not verify the rental bag response: %d
load_rental_bag_request: Could not retrieve FairPlayID
load_rental_bag_request: Could not initialize FairPlay context
load_rental_bag_request: Could not generate rental bag request
load_rental_bag_request: Could not create mutable dictionary
load_rental_bag_request: Could not create CFData from request message
load_rental_bag_request: Could not create CFArray
load_rental_bag_request: Could not create CFNumber from indice
pumpkin:~ pumpkin$

This ties in with various references to rental in code from iTunes 7.5 and seems to suggest that we might be getting an online rental service, as previous rumours have suggested. Speculation on pricing is still rife, but it would have to be quite cheap to tempt us away from our existing rental services.

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Thursday, 22 November 2007

Apple iPhone available on O2

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Mobile phone recycling

I'm sure many people will be looking for a new mobile phone this Christmas, and with so many new handsets out at present like the N95 8GB, K850i, Viewty, G800 or iPhone to name but a few, it's going to be a hard choice. But don't let the excitement of your new phone make you forget about disposing of your old one responsibly.

Each year, over 100 million mobile phones are thrown away in Europe.
In most cases they are discarded, sent back to dealers, or left lying around in drawers and cupboards gathering dust.

A recent survey from T-Mobile suggested that the UK population is sitting on 52.3 million old phones, with a combined value of £1.1bn! is the UK's number 1 online mobile phone recycling site, in the last year they have paid out £1.5 million to buy back unwanted handsets. Their service is free to use, pays you cash for your old mobile and helps the environment.

Your old mobile phone could be worth over £100 when traded in, they list over 800 phone models and accept both working and non-working phones (lower value offered for non-working), so give them a try!

Learn more at envirofone

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Unlocked iPhone - 999euro from T-Mobile

Following Vodafone's recent court order against T-Mobile in Germany hindering the sale of Apple iPhones on contract only, T-Mobile have responded by offering an unlocked iPhone for sale.

Priced at 999euro, the SIM free Apple iPhone will only be available through T-Mobile stores in Germany and is not open to telephone or internet orders.
The good news is mostly for the customers who bought the iPhone between the 19th of November and the day the first unlocked handsets are released. Their iPhones can be unlocked for free.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Nokia 8800 Arte

Nokia recently released details of two new 8800 series special editions. The Nokia 8800 Arte and Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte. They boast hardware upgrades over previous 8800 models such as a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus, 1GB of internal memory and the addition of 3G.

The pair also pioneer some exclusive software changes aimed at their high end audience, with the tap-for-time feature and turn-to-mute. The former enables an analogue style clock to be viewed simply by tapping the bottom of the display screen twice. The later mutes an incoming call when the handset is turned face down, using an accelerometer to sense this motion.

Where the 8800 Arte and 8800 Sapphire Arte differ is in their styling. The 8800 Arte comes in black, with the 8800 Sapphire Arte a stylish brown, but with a whole piece sapphire crystal in the centre of the D-pad to further distinguishing it from run of the mill mobiles!

More at Nokia

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Monday, 19 November 2007

Mobile wireless broadband moves one step closer

Under a United Nations agreement endorsed on Friday valuable UHF radio spectrum is to be freed up for use by mobile networks to provide high speed broadband services.

"For the first time, the decision will provide a common chunk of spectrum for mobile broadband services globally, boosting the market for new wireless technologies" reports

The 790-862 Megahertz band is going to be made available in Europe and offers the prospect of good quality, higher speed service for downloads of data and video in the future. It will also mean better coverage and cheaper wireless network set up costs due to the fequency travelling further and requiring less base stations.

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Friday, 16 November 2007

8 megapixel Samsung camera phone in 2008

Expect the imaging capabilities of mobile phones to continue to improve as Samsung announce it has developed an 8-megapixel CMOS module for use in a mobile phone.

The module is the same size as Samsung's current 3.2-megapixel module at 10.5 x 11.5 x 9.4mm, which bodes well for a continuation of slim slider phone designs. The 8-megapixel module captures 3264 x 2444 pixels, has autofocus capabilities and will be able to produce 300dpi picture output for prints as large as 10 x 8-inches.

The module is expected to go into mass production in the first half of 2008 and should be available in high-end Samsung phones later in 2008.

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Thursday, 15 November 2007

Nokia confirm N82 - shipping immediately

Nokia have finally confirmed the N82 as part of the N-series range and surprised many by confirming that it is ready to launch. By the time you read this shipping will have already started and the phone should be in stores before Christmas.

The Nokia N82 will set a new standard in what to expect from Nokia smartphones. Offering many of the same features as the N95 but in a bar shaped device updated to accommodate an improved flash, Nokia describe the N82 as being "the latest multimedia computer optimized for photography, navigation and internet connectivity".

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Monday, 12 November 2007

Apple says more iPhone features in future

Apple has confirmed that it has plenty more upgrades to come for the Apple iPhone.
They claim the complaints and feature requests can be fixed and added by software upgrades.

"We didn't want to include something for something's sake. For the average mobile phone most people only use around 10%, Apple didn't want that to happen with the iPhone."

Some believe that not including all the software features from day one will allow Apple to entice new customers over the next few months.
Others think if the reason to upgrade the software each time is compelling enough, then you are less likely to hack the software, meaning Apple gets to earn the substantial revenue agreement it has with the official operator.

We here at TMPC look forward to seeing the iPhone develop in to its full potential!

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Wednesday, 7 November 2007

10 iPhone Tips

Further to the ongoing news and rumours about the UK launch of the Apple iPhone this Friday (9th November), mobile magazine have published some user tips that will be useful to know for those of you planning on purchasing an iphone over the weekend...

See the "Top Ten iPhone Secrets"

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Tuesday, 6 November 2007

UK iPhones to be re-locked in firmware update

T3 magazine report that any Apple iPhone bought through official UK channels (Apple stores, O2 and The Carphone Warehouse) will be supplied with firmware 1.1.2. This will mean the current 'known' unlock methods will not work.
It closes the so called 'TIFF exploit' and ability to use third party applications.

Apple are also expected to release the new firmware for existing iPhones through an iTunes update on Friday - the day the handsets go on sale in the UK.

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Monday, 5 November 2007

Truestory - next Nseries launch could be N82?

Nokia have another "preview" web page complete with countdown clock, similar to
our story here from last month which turned out to be for the launch of the Nokia Music Store.

Continued rumours around the Nokia N82 music phone and recent leaked images of this 5 megapixel camera device on the net lead us to believe that this page is the lead up to its launch.

Only time will tell, the clock is due to run out on Wednesday 14th November...

Link - Nseries Truestories

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