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Text message traffic up 778% after World Cup final

Information from mobile messaging specialists Airwide Solutions has revealed a 778.4% spike in Spanish text message traffic when the 2010 FIFA World Cup final ended on 11th July in South Africa.

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Mobile networks get serious about the health sector

In December 2009, Vodafone announced the creation of a mobile health unit that would work on mobile healthcare solutions. Last week Telefonica – O2's parent – launched a global e-health unit. And now Orange (which has had a dedicated healthcare division for four years) has announced Orange smartnumbers, a healthcare-specific service that's designed to give callers instant access to the best placed person or team available.

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Mobile video will be worth over $2 billion in 2013

Mobile video services – including video telephony, video messaging, video sharing, video-on-demand and VoD downloads – will only generate around $121 million this year... but the market will be worth $2 billion worldwide in 2013, according to the latest report from ABI Research.

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ZTE's first Android handset hits the UK at under £100

Chinese mobile phone manufacturer ZTE Corporation has launched its first Android-powered smartphone in the UK. It's co-branded by Three and is selling on 'pay as you go' tariffs for £99.99.

The ZTE Racer runs Android version 2.1 (Éclair) powered handset. It offers a 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, 256MB of internal memory, Bluetooth and 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity.

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O2 starts rolling out VoIP-based services in Europe

Telefónica Europe, which bought mobile VoIP company JAJAH in December, has started rolling-out JAJAH-powered IP-based phone services across its O2 businesses in Europe.

The first is international calling service O2 Global Friends, which lets customers in Germany make international calls by dialling a dedicated local number. The call is then routed over the internet without the need for any software downloads or new hardware.

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