Germany is up for carrier billing

Deutsche Telekom signs up Bango for carrier billing

German carrier Deutsche Telekom has extended its billing capabilities though a partnership with mobile payments and analytics company Bango that will widen access to direct operator billing for app store purchases.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO and Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, walking the walk and talking the talk

Apple, IBM team up with enterprise focus

Apple and IBM have joined forces to target enterprise mobility through business applications that bring IBM’s strengths in big data and analytics to Apple devices. The move is intended to strengthen Apple’s presence in the enterprise space with more than 100 industry-specific tools and native apps, developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad.

Unauthorised in-app purchases have been in the FTCs crosshairs

Telecom New Zealand invests in app startup

Telecom New Zealand’s startup incubator, Telecom Digital Ventures, on Monday made a strategic investment in mobile application developer App La Carte. App La Carte was launched in November 2012 when its founders spotted a gap in the market for businesses and organisations prepared to pay a monthly subscription to use an easy-to-use app builder to put together their own app.

Application developers can send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android and Kindle Fire devices

Amazon beefs up mobile offering with cloud notifications

Amazon has built up its presence in the mobile space this week with the launch of a cloud-based, cross platform push notification service, making large scale notifications more accessible to developers.

Using the Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) API, application developers can send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android and Kindle Fire devices.

The WAC is being absorbed into GSMA, and its technical assets sold off

WAC folded into GSMA as Apigee buys tech assets

The Wholesale Applications Community, a mobile operator alliance focused on the creation of a web runtime environment for device and OS agnostic mobile apps and the wide scale provision of network APIs to developers, has sold its technical assets to specialist firm Apigee. Meanwhile the GSMA has announced that it will absorb what remains of WAC, just two years after it was created.

Mobile Internet industry sees money being thrown about

VimpelCom intros carrier billing for Google apps

Russia’s second largest mobile operator, VimpelCom, has implemented a carrier billing model with Google, allowing users to purchase app store content via their mobile phone bill.

App payments crucial for operators as OTT services erode revenues

Operators are set to see their share of mobile content and commerce revenue drop from 44 per cent in 2011 to 31 per cent in 2016 globally, according to the latest forecasts from Informa Telecoms & Media. This is due to services such as mobile messaging, music, TV and video streaming, location-based services and social-networking increasingly going over-the-top in the next five years.

The FTC claims users were mis-charged

Carrier billing proving popular in Europe

More than a third of smartphone users in Europe are thought to pay for applications via operator billing, according to research released on Wednesday.

Ericsson will reallocate its lab resources

Nokia, Microsoft to invest in mobile start-ups in Finland

Handset partners Microsoft and Nokia will each invest up to €9m in a development program to drive training, support and startup business opportunities through the AppCampus program at Aalto University, Finland.

Start-ups will win the necessary network infrastructure, technical equipment and specialist support to market their business

Telefonica launches talent incubator

Spain-based carrier Telefonica on Wednesday launched a European talent incubator, in a move clearly designed to make the brand seem hip and in touch with young people and the start-up community.

The PlayBook will not feature in the company's future

RIM pushes BlackBerry software updates

Using Las Vegas gadget-fest CES as a platform to rally some support, Canadian manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) is showing off the latest versions of its flagship operating systems for both smartphone and tablet devices.

Ice Cream Sandwich updates are taking users beyond their data limits

Over 10 billion Android apps downloaded

Web giant Google this week trumpeted the ten billionth download from its Android app store, having racked up no less than four billion downloads in the past six months.

Swedish players band together in m-payments move

Sweden’s mobile operators are the latest carriers to band together and form a mobile payments joint venture. Investment amounts have not been revealed, but Telia, Tele2, Telenor and 3 will each own 25 per cent.

The WAC is being absorbed into GSMA, and its technical assets sold off

Vodafone pitches curated app store offering

UK based carrier Vodafone is addressing the problem of swollen app stores, which it sees as a daunting experience for consumers due to the overwhelming numbers of apps. This week the company followed up on its own portal within the Android Market, with an own branded and curated app store that exists in its own right.

Sky is looking to cut off Netflix, as the UK's go to choice for internet based TV and movies

Netflix to get UK and Ireland launch, Google in multimedia push

Internet film subscription service Netflix has announced that it will launch in the UK and Ireland in early 2012. The service offers unlimited TV shows and films that can be streamed instantly to PCs, consoles, TVs and a range of mobile devices, for a monthly subscription. Meanwhile, Google has also launched a new film rental service for its Android mobile operating system, and is preparing to launch a music service too.

Verizon is building on its EdgeCast acquisition

HP, Oracle open app store warehouses

Software and middleware vendors HP and Oracle have been all over the app store bandwagon this week, both unveiling platforms designed to help service providers and operators get their own app store initiatives underway.

Android Market will support in-app billing

App downloads surge as Android outstrips Apple

The world’s smartphone users will download a total of 18 billion mobile apps during 2018, up 144 per cent from 7.4 billion in 2010, according to Ovum. The firm forecast that the number of downloads will grow to 45 billion in 2016.

The original Samsung Wave

Samsung adds Bada bling with version 2.0

South Korean handset maker Samsung is stepping up development of its own homebrew operating system this week, on Wednesday introducing a development kit for Bada version 2.0.

Facebook is set to launch a branded device on Thursday.

Facebook pitches mobile messaging app

Social networking giant Facebook has taken the wraps off Facebook Messenger, a dedicated mobile messaging application which will compete with Blackberry Messenger and over the top offerings like WhatsApp, as well as SMS.

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