Tag Archives: mobile carriers
Mobile shopping is in the news a lot this holiday season. It has mostly been appearing in the form of services like ShopSavvy or shopkick – where the mobile is used to compare prices, or earn location-based rewards. But a lot of people are trying to make mobile payments more attractive consumers, where they can actually use their phone to pay for goods instead of cash or a credit card. We spoke to Jay Emmet, General Manager of OpenMarket, about the need for the mobile payments industry to get real. Continue reading
It was revealed yesterday that three companies were in talks with African mobile operator Zain. At the time, it was mentioned that one of these was an Indian company. Today, that company has been revealed as Reliance Communications. But what does that mean for the deal? Continue reading
Rural mobile broadband operator OpenRange has chosen pure WiMAX vendor Alvarion for a $100m deal across 546 rural communities. Rather than going with one of the larger WiMAX operators like Clearwire and Motorola who have partnership programmes, OpenRange chose the smaller, pure-WiMAX company to provide equipment, services and expertise across it’s 17 state network. Continue reading
In-flight mobile provider OnAir can now operate on the networks of all four of the UKs big carriers, after Vodafone and Orange granted permission. The company, which enables mobile phone calls to be made from planes while they’re in the air, was already operating with O2 and T-Mobile. Continue reading
India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade today announced that is banning certain mobile phones from entering the country. Any device lacking a 15-digit IMEI code is banned from being imported. Continue reading
Motricity has announced its LBS Controller, a solution for mobile operators that allows them to give third parties easy access to Location Based Services. Using LBS Controller, mobile operators can enable LBS for mobile websites, applications or on-phone services. The difference here is that since it’s operator level, Motricity has built in “user-managed privacy” options that could be accessed by anyone on the network. Continue reading
You’ve got to love this. Apparently Chinese mobile networks are so horrifyingly clogged with spam texts that the government has been spurred to action. In order to combat this, the number of texts that any mobile can send will be restricted. What kind of effect will this have on those responsible for the spamming? Probably [...]
Here’s a peculiar “solution” for the problem with mobile roaming rates. Three companies have gotten together to enable operators to offer rewards to their customers for roaming – which covers foreign users roaming on the home network, or home users roaming on a foreign network
So the basic idea is that roamers will earn points from [...]
Indian mobile operator Tata Teleservices has announced it will be investing $2 billion in a country-wide GSM network. The company already operates a CDMA network, but is switching away from the less popular architecture.
CDMA vs GSM? WTF?
To be honest, there’s not a huge functional difference between CDMA and GSM networks. There are proponents in both [...]
Anyone who has the misfortune of having to rely on mobile broadband knows that connections are rarely stable and almost always slow. Epitiro has released findings from a survey of over 1.4 million broadband tests, showing just how bad mobile broadband really is.
First, the results in brief. Having examined broadband from 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, [...]
While “managed services” contracts have been becoming more common in Europe over the last months, todays announcement of a contract between Ericsson and Zain Africa is the first such deal in Africa. Analysts are saying that this new deal is the final proof that managed services is a sustainable business model.
So what is a managed [...]
Intel has announced that it has invested $43 million dollars into Japanese mobile internet company UQ Communications. The 4G mobile network should be launched by the start of next month, with Intel also providing the embedded tech required to connect to the service.
Intel has been working with UQ for a good while now – next [...]
Tesco today announced that customers can purchase laptops and mobile broadband as part of a bundle through its www.tescocontractmobilephones.com site. As part of the introduction, customers will be able to pick up the actual laptops for free. The only cost currently incurred is the monthly fee for the mobile broadband. But it should go without [...]
It has been in the works since February, but it was finally announced today that mobile operators Vodafone and 3 will be merging into a larger body in Australia. Hutchinson, which owns 3, and Vodafone will be forming 50/50 joint venture called Vodafone-Hutchison Australia (VHA).
The process took so long to be confirmed because the Australian [...]