New Windows mobile phones announced

Microsoft has announced that its partners around the world are preparing to launch a new wave of mobile phones with the software giant's Windows operating system installed.Mobile operator Orange is planning to unveil an updated range of options that will allow users to access Windows tools on their mobile.The offering will deliver improved browsing capabilities as well as increased personalisation of the service, so that…

Mobile industry looks to universal chargers

The mobile phone industry is set to work together to develop a universal charger that will fit all future handsets. A collaborative effort between the manufacturers was announced at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona and will see 17 operators working together on the project. As well as delivering a common platform for mobile phone charging, the effort is also designed to improve the…

Environmental initiatives ‘the future of mobile industry’

Improvements in the environmentally-friendly nature of mobile phones will help to drive the industry during the global economic slump, it has been claimed. Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo told delegates at a press conference at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona that 2009 would be a challenging year for the mobile industry, but suggested Nokia's "environmental leadership" would help the firm to weather the…

New Orange Care service offers mobile recycling

A major mobile telecoms group has announced the launch of a new scheme which offers to recycle consumers' old mobile phones. Orange revealed its Orange Care plan offers an "end-to-end" service, with customers given protection from when they first purchase the handset up until they no longer wish to use it. The firm begins by transferring contacts from an old mobile phone onto the new…

Sony Ericsson to launch Idou smartphone

A leading mobile phone firm has announced the launch of its latest device. Sony Ericsson revealed it is set to produce its Idou smartphone as one of several large-scale projects for 2009. The company claims it is fusing entertainment and communications with its latest batch of ventures, which come under the Entertainment Unlimited brand. At the forthcoming Mobile World Congress event, Sony Ericsson will show…

Samsung unveils solar-powered phone

Samsung has revealed its latest mobile phone, which is set to do its fair share for the eco-system. The Blue Earth device is a full-touch screen, solar powered handset, which the company claims is part of its vision of environmental sustainability. Not only does the mobile phone show its green credentials through this feature, it is also made from recycled materials which have been extracted…

Mobile phone recycling plan unveiled by Sprint

Sprint, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the US, has announced it is to embark on a new mobile phone recycling initiative.The organisation has set a target of ensuring that 90 per cent of all the devices it sells per year by 2017 are either reused or recycled as part of its Zer0 e-Waste policy.During 2007, approximately 22 per cent of the number of…

Lego mobile phone details leaked

Details of a mobile phone being developed by toy manufacturer Lego have been leaked on the internet.The Danish company is looking to include an mp3 player and a digital camera inside the device, along with a walkie-talkie function.Alcatel has been designing the mobile, which has a casing made from Lego's trademark colourful bricks.Users of the slimline handset can modify it by removing the bricks and…