Apple, RIM and HTC win big in 2010 mobile handset race

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In nearly all parts of the world, consumers’ appetite for purchasing the very latest handsets has not abated. Quite the reverse: research estimates 390 million handsets and smartphones were shipped in 4Q-2010, up 15.6% year-on-year. Overall, that takes the 2010 total of handsets shipped to 1.36 billion. This is a remarkable turnaround given that just one year ago, 2009 shipments …

EditorApple, RIM and HTC win big in 2010 mobile handset race

Batelco introduces inbound roaming promotion (Bahrain)

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Bahrain’s leading telecom provider, Batelco has announced its new inbound roaming promotion which will offer cash prizes of $5000 and three day tickets to the 2011 Grand Prix which will take place in the kingdom on March 13. The campaign will run until February 23 and the winners will be announced at the end of the month. Visitors to Bahrain …

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Telcos to miss unsolicited calls deadline (India)

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To get respite from unsolicited calls users may have to wait for some more time as operators are facing technical difficulties in implementing system mandated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to check pesky calls. The deadline for operators to implement the guidelines expires to January 31. With telemarketers mandated to use the 700 series number, the originating …

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Apple iPhone doesn’t work outdoors in Finland

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Repeated complaints about Apple’s iPhone have caught the attention of the consumer affairs agency, Kuluttajavirasto which is investigating whether the smartphone complies with local legislation requiring portable devices to work in sub-zero temperatures. Complaints by customers to Apple stores have been reportedly brushed aside by application of the small print, which stated that the phones were not designed to work …

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NTT DoCoMo posts flat net profit (Japan)

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Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has announced nearly flat profit for the last three months of 2010. According to the company, net profit for its third fiscal quarter was $1.63 billion, compared to $1.64 billion the previous year. Operating profit for the same period increased 4.4% to $2.76 billion coupled with a revenue fall of 2.3% to $13.05 billion. According to company’s …

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Zain supports GSMA mobile privacy principles

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Zain has declared that its support for the Mobile Privacy Principles laid down by London-headquartered Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA). According to GSMA, the principles describe the way in which mobile consumers privacy should be protected when customers use mobile applications and services that access, use or collect personal information. According to Zain, the principles are the result of close …

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Egypt’s mobile phone networks restored

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­Egypt’s mobile phone networks have been able to resume their services after being ordered to shut-down their networks on Friday. Vodafone, France Telecom controlled Mobinil and UAE based Etisalat owned, Etisalat Misr were all ordered to block their networks in selected areas throughout the country. The move seemed to fail on the government though, as protests had been pre-arranged in …

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Vodafone begins Femtocell sale (New Zealand)

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Vodafone New Zealand has begun selling miniature cellsites the size of a broadband router that customers can use to provide or boost mobile coverage, but with high introductory price. The devices, called femtocells, are being marketed under the brand Sure Signal and route calls and mobile broadband back to Vodafone’s network over customers’ fixed-line broadband connections. Vodafone is selling the …

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Nokia to announce strategy shift for handsets

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­Nokia has hinted at a possible shift in its handset strategy that could see it embracing an alternative to its Symbian and MeeGo operating systems for future handsets. According to Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, Nokia must compete on an ecosystem-to-ecosystem basis. In addition to great devices, we must build, catalyze, and/or join a competitive ecosystem. The comment about joining up …

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Mobile operators forced to offer 12-month contract (UK, Europe)

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European mobile phone subscribers will have to be offered the choice of 12-month contracts in addition to the increasingly usual 18 and 24 month contracts, under laws passed by the European Union. The legislation is due to come into effect in May this year, subject to ratification by each of the European Union’s nation states. According to Ofcom spokesperson, the …

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