Microsoft wants voice operated phones

Microsoft’s acquisition of voice recognition software developer Tellme Networks this week appears to be a bid to replace the humble dial tone. Financial terms of the acquisition were not revealed but Tellme’s 320 employees will continue to operate from the firm’s Mountain View, California headquarters as part of the Microsoft Business Division. Microsoft said the […]

No VoIP for Vodafone customers yet

Despite revealing its Stafish application at the CeBit technology show this week, UK operator Vodafone has no intention of putting any VoIP functionality on its phones. Speaking to Telecoms.com Friday, a spokeswoman said that Starfish – a launch application embedded into a mobile’s operating system to make software like Skype and Messenger easier to use […]

Voda ‘out of touch with reality’ says Ovum

Industry analyst Ovum, said Friday that Vodafone’s flat-rate data announcement Wednesday is neither flat-rate nor unlimited, as the operator claims. Jeremy Green, principal analyst at Ovum said the company’s marketing around the offer, which includes the phrase ‘practically unlimited data usage’ is “out of touch with reality”. Vodafone’s latest data tariff gives users what it […]

EC wants single standard on mobile TV

The EC said Friday that a common approach to mobile TV must be adopted by the member states including the adoption of a single European standard. Speaking at the CeBit technology fair in Hannover, Germany, the EU’s Telecom Commissioner, Viviane Reding, said a common approach was necessary if mobile TV is to thrive in European […]

Latest RIM affidavit targets Balsillie

According to local reports, an affidavit was filed in a Canadian court Thursday, that suggests the pattern of option grants at Research in Motion, is unlikely to be the result of accidental misunderstanding of accounting rules, as claimed by co-CEO Jim Balsillie. University of Iowa professor Erik Lie – a stock options expert – filed […]

Vodafone attempts to jump Essar hurdles

British mobile group, Vodafone, is looking to vault over hurdles to block its purchase of the Indian telecoms firm, Hutchison Essar, by snapping up a stake in the company’s parent. Hutchison Essar is majority owned by Hutchison Whampoa via emerging markets spin off Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) and, according to a report in Tuesday’s edition […]

Voda pitches flat rate data roaming

Vodafone on Wednesday announced a flat rate data roaming rate of Eur12 for a full day or 50Mb worth of use. The tariff will be available to Vodafone customers from July 1 and follows on from the introduction of flat rate data tariffs in individual countries over the past year. Vodafone has also seen some […]

Ericsson bolsters multimedia strategy with Mobeon

Swedish equipment manufacturer, Ericsson, said Thursday it had bought IP messaging firm Mobeon for an undisclosed sum, in order to strengthen its multimedia strategy. Ericsson already owned 21 per cent of the company, said Mobeon is the world leader in IP-messaging components for mobile and fixed networks. Mobeon produces components for Ericsson’s Messaging over IP […]

802.11n clears another hurdle

The latest incarnation of the wifi platform, 802.11n, is on something of a roll at the moment, after the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) working group this week unanimously approved draft 2.0 of the specification. Following early rumours of in-fighting and failed ballots, the draft specification has leapt from version 1.10 to version […]

Digital switchover begins

Cumbria will be the first region in the UK to lose its analogue TV signal, paving the way for digital mobile TV services. Resident of Cumbria will lose BBC Two on October 17 and the other three analogue channels on November 14. Dates for the digital switch over in other parts of the country are […]

Cisco pays $3.2bn for web conf. firm

Networking giant Cisco, which has had its sights set on the web conferencing market of late, added to its arsenal with the acquisition of WebEx on Thursday. Cisco will pay $3.2bn for the on demand collaboration application company, which will be integrated into the vendor’s unified communications portfolio. “As collaboration in the workplace becomes increasingly […]

Red Nose Day goes mobile

The UK’s largest annual charitable event, Red Nose Day, is about to go mobile with the news that the Comic Relief charity is to put a selection of videos from the event, onto mobile phones. Starting Friday, Red Nose Day is a 24-hour comedy extravaganza designed to raise money for charitable causes around the world. […]

$20bn contract gives US telecoms execs the jitters

American telecoms executives may well be slightly agitated this month as they await the US General Services Administration’s (GSA) decision on who has won the largest telecommunications contract ever awarded. Dubbed ‘Networx Universal’, the contract is thought to be worth around $20bn (£10.33bn) but that figure could rise. AT&T, Verizon Communications, Qwest Communications and Sprint […]

Vodafone demos Skype on mobile

At the CeBit tech conference in Hannover Thursday, British operator Vodafone demonstrated calls being made over the internet using VoIP application, Skype. The company hinted that it may offer the software on its mobiles at some time in the future. Using a menu bar that is strikingly similar to 3UK’s X-Series offering, Vodafone demonstrated the launch application […]

London underground mobile network delayed

Londoners fed up with listening to other passengers’ mobile conversations breathed a sigh of relief Thursday, as London Underground (LU) announced it would be mid-2009 before mobile coverage can be offered on the tube. LU had hoped to make mobile coverage available on the capital’s tube network from mid-2008. Despite the delay, LU said a […]

Nokia Siemens Networks ready to go

Newly merged mega-vendor, Nokia Siemens Networks, said Thursday it will start operations under its new moniker on April 1. Both companies have also agreed to increase their respective contributions to the new 50:50-owned company, with Siemens to contributing Eur2.4bn and Nokia to contribute Eur1.7bn. Since Nokia will consolidate the financial results of Nokia Siemens Networks, […]

Skypers sell advice via VoIP

VoIP champion Skype jumped on the user generated content (UGC) bandwagon Wednesday with the announcement of two new services. Skype 3.1 introduces the beta release of Skype Prime, which is essentially an expertise marketplace. Skype Prime allows users to make money and reach potential customers around the world. An in-built billing mechanism allows users to set […]

Vodafone and Essar agree to play nice

As anticipated, Vodafone and Essar announced an agreement Thursday under which they will jointly manage fourth placed Indian mobileco, Hutchison Essar. Under the terms of the partnership, Vodafone will have operational control of the company, to be renamed Vodafone Essar, and Essar will gain proportionate board representation. Ravi Ruia will be appointed chairman of Vodafone […]

Ministers agree limit on roaming charges

An informal agreement to cut roaming charges has been reached by EU ministers from all 27 member states, Thursday. The ministers held the meeting at the CeBit annual tech-fest in Hannover, Germany. As expected, the ministers have agreed to set a limit on roaming charges which could be made European law by June or July. […]

O2 to do Google and MTV

Telefonica’s UK mobile arm, O2, said Wednesday at the CeBit tech fair in Germany, that starting this summer, it will give customers access to Google and Viacom’s MTV music clips to promote mobile internet services. The company said that the relationship with Google will help it to generate advertising revenue. O2 plans to launch a […]

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