While Apple’s iPhone 4S are selling like pancakes for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile is the only U.S.carrier that can’t sell iPhones. They are left with only Android, Windows, and Blackberry-based smartphones to market.
Smartphone manufacturers in Asia have a chance to exploit a rare letdown from market leader Apple Inc after the new iPhone 4S botched to impress fans and investors, leaving Android competitors better placed to grab market share.
The former head of product at Sprint Nextel and present CEO of Amerilink Telecom, Kevin Packingham, has joined Samsung Telecommunications America as the multi-national company’s senior vice-president of product innovation.
The move comes as Samsung has become a leading player in the global market for smartphones and tablet computers these past years, and is increasingly in close competition with Apple and other top device makers.
U.S. based Sprint today filed a lawsuit to stop a rival telecom company, AT&T from merging with T-mobile, joining the U.S. Justice Department in throwing another hurdle in front of the deal. Susan Haller, vice president of Sprint's legal team said that the company opposes AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile.
Software developer Openwave filed a lawsuit against Apple and Research In Motion in order to defend its intellectual property on how mobile devices connect to the Internet. The complaint, filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in the U.S. Capital, requests that the ITC stop the import of smartphones and tablet computers that infringe Openwave patents, including Apple’s iPhone, iPod, and iPad products and RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 9330 and BlackBerry PlayBook.
The search engine giant, Google, recently announced that it is buying Motorola Mobility for approximately US$12.5 billion or US$40 per share, in cash. The price represents a premium of 63% to the closing market price of Motorola Mobility shares last Friday. This would be not a problem since Google has about US$39 billion in cash. The concluded transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
Right groups have condemned a decision by a San Francisco regional subway authority to suspend mobile phone services last week before a planned civil demonstration, with some members comparing the move to the actions of dictatorial Middle Eastern regimes. The Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority (BART) stopped the flow of data at some of the downtown stations during the homebound commute on Thursday evening without warning.
India’s Intelligence Bureau (IB) wants all mobile phone companies to keep call data records, or details of all phone calls made by their customers, for a period of five years. This move was strongly opposed by the said companies citing additional operational costs. Currently, telcos store call records only for six months.
Sweden-based company freephoo recently released their free iPad application on the Swedish App Store. After downloading and installing freephoo, a customer can make free calls to other freephoo users and cheap calls to both fixed-line and mobile phones.
Sweden’s telecommunications companies reported that about 60% of the country’s mobile market composed of 3G subscribers in 2010. According to the market research report published by the country’s incumbent operator, TeliaSonera, Swedish-based international operator Tele2, Norwegian incumbent operator Telenor and international conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa´s subsidiary Hi3G, there were 643,000 net additions in 2010, compared to 609,000 in 2009.
The smartphone market in China has been expanding at a rapid pace as both Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iPhone vie for majority stakes in the Chinese market. Today, the iPhone is available from China Unicorn, the largest of the country's three wireless carriers, but talks have began in earnest between China Telecom Corp Ltd, the smallest of the three players, and Apple Inc to introduce iPhones based on CDMA technology, according to news reports.
The California bill requires police to get a warrant before searching cell phones, according to Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a US-based civil liberties group. EFF said their organization is proud to support SB 914 and is calling for more supporters in passing the bill in the US Senate.
German security researchers discovered that an astonishing 99.7% of Android smartphones leak unencrypted data when one logins to Google services. Hackers sniffing for this data over wireless connections could gain access to information stored in the cloud, so claimed by Bastian Könings, Jens Nickels, and Florian Schaub from the University of Ulm.
There’s no Skype yet in Nimbuzz, a popular cross platform instant messaging client for Symbian Series 60 ^3 devices, but it has added every other possible feature for instant messaging. Version 3.0 came out last year with a lot of improvements, and today we have version 3.01 bringing more new features and bug fixes.