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WIRELESS by Marauder
February 27, 2009, 12:22 AM
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There are no official statistics available as how well the iPhone sells after Apple started offering it in the Japanese market. Now Softbank Mobile, one of Asia’s biggest tech companies and the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in Japan, thinks sales need a boost and decided to give away the hardware basically for free. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/02/26/iphone-not-selling-well-in-japan-now-available-for-free 2/26)

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How much overlap is there between your Facebook “friends” and the real contacts in your mobile phone’s address book? If those two world’s align and you have an iPhone, you might want to check out a nifty utility called Photo Phonebook (iTunes link). It finds the matches between the people in your iPhone’s contact list and your Facebook friends and downloads their Facebook profile photos. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/26/import-facebook-photos-into-your-iphone-contact-list-with-photo-phonebook 2/26)

Available in two tasty flavors, free (”AIM Free”) and paid (”AIM Paid”), AIM 2.0 for iPhone now provides SMS notifications, has location-aware services, and supports multiple accounts (among other updates). It appears as though all of the application updates have been included in both the free and paid versions, with the major (and obvious) difference being the inclusion of ads in the buddy list of the AIM Free app. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/02/26/im-wars-aim-for-iphone-grows-up-gets-paid-version 2/26)

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Google has made its Android Market app store off-limits to those who bought an unlocked version of its G1 handsets as the company moves to prevent them from accessing copy-protected applications. Anyone who pays $25 to join the Android developer program can buy the unlocked hardware, which typically costs $400. Macworld/IDG News Service (2/25)

Thanks to the spike in mobile internet use and the push toward mobile TV services, U.S. mobile advertising search, SMS and display revenues will grow to $3.1 billion in 2013, up from a nascent $160 million in 2008, according to The Kelsey Group, a division of BIA Advisory Services. That represents a compound annual growth rate of 81.2%. (Cynopsis 2/26)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
September 15, 2008, 8:31 PM
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After a strong initial buzz, Japan has become a solitary outpost in resisting Apple‘s iPhone 3G as sales have fallen off their post-launch results about 67%. In a blow to distributor Softbank, consumers — who already enjoy a broad selection of highly advanced cell phones — have reportedly been discouraged by the handset’s relatively high price. The Wall Street Journal (free content) (9/15)

There may only be over 12 million iPhones in the wild, but that hasn’t stopped iTunes users from downloading more than twice as many apps as songs during the store’s first two months of availability, according to a report. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/09/14/iphone-apps-downloaded-twice-as-often-as-songs 9/14)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
August 6, 2008, 11:12 PM
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Taking aim at the low-end and middle market, Motorola has shipped three ROKR handsets, the EM30, EM28 and EM25, the company said. At the top of the line is the EM30, which carries a candy-bar design with technology that flashes different colors to help users change modes with a single click, while the clamshell EM28’s front display houses a touch-sensitive key for media control. The EM25 is aimed at music lovers. Telecomtiger.com (8/6) , Pocket-lint.co.uk (8/5)

A breakdown of Apple‘s first 1 million iPhone sales shows strong pent-up demand for the device, with 600,000 sold in the U.S. and 70,000 in Japan, where Apple did not release the original iPhone, according to a Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research report on the Medialets Web site. T-Mobile and Orange have recorded the most customers behind AT&T and ahead of Japan’s Softbank as both carriers have contracts in multiple European countries. The Washington Post/TechCrunch.com (8/5)

With a strong lift from early-year results, mobile-phone sales will rise 11% this year to 1.28 billion, according to a report from research firm Gartner, which predicts that new products will provide a solid boost in the fourth quarter even if sales tail off in the next few months. Gartner tagged second-quarter sales at 300 million to 305 million units, a 15% increase from a year earlier. mocoNews.net (8/5) , Computerworld (8/5)

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