Over half of world’s population owns a mobile phone

New research has revealed that 60 per cent of the world's population now owns a mobile phone.According to the survey, carried out by UN agency the International Telecommunications Agency (ITA), there are currently some 4.1 billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide, compared with one billion in 2002.It was found that people are using their handsets in increasingly diverse ways, including banking, sending money to relatives, informing…

Apple’s iPhone ‘most popular mobile internet device

The iPhone is the most popular internet-enabled mobile phone handset, a new report published by Net Applications has shown.According to the organisation, 66 per cent of the people who browse the internet on their mobile phones do so on an iPhone.In second position, although a good way behind in terms of total users, was JavaME with nine per cent of the market share.Perhaps surprisingly, Palm…

Honorary mention for Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-804

The Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-804 has received an honorary mention in The Fennia Prize - Good design grows global competition in Finland.Announcing the recognition on its press bulletin board, the company claimed its product was one of 18 to receive praise at the event, which took place in Helsinki last month.Unveiled last year, the BH-804 is Nokia's smallest ever headset and one of the smallest…

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic ‘clamoured for’ by consumers

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic is clearly creating a buzz within the mobile phone industry, one Nokia spokesman has suggested.Ian Laing, vice-president of sales for North America, claimed that sales figures of more than one million for the handset worldwide demonstrate that it is "a device that consumers are clamoring for".He implied that the reason for this is that the phone offers customers exactly what they…

Nokia Comes With Music ‘great for recession’

Nokia has suggested that its Comes With Music system is particularly good value at the moment due to the difficult economic climate.Vlasta Berka, a spokesman for the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, stated that the product is excellent value for money "particularly in these trying economic times".He claimed that it allows fans of music to "stay connected to the music they like, yet no longer worry…

Telefonica chief: iPhone sales on the up

Sales of the Apple iPhone continue to increase despite the economic downturn, according to Telefonica Europe's Matthew Key.The chairman and chief executive of the Spanish company, which owns mobile phone network O2, said that there has been no sign of a sales slowdown since the iPhone made its debut towards the latter half of 2007.He commented: "iPhone sales are continuing to accelerate."And we have been…

Smartphones rank among “hottest” technologies

Some of the most exciting technologies on display at the Consumer Electronics Show last month were smartphones, it has been claimed.According to Ollie Robertshaw of WessexScene.co.uk, among the "hottest new devices" at the expo were a selection of new mobiles aiming to challenge the Apple iPhone in the marketplace.He referred specifically to the Motorola W233 Renew, the Nokia N97 and the Logic Bolt as being…

Nokia N86 ‘faces tough opposition’

The Nokia N86 eight-megapixel camera phone will face strong opposition when it is released during the second quarter of 2009, it has been suggested.In a review of the product, Stuart Miles of Pocket-Lint implied that the device will probably appeal to fans of Nokiamobiles but claimed it will have a difficult time if it is to stand out against competitor phones from other manufacturers."With competition…