Review of the main events of the past week (Week 46)

Recently, not only Internet companies, but also participants in the cellular communications market have begun to pay special attention to information services - some see popular services as an opportunity to revive 3G networks, others are promoting services in the hope of increasing demand for high-tech cellular terminals. It is true - it is much easier for a subscriber to connect to a 3G network, realizing the slowness of downloading mp3, mobile work with video services, or seeing the low speed of working with Google Maps (the mobile service of which was officially introduced less than two weeks ago).

Some call the beginning of the age of services Google's entry into the search market, some call Apple's release of the iPod music player, coupled with the iTunes service.

Both heroes of the occasion are forced to correct the forecasts for the development of their offspring for the better from month to month - so the upcoming period of the Christmas holidays in the West is accompanied by a serious increase in sales of almost all goods. Apple's iPods are no exception, with analysts expecting strong growth in sales by the end of the year, which, however, is understandable - who would refuse to receive a stylish audio or even video player as a gift? However, not everything is so smooth with Apple players lately. Numerous complaints about the new iPod nano, which has a thin and fragile body that is very prone to scratches, can seriously damage the company's reputation.

An interesting, but not unexpected, service called MobiRadio was presented by Cingular and MobiTV. According to the press release, subscribers to the Cingular cellular network will be able to listen to music streamed over the cellular network.

At the choice of listeners, music of any direction is provided, and the corresponding item appears in the phone menu. The cost of a monthly subscription is $7, plus you need to separately pay for the traffic generated by this service. MobiRadio is currently only available for owners of Nokia 6620, Sony Ericsson S710 and Z500a, later the list of compatible devices will be expanded.

In turn, Motorola announced SCREEN3 technology, which will allow users to receive news and other content in a constant mode without having to constantly do something for this. The SCREEN3 solution contains an information portal that manages content and a client side for creating and configuring channels on a mobile device. Due to special synchronization, the user receives only fresh content.

Simultaneously with the new service, the company released the first mobile phone with its support - Motorola V557. This model was introduced back in March, but appeared only now, apparently waiting for the announcement of SCREEN3. The first operator to start providing SCREEN3 is Cingular Wireless, so V557 will be available from it. The phone itself is an EDGE clamshell with a VGA camera supporting video recording and a Bluetooth interface. It is curious that the L2/L6 models acquired support for SCREEN3 without any loud announcements, the technology was added there initially.

There were some news from the Russian market as well - Abooxi company is starting to provide personalized information service Abooxi, unique for the Russian market. It consists in distributing collections of various business content customized for a specific user to mobile devices. The disseminated information relates to events in the economy, politics, business and is not freely available.

From November 5, a special offer began to operate - Qtek S100, S110 and 2020i Deluxe communicators with a preinstalled Abooxi package went on sale. Users registered before December 31 are given demo access to the service. On weekdays, twice a day, users will be able to receive personalized collections of news and other materials that are specially selected from the materials of the Vedomosti newspaper, the Expert magazine and the paid news feed of the Interfax agency. Thus, original materials that are not available on free access sites will be sent.

The cost of a subscription to the service is $7 per month. At the time of registration, a profile of the individual interests of the subscriber is formed in order to include in the issues of the personal electronic newspaper documents that meet the needs of the subscriber. Abooxi is supported by PDAs, most common smartphones and some mobile phones.

It is interesting that there is already a free analogue of the above service on the market - the Mobilizer project. It seems that the service from Abooxi is not waiting for the easy fate of the conqueror of the market.

Following the introduction of new models from Nokia supporting the mobile TV standard, as well as the announcement of the company's plans to support the DVB-H standard in a number of countries, including Russia, the Finnish government announced a tender for a license to commercially provide mobile TV service. It is possible that as a result of this tender, Europe's first commercial mobile TV network on a national scale will start operating in the very near future.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced that bidders will have to use DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld) technology, which Nokia and other manufacturers plan to release mobile phones for. DVB-H technology is being tested by many operators, including Vodafone. However, they will need additional bandwidth to begin commercial provision.

The Ministry specifically noted that the licensee will be required to provide the network to service operators and other interested parties. The application deadline has been set for the end of January next year, but all interested companies must contact the ministry by November 28.

This summer, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) also approved the DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) standard, which can also be used for mobile TV services. It's already widespread in Korea and promoted by LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics, but now it doesn't seem to have much of a chance of breaking into European territories.

Japanese company Access, known as a global mobile content service provider and developer of software for FOMA phones of the third generation of the NTT DoCoMo network, and PalmSource, which owns all rights to the Palm OS operating system, announced the completion of a deal, as a result of which PalmSource is completely transferred to under the control of Access and becomes its division.

Each share was sold for $18.5, and, according to some sources, the total deal is estimated at 36 billion yen (about $300 million). The acquisition of PalmSource will allow the Japanese to apply the company's know-how to improve the quality and expand the range of software for mobile devices.

Interestingly, Access also owns the rather well-known NetFront browser for mobile devices - so now this company can represent devices or platforms based on PalmOS that are focused on using Internet services.

No less interesting news about mobile services came from South Korea last week. At the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) exhibition that opened, representatives of the WiMAX Forum organization attended the grand launch of the WiBro service by Korea Telecom (KT). The operator has successfully demonstrated how this technology can be used to deliver real-time multimedia applications to mobile devices.

In his speech, WiMAX Forum President Ron Resnick noted that KT was able to launch the world's very first mobile network based on the soon-to-be ratified IEEE 802.16e standard. At the event, KT held several live demonstrations. Notebooks, tablets and PDAs were used for two-way video transmission, SMS and MMS exchange, mobile VoIP and positioning. To demonstrate the mobility of services, a number of devices were placed in a moving bus.

The operator is a member of the WiMAX Forum Certification Working Group, so WiBro-based products will be among the first mobile WiMAX-enabled products to be certified by the end of 2006. As previously reported, KT plans to start providing commercial services based on WiBro next summer.

It also became known about the approval of WiBro as an international standard at the last IEEE conference - the developers promise to publish the final version of the standard in December.

Mobile progress (and information services with it) often passes people by respectable age. It often happens that for them a mobile phone is a real mystery and they simply do not know how to use it. But in cases of health problems, a phone call made on time can cost a human life. Therefore, Miracle Progress's new MS2000 phone should come in very handy in this case.

The MS2000 has neither a screen nor a full numeric keypad. The GSM-device is capable of making calls to 5 preset numbers and to rescue services. Dimensions of new items - 87x53x22 mm, talk time - 2-3 hours, standby time - 60-100 hours, there is also a 40-tone polyphonic bell. Nothing has been announced yet about the time the device will appear in retail sales and the estimated price.

For those who haven't retired yet, last week Nokia leaked information about the continuation of the N-series phone line - a Nokia phone that looks very similar to the Nokia N92, and according to some unconfirmed reports, the novelty is the successor of the series N and will be called N95.

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Some features are known: 3-megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom, support for UMTS networks, HSDPA and EDGE technologies, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless interfaces. We are waiting for official information…

An interestingly shaped Bluetooth headset presented by Iqua can also be considered as a candidate for the gadget of the week title. The body of the Snake HHF-801 is flexible, and the headset itself is designed for use in a car - it is mounted on the back of the seat. The headset is equipped with an LED, the indication of which indicates the activity of the wireless connection, an on and off button, volume control and call answer keys.

Snake HHF-801 weight does not exceed 10 g, standby time - up to 300 hours, talk time - up to 10 hours, charging time - up to 6 hours. Device dimensions - 450x250x26 mm. The novelty will be on sale by the end of this year, the estimated retail price is still unknown.

Operators and spokes in wheels

VimpelCom, also known for its trademark Beeline, announced yesterday the completion of a deal that significantly expands the coverage area of ​​the Beeline network. He acquired the Ukrainian company Ukrainian Radio Systems (URS). This gives VimpelCom the opportunity to start providing cellular services in Ukraine as well.

This is the news that ended the protracted litigation between the shareholders of VimpelCom - Alfa Group, which advocated entering the Ukrainian market and the Telenor holding.

In its press release, the operator announces that it is going to upgrade the URS network and make all Beeline network services available to its Ukrainian subscribers. VimpelCom currently provides cellular communication services in Russia and Kazakhstan. It is the second largest operator in Russia on average, and in the regions it even overtakes the MTS operator in terms of popularity.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 46)

Recently, not only Internet companies, but also participants in the cellular communications market have begun to pay special attention to information services - some see popular services as an opportunity to revive 3G networks, others are promoting services in the hope of increasing demand for high-tech cellular terminals. It is true - it is much easier for a subscriber to connect to a 3G network, realizing the slowness of downloading mp3, mobile work with video services, or seeing the low speed of working with Google Maps (the mobile service of which was officially introduced less than two weeks ago).

Some call the beginning of the age of services Google's entry into the search engine market, some call Apple's release of the iPod music player, coupled with the iTunes service.

Both heroes of the occasion are forced to correct the forecasts for the development of their offspring for the better from month to month - so the upcoming period of the Christmas holidays in the West is accompanied by a serious increase in sales of almost all goods. Apple's iPods are no exception, with analysts expecting strong growth in sales by the end of the year, which, however, is understandable - who would refuse to receive a stylish audio or even video player as a gift? However, not everything is so smooth with Apple players lately. Numerous complaints about the new iPod nano, which has a thin and fragile body that is very prone to scratches, can seriously damage the company's reputation.

An interesting, but not unexpected, service called MobiRadio was presented by Cingular and MobiTV. According to the press release, Cingular's cellular subscribers will be able to listen to music streamed over the cellular network.

At the choice of listeners, music of any direction is provided, and the corresponding item appears in the phone menu. The cost of a monthly subscription is $7, plus you need to separately pay for the traffic generated by this service. MobiRadio is currently only available for owners of Nokia 6620, Sony Ericsson S710 and Z500a, later the list of compatible devices will be expanded.

In turn, Motorola announced SCREEN3 technology, which will allow users to receive news and other content in a constant mode without having to constantly do something for this. The SCREEN3 solution contains an information portal that manages content and a client side for creating and configuring channels on a mobile device. Due to special synchronization, the user receives only fresh content.

Simultaneously with the new service, the company released the first mobile phone with its support - Motorola V557. This model was introduced back in March, but appeared only now, apparently waiting for the announcement of SCREEN3. The first operator to start providing SCREEN3 is Cingular Wireless, so the V557 will be available from it. The phone itself is an EDGE clamshell with a VGA camera supporting video recording and a Bluetooth interface. Curiously, the L2/L6 models got support for SCREEN3 without any loud announcements, the technology was added there initially.

There were some news from the Russian market as well - Abooxi company is starting to provide personalized information service Abooxi, unique for the Russian market. It consists in distributing collections of various business content customized for a specific user to mobile devices. The disseminated information relates to events in the economy, politics, business and is not freely available.

From November 5, a special offer began to operate - Qtek S100, S110 and 2020i Deluxe communicators with a preinstalled Abooxi package went on sale. Users registered before December 31 are given demo access to the service. On weekdays, twice a day, users will be able to receive personalized collections of news and other materials that are specially selected from the materials of the Vedomosti newspaper, the Expert magazine and the paid news feed of the Interfax agency. Thus, original materials that are not available on free access sites will be sent.

The cost of a subscription to the service is $7 per month. At the time of registration, a profile of the individual interests of the subscriber is formed in order to include in the issues of the personal electronic newspaper documents that meet the needs of the subscriber. Abooxi is supported by PDAs, most common smartphones and some mobile phones.

It is interesting that there is already a free analogue of the above service on the market - the Mobilizer project. It seems that the service from Abooxi is not waiting for the easy fate of the conqueror of the market.

Following the introduction of new models from Nokia supporting the mobile TV standard, as well as the announcement of the company's plans to support the DVB-H standard in a number of countries, including Russia, the Finnish government announced a tender for a license to commercially provide mobile TV service. It is possible that as a result of this tender, Europe's first commercial mobile TV network on a national scale will start operating in the very near future.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has announced that bidders will have to use DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld) technology, which Nokia and other manufacturers plan to release mobile phones for. DVB-H technology is being tested by many operators, including Vodafone. However, they will need additional bandwidth to begin commercial provision.

The Ministry specifically noted that the licensee will be required to provide the network to service operators and other interested parties. The application deadline has been set for the end of January next year, but all interested companies must contact the ministry by November 28.

This summer, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) also approved the DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) standard, which can also be used for mobile TV services. It's already widespread in Korea and promoted by LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics, but now it doesn't seem to have much of a chance of breaking into European territories.

Japanese company Access, known as a global mobile content service provider and developer of software for FOMA phones of the third generation of the NTT DoCoMo network, and PalmSource, which owns all rights to the Palm OS operating system, announced the completion of a deal, as a result of which PalmSource is completely transferred to under the control of Access and becomes its division.

Each share was sold for $18.5, and, according to some sources, the total deal is estimated at 36 billion yen (about $300 million). The acquisition of PalmSource will allow the Japanese to apply the company's know-how to improve the quality and expand the range of software for mobile devices.

Interestingly, Access also owns the rather well-known NetFront browser for mobile devices - so now this company can represent devices or platforms based on PalmOS that are focused on using Internet services.

No less interesting news about mobile services came from South Korea last week. At the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) exhibition that opened, representatives of the WiMAX Forum organization attended the grand launch of the WiBro service by Korea Telecom (KT). The operator has successfully demonstrated how this technology can be used to deliver real-time multimedia applications to mobile devices.

In his speech, WiMAX Forum President Ron Resnick noted that KT was able to launch the world's very first mobile network based on the soon-to-be ratified IEEE 802.16e standard. At the event, KT held several live demonstrations. Notebooks, tablets and PDAs were used for two-way video transmission, SMS and MMS exchange, mobile VoIP and positioning. To demonstrate the mobility of services, a number of devices were placed in a moving bus.

The operator is a member of the WiMAX Forum Certification Working Group, so WiBro-based products will be among the first mobile WiMAX-enabled products to be certified by the end of 2006. As previously reported, KT plans to launch WiBro-based commercial services next summer.

It also became known about the approval of WiBro as an international standard at the last IEEE conference - the developers promise to publish the final version of the standard in December.

Mobile progress (and information services with it) often passes people by respectable age. It often happens that for them a mobile phone is a real mystery and they simply do not know how to use it. But in cases of health problems, a phone call made on time can cost a human life. Therefore, Miracle Progress's new MS2000 phone should come in very handy in this case.

The MS2000 has neither a screen nor a full numeric keypad. The GSM-device is capable of making calls to 5 preset numbers and to rescue services. Dimensions of new items - 87x53x22 mm, talk time - 2-3 hours, standby time - 60-100 hours, there is also a 40-tone polyphonic bell. Nothing has been announced yet about the time the device will appear in retail sales and the estimated price.

For those who haven't retired yet, last week Nokia leaked information about the continuation of the N-series phone line - a Nokia phone that looks very similar to the Nokia N92, and according to some unconfirmed reports, the novelty is the successor of the series N and will be called N95.

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Some features are known: 3-megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom, support for UMTS networks, HSDPA and EDGE technologies, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless interfaces. We are waiting for official information…

An interestingly shaped Bluetooth headset presented by Iqua can also be considered as a candidate for the gadget of the week title. The body of the Snake HHF-801 is flexible, and the headset itself is designed for use in a car - it is mounted on the back of the seat. The headset is equipped with an LED, the indication of which indicates the activity of the wireless connection, an on and off button, volume control and call answer keys.

Snake HHF-801 weight does not exceed 10 g, standby time - up to 300 hours, talk time - up to 10 hours, charging time - up to 6 hours. Device dimensions - 450x250x26 mm. The novelty will be on sale by the end of this year, the estimated retail price is still unknown.

Operators and spokes in wheels

VimpelCom, also known for its trademark Beeline, announced yesterday the completion of a deal that significantly expands the coverage area of ​​the Beeline network. He acquired the Ukrainian company Ukrainian Radio Systems (URS). This gives VimpelCom the opportunity to start providing cellular services in Ukraine as well.

This is the news that ended the protracted litigation between the shareholders of VimpelCom - Alfa Group, which advocated entering the Ukrainian market and the Telenor holding.

In its press release, the operator announces that it is going to upgrade the URS network and make all Beeline network services available to its Ukrainian subscribers. VimpelCom currently provides cellular communication services in Russia and Kazakhstan. It is the second largest operator in Russia on average, and in the regions it even overtakes the MTS operator in terms of popularity.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 46)

Recently, not only Internet companies, but also participants in the cellular communications market have begun to pay special attention to information services - some see popular services as an opportunity to revive 3G networks, others are promoting services in the hope of increasing demand for high-tech cellular terminals. It is true - it is much easier for a subscriber to connect to a 3G network, realizing the slowness of downloading mp3, mobile work with video services, or seeing the low speed of working with Google Maps (the mobile service of which was officially introduced less than two weeks ago).

Some call the beginning of the age of services Google's entry into the search engine market, some call Apple's release of the iPod music player, coupled with the iTunes service.

Both heroes of the occasion are forced to correct the forecasts for the development of their offspring for the better from month to month - so the upcoming period of the Christmas holidays in the West is accompanied by a serious increase in sales of almost all goods. Apple's iPods are no exception, with analysts expecting strong growth in sales by the end of the year, which, however, is understandable - who would refuse to receive a stylish audio or even video player as a gift? However, not everything is so smooth with Apple players lately. Numerous complaints about the new iPod nano, which has a thin and fragile body that is very prone to scratches, can seriously damage the company's reputation.

An interesting, but not unexpected, service called MobiRadio was presented by Cingular and MobiTV. According to the press release, Cingular's cellular subscribers will be able to listen to music streamed over the cellular network.

At the choice of listeners, music of any direction is provided, and the corresponding item appears in the phone menu. The cost of a monthly subscription is $7, plus you need to separately pay for the traffic generated by this service. MobiRadio is currently only available for owners of Nokia 6620, Sony Ericsson S710 and Z500a, later the list of compatible devices will be expanded.

In turn, Motorola announced SCREEN3 technology, which will allow users to receive news and other content in a constant mode without having to constantly do something for this. The SCREEN3 solution contains an information portal that manages content and a client side for creating and configuring channels on a mobile device. Due to special synchronization, the user receives only fresh content.

Simultaneously with the new service, the company released the first mobile phone with its support - Motorola V557. This model was introduced back in March, but appeared only now, apparently waiting for the announcement of SCREEN3. The first operator to start providing SCREEN3 is Cingular Wireless, so the V557 will be available from it. The phone itself is an EDGE clamshell with a VGA camera supporting video recording and a Bluetooth interface. Curiously, the L2/L6 models got support for SCREEN3 without any loud announcements, the technology was added there initially.

There were some news from the Russian market as well - Abooxi company is starting to provide personalized information service Abooxi, unique for the Russian market. It consists in distributing collections of various business content customized for a specific user to mobile devices. The disseminated information relates to events in the economy, politics, business and is not freely available.

From November 5, a special offer began to operate - Qtek S100, S110 and 2020i Deluxe communicators with a preinstalled Abooxi package went on sale. Users registered before December 31 are given demo access to the service. On weekdays, twice a day, users will be able to receive personalized collections of news and other materials that are specially selected from the materials of the Vedomosti newspaper, the Expert magazine and the paid news feed of the Interfax agency. Thus, original materials that are not available on free access sites will be sent.

Japanese company Access, known as a global mobile content service provider and developer of software for FOMA phones of the third generation of the NTT DoCoMo network, and PalmSource, which owns all rights to the Palm OS operating system, announced the completion of a deal, as a result of which PalmSource is completely transferred to under the control of Access and becomes its division.

Each share was sold for $18.5, and, according to some sources, the total deal is estimated at 36 billion yen (about $300 million). The acquisition of PalmSource will allow the Japanese to apply the company's know-how to improve the quality and expand the range of software for mobile devices.

Interestingly, Access also owns the rather well-known NetFront browser for mobile devices - so now this company can represent devices or platforms based on PalmOS that are focused on using Internet services.

No less interesting news about mobile services came from South Korea last week. At the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) exhibition that opened, representatives of the WiMAX Forum organization attended the grand launch of the WiBro service by Korea Telecom (KT). The operator has successfully demonstrated how this technology can be used to deliver real-time multimedia applications to mobile devices.

In his speech, WiMAX Forum President Ron Resnick noted that KT was able to launch the world's very first mobile network based on the soon-to-be ratified IEEE 802.16e standard. At the event, KT held several live demonstrations. Notebooks, tablets and PDAs were used for two-way video transmission, SMS and MMS exchange, mobile VoIP and positioning. To demonstrate the mobility of services, a number of devices were placed in a moving bus.

The operator is a member of the WiMAX Forum Certification Working Group, so WiBro-based products will be among the first mobile WiMAX-enabled products to be certified by the end of 2006. As previously reported, KT plans to launch WiBro-based commercial services next summer.

It also became known about the approval of WiBro as an international standard at the last IEEE conference - the developers promise to publish the final version of the standard in December.

Mobile progress (and information services with it) often passes people by respectable age. It often happens that for them a mobile phone is a real mystery and they simply do not know how to use it. But in cases of health problems, a phone call made on time can cost a human life. Therefore, Miracle Progress's new MS2000 phone should come in very handy in this case.

The MS2000 has neither a screen nor a full numeric keypad. The GSM-device is capable of making calls to 5 preset numbers and to rescue services. Dimensions of new items - 87x53x22 mm, talk time - 2-3 hours, standby time - 60-100 hours, there is also a 40-tone polyphonic bell. Nothing has been announced yet about the time the device will appear in retail sales and the estimated price.

For those who haven't retired yet, last week Nokia leaked information about the continuation of the N-series phone line - a Nokia phone that looks very similar to the Nokia N92, and according to some unconfirmed reports, the novelty is the successor of the series N and will be called N95.

< /p>

Some features are known: 3-megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom, support for UMTS networks, HSDPA and EDGE technologies, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless interfaces. We are waiting for official information…

An interestingly shaped Bluetooth headset presented by Iqua can also be considered as a candidate for the gadget of the week title. The body of the Snake HHF-801 is flexible, and the headset itself is designed for use in a car - it is mounted on the back of the seat. The headset is equipped with an LED, the indication of which indicates the activity of the wireless connection, an on and off button, volume control and call answer keys.

Snake HHF-801 weight does not exceed 10 g, standby time - up to 300 hours, talk time - up to 10 hours, charging time - up to 6 hours. Device dimensions - 450x250x26 mm. The novelty will be on sale by the end of this year, the estimated retail price is still unknown.

Operators and spokes in wheels

VimpelCom, also known for its trademark Beeline, announced yesterday the completion of a deal that significantly expands the coverage area of ​​the Beeline network. He acquired the Ukrainian company Ukrainian Radio Systems (URS). This gives VimpelCom the opportunity to start providing cellular services in Ukraine as well.

This is the news that ended the protracted litigation between the shareholders of VimpelCom - Alfa Group, which advocated entering the Ukrainian market and the Telenor holding.

In its press release, the operator announces that it is going to upgrade the URS network and make all Beeline network services available to its Ukrainian subscribers. VimpelCom currently provides cellular communication services in Russia and Kazakhstan. It is the second largest operator in Russia on average, and in the regions it even overtakes the MTS operator in terms of popularity.

Review of the main events of the past week (Week 46)

Recently, not only Internet companies, but also participants in the cellular communications market have begun to pay special attention to information services - some see popular services as an opportunity to revive 3G networks, others are promoting services in the hope of increasing demand for high-tech cellular terminals. It is true - it is much easier for a subscriber to connect to a 3G network, realizing the slowness of downloading mp3, mobile work with video services, or seeing the low speed of working with Google Maps (the mobile service of which was officially introduced less than two weeks ago).

Some call the beginning of the age of services Google's entry into the search market, some call Apple's release of the iPod music player, coupled with the iTunes service.

Both heroes of the occasion are forced to correct the forecasts for the development of their offspring for the better from month to month - so the upcoming period of the Christmas holidays in the West is accompanied by a serious increase in sales of almost all goods. Apple's iPods are no exception, with analysts expecting strong growth in sales by the end of the year, which, however, is understandable - who would refuse to receive a stylish audio or even video player as a gift? However, not everything is so smooth with Apple players lately. Numerous complaints about the new iPod nano, which has a thin and fragile body that is very prone to scratches, can seriously damage the company's reputation.

An interesting, but not unexpected, service called MobiRadio was presented by Cingular and MobiTV. According to the press release, subscribers to the Cingular cellular network will be able to listen to music streamed over the cellular network.

At the choice of listeners, music of any direction is provided, and the corresponding item appears in the phone menu. The cost of a monthly subscription is $7, plus you need to separately pay for the traffic generated by this service. MobiRadio is currently only available for owners of Nokia 6620, Sony Ericsson S710 and Z500a, later the list of compatible devices will be expanded.

In turn, Motorola announced SCREEN3 technology, which will allow users to receive news and other content in a constant mode without having to constantly do something for this. The SCREEN3 solution contains an information portal that manages content and a client side for creating and configuring channels on a mobile device. Due to special synchronization, the user receives only fresh content.

Simultaneously with the new service, the company released the first mobile phone with its support - Motorola V557. This model was introduced back in March, but appeared only now, apparently waiting for the announcement of SCREEN3. The first operator to start providing SCREEN3 is Cingular Wireless, so V557 will be available from it. The phone itself is an EDGE clamshell with a VGA camera supporting video recording and a Bluetooth interface. It is curious that the L2/L6 models acquired support for SCREEN3 without any loud announcements, the technology was added there initially.

There were some news from the Russian market as well - Abooxi company is starting to provide personalized information service Abooxi, unique for the Russian market. It consists in distributing collections of various business content customized for a specific user to mobile devices. The disseminated information relates to events in the economy, politics, business and is not freely available.

From November 5, a special offer began to operate - Qtek S100, S110 and 2020i Deluxe communicators with a preinstalled Abooxi package went on sale. Users registered before December 31 are given demo access to the service. On weekdays, twice a day, users will be able to receive personalized collections of news and other materials that are specially selected from the materials of the Vedomosti newspaper, the Expert magazine and the paid news feed of the Interfax agency. Thus, original materials that are not available on free access sites will be sent.

The cost of a subscription to the service is $7 per month. At the time of registration, a profile of the individual interests of the subscriber is formed in order to include in the issues of the personal electronic newspaper documents that meet the needs of the subscriber. Abooxi is supported by PDAs, most common smartphones and some mobile phones.

It is interesting that there is already a free analogue of the above service on the market - the Mobilizer project. It seems that the service from Abooxi is not waiting for the easy fate of the conqueror of the market.

Following the introduction of new models from Nokia supporting the mobile TV standard, as well as the announcement of the company's plans to support the DVB-H standard in a number of countries, including Russia, the Finnish government announced a tender for a license to commercially provide mobile TV service. It is possible that as a result of this tender, Europe's first commercial mobile TV network on a national scale will start operating in the very near future.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications announced that bidders will have to use DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld) technology, which Nokia and other manufacturers plan to release mobile phones for. DVB-H technology is being tested by many operators, including Vodafone. However, they will need additional bandwidth to begin commercial provision.

The Ministry specifically noted that the licensee will be required to provide the network to service operators and other interested parties. The application deadline has been set for the end of January next year, but all interested companies must contact the ministry by November 28.

This summer, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) also approved the DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) standard, which can also be used for mobile TV services. It's already widespread in Korea and promoted by LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics, but now it doesn't seem to have much of a chance of breaking into European territories.

Japanese company Access, known as a global mobile content service provider and developer of software for FOMA phones of the third generation of the NTT DoCoMo network, and PalmSource, which owns all rights to the Palm OS operating system, announced the completion of a deal, as a result of which PalmSource is completely transferred to under the control of Access and becomes its division.

Each share was sold for $18.5, and, according to some sources, the total deal is estimated at 36 billion yen (about $300 million). The acquisition of PalmSource will allow the Japanese to apply the company's know-how to improve the quality and expand the range of software for mobile devices.

Interestingly, Access also owns the rather well-known NetFront browser for mobile devices - so now this company can represent devices or platforms based on PalmOS that are focused on using Internet services.

No less interesting news about mobile services came from South Korea last week. At the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) exhibition that opened, representatives of the WiMAX Forum organization attended the grand launch of the WiBro service by Korea Telecom (KT). The operator has successfully demonstrated how this technology can be used to deliver real-time multimedia applications to mobile devices.

In his speech, WiMAX Forum President Ron Resnick noted that KT was able to launch the world's very first mobile network based on the soon-to-be ratified IEEE 802.16e standard. At the event, KT held several live demonstrations. Notebooks, tablets and PDAs were used for two-way video transmission, SMS and MMS exchange, mobile VoIP and positioning. To demonstrate the mobility of services, a number of devices were placed in a moving bus.

The operator is a member of the WiMAX Forum Certification Working Group, so WiBro-based products will be among the first mobile WiMAX-enabled products to be certified by the end of 2006. As previously reported, KT plans to launch WiBro-based commercial services next summer.

It also became known about the approval of WiBro as an international standard at the last IEEE conference - the developers promise to publish the final version of the standard in December.

Mobile progress (and with it information services) often passes by people of advanced age. It often happens that for them a mobile phone is a real mystery and they simply do not know how to use it. But in cases of health problems, a phone call made on time can cost a human life. Therefore, Miracle Progress's new MS2000 phone should come in very handy in this case.

Mobile progress (and information services along with it) often passes by people of advanced age. It often happens that for them a mobile phone is a real mystery and they simply do not know how to use it. But in cases of health problems, a phone call made on time can cost a human life. Therefore, Miracle Progress's new MS2000 phone should come in very handy in this case.

The MS2000 has neither a screen nor a full numeric keypad. The GSM-device is capable of making calls to 5 preset numbers and to rescue services. Dimensions of new items - 87x53x22 mm, talk time - 2-3 hours, standby time - 60-100 hours, there is also a 40-tone polyphonic bell. Nothing has been announced yet about the time the device will appear in retail sales and the estimated price.

For those who haven't retired yet, last week Nokia leaked information about the continuation of the N-series phone line - a Nokia phone that looks very similar to the Nokia N92, and according to some unconfirmed reports, the novelty is the successor of the series N and will be called N95.

Some features are known: 3-megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom, support for UMTS networks, HSDPA and EDGE technologies, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless interfaces. We are waiting for official information…

An interestingly shaped Bluetooth headset presented by Iqua can also be considered as a candidate for the gadget of the week title. The body of the Snake HHF-801 is flexible, and the headset itself is designed for use in a car - it is mounted on the back of the seat. The headset is equipped with an LED, the indication of which indicates the activity of the wireless connection, an on and off button, volume control and call answer keys.

Snake HHF-801 weight does not exceed 10 g, standby time - up to 300 hours, talk time - up to 10 hours, charging time - up to 6 hours. Device dimensions - 450x250x26 mm. The novelty will be on sale by the end of this year, the estimated retail price is still unknown.

Operators and spokes in wheels

VimpelCom, also known for its trademark Beeline, announced yesterday the completion of a deal that significantly expands the coverage area of ​​the Beeline network. He acquired the Ukrainian company "Ukrainian Radio Systems" (URS). This gives VimpelCom the opportunity to start providing cellular services also in Ukraine.

This is the news that ended the protracted litigation between the shareholders of VimpelCom - Alfa Group, which advocated entering the Ukrainian market and the Telenor holding.

In its press release, the operator announces that it is going to upgrade the URS network and make all Beeline network services available to its Ukrainian subscribers. VimpelCom currently provides cellular communication services in Russia and Kazakhstan. It is the second largest operator in Russia on average, and in the regions it even overtakes the MTS operator in terms of popularity.