Rumors are swirling that network provider Verizon is ready to pay Apple for making the iPhone available on its airwaves.
A report published in the Wall Street journal claims that Verizon has suggested Apple to make its iPhone partially exclusive for the carrier along with AT&T.
AT&T has exclusive rights to sell Apple’s flagship iPhone since it was launched in 2007. The exclusivity deal is applicable five years, but Apple is reportedly mulling over plans to make the iPhone available on other carriers also as a number of customers are dissatisfied with AT&T service.
AT&T takes negative reviews very seriously, wireless carrier’s President of Emerging Devices Glenn Lurie said at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference that took place in san Francisco.
Lurie’s was commenting in response of the recent ‘Consumer Reports’ which calls AT&T the worst wireless carrier in the US. The report hit people’s trust in voice, data and text-messaging services being offered by AT&T.
British government's plan for creating the best broadband network in Europe by 2015 received a big boost as telecommunications giant BT announced a super-fast 1GB broadband service.
BT will start trials of the super-fast service at Kesgrave in Suffolk in early 2011. Trials will take place at as many as forty locations across Britain. However, the complete list of towns to be involved in the BT trials are yet to be announced.
Virgin Media has partnered with Persimmon Homes to equip selected houses in cabled areas with built-in fibre optic infrastructure.
The entertainment and media giant is extending its fibre cable network with an intention to offer super-fast broadband service to residents of newly built houses.
The potential owners of the new houses will be able to enjoy Virgin Media's super-fast fibre broadband, television as well as telephony services.
Persimmon Homes will publicize Virgin's products, such as its ultrafast 50Mbps broadband service, as a part of the deal.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking into a dispute between Comcast and Internet network operator Level 3 Communications Inc.
Level 3 recently bagged a contract to provide streaming video services for Netflix customers. Comcast asked Level 3 to compensate it for carrying the higher volume of Level 3 traffic over its network.
But, Level 3 triggered alarm for net neutrality by claiming that Comcast had demanded it to pay a recurring fee for delivering video traffic to Comcast customers.
Mobile phone career Vodafone has slashed the cost of web browsing on smartphones in Europe, a move that is expected to trigger a price war.
Now Vodafone customers on holiday or business trips in Europe can receive up to 25MBs of internet data for a flat rate of 2 pounds. The new rate represents a saving of 60 per cent on current price.
What is more is that customers who will sign up to contracts of more than 40 pounds per month will be able to enjoy web browsing abroad for no additional cost. The plan will be available to all of Vodafone’s customers in Europe.
Mobile phone carrier Vodafone UK is advertising the debut of the HTC Desire Z smartphone.
The much-anticipated handset is available from Vodafone UK on a two-year contract that costs £199 upfront and £25 per month. For those who want the handset for free can go for £55 per month on two-year contract.
The HTC Desire Z features a silvery body, a QWERTY keyboard, a 3.7-inch WVGA touch-screen display and a 5-megapixel camera. The smartphone is powered by 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor.
BT Wholesale has announced that its new fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) service will offer a minimum guaranteed speed of 5Mb/s, down from previously minimum download speed of 15Mb/s.
BT resellers such as TalkTalk will be able to reach out to increased number of customers by lowering the minimum guaranteed speed from 15Mb/s to 5Mb/s. It may be noted here that the FTTC service is a part of BT’s nation-wide next-generation broadband roll out.
Skyfire has announced the availability of a new version of the company's mobile web browser for the iOS- Skyfire 2.1, which can be downloaded from the App Store.
Skyfire 2.1 allows users to play Flash Player on their iPhone handsets. In addition, it uses remote servers to convert Flash to HTML5 which can be streamed to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch music devices. One can watch videos from sites that only offer Flash. However, Flash video games aren't supported.
The chief of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB hinted that the smartphone maker is working closely with the parent company Sony Corp. to develop a smartphone with a slide-out controller to play video games.
Sony Ericsson Chief Executive Bert Nordberg said he has confirmed sources that state the development of a smartphone that would benefit with Sony's experience in developing the PlayStation Portable video-game device.
Communications minister Ed Vaizey's recent indication that the principle of net neutrality should be discarded in favour of "two-tier" internet service has attracted mixed response from the UK Internet Service Providers.
Net neutrality is based on the principle that ISPs should treat all internet traffic equally. It means a simple blog receives the same level of access as enjoyed by a website of a big corporation.
Sony Ericsson's chief executive Bert Nordberg has hinted that the company is working on games-oriented smartphone.
Mr. Nordberg said in an interview that he was well aware of swirling speculations that the firm was working on a smartphone with a slide-out controller to allow users play video games.
Hinting on the rumoured device, Mr. Nordberg said, "There's a lot of smoke, and I tell you there must be a fire somewhere."
Internet service provider Virgin Media has urged the government not to spend public money on BT to help roll out a high-speed broadband network into rural areas.
On the other hand BT has suggested that the government should not provide financial assistance to those operators which would decline to provide access to rivals on a wholesale basis. It may be noted here that Virgin Media has been refusing to offer its cable platform to rivals on a wholesale basis.
BT-owned broadband & phone provider Plusnet has decided to shut down its customer support operation site in Durban, South Africa, and to move the business to South Yorkshire in the UK.
Plusnet is moving its entire operations to the same site with an intention to improve service further. The company inherited a call center in Durban from Madasafish after BT acquired Brightview in 2007.