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The latest application of Java-enabled mobile technology will let users access their bank accounts from cell phones. The service, being offered by cash machine operator Link, is built to work with current mobile handset technology and networks. Link, which will launch MobileATM later this year, said the service will provide account access using existing PINs. MobileATM will be the first service of its kind in England. Systems integrator Morse Group is providing technical consultancy and expertise for the Java-based infrastructure. The service will initially allow consumers to check their balance via an application downloaded to the handset. The service is being introduced as a mobile commerce product that will emulate cashpoint processes, turning an existing business model into a commerce provider. Link said its service will provide same-day transaction settlement... (more)

It's a Long, Long Way from "i" to "m"

(March 24, 2002) - From the very first moment back in December 2000, when Japanese mobile giant NTT DoCoMo originally bought its 16% stake in AT&T Wireless Services Inc; the industry had been waiting to hear that i-mode was on its way to the U.S. Now though it appears that i-mode won't be coming to America: instead, "m-mode" will. It will be up and running from as early as April, on AT&T Wireless's "2.5G" (i.e., GPRS) cellular network, to its GSM customers in 30 US cities from Seattle to Texas, as a start. AT&T Wireless is going to jump-start its wireless data service using WAP ... (more)

Nokia and IBM Collaborate on Digital Content Delivery for Mobile Devices

(July 9, 2002) - Nokia and IBM have agreed to collaborate on digital content delivery for mobile applications and services. Combining their expertise, Nokia and IBM will provide wireless operators and service providers with a complete solution for content management and delivery. IBM will market Nokia's delivery server software for mobile content downloading. The companies have also agreed to collaborate on secure content delivery solutions, including digital rights management, according to industry-wide open standards and specifications. The solution combines the Nokia Delivery... (more)

Mobile Java: "Unprecedented Support" for Java Verification Among Carriers

From today, mobile Java developers have a new URL they might like to bookmark: www.javaverified.com. Here developers can register and select among the participating global testing providers to test their mobile Java applications. It is all part and parcel of the "Java Verified" Project launched in February 2004 by Motorola, Nokia, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sun. Latest recruits to the project, from July 1, are Orange and T-Mobile Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, and the UK).  The program is now supported, says Sun, by leading wireless operators "totaling o... (more)

Microsoft And Flextronics Give OEMs Smart Phones

Flextronics and Microsoft announced at the 3GSM World Congress in Canne, France, a Flextronics-built GSM/GPRS mobile phone that uses Microsoft Windows Mobile software. Peabody was designed to be a low-cost handset that could be introduced very quickly. The mobile device will only be available to OEMs, giving access to some 18,000 applications for OEM product line customization. Microsoft partnered with Flextronics because of Flextronics extensive experience developing handsets for OEMs. The company is the largest contract mobile phone manufacturers in the world, making it an ideal ... (more)