Vodafone goes for three pronged assault

UK cellco Vodafone added the third prong to its three platform handset strategy on Monday, cutting a deal with Microsoft for the development of Windows Mobile devices. The deal forms part of Vodafone’s wider strategy of streamlining its platform portfolio to deliver greater cost efficiencies across the group. Over the next five years, Vodafone expects […]

Verizon and YouTube in content talks

According to reports, America’s second largest telecommunications company, Verizon, is in talks with online video service YouTube to put its wares on mobile phones. The report comes days after YouTube announced its intention to create a service specifically designed for wireless devices. According to the Wall Street Journal the talks are at an “advanced” stage. […]

Samsung unveils dual mode WiMAX device

South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung has taken the wraps of its new shiny mobile WiMAX device, due to be launched in Korea first half of 2007. The SPH-P9000 is a PDA-based device packing both Mobile WiMAX and cdma2000 EV-DO radios, allowing for fast wireless broadband access over WiMAX and voice connectivity over the cellular network. […]

Sony Ericsson buys Symbian subsidiary

Sony Ericsson on Tuesday announced that it has reached agreement in principle to buy the Swedish software firm UIQ Technology AB, a subsidiary of the British operating system company, Symbian. UIQ Technology licenses its user interface and application development platform to mobile phone companies around the world and already has a close relationship with Sony […]

NTP slaps Palm with patent suit

Mobile email patent holder NTP, the company that very nearly brought BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) to its knees, has turned its sights on a new target – Palm. NTP’s lawsuit claims that certain Palm products infringe seven NTP patents. Palm said in a statement that it has been in occasional contact with NTP […]

MySpace coming to Japanese mobiles

According to reports, Japanese mobile users may soon be able to use the MySpace.com social network service on their mobile phones. The Nihon Keizai newspaper reported Monday that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and Softbank are planning to launch the internet service through a 50/50 joint venture. Already versions of MySpace are arriving in European countries. […]

Eastern high-speed mobile ops target internet

Mobile operators in central and eastern Europe are increasingly aiming their high-speed, broadband data networks at the fixed-Internet market to generate subscription growth while increasing both data usage and data revenues. Speaking at the 3GSM Central&Eastern Europe event in Bucharest last week, most mobile network operators agreed that limited fixed-line provision meant that the high-speed-data […]

VoIP over wifi hits supermarket shelves

It has been a long time coming, but Tesco has finally put a Voice over wifi (Vowifi) solution in a box on its shelves. On Monday, the supermarket chain said that it has struck a deal with UK mobile VoIP provider Mobiboo Mobile, to launch the tovo mobile internet phone. The tovo t450g PocketFone and […]

Carphone, Pipex slapped for silent calls

UK communications regulator Ofcom rapped the knuckles of Carphone Warehouse and Pipex on Friday, for causing annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety through ‘silent calling’. Silent calls occur when the automated calling systems typically used by call centres for telemarketing, market research and debt collection, generate more calls than the available call centre agents can manage. So […]

Say no to 3G laptops – analyst

Industry analyst Gartner has warned businesses and consumers to stay away from laptops with embedded 3G, at least until High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) is available. Over the past year, mobile chip vendors have been jumping into bed with PC manufacturers everywhere. The GSM Association (GSMA) has been one of the leading forces behind […]

Vodafone Italia and TI square up for a fight

Vodafone’s Italian arm is suing Italy’s largest telecoms firm, Telecom Italia (TI) for allegedly stalling negotiations on an innovative new fixed-line offer. Vodafone Italia said in a statement that TI had ceased negotiations to open up its fixed-line network which Vodafone needs to provide its customers with a new service. Vodafone’s new service allows customers […]

VimpelCom expands into Armenia

Second placed Russian cellco, VimpelCom, said Friday that it has reached an agreement with Greece’s Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) to acquire 90 pre cent of Armenia Telephone Company, which operates in Armenia as Armentel. VimpelCom said it paid the purchase of Eur341.9m (£230m) plus the assumption of approximately Eur40m in net debt. Armentel is a […]

AT&T, BellSouth deal stalls for a third time

The US Federal Communications Commission on Thursday delayed, for the third time, a vote on AT&T’s purchase of BellSouth. The deal is the subject of a fierce clash between Republicans and Democrats with the former’s FCC Chairman Kevin Martin struggling to find a compromise with his Democratic opponents. Thus far, he has failed. The parties […]

Hotspot deployments grow 50%

The number of commercial wifi hotspots worldwide is forecast to grow almost 50 per cent during 2006, as a strong growth curve emerges in the Asia Pacific region. Figures published by ABI Research on Thursday predict that the number of commercial wifi hotspots will grow by 47 per cent worldwide to 143,700. While almost three […]

Carphone Warehouse earnings see sharp drop

UK mobile retailer and broadband provider Carphone Warehouse said on Thursday that its pretax earnings had fallen nearly 62 per cent to £14.1m for the first half of the year. The lower-than-expected profits are, said the firm, due to the escalating cost of building its broadband business. Subscription connections rose 17.1 per cent to 1.82 […]

BSNL monster contract de

Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has been forced to withhold awarding the contract for its monster GSM tender until at least November 16, after a Delhi High Court hearing on the matter. European equipment vendors Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens have emerged as the final three players in the running for what is thought […]

Finland to get wireless broadband in 2007

Finnish broadcast network Digita said Thursday that the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has approved the rollout schedule for a nationwide wireless broadband network. The schedule has already been delayed for about seven months as the plan requires coordination of radio frequencies with neighbouring countries. But Digita said it has now condensed the schedule […]

3G “to fail” in China, says 4G forum

Third generation mobile technology will be largely unsuccessful and nothing more than a stop gap in China, according to the country’s administrative body for the development of fourth generation wireless. On Thursday, Willie Lu, an independent special advisor for China’s 4G administration and chairman of Fourth Generation Mobile Forum (4GMF), said that the country’s foresightedness […]

3 UK gets Sky content

Broadcast giant BSkyB has expanded its mobile footprint with the announcement on Thursday that it has agreed to make its Sky Mobile TV service available to subscribers of the 3 UK network. 3’s customers will be able to receive up to 27 Sky Mobile TV channels including live news, sport, music, entertainment and documentaries. Subscribers […]

BT slapped over “free calls” ad

BT had its wrists slapped by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) on Wednesday for misleading consumers with a “free calls” claim. Carphone Warehouse blew the whistle on the UK incumbent over three national press ads that promised “Free UK Evening and Weekend calls over the internet” as part of BT’s new Total Broadband package with […]

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