Ryanair allows mobile phones on planes

Budget carrier Ryanair has announced it is to allow passengers to use their mobile phones on a selection of aircraft.In a news release, the low-fare airline stated that some 20 of its planes - most of which are based in Dublin, have been fitted with the OnAir in-flight mobile system.While prices are set by individual mobile service providers, voice calls range in price from an…

MWC ‘was a success’

The four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been hailed as a great success after attracting nearly 50,000 visitors.Attendees travelled from 189 countries to visit the event, which encompassed conferences and exhibitions relating to all things mobile, the GSM Association (GSMA) reports.Government delegates, mobile operators, equipment and software firms were among those present, with talks delivered on how the industry can sustain growth and deal with…

Mobile manufacturers ‘moving away from flip phones’

This year's Mobile Phone Congress in Barcelona saw handset developers shy away from flip phone designs, marking the demise of the clamshell, it has been suggested.Speaking to the International Herald Tribune, director of mobile technology at IMS Research Bill Morelli said that consumers would now have to choose between two types of mobile phone design - the bar, or the sliding handset."We have seen a…

Nokia wins environmental award

Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has been recognised for its efforts to improve the mobile industry's actions in tackling environmental issues.The company has been given the award for Outstanding Environmental Contribution by communications body the GSM Association at the 2009 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona."It is an honour to accept this on behalf of the thousands of Nokia people who have made sustainable, environmentally sensitive practices…

New solar powered phone unveiled

A new solar powered phone has been developed as mobile manufacturers increasingly look to environmentally-friendly technologies.Portable renewable energy device manufacturer Better Energy Systems has announced that it is launching a new solar-powered hands-free speaker phone that will provide users with "virtually unlimited talk-time".The company unveiled its new Solio Communicator, which uses an integrated solar panel to store the sun's energy in its internal Lithium-ion battery…

New Windows mobile phones announced

Microsoft has announced that its partners around the world are preparing to launch a new wave of mobile phones with the software giant's Windows operating system installed.Mobile operator Orange is planning to unveil an updated range of options that will allow users to access Windows tools on their mobile.The offering will deliver improved browsing capabilities as well as increased personalisation of the service, so that…

Mobile industry looks to universal chargers

The mobile phone industry is set to work together to develop a universal charger that will fit all future handsets.A collaborative effort between the manufacturers was announced at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona and will see 17 operators working together on the project.As well as delivering a common platform for mobile phone charging, the effort is also designed to improve the energy efficiency…

Environmental initiatives ‘the future of mobile industry’

Improvements in the environmentally-friendly nature of mobile phones will help to drive the industry during the global economic slump, it has been claimed.Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told delegates at a press conference at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona that 2009 would be a challenging year for the mobile industry, but suggested Nokia's "environmental leadership" would help the firm to weather the storm."Environmental…