Additional funding for research into base stations has been announced by the UK Home Office. In one of the world's first studies, the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme will look at the prevalence of childhood leukaemias and cancers near base stations.

The growth of the public wireless local area networking (P-WLAN) market is set to continue in both the USA and Western Europe, driven by business travellers' appetite for cheap and fast remote access to the Internet, according to a new report published this week by Analysys.

Mobile device batteries, for so long now one of the most constraining features of mobile terminals, could be set for a radical change, according to Jane Dennis of Casio. She said, "Within a year or two battery technology will be capable of re-fuelling." Following much the same principle as is used with cigarette lighters, (although different fuel) users will be able to re-fuel the battery cells of their mobile phones on the fly, therefore minimising the risk or being left with a useless phone.

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Fulfilling the potential of MMS information services can only be achieved if the images received by the user do justice to the subject. This is the view of Brainstorm's ceo, Craig Massey, who explained that the majority of service delivery systems don't allow the image to be optimised for each handset. "The key element for content delivery is the user experience, irrespective of handset and therefore we have concentrated on transcoding and image sizing."

A low-cost, portable and simple alternative to GPS satellite location has been developed using mobile phone signals. Overview Mapping's Verilocation service is based on cell location and can pinpoint a registered phone with signals garnered from the UK's four major operators. It displays location data combined with Overmapping's own digital street-level maps on a website and is accurate to one hundred metres. Designed as a pay-as-you-go application, it is aimed at time/service critical industries considering GPS location and telemetry. However, anyone with a GSM phone could utilise the system, which ties location accurately to the road network, without unnecessary sub-two metre GPS precision.

Overview Mapping is licensed by Ordnance Survey and offers a range of mapping solutions to businesses, including internet portals.

Having halted development of its proprietary packet data network, UK mobile data provider, Cognito has instead chosen to concentrate on delivering integrated voice and data services for business applications using GPRS and GSM. Adam Hamilton reports.

Operators can add between 10% and 15% to the bottom line figures associated with pre-pay customers, simply by deploying a system that allows customers to top-up their pre-pay accounts automatically using their credit cards or bank accounts, according to Upaid's ceo, Ashley Ward.