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New Nokia handset has new numbering system

Nokia has announced a new Symbian smartphone today: the Nokia 500.

It's a touchscreen device with a 1GHz processor running the Symbian Anna operating system. As well as having a name that doesn't fit with the previous E, N, C and X prefixes, the Nokia 500 is also notable for weighing just 93g – less than any other Symbian^3 device.

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Symbian plans, spectrum trials, smartphone reliability - and much more

This week's edition of The Fonecast covers a wide range of subjects from within the mobile industry. We start with Symbian before moving on to 'white space' spectrum trials involving BT, the BBC, Samsung and Nokia. There's also time to talk about funding, favourite apps, legal action and some notable moves.

You can download this week's show from iTunes... or listen to the podcast by using the audio player on our website.

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Podcast - 29th June 2011

This week's podcast covers a wide range of mobile industry topics, from unused TV spectrum to the UK's favourite apps. We also discuss smartphone reliability, Symbian's plans, touchscreen patents and quite a bit more.

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Google Maps, Yahoo Weather and Facebook are UK's favourite mobile apps

The GSMA and comScore have just released data showing how UK mobile consumers use mobile applications. The data has been collected in partnership with mobile networks and is the latest in the GSMA Mobile Media Metrics series of reports.

Overall, almost 8.8 million UK mobile phone owners - 40% of the UK's mobile internet users - accessed an app that connected to the internet during April 2011.

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Accenture agreement with Nokia guarantees Symbian support to 2016

Last month Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that software support for Symbian phones would continue until 2016 at the earliest. It's now become clear why he was able to give that date with such confidence.

Nokia and Accenture have published details of their agreement for the outsourcing of Symbian software development and support activities, which was first announced at the end of April.

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