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Just as SMS was spawned, there's a new craze that's spreading across parts of Europe. Reportedly, it's more prominent in the UK, but popular elsewhere too. Bluejacking, as you may have guessed, involves the Bluetooth standard to send anonymous messages to other Bluetooth-capable handsets with security disabled. This is as close to hand-to-hand mobile combat as you're going to get. Bluetooth's range on average is 10 meters, and handsets with Bluetooth on board can be made to search for other handsets in this proximity that will accept messages sent to them. Early adopters have been bluejacking for a while now, but the trend and media reports are set for it to become much more widespread in the coming months, especially as more Bluetooth-enabled handsets hit the market. Research carried out for the Bluetooth SIG claims more than one million Bluetooth-enabled devices ... (more)

The SMS Gold Rush

The gold rush for mobile content is far from over. Ten percent of Europe's SMS traffic now comes from value-added services and content such as ringtones, quizzes, and mobile chat. The opportunities are there, the infrastructure is in place, and mobile users are willing to pay for content. The European market for ringtones alone is estimated to be worth over 1 billion euros per year. So what does it take to make money from SMS? Craig Barrack, UK country manager for Netsize explains some of the dos and don'ts of launching a successful SMS service. 1.  Define your market: There are... (more)

The Wireless Home of the Future

Many different companies, from PC and white goods manufacturers to telecom and consumer electronics firms, have started to develop and market products for the home automation market. A report on connected home services, by Cahners In-Stat Group, estimates the U.S. market will multiply by over 27 times the 1999 figures by 2004. Technologies within the home, such as broadband, Bluetooth, Wireless LAN, and HomeRF, will help fuel this growth. Orange is already exploring technologies and working with a number of different companies to turn ideas into reality. But in this newly emergin... (more)

New Handset Could Define 3G in Europe

3, the UK's 3G leader, has recently introduced a new member to the 3G-handset family ­ the Motorola A920. It's depicted as combining a videophone, games machine, MP3 player, and PDA-style organizer into one unit. Since 3 launched, the 3G operator has acquired about 155,000 subscribers. Recent studies have shown that many people may have resisted signing up because of the limited choice of handsets available. The hopes are that the multifunctional A920 will aid in highlighting the difference between 3 and its competitors in the world of 2.5G. So, if this A920 is to become the benc... (more)

SMS: A Cash Cow?

As much as a parent might be beguiled by the acronyms that teenagers use when texting to each other, MNOs definitely are not. Handsets nowadays are building on SMS "speak" by integrating the truncated phrases into their phones so messages can be sent by pressing a single key on their handsets. Make no mistake, text messaging is on a roll in the U.S., and MNOs seem to be scrambling to take advantage of the mushroom cloud forming. SMS is fast becoming an established line of revenue for operators who are seeing dwindling long-distance revenue and roaming charges float off into the ... (more)