GSA Says GSM subscriptions will pass 2 billion in June

“The number of GSM subscriptions worldwide will pass 2 billion in June 2006, according to GSA – the Global mobile Suppliers Association. GSM is in service in virtually every country of the world and is the overwhelming system of choice. The first billion GSM subscriptions was announced in February 2004, 12 years after the launch of the first networks. The second billion for the GSM-technology family comes just two and a half years later.Alan Hadden, President, GSA said: “GSA welcomes this important milestone as it underscores the ubiquity of GSM/WCDMA as the technology of choice. We look forward to the next billion joining the world’s biggest linked community, who will be enjoying the benefits of mobile technology as their first and primary communication tool.”Mobile subscriber growth is driven by the GSM family of technologies, which comprises GSM/GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and HSDPA. The GSM family makes up more than 81% of the worldwide mobile market, with subscribers of CDMA having 13% market share. Between January 06 – April 06, the GSM family added almost 160 million subscriptions, i.e. more than 1.32 million daily (subscriber data source: Informa Telecoms & Media).GSA regular surveys on the evolution of 3G confirm accelerating progress. WCDMA is clearly the mainstream 3G technology globally with 112 networks having launched commercial services in 49 countries. The path to mobile broadband has moved to a new baseline with over 100 HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) network deployments in 52 countries, including 33 commercial launches in 25 countries. There are 204 GSM/EDGE network deployments in 113 countries with 151 launched across 88 countries, many being deployed as complementary to WCDMA networks for service continuity, and the best user experience.” via

Samsung Launches Slim QWERTY Smartphone in France

“The Samsung SGH-i320 was first presented in 3GSM this year, a press release in Korea announced the availability of the phone to be in this month. The smartphone running Windows Mobile 5.0, support GSM Triband network. EDGE connection is supported for faster data connection. The internal memory 120 MB is nice to stored your files without a memory card. microSD card slot is available for more file storage expansion. Texting can be faster since it comes with a QWERTY keypad. Other features include 1.3 megapixel camera, bluetooth, speakerphone and push email capability.” via

More Solar Power Integrated Mobile Phone

“Mobile devices are becoming more and more intelligent – allowing users to watch movies on a mobile phone or laptop, or navigate with a PDA – but at the same time they require increasing amounts of power. To prevent the PC screen from suddenly going black, or the music from being interrupted, Fraunhofer researchers are working on micro power engineering solutions to provide the mobile power needed by modern communications devices.Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, scientists from various institutes are working on technologies that will make it possible to achieve greater power densities and, when combined with batteries in hybrid energy systems, extend operating times.The concept of energy harvesting refers to using light, heat or motion to generate energy. For example, the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM employs thermoelectrics: energy is generated by a heat flow source such as the user’s wrist. Prominent clock makers use this technology to power watches. Micro-integrated thermo-electric converters can also be used to cool electronic components.” Find out more here:

BenQ Siemens M81: a cellphone for sportsmen

“Early in June BenQ Mobile has been rumored to prepare new models, now we have the first official announcement of BenQ-Siemens M81. This model is protected from outside stresses and design for active users with sport lifestyle.The phone has rubber elements, which protect from moist, dust and shock, and do not let the phone slip in hands. The lens of the built-in camera is also protected from splashes and dust. Its TFT LCD has an anti-scratches coat, besides the info can be read under direct sunlight.

The phone supports EDGE data transfer standard. Its 1.3-megapixel camera (with flash) can shoot video clips. There is an MP3-player, you can listen to the music using a stereo Bluetooth-headset. There is a preinstalled navigation application “activepilot” by Jentro, but the phone doesn’t have a GPS-module, so you have to buy a GPS-receiver to enjoy the application. You can store the data also on microSD cards. BenQ-Siemens M81 will be commercially available in August 2006.
Samsung Helix XM2go YX-M1Z Review Technology News, Electronics Buy Guide and Gadget Review The specs of BenQ-Siemens M81:
GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz), EDGE and GPRS class 10
1.8” TFT LCD, 132×176 pixels, 262K colors
1.3-megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom
MP3-player supporting MP3, AAC and eAAC+
Up to 27 MB of memory available to the user
Slot for microSD cards
USB 2.0 and Bluetooth interfaces
WAP 2.0 and Java MIDP 2.0
E-mail, SMS and MMS
Li-Ion 820 mAh battery
Talk time – up to 300 minutes
Standby time – up to 300 hours
Dimensions – 105.3×47.4×18.4 mm
Weight – 96 g ”

Sky Force Reloaded Released for PPC!

Samsung Helix XM2go YX-M1Z Review Technology News, Electronics Buy Guide and Gadget Review “The best PocketPC shooter is back again with more levels, more graphics, more music, more ACTION! Description : The best PocketPC shooter is back again with more levels, more graphics, more music, more ACTION! Have you played original SKY FORCE ? Loved it? This one will bring even more enjoyment! Incredible graphics, sound quality and pure fun! – 8 totally new levels with new graphics,- new enemies,- additional weapon,- new music and sound effects. Compatibility: Pocket PC Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC QVGA resolution (320×240)” Check it here: