Vodafone enters fixed-line broadband, snubs C&W

Mobile operator Vodafone has struck a deal with BT to provide fixed-line broadband to its customers in the UK. The move is a response to O2 and Orange who already offer fixed-line and mobile products to their customers. Vodafone has confirmed that it plans to launch the new service before the end of the year. […]

Telecom Italia mulls reorganisation

Italy’s largest phone company Telecom Italia said on Monday that it will sharpen its focus on internet services including the sale of media content online as part of a reorganisation of the fixed-line and mobile units. According to reports, Telecom Italia (TI) is due to debate the plans in Milan this afternoon. The reports, which […]

Moto and Nokia team up on mobile TV

Mobile handset manufacturers Nokia and Motorola said on Monday that they have inked a deal to cooperate on mobile television interoperability. In a statement the firms said the aim of the deal is to achieve interoperability among the companies’ DVB-H enabled devices and network services. The handset manufacturers will work together to support solutions based […]

Visto’s Mobile email for idiots launched

Mobile email firm Visto, has launched Easy Setup, an ‘out-of-the-box solution’ designed to make setting up mobile email easy enough for the most tech-challenged consumers/business users. Visto says that the ease with which mobile email can be deployed and used is crucial to the realisation of the market’s growth potential. Steven Drake, program director at […]

T-Mobile and EMI trial free video service

Mobile operator T-Mobile has partnered with music behemoth EMI to trial an advertising supported mobile video service for UK customers. The trials will give selected customers access to free video content embedded with television-style advertising. The service looks very similar to SpiralFrog’s innovative approach to delivering legal music to mobile users who have to listen […]

Telstra price proposals shot down

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday rejected Telstra Corp.’s Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) Originating and Terminating Access Services and Local Carriage Service price proposals. The Australian watchdog said in a statement that Telstra’s proposals were not reasonable and would involve a substantial reduction in the headline LCS prices. It suggests the […]

Defeated in court, UK operators lose out

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the now infamous 3G mobile auctions of 2000 which cost UK and Austrian operators billions, were not liable for VAT. The decision on Thursday comes as a major defeat for 3G operators in the UK who have been trying to recoup some of the money that was […]

2.5bn mobile connections worldwide – Research

There are now more than 2.5bn active mobile connections around the world according to estimates from Wireless Intelligence, a research collaboration between the GSM Association and the analyst, Ovum. The analyst firm says 10 countries are largely responsible for the surge in numbers that has seen 500 million additions to the 2bn subscribers recorded in […]

Analysts unimpressed with Virgin’s Mobile TV

Analysts and observers have criticised the launch of Virgin’s mobile TV service, both for the quality of the offering and its lack of channels. The mobile virtual network operator announced its broadcast mobile TV offering at an event in London on Thursday but already questions are being asked about its quality and the effect that […]

Apple iFone almost ready?

The rumour mill is grinding again and the internet is abuzz with speculation that the unveiling of Apple’s long awaited iPod phone, or iFone, is imminent. What we know is that Apple has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday September 12 in London, with similar events presumably taking place around the world. The topic of […]

Mobile advertising worth $11.35bn by 2011 – Analyst

Spending on mobile advertising is about to take a sharp upturn, according to a report by Telecoms.com’s parent Informa Telecoms and Media. In its latest study ‘Mobile Advertising Services: generating revenue through subsidised content’ the analyst predicts that worldwide spend on mobile advertising will be worth $11.35bn (£6.05bn) within five years. The report suggests that […]

RIM’s ‘Pearl’ set to win consumer hearts

Making good on its promise, Research in Motion, the Canadian manufacturer behind the BlackBerry launched its first consumer version of the iconic gadget on Thursday The new BlackBerry – dubbed 8100 or ‘Pearl’ – is a response from the company to concerns that while it remains dominant in the corporate mobile email sphere, it lacks […]

Pipex in £12m Cable and Wireless deal

The UK’s Pipex Group has paid £12m to boost its broadband customer base, by buying 118,000 residential and small business customers from Cable and Wireless’ Bulldog arm. Separately, Pipex has signed up to use Cable and Wireless’ unbundled local loop (LLU) access network, which will cover 800 exchanges. Pipex uses a hybrid network – a […]

Sprint intros pay per view mobile movies

US mobile customers can now access full length, pay per view movies on their handsets, following the launch of a new service by US cellco Sprint Nextel late Tuesday. Sprint Movies, which already has the backing of Buena Vista VOD, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures, offers a list of more than 45 […]

Nortel chases growth with ‘forceful optimism’

Canadian telecoms equipment maker Nortel Networks revealed its strategy for the next few years Wednesday, and promised a new vigorous company blessed with “forceful optimism”. Chief executive officer Mike Zafirovsky told reporters at a press event in London that the past is the past and for the next five years the company will be focusing […]

Intel swings axe: cuts 10,500 jobs

Chip giant Intel is to cut 10,500 jobs, or 10 per cent of its workforce, by mid-2007, the company said late Tuesday. Intel announced plans for the restructuring following an analysis of the company’s structure and efficiency as it comes under increasing pressure from leading rival AMD. During the second quarter of this year, the […]

Mobile TV hits ad obstacle

UK broadcaster ITV is to simultaneously broadcast some of its most popular content to mobile handsets and TV sets, in partnership with 3G cellco 3 UK. The ITV1 channel will be available on the 3 network for £0.99 per day, while the ITV Play channel will be available for £0.49 per day. An all you […]

Mobiles threatened by draining attacks

A computer science professor at UC Davis, the University of California’s College of Engineering, has warned over an unstoppable attack method used against mobile devices. Hao Chen and a couple of first year graduate students, claim to have discovered serious vulnerabilities in the way internet-enabled mobile devices handle data downloads. Hao believes that hackers could […]

Stealth Trojan pains Russian mobile users

Antivirus experts in Russia are warning of a mobile phone Trojan that could have users in the region racking up unsolicited charges on their phone bills. Russian security company Kaspersky said Monday that it had encountered the malware in the wild, disguised a Java file. The .jar file is identified as ‘pomoshnik.jar’ and runs on […]

Mobile music is failing warns researcher

The mobile music download market is in danger of stalling according to a leading music research outfit which suggests that the current trend to equip mobiles with music playback is nothing more than a passing gimmick. A survey of 3,000 people by research firm Entertainment Media Research (EMR) reveals that while the iPod/MP3 player music […]

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