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Motorola will be working on several high-visibility mobile projects for Saudi Arabia. One agreements calls on the company to implement Saudi Arabia's second largest GSM mobile operator, Mobily (Etihad Etisalat Company), with a GSM Base Station System (BSS) mobile network including Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE) and Push-To-Talk over Cellular (PoC). Motorola was also awarded an integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) wireless system contract by Saudi Arabia's Public Telecommunications Company. Speaking of the GSM deal, Khalid Al Kaf, CEO of Mobily, said, "We were seeking a strong revenue-generating solution to enhance wireless service offerings and delivery for our customers. We chose Motorola to help advance our mission to provide Saudi Arabians with quality telecommunications services, including its latest innovations such as Push-To-Talk over Cellular."... (more)

Samsung Launches Camera Phone for Pixelphiliacs

By the end of this month or early November, any Korean phone user with a passion for pixels will be able to invest 1 million Korean won (US $876) in the world's first 5-megapixel camera phone. Samsung claims the new phone, the SCH-S250, is as good as a high-end digital camera. Kim Hun-bae, vice president of mobile research and development at Samsung, said at a presentation in Seoul: "The biggest difference between a digital camera and a camera phone is that the latter gets less light due to a smaller lens, thus resulting in inferior picture quality." While phone from rivals like ... (more)

Kyocera Latest To Jump Onto Java Mobile Bandwagon

Virgin Mobile USA has added a new handset to its suite of options, the K10 Royale from Kyocera Wireless, the handset manufacturer's first phone to feature the Java platform. The K10 uses Java in order to bring a host of features to the phone. It features numerous downloadable games, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as personalized content. Other features include Virgin's Superphonic Ringtones, voice-activated dialing, calendars, alarm clock, predictive text-input and a built-in contact directory. The handset comes pre-loaded with demos of Bowling and Bejeweled from Jamdat Mobile... (more)

Can Yahoo! Out-Skype Skype?

According to Reuters reports, within the next few days Yahoo! will enable free PC-to-PC voice calling between Yahoo! users, using VoIP-based technology developed by a team from Dialpad, which Yahoo! acquired last year. The new service, Reuters notes, will be available in 180 countries - though whether Yahoo! will succeed in this bold bid to play catch-up with Skype (now a subsidiary of eBay) is difficult to gauge. Customers who sign up for Yahoo!'s "Phone Out" service will apparently be able to call the US for just a penny a minute. Calls to thirty-plus countries including Argentin... (more)

Wavelink Enters Strategic Alliance with Voice Solutions Provider Vangard

Wavelink has announced a strategic partnership with Vangard Voice Systems. The agreement enables Wavelink to extend its voice offering beyond the four walls of warehouse and distribution centers and into cross-industry data collection applications such as mobile field services, sales and mobile inspections. Wavelink will utilize Vangard Voice Systems AccuSpeechMobile technology to enhance the Wavelink Speakeasy product family. Initially, the technology will deliver text-to-speech and speech-to-text functionality to existing client-resident mobile applications. Currently, Speake... (more)