Posts Tagged 'mobile'

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

Vodafone International Format Store launched in Kandivli West

Vodafone Essar, one of India’s leading cellular service providers, today announced the launch of its new format Vodafone store in Kandivli. Located at Raghuleela Mall, the new international format Vodafone Store aims to deliver a complete Vodafone experience to its customers. This takes the strength of Vodafone Stores in Mumbai to 36 along with 76 self-service kiosks.

Apart from new connections, Vodafone handsets and various value added services, the store offers a dedicated area for customer queries and bill payments. Vodafone customers can now look forward to even faster service as all the Vodafone Stores are linked with high-speed intranet connection.

Speaking at the launch Naveen Chopra, Chief Executive, Vodafone Essar, Mumbai, said, “The new international format store is designed to fulfill the growing requirements of our customers for all mobile related information and services. We are delighted that the new store in Kandivli West is centrally located and offers a complete experience to our customers in that area.”

Key elements of the New Store Format include:
A dedicated help desk at the rear of the store offering product support and advice
An interactive ‘Red Hot bar’ ‘ where customers can try out new handsets and content via live handsets
A new touch screen Q-management system at the store entrance, designed to help identify a customer’s enquiry quickly, and direct her to the relevant area of the store for more effective service
New lifestyle imagery and clearly-defined areas
An express cash desk where customers can directly purchase and pay across the counter

About Vodafone Essar

Vodafone Essar in India is a subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc and commenced operations in 1994 when its predecessor Hutchison Telecom acquired the cellular license for Mumbai.  Vodafone Essar now has operations in 22 circles with over 65.92 million customers**. Over the years, Vodafone Essar, under the Hutch brand, has been named the ‘Most Respected Telecom Company’, the ‘Best Mobile Service in the country’ and the ‘Most Creative and Most Effective Advertiser of the Year’.

Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile communications company. It currently has equity interests in 27 countries across 5 continents and 40 partner networks with over 289 million proportionate customers worldwide. Vodafone has partnered with the Essar Group as its principal joint venture partner for the Indian market.

Essar Global Limited (EGL) is a diversified business group spanning the manufacturing and services sectors of Steel, Energy, Power, Communications, Shipping & Logistics, and Projects. The group has operations and investments in India, Canada, USA, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and South East Asia and employs 30,000 people worldwide.

  • *Figures from Cellular Operators Association of India, February 28, 2009

For more information, contact:

Umesh Nair / Samridhi sharma
Genesis Burson-Marsteller
Vodafone mobile no.: +91 9819423875 / + 91 9820211064
email : umesh.nair@bm.com  / samridhi.sharma@bm.com

Press Release from Vodafone India