Archive for October, 2005

Nokia unveils three fashion phones.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Nokia L'Amour CollectionNokia today announced three new trend-inspired phones in what it called the “L’Amour Collection”. Three new handsets are a followup to the original 72xx fashion line and sport an updated look and technology. All three models are GSM 900/1800/1900 and are due to be released in the beginning of 2006.

Nokia 7360
A slim candybar style phone with VGA camera, FM radio, Push To Talk and a new voice-activated interface.

Nokia 7370
Nokia’s first swivel design that features etched designs on the faceplate. Features a QVGA display, 1.3 megapixel camera with video capture and video ringtones, Bluetooth, FM radio and stereo speakers with 3D sound effects.

Nokia 7380
This followup to 7280’s unique design features a keyless dial, 2-megapixel camera with 4x zoom and an MP3 player.

Cingular to introduce Sony-Ericsson Z520a soon.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Word on the street is that Cingular will release Z520a in a few weeks to replace the now-aging Z500. The new model is smaller and lighter and adds Bluetooth support. Even more importantly the phone is now quad-band GSM.

Freedom Wireless’ pre-paid wireless patent upheld.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

A federal court upheld previous patent decision and ordered Boston Communications Group (BCGI) and Cingular Wireless to stop selling prepaid wireless services based on Freedom Wireless’ patented systems. The ruling allows BCGI and Cingular to service current customers for 90 days while paying Freedom Wireless 2.5cents/minute royalty. BCGI CEO issued a statement assuring that his company will continue the appeals process. It appears that only Cingular TDMA pre-paid service is affected – and as Cingular has been hard at work transitioning to GSM this decision will probably only accelerate that process.