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******************************** PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents The CommunicationsDirect Daily Update For May 14, 2007 ********************************

Vodafone Acquires Deutsche Telekom's Spanish Unit

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The takeover of the local unit of Deutsche Telekom will enable Vodafone Espana to expand into the broadband market and compete more effectively against its biggest rivals, Telefonica and ...

Regulator Blocks BT's Italian MVNO Plans=E2=80=94Reports

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Italy's telecoms regulator, AGCOM, has blocked BT's plans to launch MVNO operations in Italy, according to a report yesterday in the Italian daily, Finanza & Mercati. The paper said AGCOM queried the deal because BT's Italian unit mainly operates in the Italian business customer sector. BT had hoped to launch its ...

CTIA Highlights Successes in Mobile Payments and Banking

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The biggest news at CTIA for the billing and payment space had to be AT&T's announcement of its mobile banking initiatives with Wachovia, SunTrust and Regions Financial Corp. The banks will enable customers to check balances and pay bills from their mobile devices using Firethorn's mobile banking and payments ...

Black Friday At DT: Workers Walk As Profits Plunge

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More than 10,000 employees left their jobs at Deutsche Telekom this morning to protest part of the carrier's planned $6.3 billion cost-reduction program. The strike came less than a day after the carrier, saying that it had lost 588,000 fixed-line customers in just 90 days, reported a 58-percent plunge in profits from a ...

Wal-Mart to Bring Skype Calling Mainstream with In-Store Displays of Assorted Phone Gear

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NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is adding an array of Skype phone gear to the electronics section in 1,800 stores, bringing the renegade provider of cheap calling over the Internet to a huge mainstream audience. The dedicated Skype section will feature handsets, headsets and webcams designed to work with Skype, a provider of ...

Helio's Ocean Sets Sail

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Helio's dual-slider handset, called Ocean, is available from the MVNO's Website, stores and through GameStop video game retail locations. The handset includes a full Qwerty keyboard; 2.4 inch QVGA screen, which can be viewed in portrait or landscape modes; updated search functions that promise easy access to sites such ...

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