Virgin Mobile USA and Helio have confirmed that they are in early stages of talks to merge the companies.
On Tuesday Virgin Mobile issued a statement that the two companies were in talks, and a Helio spokesman confirmed the news. The company has been rumored to be in talks over a merger since last week.
"These discussions are in early stages and there are no assurances that any transaction will result," Rick Heineman, a spokesman for Helio said in an email. "We will not have additional comments unless an agreement is reached."
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Updated 10:00am PT with detail from Verizon's conference call.
The LiMo Foundation is adding several well-known entities to its roster of mobile phone players, including Verizon and Mozilla.
A total of eight companies have agreed to join forces with LiMo to work on a Linux-based operating system for mobile phones, bringing the total number of participants to 40. Verizon and Mozilla are the headliners, but the full roster of new invitees includes Infineon, Kvaleberg, Red Bend Software, Sagem Mobiles, SFR, and SK Telecom.
Sonic the Hedgehog has seen a platform or four.
The spikey-furred rodent first brought to life by Sega in 1991 for proprietary consoles rolled with technology's punches onto TV, Xbox, PS3, and recently, onto mobile phones. April saw the spawning of Sega Mobile, when several flagship games, including Sonic the Hedgehog, were ported to mobile phone format and offered to cell phone gamers for subscription or sale through their carrier's Web portals. Now Sega Mobile is offering Sonic Jump, Afterburner II, and Golden Axe free of charge for U.S. residents.
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Research in Motion will hold its own conference for smartphone developers later this year, as interest in mobile development continues to grow.
Electronista spotted a Web page advertising the BlackBerry Developer Conference, scheduled for the week of October 20 in Santa Clara, Calif. The two-and-a-half day conference will feature the usual keynote speeches and technical sessions, but RIM doesn't seem to have settled on an agenda just yet.
Smartphone application development appears to be the next frontier for software developers. Such applications have already been in development for years for operating systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile, but the … Read more
Canon just added two new players to its roster of Selphy portable photo printers: the CP770 and CP760, both heavily marketed to families interested in printing photos directly off their phones and digital cameras. We liked its full-size sibling, the Selphy CP740, so we're looking forward to checking these out.
Let's take a look:
$100 Familiar rectangular shape 2.5-inch color TFT screen Features Canon's "Portrait Image Optimize" technology for light photo fixes on the go. Print resolution: 300x300 dpi Connects via PictBridge, USB, IrDA, or directly through memory card slots
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Microsoft's Craig Mundie sees a way for the software giant to shift its largesse to the developing world. It's called the phone, and will challenge Microsoft's desktop-centric view of the world in its attempts to grow beyond its Western roots.
Interestingly, Microsoft is actually innovating here. Truly innovating:
Microsoft will increase its focus on making mobile phones part of its strategy to spread IT to people in developing nations, based partly on a prototype already developed for the purpose called Fone+....
The idea is to connect a low-to-mid-end smartphone based on the Windows Mobile OS to a TV via a docking station so data on the handset can be displayed on the TV screen. That way, people can use the computing power in the smartphone on a big screen.
Back in 2003, I looked at buying the intellectual property for Hancom Office's embedded Linux-based competitor to Microsoft Office to kickstart this market. A friend and I couldn't get venture funding for it, but that isn't a problem that plagues Microsoft. Cash is in abundance in Redmond. It has the resources to do this right.… Read more
Virtual cell phone operators Virgin Mobile USA and Helio are rumored to be in merger talks, a move that could bring a lot of benefits to both companies.
The tie-up between the two MVNOs, or mobile virtual network operators, was first reported Thursday by the wireless blog MocoNews. According to the blog, SK Telecom, one of Helio's parent companies, would buy out Virgin Mobile USA and then Virgin Mobile would buy Helio in an all-stock transaction.
As the economy tightens and other larger wireless carriers look to consolidate, it makes sense for these smaller players, who essentially resell service … Read more
Boldly going where few other tech journalists bother to travel, we at Crave UK make sure to check out as many new phone makers as possible--because you just never know. Only yesterday we plunged into the depths of sweaty London to see MWg's latest handset, the MWg Zinc II.
You're probably thinking who the potatoes is MWg? It stands for Mobile Wireless group, and it used to be O2 Asia--but O2 ditched it, so now it's gone solo and is coming up with some pretty interesting Windows Mobile handsets. The Zinc II is a compact handset that … Read more
OK, now it really is getting boring. T-Mobile announced today that it won yet another title from J.D. Power and Associates. This time the carrier took top honors in a survey of wireless retail sales satisfaction by hitting top marks in the four considered categories: sales staff, store display, store facility, and price/promotion. But T-Mobile wasn't alone at the top. Alltel trailed by two points to take second place while Verizon Wireless came in third. AT&T was rated as average and Sprint Nextel came in last with a below average rating in all four categories. … Read more