Mobile telecommunications

  1. Business Matters: Mobile Phone Study Brings Both Good and Bad News for Digital Music Services

    October 22, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nearly half of the world's population has a mobile-phone subscription, according to a new study. The bad news? Just a fraction of those people can subscribe to the music services of Western markets. The world's mobile phone population is ...

  2. CTIA Wireless Assoc. Kicks Off Annual Trade Show With Mobile Wallets

    May 08, 2012 7:20 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- CTIA Wireless, the U.S. cellphone industry's annual trade show that starts Tuesday, is drawing heavy participation not just from the cellphone industry, but from MasterCard, Visa, and other companies in the business of mov ...

  3. GSMA Mobile World Congress Launches in Barcelona

    February 28, 2012 6:15 AM EST MADRID - The wireless industry turns its attention to Barcelona this week as the Mobile World Congress kicked off Monday, promising potentially game-changing announcements and glimpses of flashy technology to shape how mobile devices are used. The ...

  4. Germany's Collection Societies Filing Lawsuits For Mobile Phone Tax, Win Christmas Market Litigation

    November 14, 2011 6:48 AM EST BERLIN - The eight German collection societies and the producers of mobile phones are likely on the verge of protracted lawsuits, with outcomes that could potentially change the price consumers pay for mobile phones while filling the coffers of th ...

  5. As Pundits Debate FM Radio on Mobile Phones, Performance Royalties Issue Languishes

    August 03, 2011 3:16 PM EDT About a year ago, the Web lit up with stories of a possible compromise between the music industry and the National Association of Broadcasters over the issue of the performance right royalty. The deal, as outlined, was that NAB would agree that ra ...

  6. Cricket's Muve Music Service Is 'Killing It,' Label Sources Say

    June 09, 2011 12:47 PM EDT While many new music subscription services continue their struggle to make a dent in the U.S. digital music market, the Muve mobile music service offered by Cricket Communications is seeing phenomenal growth, according to multiple record label sou ...

  7. Google Unveils Smartphone Wallet, PayPal Files Lawsuit

    May 27, 2011 7:19 AM EDT NEW YORK - Google Inc. hopes to nudge consumers and merchants into a world where the smartphone has replaced the wallet as the container for credit cards, coupons and receipts. While it tackles that challenge, Google also will have to spar with th ...

  8. Google to Unveil Mobile Payments Thursday: Source

    May 25, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Google Inc will take the wraps off a mobile payment system on Thursday that lets consumers pay at checkout with phones instead of cards, a source said, hoping to beat Visa and others to the punch. The Internet search and advertising leader will wo ...

  9. @CES 2011: Verizon Unveils Smartphones, Tablets & MiFi

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST CES historically is not a big mobile industry conference. But with smartphones having now eliminated the line that once separated mobile phones from consumer electronics devices, mobile operators flocked to the conference this year to tout their n ...

  10. Nielsen: Teens Send 3339 Text Messages Per Month

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT That teens are glued to their mobile phones is no surprise. But new data fro Nielsen shows just how tight the connection is. According to the company’s analysis of monthly cell phones bills of more than 60,000 mobile subscribers from April to June ...

  11. Study: Awareness, Usage of Apps Still Have A Ways To Go

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Awareness and usage of mobile apps still have a long way to go according to a study being released tomorrow from The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in conjunction with data gained from a Nielsen survey. While 35% of U. ...

  12. LiveWire Mobile Plans For Download Service

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Like pretty much every other ringtone aggregator that’s still in business today, LiveWire Mobile is getting into the full-song business. The company laid out plans for a DRM-free music download service that it says will be offered by two North Ame ...

  13. Global Ad Industry Eyes Boost From Mobile Devices

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The global advertising industry is eager to capitalize on booming use of mobile phones for Internet access as more enhanced devices are coming to the market to get more consumers reachable online. The trend is promising bumper returns in future ye ...

  14. Comes With Music To Launch In India

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music service Comes With Music is set to launch in India in the first half of 2010. The move coincides with developments regarding India's upgrade this year to a higher-speed 3G network. Successful bidders in the countr ...

  15. RIAJ: Japanese Digital Market Holds Steady

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) released figures showing that sales of digital music were steady in 2009, with revenue the same as the previous year. Internet downloads continued their rise, while digital units sold via mobile p ...

  16. Japan To Tackle Music Piracy On Cell Phones

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The telecom and music industry bodies in Japan will reportedly implement a system to automatically check cell phone Web sites for illegal music files, in order to prevent the files from being uploaded or downloaded in breach of copyright law. The ...

  17. Unicom To Sell Apple iPhones In China From October

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China Unicom, the country's No. 2 mobile carrier, will begin to sell Apple Inc's iPhone in China for a retail price of 5,000 yuan ($732.50), as it leans on the phone to launch its 3G service. The high price tag may force buyers of the po ...

  18. Billboard MEL Q&A: Mobile Executive Jared Hoffman

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Earlier in his career, as the CEO of the Knitting Factory Entertainment, Jared Hoffman focused heavily on how digital platforms could be leveraged to draw fans to concerts. Now a consultant, he’s helping companies utilize Web 2.0 and mobile servic ...

  19. Billboard.biz Q&A: General Partner For VC Firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As general partner for venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott keeps a close eye on the intersection of technology and entertainment. Mobile is one area that has caused many VCs no small degree of grief, thanks to slim margins an ...

  20. African Americans, Hispanics Lead Mobile Internet Growth

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT English-speaking Hispanics have made impressive gains in their use of mobile Internet, according to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project . Between 2007 and 2009, the percentage of English-speaking Hispanics who reported going on ...

  21. TDC Play Wins Mobile Award

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Unlimited music service TDC Play won the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) honor for best music service at the global mobile trade body's 'Meffys' awards ceremony. TDC Play, which is available in Denmark, is powered by European mobil ...

  22. RIAJ Releases Japan Q1 2009 Digital Sales

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music delivery during the January to March 2009 period. Internet downloads are on the rise, while digital units sold via mobile phone are down slightly and s ...

  23. Study: Mobile Shopping Poised for Growth

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Americans are gradually warming up to the idea of buying things via their mobile phones, particularly young adults and men, found a new study conducted by Harris Interactive for the mobile credit card security firm Billing Revolution. Harris surve ...

  24. Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live: Smartphones Driving Ad Revenue

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is advertising the key to making mobile content pay? That's the question that speakers and attendees of Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live conference in Las Vegas were asking themselves March 31, where the hype over the mobile enterta ...

  25. BMI Unveils Mobile Music Predictions

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Performing rights group BMI has released 2009 sales predictions for the mobile music market. The organization predicts ringback tones will amass more than $235 million in U.S. sales by the end of the year, representing 15% growth over the $205 mil ...

  26. Mobile Study Offers Insights For Advertisers

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST A feasibility study by global mobile communication body GSMA and a task force of U.K. telecommunications companies has revealed insights into the behavior of mobile users that GSMA says can be used to develop more comprehensive advertising campaig ...

  27. Mobile Entertainment Shrugs Off Credit Crunch

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Global trade body Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) has revealed its members expect an average revenue growth of 27% in the mobile entertainment industry during 2009. The figure comes from the MEF's first quarterly Business Confidence Index (B ...

  28. Mobile Operator Cricket, LiveWire Mobile Ready Service

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile operator Cricket is teaming up with LiveWire Mobile to launch an over the-air music download service. The mobile music store charges $2 for tracks downloaded directly to the mobile phone, and 99-cents for those purchased from the computer. ...

  29. The Mobile Long Tail

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The notion that long tail music sales don't apply to the mobile phone is starting to get some traction. The CEO of mobile music provider 24/7 Entertainment told attendees at the Popkomm conference that less than 66% of the 4.5 million songs i ...

  30. Warner Music Nordic Makes Key Appointment

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jacob Key has been promoted to the position of business development director for Warner Music Nordic & Baltic, following the recent expansion into digital business at the Baltic arm of the major. The appointment is effective immediately and Ke ...

  31. BET Ramps Up Interactive Services

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BET has teamed up with its mobile commerce partner Single Touch Systems to offer new interactive entertainment services to viewers. The 4U2 Dedicate, lets users select a song to dedicate to a friend from a pre-defined list, and then record a perso ...

  32. MisRolas.com Shuts Download Store

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online music download store MisRolas.com has closed operations beginning today (Aug. 29). The three-year-old store, which focused on independent Latin music, is shifting operations to mobile content in the U.S. and Latin America, with parent compa ...

  33. Ringback Tones Calling Up Big Numbers In India

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A new report on India's ad-funded mobile entertainment market indicates that while piracy is eroding the ringtone market, this is being offset by the continued success of ringback tones. Quoting figures from research agency Direct2Mobile, the ...

  34. Napster Expands Mobile Reach

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Napster expanded its mobile relationship with Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo with an over-the-air video service. DoCoMo is the only operator that offers a true all-you-can-eat music subscription service to its customers via the Napster Mobile partne ...

  35. Growth In Ringback Tones Energizes Mobile Market

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the cash cow that was the ringtones market slowly heads to pasture, the music industry is turning to a new mobile stud -- ringback tones. Ringbacks represent the only area of significant growth for mobile music-related applications in the last ...

  36. France Taxes Multi-Media Cell Phones

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-enabled mobile phones will be taxed in France starting May 1 under the private copying regime. Mobile phones featuring audio and/or video functionalities with a memory of more than 128 MB, will be hit with the tax. Government officials repor ...

  37. AT&T Mobility Launches Ringtone, Remix Applications

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Mobility is responding to the dip in ringtone sales and the sluggish pace of full-song downloads by offering a pair of new services that allow subscribers to access and customize their music libraries. Addressing the ringtone issue, AT&am ...

  38. Clear Channel To Add Thumbplay Store To Web Sites

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Radio is adding access to direct-to-consumer mobile content service Thumbplay to more than 650 local radio station Web sites. Each station will feature a customized version of the Thumbplay mobile content store that offers format-app ...

  39. LiveWire Mobile Acquires Groove

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT LiveWire Mobile has acquired mobile music service provider Groove Mobile for $14.5 million. Groove Mobile powers the mobile music stores of such wireless operators as Sprint in the U.S., as well as Bell Mobility in Canada and 3 UK. LiveWire Mobile ...

  40. Digital Music Biz Consolidation Predicted

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The digital-music business should expect a spate of consolidation during 2008 and 2009, predicts London-based research firm Point Topic in a new report. The firm says that, in a global sector which has more than 498 digital-download services curre ...

  41. RealNetworks CEO: Mobile Penetration Will Hit 200%

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Consumer demand for mobile services will see many consumers own more than one cellphone, according to Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser. Speaking at Mobile Backstage, a GSMA/Nielsen production for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, powered by Bill ...

  42. Ad-Funded Mobile Music Yet To Take Off, Says MEF

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST A report published by the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) today (Feb. 11) concludes that U.K. ad-funded mobile entertainment will generate £145 million ($282 million) in revenues by 2012. However, Billboard.biz has learned that music will generat ...

  43. Meffys Launch Three New Mobile Awards

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST The London-based Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) has opened nominations for its annual awards, adding three new categories for the 2008 ceremony, which takes place in Cannes on May 8. Now in their fifth year, the awards -- known as the Meffys -- ...

  44. UMG Inks Mobile Merch Deal

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a merchandising deal with Modu Mobile, a maker of mobile phone devices set to debut later this year. Modu makes mini mobile phones that fit into different jackets, also made by the company. The interchangeable jack ...

  45. Malaysian Biz Backs Low-Priced Download Offering

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Malaysian recorded music industry is endorsing a new digital content provider which enables music fans to download songs at a low price. Through the MyMix Mobile subscription service, music fans can download 20 local and international songs, v ...

  46. EMI Japan Presses Button On Mobile Download Site

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Japan has launched a mobile download site on NTT's docomo i-mode and Softbank Mobile's Yahoo! Mobile (Y!keitai) service. The MOBAEMI mobile site will also be available on Japan's other main mobile phone service, KDDI' ...

  47. AT&T Adds Pandora’s Internet Radio Service

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST AT&T has added Pandora's personalized Internet radio service to its wireless network, available from select AT&T mobile phones. The service works much like the online version of Pandora, allowing users to build a custom playlist aroun ...

  48. The Charlatans Continue Free Experiment

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Charlatans are continuing their experiment with free digital content by launching an Internet site that allows fans to download ringtones, full songs, photos, video, news and concert updates to their mobile phones at no charge. The site is the ...

  49. Groove To Power UMG Downloads For UK Phone Carrier

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Groove Mobile's off-portal, direct-to-consumer mobile music download service has picked up some new allies. The company added Universal Music Group and wireless operator 3 UK to the initiative. The system allows fans to find, buy and download ...

  50. Vodafone To Launch Unlimited UK Music Service

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone Group Plc unveiled a range of new handsets and services for the key Christmas period on Monday including an exclusive music service offering unlimited tracks, to challenge the iPhone in Britain. Mobile handset makers and network operators ...

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