Archive for August 19th, 2008

Almost one mobile phone for every South Korean, statistics show (AFP)

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AFP – Tech-savvy South Korea now has 45 million mobile phones, equivalent to 91 percent of the total population, the Korea Communications Commission said Wednesday.

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Apple releases fix for iPhone 3G connectivity woes (AP)

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AP – Apple Inc. has released an iPhone software update it says improves communication between the smart phone and wireless networks.

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Apple's iPhone 3G Firmware Update Bombs (NewsFactor)

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NewsFactor – After lots of complaints about iPhone 3G connection issues, Apple released a firmware update Monday with hopes it would fix the issues. But early reports suggest it didn’t work as planned.

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Nokia provides Lonely Planet maps on cell phones (AP)

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AP – Nokia and travel information company Lonely Planet said Tuesday they are joining forces to sell maps and city guides that can be accessed on mobile phones.

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Softbank to offer Casio Computer mobile phones (Reuters)

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Reuters – Wireless operator Softbank Corp (9984.T) said on Tuesday it would offer mobile phones from Casio Computer Co (6952.T) by the end of the year, broadening a handset lineup that already includes Apple Inc’s iPhone.

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T-Mobile to launch first Google-powered mobile (AFP)

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AFP – T-Mobile said Monday it plans to launch a mobile phone powered by Google’s Android software, making it the first operator to do so and posing a direct threat to Apple’s popular iPhone.

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Dropped calls plague iPhone 3G, and not just in U.S. (USATODAY.com)

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USATODAY.com – Spotty wireless broadband connectivity for some of Apple’s new iPhones most likely results from a problem with a chipset provided by Infineon Technologies.

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Vodafone completes purchase of Ghana Telecom stake (AFP)

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AFP – British mobile phone giant Vodafone said Monday it had completed the purchase of a 70-percent stake in state-run Ghana Telecommunications.

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Nokia hires former Finnish prime minister (AFP)

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AFP – The world’s top mobile phone maker Nokia has hired former Finnish prime minister Esko Aho as the firm’s new head of corporate relations, the company said Friday.

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iPhone 3G Problems Appear Centered on Big Cities (NewsFactor)

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NewsFactor – Reports continue to flood in from U.S. iPhone 3G users about problems with 3G connections and speeds. The problems tend to come from large metropolitan areas, but one informal survey points to the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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