Friday, 12 October 2007

Mippin to be shown at Mobile 2.0

Mippin is to be demonstrated at the Mobile 2.0 Conference in San Fancisco on Monday. See the other companies showing and the speaker list, and conference details.

Mippin - nothing to install, just point you browser at

Mippin is Launched

Mippin is our new product and is launched today. See our press release.

And thanks to all those bloggers who have already commented

Ewan from SMSTextNews said "Mippin is just phenomenal. Really, really smart"
Alessandro from Biskero said "The guys from Refresh Mobile did it again"
David Cushman from Fasterfutre said "This is Widsets on steroids"

Also Read JemiMa Kiss in the Digital Guardian...
, David Murphy of Mobile Marketing at
, Mike Butcher of Tech Crunch
plus TVDigest, PerfectPath , GoMo News (sorry we'll sort you out very soon and thanks for being nice about it!!!) and ShinyShiny.

See the video of the service at:

Mippin - nothing to install just point your phone's browser at

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Menace on your mobile

News filtering through the lofty windows of Refresh Towers this morning informs us that there is a rather large buzz about getting such comic classics as The Beano and The Dandy converted from their traditional paper formats to the digital medium of MMS!



(No... Really)


"Publishers are looking at challenging traditional comic books by sending children stories, frame by frame, straight to their handsets as picture messages."

Which is quite frankly - AMAZING!

Don't get us wrong, magazines on your mobile are pretty damn good, (or 'Mobizines' as we like to call them - ahem)...

But comic books too? That'd be awesome...!

I'm sure that the kids (who I'm sure this particular money-making venture is aimed at) would probably only have to pay something like £1.50 per issue/MMS delivery... and kids are so good with their mobile phone subscription services - I mean - they never get ripped off!

Now if only there was a service out there already - that could deliver such comic classics like Garfield and/or Dilbert...

As well as provide users with the ability to create their own comic strips...
And then to get them sent straight to your phone...

For free.
No subscription charge.

Now THAT would be AWESOME.


Tuesday, 7 August 2007

As a great woman once said...

"It's oh so Quiet!'s oh so still."

Yes it is... but WHY?

Well - we like a bit of Bjork in this office y'see...
We think she knows her stuff.

There's nothing quite like a bit of Icelandic warbling to help you concentrate on the day-to-day business of making your mobile life an easier and better place to be...

Because y'know...
...that's what we like to do here at Refresh Mobile.

It's kinda why we've been a bit quiet of late... We've been busying away on a new way to make your mobile life, better.

But how?

Mobizines was our first foray into the mobile space...
Then came Eyemags...

Both of which have done stonkingly well, (and will continue to do so), winning us accolade after accolade...

And now..?

We would like to introduce you to the newest edition to the Refresh Mobile stable.

Welcome to... Mippin beta

Wooo! Cheer! Hurrah!

Isn't it brilliant?!
No? Well it will be when it's live... Honest!

Yes - that's right - Mippin isn't live yet...
Our team of techies have finished defining and are now working on the refining...

NOW we need your help!

As you can see - Mippin is still very much in beta - we need testers to help us iron out all the bugs before we release it to the general public...

So, if you'd like to sign up for our beta - then go for it!

More news soon.
In the meantime - you can find out more about Mippin and what it means over at the new blog!

See you there!

"Zing Boom!"

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

The Daily Star goes mobile with Mobizines!

That's right folks...

On the back of the amazing success of the City PM Mobizine -

Mobizines is happy to announce the launch of it's first national newspaper Mobizine with The Daily Star!

Here's the science* bit:

"Fresh from the press twice a day! With highlights of the top stories and all your favourites from the paper to keep you entertained. The Daily Star brings you the latest News, Gossip, Sport and even Page 3 straight to your phone Mon-Fri. With new editions available at 11am and 5pm the now Twice Daily Star is free and available to download right now!"

Ok - so what does it actually look like on your phone?
I reckon we can handle that...

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Looks good huh? We like to think so...

You can find out how to get the Daily Star Mobizine here - if you already have the Daily Star Mobizine - refresh your 'Add New Mobizines' list and the Daily Star should be there waiting for you...

Oh and just so you know: No techies were harmed during the creation of the above graphics.

*Really we mean 'marketing spiel' but to the techies amongst us - that is 'the science bit'.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

And as if by Magic...

We're back!

Yes yes - we know - it's been...
*checks calendar* blimmin' eck!'s been over a month since the last post...
(really? that long? Wow)

Things have been a bit crazy here at Refresh Towers of late - what with uber brand new projects being created (shh - more on that soon)

Eyemags achieving one million downloads...

Vodafone breaking Mobizine downloads...

The launch of our first National Newspaper Mobizine...

...and that's just the tip of the iceberg!
But no fear - we're back and as strong as ever.

Anyway - it's all a lot to take in so let's tackle it one thing (and one post) at a time....

First off - Vodafone.

You may've read recently (ooo - say about a month ago?) that Vodafone's new 'mobile internet' complete messed up Mobizines for any Vodafone user who tried to download the service.
Well - you'll be please to hear that it has now all been fixed.
Voda have since apologised (to everyone - wasn't just us this affected) and we can all live happily ever after!

If you're still not sure you have the correct version of Mobizines - drop an email to along with your phone number plus make and model of handset and we can check it out for you.

We'll be back later in the week with more on all of the above - and we mean it this time!

Stay Tuned!

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Vod - aaargh - fone


If you are on the Vodafone UK network and have attempted to download the Mobizines service since June 4th 2007, you may not have the correct version.

If you tried to install and you saw a message that starts with the following text:

"Your handset may be capable of receiving this service but we have not yet tested it and cannot guarantee the quality of the service you will receive..."

Check to see if your phone is on our supported handset list -
If it is supported and you still saw the above text then there is a very high chance that you may not have the right version of Mobizines.
This strongly applies to anyone using a QVGA and/or Symbian phone... (N95 users take note!)

Please email us at along with your phone model and mobile number and we will endeavour to get you fixed and up and running ASAP.

Our people are talking to Vodafone's people RIGHT NOW and we will hopefully have this problem solved as soon as possible.

More news as we get it...

Our friends at smstextnews have a reasonably good explanation of it all here.

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Testers Required!

Good day to you avid reader!

Just a quick blog post to mention that our next big release is coming very soon and we are currently on the lookout for peeps to come help us with some end user testing before we go public...

See below:

"Refresh Mobile are looking for open and honest, London-based mobile phone users to test their new version of Mobizines and are willing to pay £10 (in either Virgin or Amazon vouchers) to anyone who is willing to help.

Anyone who wants to volunteer needs to be free to spend 45-60mins at the Refresh Mobile offices based in Fulham Broadway, London any time between Mon-Fri, 9am - 6:30pm before June 12th 2007.

If you are available and are interested in shaping the future of the latest release of this exciting product - then please email for more details.

Please Note - There are only a small amount of places available on this occasion and guests will be invited on a 'first come, first serve' basis."

We've posted this up on a few sites already and a reasonably good response - however we are still looking for a few more volunteers...

Hope to hear from you soon!

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Use Mobizines over WLAN For FREE !

Many of you may know that we ran a recent beta test for the N95. Over 80 of you volunteered to be part of this beta and we're very grateful to each and every one of you.

We've listened to you feedback and the most common enhancements that was requested, was the ability to use WLAN where is was available.

We been prototyping how this could work and now have a test version that automatically detects if the handset is hooked up to a WLAN router. If you are hooked up, this APN is automatically selected. Needless to say, it is super quick and overall a really great experience.

We're considering beta testing this variant, if you think we should beta this variant, please let me know at


Yet another great phone to get Mobizines working on

A piece of historical greatness from one of my favourite blogs: Paleo-Future. It's a 1910 description of what a wireless phone would be like.

The text is great and I'll try not to spoil it by giving it all away, but it's worth noting that the inventive spirits of the Washington Post had already figured out what to do with unsightly aerials: it's the umbrella - what you look like when it doesn't rain I dunno, although the article does helpfully suggest that indoors you can attach your wireless telephone to your bedstead.

Presumably there's a USB-Remington interface for printing out text messages, although the built-in MP3 player would require the transportation of unwieldy memory sticks in the form of rolls of wax.

Friday, 25 May 2007

Future here we come

Sony's not dead yet!
Sure they might have the odd problem but Sony's R&D is still rocking. We haven't seen anything with quite as much of a "I want one of those now and I don't care how much it costs me in time, money or personal self-esteem" factor as the 16.7m colour OLED displays Sony demo'd yesterday...

That's more colours than my MacBook Pro, thank you Apple.

Still, it's kind of funny it taken a world of designers a year to notice that they only have 6 bit colour.

Anyway, you want to see what this awesome new thing looks like?

Well it turns out there's this really cool new thing called YouTube, which is like television, only better because the pictures are smaller and there's less chance of seeing Kate Thornton or an Ocean Finance ad unless you really want to. And someone (EDIT: The awesome nihonblog PinkTentacle) has posted a clip from Japanese TV up there.
It's right here.
Right now.

There are higher resolution OLEDs, but Sony's is the first that looks like it's consumer quality. Not sure about the support wiring round the edges, but when that's smaller this will change the way we approach gadgets altogether.

At the moment mobile phone screens are limited by some fairly straightforward human factors like the width of the hand and the desire not to look completely nebbish while making a call.

Ever seen someone making a call on an old-school Blackberry? My point exactly...

Add in a display that rolls up and you can have both a phone that fits neatly in an inside pocket and massive screen real estate when you need it.

So hurry up with the future, Sony-researcher-san. I'm already a couple of decades overdue on my hovercar and personal jet pack and I need my fix!

Story from Digital World Tokyo, video from PinkTentacle, image pinched from

And Lolcats rule.

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

The Devil Wears...

Prada, apparently.

Well - it makes you think...

Done thinking? Cool...

Now - as you know the other day we finally got our hands on a brand new LG Prada phone...
We're all busying away on our next big release and we haven't really got time to develop a whole brand new variant of the Mobizines client to work on this handset...

So imagine our surprise to find that our touchscreen client, very nearly, works on the Prada!
Admittedly it does need a small bit of tweaking here and there...
But our resident touchscreen guru Andre, (Big up the Dre!), is on the case.

The official line is: We do NOT support this device*.
*But we're working on it!

In the meantime however - have a look at this video that we hastily knocked up...

Yes it's the wrong way round and yes it's a bit blurry but it's the best we could do under such short notice!

I guess eventually we'll probably do some kind of beta testing... if you want to be involved - drop us an email (with LG PRADA in the subject header) at - we'll make sure your name gets passed onto the relevant folk...

Thursday, 17 May 2007

We've got a new toy

And it isn't an N95...

...can you guess what it could be?


I know we promised a techie-orientated post (and there is one coming soon) but our dev team have been having a good play with the contents of that box today...

Maybe we'll knock up another video for you...
More on this... Soon.

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Feedback Forum

We've had some mail!


Well - ok - not actual mail. But one of our readers has commented on this lovely blog of ours and we thought we'd re-post it and give it a (well deserved) response.

Well - here's the comment we received:

"Hey. I dont usually comment on websites.
But this ones thrown me...
I found out about this blog way back at the first day.
I was super hoping to see more about wap design, the process you might go through, Some thoughtful insight on the mobile world, etc etc...
But all ive seen is a plug for your mobizines site - Which obviously its about mobizines so why not.
But I was super hoping I would see more informative posts.
Hopefully you take this comment to heart because you people seem to know what your talkin' about.
If you do take this to heart... mabye you can explain how its feasible for you to offer up mobizines free? I'm wondering how you would benefit mainly in this question.

Heres hoping you run with my comment. (and not to the trash bin)

Signed: Anonymous"

First off - Thank you for your feedback Mr Anonymous (whoever you are!).
When we got the email here at Mobizines with your comments in we immediately forwarded it to our techie/development team and challenged them to come up with some more 'informative' (shall we say) posts about Mobizines etc and how they all work.

Basically - Your comments have been taken on board and we are doing something about it!
Originally we didn't want the blog to become overly-techie and/or just a 'plug for the Mobizines site' - but if more process/design stuff is what you want - then we shall try and fulfil that need, (as well as sticking in the odd random post as per usual).


In answer to one of your questions mind -
(about Mobizines being free) -
Have a look at the last paragraph of our very first post.
Hopefully that might go some way in explaining how we do it - let us know if not!


Here's hoping this 'Feedback Forum' section becomes a regular thing...
If you have something to contribute to the Mobizines team or if you have any feedback about the service and/or the blog - You can reach us by either:

a) Leaving a comment on this here blog of ours or
b) Mailing us at

We're generally quite a nice bunch of folk and most things get addressed pretty sharpish..
Hope to hear from you soon!

Saturday, 12 May 2007

Top Tip: Ever wanted Mobizines at the touch of a button?

You can configure your right (or left) soft key on your N95 (or any other Symbian handset!) to access Mobizines by using:

Tools > Settings > General > Personalisation > Standby > Shortcuts > Right Selection Key

Or alternatively, for the you can add the Mobizines icon to your desktop - aka The Active Standy - by using:

Tools > Settings > General > Personalisation > Standby > Shortcuts > Active Standby Apps

We’re offering prizes for other Top Tips and will be publishing them here in our blog.


Friday, 11 May 2007

Mobizines - Uncovered!

Hot on the heels of going live on the Nokia Content Discoverer both on the N73 and the N95...

We have also just gone live on the T-Mobile 'T-Zones' Portal!


If you've got a mobile phone on T-Mobile and you don't have Mobizines...
(although I'm not sure why you're here if you DON'T have Mobizines - you should be here instead)

Get yourself to your T-Zones portal and look for a thing called 'What's New' - it's there under 'Top Services'.
Found it?


From there look for 'Uncovered'
No.... Go PAST the Page 3 Girl... PAST IT I TELL YOU!

Once you made it (just) into 'Uncovered', scroll down to 'Info & Entertainment' and...

And Voila!
Mobizines is there!
Wanna install? Oh go on then...

Yay! Mobizines goodness for all!

Thanks to all our friends at T-Mobile and T-Zones for helping us get this live.

Hope you enjoy the service...

Oh - and as a point of interest -
Two of the founding members of Refresh Mobile (the company behind Mobizines) are originally from T-Mobile themselves.
Aww... The whole thing's come full circle.
As a great man once said: "I love it when a plan comes together."

Oh and thanks to Martin who quite rightly pointed all of the above out to Jim the other day.
Nice one Martin.

Edit: Richie has just pointed out that anyone with Web n Walk* will not see T-Zones on their phone and will have to manually type in to gain access....

*Ahh... Yes. Web n Walk. Probably the best data bundle in the world...

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Japan dumps the PC, gets texting

Interesting story in the Sydney Morning Herald (brought to our attention by the inestimable Digital World Tokyo) about Japan's shift from the PC to the mobile phone. The number of Japanese 20 year olds with internet connected PCs has dropped from 23.6% to 11.9%. From a European/British perspective the notion of only 1 in 10 of such a high spending market having PCs is very alien.

Some Japanese universities report a sizeable chunk of their students graduate without using a computer.

The reasons are many: the computer form factor - qwerty keyboard and all - just doesn't translate well to a country whose language can be written in four different character sets, sometimes all in the same sentence.

By contrast the mobile web is booming: sites like Mixi (Japan's MySpace) and Yahoo all place mobile as at least as important as Web. The keitei takes the place as a communications device that the PC has in the UK.

Friday, 4 May 2007

Our top 3 support requests: 1

Can't see all the Mobizines

The most popular issue is a bit knottier: the Mobizines you get depend on the way you get the Mobizines Reader, who your network operator is and what your phone is. Quite understandably people come to the Web site and look at the 70 or so titles in the UK, and wonder why their phone is only listing a subset. It's a bit complicated but I'll try to explain:

Limited memory phones

The first thing to point out is that we have to limit the number of titles listed on the phone for some phones. If you have a Siemens C75 or a Nokia 6100 you'll only see 12 titles because if we add more your device will run out of memory and Mobizines won't work.

Text to 63333, 692355 or 82200

If you got your Mobizines Reader by texting to the UK, US, South African or German shortcode numbers you'll get a selection of titles that are related to the title you texted in to subscribe to initially. You should see about 25 titles on the phone to add. So if you come in for Fast Car, say, you'll get Evo in the list because we've made the assumption that you like cars.

Texting to +44 7624806310

If you got your selection by texting into the International number you'll get our world selection of titles. These are titles that we have permission to distribute globally - not all of our content partners want us to distribute their titles all around the world, usually because they only own the content for the country they're in.

Downloading from GetJar etc

The same is true if you download your Mobizines Reader from GetJar or one of the less official phone software sites (we distribute the installers officially on GetJar, AllAboutSymbian and Handango: if you see it somewhere else you might want to check it's the latest as people have been known to download our software are distribute it themselves. We don't mind, but it does mean that there are multiple versions about.) Because GetJar is global we load the GetJar clients with content that is OK for every country. If you want a UK version to download you can get the Jar from our website.

Installing from the NCD

The Nokia Content Discover has a special group with some exclusive Nokia content in it. Again, it doesn't have the full gamut of content.

BBC Headlines

Yep, that's us. If you have the BBC Headlines service (not the BBC News Select application!) you have Mobizines loaded with only BBC content. You can get the BBC news and all the other Mobizines titles by texting "bbcopen" to 63333 in the UK.


We also operate the Mobizines service on the Three network in the UK. This costs three pounds a month (with a penny change) and Three choose the titles. At the moment, for example, the RSS Mobizine is not available on Three.

UK Mobizines outside the UK and (vice versa)

If you're in the USA, Germany and South Africa there are local services set up for you. We understand if you want to access UK content as well (or vice versa if you're in the UK and you want to read titles from one of the other countries we're in). Unfortunately licensing means we need to keep things separate.

But I want {insert name} Mobizine!

We feel your need. We try to work with our distribution channels and our content partners to make as much content available everywhere: it's what we're about. Sometimes for reasons legal, technical and metaphysical this just isn't possible. If you're in the UK and you want another Mobizine you can simply text 63333 again and we'll switch your subscription.

You can also sign up for My Mobizines and subscribe to stuff outside the list on the phone that way: this will be particularly useful for people with the limited memory client (check out the GetJar mobizines-tiny.jar details for a list of affected handsets.)

We're also pushing hard for new content for the global group: keep checking the Add New Mobizines screen in Mobizines Reader and you should see some exciting new stuff coming soon.

(The picture? That's actual rocket science that is)

Our top 3 support requests: 2

N95 is coming!

We're getting flooded by requests for the N95 beta software. We've been in beta a bit longer than we'd like with this one, but the software is now ready and we're just waiting for Symbian signing. We expect this will be added to the main Mobizines install system by the end of next week.

By the way we'd really like one of these t-shirts

<------------ from ThinkGeek. Ta.

Our top 3 support requests: 3

Number 3: PIN problems

PIN number requests for My Mobizines are still a major issue. We (currently) need to verify that you're making a request from your own handset (I know you know it's your handset, but frankly I don't think we've been properly introduced).

We've noticed that we're getting loads more requests for PINs for new Nokias because of our NCD distribution deal. Those Nokias get everywhere.

This process isn't quite as reliable as we'd like: international bulk SMS turns out to be a bit like sticking a message in a bottle and letting it float out to sea. So while people in the UK get PINs no problem, we have difficulty getting PINs through to countries as diverse as India, the USA and China. Which are, obviously, quite big.

For now if the PIN doesn't arrive your only option is to email but we're dropping the PIN requirement in the next release of the software (which wshould hit the street ina couple of months). This should make registering from places we don't have decent SMS coverage easy.

Thursday, 3 May 2007

More on Canadian data costs

Google Spreadsheet of the price of data in Canada (and some other places).

Note that Rogers Telecom helpfully multiplies your costs by 6 if you wander into that big country south of the 49th parallel, taking you from 0.5 cents a kilobyte (yes, kilobyte: I've seen phones that send more than two kilobytes in request headers alone) to 3 cents.

Putting it in a Google Spreadsheet is a really cool and powerful way of demonstrating how twisted data prices are, so top marks to Thomas Purves for putting it up as a part of his post reported on here.

We'd like to expand on that so - I'm trying to put together a "best deal" spreadsheet in Google.
But modelling it is evil.

Cost is the thing we get asked about most of all, and its a really thorny issue to crack, largely because the mobile operators go out of their way to make it as hard to compare as possible.

In the UK alone, for example, you have operators that operate tariffs with a daily cap and an excess, (eg, Vodafone will charge you a pound each day you go online, so long as you use less than 15Mb of data, with a £2 surcharge for each megabyte over the 15Mb), operators who charge per service (eg, Three) and operators who charge a flat rate for all you can eat so long as you don't take the mickey, (T-Mobile, ray!).

Unfortunately, that's usually only one tariff in a portfolio of tariffs so, for example, T-Mobile's pay as you go offering looks a lot like Vodafone's, with a daily surchage, and Three also offer flat-rate pricing via X-Series.

Why's it so difficult to compare? The argument goes that if users were able to compare easily between mobile tariffs (and data's only one part of that) they...gosh!... would move to operators that offered better prices, thus increasing churn and starting a price war. I used to work for a small web agency that did some consulting work for a large airline. One of the ideas we came up with as a sales promotion was the concept of the Isoquid. The idea was to draw lines on a map of the world showing how far £200 would take you by air, so that if you did happen to have exactly that sum of money in your pocket you'd be able to book a ticket from the interface we designed. The idea was turned down because it showed all too graphically how European flights were artficially expensive compared with flights to the US. The £200 that got you to New York would drop you somewhere short of Geneva. (Bear in mind this is before the budget airlines really kicked off.)

On top of that confusion the amount of data that you use reading Mobizines (which are free from us to you, except for Three users, and the three quid a month is a bloody good deal) depends on the number of titles you have and the type of title.

Take the example of someone who only subscribes to Sudoku, (it's okay, we still love you, but you're missing out on a world of fun). The Java client version of Sudoku, which is one of the most popular downloads we have at GetJar, is 168 bytes to update. That's right, you can fit it in one line of BBC Basic. Refresh to get a new puzzle daily and Vodafone's new pricing means you'll end up paying £30.

On the other hand someone with subscriptions to Evo and Monkey (say) which are 225 times more data will only pay four quid because they only update on a Wednesday.

So while we hear your requests for a simple way to calculate how much subscribing to a Mobizine is going to cost, it's extremely hard to build up the comparisons without ending up with something that looks like a City trader's desktop. We're working on clarifying the proposition (or make things simple, in English) so watch this space.

So why does a gigabyte of data cost £20 in New Zealand and £2908 in Canada?

The polite answer is that New Zealand has a more competitive market than other territories. The impolite answer is that the operators are petrified of ending up competing on raw price as simple ISPs so they're very very gently deflating costs.

Eventually they will be bit pipes and you'll be able to choose whether you want to use the add-on voice service from your mobile operator or just stick with your Skype subscription but it's gonna be a long time coming. (And perhaps the wifi providers will eat their lunch while the telcos are still trying to decide which wine goes with Sea Bream.) In the meantime expect a very distorted market.

Oh and all of the above and the fact that the regulatory authorities have enough on their hands dealing with things like cutting voice roaming costs to worry about data yet...

What is Mobizines Daily?

Have you got Mobizines on your phone?

If the answer is 'Yes' then you might already know what Mobizines Daily is, (but read on anyway!).

If the answer is 'No' then (first off - WHAT ARE YOU DOING! GET IT NOW!) maybe you might like to know...

*puts marketing hat on*

Mobizines Daily is your guide to what's hot in your Mobizines service today!

With me?


Basically - every day we scour the entire Mobizines catalogue for five of the best stories available from our top titles and offer a taster to you via the wonderment that is Mobizines Daily!

Step by step:

1) Open Mobizines Daily -
Right you are...

2) Pick a story -
Hmm... I wonder what Britney's been up to lately...

4) Read the snippet.
Hang on! I want more Britney! How do I get the full article? Oh I see!

5) Go back to your Mobizine selection screen -
I can do that...

Huzzah! The full story on Britney and Amy! PLUS loads of other extra stories from Popworld!

Got that?
Mobizines Daily is published every day at 7am, (UK Time).

Do you read Mobizines Daily?
What do you think?

Leave comments below or email us at

Monday, 30 April 2007

Mobizines Exclusive!

Got an N73 or an N95 folks?
Well just in case you haven't - why not have a look in your applications folder for something called 'Download!'.
FYI - That's the icon over there ---------------------->

Found it?
Now click on it - you should see a screen that looks like this:

Got it? No? Missing some icons? Ok...
Hit 'Options' then 'Refresh list' to update the content...
Got it now? Cool.
Now click on 'Services UK'.
And you should see a screen like this:

That's right... Mobizines!

Not only is it now available for download onto the N95/N73 care of the Nokia Download App (Or 'Nokia Content Discoverer (NCD)' as we call it in the business, but it is also the super-whuzzy flash client too!
So no more having to email us your operator/number etc... while we wait for Symbian signing.


A big thanks to all the guys at Nokia for helping us get this live.
We really really appreciate it.

Ooo - and in keeping with the blogging tradition - a big shout out to Neil at for being one of the first bloggers to notice...

Thursday, 26 April 2007

Orange joins the data club

This just in from the Blogroll via Ewan @ smstextnews:

"Well, will WONDERS never CEASE?

Butter me in jelly and call me Christopher!

Look again. Yes, Orange, uh huh, ORANGE are launching an unlimited data add-on. This is from the company who most recently brought us the unbelievable and downright laughable ‘unlimited’ off peak data deal if you signed up to their 75 quid a month price plan. As if ‘off peak’ was any use.

Muchos kudos to SMS Text News reader Barry O’Connell for spotting this in The London Times!

So, the future’s bright, right? Have a read..."

The link Ewan is referring to is here.
But cutting to the meat of it - (as we do often do) - it works out like this:

Contract: Internet “snacks” – 30p for 15mins with daily cap of £1.50 or a “bundle” priced at £1 per day or £5 monthly for evening/ weekends or £8 monthly “anytime”.

Pay-as-you-go: Internet snacks – 40p for 15 mins with daily cap of £2 or a daily £1 bundle

Orange has (at last) joined the elite!

This is great news for Mobizines users -

T-Mobile, 3 and now Orange are clearly leading the way with their data bundles...
Vodafone are following up this summer and o2?

Well put it this way - they're not on our Christmas card list.
What about yours?

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Not the N95!

There have been a few mutterings around the office of late that we're concentrating too much on the Nokia N95 on this here new(ish) fancy blog of ours...


We're happy to announce that the Mobizines service is now live on the Nokia 6300.

To quote Nokia:

"Clean, modern design with stainless steel covers, 2 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom, music player and FM radio, multimedia messaging, and a video player and recorder..."

Well they should add 'Mobizines Reader' to that list too!

The Nokia 6300, the Nokia N95 and the Nokia E65 are all over the press (certainly in the UK anyway) at the moment and we're happy shout out that we support all of these handsets.
The current clients are all Java but we are working on Symbian variants for both the N95 and the E65.

On a personal note - a friend of mine got the 6300 a while back and I almost dumped my (then) N73 for it overnight!
It is a great little phone and probably the best choice for non-techie/non-business mobile phone users.

Anyone out there got one of these handsets?
Have you tried Mobizines?

Let us know!
Leave a comment or email us at

(note - we've got a new email address)

PS - Click here to see our handset compatibility list

Monday, 23 April 2007

Taking your lovely new N95 to the beach

A couple of words of warning if you are taking your new and lovely N95 on holiday with you...

1. Avoid sand.

The slider mechanism really hates it and mine now makes a terrible grinding sound.

2. Take a spare battery.

The MP3 player gives a good few hours worth of playing but I frequently found myself having to limit my phone usage to stay charged for a full day on the beach.

Still, minor gripes, it really is a fantastic phone...

Thursday, 19 April 2007

What's in yours?

Got an N95?
I have. So has Richie.
Rich got his from T-Mobile.
I got mine from Vodafone.

Let's have a quick comparison, shall we?

Two sections: Box & Handset

In the box for T-Mobile:

  • Handset (obviously)
  • Mains Charger
  • TV-Out Cable
  • Hands-Free Kit
  • Mini-USB Cable
So that's what Rich got.
Me and my Vodafone package?
Well I got all of the above PLUS the following:
  • In-Car Charger
  • 512mb MicroSD Memory Card + SD Adaptor
  • CA-44 Adaptor (the thing that changes old Nokia charges to new ones - you know the one)
First round to me then... er...I mean Vodafone.

Ok - moving on - What about on the handset?

T-Mobile - Rich got LOADSA stuff!
Vodafone - I got LOADSA stuff too! Except...

I'm missing my Internet Telephony Settings - (just like the Orange variant).
Not only that but also on Richie's download app - he gets cool stuff like:
System Rush, EA Games, Gizmo VOIP...
What do I get?


No matter how many times I refresh - ALL I GET IS SNAKES!

T-Mobile (Richie) wins that round then!

Conclusion? It's a draw*.
If you want loads of accessories and stuff (and you don't mind missing out on a few features) then get your N95 from VFUK.
If you want access to all of your N95 features & software (and are quite happy to purchase your own accessories) then get your N95 from T-Mobile.

Happy shopping!
Obviously we haven't checked Orange and/or 3 - so if you have this handset on either of these networks - let us know what you have and haven't got!

*On this note - Rich thinks that ultimately I'll win as I kind of have a bit of a reputation for flashing the odd phone or two... ahem.

Wednesday, 18 April 2007


Are you Pay As You Go or are you Fleeced As You Go?

That is the question...

We all know the Mobizines Service is Free right? RIGHT?!
And we all know that the operators are very slowly coming round to the idea that we might not want to pay through the nose for our data charges, right? RIGHT?!

And although some people take issue with this - at least the operators are trying...
They are trying right? RIGHT?!


I get in this morning and start my usual 'pre-work blogroll browse' and thanks to the lovely Technokitten...

(whom I also happened to meet at a mobilistic soiree last week - cheers lass)

...I have now been enlightened to the world of PAYG Data Charges.
To use a common web phrase... OMG!

Vodafone seems to be leading the way with a whopping £7.50 per mb!

That's insane!
Almost as bad as their (current) contract prices!
But hey - it could be worse...

You could be paying for mobile data in Canada, OUCH!
Now THAT hurts.
(thanks to Ewan @ smstextnews for that one)

Edit: I've just been told off for being too negative - I'm going to go and do some research on PAYG prices - see if I can find the best offering.
Not just the worst.

My Mobizines for mouseless devices

Rich just showed me the coolest thing ever.

When we were putting My Mobizines together for the website we decided that it would be the coolest thing ever if we made the interface all drag and drop and Web 2.0ish. (I've now recanted and a more accessible version is in the works, but bear with me).

About that time Robin bought himself a PSP "for research". The website rendered OK but of course the PSP is mouseless: there's a pointer but you can't drag. So I hacked in the ability to triple click a Mobizine icon to subscribe. All was happy, the PSP project was kind of forgotten, and we went back to drag and drop as a metaphor - but triple click remained.

Scroll on six months and mouseless browsers are popping up everywhere. We tested My Mobizines on the Wii and - with triple click - you can indeed subscribe to a Mobizine.

And now for today's discovery: Rich just brought his brand new N95 over and showed me My Mobizines running on it in zoom mode. Triple click an icon and - bingo - Mobizine subscribed. This is obviously really bizarre as the point of My Mobizines was to provide configuration of your mobile device from a web browser, and here was a mobile device configuring itself.

I think this says more for the clever people at KDE, Apple and Nokia for making the N95 do proper web than my coding (no, the Javascript isn't obfuscated: that's how I code). It also says an enormous amount about the rock solid frameworks My Mobizines is built on: prototype by Sam Stephenson and by Thomas Fuchs et al. As I side note I made a right tit of myself at a conference yesterday when I met Ryan Singer from 37Signals and I utterly gushed over prototype and the great stuff 37Signals has given the community. Oh well, sometimes its good to be a fanboy.