Three UK has updated its 'pay as you go' tariffs with a new package called All in One. The company has described it as a "market beating plan that unites the value of contract with the flexibility of PAYG", although rival network operator giffgaff has disputed its claim about value.
The mobile phone market in Western Europe grew just 1.5% year-on-year to 43.3 million units in the second quarter of 2010, with smartphone growth offsetting a fall in the sale of traditional handsets. International Data Corporation's Mobile Phone Tracker says smartphone shipments were up 60% on Q2 2009 to 14.6 million units, while traditional phone sales fell 14% to 28.7 million units. That means 34% of all devices shipped were smartphones, up from 28% in the previous quarter.
On Tuesday, Nokia World witnessed the launch of three new phones (and much talk about the coming-very-soon Nokia N8). Elsewhere, LG revealed two new Android-powered handsets; the LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic. Both run Android 'Froyo' version 2.2; the Optimus One will arrive in Europe from October, while the Optimus Chic will follow in November.
Business and financial management software company Intuit – probably best-known for its QuickBooks accounting software – has announced a partnership with Nokia to create a mobile marketing service.
Less than six months after launching its Android application, mobile browser company Skyfire says over one million consumers have downloaded the Skyfire mobile browser to their Android phones. Skyfire is currently in the top 0.02% of all products in the Android Marketplace.