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Nokia: The start of the next phase

Jorma Ollila is to step down as CEO of Nokia next June, although he will remain as non-executive chairman. He will also become chairman of oil giant R

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AOL nibbles at mobile

The world’s biggest internet provider AOL has acquired fancy mobile accessories specialist Wildseed. AOL said it is paying an undisclosed sum to add W

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Christmas starts early for 3 …

3 is reportedly planning a Christmas push which includes new tariffs and services – and a chain of retail outlets, with “up to 20” new stores.  They w

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Bates for Benefon

Jonathan Bate has resigned as head of Siemens UK and VP of Siemens Northern Europe to become CEO at the GSM/GPS specialist Benefon.Bate brings over 16

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Bango floats for £7m

Mobile content specialist Bango raised around £7m from its successful AIM flotation. The money is primarily for expansion and extended customer suppor

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Enter the iPod phone

The new version 4.9 of Apple’s iTunes music directory apparently includes coding that will enable it to sync with an “iPod Phone” – as the instruction

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Break the barriers…

Research into the buying habits of British music fans indicates that a number of barriers need to be overcome before the mobile phone can begin to com

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£14bn O2 takeover bid “called off”

A proposed £14bn takeover bid for O2 has been called off at the last minute, according to press reports. It would have been the largest takeover of a

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Fonebak pays “up to £4.2m” for Intec

Fonebak plc has taken over Intec Group in a deal that could be worth a total of £4.2m. Fonebak is a leader in the recycling and repair of mobile hands

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3 signs 270,000 fans

As the Barclays Premiership kicks off, 3 has announced over 270,000 registrations for its football service including video highlights, text alerts, cl

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Goldenballs goes

Vodafone has decided not to renew David Beckham’s contract to promote Vodafone Live! Estimated to cost Vodafone £

1m a year, the deal had been running…

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Dormandy departs

Alexis Dormandy, Orange’

s recently appointed chief marketing officer, has left the job after a difference of opinion with UK chief Bernard…

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Vodafone to disable VoIP?

Vodafone Germany plans to disable calls from VoIP providers from July 2007. VoIP is widely regarded as a threat to the networks’

voice revenues,…

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Ringtone vendors ripped off

The music and ringtone business is being ripped off to the tune of £75m per year, according to software company QPass. It seems people grab free previ

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LG picks Palm

LG has taken a licence for the Palm operating system for forthcoming smartphones.

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Mobile mast happiness

New research published by MORI shows local authority planners are increasingly satisfied with the consultation carried out by mobile phone operators…

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Sony Pictures goes mobile

Sony Pictures has unveiled a cross-European marketing strategy that will see a mobile internet site for every one of its major film and DVD releases….

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EasyMobile “pleased”

EasyMobile signed up 15,000 customers in the four months since its March launch. MD Frank Rasmussen said he was “pleased with the results” and noted t

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Nokia’s smartphone search

Nokia has introduced what it calls “a pioneering mobile search software solution”

for its smartphones. Users get easy and fast access to a batch of…

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Mobile Olympics on offer

The consortium of broadcasters that holds the European rights for the Olympics has opened up bids for mobile rights to the 2006 winter and 2008…

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