Last year, worldwide sales of 'aftermarket' mobile phone accessories – items that aren't included with the handset – generated revenue of $26.5 billion. ABI Research now reckons that figure will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 11.4% to exceed $50 billion in 2015.
The EU says it's invested 10 million Euro in the three-year webinos project, which aims to deliver a platform for web applications across mobile, PC, home media (TV) and in-car devices.
This week Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications has become the USA's first mobile operator to launch commercial '4G' LTE services. It's also offering the first commercially-available LTE mobile phone, the Samsung Craft.
Independent telecoms analyst Ovum says 2009 was the worst for telecoms in a decade, with telecoms service provider revenues only growing by 2.2% year-on-year due to the global economic downturn. However, 2010 is expected to be much better.
Microsoft says the UK's major mobile network operators – Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Three – will be offering Windows Phone 7 devices when the mobile operating system launches later this year. In addition, The Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u will also be selling the phones. However, a UK launch date still hasn't been confirmed.