This week's news headlines include Apple's 3G iPad, a handful of quarterly results, loads of free calls, thousands of new jobs and millions of text messages. Plus there's a look at how to boost your mobile signal at home with Vodafone's Sure Signal femtocell.
The latest addition to Sony Ericsson's GreenHeart product portfolio is a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. The Sony Ericsson Aspen uses the new Windows Mobile 6.5.3 version, offering a choice between a 2.4-inch touchscreen and a conventional keyboard. Availability is Q2 2010.
As well as the standard range of Windows Phone applications – including Internet Explorer Mobile, Microsoft Office Mobile and Outlook Mobile – there's a 3.2 megapixel camera, assisted GPS and a number of pre-installed SPB applications. The 'green' features include a power saving mode, the eco mate application, an e-manual and recycled materials in the charger, hands-free and packaging. Availability is planned for Q2 2010.
Just three months after the Vodafone 360 social network aggregator launched, Vodafone says there are now over 7,000 applications available for download from the Vodafone 360 Apps Shop across eight European countries. And by March 2010 it expects to have shipped more than two million devices that are capable of accessing the Vodafone 360 Apps Shop.
A new report from Juniper Research has calculated that nearly 15 billion tickets will be delivered to mobile phones worldwide by 2014. Only 2 billion are expected this year.
The fastest-growing sector for m-tickets is transport, with companies offering a combination of SMS, barcode and app-driven services. Western Europe will be the leading region in 2014 based on the total number of mobile tickets delivered, taking over from the Far East & China region.