Palm published its latest quarterly results yesterday, noting that the number of mobile phones shipped was up but the number bought by consumers was down.
The company shipped a total of 960,000 smartphones during the three-month period that ended 26th February 2010. This was up 23% on the previous quarter and almost 300% up year-on-year. However, device sales for the quarter were 408,000 units, down 29% from the previous quarter and down 15% year-on-year.
The European Commission has adopted new rules that'll make it easier for passengers and crew on ships in the EU's territorial waters to make mobile phone calls or send and receive text messages when they are out of range of land-based mobile phone networks.
The new rules are designed to end the previous situation where cruise liners, cargo ships and ferries faced a variety of technical and legal requirements for providing on-board mobile services to their customers because each EU country had its own rules.
Mobile phone comparison website rightmobilephone has published research that suggests which electronic devices the mobile phone is gradually replacing.
After contacting over a thousand mobile phone owners they discovered that 68% owned an MP3 player as well – but over half those people with two devices said they spent more time using their mobile phone for audio.
91% of people didn’t own a traditional calculator, with 8 out of 10 saying it was because they used the calculator on their phone instead.