In some countries, the ability to pay for things using a mobile phone has been around for a long time. Here in the US paying for real world goods with your mobile is still not something that we can do. Verizon Wireless has announced a new service called Charge Anywhere that will change that.
The latest version of Skype's mobile VoIP app for Symbian S60 devices (aka Symbian^1) has been added to the Nokia Ovi Store, making free calls over WiFi or 3G a slightly easier possibility for the millions of handset owners out there. In fact, there are over 200 million Nokia phones worldwide, and with the Skype app they'll be able to send SMS messages, share images and other files, use IM and of course make free or low-cost Skype calls.
We didn't hide our confusion back at the Samsung bada launch late last year; at the time, a disappointingly vague presentation and a complete absence of demo devices left us uncertain as to where Samsung expected the new smartphone-for-the-masses platform to fit into the current ecosystem. Having spent some decent hands-on time with the first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, and our very own hands-on at MWC 2010 - we're a little more confident in the device if not the positioning. Check out our first impressions - and video - after the cut.
Austrian mobile phone maker emporia has had mobile handsets on the market for a while now in Europe that are aimed at older users wanting simplicity in a mobile phone. The devices offer large buttons and high contrast screens for older people with less dexterity and vision than the average mobile user.
If you want to keep your upcoming cellphone quiet until its triumphant MWC 2010 debut, it's probably a bad idea to put up a huge banner showing it in all its glory. Unfortunately Samsung didn't appear to get that memo, and so we have the first official shots of the Samsung Wave, running their new Bada platform.
Slightly more believable than the N98 render from earlier today comes word on the first range of Symbian^3 devices Nokia plan to push out in 2010 and the range nomenclature the Finnish company is shifting to. According to French site Tom's Guide, Nokia are planning to drop their Classic and XpressMusic differentiators and instead settle on five letter-prefix segments, as well as launch a device - the N8-00 - a 12.3-megapixel smartphone with HDMI and HD video recording.
Nokia weren't tipped to be announcing anything significant at Mobile World Congress 2010, but according to DailyMobile there's at least one new handset on its way to Barcelona. The Nokia C5 has leaked, a Symbian S60v3 FP2 device with HSDPA/HSUPA, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a 2.2-inch QVGA display.