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Nokia N96 – How To Beat The Phone Of 2007

Nokia certainly isn’t one for resting on its laurels, and has already announced a successor to the massively popular N95 handset. The original N95, which was subsequently upgraded to a black 8GB version with a handful of other tweaks that included a screen upgrade, is now set to be superseded altogether by the new Nokia N96, displayed recently at the 3GSM World Congress show. After a quick look at the specs it’s not a wildly dissimilar

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Modu Build The World’s Smallest Mobile Phone

Smaller isn’t necessarily better when it comes to gadgets such as mobile phones and MP3 players, and despite the fact that advancing technologies and miniaturisation are allowing for ever tinier components, we’re getting to the stage where usability will start to suffer. This hasn’t stopped an Israeli company from producing what the Guinness Book of Records acknowledges to be the world’s smallest mobile phone, measuring just 72×37x8mm and weighing in at a svelte 40g. The

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EyeVibe Brings YouTube-Style Social Networking To Mobile Phones

Following our report that ‘modern’ services, applications and downloads for mobile devices are considerably underused, we’ve managed to dig out one interesting advancement that could go some way towards redressing the balance. O2 and 3 are the driving force behind a new video download service called EyeVibe, intended specifically for mobile phones. Users will be able to upload their own video clips to the EyeVibe servers, which will then be shared with other users who

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Travellers Rejoice As The Disposable Mobile Phone Attacks Roaming Charges

It looks like something James Bond would never leave home without. And according to designer Vadim Kibardin, perhaps you should never be without this device either, particularly if you are inclined to find yourself traveling overseas or in any situation where your current mobile phone may not function properly. The Freedom Phone, as it’s called, is a compact, pre-paid phone that is both unorthodox in appearance and function. What some have called the mobile phone equivalent to

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Custom Mobiles Made to Order But Do We Really Care Enough?

Has the dawn of custom-made mobile phones arrived? Already compared to the fashion in which Dell impressively transformed the computer business with mass-produced, personalized, factory-direct desktop computers, the upstart company called zzzPhone has unveiled a new service that delivers factory-direct custom mobile phones through its website www.zzzPhone.com. With multiple assembly facilities in Asia – in strikingly close proximity to the factories of Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, and Palm – these “personalized,” tri-band mobile phones provide features

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Cameras, GPS and MP3s Get The Thumbs Down From Mobile Users.

Modern mobile phones are packed out with additional features, both in the form of digital cameras, GPS and media players as well as services that allow you to receive sports, retail or entertainment promotions, download music and games and surf the web. It almost seems as though making an actual call to someone should be taking a back seat by now. This might be what you’d assume anyway, but recent figures published by AppTrigger, a

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Retro Gaming Goes Mobile With The ‘Octo-Phone’

For those looking for a mobile device that combines a 1981 Octopus Nintendo Game and Watch and a mobile phone, 2008 will be a happy new year indeed. The retro game phone labeled the “Octo Phone,” has excited vintage Nintendo fans and mobile users alike. All are hoping to get their hands on the device that people are starting to talk about. Thanks to a resourceful Japanese mode, the classic game has been modded to a

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Manufacturers Prepare For Enviro-Friendly Future

Green is the new black for 2008, at least if you follow the gathering momentum from industry leaders, entrepreneurs and designers to place more emphasis on environmentally friendly production in new technologies. The first ever Greener Gadgets Conference, which took place in New York City on the 1st of February, showcased a range of technologies and principles designed to do just that. Highlights included a methanol-based fuel cell mobile device charger prototype, a wind/solar powered

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Tag The Ankle-biters With A Mobile Phone

Bluetooth headsets, could soon spread to crèches and pre-schools across the country following news that 2% of UK parents would buy a mobile phone for a child as young as four. A total of 57% of parents confessed to dragging their children into the mobile age before the age of 13, but their reasoning doesn’t appear to be as straightforward as simply prepping their offspring for Fleet Street. The real reason for these somewhat surprising statistics

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Finalists For Mobile of the Year Awards Announced

The Mobile World Congress recently settled on final nominations for its ‘Best Mobile Handset or Device’ category in preparation for the Global Mobile Awards 2008, so obviously we’re keen to see what’s been chosen, if only so we can disagree. The nominations are (drumroll) the innovative 3 Skypephone, for offering mobile access to free Skype calling on the move. We also have the Nokia 6500 Classic for its timeless lines and classy looks and Samsung’s G600

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Nokia Take Mobile Market By Storm Once Again

Despite considerable competition in the mobile marketplace and a host of new designs and technologies, Finnish supplier Nokia has once again maintained its position at the top of the pile. 2007’s sales figures show a fourth quarter growth of 19.5%, which amounts to a market share of 39.5% and a 5% increase over the global market rise in this period. Nokia shipped over 437 million units over the course of the year, attaining an impressive

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Motorola Moto Z10 Multimedia Phone Stores Up To 32 GB

Motorola is set to release an upgrade on the Moto Z8, called the Moto Z10. The Z10 is visually very similar to the Z8, and physically it has the same dimensions and the same unusual curved sliding action, called a kick slide, that distinguished the Z8 from other slider phones, giving it a bended profile that follows the shape of the users’ face. There are some important improvements on the Motorola Z8 however. It has a

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Sony Ericsson Release First GPS Mobile Phone

Yet another Walkman phone from Sony Ericsson, the W760i is a mid-range phone with a fairly impressive, if slightly confusing list of features. First of the W760i is a slider phone that is available in a range of slightly bizarre colours described as Fancy Red, Rocky Silver and Intense Black. It has a 2.2″ screen and an external d-pad that looks similar to the recent W580i. Its multimedia credentials are reinforced with HSDPA connectivity and it also

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Entire Vodafone Roadmap for 2008 Revealed

Dial-a-Phone frequently have visits from representatives from the mobile manufacturers and networks in which said parties share their ‘roadmaps’ for the coming months/years, an outline of the handsets they are going to make available, the market they are aiming at, the prices they are going to charge, and the time period they are planning it for. Such roadmaps usually take the form of powerpoint presentations, and, as it happens, tend to look very much like

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The 20 Most Exciting Mobile Phones of 2008

2008 promises to be a great year for mobile phones. The rumour mills have been working on overdrive recently with speculation about the second-generation iPhone and talk of a N95 replacement from Nokia, and of course we should start seeing the first phones using Google Android in the summer. Nokia promises us WiMax phones in 2008 a long time ago, will they deliver? We know they’re going to release their first environmentally-friendly phone, the 3100

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