Virgin 3G Dongle: Mobile Broadband Review

Virgin 3G Dongle Review3G data dongles are all over the place these days.

Virgin’s is manufactured by Huawei (who seem to be the vendor of choice for 3G dongles), it’s actually a Huawei E160, (background on Huawei) for those that care.

It’s a USB stick which plugs into any spare USB port. When plugged in, as well as being a 3G dongle, it appears to the operating system as as CD as well which contains the software to drive the dongle.

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Skype Heading To Nokia Handsets

Skype Heading To Nokia HandsetsBig news for Skype and Nokia … and in turn mobile phone operators.

It’s just announced that Skype will be integrated into Nokia handsets, starting in the 3rd quarter of 2009 with the N97.

As well as allowing Skype calls via 3G and WiFi, Skype to Skype calls will be free (excluding any data charges), we’re also told that “low-cost Skype calls to landlines and mobile devices” will be allowed.

The surprise is that Skype contact details will be integrated into the handsets address book, showing the presence of the Skype user and enabling instant messaging.

Skype has previously had some success getting on to mobile phones, the most significant of which was the deal with 3, but this deal with Nokia is far more significant.

Good for mobile service providers?
As to how the mobile service providers will react to it is quite another matter.

If their subscribers are using data bundles, the operators aren’t going to make any money from calls that are made over their networks, reducing them to providing the plumbing to enable it.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 Hits Vodafone UK, T-Mobile US

BlackBerry Curve 8900 Hits Vodafone UK, T-Mobile USThe latest from the Blackberry stable, the Curve 8900, is now available on UK Vodafone and T-Mobile will have it in the US.

The Curve builds on the success of previous models – some people are even declaring it a combination of Curve, Bold and Storm.

With the screen from the Bold (high-res 2.4-inch 360×480), the 3.2Mpx camera from the Curve, WiFi, GPS and a very strong audio and video player, including divx playback, it’s going to be one to watch.

Big excitement
We’re hugely excited about getting our hands on the Blackberry Curve 8900.

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HTC Touch 3G And Touch HD Handsets Unveiled

HTC Touch 3G And Touch HD Handsets UnveiledSlipping out of HTC’s ever-industrious product factory in rather a half cocked manner is two new high-end HTC Touch handsets; the Touch 3G and Touch HD.

Both seemed to have suffered leaked releases, with product pages going up and down all over t’shop, but here’s what we’ve found out so far.

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Sony Ericsson G705 Smartphone Announced

Sony Ericsson G705 Smartphone AnnouncedWe’re liking the look of Sony Ericsson’s new G705 high end smartphone.

A sleek, slide out number, the G705 packs a 2.4-inch display with automatic screen rotation taken care of by an onboard accelerometer. There’s also WiFi, aGPS with Google Maps for Mobile, a built-in FM radio, an RSS reader for grabbing your news on the move, email client and a full HTML browser – all delivered at “turbo 3G speeds.”

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European 3G Boom Could Crush Networks

European 3G Boom Could Crush NetworksWith mobile broadband proving a big hit with bandwidth hungry punters, there are fears that networks may become wobblier than Bruce Grobbelaar’s legs as data hungry punters send demand soaring.

A new study by research boffins Berg Insight reckons that with Long Term Evolution and High Speed Packet Access technology on course to become fitted to laptops as standard in the next few years, the mobile broadband market is going to hit enormodome proportions.

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