Sony Ericsson to set R&D unit for mobile phones in Chennai

After Nokia its Sony Ericsson which is going to be making handsets in this city of Chennai. The Indian mobile market is currently on a upward trend and there are so many handset brands available.

The Chennai research and development unit will be headed by Anders Grynge, who was previously based at the Sony Ericsson R&D centre in Sweden. The new facility will become part of Sony Ericsson’s global network of R&D units which currently comprises sites in China, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands, the US and the UK.

via [Business Standard]

Press Release

New Delhi, India, 19 June 2007 – Sony Ericsson today announced that it is establishing a research and development unit for mobile phones in Chennai, India. The move follows closely on the company’s January announcement of sourcing local manufacture of phones in Chennai with EMS partners Flextronics and Foxconn; with a production target of 10 million units by 2009. Today’s announcement is part of Sony Ericsson’s global strategy to strengthen its capabilities within the world’s fastest growing telecommunications market and generate the growth required to reach a top three position in the global handset market.

Nokia 8600 Luna announced

nokia-8600-luna-1.jpgThe successor to the Nokia 8800 has finally arrived. Aimed to target the luxury phone market, the 8600 Luna has been named so after the Roman god of Moonlight. The body is made of glass and stainless steel similar to the Nokia 880 and the 8800 Sirocco.


  • 2 Megapixel Camera
  • 16 Million colors QVGA Display
  • FM Radio
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • microUSB

What’s Missing

  • Memory Card Slot
  • Wi-fi

The expected price of this handset is about Rs.40000-45000 similar to the 8800 and Sirocco (700 EUR)

Mozilla Firefox for mobile phones soon

Looks like Opera software and other mobile broswer vendors might face some stiff competition with the entry of Mozilla Firefox into the mobile arena. APC carries a news story which says

Mozilla Foundation CEO Mitchell Baker has been thinking about it too, and looking at how Firefox can be ported to mobile platforms. “

A Mini Mozilla based variant is already available for Windows Mobile devices here MiniMo .

Opera Mini works great but it will always be good to see some innovation as Mobile Browsing is a tedious job.

via [apc]

Samsung goes Symbian S60 with the SGH-i400

samsung_i400.jpgSamsung announced the Symbian S60 phone – SGH i400 at Madrid,Spain. The phone is Samsung’s 2nd Symbian phone after the i520.


  • 2 MegaPixel Camera
  • Large 2.3 inch 256K Colors QVGA Display
  • Slider Form factor
  • microSD Memory Expansion – upto 4 GB
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Weight of 92 grams
  • GSM/GPRS /EDGE Network Support
  • Dual Stereo Speaker

The i400 will be launched in Russia somewhere in July 2007 and then move on to European countries a bit later.

Blackberry Curve 8300 – After Pearl its the Curve

Blackberry just announced the Curve 8300

It looks like the 8800 got a facelift.

We often say Beauty and Brains don’t get along but the tagline for this phone seems like Brains and Beauty


  • 2 Megapixel Camera
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm Headset jack
  • Improved Media Manager
  • microSD expansion
  • 15.5 mm thickness




Official Site

Press Release

Blackberry Curve 8300

Mobile Blogging Guide

Mobile Blogging – You might have heard about this term. I spoke about this topic at Mobile Blogging BlogCamp.In back in September last year.


  • SMS
  • Using a 3rd party Application

Blogging using WAP / XHTML over GPRS / EDGE

In this method we will take for example

Login to and you would see the screen below


Type the content of you blogpost here.


Hit publish on your phone and this is what you will see on your PC.Do you notice that the new post is not top ?


Blogging via SMS

This is a costly solution but there are many providers like Reliance for instance which offer blogging via SMS.

You send a SMS to a predefined  number with the post contents and it gets published to your blog.

Using a 3rd party Application

Shozu is a application which is currently free which lets you upload phones / videos to flickr or Youtube

Litefeeds is a free Mobile RSS reader which has blogging support.

Registrations Open for Speed Test

Wizdom.In and have joined hands to bring to you a GPRS / EDGE / 3G Speed Tester.

You need to simply install the free application on your mobile phone and sit back and relax as the tests are being carried out.

Please register for the Speed Test . We will contact you shortly with the details on How to get started.

Speed Test Site

Site Updates : i-mate, Dopod , Spice Added

As you might be know, this site is going through a major upgrade.

As a part of the same, we have added i-mate  Dopod and  Spice Mobiles to our list of phones.

Even the Apple iPhone  has been added

We have also updated the other major brands.

Expect CDMA phones to be added very soon.

Happy Browsing !

Please feel free to post your feedback here or mail me at varun at fonearena dot com

MoMo Mobile Monday to kick off in Chennai on April 22nd

I take great pleasure in announcing the launch of the MoMo Chennai Chapter.

In case you are wondering what MoMo is , it stands for Mobile Monday and was founded in Helsinki , Finland in 2000.Since 2004 the enthusiasm has spread globally and in India such events take place in Bangalore Mumbai

Its basically an event where participants exchange ideas , opinions & knowledge.

If you want to be part of the event check the links below

Alternatively you can mail me varun at [nospam] if you would like to be a part of the event.

We need your help to make this event a big success.

Forum Nokia Open C Roadshow comes to Chennai

Great news for Mobile Developers in and around chennai.

Nokia is starting of its Open C Events in the Country.

If you are wondering what Open C is about but are interested to find out, then head to the venue.

Le Royal Meridien
1 GST Road,
St. Thomas Mount,
Chennai – 600 016,
Tamil Nadu,

Date 24th April 2007, Tuesday
Time 09:00 – 17:25

Register Now

Mobile phone theft whom to blame?

Mobile phone theft whom to blame?

Mobile phone theft is on the rise in India.

A huge section of India’s working population use public transport.
IT, Call center jobs have lead to an increase in purchasing power.
Low Cost handsets have also lead to an increase in mobile phone users.

In a country of vast geographical distribution, the mobile phone has
transformed from being a luxury to a bare necessity. Cell phones have
become so common and theft also has risen dramatically over the past 2

Major locations where theft occurs are railway stations, bus
stops, traffic signals, pathways Motorists who use their mobile when
driving might not only be risking their lives but also be a potential
target for the culprits. Of late there have been too many incidences of
bikers being robbed on roadways.

Insurance Cos had stopped offering Mobile Theft Insurance due to a
large number of false claims.

When you loose your mobile phone, more than anything it’s the personal
information that really matters.

Some pointers to avoid mobile theft

* Avoid using your mobile phone in heavily crowded areas
* Avoid using your mobile phone in public transport
* Avoid lending your mobile phone to strangers who might try to trick you
* Don’t talk while driving
* Avoid leaving your handset in your vehicle
* Do not leave you phone unattended in any place, even at your home