Arch carrier rivals Telefónica and Vodafone have signed a deal that will see them share cell-tower hardware, consolidating existing 2G and 3G base-stations and working together on future installations. The agreement will first impact the UK, Germany, Ireland and Spain, with further negotiations taking place regarding the Czech Republic.
According to Spanish media, carrier giant Telefonica has grabbed the all-important Palm Pre exclusivity deal in Spain, the United Kingdom and Latin America. If the reports - currently unconfirmed by either Palm or Telefonica - are true, that would see the carrier's UK subsidiary O2 selling the Pre alongside the iPhone 3G.
O2 declined to comment when leaked shots of the OpenPeak OpenFrame home information center showed up last month bearing the carriers icons, but they're happily squealing about it today. The 7-inch touchscreen desktop communications tablet gets a new name - the O2 Joggler - and promises media streaming, PIM apps and photo viewing.
O2 will be the exclusive carrier for the Toshiba TG01 smartphone in Germany, according to a press release today. The TG01 - the launch of which we covered back in February - is the thinnest smartphone to-date, running Windows Mobile on a huge 4.1-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen display.
It's been around six months since OpenPeak showed off their OpenFrame home information center, and since then Verizon have launched their own take on the concept, with the Verizon Hub, while iRiver unveiled their own WAVE HOME. Obviously someone at carrier O2 has been taken with the OpenPeak device; photos of the OpenFrame in action, complete with new iconography, have shown up, together with a predicted release date.
If you depend on Oxygen bars to make it through your day as chipper as ever, then maybe this wouldn’t be a bad investment for you. You get the little oxygen bar gadget and a bunch of other stuff so you can give yourself and/or your friends your daily O2 fix.
Using a Lithium-ion battery, some CO2 scrubbers and oxygen cells they are able to extend the amount of time you are able to spend under the water. No word on how long you can stay underwater as that’s got to be at least partly depending on the size of battery and size of your air tanks and how you breathe, but sometimes even just a half hour is enough to see the fish you went down looking for in the first place.
MWg was formerly known as O2 Asia, which hasn’t made anything new in a while. Even better yet, they are going to try and tackle the biggest competitors in that area, names that even US citizens are familiar with.
In a trial with O2, London Underground, and Nokia, they are offering up a few phones with built in RFID tags to be used with payment systems. Its not a new idea, it was just decided a while ago that it was a rather bad one.
So what makes Nokia think they can do something different enough to make it work better? Personally I don’t think they can, I am all about making the contents of my pocket fewer and fewer and simplifying the payment process, but I am also totally against RFID except for the tracking of cargo, items in a business, applications where tracking people, and attaching the tech to money are not combined because I’ve read about the extreme lack of security regarding RFID.