Skype to charge connection fee

In a prime example of marketing doublespeak, VoIP provider Skype has announced a new service and pricing structure that will see users charged a connection fee. According to Thursday’s announcement, the firm will now charge for something that was once free, with a Eur0.039 fee for each SkypeOut connection. However, if customers take out a […]

IPTV to flourish in China

Boosted by a flourishing broadband environment and major events such as the Beijing Olympics in 2008, IPTV take-up in mainland China is forecast to pass the 23 million subscriber mark by 2012. New findings from ABI Research suggest that technological innovations are rapidly redrawing the Chinese telco landscape and operators are compelled to diversify in […]

AT&T offers free ca

US telco AT&T late Thursday announced unlimited free calls between its wireless and wireline subscribers. The AT&T Unity plan, which is available from Sunday, allows customers to make or receive calls for free from any AT&T wireless and wireline phone numbers nationwide without incurring additional wireline usage fees or using their wireless Anytime minutes. The […]

Apple to rake in 50% margin on iPhone

Apple is expected to generate around a 50 per cent gross margin on the iPhone, generating a healthy profit for both the Californian gadget maker and operator partner Cingular Wireless. Figures published on Thursday by market research firm iSuppli estimate that the 4GB version of the Apple iPhone will carry a $229.85 hardware bill of […]

Sony Ericsson tops the gaming charts

The Sony Ericsson W810i handset topped a list of handsets favoured by mobile gamers in the UK in 2006. Published by wap and web-based mobile gaming portal MobileRated, the top ten handsets for the year feature four Sony Ericsson terminals and four from Nokia. Motorola managed to just sneak one device in the top ten. […]

Pipex steps up UK WiMAX trials

UK ISP Pipex Wireless is gearing up for its second commercial trial of WiMAX services, over three sites in the Leamington Spa and Warwick areas of the UK. In partnership with National Grid Wireless, Warwick District Council and Intel, the service provider will be trialling leased line replacement, VoIP and dedicated broadband. Pipex Wireless intends […]

Indian op prepares for 3G

Motorola said Thursday that it has been contracted by one of the smaller Indian operators, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), for the supply of a UMTS 3G network for Delhi and the National Capital Region. The move looks to be the first rollout of UMTS in India and comes ahead of the country’s licensing of […]

Cellcos struggle to get subs above one M

Although the number of MMSes sent per subscriber per month remains below a single message in many countries, total MMS traffic came close to doubling between 2Q05 and 2Q06 among the 63 mobile network operators tracked by Telecoms.com’s parent, Informa Telecoms & Media (see figs. 1&3). On average, total MMS traffic increased 80.5 per cent, […]

5.8GHz WiMAX chip ships

Fujitsu has shipped its first WiMAX baseband system-on-a-chip for the 5.8GHz unlicensed band, the company announced on Wednesday. The first customers are Orza Networks and Sun Create Electronics, both of which intend to use it with a Texas Instruments RF stack in fixed (IEEE802.16d) WiMAX customer premise equipment. High hopes for WiMAX in unlicensed spectrum […]

Carphone pulls Big Brother sponsorship

British mobile phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, on Thursday pulled its sponsorship of the UK’s controversial Celebrity Big Brother reality TV show, following heavy criticism over alleged racism. Rumours that the company would end its relationship with Channel 4 have been circulating online since Tuesday but even this morning Carphone was denying plans to sever ties […]

Wifi meshing catches on

Wifi meshing is becoming increasingly common in several markets and shipments of wifi mesh access points (AP) are expected to double over the next four years. Industry analyst In-Stat forecasts that more than 50,000 wifi mesh AP unit shipments are expected in 2006, with almost 100,000 unit shipments expected in 2010. Wifi meshing allows wireless […]

Virgin Mobile TV flops in UK [

The UK’s first broadcast mobile-television service has attracted less than 7,000 subscribers since its launch last October. Virgin Mobile TV, a branded version of a service from wholesaler BT Movio, launched off the back of a multimillion-pound advertising campaign featuring Pamela Anderson, the former Baywatch actress. Despite this and a leap of about 2,000 subscribers […]

VoIP over wifi heads for China

Chinese consumers in Shandong will, starting in April, be able to make calls over VoIP via wifi, using a dual-mode device from Jinan Yinquan Technology. The firm, a wholly owned subsidiary of China VoIP and Digital Telecom (CVDT), will be offering its existing mobile subscribers the new handsets which holds two SIM cards. “One is […]

Sky launches triple play

UK broadcaster BSkyB launched a triple play bundle into the market on Tuesday, offering TV, phone and broadband for £26 per month, plus an extra £11 line rental. The launch of “See, Speak, Surf” will be backed by a major advertising campaign and is available to 70 per cent of UK households. The broadband is […]

MVNOs to boom but voice under pre

The number of consumer MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) subscribers worldwide is set to more than triple in the next six years, according to figures published by industry analyst Juniper Research on Wednesday. In its latest report, “Consumer MVNOs: Current Status, Future Markets and Strategies, 2006-2012”, Juniper predicts that MVNO subs will increase from around […]

Virgin preparing to enter India – reports

Virgin mobile is preparing to enter the Indian market in a joint venture with Tata Teleservices, according to reports Wednesday, in the UK’s Times newspaper. Ratan Tata, Tata’s group chairman, is believed to have had talks with Virgin chief, Richard Branson about the proposals. It is understood the pair have spoken about Virgin becoming an […]

Operators switch off Moscow’s tube services

According to local reports, Russia’s three largest mobile operators suspended services in Moscow’s tube network Wednesday. MTS, VimpelCom and Megafon told the Russian news agency Novosti that according to company representatives, the move could be connected to a terrorist threat in the capital city. The claims were “unofficial”, Novosti states. If the Russian authorities give […]

70% of SMEs want VoIP – still underserved

Seventy per cent of small businesses in the UK are keen to cut their costs using VoIP, but many dread the prospect of setting it up, according to a survey by enterprise VoIP provider ShoreTel. Even more – 80 per cent – believe that a VoIP system would make it easier to do business but […]

Sony Ericsson makes headway

Results released Wednesday morning show handset vendor Sony Ericsson making progress on its bid to shoulder Korean vendor Samsung out of the third place in the global market share rankings. In the final calendar quarter of 2006, the firm shipped 26 million units, up more than 60 per cent on the fourth quarter 2005 figure […]

Gambling still a winner

The global market for mobile gambling is set to grow from $1.35bn in 2006 to $16.6bn in 2011 despite stringent regulations in the US. The figures announced by analyst house Juniper Research are in terms of gross value of bets placed, so sadly for operators reflect a fraction of the returns they can expect. Juniper […]

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