Mobile phone networks introducing cheaper tariffs

A number of the UK's leading mobile phone networks have introduced cheaper tariffs in the last few months in an apparent attempt to aid consumers during the credit crunch.According to the Telegraph, 3 and Virgin Mobile have both launched sub-£10 deals in recent weeks, with the latter citing financial pressures as the reasons for its new offering.O2 also has an offer for less than £10,…

MWC ‘was a success’

The four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been hailed as a great success after attracting nearly 50,000 visitors.Attendees travelled from 189 countries to visit the event, which encompassed conferences and exhibitions relating to all things mobile, the GSM Association (GSMA) reports.Government delegates, mobile operators, equipment and software firms were among those present, with talks delivered on how the industry can sustain growth and deal with…

Mobile manufacturers ‘moving away from flip phones’

This year's Mobile Phone Congress in Barcelona saw handset developers shy away from flip phone designs, marking the demise of the clamshell, it has been suggested. Speaking to the International Herald Tribune, director of mobile technology at IMS Research Bill Morelli said that consumers would now have to choose between two types of mobile phone design - the bar, or the sliding handset. "We have…

First Green Mobile Award presented at MWC

SMART Communications has been celebrated for its environmentally-friendly approach to mobile communications by winning the inaugural Green Mobile Award at the 2009 World Mobile Congress in Barcelona.The Philippines-based communications firm was recognised for its achievements in delivering alternative power for cell sites.So far, the programme has delivered 68 cell sites around the Philippines, of which 41 are run by wind generators and 27 harness both…

Greenpeace: More needs to be done to recycle electronics

Electronics companies, including mobile phone providers, have been urged to stand at the forefront of green issues and improve the rate of recycling of electronic goods. Environmental group Greenpeace has called on firms and individuals to wake up to the importance of recycling and make every effort to ensure old electronic goods are not simply dumped in the bin when they are finished with. An…

Nokia wins environmental award

Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has been recognised for its efforts to improve the mobile industry's actions in tackling environmental issues.The company has been given the award for Outstanding Environmental Contribution by communications body the GSM Association at the 2009 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona."It is an honour to accept this on behalf of the thousands of Nokia people who have made sustainable, environmentally sensitive practices…

New campaign to focus on mobile phone recycling

A climate change charity has launched a major new campaign to encourage more people to recycle their mobile phones. Global Cool is unveiling a new drive to highlight the opportunity for mobile users to recycle their old handsets at this year's London Fashion Week. The organisation is planning a series of events at the fashion festival, which is one of the highlights on the global…

New solar powered phone unveiled

A new solar powered phone has been developed as mobile manufacturers increasingly look to environmentally-friendly technologies.Portable renewable energy device manufacturer Better Energy Systems has announced that it is launching a new solar-powered hands-free speaker phone that will provide users with "virtually unlimited talk-time".The company unveiled its new Solio Communicator, which uses an integrated solar panel to store the sun's energy in its internal Lithium-ion battery…