Nokia diving into Touchscreen market ?

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I was surfing through different blogs early morning and saw this news that Nokia has finally taken a hint from the market; touchscreens are good. It has been stated that that Nokia is prepping to launch 3 touchscreens enabled devices at some point this year to join the likes of their N97 coming this summer. One of these rumored phones is said to have the codename ‘Nautilus‘ which features both a touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard.

Rumor has it these new touch screen devices will utilize haptic feedback technology licensed from Immersion in an attempt to make typing on the phones less of a chore.

Well lets wait and watch whats new is coming in market. Nokia is still far ahead in innovation race and bring competition in the market. Will others would be able to beat it?

BlackBerry Storm 2 to be released officially in 2009

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Apple is getting ready to launch a new iPhone and RIM’s response seems to be a new BlackBerry Storm. The Storm 2 has been confirmed by Alain Segond von Banchet, RIM’s Channel Sales manager in the Netherlands. The phone should arrive in late 2009 or early 2010. Isn’t that too late? The new handset will launch with KPN which must mean the second Storm won’t be a Vodafone exclusive.

What novelties will the Storm 2 bring us? A new touch input method which should be better than what we’ve seen so far. We’re guessing that other things are also going to be added by RIM because just a new input method will not suffice in this tough business, Says a news at Mobile Whack

Rumours!!!Sony Ericsson Idou to Arrive in October?

The Idou from Sony Ericsson might not be the must-have phone you were waiting for but we have a rumored date for it. The Idou should go on sale in October which means you will get plenty of time to adjust your budget for it. That impressive camera will definitely cost you an extra buck or two.

The phone will offer you a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a 12 megapixel camera, GPS and probably more smartphone-like features. According to Sony Ericsson officials the phone will ship “sometime in the second half of the year” but nobody is confirming the October launch date.

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Nokia 6210 released in Asia

Nokia 6210 reached Asian market too late. This phone was initially released in Europe in Summer 2008. Nokia’s plans to re-enter the South Korean market have been confirmed today, as the Finnish company officially announced this phone release in Asian Market.

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The phone currently does not supports navigation capabilities because of country regulations that ask GPS-capable handsets to use locally-based map servers.   

Without its navigation capabilities, 6210s is presented only as Nokia’s first 3G handset to be sold in South Korea.

Manufactured at the Korean Masan facility, Nokia 6210s should be available as of today, via KTF, for 396,000 KRW (about $300).

Nokia N71—for 2009

Nokia’s N71 is one of three N-series phones announced in November 2005 running on the latest Symbian OS v9.1 and much improved 3rd edition of the S60 user interface. Although not as complete as its WiFi enabled big brother, the N80, the N71 has enough in its specifications list to pack a punch.n71_press_01

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Thursday thrill – Nokia Scavenger Hunt at Web 2.0 Expo

Nokia has been having a good time at the Web 2.0 Expo. The booth has been busy with folks asking questions about the Ovi Store, Ovi Maps, and Point and Find. We’ve been busy on stage, as well: Tero Ojanperä gave a talk on Wednesday and Anssi Vanjoki gave a keynote on Thursday.

Not to be lulled by the usual Expo action, Nokia decided to organize a scavenger hunt for the journalists and bloggers we know who are at the show. Orchestrating this madness is none other than Molly Schonthal, from the same communications team as the Nokia Conversations team.

We have more about the hunt and some pictures after the jump.

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Telenor introduces mobile phone buyback/recycling for the sake of the environment: New trees for old phones

According to Telenor’s calculations at least four million used mobile phones are lying around collecting dust in Norwegian homes. Presently 82 per cent of Norwegian households have at least one mobile phone extra that they are not using. It is only a dismal 12 per cent of consumers that recycle mobile phones. Since mobile phones are not being returned for recycling, mobile phone manufacturers are forced to extract new materials, in stead of just using the resources already available in used mobile phones. Telenor wants to do something about this and introduces a new mobile recycling scheme.
 
This lack of recycling suggests that the majority of Norwegians really have no idea what they can do with used mobile phones. Many keep old phones in reserve as a back-up. Norwegians change phones every two years on average. This means that fully usable phones are lying around in Norwegian homes. 
“Telenor wants to help consumers dispose of mobile phones in a safe, secure and environmentally friendly manner. Of the phones collected those damaged will be recycled. Those that can be repaired will be sold in Asia which is a well-functioning market for used goods. Proceeds from the sales will be given to the Red Cross. This gives the mobile phone a “safe death” or a longer life-span in other markets,” says Ragnar Kårhus, head of Telenor in Norway.

One mobile gives 25 trees

For every mobile phone received in the new recycling scheme, the Red Cross receives financial support to plant 25 trees in Asia. If Telenor reaches its goal of collecting 70,000 mobile phones, users of the scheme would in effect contribute to planting an unbelievable 1.8 million trees in 2009. The trees are being planted as a preventive environmental measure to reduce the danger of soil erosion and give a more sustainable environment.
 
“For every tree the Red Cross plants in vulnerable areas we contribute to preventing extreme weather conditions and climatic damage. We are strengthening the resistance of the local community to disasters such as cyclones, floods and heavy downpours. At the same time it is an excellent initiative for recycling mobile phones. In this way the collaboration with Telenor is good for the environment in Norway and the local communities we support,” says Sven Mollekleiv, president of the Red Cross in Norway.

Lack of knowledge leads to increased emissions

Previous research indicates that half of the population is not aware that mobile phones can in fact be recycled. This lack of knowledge contributes to emissions being unnecessarily high and also shows there is great need for more information about recycling and re-use. Calculations show that if each of the world’s three billion mobile users returns one mobile phone, an astronomical 270,000 tonne in raw materials will be saved each year, the results being a reduction of emissions equalling the removal of 4 million cars from the roads.

“We encourage everyone to use the scheme rather than let old phones lie around in drawers. Telenor plans to introduce this scheme in more of the markets we operate in. Telenor in Sweden and Pakistan will also introduce this initiative in 2009,” says Kårhus.
 
“Mobile telephones contain substances that pose a risk to health and the environment. It is therefore vital we return old mobile phones so they can be properly disposed of. In this way we can help prevent environmental toxins polluting the environment. All retailers of electronic and electrical goods must accept old products free of charge. “We welcome the initiative from Telenor and others to increase the number of mobile phones and other small electronic products that are returned for proper disposal,” says Ellen Hambro, Director General at the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.

New return system

To make returning used phones simple Telenor together with Telekiosken and Telehuset has developed its own return system which is installed in stores throughout Norway. You can also order a postage paid envelope on telenor.no, into which you put the used phone and send it off by post. Mobile phones that can be repaired will be re-used in Asia. This gives the phones a longer life-span. Those damaged will be recycled. By recycling 90 per cent of materials are re-used while the other 10 per cent goes to energy recycling. Materials contained in the phone can be used to build roads, in data chips and to manufacture new mobile phones.

The SIM card is destroyed

To secure personal protection, all data on the phone is deleted at Greener Solutions in UK, where the phones are sorted for re-use and recycling. SIM and memory cards remaining in the phones are destroyed. 

For further information, please contact:

Elisabeth Evjen, Director of Communications at Telenor on e-mail elisabeth.evjen@telenor.com
or mobile phone +47 41 27 00 00.

Press Release taken from Telenor Norway



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