RIM to miss Q2 deadline

Research In Motion (RIM) has warned that it will not be able to meet the October 17th deadline for reporting its Q2 financial results. RIM said Friday that it will need to review certain figures before filing its report, due to a potential “technical error” under US accounting rules. A management and insider cease-trade order […]

Symbian-powered 3G Samsung expected

South Korean manufacturer Samsung is widely expected to reveal its HSDPA-enabled SGH-i520 handset on Tuesday. The phone combines the Symbian operating system with Nokia’s Series 60 interface. The device – a hybrid phone/PDA will be aimed at the European market, according to Samsung and is expected to do well in the fashion stakes with a […]

Nokia tips India as second-largest market

India is set to become the second largest market for Nokia by 2008 the company said Monday. In an interview with The Hindu newspaper, Nokia’s CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said that the Finish manufacturer was making marked progress in the emerging region and that he believed Nokia was well ahead of its rivals there. Nokia is, […]

Geitner quits Voda amid reshuffle

Yet more troubles in the Vodafone boardroom emerged on Friday when Thomas Geitner, head of the operator’s new IP and convergence unit, unexpectedly quit amid yet another reorganisation at the firm. On Friday, the company announced that it has revised its organisational structure for the second time this year and has decided to devolve the […]

Will Orange dump Carphone Warehouse?

A day after the UK’s Carphone Warehouse was effectively dumped by Vodafone, Orange has signaled that it may well halt its contract sales with the reseller. In a statement, Orange said: “Since our indirect distribution costs have gone up significantly over the last few years we are in the process of reviewing our independent strategy […]

Voda drops Carphone as retailer

Shares in UK mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse took a dive Thursday after Vodafone announced it would be dropping the company as a retailer for contract subscriptions. Instead Vodafone has signed up Phones 4U as an exclusive third party retailer for Vodafone contract customers on the UK high street. Vodafone said it aims to benefit from […]

3G – ‘money down the drain’

3G is a low priority for mobile users across the globe who see the technology as costly and unnecessary, according to a study by market information company, TNS. The firm noted little increase in 3G usage amongst consumers who see mobile TV and internet surfing as a waste of time and money. The firm says […]

Sony Ericsson onto a good thing

Sony Ericsson looks to have hit the sweet spot by attaching the Cyber-shot and Walkman brands of its Japanese parent to its mid and high end phones. The mobile phone manufacturer on Thursday reported that net income for the third quarter almost tripled over the past year, shooting up to Eur298m (£201m), compared to Eur104m […]

T-Mobile Dashes into mobile email space

T-Mobile USA entered the mobile email fray late Thursday, unveiling its exclusive “Dash” Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone. The Dash device – also known as the Excalibur and manufactured by Taiwan’s High Tech Computer – looks very much like it is aimed straight for the BlackBerry/Motorola Q/Nokia E61 market. Whilst in Europe, SMS is the messaging […]

Nokia to do WiMax handsets in 2008

sometime in 2008, the firm said Wednesday. The world’s biggest producer of mobile phones revealed plans for the technology as it rolled out a WiMAX-enabled version of its lightweight base station. While stationary computers can connect to WiMAX today, there will not be a mobile version available till later this year which gives Nokia more […]

SMS hubs ease international texting

Text messaging across the world’s 700 GSM networks could finally become a reality with the implementation of a hub-based interoperability structure developed by the GSM Association (GSMA). The hub-based structure is anticipated to deliver “major operational and financial efficiencies” to mobile operators, mainly by removing the need to conclude bilateral interconnection agreements between individual operators. […]

Carphone snaps up AOL UK

UK mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse announced the acquisition of AOL’s internet access business in the UK for £370m on Wednesday. Under the agreement, Carphone will acquire AOL’s 2.1 million internet access customers in the UK as well as the unit’s supporting management and infrastructure. AOL will deliver a co-branded portal, content and other audience services […]

Belgacom tackles wifi shortcomings

Content and service providers are routinely using broadband pipes to deliver digital voice, video and data services to the home. But despite their increasing popularity, home wifi networks are on the verge of meltdown, struggling to keep pace with ever increasing amounts of multimedia content. Less than two weeks ago, telecoms.com predicted that consumers would […]

TDtv sparks interest in Europe

Adding yet more confusion to an already fragmented mobile TV market, 3UK, Telefonica and Vodafone on Wednesday joined Orange in a technical trial of TDtv, the 3G TD-CDMA-based Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (MBMS) The trial of TDtv technology developed by US vendor IPWireless, is scheduled to run to the end of the year and […]

T-Mobile rolls out picocells

T-Mobile International said Wednesday it has begun deploying picocells through a partnership with equipment vendor ip.access. The move explains T-Mobile UK’s recent interest in the 414-420MHz spectrum band. Picocells and femtocells are used to supplement cellular networks by providing dedicated in building coverage and extended capacity. The platform uses existing IP connections to provide cost-effective […]

Qualcomm, Broadcom both claim small victory

In the latest twist in the increasingly tedious Qualcomm versus Broadcom patent dispute, both sides have claimed victory. Late Tuesday, an administrative law judge at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that Qualcomm has not infringed two of the three Broadcom patents in question. However, the ITC also found that Qualcomm does infringe five […]

Switzerland considers VoIP-tapping tech

The Swiss Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (UVEK) is investigating potential technologies that could be used to tap internet telephony calls. A small Swiss security firm called ERA IT has been named as the firm developing what is effectively a Trojan that could be used to listen into VoIP communications. The software would […]

T-Mobile promises UMA; U-turns on VoIP

T-Mobile USA intends to deploy Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) devices in at least one market before year-end, in a bid to maintain a competitive edge while it rolls out 3G. The operator last week said that work on its 3G network has already begun, with a majority to be completed before 2008. But in the […]

TI resolves to settle Brazillian strife

Telecom Italia (TI) said on Tuesday that it will transfer its 38 per cent stake in Solpart – one of the holding companies that control Brasil Telecom – to another company with a view to selling the stake. The Italian firm has requested approval for transfer of the 38 per cent stake from the Brazillian […]

PTC ownership struggle gets ugly

French conglomerate Vivendi said Tuesday that it has filed a criminal complaint against German carrier Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Polish utility Elektrim. The move highlights how ugly the situation in Poland is becoming as both Vivendi and DT fight to protect their respective interests in Polish mobileco Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC). DT and Vivendi have […]

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