O2 offers cash instead of phone upgrades

UK carrier O2 said Monday it will offer customers up to £100 if they opt to hang onto their old handset instead of upgrading when their contract is up for renewal. The move is being billed as an environmental initiative aimed at reducing individuals’ carbon footprints. O2 estimates that the total CO2 emission from the […]

Big three win Russian 3G lic

Russia’s top three mobile operators, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), VimpelCom and MegaFon, won licences to operate 3G services in the country on Friday. In accordance with the licensing conditions, the winning companies are required to begin commercial 3G services within two years of receiving the licence. MTS, the country’s biggest operator, said it plans to launch […]

Handset vendors exploit Moto’s misfortunes

Although rankings did not change among the top five handset manufacturers during the first quarter of 2007, Motorola’s rivals have been ruthlessly exploiting the second placed vendor’s misfortunes. Motorola was the only vendor in the top five to lose market share during the quarter, slipping from 19.8 per cent to 17.7 per cent market share, […]

Hackers demo sat-nav exploit

An exploit targeting the increasingly common satellite navigation devices used in motor vehicles was demonstrated at the CanSecWest security conference held in Vancouver last week. Italian hackers Daniele Bianco and Andrea Barisani demonstrated an attack that allowed them to broadcast their own data in placed of that typically used by sat-nav units to avoid traffic […]

BlackBerry comes to Windows Mobile

Canadian vendor Research In Motion (RIM) said Monday it would expand its support for Windows Mobile with an application that will enable BlackBerry services on Windows Mobile 6 devices. RIM plans to offer the software application suite later this year. Once installed, the software will provide users with a virtual BlackBerry application experience, including support […]

Mobile Gnome project starts up

The Gnome Foundation, the body behind the Linux desktop environment of the same name, has thrown its support behind a mobile version of the operating system with the creation of the Gnome Mobile & Embedded Initiative (GMAE). The initiative is designed to advance the use, development and commercialisation of Gnome components as a mobile and […]

Germany fails to calm strike

Reports have emerged that the German government stepped in to try to resolve the strike launched by around 15,000 workers at German carrier Deutsche Telekom. It is understood the government, which is also Deutsche Telekom’s largest shareholder, sent finance minister Peer Steinbrueck to meet with the heads of the German carrier and workers’ union Ver.di […]

VoIP resurrected on the Nokia N95

An easy workaround has surfaced for disappointed owners of the crippled Nokia N95 who want to restore VoIP functionality to the device. It emerged this week that UK mobile operators Vodafone and Orange are selling the shiny new gadget without an accessible SIP stack that is required to install some VoIP applications. But telecoms.com can […]

Sony Ericsson records strong quarter

The world’s fourth biggest handset vendor, Sony Ericsson, more than doubled its profits in the first quarter as the company’s Walkman and Cyber-shot branded phones continue to sell like hot cakes. Net income for the quarter jumped to Eur245m compared to Eur109m in the same period last year, as the Japanese-Swedish joint venture recorded a […]

Bulldog bitten by 2005 data theft

It was revealed this week that “unspecified information” about 100,000 subscribers to UK ISP Bulldog was stolen in 2005. Bulldog was sold to UK internet provider Pipex for £12m late last year. It belonged to Cable & Wireless when the security breach took place and as the company had 118,000 customers when it changed hands […]

Ex-Qwest chief faces jail

Like Levis 501s and Coca-Cola, it seems insider trading will never truly go out of fashion. For some, like former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio, the temptation to off load shares in a sinking ship is simply too great. A jury in federal court in Denver found Nacchio guilty on 19 out of 42 counts of […]

BT buys into LatAm

UK incumbent BT announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Comsat International, a provider of data communication services for corporations and public sector organisations in Latin America. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. BT Global Services sells network IT service in 170 different countries, this latest acquisition helped the […]

AT&T zaps Cingular for business

US telco AT&T’s separate mobile and fixed brands are at an end, at least as far as businesses are concerned. Since the mega-merger late last year, it has been the company’s policy to mash its assorted logos into the AT&T name, with the Cingular Wireless mobile brand being first on the list. Now, the first […]

Icahn, Motorola row escalates

The row between billionaire corporate raider, Carl Icahn, and Motorola escalated on Wednesday as the company reported a first quarter loss of $181m, largely due to the flagging performance of the handset division. The world’s second largest handset manufacturer said that sales in the Mobile Devices segment came in at $5.4bn, down 15 per cent […]

Nokia feels the pinch from emerging markets

Finnish vendor Nokia has seen profits for the first quarter slide downwards by 7 per cent year on year to Eur979m, which the company attributes largely to the gradual shift of its business into emerging markets. Device shipments were up 21.4 per cent on the first quarter of 2006, to 91.1 million units, leading Nokia […]

Vonage still wooing customers

Despite being on the verge of bankruptcy and having the threat of disconnection hanging over it like the sword of Damocles, Vonage is valiantly trying to sign up more subscribers and fast. A telecoms.com reader forwarded us an email advertisement on Wednesday, offering existing US subscribers the option to save an additional 20 per cent, […]

Airwave snapped up for Eur3bn

Australian investment bank Macquarie has bought Telefonica O2’s emergency services unit, Airwave, for Eur2.982bn in cash. The UK-based operation will come under the ownership of Guardian Digital Communications, a new company wholly owned by two Macquarie investment funds managed by Macquarie. The Australian firm said it is taking a long term view of the investments […]

Italian province gets unwired with meshnet

Over half the Italian province of Brescia has no broadband internet service, something the provincial government suspects is a serious drag on economic growth. So, the government is building out a wireless mesh network using Cisco’s Outdoor Wireless products. For an initial investment of Eur2m, the province estimates it will contribute some Eur139m to the […]

Smartphones targeted for content

A select but growing band of Windows Mobile users in the UK can now browse and buy a range of content by accessing XOmobo – a .mobi portal specifically targeting the burgeoning smartphone market. According to the number crunchers at M:metrics 6.6 per cent of UK mobile users – about 5 million users – now […]

Eastern Europeans roam with MACH

Mobilkom Austria has renewed its contract with clearing and settlement firm MACH. The deal includes Mobilkom Austria and its subsidiaries: Mobiltel in Bulgaria, Vipnet in Croatia, Si.mobil in Slovenia, Mobilkom Liechtenstein and mobile communication providers currently being established in Serbia and Macedonia. With travel and tourism on the rise across the region, Mobilkom said the […]

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