US MVNO Virgin Mobile USA is going toe to toe with the incumbent operators by introducing a flat rate calling plan for prepay subscribers. The Totally Unlimited calling plan, which debuts for $79.99 per month on July 1, claims to be the first unlimited nationwide calling plan without roaming charges or an annual contract. The [...]
UK mobile operator and exclusive iPhone carrier O2 UK has inadvertently revealed the pricing for the prepay version of the 3G Apple device. The interesting thing here is that O2 is giving prepay users free, unlimited wifi and data access for six months, which is something of a first. After the first six months is [...]
Two operator led industry bodies announced plans to work together on Wednesday to increase the industry’s awareness of device and network security in next generation mobile networks. The Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) alliance, an operator led community that recommends mobile terminal requirements, will collaborate with the Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) forum, an eclectic [...]
A nationwide WiMAX network for the US is now a strong likelihood. The new, improved Clearwire has the money, the partners and the will to make it happen. But will it be a wireless breakthrough or a white elephant?
In a bid to avoid the regulatory eye of European telecoms commissioner, Vivian Reding, German mobile operator T-Mobile said Friday that it is cutting the cost of data roaming within Europe by as much as 80 per cent. From July 1, T-Mobile said it will reduce the price of a text message sent while roaming [...]
Arun Sarin is stepping down from the top job at Vodafone five years after taking the helm. It’s been a bumpy ride, but he’s coming out smiling.
Mobile operator T-Mobile UK said Wednesday it has struck a deal with mobile social networking platform Intercasting, to bring the Bebo and Piczo sites to the mobile. T-Mobile said it would integrate the two social networking sites into its My Social Sites service, a mobile application that provides users with a single interface for managing [...]
European network service provider TDF has tapped Motorola to design and deploy 802.16e WiMAX networks for several regions in France. The network will be operated by TDF subsidiary HDRR, which provides network services to broadcasters and telecom operators throughout Europe. The three year frame agreement, announced at the WiMAX Forum Global Congress yesterday, follows an [...]
Mobile operator O2 UK has been left blowing bubbles after losing a four year battle against rival 3 over the usage of bubbles in its advertising. On Thursday, the European Court of Justice ruled that “O2 cannot rely on its trade mark rights” to prevent the use of bubble imagery in a comparative advertisement for [...]
Following a drought of telecoms news on Monday, when Apple made some sort of announcement, things are just starting to get back to normal, although there is still a veritable flood of iPhone related news coming in. Spanish carrier Telefonica for one, said Wednesday that it has extended its original contract with Apple and will [...]
Netia has switched its WiMAX focus from urban to rural areas as the regulator forces the incumbent to open up its broadband network to competitors.
Malaysian operator is pushing for much cheaper WiMAX kit ahead of commercial launch.
The Vodafone Group is conducting WiMAX trials in different parts of the world but it was in Malta where it launched commercial services first. Joseph Cuschieri, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Vodafone Malta, explains to Ken Wieland why the Vodafone subsidiary believes WiMAX is a perfect fit for delivering broadband to the home
East Africa’s biggest ever initial public offering (IPO) kicked off on Monday, as Kenyan operator Safaricom began trading on the Nairobi stock exchange. The government’s sale of a 25 per cent stake in the carrier has proved popular, with the listing more than 400 per cent oversubscribed. Local reports suggest around 800,000 domestic and foreign [...]
The French market is facing an inevitable slowdown as it reaches saturation point. According to Informa Telecoms & Media’s World Cellular Information Service, France had a market penetration of 90.72 per cent in March 2008, up from 84.58 per cent for the same period last year.
Mobile operator T-Mobile USA has signed up skateboarding legend Tony Hawk to promote a limited edition Sidekick device. The Sidekick LX incorporates a ‘skateboard look’ with grip tape texture and graphics, as well as a customised Tony Hawk theme for the interface. The LX will also be the first Sidekick to ship with a function [...]
Newly installed chief executive Tom Alexander outlined plans on Wednesday to refresh the brand of mobile operator Orange in the UK. Alexander, who is something of an industry veteran, having co-founded Virgin Mobile, unveiled a three pronged strategy, which will put the company’s focus back on the customer. The main operation will be divided into [...]
Nordic operator TeliaSonera has spurned the advances of France’s incumbent carrier, maintaining that it’s worth more than Telecom’s initial offer. TeliaSonera confirmed France Telecom’s interest in a statement from the board of directors, released Thursday, which revealed an offer of SEK252bn (Eur). “TeliaSonera is a strong business with excellent growth prospects in its own right. [...]
US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Thursday it has agreed to acquire regional mobile carrier Alltel for $28.1bn in cash and assumed debt. UK-based Vodafone, which holds a 45 per cent stake in Verizon, had confirmed the discussions earlier on in the day, sparking concerns over Vodafone’s long awaited dividend from its Verizon stake. Voda [...]
The role of ‘service enabler’ holds greater revenue potential for mobile network operators than the role of on portal content service provider, according to analysts on Tuesday. Research house Analysys Mason said that over the past five or six years, mobile operators have focused on becoming content service providers in order to avoid being marginalised [...]