Ringtone and Mobile Music Users Getting Bored, And Broke

For those of you who get a big kick everytime your phone rings and “Riding Dirty” starts playing, and for those of you that have spent way too much for these types of ringtones, you may want to read on. It appears that through a recent report, the ringtone industry may have peaked. According to some fancy bar graphs that you can find here, the overall subscriber rate is slowing down and is projected to dip lower and lower with time.ringtone.jpg

This comes in the wake of a service, ringtones, that really isn’t very good anyway. One of the many things being bounced back from 3GSM in Spain is the feedback that Music Mobile Downloads, ringtones or full songs, needs some dramatic improvement.

“So many platforms aren’t capable of even the most basic content configurations, like a track bundled with a video. That means buying the same content that would typically be included in an album over a mobile phone would be comparable to having to visit three stores to buy the album, its liner notes and the art work”

Even so, there are a few positives to remember, first, the industry itself, mobile ringtones and music downloads to your phone, is a projected to make about 9 billion this year. Still nothing to shake a handset at. Or a stick. Also, you gotta believe that the IPhone being introduced into the market will help things out, alot.


Its weird and it involes Cell Phones #2

As if our last installment of “its weird” wasnt enough to proved the oddities surrounding our favorite mobile medium are at an all time high, we uncovered these little ditties.

  1. Some people just cant be trusted with Cell Phones it seems. Head on over to Kentucky and read the story of some county employees that had their work celly’s repossessed after they couldnt help but call psychic and dating phone lines. Good idea, work probably wont notice…..
  2. This may seem like the norm for many, but Cell Phones for 9 and 10 year olds? Who can they possibly be talking to? And more importantly, how can they be paying for this? Oh yeah, parents with deep pockets I guess. The same debate involving IPods is also being discussed.
  3. And in the wake of Valentines Day last week, how about a cell phone love story? Looks like India has quite a few of them, if the quote below is evidence.

…….technology played a role in arranged marriages, something most of the participants considered as an option for finding a partner.

“The mobile phone makes it a little easier to facilitate an arranged marriage at a distance,”

Awwww, isnt that,…….a little creepy?

4. And speaking of creepy, how about the idea that the “oh so loveable” US Government could be listening to your cell phone conversations? Well, this Fox News Video sheds some light on the possibility. And whats worse is the FBI apparently has the ability to activate a mic in your cellphone and listen in, even when you arent using the phone! Yikes!


You Tube + Nokia = NokiaTube?

Its a bad attempt at merging the two names, we know. But, thats a sticky headline if Ive ever seen one! If you dont read hundreds of Cell Phone blogs and news sites like we do, you may not have heard the announcement this week at the 3GSMnokia-youtube.jpg Conference in Spain about the collaboration between internet video giant You Tube and Nokia to bring the vid services to your mobile phone.

Some really great pics of the services in action can be found if you follow this link, and one of said pictures is shown below as well. Time will tell if this will help Nokia out, its certainly a big step forward for the cell phone industry and for personal video sites in general, as if they had not already taken giant leaps in the past year. Some of the features being murmured about include being able to watch video in your phone as it downloads, which should appeal to our instant gratification culture. It also is being run on a Safari browser from what we are hearing as well.

Actually, the press release claims that [tag]YouTube Mobile[/tag], with the newly added AVC video format for Nokia compatibility, is available now, so get on it and tell us if the thing works!

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3GSM Conference 2007 – What the Blogs Are Saying

Everyone knows the blogs give the real headlines for the conference, so its no surprise to see some more exciting news here than in our last news headlines posting.


3GSM Conference 2007 – In the news headlines

Its a big time of year for mobile nerds and the 3GSM conference is a milestone for new items to be unveiled. Its kinda like a Star Trek convention for Cell Phone geeks. So, first one to spot a fan dressed as a IPhone wins the, err uhh, the IPhone cake? Lets get serious for a minute, here are some newsworthy headlines about the start of the conference.

Lots more to follow Live from 3GSM Barcelona (not really, but the web is live, right?)


Live Blogging 3GSM Barcelona,…. from our laptop,…. at our house,… in the US

Man, would’nt it be great if a blog like ours, a mere week old (almost) was live blogging the 3GSM World Congress from Barcelona!??!?!? Sure it would, but us, and most of you, don’t have that luxury. So, we will do our best to keep you in the loop of whats going down across the pond in Spain at one of the 3gsm.jpgworlds biggest and best mobile communications conferences. There are lots of great posts going up around the blogosphere, and we all know you dont have time to go and read them, so be prepared for a really nice summary after the jump.


Cell Phone Time Warp – The DynaTAC 8000X

Welcome to Cell Phone Time Warp, our look back at the history of cell phones. The good, the bad and the horribly marketed will be covered in this section. We will start off with the phone that may have started it all, the DynaTAC 8000X.douglasbrick.jpg The “Brick” as it was commonly called sure looks nothing like the current cell phone technology. It was large, clunky and certainly couldnt fit into anything outside of a briefcase, (do people still carry briefcases?).

Back in 1983, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and become the world’s first commercial handheld cellular phone. Before “the network” got their hands on coverage and plans, this baby had “Dynamic Apaptive Total Area Coverage”, it let you talk for as much as 30 minutes and could go 8 hours between charges. Oh, and by the way, the price was about 4,000 dollars.dynatac.gif

But that didnt stop the demand! Stars like Michael Douglas used the phone in movies, and everyones favorite teen sitcom heartthrob Mark Paul Gosselar (aka Zach Morris) made it famous by using it in the high school hallways on Saved By The Bell. And it turns out its not a complete waste to dust off your old brick, these dudes say you can make your old brick into a bluetooth headset with massive battery life!


On Our Speedial – The Samsung Smart F700

Its not too difficult to see why the new Samsung Ultra Smart F700 is getting so much attention from the cell phone blogs around the web of late. Not only does it look pretty sharp but has some great features to boot. If the 7.2 megabit HSPDA doesnt impress you, there is always the slide out QWERTY board, (we love to say QWERTY) and a 2.78 inch touch screensamsungultra.jpg with a drag and drop feature and full HTML browsing, bluetooth, and a 5MP camera, with auto focus, if you need it. But, as our Engadget buddies point out, the ole US doesnt get the phone, but rather a more stripped down version. Um, wow, thats still quite an impressive piece, could be the biggest challenger to the IPhone? Ill say one thing, Samsung is not the company I expected to compete with the IPhone. Some are already labeling it the IPhone Killer, but, thats not likely to happen without a stateside release. It gets its official unveiling at next week’s 3GSM World Congress, a telecommunications exhibition in Barcelona.


Its weird, and it involves Cell Phones

Get ready for what most certainly will be a regular installment here on Cell Phones Zone. “Its weird, and it involves Cell Phones”. Well, thats the title for now, it could change, and quickly. But will not change is the massive amounts of news out there that involve cell phones. Lets just limit this to the top 3 for now…….

  1. Talk about a way to get the most out of your pet! Police in China have apparently stated a celldog.jpgwarning against dogs that suspiciously sniff, or take interest in locals’ cell phones. Apparently, it’s common for criminals in the area to train their dogs to sneak into people’s homes to steal mobile phones that are then sold on to unknowing buyers. Thanks to Geek Sugar for the heads up on this one.
  2. I always had such a high opinion of the good, smart folks at MIT. Then I stumbled upon this story. “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum recently concluded a workshop series, entitled “Take Better Pictures with Your Cell Phone and Win Big.” The participants — consisting mainly of MIT students, faculty and staff — explored the capabilities of camera phones as emerging new tools for art. “Instead of duplicating a digital camera, embrace the flaws of what it is,” said Gary Duehr, photographer and the workshop instructor.” Really Gary? And why would we embrace crappy cell phone cameras? And much less have a course about it at prestigious MIT? Thanks to Studio Lighting for the tip on this story.
    1. And finally, what happens when you have a bored group of teenage girls, a video camera, and about 12 cell phones? Apparently a Cell Phone Wedding. Make it stop!

    Apple’s IPhone – Why Everyone Wants One

    So, last month, Apple, king of all digital media and of computers in our opinion, announced they would be diving headfirst into the Cell Phone arena as well with theiphone.jpg incredibly sharp IPhone. Since we were but a glimmer in our blog networks eye at that point, we didn’t get to gush and drool all over the press release and pictures the way most other bloggers did. (some are so excited they are making cakes in the IPhone likeness!?!) But that doesn’t mean we wont do our fair share of drooling in the meantime. But we wont be dedicating this entire blog to the gadget, as some have. And why not? It does do everything right?

    But the truth is, this thing is really kinda unreal if it can live up to half the hype its already getting. Part of the attention is from the folks that would buy a piece of crap if Steve Jobs stamped the Apple logo on it. (see his Steve-ness on the left and below) And the rest of us just think the thing looks amazing. Well, I may fall into both groups from time to time, but this one is a iphone-jobs.jpgno-brainer. The specifics go a little something like this. It melds three major communications methods into one. First is the fact that as a phone by itself, it might be better than most others, but add in the fact that it also is nothing short of a full fledged IPod as well. And oh yeah, did I mention that its also a internet ready device that incorporates maps, desktop email and searching?

    The Technical Specs speak for themselves…..

    Screen size: 3.5 inches
    Screen resolution: 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
    Input method: Multi-touch
    Storage: 4GB or 8GB
    GSM: Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
    Wireless data: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
    Camera: 2.0 megapixels
    Dimensions 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches / 115 x 61 x 11.6mm
    Weight 4.8 ounces / 135 gram

    Battery
    Up to 5 hours
    Talk / Video / Browsing
    Up to 16 hours
    Audio playback