Service Providers Worldwide Announce ‘One Voice’ Initiative

AT&T, Orange, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Verizon, Vodafone, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Sony Ericsson have defined the preferred way to ensure the smooth introduction and delivery of voice and SMS services on Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks worldwide. Check out their ideas in the Nokia press release after the break.

The above telecommunications industry leaders have jointly developed a technical profile for LTE voice and SMS services, also known as the One Voice initiative. The profile defines an optimal set of existing 3GPP-specified functionalities that all industry stakeholders, including network vendors, service providers and handset manufacturers, can use to offer compatible LTE voice solutions.

Open collaborative discussions have concluded that the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based solution, as defined by 3GPP, is the most applicable approach to meeting the consumers’ expectations for service quality, reliability and availability when moving from existing circuit switched telephony services to IP-based LTE services. This approach will also open the path to service convergence, as IMS is able to simultaneously serve broadband wireline and LTE wireless networks.

By following the jointly defined technical profile, the industry can help guarantee international roaming and interoperability for LTE voice and SMS services, ensuring subscribers continuity of these vital services – all while offering service providers a smooth and well-defined path to LTE.

The objective of the initiative is to ensure the widest possible ecosystem for LTE and to avoid fragmentation of technical solutions. LTE will, with this initiative, not only serve as a broadband access for increasing data traffic, but also for continuing voice and SMS services. Network operators will be able to more quickly develop their customized LTE ecosystem in collaboration with both network equipment vendors and device manufacturers. In addition, the reassurance of global interoperability in an LTE voice landscape and the ability to offer both broadband access and telephony services over LTE will create strong foundations for future business.

The profile for the initial solution has been finalized and is available through the companies associated with this press release. The objective is to hand over the profile and continuing work to existing industry forums.

Nokia N-Series Portrait | Scott McMorris

Recently the Nokia N-Series Blog published an interesting video about Marcelo Eduardo, the first in a series of short films tagged the N-series Portraits. Each of the these portraits focus on someone interesting who uses technology to stay connected to what’s important to them in their lives. This film focuses on Scott McMorris, who is one of the best snowboarders in Europe.

Nokia 5530XM & 5800XM | Ovi Contacts & Mail for Exchange Updated

Ovi Contacts v.1.20.11 has been released for the Nokia 5530XM. The update improves the overall performance of Ovi Contacts and adds new features. The friend request pop-up has been enhanced to include also the full name and profile picture of the person sending an invite. Mail for Exchange v.2.9.188has also been released for the Nokia 5530XM and 5800XM. This update improves the performance and synchronization of Mail for Exchange.

To get these software updates through your device, select Applications > SW update > Options > Start update. You can also update your applications software via the Ovi Suite.

Maemo 5 | Browse The Real Web On The Nokia N900

Check out this promo video demonstrating some of the features of the default web browser of the Maemo 5 powered Nokia N900.

Focusing Demo | Video Recording On The Nokia N900

This video recording demo shows how the Nokia N900 doesn’t dynamically re-focus during video capture, and instead uses a standard focus setting. It continues to record at the first focus it obtains, however having the ability to set an initial focus is in itself an improvement compared to other N-Series devices.

Live The Country Life In Farm Frenzy

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own fully working farm? Do you want to look after chickens, sheep and cows, producing cakes, wool, butter and cheese? If you fancy giving it a go without having to get up at the crack of dawn every day then without a doubt, Farm Frenzy is the game for you!

How To: Manually End A Packet Data Connection From The Homescreen

I was recently messing around with my Nokia E71 when I came across a message asking me if I wanted to end my active data connection. I was quite surprised to see this and later realised how to manually end the packet data connection from the idle homescreen. Some of you may already know how to do this so this is for all those who, like me, are not yet aware.

There are many times I like to manually end the data connection in order to save on battery life, for example, when reading an interesting article on the web and I don’t have enough time to read it all, I usually press the home button, access the connection manager and end the data connection, so I still have the page there to read as and when I want without draining my battery.

Well, the easier way to do this is by hitting the home key to bring you to the homescreen, then by simply pressing and holding the ‘End’ key, which will bring up the message asking you if you want to end the packet data connection. A minor feature, but the option is there nevertheless. As for compatibility I’m not too sure which devices it does or does not support, so give it a go and leave some comments to let us know if it works for you.

Note: It does not work when connected via WLAN, it only works when connected to a cellular network.