Wednesday, November 29, 2006 

Carnival of the Mobilists #55

Checkout Eli Dickinson's Carnival of the Mobilists at FierceDeveloper... Posts by Mobilists including Ajit, StayGoLinks, Russel Buckley, Eli, Mike Rowehl, and many others...

Monday, November 27, 2006 

Brazil Movil To Buy TIM From Telecom Italia For 8.0 Billion Euros: Report

Rumors have been rife that Telecom Italia would sell it’s mobile operation (TIM mobile) for a while now...they’re picking up steam.
AFP is reporting on an article in a Brazilian daily, O Globo, that the company has made a deal with Latin American giant America Movil to sell TIM Mobile for 8 billion euros. Combining TIM with Claro would make it the largest operator in Brazil, “with nearly 49 percent of the 47 million-user Brazil market” according to the article, although I’m pretty sure that the 47 million user figure is 49% of the total mobile market. The source said that the deal was certain and would be announced next week, but TIM has already denied the report. The article ends by saying that the deal would give America Movil a foothold in Europe, which would imply that the whole mobile arm is being considered for sale and not just the Brazilian operation.
In Europe, a “private equity consortium has bought a minority stake in the Czech unit of T-Mobile International, the cellular telecommunications unit of Deutsche Telekom” for 1.2 billion euros. The consortium of Al-Bateen Investment, Lehman Brothers Private Equity and Mid Europa Partners aquired the stake by buying “local telecom company Ceske Radiokomunikace, formerly a minority owner of the Czech T-Mobile unit”.
Swisscom AG has confirmed it is keen to buy back Vodafone’s 25% stake in the company..."Vodafone bought the holding at the top of the market in 2001 for CHF 4.5bn ($3.66bn) and is now likely to face a loss of the deal as bankers Bear Stearns values the stake now at 3.63 billion Swiss francs ($2.9bn).” This would continue Vodafone’s fire sale: “Vodafone has so far this year sold its Japanese unit, Vodafone KK, to Softbank for JPY 1.8 trillion ($15.5bn), parted with its 25% stake in leading Belgian mobile operator, Proximus for 2bn euros ($2.55bn), and disposed of its loss-making Swedish operation Europolitan Vodafone AB for 994m euros ($1.2bn).” It’s still got the stake in Verizon, though…

Monday, November 20, 2006 

Phone Backup Service Zyb Gets $1.2 Million Venture Funding

Zyb, an online phone backup service which I’ve just started using (to sync my online calendar with the new Nokia N93 that I have now), has received $1.2 million in venture funding, from Nordic Venture Partners.
ZYB was founded back in 2005 by three Copenhagen-based entrepreneurs Tommy Ahlers, Ole Kristensen, and Morten Lund, who was also one of the early investors behind Skype. Besides backup of calendar, content on the phone and other services, Zyb allows users to share the personal content stored on their mobile with others.

from: moconews

Thursday, November 16, 2006 

Glu’d to Brazil

Trough, the news reaches us that Glu is taking the Latin American market a level up by opening a dedicated office in Sao Paulo in Brazil. The office will be headed by ex-THQ Wireless Bill Woods.

"We feel strongly that our success as a global publisher depends on establishing a local presence to truly understand the needs of the region," said Greg Ballard, CEO of Glu Mobile.

"We have seen great enthusiasm and reception for our games in Latin America, and as one of the first publishers to have success in the region we believe that opening regional headquarters will allow us to expand our leadership position in this very important market," he added.

Monday, November 13, 2006 

Japanese portal hits 2 million registered users

MocoNews reports Mobagetown (mobile games town), a portal in Japan, has reached 2 million registered users of their connected/multiplayer games in just over nine months. The site allows users to chat and blog next to playing games, all under the same account. Mobagetown hereby shows us that building the ultimate mobile games community is no longer just a dream. In Europe we already see guys like Orange Pixel work hard on connecting mobile games (RumbleX).

Thursday, November 09, 2006 

Carnival of the Mobilists #53

All About Symbian is this week’s host of the carnival of the mobilists. Another good job on selecting the industry highlights!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006 


Digital media management and consumption on the Nokia 770, all based on the Maemo platform. Fantastic stuff from the boys in Nokia Technology Institute, Recife, Brazil. This is one of the coolest things i have seen in ages.

Monday, November 06, 2006 

Sonic booms in Europe

Sega Mobile is to go direct across Europe with the aim of becoming a top five mobile games publisher inside two years.
The company is in the process of setting up direct sales relationships with tier one operators in the major European territories and is looking to hire a senior exec to run the entire mobile operation. It expects to have a ten-strong team in place by spring 2007.

Sega is already a formidable presence in mobile having previously licensed eight titles to iFone (and latterly Glu Mobile, which bought iFone earlier this year). Its flagship product Sonic The Hedgehog has dominated recent charts and has sold over 700,000 units.

However, Sega clearly believes now is the time to take charge of its own destiny. Consequently, will is releasing its last three more licensed products, while Sega goes direct with Medieval Total War and Football Manager Quiz.

Alan Pritchard, UK MD of Sega, said: “Partnering with iFone and Glu has been great for us and taught us a lot about what works and what doesn’t in mobile. So we’re looking forward to this new era.”

Pritchard wants the new-look Sega Mobile to compete in generally overlooked areas such as Symbian smartphone gaming, original games content and working with handset manufacturers on various kinds of embedded products.

Although the Sonic brand is an evergreen that stands comparison with other all-time gaming greats like Tetris, Sega has other formidable licences in its armoury, such as Monkey Ball, Sega Rally, OutRun and the Virtua range.

Outside of Europe, Sega Mobile’s activities remain unchanged, with Sega US continuing to be run as a subsidiary of the Japanese operation.

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