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It’s nearly that time again. Time for the GSMA 15th Annual Mobile Conference. Gadget’s very own editor-in-chief, Arthur Goldstuck is judging at the conference. He will be looking for a winner in the category: ‚Best Mobile Internet Service.’

The GSMA, which represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Global Mobile Awards. The winners will be announced and recognised during the Global Mobile Awards presentation, which will be hosted by writer, actor and self-confessed technophile Stephen Fry on Tuesday 16th February in the main conference auditorium at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. The full list of categories and nominees for the Global Mobile Awards is available at www.globalmobileawards.com/awards/nominees.shtml

‚The GSMA would like to congratulate all those who have been nominated in this year’s Global Mobile Awards,‚ said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer at the GSMA. ‚Our judging panel certainly had their work cut out ‚ the 105 nominees from across 18 categories have been chosen from more than 500 high quality entries, and to be one of the shortlisted companies is a fantastic achievement. We look forward to recognising and celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of our winners at the afternoon awards presentation and evening celebration party in Barcelona next month.‚

The Global Mobile Awards includes categories for Mobile Marketing, Best Mobile Contribution to Social & Economic Development, the Green Mobile Awards and Mobile Entertainment, which includes awards for games, music and video, advertising and social networking. At the Congress Party & Awards Celebration at the National Palace in Barcelona on Tuesday 16th February, three high-profile awards for the year will also be presented, including Best Mobile Handset, the GSMA Chairman’s Award and Mobile Industry Personality of the Year. The evening event will also be hosted by Stephen Fry and will culminate with a headline performance by one of the world’s most famous bands, Duran Duran.

The global final of the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition, part of the Global Mobile Awards, will also take place at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Over the past year, four regional tournaments have taken place around the world and two finalists from each tournament will compete in Barcelona for the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix title. The overall winner will also be announced at the awards presentation on Tuesday 16th February.

The Global Mobile Awards presentation is open to Mobile World Congress conference gold and platinum pass holders, award nominees and all accredited press attending the event. Tickets for the evening party are on sale now from the online registration point, which you can access via www.mobileworldcongress.com/registration/registration.htm

The Best Mobile Handset award is sponsored by Myriad, and the entertainment for the Congress Party & Awards Celebration party is sponsored by INQ Mobile. The Platinum sponsor for the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition is the Generalitat de Catalunya. RIM and Qualcomm also sponsor the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition and feed winning innovators from their own in-house competitions into the regional tournaments.

Opera Mini shortlisted for two GSMA awards

Opera Software announced that Opera Mini, has been shortlisted for two GSMA Global Mobile Awards.

Opera Mini is a contender for Best Mobile Internet Service and Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough. The winners of the Global Mobile Awards will be announced during the MWC, on Tuesday, February 16, at 3:45 p.m. (Hall 5, level 3, auditorium 1).

Our congratulations to all nominees for the Global Mobile Awards 2010, said Rob Conway, CEO and Member of the Board of the GSMA. Competition for these awards is fierce, with more than 500 entries – including many of an exceptional standard – and a highly discerning independent judging panel to impress: to be shortlisted is quite an achievement. We look forward to the unveiling of the winners at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.

Opera Software submitted its Opera Mini mobile-Web browser to the Global Mobile Awards committee, due to its unique worldwide success. The browser is free and fast, which has catapulted its popularity on nearly any Java-based mobile phone, no matter the platform, brand or capabilities of the handset. As a result, millions more people are now surfing, sharing and communicating via the Internet.

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