Mobile News: Today’s Highlights

O2 UK has confirmed that they are launching a new VOIP service specifically for those who spend a lot of money on international calls. The new feature is going to be called the International Favorites and it will be based on the recently acquired Jajah client. So far, the initial costing for the feature will have users paying 10 GBP for 3,000 minutes worth of calls to three specific international numbers.

Tesco announced that the pre-order slots for the Nokia N8 Symbian^3 smart phone are now open. Those who are planning to get this impressive camera phone can now get the handset straight from Tesco under deals from Vodafone and O2 UK. The latest addition to the N-series sports a powerful 12 mega pixel snapper packing Carl Zeiss lenses and Xenon flash technology.

The HTC Desire HD’s official launch date has been pushed back to October 22. While initial rumors stated that the Desire HD and the Desire Z had been delayed due to issues with Google’s Approval, both HTC and Google declared that the rumors are not true. The phone is equipped with a 4.3 inch WVGA capacitive touch screen, an 8 mega pixel camera, support for HD video playback and recording as well as a 1GHz CPU.

Speaking of the Android operating system, it appears that video calling will be a major focus for the upcoming Android 3.0 Gingerbread. While no specific details have been given, it has been confirmed that the Google Talk Video has become a new priority for the Android developers. Google VP Andy Rubin stated that they are converting the feature to be friendlier in terms of performance to mobile platforms.

Lastly, Amazon UK has opened up the page for the HTC 7 Trophy and has confirmed that by November 8, interested buyers will be able to order the device SIM free from the online retailer.

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