Vopium has released world’s first Mobile VoIP application to on BlackBerry App World however it has already release its Iphone and Symbian versions. Vopium wonders its cost savings package for mobile users up to 90% whether making an international call or sending an SMS. If you choose to make the call through Vopium you will pay the domestic tariff along with a tariff for the call abroad, which is up to 90 % cheaper than what the regular mobile operators are charging. This is because Vopium automatically transfers the call to a much cheaper line of the same quality. Minutes can be pre-paid through the internet and can be paid with all major credit cards.
The Vopium solution automatically re-routes calls via the cheapest available route, ensuring that customers are always able to save money when calling international numbers. The Vopium application can be downloaded directly without any hassle.
How to download Vopium on Nokia
• Send an SMS to 1231 by writing Vopium in the text area you will receive two SMS’s, the first SMS entails your Registered Username and your Portal Password and the second SMS would contain link to download Vopium Application in your Handsets.
• Open the SMS text message. You will see a web link; Click on the link.
• After that following screen will appear while opening link.
• It will start downloading the application in your hand set.
• Your screen will display Install Vopium? Select Yes to continue.
• Press Continue to complete the installation.
• Then it will ask that where you want to save it in Phone memory or in Memory card Select where you want to save.
• It will show Resources Usage message press Yes or No. Installation process is complete now you are ready to use Vopium.
Currently Vopium is offering Free 30 Minutes of International calls with 30 SMS for Free. For more details visit: http://www.vopium.com/
How do I make calls with Vopium?
Simply go to your contacts and select the person you want to call (or dial the number manually) and your international call will go through Vopium.
NOTE: Make sure the destination number is in the correct international format, country code first (for example, +45 before 12345678).
Nokia today announced that the highly anticipated Nokia N96, unveiled earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will be made available for high-speed 3G HSDPA networks widely used in the Americas during the fourth quarter of 2008. Combining a large 2.8 inch screen, 16 gigabytes of internal memory and compatibility with a wide range of video formats, the Nokia N96 is a sleek, smart and powerful device that delivers an outstanding entertainment experience. Continue reading
Alltel Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) announced that the highly anticipated GlimmerTM by LG will be exclusively available in Alltel retail stores and online at shopalltel.com beginning March 13. With a slide-out keypad and touch-screen interface, the LG Glimmer incorporates traditional phone functions with the latest multimedia features.The LG Glimmer is loaded with a 2 MP camera with video capabilities, an MP3 player with customizable equalizer, an expandable memory slot and is GPS capable. This slick phone is rich with several of Alltel’s Axcess applications including Alltel Navigation, Axcess Search, CityID and Axcess TV. In addition, users can listen to their favorite music while utilizing other multimedia features on the phone, such as taking photos, recording video or sending text messages. The Glimmer also features 3D graphics support and 128MB of internal memory.
“With touch-screen phones revolutionizing wireless, the LG Glimmer from Alltel has an innovative new touch interface while offering the convenience of a slide-out physical keypad,” states Brian Ullem, vice president of device strategy for Alltel Wireless. “Its large display and multimedia capabilities allow our customers to access and manage their video and music with a simple touch.”
“Consumers will appreciate the durable metal body of this elegant, user-friendly mobile phone,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, vice president of product strategy & marketing at LG Mobile Phones. “With its slim form factor and large sliding touch screen the Glimmer by LG is another example of forward-thinking technology and design.”
Alltel Wireless is offering the Glimmer by LG for $249.99 after a $100 mail-in-rebate. This discounted price is available to new customers who sign-up for a two-year service agreement and to existing eligible customers on qualifying rate plans. All Alltel customers who purchase the LG Glimmer and are on a qualifying rate plan are able to receive “My Circle,” Alltel’s exclusive calling feature allowing customers to receive unlimited calling to any five, 10 or 20 numbers, any network. In addition, Alltel was the first to offer Anytime Plan Changes, giving customers the flexibility to change their calling plans at any time, without extending their current contract.
The LG Glimmer also supports Alltel’s new service, Axcess Voice2TXT. The service, which is available on any Alltel Wireless SMS text message capable phone, quickly converts incoming voicemails to text messages in the customer’s inbox and also allows customers to store and forward converted voicemails as regular text messages. For more information on this innovative feature, please
LG Electronics launches the LG-KF700, a new handset with an optimized user interface that makes use of touch technology. Further highlights include three other handsets featuring touch technology: the convenience-oriented LG-KF600, the slim and stylish Design with interactive touch lighting phone LG-KF510, and a professional-level camera phone, the LG Viewty.
At the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2008, LG will build on the momentum for touchscreen phones that it generated last year when it launched the PRADA Phone by LG, the first phone with a full LCD touchscreen. The company developed its new phones based on insight from customers and designed them to be easier and more convenient to use.
The LG-KF700 includes multiple input methods including an adaptable touchscreen, keystroke-saving Shortcut Dial and numeric keypad, which help optimize this multimedia phone for users’ needs. The LG-KF600’s revolutionary InteractPad feeds forward commands to users and seems almost to read their minds. LG Viewty has already received accolades for its high-end digital camera functions and full touchscreen LCD, which have driven sales to more than 750,000 units since its European launch last November. The super slim LG-KF510 provides animated feedback to users with its unique, touch sensitive LED panel. Both the LG-KF600 and LG Viewty received the prestigious iF Product Design Award in 2008.
LG’s highlighted products at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2008 include:
LG-KF700: Combining three separate input methods, the LG-KF700 provides easy access to its powerful multimedia features, which include a full web browser, digital audio and video players as well as handy widgets. Up front, the phone’s high resolution 3-inch full touchscreen LCD provides an optimized interface for each of the phone’s features and is perfect for watching video content. The Shortcut Dial on the back provides and easy and intuitive way to switch among frequently used applications. Making phone calls couldn’t be simpler, thanks to the LG-KF700’s sliding alpha-numeric keypad.
LG-KF600: The LG-KF600 is so intuitive that it seems almost to read your mind. The phone’s InteractPad replaces physical buttons with virtual navigation keys that feed-forward menus that are tailored to fit the task at hand. The InteractPad eliminates the need to memorize which key does what when using the phone’s 3 megapixel camera, MP3 player, video recorder and even when making phone calls or sending text messages. The LG-KF600 is as stylish as it is functional, with a high-gloss finish and easy to grip trapezoidal shape. The phone won a 2008 iF Product Design Award.
LG Viewty (LG-KU990): The LG Viewty, a professional-level camera phone, includes features found on many high-end stand-alone cameras, including a manual focus option, an image stabilizer and an ISO up to 800 for indoor or night shooting. The phone, equipped with 5.0 Megapixel camera, also records video at up to 120 frames per second, the highest frame speed ever for a handset camera, which can be edited and uploaded directly to YouTube. A 3.0-inch touch screen and Mobile XD engine provide a wider and more vivid display while a jog wheel on the back maximizes usability. An attached stylus allows users to digitally “write” on photos and edit files.
LG-KF510: The extra slim and superbly beautiful LG-KF510 slider phone represents the height of fashion and the best in technology. Gradated metallic Stardust Dark Gray and Sunset Red color schemes form the basis for its design, reinforced by a dynamic touchpad with interactive touch lighting and emotional animation. The LCD includes power saving auto luminance control and is covered by tempered glass, which gives the phone a great sheen and lasting durability. The phone’s Smart Camera has a startup time about one second, image stabilization, LED flash and red eye reduction. Rounding out the features are an MP3 player and the ability to record and play back QVGA video.
LG-KS20: The updated LG-KS20 slim smartphone, is designed to enrich the mobile internet experience. It features full internet browsing capabilities, and downloads everything from music and video clips to push e-mail at speed of 3.6 Mbps through HSDPA. It also allows for advanced features like video-conferencing, taking advantage of the phone’s dual cameras. The LG-KS20’s minimalist concept will appeal to those who admire a phone for its design as much as its features. The phone uses an intuitive touch input technology and large LCD screen to maximize its internet usability. The handset is powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6 software.
Microsoft issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. that its Board of Directors has rejected Microsoft’s previously announced proposal to acquire Yahoo!:It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies. Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best interests of all parties.
We are offering shareholders superior value and the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combined company. The combination also offers an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market.
A Microsoft-Yahoo! combination will create a more effective company that would provide greater value and service to our customers. Furthermore, the combination will create a more competitive marketplace by establishing a compelling number two competitor for Internet search and online advertising.
The Yahoo! response does not change our belief in the strategic and financial merits of our proposal. As we have said previously, Microsoft reserves the right to pursue all necessary steps to ensure that Yahoo!’s shareholders are provided with the opportunity to realize the value inherent in our proposal.
On February 1, 2008, Microsoft announced a proposal to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 representing a total equity value of approximately $44.6 billion and a 62 percent premium above the closing price of Yahoo! common stock based on the closing prices of the stocks of both companies on Jan. 31, 2008, the last day of trading prior to Microsoft’s announcement. Microsoft’s proposal would allow the Yahoo! shareholders to elect to receive cash or a fixed number of shares of Microsoft common stock, with the total consideration payable to Yahoo! shareholders consisting of one-half cash and one-half Microsoft common stock.
Apple released record Q4 results as profits climbed to $1.58 billion. CEO Steve Jobs said he was “thrilled” to report that the fourth quarter was the company’s “best quarter ever,” with the highest revenue and earnings in Apple’s history.
Profits for the quarter were $1.76 per share, up by more than 50% from the same quarter last year. The company posted revenue of $9.6 billion, with sales outside the United States accounting for 45%.
Sales of Macintosh computers were up 44% from the last quarter of 2006, and Apple reported an increase of 17% on iPod sales. The company also reported sales of 2.32 million iPhones during the quarter. Jobs said that the company has sold more than 4 million iPhones since the device’s launch.
But the company predicted less than dazzling Q1 results, which led to a drop of as much as 10% for the company’s stock. Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenheimer announced conservative expectations for Q1, saying the company anticipates per-share earnings of 94 cents on revenues of $6.8 billion in the first three months of 2008.
Though these conservative estimates do not spell impending doom for the hip tech company, Carl Gressum, senior analyst at Ovum, warns, “A recession could also spell problems…So even though Apple is doing very well, it has been riding the wave of economic boom. If this comes to a halt, so could Apple.”
Motorola announced continued losses for its handset unit today, sending its shares down by as much as 16% in morning trading. The U.S. handset manufacturer said it expects to post an operating loss for the current quarter due to a slower than expected recovery in its handset business. The announcement overshadowed the company’s Q4 results, which, while not positive, were in line with expectations.
For Q4, Motorola posted an operating loss of $388 million, compared with a profit of $341 million for the same quarter a year earlier. Sales of mobile phones fell 38% to $4.8 billion, with 40.9 million units sold.
Motorola’s new CEO Greg Brown admitted the company’s previous strategy to return the handset business to profitability was not working. “We are focused on aggressively rationalizing the company’s cost structure and working to get Mobile Devices back on track,” Brown said, via a statement. “The recovery in Mobile Devices will take longer than expected and there is a lot more work to be done.”
For the current quarter, the company forecast continuing operating losses per share of 5 to 7 cents, before any reorganization charges, while analysts had expected a profit of as much as 10 cents per share for the first quarter of 2008.
In more bad news for Motorola, the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) has launched an investigation of insider trading regarding the company’s purchase of TTP Communications in 2006. The FSA accused Christopher McQuoid and James Melbourne, former general counsel for TTP Communications, of having knowledge of Motorola’s plans to purchase the company, when the two purchased more than 153,000 shares in the company. Both pleaded not guilty.
Palm has announced lowered second-quarter expectations, saying that losses will be higher than it previously anticipated. The Treo maker attributed the increased losses to delayed product cycles.
The company said it now expects sales to tally between $345 million and $350 million for the quarter; Palm earlier had predicted sales of between $370 million to $380 million. Palm said it now expects losses between 8 and 10 cents per share, excluding some 1-time costs; previously, the company had announced expected losses of 1 to 3 cents per share. For the same quarter last year, Palm earned 12 cents per share on sales of $393 million.
Up to a quarter of the entertainment consumed by people in five years time will have been created, edited and shared within their peer circle rather than coming out of traditional media groups. This phenomenon, dubbed ‘Circular Entertainment’, has been identified by Nokia (NYSE: NOK – News) as a result of a global study into the future of entertainment.The study, entitled ‘A Glimpse of the Next Episode’, carried out by The Future Laboratory, interviewed trend-setting consumers from 17 countries about their digital behaviors and lifestyles signposting emerging entertainment trends. Combining views from industry leading figures with Nokia’s own research from its 900 million consumers around the world, Nokia has constructed a global picture of what it believes entertainment will look like over the next five years.
“From our research we predict that up to a quarter of the entertainment being consumed in five years will be what we call ‘Circular’. The trends we are seeing show us that people will have a genuine desire not only to create and share their own content, but also to remix it, mash it up and pass it on within their peer groups – a form of collaborative social media,” said Mark Selby, Vice President, Multimedia, Nokia.
Selby continues, “We think it will work something like this; someone shares video footage they shot on their mobile device from a night out with a friend, that friend takes that footage and adds an MP3 file – the soundtrack of the evening – then passes it to another friend. That friend edits the footage by adding some photographs and passes it on to another friend and so on. The content keeps circulating between friends, who may or may not be geographically close, and becomes part of the group’s entertainment.”
Tom Savigar, Trends Director at The Future Laboratory added, “Consumers are increasingly demanding their entertainment be truly immersive, engaging and collaborative. Whereas once the act of watching, reading and hearing entertainment was passive, consumers now and in the future will be active and unrestrained by the ubiquitous nature of circular entertainment. Key to this evolution is consumers’ basic human desire to compare and contrast, create and communicate. We believe the next episode promises to deliver the democracy politics can only dream of.”
Of the 9,000 consumers we surveyed:
- 23% buy movies in digital format
- 35% buy music on MP3 files
- 25% buy music on mobile devices
- 39% watch TV on the internet
- 23% watch TV on mobile devices
- 46% regularly use IM, 37% on a mobile device
- 29% regularly blog
- 28% regularly access social networking sites
- 22% connect using technologies such as Skype
- 17% take part in Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games
- 17% upload to the internet from a mobile device
As part of the research we have identified four key driving trends; Immersive Living; Geek Culture; G Tech and Localism. These trends are currently sitting on the edge, but as these trends become more mainstream, they will have a collaborative, creative effect on the way people consume entertainment and, we predict, will lead to the Circular Entertainment phenomenon.
Immersive Living is the rise of lifestyles which blur the reality of being on and offline. Entertainment will no longer be segmented; people can access and create it wherever they are.
This triumph marks a shift as consumers become hungry for more sophisticated entertainment. Geek Culture rises, consumers will want to be recognized and rewarded – the boundaries between being commercial and creative will blur.
G Tech is an existing social force in Asia that will change the way entertainment will look. Forget pink and sparkly, it is about the feminization of technology that is currently underway. Entertainment will be more collaborative, democratic, emotional and customized – all of which are ‘female’ traits.
The report uncovered a locally-minded sprit emerging in entertainment consumption and Localism will become a key theme of future entertainment. Consumers will take pride in seeking out the local and home-grown.
The extensive research identifies the trends, along with the technologies, that will be pivotal in the next episode of entertainment. In conclusion, the results of the survey lead Nokia to believe in the next episode; entertainment will be circular.
The research took place between July and September 2007. 9,000 consumers, who are active users of technology and own a mobile device [not restricted to Nokia] aged 16-35 were questioned. In addition 17 correspondents from the Future Laboratory’s LifeSigns Network were interviewed. LifeSigns network is a community of 3,000 ‘superconsumers’ thinkers, doers, creators and authors of culture. Interviews were also conducted with 10 leaders in different areas of entertainment who provided us with in-depth proven insights into this subject and what lies ahead. Experts were chosen from the areas of radio, internet, gaming, device developments, mobile telecoms, music, computing, legislation and marketing.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reportedly told the press at a meeting of the Churchill Club in California that customers could expect a 3G version of the iPhone next year. However, Stephenson did not say exactly when to expect the device or how much it might be. But he did say that Apple CEO Steve Jobs, “will dictate” the price of the upgraded iPhone.
Although it seemed a forgone conclusion that there would be a 3G-compatible version, Apple could be concerned about analysts’ predictions that current sales of the iPhone will drop with news of a 3G version on the horizon.
Earlier this year, Jobs admitted that the current iPhone’s battery life would suffer dramatically if the handset supported 3G connectivity. And without offering any specific timeline, Jobs said that he hoped to have the battery issue worked out for a 3G version next year.
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Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, announced the XV6800 is available today online and through Verizon Wireless business sales. The XV6800 will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Dec. 5.
The Verizon Wireless XV6800 delivers powerful messaging and communications capabilities, including Windows Mobile 6 Professional, which provides instant access to the Internet, calendar and contacts, tasks, e-mail, and much more. Also included are advanced phone features, such as a 2.0 megapixel camera with flash and video capture, and support for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, as well as PDFs.
Designed for sophistication, the Verizon Wireless XV6800 lets customers take their office on the road and comes with a cleverly hidden, slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Bluetooth technology. Additional features of the XV6800 include:
* 4.3″ l x 2.3″ w x 0.7″ d
* 5.8 oz.
* 2.8″ 240 x 320 64k-color touch-screen
* Built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g capability
* microSD memory card slot with support up to 4 GB
* Windows Media Player 10 Mobile
* Bluetooth v 2.0 for mono and stereo headsets, hands-free, serial port, and OBEX profiles; object push and synchronization
Verizon Wireless customers have the benefit of using the XV6800 as a modem for notebooks when they subscribe to Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess Connect to send and receive data.
The XV6800 is available online at http://www.verizonwireless.com today for $449.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement. Business customers may contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ to purchase the device.
While the French wait for the iPhone’s arrival tomorrow, Orange’s CEO Didier Lombard said in a radio interview that he expects the company to sell nearly 100,000 Apple iPhones by the end of the year.
Lombard also has said that Orange will offer an unlocked version of the handset for less than Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile has proposed. After legal pressure from Vodafone, T-Mobile last week offered to sell unlocked iPhones for 999 euros ($1,485) in Germany.
While Orange has not announced exact pricing for an unlocked version, the company has announced that the starting price for the handset will be 399 euros ($593), with a 24-month contract starting at 49 euros ($73) a month.
The Nokia 6131 NFC (for Near Field Communication) is one stealthy handset. the phone offers pay by touch, touch ticket and other very cool RFID applications inside a conventional phone form factor. Basically they’ve embedded an RFID chip into the top part of the flip lid. We got a heads up on the technology from Richard Humbach, Head of NFC Business in Finland a while back, and it was very interesting.
Here are is its Specification
- Main display: Active TFT QVGA display supports up to 16,777,216 colors (320 x 240 pixels, 2.2 inches)
- Outer display: Active TFT display supports up to 262,144 colors (128 x 160 pixels, 1.36 inches)- Light indication on outer display for missed calls/SMS/calendar reminders
- Clearly separated keys for easy dialing and messaging
- Demo mode (phone demo without SIM card).
- Slim, stylish fold design with innovative, one-hand push-to-open operation
- Dual displays: 16-million “true” colors inside and 262,144 colors outside
- Active standby on enhanced Series 40 UI
- Light indication on outer display for missed calls/SMS/calendar reminders
- 1.3-megapixel camera with full-screen viewfinder for both main and outer display
- Email with attachments
- XHTML browser
- Enhanced messaging with recently used contacts and groups
- Clearly separated keys for easy dialing and messaging
- MP3 player and FM stereo radio with Visual Radio
- Fast browsing and downloads with EDGE
- MicroSD memory cards available as enhancements (optional)
Today, Samsung is announcing the FlipShot aka SCH-u900 for Verizon. The FlipShot is a weird looking phone that rotates and pivots, but its feature set is pretty darn cool. It has a business card scanner! The FlipShot supports multiple Bluetooth profiles including mono headset, stereo headset, serial port, dial-up, phonebook access, and you can transfer those handy vCards. A 3-megapixel digital camera goes up to 11-steps digital zoom and you can take 30 second clips for MMS or 10 minute clips.Read more on the feelphones.com
Although the Helio Ocean offers many of the features of a smartphone, most people would not classify it as one. Still, Helio continues to add features to this device to make it a better option.
The most recent of these is Helio File Viewer, which allows users to view, save, and share documents and images while on the go. These can either come in as email attachments or be saved directly to the device in USB Mass Storage Mode.
This application can display the contents of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe PDF, Plain Text, and HTML documents. It also serves as an image viewer (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WMF, EMF).
File Viewer uses technology from Picsel to allow users to zoom, move, and page up or down quickly once in a document. Members can also view documents in landscape or portrait mode on the Ocean’s 2.4-inch QVGA screen.
Along with new attachment viewing capabilities, Helio is also announcing Mail for Microsoft Exchange 1.2, an upgraded version of its application that allows Ocean users wirelessly synchronize email, calendar, and contacts from their companies’ Microsoft Exchange Server.
The latest version includes improvements with alerts, calendar functionality, and synchronization performance.
More About the Helio Ocean
The Ocean is a feature phone with an emphasis on messaging. It has both a landscape-oriented sliding keyboard and a sliding numberpad.
In addition to its web browser, email, and instant messaging capabilities, it has a built-in GPS receiver.
This device can play audio either transferred to it from a PC or downloaded from the Helio Music service. It can also play streaming video from YouTube.
Its base price is $415, but drops down to $250 with a new service plan.
More information on the Helio Ocean can be found at Helio.com.