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SpinVox Visit – it's coming

by Ben Smith 5th August 2009

A quick and somewhat late-night post to let you know that we do have a write-up coming of our visit to SpinVox yesterday to see their system in operation.  There have already been several posts by other attendees, but we want to provide a little more of the background information we think those who’ve been […]

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Yes. INQ have launched some Twitter phones.

by Ben Smith 4th August 2009

Less of a surprise than it might have been after we caught INQ staff twittering freely from handsets shown by Twitter as ‘My INQ Mobile’ and already confirmed by INQ big-cheese Frank Meehan in a tweet of his own, INQ have today announced the INQ Chat and the INQ Mini – a QWERTY and slim […]

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Exclusive: James Whatley announces he [CONFIRMATION OR DENIAL] a co-founder of The Really Mobile Project

by Ben Smith 3rd August 2009

After much speculation across the internet we can [CONFIRM or DENY] James Whatley is a co-founder of recently-launched mobile blog ‘The Really Mobile Project’. For those wondering if we’ve gone quite mad, the answer’s ‘no’, but the rest of the world has. In the midst of an already-tough few weeks as James has been simultaneously […]

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[UPDATED] SpinVox: We're going to HQ to see for ourselves

by Ben Smith 31st July 2009

You can’t fail to have seen the coverage Spinvox has been getting recently. Following articles from PaidContent and the BBC covering allegations of financial difficulties and that the transcription is entirely performed by call-centres there’s been much debate over whether the claimed technology works, the business is sustainable and the security of customers’ data.  Further […]

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Exclusive: INQ Twitter phone close to release?

by Ben Smith 24th July 2009

Exclusive: It looks like ‘social mobile’ firm INQ’s Battersea offices have been overrun with excited staffers trying out the firm’s latest handset this week, as the previously-confirmed new handsets near launch. Presumably the much anticipated Twitter Phone, has arrived in the office ahead of their official announcement…. While official sources are staying tight-lipped (although that’s […]

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Google Latitude on iPhone and UK T-Mobile G1

by Ben Smith 24th July 2009

Two Google Latitude stories in one day?  It’s a blogger’s dream… Brace yourselves….  The occasionally-controversial social location sharing service is now available on two new handsets – one by design and the other… Well, read on. The big Latitude news today is that Google’s added support for the iPhone… it’s horribly crippled by the need […]

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'Free' data roaming on Orange (for businesses)

by Ben Smith 24th July 2009

Unusually interesting news in from the people at Orange, France Telecom’s hard-to-love network (at least in the UK) which hasn’t been the source of much excitement for some time… As part of their ‘Orange Travel‘ initiative they’re now offering a range of bundles that allow multi-national corporations to provide ‘no roaming cost’ international data for […]

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Dear Robert Scoble, No. Sorry.

by Ben Smith 10th July 2009

Hot news from the ‘Travelling Geeks‘ tour that hit the UK this week – Robert Scoble’s just blogged that ‘Europe no longer matters to lead position in mobile‘.  He makes a number of observations: That European consumers are ‘stuck in a texting rut’, but people in San Francisco/ New York understand the importance of the […]

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