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Archive for June 15th, 2021

Instant Message for mobiles…coming soon

The mobile industry is expecting to bring instant messaging to cell phones later this year. Fifteen of the world’s top mobile operators, including Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica and China Mobile announced on Monday plans to make instant messaging services available, initially targeting some 700 million mobile users. The service will not be free. Mobile operators plan to charge clients using the familiar "calling party pays principle", under which users pay for sending messages but not for receiving them. They have not mentioned what the charges would be. Although SMS is still a hit, the companies are expecting the Instant Message to bring a plus to the phones and to their budgets. "IM is more chatty. SMS (text messaging) is fire and forget … Messaging will trigger more messaging," said T-Mobile Chief Executive Rene Obermann.

Motorola and Microsoft join forces in a new mobile phone

Motorola has signed a deal to use Windows Media technology from Microsoft in a new range of music phones. The company should launch up to three Window Media phones in the second half of 2006. The company intents to keep Windows Media phones as separate products from the first iTune phones that were launched last year.

Bye bye Jeeves

The Ask website has decided it’s time to let Jeeves go. By the end of this month the valet that has welcomed users in the Ask search site since 1996 will get the sack. The decision to let go of Jeeves was taken in September 2005 but the company kept him there while investigating how users would react to the change. This decision is part of an effort to re-brand the Ask search site.

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