Huge scale of 4G in Asia helps drive global innovation

The scale of 4G deployments in Asia has not only led to falling network costs for the entire industry, it has also driven the overall level of maturity of 4G across the world. The industry is no longer looking to …

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Karbonn Mobile Sparkle V launches in the UK, £99 Black Friday deal

Indian affordable smartphone maker Karbonn Mobile has announced it is launching in the UK with its Sparkle V on Friday exclusively via Amazon. As a Black Friday special offer, the device will be available for £99 for one day only, after which it will be available at £129.

Magyar Telekom launches m-wallet in Hungary

Following a one-year pilot programme run by the Hungarian Mobile Wallet Association, Magyar Telekom, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, has launched a mobile wallet service called Telekom MobilTarca.  And the operator’s two local rivals — Vodafone and Telenor — are …

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Danish operators sell m-pay business to rival

Operators behind Danish mobile payment venture Paii have decided to sell the service to Swipp, the country’s second most popular mobile payments service, which is owned by a consortium of Danish banks. Paii’s chairman Flemming Jenson explained the decision, saying …

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Exclusive: Ericsson CEO Vestberg talks transformation, operators, smartphones, Facebook and SDN

Telecoms.com catches up with Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the Ericsson Business Innovation Forum in Stockholm. Vestberg is keen to focus on the journey Ericsson is on to transform itself into a broad-based ICT company and to detail some of the milestones and challenges that entails.

EE confirms BT talks, industry opinion divided

Deutsche Telekom and Orange, the joint shareholders of EE, have confirmed initial discussions with BT over a possible sale of the UK mobile operator. In a statement the German and French giants said they are exploring the possibility as part of their regular market assessment to evaluate different strategic options.

Poland draws six bidders for 4G auction

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) said six firms have submitted preliminary bids for 4G spectrum — the country’s four biggest operators, plus two newcomers. The bidders are competing over 19 blocks of radio frequencies in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz …

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Amazon in Fire sale, other smartphone vendors feeling the heat

Amazon has taken another hit on its faltering Fire phone, by conceding a second price slash on its first smartphone offering. The online retailer has now listed the phone for $199.00 unlocked, which also includes a full year of its Prime service worth $99.

Nimbuzz launches call management app Holaa

A month after the maker of messaging app Nimbuzz was acquired by UK’s New Call for $250 million, it has released Holaa, a free call management app for Android devices aimed at emerging markets. It gives users the name, photo …

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