Crunch time for EU roaming decision

After a vote by the European Parliament Industry Committee Monday night, proposals to cap mobile roaming charges in Europe are to be put to the plenary vote on Wednesday. After four arduous rounds of negotiations, Members of the European Parliament finally reached a tentative agreement with the Council Presidency on the proposed reduction in prices […]

Messaging vendors face new threats

Messaging is at a turning point. The limited demands made on the old SMSC are a thing of the past and new, more complex services, competition for customers, pressures on margins and churn are growing threats. But according to Vince Kadar, chief technology officer at Airwide Solutions, a supplier of mobile messaging infrastructure and applications, […]

Kids’ stuff gets serious

Given that take up of the mobile web is still in the early stages, it seems reasonable to ask why companies like AdaptiveMobile, which provides antivirus, anti spam and content filtering services for mobile operators, feel that mobile internet security should be accorded such a high priority. One major reason, according to Lorcan Burke, CEO […]

EQO brings VoIP to mobile

Internet telephony player EQO Communications took its service offering to the mobile space on Wednesday, promising savings of up to 95 per cent on international calls. But rather than taking on the multitude of players in the VoIP over wifi space, like Truphone or Gizmo, EQO is targeting the truly mobile customer base. EQO Mobile […]

PSP to become a phone

Electronics giant Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) said Wednesday that it has struck a deal with UK carrier BT, to turn the PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming device into phone. The two companies have signed a four year contract to develop a raft of extra features for the handheld gadget, adding wireless broadband communications functions, including […]

Prepay iPhone on the cards

It looks like any US consumer will be able to get their hands on the Apple iPhone when it launches next month, not just those on AT&T contracts. Leaked screen shots that purport to be of AT&T’s internal accounts system have appeared on the internet, apparently showing the price plans on which the US carrier […]

Moto reaches new heights

British mountain climber Rod Baber set a world record by making a mobile phone call from the summit of Mount Everest on Monday. Baber made two calls from the mountain’s north ridge using his Motorola RIZR Z8 in the early hours of Monday morning. The summit is about 8,848 metres up and has temperatures of […]

Windows Mobile 6 Wings it into US

T-Mobile USA is set to launch the first handset in the US to feature Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 on Tuesday. Developed by Taiwan’s High Tech Computer (HTC), the T-Mobile Wing has a blue soft-touch exterior, touch screen, and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device offers GSM/GPRS/EDGE and wifi connectivity and a 2 megapixel camera, as […]

Palm releases grip on historical OS

It looks to be the end of an era for handheld manufacturer Palm, with reports coming in that the newly launched Treo 755p will be the last device based on Palm OS. Last month, top executives at Palm announced plans to introduce a Linux-based platform. Although the in house developed Linux platform will run existing […]

Aricent takes over Nokia R+D centre

Aricent, the full service telecoms software provider, which made its debut in October, has taken over Nokia Siemens Networks’ R+D centre in Southwood near Farnborough, UK. As part of this collaboration, Aricent has announced the establishment of its third European software development centre, where it will employ over 100 software professionals with knowledge in GSM […]

GSMA sponsors mobile advertising

Mobile industry body the GSM Association (GSMA), launched its Mobile Advertising Programme on Tuesday, designed to drive the development and adoption of advertising on mobile phones. The programme is being led by the GSMA’s Mobile Media and Entertainment Group, and will work with players from across the marketing, advertising and mobile industry sectors to promote […]

Clearwire tests mobile WiMAX

Craig McCaw’s US-based wireless broadband provider, Clearwire, said Monday that it has successfully completed phase one of its mobile WiMAX field trials. The field trial took place in Portland, Oregon, and was conducted in partnership with Intel and Motorola using kit based on the IEEE 802.16e standard operating in the 2.5GHz frequency band. The first […]

Nortel, Toshiba team up over WiMAX

Nortel and Toshiba have announced an agreement to jointly develop mobile WiMAX base stations for the global market. The base stations will offer low power consumption and will feature miniaturized equipment, the companies said. Toshiba will supply the radio module, while Nortel will provide the digital module. In Japan, Nortel and Toshiba jointly participated in […]

Siemens names new head

The board of directors for German vendor Siemens voted in Peter Loscher as its new president and CEO on Sunday. Loscher, currently president of global human health at pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., will replace the outgoing Klaus Kleinfeld, when he steps down at the end of June. “In Peter Loscher, we have found an […]

Cisco and Nokia get into management mode

Mega vendors Cisco and Nokia Siemens Networks entered into an agreement on Monday, to jointly develop a standards-based telecommunications network management platform. The two vendors will deliver an Operations Support Systems (OSS) platform that will provide a common end to end view of diverse network elements – across both IP and mobile – that are […]

Wifi health fears remain unfounded

The ongoing debate about whether or not wireless technologies pose any risk to health looks set to receive further fuel Monday, as BBC1 programme, Panorama, airs an investigation. The programme found that radiation levels emitted by wifi installations at one UK school were three times the level of radiation emitted by a mobile phone mast. […]

Alltel bought for $27.5bn

US cellco Alltel said late Sunday that it has signed an agreement to be acquired by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners and the Texas Pacific Group for $27.5bn in cash. Under the agreement, the private equity firms will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Alltel for $71.50 per share, representing a 23 per cent […]

Girls like pink phones shock

More research from the Department of the Blindingly Obvious this week – apparently girls favour pink coloured phones, while guys prefer tech-heavy devices. After analysing its sales data, UK mobile phone retailer Dialaphone, found that the top six devices favoured by the fairer sex are all pink editions. The gadget with the highest proportion of […]

RIM not impacted by restatement

BlackBerry vendor Research In Motion (RIM) said Thursday that it has completed the restatement of its previously filed financial statements, following an internal review of its stock option granting practices. The restatements cover 2005, 2006 and audited results for 2007. As a result, RIM said it expects trading restrictions to be lifted next week. The […]

Siemens to name new CEO

German vendor Siemens could pick a new chief executive officer over the weekend, as it emerges that an extraordinary meeting of the supervisory board will take place on Sunday. Reports suggest the board will seek to nominate and vote on a new CEO to replace outgoing president and chief executive, Klaus Kleinfeld. Kleinfeld said in […]

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