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Having recently suffered at the hands of hackers and come under fire from the Chinese Government, who have threatened – to plenty of vocal public displeasure – to ban the company’s web services in China, Google has opted to delay the launch of a new mobile handset in China. The handset, which makes ample use [...]

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China Mobile – the country’s largely state-owned cell phone operator – provides affordable mobile access to all but the poorest of Chinese, with prices starting at around £20 for a handset, SIM card, credit and a connection to the outside world. The Chinese Government, though, are notoriously inwards looking, and tend to make business difficult [...]

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A new Nokia service entitled ‘Nokia Money’ is set to be launched in early 2010, with the aim of providing banking services to users in poor countries, where plenty of mobile phone users do no have bank accounts. The Finnish company’s primary aim for the product is to engage poorer markets in Nokia handsets with [...]

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Having been recruited by the government of Zanzibar, a research group at the University of Florida is using cell phones to predict the spread of malaria through the country. As an African tourist hot spot, eliminating disease is essential for the state, which has recently substantially reduced its number of cases of malaria using insecticides [...]

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If you’re a non-Korean phone producer (or producer of any electronics, for that matter), South Korea is often one of the hardest places for your product to compete. With a public that’s staunchly behind high quality local products from companies that have connected with their national pride – in the case of mobile phones, Samsung [...]

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Malaysia has joined South Korea, Japan and Thailand as the fourth Asian country to pass the one mobile phone for every person mark this year, rising from just under 90% in 2008. Figures released by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission show that the country currently has 28.9 million registered cell phones, compared to its [...]

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A French doctor from a town near Paris has been hit with a phone bill of nearly 160,000 Euro (£143,000) after misinterpreting an ‘unlimited’ internet package attached to his Orange contract. The bill was for a single month’s use in May of this year, and was caused by the customer’s belief that unlimited would mean [...]

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When most of us picture Africa, we might picture wildebeest pouring across the plains, or jumping circles of brightly clad tribesmen, or even the pyramids rising from a dusty desert. What we almost certainly don’t picture, though, is technology. You might be surprised to learn, then, that Africa is currently the fastest growing hotbed for [...]

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