- 3G phones 'unfit for mass market' +/-
(CNET Asia) The latest mobile phones are not living up to their promises, say European mobile operators. Nokia has started shipping its much-anticipated 3G (third generation) phone, the 6550, just as a storm is brewing over the quality of such handsets. Third-generation (3G) handsets have failed to deliver on their promises and are unfit for the mass market, say spokesmen from a group of European mobile operators. The sentiment was voiced at the recently concluded 2003 UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) Congress in Holland after the group evaluated 3G handphones from several equipment makers, according to various reports.
- UK - A new kind of phone sex +/-
(Guardian) Anyone who has been to the cinema over the past six months will probably have seen an advert from mobile phone operator Orange inviting them to "muck about" with picture messaging. The question now being asked by phone companies is: how mucky are those pictures actually going to be, and what is going to happen when they breach the bounds of what is acceptable? It is now accepted that one of the main drivers behind the take-up of VHS video recorders and handheld camcorders was pornography. There is an ever growing suspicion within the mobile phone industry that picture messaging is going the same way. see also Will porn kick-start the video phone revolution? (BBC). Pornography is the handmaiden of new technology, it's often claimed. So, will video phone sales be driven by the lust for bare flesh? The first use that novel technologies are put to, so the argument goes, is to let people look at, read or talk about rude things. Sex, it seems, is synonymous with new gadgets. As video phones - known as third-generation or 3G phones - make their appearance, it is no surprise to hear many people say porn will drive its early adoption.
- UK - BT to link mobiles with land lines +/-
(Guardian) BT will announce its full-scale return to the mobile phone market later this month with a service which will make extensive use of the company's massive fixed line network. In a move likely to cause howls of outrage from its rivals, who do not have the benefit of a direct connection with people's homes, BT will offer consumers the ability to use their mobile at home as if it was a fixed-line phone - potentially offering consumers huge savings.
- UK - Five chart discovers joy of text +/-
(Guardian) Channel Five is teaming up with BSkyB to launch a new pop chart show with a twist - it will be based solely on text message voting.