T-Mobile US preps for $43 MEEELLION shower of gold on cram victims

Network braces for quarterly hit from repaying unwanted SMS charges

As American regulators at the FTC crack down on mobile bill “cramming” scams, T-Mobile US has ring-fenced at least $43 million – to refund customers who were fraudulently charged for premium SMS services.…

Samsung arrives at its smartphone moment of truth

By its recent lofty standards, Samsung’s Q2 2014 smartphone shipments were a disappointment. In spite of the launch of the flagship Galaxy S5 in the middle of the quarter, shipments declined annually and it seems the strategy that has served Samsung so well may have run its course.

ICANN can’t hand over Iran’s internet, bomb victims told

Why? Because nobody owns it

It’s not possible to hand over Iran’s internet because it doesn’t own it, a Washington DC court has been told in a mind-boggling submission to terrorism victims.…

Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014

The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.

Facebook, Airtel bring free internet to Zambia

The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, announced a partnership with emerging markets carrier Airtel on Thursday that will see the Internet.org app provide free basic services to users in Zambia.

You, Verizon. What’s with the download throttle? Explain yourself – FCC boss

Commission wants answers on plan to cap heavy users

The head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is demanding an explanation from Verizon over the carrier’s decision to throttle LTE speeds for heavy users.…

EE says 4G Broadcast in UK is inevitable

Speaking as EE demonstrated LTE eMBMS 4G broadcast technology at the Commonwealth Games in partnership with the BBC, Qualcomm and Huawei, EE Video Strategist Matt Stagg told Telecoms.com that it’s just a matter of time before 4G broadcast becomes a mainstream technology.

Microsoft’s Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China’s is the real cutie

Siri rival gets accent in OS update

Microsoft will be fine-tuning its virtual assistant Cortana in its first update to Windows Phone 8.1. The Siri rival is predicted to arrive on UK users’ smartphones over the next few months.…

iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we’re Apple

BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend – marketeers

Apple’s iWallet mobile money app could be the start of a more general trend that sees web giants such as Facebook pushing into the payment industry, according to online payment experts.…