This week, Virgin Mobile announced that it plans to introduce a new line touch-screen phones. The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) will likely roll out handsets that are “smarter” if not entirely smartphones. This is a shift from the traditional MVNO business model of mainly supplying prepaid and low-end models. But as Virgin Mobile has picked up the Helio service, it has been testing the waters with more multimedia mobiles.
So look for a spiffy Virgin-branded handset that will likely include a touchscreen. Smart move for Virgin.
Fennec in Beta
HBO Launching Retail Portal
Fans of HBO series won’t be able to view the shows on their handsets just yet, but HBO is launching a mobile Internet retail portal that will allow users in the U.K., Europe and South Africa to purchase show-themed content including ringtones and wallpapers from hit shows such as The Sopranos, The Wire and Sex and the City.
Sony Says Smile
Sony Ericsson is hoping that mobile phone buyers will have something to smile about this year, as the company is relying heavily on camera phones for 2009. This includes such handsets as the upcoming C905, an 8-megapixel camera phone. Already successful, the phone will likely land on American shores soon and would be compatible with AT&T or T-Mobile carriers.
For those even more serious about having a quality camera in their mobile handset, Sony Ericsson has also announced a 12-megapixel camera called the Idou, but so far that phone will only be available for the European market.