Amena joins FreeMove

France Telecom’s Spanish unit Amena, announced plans to join the FreeMove Alliance on Monday. The Alliance already includes founding members Telecom Italia Mobile, T-Mobile and Orange, with Nordic operator TeliaSonera joining earlier this year. With a policy of only allowing one operator per country to join the Alliance, Amena seized an opportunity which opened up […]

BT pay phones now 40p a call

Nowadays they are iconic, a symbol of a time passed and used only in emergencies – such as when the batteries on your mobile run out. Yes the humble British phone box, the distinctive landmark that has, sadly, become a rarity in the UK, just got more expensive to use. Starting November, making a call […]

Orange brings converged service to table

The first competition in the convergence space is likely to kick off in November, with both BT and France Telecom’s mobile unit Orange introducing similar products at the same time. Mobile operator Orange gave details on its forthcoming fixed mobile convergence service Monday, which will allow its customers to use a mobile handset to make […]

Howard hailed as a ‘thug’ in Telstra debacle

Tension between Australian incumbent Telstra and the Federal government there has mounted in the past few days with PM John Howard dubbed a “political thug” by the country’s opposition. Howard, never far from controversy, has put forward a former adviser to be a director of the telco and the resulting backlash crosses both political and […]

TI’s Rossi to explain reorganisation to stock market

The new chairman at Telecom Italia, Guido Rossi, is today expected to explain to the Italian stock market regulator Consob, the reasons behind the firm’s decisions on reorganising its network operations. According to reports in the Italian press there is deep speculation about whether Rossi will cut lose its mobile unit (TIM) or if it […]

State exit prompts KPN sale speculation

The Dutch government sold its remaining 8 per cent stake in former state owned incumbent carrier KPN on Friday. KPN has entered into an agreement to repurchase the shares from the State for a total consideration of approximately Eur800m (£538m), further fuelling speculation that KPN is ripe for takeover. Rumours that KPN could become an […]

WiMAX players to form roaming alliance

At an inaugural meeting in Paris on Thursday, a handful of WiMAX licensees from around the world launched the WiMAX Spectrum Owners Alliance (WiSOA). The organisation is the first of its kind, composed exclusively of companies that own spectrum and operate services in the WiMAX bands, with a target of connecting a billion users to […]

First SIP dual-mode handset on Windows 5.0 is launched

US handset manufacturer Paragon Wireless, has launched what it claims is the “world’s first SIP-based Windows Mobile 5.0 dual-mode handset”. The hipi-2200 also doubles as a quad band GSM/GPRS handset. Although the device is aimed at corporates who can make significant savings by giving employees a device that can make calls over the company WLAN, […]

Broadcast mobile TV to take hold in 2007

Mobile broadcast services are anticipated to take hold in the US next year, with approximately 4 million subscribers receiving mobile TV and related services on their handsets via technologies such as DVB-H and MediaFLO by the end of 2007. Senior analyst Ken Hyers, with ABI Research notes that the driving force behind broadcast adoption will […]

African satellite in trouble

Global satellite operator Intelsat said late Thursday that one of its satellites, IS-802, has “experienced a sudden and unexpected anomaly”. The operator said that its control center is communicating with the satellite and the satellite is under control and accepting commands, but the company has had to go through the process of making alternative capacity […]

German mobile workers fear for jobs

Germany’s mobile phone job market is facing a shake up with cuts confirmed at mobile operator E-Plus and expected at handset manufacturer BenQ Siemens. Dutch carrier KPN, which operates the E-Plus network in Germany, said Thursday that it is to restructure to better challenge rivals in the German market. E-Plus will eliminate a complete management […]

Telefonica to launch converged messaging

Spanish incumbent Telefonica’s mobile division plans to introduce an integrated messaging service that will alert users by SMS when they receive new e-mail. The system will also permit interworking between e-mail, SMS, MMS, IM and voice service, and allow users to upload the contents of their devices to a backup server. The service is based […]

Nokia rolls out MS Live search

Finnish mobile vendor Nokia said Thursday it has reached an agreement with Microsoft to integrate the Redmond Giant’s Live search capabilities into its mobile platform. Consumers will be able to access Live Search directly from their Nokia Nseries handsets, or “multimedia computers” as Nokia calls them, as well as other compatible Nokia S60 devices. In […]

ITV appoints mobile TV chief

UK broadcaster ITV said Wednesday that it has appointed Melissa Goodwin to head up the company’s mobile operations. As chief of the mobile division, Goodwin will lead ITV’s mobile strategy with a focus on mobile TV, user generated content and mobile advertising. Last month, ITV and 3G mobile operator 3 UK joined forces in an […]

Moto employs vending machines with gentle hands

Robotic stores will, according to Motorola, revolutionise the way we buy mobile phones and to prove its point, the world’s second largest manufacturer of mobiles, unveiled its Instantmoto stores on Wednesday. However, as with all marketing speak, the description may be misleading as the ‘stores’ are actually vending machines, just like the often-kicked machines that […]

20 arrests at Telecom Italia

At least 20 people were arrested by Italian police on Wednesday evening following an investigation at Telecom Italia (TI) into suspected illegal wiretapping. Police arrested and detained a former TI manager as well as public officials and police and Carabinieri officers in several cities. The former manager is Giuliano Tavaroli, who was responsible for security. […]

Bankers “ready” to invest in TI

The chairman of the banking foundations’ association in Italy, Giuseppe Guzzetti, said on Wednesday that Italian banking foundations are ready to invest in Telecom Italia. The seemingly altruistic declaration has come at a time when the future of the Italian telecoms behemoth looks increasingly unclear. Guzzetti said to the Italian daily, Il Sole 24 Ore: […]

Vodafone stamps Passport to 50% roaming cuts

Vodafone on Tuesday trumpeted the success of its Passport roaming service, which enables customers to take their domestic price plan abroad. Vodafone said that data for June and July 2006 shows that Passport customers are paying around 50 per cent less per minute for their voice roaming calls compared to the average cost of roaming […]

Sony’s M-Buzz too expensive and niche – analysts

Analysts have serious reservations about Sony Ericsson’s new mobile promotional space for breaking or emerging artists, dubbed ‘M-Buzz’. The new service is being marketed as a compliment to the firm’s existing ‘PlayNow’ download service and its range of Walkman phones. M-Buzz will, according to Sony, enable consumers to download featured full tracks, videos, biographies, gig […]

3G BlackBerry comes to Japan

Canadian vendor, Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry handheld, announced two firsts on Tuesday. Leading Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo will make the first ever BlackBerry available in Japan on September 26 and the device, the BlackBerry 8707h, will also be RIM’s first WCDMA 3G offering. DoCoMo will make the device available to […]


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