While the age of the mobile ringtone appears to be coming to an end, a flurry of announcements over the past few days would seem to suggest that – taken as a whole – mobile music is doing very nicely, thank you, and poised to do even better for itself.
There have some positive WiMAX announcements over the last week or so.
It’s all been rather quiet on the mobile TV front in Europe recently, so it’s good to see that Norway, not content with having a runaway success with a teen idol violinist in the annual bloc voting exercise that is the Eurovision Song Contest, has doubled up by becoming the first European country this year to launch a mobile TV service, and a DMB service at that.
Boots is set to be the first UK high street retailer to trial a contactless payment system.
A couple of weeks ago, I remarked on the fact that the world and his dog were busy playing catch-up with Apple and embarking on the app store trail.
Today this news item was on GMTV in the UK at breakfast time.
Just over a decade ago, an enterprising gentleman named Vesku Paananen realized that people were getting fed up of hearing Nokia’s Gran Vals ringtone (aka De De De De Deeee) and might like to hear an alternative sound when someone called them.