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US stolen phone block system incoming

US stolen phone block system incoming

US carriers have joined the FCC and law enforcement in establishing a central database to track and block stolen phones, in addition to pushing for tougher legislation for those that modify handsets' unique identifiers. The system, due to be announced later today according to the NYTimes, has the backing ofAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA and others, with a target of cross-network identification and disabling in place within 18 months.

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Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress - like many trade shows - is usually punctuated by high-end devices competing for deep Western pockets, but it's devices and services for developing markets that have distinguished the big announcements in 2012. We've seen our fair share of uberphones, certainly. HTC had a trio of relatively high-end handsets, topping out with the quadcore HTC One X, and Panasonic's ELUGA range is definitely targeting more affluent, style-influenced consumers. Yet for every one HTC One Series device sold, several more handsets phones to perhaps first-time smartphone buyers are likely to pass through the cash register, and it's this market that manufacturers have targeted at MWC 2012.

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Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302 official

Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302 official

Nokia has expanded its entry-level Asha range, with three S40 new models at MWC 2012. The Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302 are all targeted at developing markets or basic users, with the Asha 202 having dual-SIMs and the 203 a single SIM; both have a touchscreen. The Asha 302, meanwhile, has a full QWERTY keyboard.

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Nokia axes 4,000 jobs, begins smartphone customization strategy

Nokia axes 4,000 jobs, begins smartphone customization strategy

Nokia has announced a further round of job losses, shifting more cellphone production to Asia and turning existing factories elsewhere to "smartphone product customization" to satisfy niche demand. Around 4,000 employees are expected to lose their jobs at Nokia's Komarom, Hungary, Reynosa, Mexico and Salo, Finland facilities by the end of 2012, with the three factories moving to create boutique customized devices for the American and European markets.

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Facebook mobile ads incoming: Video and coupons tipped [Update: Denied]

Facebook mobile ads incoming: Video and coupons tipped [Update: Denied]

Facebook's mobile advertising push is incoming, marketing agencies suggest, as the social network attempts to close off one of its weak spots ahead of the much-anticipated IPO. The dramatic rise in mobile users who, currently, don't see any adverts whatsoever was cited in Facebook's IPO documentation as one of the company's key weaknesses, meaning paradoxically that even as membership increased, revenues could dip. Not for much longer, though, with agency Razorfish confirming to Digiday that it was involved in Facebook ad pilots for mobile.

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NEC to chop 10,000 workers from payroll

NEC to chop 10,000 workers from payroll

The axe is set to fall over at NEC Corp in Japan with just about one in 10 of its workers to be cut. NEC has announced that is set to lay off 10,000 workers as it attempts to claw its way out of the red and back into the black. One reason cited for the job losses is stiff competition posed from rivals from foreign countries such as Apple. NEC blames the poor performance and the job cuts on soft demand for its mobile phones.

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Office Depot starts test of PayPal POS system

Office Depot starts test of PayPal POS system

Office Depot is in testing with a new system that will use the PayPal point-of-sell system. The roll out of the PayPal system will be done in a limited number of locations as part of a test. Apparently, the rollout is starting small due to some "rough spots" in the experience with the system. Those rough spots have to do with limitations on who can use the system and the carriers who support the new payment method.

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Samsung to overtake Nokia in 2012 mobile phone shipments

Samsung to overtake Nokia in 2012 mobile phone shipments

Samsung has already beat Nokia in terms of revenue, but now the South Korean company believes it will overtake the Finnish group in total shipments as well. Speaking to reporters in Las Vegas, Samsung CEO Choi Gee Sung revealed that the company had surpassed Nokia in revenue in the latest reported quarter and is confident it will be able to top Nokia in shipments, becoming the world's largest cellphone maker in 2012.

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Nokia buy Smarterphone already looks better than Symbian

Nokia buy Smarterphone already looks better than Symbian

All Nokia will say of its Smarterphone acquisition is that it's all part of the company's Next Billion plan, but videos of the smartphone-features-at-dumbphone-prices platform suggest the OS could well outshine S40 and Symbian. Clips of Smarterphone's wares running on the Kyocera C4700 show Facebook contacts integration, multimedia playback and web browsing, all running at impressively smooth speed on the super-budget device.

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