Moto slims handset unit by another 3,000 workers

Troubled US vendor Motorola announced another 4,000 workforce reductions on Thursday, 3,000 of which will come from its mobile devices business. The other 1,000 positions are associated with corporate functions and other business units. Job cuts are expected to begin immediately and are incremental to the 3,000 reductions already announced during the fourth quarter of […]

Nortel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Beleaguered Canadian kit vendor Nortel Networks filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection under the US Bankruptcy Code, Wednesday afternoon. The company, which is struggling under a heavy debt burden, has watched its shares go into freefall since it revealed it was seeking legal advice in anticipation of a possible bankruptcy protection filing before the Christmas […]

Nokia kills off WiMAX gadget

Finnish handset vendor Nokia is understood to have stopped production of its only WiMAX device, the N810 Internet Tablet. According to reports the world’s biggest handset vendor has called time on the gadget, which has only been available for nine months. Distributors are understood to be returning unsold stock to Nokia, although the device is […]

IPWireless stages management buyout

The management of mobile broadband player IPWireless has bought back 75 per cent of the company from former parent NextWave Wireless. US wireless broadband vendor, NextWave purchased the UMTS-TDD kit supplier for $100m in April of 2007. Under the deal, IPWireless returns to being a private company that will be led by the entire management […]

Nokia Tube to hit shelves this month

Finnish handset vendor Nokia is gearing up to go head to head against Apple, revealing this week that its touch screen 5800 ‘Tube’ handset will be available from the end of the month. The Tube handset will be available from Nokia stores and high street retailers including Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U at the end of […]

Moto makes handset out of water bottles

Showing off its green credentials this week, embattled telecoms vendor Motorola unveiled what it claims is the world’s first carbon neutral phone – made from recycled water bottles. The plastic housing of the Moto W233 Renew is made using plastics comprised of recycled water bottles and is 100% recyclable. Through an alliance with, Moto […]

Moto announces further cost cuts

Troubled US vendor Motorola tightened its belt yet further on Wednesday, announcing cost cutting measures over and above the $800m promised in savings in October. The company announced plans to permanently freeze its US pension plans, and temporarily suspend all company matching contributions to the Motorola 401(k) Plan. The majority of employees will not receive […]

Cost cutting plans for Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has announced a series of dramatic cost-cutting measures that it hopes will be enough to secure an operational breakeven point of Euro1bn revenue in both 2009 and 2010. The belt-tightening initiatives by the giant vendor include a reduction in the number of managers by around 1,000 and to cut the number of its contractors […]

Nortel exploring bankruptcy protection scenario

Shares in Canadian kit vendor Nortel took a beating this week after it emerged that the company was seeking legal advice in anticipation of a possible bankruptcy protection filing. Despite the company reassuring investors that no such bankruptcy protection filing is imminent, the troubled firm is studying a scenario in the event that its restructuring […]

iPhone coming to Walmart?

Rumours abound on the web this week, that Californian gadget vendor Apple is negotiating to bring the iPhone 3G to the shelves of US retailer Walmart. The deal seems likely, with reports coming in of Walmart staff being trained up to sell the devices. Although it looks like the retailer won’t be distributing the gadget […]

Nokia cuts industry forecasts a second time

The world’s biggest handset vendor shook the market on Thursday, with news that the industry might be in worse shape than first thought. Finnish gadget manufacturer Nokia lowered its fourth quarter forecasts for device industry volumes for the second time in a month, and reiterated its expectations that number will also be down in 2009. […]

Second Android handset to land in Jan.

An Australian electronics manufacturer has confirmed the launch of the world’s second Android-based mobile handset. Kogan Technologies, which manufactures consumer electronics like TVs and cameras and sells direct to the consumer, branched out into the world of mobile phones on Thursday with the announcement of two Android-based handsets. The Kogan Agora and Agora Pro will […]

Nokia unveils heavyweight touchscreen gadget

Finnish handset vendor Nokia took the fight to Apple on Tuesday, with the unveiling of its latest flagship touchscreen device, the N97. Packing a 3.5″ full touchscreen display and a slide out QWERTY keyboard, Nokia’s latest offering seeks to outdo the iPhone with an arsenal of hardware. The N97 features 32GB of on board memory, […]

Nokia robots take over the home

Finnish handset vendor Nokia unveiled some blue skies technology on Thursday, in the shape of its Home Control Centre. The world’s biggest handset manufacturer claims that the platform will be the basis for next generation security, smart home solutions and household energy management systems. What this means is that Nokia sees its gadgets eventually taking […]

Three handset vendors duke it out for third place

As the credit crunch hits global mobile phone sales hard, the battle for third place has turned into a three way fight between Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG. Swedish-Japanese joint venture Sony Ericsson gained the edge in the third quarter, with 24.8 million devices shipped, giving it a market share of 8.1 per cent. But […]

Strong demand for Android

Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC (High Tech Computer) has almost doubled its projected shipments for the first commercial device to be based on the Android operating system. By the end of 2008, the gadget maker now expects to shift 1 million units of the G1, available on T-Mobile networks in the US and Europe. This is […]

Nokia to launch Chinese TD-SCDMA devices in 2009

Finnish handset vendor Nokia said it plans to launch a handset based on China’s homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G standard before the end of 2009. The world’s biggest handset vendor said this week it has already started the development of a TD-SCDMA device based on the Symbian S60 OS. Despite its leading position in the handset market, […]

Gadget makers agree to common energy rating

The world’s biggest handset vendors got together on Wednesday to launch a common energy rating system for mobile phone chargers, cluing consumers into the best, and worst performing models. The five star rating system was developed and is supported by Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson, under an industry wide initiative to reduce the […]

Alcatel-Lucent to make Eur1.5bn from Thales stake

Embattled equipment firm Alcatel-Lucent said Tuesday it has entered into exclusive discussions with Dassault Aviation, over the offloading of its 20.8 per cent stake in French defence firm Thales. Dassault, which makes both civil and military aircraft, is also in discussions with the French government, which maintains a 27 per cent stake in the defence […]

Nokia sees tough times ahead

On Friday, the world’s biggest handset vendor confirmed what many have come to fear over the past months, the sharp pullback in consumer spending worldwide has hit the mobile devices market hard. Updating its outlook for the fourth quarter, Nokia said that it expects industry mobile device volumes will be lower than previously expected – […]

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