Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress

Google Latitude has over 1 million users.

Twitter, the site that brought messaging online, recorded between 5,000 and 10,000 new user registrations each day in 2008.

Bangalore-based Babajob.com has been selected as one of five finalists for the Mobile Peer Awards. Other finalists include Fring, Unkasoft Advergaming, Orbster and Popcatcher, reports TechCrunch. Over 160 mobile startups participated in the awards.

Vihaan Network, promoted by Rajiv Mehrotra of the Shyam Group, has unveiled the world’s first solar-powered GSM network at MWC.

Mobile VAS company IMImobile has acquired Nokia Siemens Networks’ Music2You service. The service offered telecom operators and media companies full-track music download subscription services. Some clients include Vodafone in India, AOL in Germany and Akado in Russia.

Verizon made a slew of announcements on the next generation telecom network – 4G Long Term Evolution. Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone, will work with Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to deploy 4G networks in US and expects to offer commercial services by next year, the release said. Starent Networks has also been selected as a packet core vendor for the deployment of the next-generation network. Field trials conducted by Verizon Wireless have demonstrated download rates of 50 to 60 Mbps peak speeds! Verizon will also set up an LTE Innovation Center to foster the ecosystem, the release said.

Skype announced that it has recorded 3 billion downloads of its VoIP application till date. It has 400 million users, and is adding 350k new users each day. The company says 100 billion call minutes have been clocked using Skype across the globe, which is 8 percent of worlds call minutes!

Sybase 365 launched a geo-location service for handsets called SMS Locator, which lets users obtain turn-by-turn directions of locations closest to their current position. The service prompts users and supports abbreviations, acronyms, nicknames and common misspellings, the release said. Here’s to never getting lost!

Synchronica launched Mobile Gateway 4.0, a ‘push SMS/MMS/IM/email’ service that sends social networking and news updates to any mass-market mobile phone.

Jinny Software, an advertising network for mobile network operators, has launched its mobile marketing and ad service at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

NAVTEQ announced the finalists for its Global LBS Challenge. skobbler has won, and City Guide, Carbon Diem, NaviGenie were the runners up.

Telefonica Europe will deploy Amdocs ChangingWorlds – a new Internet-like portal and a browser bar that provides intuitive navigation support. As users browse the new Mobile Internet service, the browser bar guides and provides links to both on- and off-portal content that matches their content preferences and behavioral profiles.

Polaroid‘s PoGo inkless mobile printer uses a Bluetooth or Pictbridge connection, letting users print from their handsets in less than 60 seconds.

Digicel Group showcased its solar powered handset Coral-200-Solar.