Doug Vining Israeli firm launches free e-mail via cell phones

Israeli company Emblaze unveiled a service that allows mobile phone, Palm Pilot and Pocket PC users to receive their emails for free, in similar fashion to a Blackberry, a Reuters report said.
Posted: 6 April 2006 at 09:19

Doug Vining Nokia tests Wi-Fi Internet mobile calls

Nokia, the world's largest cell phone maker, has started its first tests of a technology that allows users to roam seamlessly between phone networks and local wireless hot spots such as Wi-Fi.
Posted: 28 July 2006 at 10:10

Doug Vining The penny has finally dropped

Four months after we published this MindBullet, the subject is discussed at length on AlwaysOn and in the Ney York Times:
VoIP Over WiFi WILL Disrupt the Cellular Industry
Posted: 2 August 2006 at 08:18

Doug Vining Vodafone in deal to access YouTube via mobiles

Fri Feb 9, 2007 12:34 PM GMT
LONDON (Reuters) - Mobile phone company Vodafone capped off a week of media tie-ups on Friday by unveiling a deal that will allow its customers to access Google's popular online video service YouTube.

The launch will focus on the UK initially and involve YouTube providing a daily selection of videos. Vodafone said customers will also be able to forward links of their favourite clips and upload their own content from their phones.

Vodafone, Europe's biggest mobile operator, earlier this week said it would roll out a service in the first half with News Corp.'s MySpace. That deal will allow its customers to access the social network via cell phones. On Thursday, Vodafone became the latest operator to offer online auction site eBay on mobile phones.

The moves reflect a drive by mobile operators to find new ways to get users to spend money as traditional call charges wane. The hope is that customers will use more expensive data and mobile Internet services if they are offered the right applications, sites and download services.
Posted: 10 February 2007 at 12:21

Doug Vining Vodafone wins control of Hutchison Essar of India

11 Feb 2007 - Vodafone said that it was buying the 67 percent stake in Hutchison Essar held by Hutchison Whampoa in Hong Kong for $11.1 billion in cash and that it would assume about $2 billion in debt. Hutchison Essar board members met Sunday to review the bids. Vodafone said that it would make an offer to buy Essar's 33 percent stake. 'Hutch' has about 18 million subscribers and is growing fast.
Posted: 12 February 2007 at 16:28

Doug Vining Vodafone shows Internet calling on mobile

Code-named Starfish, Vodafone showed the application in the future zone of its booth at the world's biggest technology trade show, CeBIT. It has yet to decide whether it will start offering consumers the service, which could eat into its traditional mobile voice telephone business.

The Starfish software on the mobile phone is essentially the same Skype software which is used by Vodafone's much smaller rival "3", owned by Hutchison Whampoa, which it launched last year in an attempt to find new customers to boost network traffic.
Posted: 20 March 2007 at 22:19

Doug Vining Do you fring?

If you are prepared to download the beta version of fring, which works on most 3G Nokia phones, you can adopt this business model right away...
Posted: 20 March 2007 at 22:25

Doug Vining Calls are free if you have access to the network

It's beginning to emerge that basic connectivity will be free, if you have access. If you have mobile broadband, you can just use an app to make voice calls.

Or take this latest offer from French operator SFR: Unlimited calls and texts in France, Europe and to North America, plus 3GB of mobile Internet for just EUR20 per month. That's certainly affordable, and is effectively just an access charge. Once you're on the network you can talk all day if you like.

Only here on the southern tip of Africa are we expected to pay real money for voice calls, SMS and even more for data! I wonder how long it will be before many countries have a bundle like the one above which is free for taxpayers? Eventually it will become a basic human right.
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Posted: 14 January 2013 at 14:16

Doug Vining Google calling

Many of us already use Skype, WhatsApp and Facetime to avoid calling each other over a cellular network. But somewhere, in the background, a Telco is getting the revenue for the data carried by those services. Google's new project, combined with their efforts to bring broadband to under-serviced areas, could make that old model of relying on a carrier completely irrelevant.

I'm not suggesting that Google has a direct intention to sabotage the telcos' core business, but think about a world where mobile communication doesn't rely on a cellular contract, at all. Imagine if the word 'roaming' disappeared completely!
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Posted: 6 March 2015 at 09:49
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