Airtel sets up 1000th cell site

Cellular service provider, Airtel on Friday installed 1000th cell site in Maharashtra and Goa circle at Katol, 40 km from Nagpur, and claimed to have become first private player to do so

Cellular service provider, Airtel on Friday installed 1000th cell site in Maharashtra and Goa circle at Katol, 40 km from Nagpur, and claimed to have become first private player to do so.

"The total number of base stations will touch 1500 by March next year and Airtel will enter over 300 new towns across Maharashtra and Goa thus spanning the coverage to a total 550 towns and 33 districts," Chief Operating Officer, Bharti Televentures, Christopher Tobit told reporters.

Airtel will offer superior quality network in key tourist and pilgrimage destinations including Shirdi, Trimbakshwar, Mahabaleshwar, Shanishingnaapur, Nanded, Pandharpur, Lonavala and Khandala with an investment to the tune of Rs 250 crore for network expansion, capacity enhancement and other infrastructure, he said.

The company will also commission its third mobile switch centre (MSC) in second capital by end of March 2006, he said, adding during the current fiscal, Airtel will be covering additional highways like Bhusawal-Shegaon, Dhule-Nashik and Mumbai-Goa besides rail and road network on Mumbai-Goa and Vasai-Ahmedabad by next March.

Tobit said they will be launching 62 additional new towns and three new districts of Washim, Gadchiroli and Hingoli by March end.

It is also introducing network on wheels (NOW) and would be deploying five such NOWs in Maharashtra and Goa, he added.

 

 

Source:PTI 

 

Hutch unveils voice response in Kannada

Hutch, one of the leading cellular service providers, on Tuesday announced the launch of content on the voice response platform in three more languages namely Kannada, Telugu and Tamil in addition to the already available English and Hindi languages

Hutch, one of the leading cellular service providers, on Tuesday announced the launch of content on the voice response platform in three more languages namely Kannada, Telugu and Tamil in addition to the already available English and Hindi languages.
 
Samuel Selvakumar, director (operations), Hutch, told reporters here that this innovative voice enabled service will enable customers to access a range of offerings in the language of their choice and will be in tune with the Hutch philosophy of facilitating communication in a manner that is convenient.

Hutch rolls out Rs 10 recharge coupons

Hutchison Essar has launched a new recharge voucher that enables subscribers to top-up pre-paid connections with denominations as low as Rs 10

Hutchison Essar has launched a new recharge voucher that enables subscribers to top-up pre-paid connections with denominations as low as Rs 10. 
 
“The new coupon will help make pre-paid usage even more affordable to both ‘Hutch’ and ‘Orange’ users, and offers more talktime at the same cost, therefore more value for money,” said Naveen Chopra, corporate vice-present, group marketing of Hutchison Essar at a press conference. 
 
Earlier, the voucher could be used only as an ‘add-on card’. This meant that the card can be used to make calls when the recharged value of a coupon expires, but the validity period continues. 
 
The customer can then recharge using a Chota Recharge again after buying a Rs 199 card within the 30-day validity period. Even though, the customer gets additional talktime for the amount recharged, it does not extend his validity period. 
 
A user can recharge any number of times within the validity period without paying any extra fee. This will bring in a significant change in the pre-paid industry and going mobile will become more affordable, he said. 
 
With this launch, Chota Recharge becomes the lowest recharge voucher available in the country. 
 
Prior to this launch, the add-on recharge card available with the Rs 199 voucher was of Rs 55 and Rs 60. These cards also had access fees. Earlier, Airtel had also rolled out recharge vouchers in low denominations of Rs 60 and Rs 120. 

Source:business-standard

MTV Loveline On Mobile Phones

Coruscant Tec, a leading mobile solutions company that specialises in mobile content and commerce, today announced the launch of a new mobile social software called MTV Loveline in association with MTV India. The MTV Loveline will be available to subscribers on the Airtel, Hutch, RPG Cellular, BSNL, BPL and Tata Tele networks

Mumbai : Coruscant Tec, a leading mobile solutions company that specialises in mobile content and commerce, today announced the launch of a new mobile social software called MTV Loveline in association with MTV India. The MTV Loveline will be available to subscribers on the Airtel, Hutch, RPG Cellular, BSNL, BPL and Tata Tele networks.

The MTV Loveline platform is currently available over SMS and as a JAVA download over GPRS. All users need to do is SMS "love" to 6882 to access the MTV Loveline. The JAVA download version also allows the user to create and choose between different mobile chatrooms along with several other interactive features.

The company has ensured that elaborate security filters which include up to four levels of auto-monitoring and keyword searches filtering objectionable content are available.

In the words of Ajay Adiseshann, managing director, Coruscant Tec, "Social Software is the next killer enabler that everyone has been waiting for. MTV Loveline will set a trend in itself and Coruscant is proud to be a pioneer in this space".

On the future on mobile data applications, he added, "With voice being commoditised, the need for newer data applications is being increasingly felt. Coruscant’s vision is to identify these areas and empower users by empowering their mobiles." (See: Shop till your cell drops!)

Industry insiders predict that by 2008 there will be 16.3 million users of mobile chat and entertainment services, with a cumulative annual growth rate to 76.3 percent. Social software on mobiles is set to become one of the pillars in the mobile entertainment space alongside ringtones, wall papers etc.

Source:http://www.domain-b.com/infotech/itnews/2005/20050928_launches.html 

Sony Ericsson Introduces Bluetooth Auto-Pairing Devices

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications today announced the introduction of Auto pairing, a unique proprietary solution, that makes it quicker and easier to connect Bluetooth equipped headsets to Sony Ericsson mobile phones. The company demonstrated this new functionality at a press event arranged by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group in Stockholm today.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications today announced the introduction of Auto pairing, a unique proprietary solution, that makes it quicker and easier to connect Bluetooth equipped headsets to Sony Ericsson mobile phones. The company demonstrated this new functionality at a press event arranged by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group in Stockholm today.

When the phone and headset are in close proximity and the Bluetooth function is turned on, the Auto pairing equipped Bluetooth headset automatically searches and finds the user’s Bluetooth enabled Sony Ericsson mobile phone. The user only has to confirm the connection for the device pairing to be initiated and doesn’t have to use a PIN code to authorize the connection.

The new feature has been developed through close cooperation within Sony Ericsson between the design and development of mobile phones and headsets in order to create a more integrated and seamless user experience that eliminates the necessity of physical PIN in-put. Auto pairing will be implemented first in an updated version of the Bluetooth Headset HBH-610, called HBH-610a.

"Sony Ericsson continually strives to enhance the user experience, making it easy and intuitive so the technology platform supporting the device fades into the background and the user just enjoys the benefits and convenience of well designed products. Auto pairing is a great example of how we as a company continue to enhance consumer benefits by making our products easy to use straight out of the box." says Rikard Nilsson, Global Marketing Manager, Product Business Unit Accessories.

Auto pairing will only be available in Sony Ericsson mobile phones and headsets. However, Sony Ericsson Bluetooth headsets will continue to be compatible with Bluetooth-equipped mobile phones from other phone brands by following the regular procedure for device pairing when Auto pairing is not available.

The first Sony Ericsson Bluetooth headset with Auto pairing device connectivity, the HBH-610a, will be available in Q4, 2005.

 Source:http://www.mobiledia.com/news/37112.html

LG launches car style phone M4410 in india

The extremely smart looking handset has two superb dual color displays (internal one is TFT of 256,000 colors while the external one is 65,000 colors

LG M4410
 
      Features

  •     1.3 Mega Pixel Camera
  •     MP3 Player & Ring Tones
  •     3D Surround Sound
  •     Blue Tooth
  •     External mini SD Card
  •     Smart External Controls
  •     262K TFT Colour Display
  •     EDGE Enabled

      New Delhi, SEP_, 2005: Reiterating its commitment to introduce the latest cutting-edge technology products in the Indian market, LG Electronics India Pvt. Limited (LGEIL), a Leading Consumer Electronic, Home Appliance & Mobile Handset co. in India and fifth largest Handset manufacturer in the world, today announced the launch of its new exclusive EDGE enabled M4410 GSM handset in India.  

 
M4410 with its sleek sports car look design and powerful function is all set to enchant and fascinate one’s senses. Its innovative design resembles the chic designs of super cars together with its harmonious matching of high glossy two-tone colour in black and silver, dynamic and sleek side line and dual speakers that looks like headlight. A true bonanza for music lovers it comes with MP3 Player and 3D surround sound. 
 
Its special feature the Mini SD card provided can be used for the storage of MP3 files, high-resolution photos or moving images. Embedded with 1.3 mega pixel digital camera it enables one to capture precious moments perfectly with crystal clear details.  Its built-in flash allows to take more vivid images regardless of time and place. 
 
M4410 is EDGE enabled and will redefine the use of multimedia services such as MMS, music download, e-mail management and Internet. Equipped with Bluetooth it also allows wireless transmission of data between the phones and PCs within 50 meters. 
 
The handset is priced at RS 17,990/- 
 
Announcing the launch of the M4410, Mr. H.S. Bhatia, Product Group Head, GSM said, "We are constantly striving towards developing the market with innovative and cutting edge products which come with state of the art technology and exquisite aesthetics. M4410 with its sleek sports car look design is real feast to one’s eyes. With facilities like Bluetooth, Mega pixel digital camera and EDGE enabled this handset is truly a technology marvel."

Treo Smartphone running on Windows Mobile officially announced

Palm officially announced their latest Treo smartphone, operating on Windows Mobile OS. It will be a CDMA phone exclusively for Verizon Wireless.

Today, at a press conference in San Francisco, Palm, Microsoft and Verizon joined to announce their latest device – the new Treo smartphone, using the Microsoft Windows Mobile Operating System. This is the first device in the line of Windows Mobile powered Treos, and it will be available through Verizon Wireless, taking advantage of their high-speed EV-DO network. Palm Expect this Treo to be available to Verizon customers in early 2006. The Treo is a smartphone in bar form-factor, which features full QWERTY keyboard, but for first time operates on Windows Mobile OS. Later Treos, using Windows Mobile OS will be available later, but not before the half of 2006.

Earlier we informed you about the upcoming device from Treo, and showed you some pictures of it. The rumored model was called Treo 670. Still Palm hasn’t announced the official model of their Windows Mobile powered Treo …

Source: Palm
    

Nokia announces nokia 3250 music phone

The Nokia 3250, Nokia’s newest music phone, grabbed the spotlight of Nokia Trends, an electronic music festival that took place in Berlin, Germany this weekend. This unique design twists to transform a traditional phone keypad into dedicated music keys. The Nokia 3250 stores up to 1 Gigabyte (750 songs) of high quality music and offers 10 hours of music play. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the Nokia 3250’s two-megapixel camera and smartphone capabilities. The triband GSM 900/1800/1900 model is expected to start shipping in the first quarter 2006 with an estimated retail price of 350 EUR before subsidies or taxes.

Nokia 3250: A music phone with a twist.
September 26, 2005

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Music-driven mobile phone features dedicated music keys, storage for up to 750 songs
 
Berlin, Germany/Espoo, Finland – The Nokia 3250, Nokia’s newest music phone, grabbed the spotlight of Nokia Trends, an electronic music festival that took place in Berlin, Germany this weekend. This unique design twists to transform a traditional phone keypad into dedicated music keys. The Nokia 3250 stores up to 1 Gigabyte (750 songs) of high quality music and offers 10 hours of music play. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the Nokia 3250’s two-megapixel camera and smartphone capabilities. The triband GSM 900/1800/1900 model is expected to start shipping in the first quarter 2006 with an estimated retail price of 350 EUR before subsidies or taxes.
 
"Nokia connects people to their passions – music – and as the world’s largest manufacturer of digital music players, Nokia is leading the charge to make mobile music widely accessible. The XpressMusic feature brand, also introduced today, makes it easier for consumers to identify those Nokia devices which are specifically designed to listen to music," says Kai Öistämö, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "One of the first devices to feature the XpressMusic mark is the Nokia 3250, which is going to stop music fans in their (favourite) tracks. Its unique twist design makes it quick and easy to switch between the music keys, the regular keypad and the camera mode."
 
By twisting the Nokia 3250 keypad 180 degrees, consumers can toggle between the music controls and the traditional phone keypad. The music player of the Nokia 3250 supports a wide array of digital music formats such as MP3, WMA, M4A and AAC, making it easy to load and transfer music. Additionally, songs can be downloaded over-the-air while on the go and favourite songs can be set as ringtones. The Nokia 3250 supports microSD memory cards of up to 1 Gigabyte with storage capacity for up to 750 songs. An FM radio with Visual Radio client complements the Nokia 3250’s complete music package.
 
Drag and drop to manage your music
 
Using the Nokia Audio Manager software, users can convert their favourite CDs into digital music files, and "drag and drop" their personal music collections and favorite playlists directly from their computer. Headphones can be connected to the Nokia 3250 via the 3.5mm connector of the Nokia Stereo Headset-HS-20, making the list of available enhancements even longer. For the best audio experience, Nokia is working to ensure that the Nokia 3250 is compatible with a number of accessories from industry leading brands such as Bose®, Harman Kardon®, JBL® and Sennheiser Electronic.

The Nokia 3250 comes with a two-megapixel camera, which is activated in the landscape mode by twisting the Nokia 3250’s phone’s keypad 90 degrees. With a few simple strokes, images can be instantly shared with others via MMS, or printed on a compatible printer via Bluetooth wireless technology.
 
The Nokia 3250 is based on the Series 60 platform and Symbian OS, offering a broad set of features and messaging functionalities and enabling third-party application developers to create their own music applications. Those applications can be downloaded and installed on the Nokia 3250. Bridging smartphone capabilities with music on the go, the Nokia 3250 has a talktime of up to 3 hours.
 
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com

Bharti Launches Mobile Wallet

Bharti Tele-Ventures has tied-up with ICICI Bank and VISA, to launch the country’s first “mobile wallet”. The new service called “mChq” will enable Airtel subscribers and ICICI Bank Visa cardholders to pay for their purchases through their mobile phones

Bharti Tele-Ventures has tied-up with ICICI Bank and VISA, to launch the country’s first "mobile wallet". The new service called "mChq" will enable Airtel subscribers and ICICI Bank Visa cardholders to pay for their purchases through their mobile phones.

With "mChq", Airtel subscribers in Mumbai and Delhi can purchase goods for as low as Rs 50. Once the product is bought, the retailer will send an SMS mentioning the amount to the customer. The customer will enter his/her personalized PIN number and reply via SMS , acknowledging the amount to be paid. The transaction is sealed with both parties getting a confirmatory SMS.

 

read more at techtree.com

 

 

 

Nokia Introduces Nokia 2652

Nokia Introduces Nokia 2652, fold design for new growth markets, Major milestone reached – one billionth Nokia mobile phone sold this summer

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE September 21, 2005

Nokia Introduces Nokia 2652, fold design for new growth markets, Major milestone reached – one billionth Nokia mobile phone sold this summer
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Espoo, Finland – Expanding its wide range of elegant and affordable phones for consumers in emerging markets, Nokia today unveiled the Nokia 2652 phone. The stylish and functional Nokia 2652 fold model builds on the success of the award-winning Nokia 2650, adding two new design motifs, ‘Cell’ and ‘Fleur’ with dark gray and pearl white key mats for consumers to choose from.  It is expected to be commercially available in October 2005 with an estimated retail price of 100 EUR before subsidies or taxes. The Nokia 2652 will be available in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Greater China region.
 
Mobile subscriptions hit 2 billion
 
While the global mobile subscription base has now reached the significant milestone of two billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, Nokia sees plenty of untapped opportunities and is committed to drive growth in new growth markets, like Brazil, Russia, India, China and countries in Africa. In these markets, affordability of mobile communications for subscribers is the key factor.
 
"We are working with operators to offer affordable phones and solutions that reduce the total cost of ownership of the handset and mobile services," says Kai Öistämö, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "Nokia was the first vendor to focus on an extensive range of products and network solutions in fast growing markets, and we remain committed to introducing affordable, attractive phones with well-considered features and innovative network solutions to meet the communication needs of consumers in these markets."
 
"It is equally important for us to work closely with government bodies to overcome possible barriers that are preventing forward momentum. With the right combination of mobile phones, network solutions, services and a regulated environment, we envision a mobile landscape where operators can profitably offer mobile services to a broader range of consumers for as little as USD 5 per month. When the cost of mobile services becomes this affordable, we foresee the growth curve in growth markets accelerating sharply," adds Öistämö.
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Nokia sells one billionth mobile phone
 
"The continued rapid growth in mobile subscriptions has exceeded even the mobile industry’s own estimates. Since the early 1990’s we have seen voice go truly wireless and mobile phones evolve from voice centric to feature driven devices.  Earlier this summer, Nokia sold our one billionth mobile phone – a Nokia 1100 sold in Nigeria," says Öistämö. "It will be new growth markets like Nigeria that will fuel the growth towards three billion subscribers by 2010."
 
As the industry leader in mobile devices, Nokia has introduced hundreds of innovative mobile phone models since the early 1980’s. The company has manufactured mobile phones in high volumes since the beginning of 1990’s, when the first digital networks were introduced. In 1998, Nokia announced it had manufactured its 100 millionth mobile phone, and became the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer. In 2004, Nokia was the clear market leader in mobile devices with volumes of 207 million units.
 
Photo caption: "New growth markets like Nigeria will fuel the growth that will result in half the world’s population being connected." — Kai Öistämö, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones at Nokia.
(photo can be found on www.nokia.com/press)
 
Nokia Facts / "Did you know?"
 
– Since Mobira Senator car phone introduction in 1982 to the Nokia 2652 introduction today, Nokia has introduced around 400 phone models to all major analogue and digital standards.
 
– Nokia’s first iconic product, the Nokia 2100 series that was introduced in 1994, sold nearly 20 million units in its time.
 
– The world’s best-selling phone, the Nokia 3310 / 3330 sold 126 million units from its launch in 2000 until its "retirement" earlier this year. For comparison, the combined total of all Nokia phones sold between 1991 and 1998 is 100 million.
 
– If all the Nokia 3310/3330 phones sold were laid end-to-end, the line would stretch from Helsinki, Finland to Santiago, Chile – over 13,500 kilometers.
 
– In 1991 Nokia sold 800 000 phones. In 2004, it manufactured 207.7 million phones, which equals 6.5 phones per second.
 
– Nokia consumes 100 billion components on annual level. On average, one phone includes up to 400 components.
 
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com

Vodafone selects the Nokia 6680 smartphone in its Japanese lineup

Espoo, Finland – Continuing to build the success of its highly popular 3G product, Nokia today announced that the Nokia 6680 device will be available through Vodafone K.K. in Japan. The stylish Nokia 6680 3G WCDMA terminal will be marketed in Vodafone’s lineup under the name “Vodafone 702NK II (Nokia 6680)”. The device is expected to be commercially available in Japan starting from late October.

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE September 21, 2005

Vodafone selects the Nokia 6680 smartphone in its Japanese lineup

Espoo, Finland – Continuing to build the success of its highly popular 3G product, Nokia today announced that the Nokia 6680 device will be available through Vodafone K.K. in Japan.  The stylish Nokia 6680 3G WCDMA terminal will be marketed in Vodafone’s lineup under the name "Vodafone 702NK II (Nokia 6680)". The device is expected to be commercially available in Japan starting from late October.
 
The Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II), specially customized for Vodafone K.K., delivers highly sophisticated 3G functionality in an attractively styled, compact form. One of the few products in the WCDMA market with truly international roaming capability, the Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II) allows consumers to enjoy various 3G services provided by Vodafone K.K., including the Vodafone live!, international roaming video calls and video streaming services in or outside of Japan. Additionally, the owners of the device will get access to the famous Vodafone live! email system.
 
The full-fledged smartphone feature set of the Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II) is enriched by robust data communication functions including WCDMA and Bluetooth wireless technology, which makes it fast and convenient to browse the Internet, send and receive emails with attachments, and link with other electronic devices such as PCs. These features make the Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II) a first-class tool for conducting business, whether in the office or out and about.
 
"With its elegant design, robust feature set and sophisticated functionality, the Nokia 6680 has become the best-selling WCDMA device globally," said Heikki Tenhunen, President of Nokia Japan. "We are very pleased to expand its availability to new customer groups, and regard this development as an important milestone in entering the Japanese mass market."
 
The Nokia 6680 is the third Nokia 3G product available in the Vodafone K.K. lineup. The Nokia 6630 (Vodafone 702NK) was added to the Vodafone K.K. portfolio in December 2004, and the Nokia 6650 (V-NM701) became available in August 2003.
 
Detailed information about Nokia 6680 (Vodafone 702NK II) and its services can be found from Vodafone’s website www.vodafone.jp. For more information about the global version of the product, please visit www.nokia.com/6680.
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com

Rock And Roll On The Go With the Nokia 6630 Music Edition

Nokia today announced the Nokia 6630 Music Edition, a special music version of the iconic 3G smartphone. The Nokia 6630 Music Edition has been designed with enhanced music functionality to make it convenient for you to take your music collection with you while on the move. Shipping later this month, the Nokia 6630 Music Edition is available for European, Middle Eastern and African markets

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE September 19, 2005

Rock And Roll On The Go With the Nokia 6630 Music Edition

New music player and bundled memory card make mobile music easy
 
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the Nokia 6630 Music Edition, a special music version of the iconic 3G smartphone. The Nokia 6630 Music Edition has been designed with enhanced music functionality to make it convenient for you to take your music collection with you while on the move.  Shipping later this month, the Nokia 6630 Music Edition is available for European, Middle Eastern and African markets.
 
"The Nokia 6630 Music Edition is a fantastic combination of music, smartphone and 3G," said Tuula Rytilä-Uotila, Director, Imaging EMEA, Nokia. "You can carry a good portion of your music collection with you where ever you go and with the Nokia Audio Adapter, you can quicky connect your favorite set of music headphones."
 
The updated music player makes it easier than ever to manage and play your music files. The included 256-megabyte memory card lets you store up to 15 CDs worth of music while support for up to 1 GB RS-MMC means you’ll never have to be without your favorite tunes. You can transfer music to the Nokia 6630 Music Edition quickly and easily, with the included Nokia PC Suite software or with the bundled Nokia USB MMC/SD reader. Connecting your favorite headphones is a snap with the Nokia Audio Adapter and its 3.5 mm stereo jack.
 
Available in either Rustic Red or Aluminum Grey, the Nokia 6630 Music Edition is easy to personalize with a new selection of themes and ring tones pre-installed. You can also benefit from the wide range of smartphone features, including a 1.3 megapixel camera, mobile broadband access with WCDMA networks, mobile email, streaming video and much more.
 
Nokia today also launched the Nokia Music Pack, a bundled package of enhancements that makes it easy to enjoy your music collection on your mobile device. The package includes the Nokia Audio Adapter, the Nokia 256 MB MMC Card, the Nokia USB MMC/SD reader and Nokia Stereo Audio Cable. You can even share your mobile music experience by plugging your compatible phone – like the Nokia 6630 Music Edition — into your home stereo with the audio adapter and stereo audio cable.*
 
About Nokia
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com

Samsung to Build Indian Cell Phone Plant

Yonhap News Agency reported through a dispatch from India that Samsung Electronics has concluded a deal to build its mobile handset plant in either Noida or Mumbai, cities close to the capital city of New Delhi, weighing the tax incentives and logistics costs of the industrial complexes in the respective cities

Samsung Electronics is expected to push ahead with the construction of a mobile handset plant in India.

“It is true that we are considering such investment plans in India,’’ a Samsung Electronics spokesman said Wednesday.

He, however, neither denied nor confirmed a news report about its construction plan.

Yonhap News Agency reported through a dispatch from India that Samsung Electronics has concluded a deal to build its mobile handset plant in either Noida or Mumbai, cities close to the capital city of New Delhi, weighing the tax incentives and logistics costs of the industrial complexes in the respective cities.

It said Samsung is considering installing facilities by renting an existing factory rather than building a new one. If so, Samsung will be able to launch operations of its proposed plant as early as end of 2005.

Samsung is reportedly considering establishing an independent subsidiary exclusively for the mobile handset operation in India apart from the existing Indian digital media and digital appliance subsidiary. A Samsung Electronics official also said it is highly likely for the electronic giant to set up separate entity to oversee its mobile handset operations in India if it is to build the plant.

LG Electronics, which launched commercial operation of its Ranjangaon mobile handset plant located 50 kilometers southwest of Pune, India, in the first half, churns out 2 million phones a year. LG Electronics is the first global cellular phone maker to establish mobile phone plant in India. 

Source The Korea Times 

System Rush Demo Now Available for Download

System Rush Demo Now Available for Download.Buckle-in and test drive the futuristic racer for the N-Gage platform

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE September 15, 2005 

 Espoo, Finland,  – Nokia today announced that the demo for System Rush, the futuristic racing game developed exclusively for the N-Gage platform is now available for download. This sample of the System Rush experience will whet the gamers’ appetite for the rush of racing in a cyber-punk world of underground hackers. Featuring two playable co-vecs (code vehicles) and three tracks in the ultra-secure KGBX network, the demo is now available for download on the System Rush website at www.systemrush.com and can be shared with friends via Bluetooth wireless technology.
 
Developed by Ideaworks3D, System Rush is packed with intense multiplayer features, including four-player shadow racing in the N-Gage Arena or white-knuckle one-on-one battles via Bluetooth connection. Gamers can race through the world’s most secure corporate networks to recover evidence to clear their name. Players can pilot one of 11 co-vecs and tear through over 50 intense races in five unique game worlds.
 
 About N-Gage
The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer game play over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Nokia and N-Gage are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation.

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www.nokia.com
 
Copyright © 2005 Nokia. All rights reserved. Nokia, N-Gage and System Rush are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Some features and services are dependent on the network, supported digital content formats, the compatibility of other devices and applications, and other factors. Please refer to the user guide for more detailed information.

ROKR 100 Tunes Limit Warning

Steve Jobs announced that the ROKR would play up to 100 tracks (including songs and podcasts), yet that figure doesn?t jibe with the size of a standard Flash memory chip. By Apple?s calculations, 100 songs takes up approximately 400MB of memory. Is someone producing a 400MB Flash chip now

A possibly annoying limitation to the recent Apple iTunes mobile phone, the ROKR from Motorola has been discovered.

It was reported over at playlistmag.com:

Steve Jobs announced that the ROKR would play up to 100 tracks (including songs and podcasts), yet that figure doesn’t jibe with the size of a standard Flash memory chip. By Apple’s calculations, 100 songs takes up approximately 400MB of memory. Is someone producing a 400MB Flash chip now?

Nope. The phone includes a removable 512MB Flash memory chip (found under the battery in the back of the phone). This chip will hold up to 100 tracks but the number of songs it holds isn’t dependant strictly on the size of the chip (though it obviously can’t contain more than 512MB of data). Rather, the 100 track limitation is part of a DRM scheme that prevents the phone from playing more than 100 tracks.

iTunes 5 keeps track of the number of tracks authorized for playback on the phone so even if your 100 tracks have used only 350MB of the card’s capacity, you can’t add more. Similarly, although you can swap in a new card that contains new tracks, those tracks won’t play until they’ve been approved for playback by iTunes.

 

source: GadgetSpy