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Nokia grabs Smarterphone mobile OS for ambitious dumbphones

Nokia grabs Smarterphone mobile OS for ambitious dumbphones

Nokia has quietly acquired a featurephone OS, Smarterphone, intended to dress the low-cost handsets up in the manner of their smartphone siblings. The acquisition, reported by previous owner Ferd Capital, took place in November last year, though neither Nokia nor Smarterphone have given any public indication of what they might be doing with the software.

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All mobiles phones sold in Chile to be unlocked

All mobiles phones sold in Chile to be unlocked

Mobile phone fans in Chile received some good news this week when the Department of Telecommunications of Chile, Subtel announced that all mobile phones in the country had to be sold unlocked. The rule went into effect right away and will mean that any phone can be taken to any carrier the user wants.

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Text message use declining in some countries

Text message use declining in some countries

Everywhere you go in most parts of the US, you will run across hoards of people that are texting no matter where they are. According to an analyst from M.I.G. Research, Tero Kuittinen, the number of text messages being sent is actually in decline on some parts of the world. Kuittinen cites Finnish Mobile network Sonera and the number of text messages sent on Christmas Eve as proof.

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GSM standard has flaw that allows crooks to take over phones

GSM standard has flaw that allows crooks to take over phones

The GSM standard is widely used on mobile phones of all kinds depending on the carrier you are on. A security researcher is claiming that a flaw in the GSM standard has been discovered that could be exploited by criminals and hackers to give them control of the device. Once that control was going that hacker could force the phone to make calls or send text messages.

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Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

I think we all know that there are few truly unlimited plans left out there for smartphone users. They may say unlimited, but those little asterisks tell us that they actually limit most of the time. It may be a fair-use policy that charges you more after a small amount of free data, or it could be that they just slow your connection to the point that you can't even use your device for data.

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Gresso Avantgarde Grand Premiere mobile phone is $50K!

Gresso Avantgarde Grand Premiere mobile phone is $50K!

Gresso is the place where the rich go to buy suitably ostentatious gadgets that looks fancy, but often lack the features in much cheaper device. Gresso has a new mobile phone called the Grand Premiere mobile phone. The device is covered in 5.3 ounces of 18K gold. The yellow gold is offset by the black surface of the sapphire screen.

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Nokia begins Belle roll-out; Updates from Feb 2012

Nokia begins Belle roll-out; Updates from Feb 2012

Nokia has begun shipping updated versions of the N8, C7 and C6-01 with Nokia Belle, aka Symbian Belle with a newly fettled UI, while an upgrade program for existing owners will begin in February 2012. China will be the first to get the updated new phones, the company says, with the rest of the world following suit.

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iPhone explodes in holiday sales as Nokia struggles to penetrate

iPhone explodes in holiday sales as Nokia struggles to penetrate

Nokia's multi-million efforts to push its Windows Phone based Lumia 800 still hasn't resulted in strong holiday sales, according to the latest UK stats, with Apple's iPhone continuing to dominate the mobile market. Although the newest iPhone 4S was an unsurprising success, sales tracking firm GfK says, the aging iPhone 3GS still managed to make it into the top 15 handsets chart despite dating back to mid-2009. Android was also a winner, with Samsung's Galaxy S II a particular star.

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Carrier IQ on millions of phones admit US operators

Carrier IQ on millions of phones admit US operators

The saga of Carrier IQ and its tracking software installed on untold numbers of mobile phones on carriers in the US continues. Senator Al Franken started his investigation into carriers by sending out letters demanding to know what major wireless carriers were using the software for, how many handsets had the software, and what was done with the data. Some responses have returned and the number of handsets running the software is scary.

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NTSB says hands free phones are just as risky

NTSB says hands free phones are just as risky

The NTSB has just announced that it has concluded hands free phones are just as risky when compared to holding the phone in your hands while driving. I can’t believe they needed research to tell them that. Distracted is distracted when it comes to driving. It doesn't matter if it's your coffee, a kid in the back seat, your co-worker sitting beside you, or the radio. If you don’t pay attention, driving is dangerous.

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Carrier IQ admits SMS log bug in data collection FAQ

Carrier IQ admits SMS log bug in data collection FAQ

Carrier IQ has admitted that its cellphone monitoring software contains an SMS bug that can inadvertently collect text message data, though the company says such accidental records are "not human readable." Detailed in a comprehensive Carrier IQ FAQ document supplied to SlashGear - and which you can read after the cut - the bug only exists in embedded versions of the service tracking software, and the company says it has already released an updated version that addresses the issue.

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Samsung ships over 300m phones in 2011

Samsung ships over 300m phones in 2011

Samsung shipped over 300m cellphones in 2011, the Korean company has announced, putting it only behind Nokia in terms of global mobile might. The milestone has seen Samsung manage cumulative sales of 1.6bn devices worldwide, with this year's particularly strong performance aided by high-profile devices like the Galaxy S II.

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