Archive for November 25th, 2009

S.Korea halves ceiling on text messages to fight spam (AFP)

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AFP – South Korean authorities on Wednesday halved the daily limit on text messages sent out by mobile phones as part of a campaign against spam, officials said.

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China’s 3G Conversion Boosts Telecom Software Firm’s Earnings (Investor’s Business Daily)

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Investor’s Business Daily – U.S. telecom firms have hit a ceiling as most Americans have a cell phone and Internet access. These firms can only dream of untapped potential in China, the world’s largest mobile market.

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Verizon Challenges Sprint Marketing Claim (PC World)

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PC World – Verizon has challenged Sprint’s marketing claim that its “America’s most dependable 3G network.” The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has asked Sprint to drop the slogan in response to the Verizon complaint, expanding the ongoing marketing battle between the leading mobile service providers.

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Android 1.6 Phones Get Google Maps Directions (NewsFactor)

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NewsFactor – Google has expanded the availability of its free Google Maps Navigation service, which previously ran only on handsets equipped with the company’s Android 2.0 operating system. Now handsets running Android 1.6 and higher — such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the G1 — have access to the beta software, according to navigation […]

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Ailing Nokia Launches ‘Designer’ Slide Smartphones (NewsFactor)

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NewsFactor – Nokia announced two new slider 3G phones Tuesday — the 6700 Slide and the 7230. The Finland-based company described the new models as “made for the design-conscious consumer and optimized for socializing and sharing.” The devices are among a series of steps Nokia is taking to recover from a downturn.

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Verizon opposes Sprint’s "Most Dependable" claim (AP)

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AP – A national advertising watchdog is asking Sprint Nextel Corp. to drop its ads calling itself “America’s most dependable 3G network.”

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EU drops Qualcomm antitrust probe (AP)

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AP – European Union antitrust regulators on Tuesday dropped a monopoly abuse probe into wireless chip maker Qualcomm Inc. after mobile phone companies withdrew complaints about high royalty fees.

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Nokia to ax 220 R&D jobs in Japan (AP)

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AP – Nokia Corp. said Tuesday it is axing 220 jobs at research and development units in Japan as the world’s largest mobile phone maker continues to cut costs.

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EU parliament backs greater rights for telecoms, Internet users (AFP)

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AFP – The European parliament approved Tuesday a major overhaul of EU telecoms law aimed at boosting the rights of European mobile phone and Internet users and protection against access restrictions.

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EU ends Qualcomm 3G probe after rivals back down (AFP)

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AFP – EU competition regulators ended antitrust action against Qualcomm on Tuesday after rivals withdrew complaints that the US microchip company had abused its dominant power in 3G markets.

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