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Industry pledges ‘one-size-fits-all’ phone charger

The world’s top five mobile handset manufacturers are among a group of 17 major industry firms to have pledged their support for development of a mobile phone charger that will work with the majority of new handsets by 2012.

Mobile operators: “Don’t put the brakes on growth”

Three mobile operator leaders faced the question at yesterday morning’s opening keynote session at the GSMA Mobile World Congress of whether to put the brakes on any future investments or expansion, or adopt new methods of continuing to grow during these uncertain economic times.

GSMA progresses MMT programme

The GSMA has expanded the reach of its Mobile Money Transfer (MMT) programme, which aims to use mobile as a platform for sending remittances around the world.

MySpace sees mobile driving 50% of visits

Social networking site MySpace anticipates half of the visits to its portal will come via mobile phones in 2 to 3 years time, Chris DeWolfe, MySpace’s CEO and co-founder, told Mobile Business Briefing ahead of his keynote appearance at the GSMA Mobile World Congress today.

Report: Vodafone planning hundreds of UK job cuts

Vodafone will tomorrow announce plans to cut “hundreds of jobs in the UK” in an effort to reduce costs and protect earnings amid the economic slowdown, according to a Bloomberg report.

Nokia mulling entry into laptop market, says CEO

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has hinted that the Finnish handset giant could soon enter the laptop market, reports Reuters.

Report: Nokia, Skype deal riles UK operators

A deal between Skype and Nokia announced at last month’s GSMA Mobile World Congress has reportedly angered UK operators Orange and O2.

Germany preps digital dividend spectrum for mobile

The German government has become the latest in Europe to approve allocating some of the low frequency ‘Digital Dividend’ spectrum for mobile use.

Orange, Barclaycard unveil mobile payment service

Orange UK and Barclaycard have signed a mobile payment deal that will enable customers to use their handsets to pay for goods or services at retailers by passing their phones against a reader.

Nokia reveals application store strategy

More details have emerged of the business model Nokia plans to adopt for its new Ovi online store that will go live in May and take on the might of Apple’s App Store.