T-Mobile halves roaming costs

T-Mobile will reduce its roaming charges for business travellers by more than half, the company announced this week. The cuts, however, apply only to data sent from countries already on the firm’s network in Europe and the US. In a statement the company said its data roaming charges will be cut from £7.50/MB to £3/MB […]

T-Mobile intros Sidekick 3

T-Mobile UK on Tuesday announced the launch of the Sidekick 3 device, which is being offered with the web’n’walk tariff for £7.50 per month in addition to a voice plan. The device, which is based on the Danger platform, features a trackball, a media player, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, a mini-SD card slot, Bluetooth […]

Nokia, Ericsson win T-Mobile USA deals

Finnish vendor Nokia said Monday that it is one of the vendors selected by T-Mobile USA to supply 3G equipment and services for the operator’s WCDMA deployment in the US. T-Mobile is the only US operator yet to deploy 3G due to a lack of available spectrum. But last month, the operator splashed out over […]

T-Mobile quietly launches UMA

T-Mobile USA quietly launched Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) services this week, becoming the first US carrier to allow calling over both wifi and cellular networks. The operator has launched a site – theonlyphoneyouneed.com – which is offering UMA handsets to users in the Western Washington/Seattle area on a trial basis. UMA technology allows dual-mode phones […]

Ericsson cleans up call quality

Swedish vendor Ericsson said Tuesday it has made the first steps in improving the quality of mobile voice calls to a level above that currently achieved in fixed networks. During a field trial in Cologne and Hamburg, Germany, in partnership with T-Mobile, Ericsson tested its AMR (Adaptive Multi-Rate) Wideband standardised voice codec. The codec is […]

Vivendi hits T-Mobile with racketeering suit

French conglomerate Vivendi said Tuesday that it has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) complaint in federal court in the State of Washington, alleging that T-Mobile has illegally appropriated Vivendi’s holding in a Polish operator. The move highlights how ugly the situation in Poland is becoming as both Vivendi and T-Mobile parent, […]

3GSM Asia: Asian ops plan IM rollout

The GSM Association’s personal Instant Messaging (IM) campaign has scored further success in Asia, with mobile operators in Malaysia and Singapore planning the development and launch of interoperable IM services. Launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last February, the initiative aims to make instant messaging on mobile networks as ubiquitous and popular as […]

3GSM Asia: GSMA launches low cost 3G challenge

The GSM Association (GSMA) is inviting handset manufacturers to “submit proposals” to develop a low-cost 3G handset. The handset should, says the Association, be capable of sophisticated applications “that can support advanced services, such as high-speed Internet browsing, mobile TV and instant messaging, while costing significantly less than a low-end 3G handset today”. The 3G […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

T-Mobile USA unveils 3G plan

Deutsche Telekom’s US mobile unit, T-Mobile USA, said Friday it is budgeting around Eur2.1bn (£1.4bn) for the deployment of a 3G network between 2006 and 2009. T-Mobile USA has already splashed out over $4bn at the recent Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction held in the US, in order to get the frequencies needed to […]

Wifi is wonderful – Official

Wifi may be the wonderful wireless technology that frees our bytes but consumers want more access, more hotspots and more speed. So says new research sponsored by T-Mobile and YouGov. According to the pair who teamed up to look at what wifi users want, more than half of those asked want access on trains and […]

Vodafone unveils own brand 3G device

Following in the footsteps of its rivals, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile, Vodafone on Thursday unveiled its first own-branded 3G handset. The Vodafone 710, designed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, will be launched in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands, Romania and Portugal from early October 2006. The device packs an MP3 music player, 1.3 […]

Mobile firms to be grilled on spying

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is to question executives from major US telcos later this week as part of the inquiry into the Hewlett-Packard “pretexting” scandal. Cingular, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, and Sprint-Nextel have all been summoned to face the committee on Friday, which will also interview the former HP director Patricia Dunn, CEO […]

US reaps $14bn from spectrum auction

US communications regulator the FCC closed the country’s Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) auction Monday afternoon, reaping almost $14bn (£7.4bn) in bids. As expected, T-Mobile USA was the biggest spender, splashing out over $4bn on licenses. Although T-Mobile made no comment on its plans, the operator is widely expected to use the licences to launch 3G […]

Ofcom wants further termination charge cuts

UK telecoms regulator OFCOM, announced Thursday that price controls on the termination charges British mobile operators apply to other networks’ calls are to be maintained beyond March, 2007, when the current regulation expires. The regulator intends to demand further cuts in the termination fees, with a target of “around 5.3 pence per minute” for Vodafone, […]

Analyst questions T-Mobile, EMI model

Following Monday’s announcement that Deutsche Telecom’s mobile arm, T-Mobile has partnered with EMI to trial an advertising supported mobile video service, at least one analyst believes the model could fall short. The trials will give selected customers access to free video content embedded with television-style advertising. However, Windsor Holden, senior analyst at Analysis, wonders whether […]

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 […]

T-Mobile hacker gets detention

The man arrested for hacking into T-mobile USA has been sentenced with a one year home detention order and a $10,000 fine. Nicholas Lee Jacobsen, 23, hacked into the personal records of T-Mobile’s customers in 2004 and shot to infamy after it was revealed one of those customers was a Secret Service agent. According to […]

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