Sprint has joined T-Mobile USA and AT&T on the Google carrier billing wagon, offering support for Android users who want to charge app purchases to their monthly bills. In a phased roll-out over the next few days, Sprint users will be offered a drop-down menu when purchasing apps, allowing them to choose between charging their credit card or “Bill my Sprint account.”
Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has placed an offer to acquire all shares in European mobile internet content and apps provider Buongiorno for €224m The bid has already gained partial acceptance as Mauro Del Rio, owner of approximately 20 per cent of the company’s stock, has entered into an irrevocable undertaking with the operator’s German arm, DoCoMo Deutschland, to tender all of his shares for the offer.
With the LTE Asia conference imminent, Telecoms.com speaks to Alan Hadden, president of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, about the spectrum challenges facing the Asian LTE market. Fragmentation is as much of an issue in Asia Pacific as it is in the rest of the world, with early movers trying to muster support for their competing strategies.
HTC and Japanese carrier KDDI have announced that UQ Communications, KDDI’s WiMAX services subsidiary, will distribute HTC’s EVO WiMAX smartphone from April this year. It will be Japan’s first WiMAX smartphone.
Japan’s leading carrier, NTT DoCoMo, said Monday that it is gearing up to test LTE Advanced with an eye to racking up speeds of 1Gbps on the downlink.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo will launch flat rate data billing for smartphones, tablets and data only devices, starting March 15. The plan will give customers a choice between two-tiered or full flat rate billing to suit their data usage habits. The two-tiered option lets users pay as they go for moderate data usage up to a set limit, or pay a flat-rate monthly charge of JPY5,985 ($72.5) if they exceed the set limit. Under the full flat-rate option, the monthly charge is JPY5,460 ($66.1) regardless of data volume.
Three of Northeast Asia’s largest carriers – Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, China Mobile, and South Korea’s KT, on Wednesday established a broad business partnership focused on international roaming for voice and data services.
At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com caught up with Seizo Onoe, SVP and managing director of the R&D strategy department at NTT DoCoMo, and got his views on LTE deployment.
Nordic carrier TeliaSonera may have stolen much of the limelight with its launch of LTE in Stockholm and Oslo, but other carriers are hot on its heels with a view to launching the 4G technology before the year is out. At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com caught up with Seizo Onoe, SVP and managing director of the R&D strategy department at NTT DoCoMo, and got his views on LTE deployment.
Leading Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo said Thursday it is laying the foundations for its LTE deployment by rolling out new WCDMA base stations that will be compatible with the 4G technology.
Not content with engineering a large scale merger in the UK with French owned carrier Orange, Deutsche Telekom has now set its sites on some monster consolidation in the US. That’s the rumour, anyway, and as any follower of international soccer-ball knows, you can never discount the Germans.
With more than 30 years’ service at Japan’s incumbent telecoms operator, Komori was charged with leading DoCoMo’s legendary research and development centre in July 2008.
Japanese wireless broadband operator EMobile said Wednesday it has launched HSPA+ services in the country, using kit supplied by Huawei.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo on Sunday acquired a 35 per cent stake in multimedia software firm PacketVideo, owned by wireless broadband vendor NextWave Wireless.
Linux remains high on the agenda with regards to mobile handset operating systems but some degree of fragmentation looks likely to remain. This week, a handful of major operators committed to rolling out devices this year based on the LiMo Foundation’s flavour of Linux. NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, have [...]