126 mil. Symbian units now shipped

During the first quarter, Symbian licensees shipped 15.9 million devices based on the operating system, bringing the cumulative total shipments to 126 million. On Wednesday, Symbian said that 14 new smartphone models began shipping during the quarter, of which 12 models were 3G enabled and eight models were for the Japanese market. The company also […]

O2 delays own brand broadband

O2 UK has let the date slip on the launch of its own-branded fixed line broadband service, following reported teething problems. At parent Telefonica’s financial results announcement on Wednesday, it emerged that the operator has pushed back the launch of its O2 branded broadband offering back a few months to late summer. O2 got on […]

Microsoft steps up VoIP plans

AT the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) earlier this week, Microsoft and nine others unveiled a new range of VoIP devices supported by the public beta program of Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007. ASUSTek, GN, LG-Nortel, NEC, Plantronics, Polycom, Samsung, Tatung and ViTELiX are working on the devices that claim to […]

EU negotiators reach roaming breakthrough

After four rounds of negotiations, European Parliamentarians and the 27 EU member states have reached a tentative agreement on the proposed cuts to mobile roaming charges. According to the compromise, reached Tuesday, the maximum retail charge, excluding VAT, for regulated roaming calls will be capped at Eur0.49 per minute for outgoing calls and Eur0.24 per […]

Communicating through the medium of shivers

Students from the University of Dundee unveiled a raft of “next generation mobile ‘phones’” on Monday night. None of the designs, made by students from the College of Art, Science and Engineering, support voice, text, pictures or video. Instead, the models are geared for “intimacy and sensuality”. Designs include the ‘Aware’, a necklace which sends […]

Orange segments usage stats

Orange is set to take a bold step Tuesday with the launch of its consumer digital media usage index, an ongoing report showing exactly how UK customers use Orange services and media. The initial index is primarily focused on mobile services including messaging, games, music, TV and the mobile internet but going forward it will […]

Moto preps monster for entrance

Industry watchers and Motorola investors will be watching with bated breath on Tuesday, as the company’s chief exec, Ed Zander, lifts the curtain on the so called “media monster” device. Last week, Zander spent some time making sure loaded comments about the new phone made their way into the press. According to Zander’s teasing comments, […]

Zander sharpens up RAZR’s successor

How does Motorola follow up the success of the RAZR? That has been the question hanging in the air all Tuesday as chief executive, Ed Zander, prepared to unleash the next batch of Moto devices on an unsuspecting public. The answer, as it turns out, is with the RAZR 2. The successor to the iconic […]

Vodafone wins Ya.com

Vodafone is reported to have won the battle for Deutsche Telekom’s Spanish ISP, Ya.com, with a bid of between Eur400m and Eur500m. Big Red looks to have beaten off a number of rivals, including Spanish broadband service provider Jazztel and mobile operator Orange. Ya.com is the country’s fourth largest broadband provider with about 400,000 subscribers. […]

Nokia to shift more handsets in Q2

Nokia, the world’s biggest handset vendor, said on Monday it expects its market share for the mobile devices sector in the second quarter to increase. The Finnish giant said it expects its share to increase from its estimated 36 per cent stake at the end of the first quarter, rather than remaining flat, as the […]

Two convicted in Siemens scandal probe

German vendor Siemens said Monday it will appeal the decision of the Darmstadt regional court requiring it to pay Eur38m, following the conviction of two former managers in the first of several corruption allegations. The German court gave Andreas Kley, a former manager at Siemens’s power-generation unit, a two year suspended sentence for bribery, and […]

Deutsche Telekom strike continues

Around 15,000 workers at German carrier Deutsche Telekom were on strike on Monday, as protests over staff outsourcing and wage cuts continued into a second day. More than 10,000 employees at staged a walk out on Friday, as the German incumbent drew fire over plans to outsource 50,000 staff to three new companies, with new […]

IPTV VoD model falls short

Just as BT prepares to kick off a high profile marketing campaign for its Vision IPTV service, industry analysts have come out with a warning that the IPTV video on demand (VoD) business model falls far short. Ozgur Aytar, manager of industry analyst Pyramid Research, said that VoD services over IPTV networks fail to offer […]

Unplug me, I’m full, says Nokia phone

Finnish mobile giant Nokia is playing the green card this week, with a trio of devices that remind the user to unplug the phone charger once the battery is full. The technology will first appear in the Nokia 1200, 1208 and 1650 but will also be rolled out across the whole product range. The company […]

Vonage has workaround plan

Embattled internet telephony provider Vonage may have solved two of the three patent issues presently putting the company at risk of closure. Speaking at the company’s first quarter financial results announcement on Thursday, Jeffrey Citron, Vonage chairman, said: “We believe we have workable designs for the two name translation patents and intend to begin deploying […]

Deutsche Telekom staff walk out

More than 10,000 employees at German carrier Deutsche Telekom staged a walk out on Friday, as strikes over staff outsourcing and wage cuts began. The German incumbent has drawn fire over plans to outsource 50,000 staff to three new companies, with new contracts expected to include lower wages and longer working hours. A majority of […]

EU lawmakers set date for roaming cuts vote

EU member states and the European Parliament will make a last ditch attempt to cut roaming charges for mobile phones before the summer holiday season starts. After a key vote in the European Parliament was delayed earlier this month, lawmakers are now set to hammer out the last details on May 15 and vote on […]

Altimo to Cukurova: We don’t want your money

Russian investor Altimo fired the latest broadside in its battle to control Turkish operator Turkcell on Thursday, when it turned down an offer from owners Cukurova to pay off a $1.3bn loan. To recap, back in the autumn of 2005, Cukurova, a diversified Turkish industrial group in financial trouble, was keen to sell its stake […]

BT Vision prepares for launch

BT will give its IPTV service, Vision, a proper marketing push this weekend, finally putting the service into hard launch mode, following a soft introduction in December. Ovum analysts Annelise Berendt and Mike Cansfield have been told that the now familiar ‘BT family’ will kick off a national campaign on Saturday across TV, billboards, the […]

Mobile web is rubbish, say students

Shock news from mobile web developer InfoGin on Thursday, which carried out a study and found two in three UK students thought that surfing the web on their mobile was such a rubbish experience they gave up trying. It’s not that students are just idle layabouts either – 69 per cent of respondents said that […]


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