So amongst the horde of news generated everyday regarding cellphones and related topics, here are our picks for today. Firstly AT&T has decided to cut wastage and become more eco-friendly. Next Opera has made Opera Mini compatible with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 and 6 without the need for Java. Last but not least T-Mobile is planning on launching what they call “very fast mobile web” on March 14th.
AT&T is a mobile carrier as well as a mobile cellular service provider and recently made an announcement that it will enforce new guidelines for equipment manufacturers to improve packaging (in terms of environmental friendliness) and also to comply with GSMA universal charging solution by the end of 2011. In addition to this 75% of devices from the manufacturers must at least be 65% recyclable.
All this means that even by the end of 2010, at least 200 tonnes of plastic and paper material will be saved not to mention the newer packaging itself will be greener (more environmentally friendly).
Next, Opera Mini, the mobile web browser that is compatible with virtually every cellphone has now become compatible for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 devices without the need for Java.
Java is the reason that Opera Mini is so readily compatible with most mobile phones but this update means that it will operate on native resources in Windows Mobile and in addition to providing the same features and services as before, may actually load up slightly faster.
To download Opera Mini for your Windows Mobile based device please click here.
Last but not least, T-Mobile is set to launch what it calls “Very Fast Mobile Web” but is actually HSPA+ and what most people expected to be called 4G on March the 14th. 4G or HSPA+ allows for speeds of up to 21 Mbps which is faster than many home broadband or DSL connections.
Co-incidentally (not) T-Mobile is also set to launch the webConnect Rocket on March 14th in areas which will have HSPA+ enabled and by the year’s end should also have a HSPA+ compatible handset released and as the Huawei U8800 is currently the only HSPA+ handset in the world, we very much expect that that will be it.