Thursday, June 28, 2007

Nokia 7373: the eye candy

L'Amour Nokia mobile phone line up represents the artistic best of the global leader. Over the years, critics have raved about the aesthetics of design of these fashion centric phones. Each and every member of this fashion family have been painstakingly designed to soothe our senses. The Nokia 7373 – a reputed member of the same family is not only about its tasteful design, but also about the immense power this seemingly fragile handset wields.

The Nokia 7373 sports a chic swivel design that rotates 180 degrees to reveal all the keys. Except for the large 262k coloured TFT screen, the front cover is devoid of any keys. Though it might sound inconvenient to many users, a clutter free front cover goes a long way in establishing the Nokia 7373's sound designing sense. Elaborate ethnic designs and motifs, tooled surfaces and embossed finishing are the hallmarks of a L'Amour handset and the Nokia 7373 is no exception. The fashion solution is available in bronze black, powder pink and black chrome.

Being an upgrade of an earlier L'Amour handset – the Nokia 7370, the Nokia 7373 boasts of many upgraded features that were previously unseen in this fashion family. Among the major upgrades, the 2.0 megapixel camera is most prominent. Other than still photographs with resolution as high as 1600x1200 pixels, you can use the Nokia 7373 to shoot high grade videos. On board media player is compatible with MP3, AAC, M4A, eAAC+ and AAC+ formats. Presence of external memory card slot and built in stereo speakers makes it possible to transform the Nokia 7373 into your personal jukebox.

The Nokia 7373 supports triband GSM network and changes bands automatically. Therefore, the mobile phone is active in almost all parts of the globe. Transfer files with other compatible devices via Bluetooth, USB or enjoy high speed mobile internet through the handset's built in GPRS and EDGE technology – connectivity tools of the Nokia 7373 are at par with the very best.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Virgin Mobile loses two top executives

LONDON: Two founding members of Virgin Mobile have decided to leave the company a year after it was acquired and integrated into the Virgin Media cable television business.

Alan Gow, the managing director of Virgin Mobile, and Joe Steel, the deputy managing director and commercial director, will exit the mobile phone services provider eight years after helping to establish the UK's first "virtual" network operator.

The executives were the only remaining founding members of the business to have stayed on after Telewest completed its acquisition of the company last year, and have presided over the integration of the mobile phone operator into the rebranded Virgin Media business.

The exits come at a critical time for Virgin Media. The company is embroiled in a bitter battle with Sky over carriage fees and has struggled in the fixed-line telecoms market due to intense competition.

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Dia Mirza launches Samsung’s slick Metal Series phones

NEW DELHI: Drama, fanfare, a jaw-dropping presentation: the launch of three Samsung Metal Series phones - SGH E840, SGH D900i and SGH D840. These were unveiled by actress Dia Mirza and displayed a style statement, which is the philosophy behind the design of the new products.

Samsung country marketing head Asim Warsi said that while India, which is witnessing a 100 per cent growth annually and is critical for the company’s global plans, the Metal Series is meant for the growing customer base which is between 20 and 40.

The latest SGH E840 is also the World’s Slimmest Slide-up phone, said Warsi, and is an improvement over the world’s slimmest earlier, which had also come from the Samsung stable in July 2007.

“The Metal Series phones transcend the current market offering by presenting consumers the immaculate metallic silver cased body. These phones derive their inner strength through powerful cutting edge multimedia features,” Warsi said.

Samsung Telecommunications India MD H. C. Ryu said, “India is a very critical market for Samsung and the launch of World’s slimmest slider Metal phone is a testimony to our commitment to meet the growing aspirations of consumers for sleek, aesthetically designed phones that accentuate their personality without compromising on premium multimedia capabilities.”

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Sony Ericsson phones to support new music service

In the days leading up to the availability of Apple's iPhone, potentially competitive mobile music services, including one from Gracenote, are hitting the market.

Gracenote announced on Thursday a new service that will become available on phones also introduced on Thursday by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. The service will let users search online from their handsets for artists, buy songs and ring tones, and view album art.

Gracenote can also identify songs that users are listening to on the FM radios in the phones and connect users to information about the songs and the opportunity to buy them.

The service will be available to users of the Sony Ericsson W910 Walkman phone and the K850 Cyber-shot phone, both introduced Thursday and due to be available in the fourth quarter.

Ninemsn launches into ads for mobile phones

NINEMSN officially launched its foray into the mobile advertising arena yesterday, backed by Citibank and expectations for up to 2 million regular users of its new mobile content services within two years.

Ninemsn's advertiser-funded project, called "mobilise", is outside the content services offered by the major telecoms.

"Snackable" content such as Ralph and Cleo are part of the program, along with local information services like film schedules, bars and restaurants and popular ninemsn products such as messenger and hotmail.

"We have been convinced for a long time that mobile is really interesting and we think lucrative," ninemsn chief executive Tony Faure said. "The logic we are working to is in the end the business model in mobile will probably be the same as the web. The most likely conclusion is the ad-funded model will dominate."

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North Korea Executes People Caught with Mobile Phones

A South Korean government think tank has claimed that North Korea has increased its public executions of people caught owning a mobile phone. The Korea Institute for National Unification said in a white paper that executions of those who "circulate South Korean leaflets and sell videos and use cell phones are on the rise" without citing numbers.

A GSM phone network was built at the Rason (formerly Rajin-Sonbong) free trade zone by a private consortium, Loxley Pacific. Another phone network also Pyeongyang and Hyangsan, Pyeongyang and Gaeseong and Wonsan and Hamheung, although it is not clear who built that network or which technology it used. Both networks was apparently shut down, or at least forbidden to the general public following a train explosion in 2004, which some claim was an attempt on the life of the ruling dictator, Kim Jong-Il.

While no mobile network is available to the general public, many phones are smuggled across the border with China, where the Chinese phone networks are reported to have an unusually strong signal strength which reaches deep inside the North Korean border zone.