TelecomDirect News Daily Update - July 31, 2006

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A Helpful Traveling Companion

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Have you ever wanted a traveling companion who would talk to you, offer road directions and even provide entertainment? Well, good friends are hard to find. On the other hand, Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based Navman USA is offering the next best thing--a mobile device that supplies many of the best attributes of a trusted traveling buddy and...

Telefonica May Deploy GSM Network in Venezuela

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Spanish telecoms group Telefónica is considering the deployment of a GSM network in Venezuela, reports The Financial Times. Telefonica's Venezuelan arm, Telefonica Moviles, is the country's leading operator, with 7.8 million subscribers. However, Venezuela represents the only arm of Telefonica's ...

Users Find SmartPhones More Valuable than PDAs and Laptops

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According a consumer survey, more users of SmartPhones reported that these devices are essential to their business than the users of PDAs or laptops, reports In-Stat. But this does not mean that there will be automatic acceptance of SmartPhones and widespread replacement of PDAs and laptops, the high-tech market research firm says. ...

O2 Germany Focuses on Gaining New Customers

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Germany's third-largest mobile operator, which is part of Spain's Telefonica, plans to focus its strategy on new customer acquisitions in efforts to boost its revenue. The cellco expects to lower prices and introduce an array of new products to appeal to new customer...

Verizon Wireless to End Music Download Fee

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Verizon Wireless is eliminating the monthly $15 fee for its music download service in conjunction with the launch of a cellphone featuring an iPod-like click wheel and a memory card that can hold up to 1,000 songs. The new Chocolate handset, made by LG Electronics Inc. of Korea, features software that will let users ...

Telenor ASA to Buy Serbian Cellphone Company for US$1.9 billion

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Telenor ASA of Norway offered Monday to buy Mobi 63, Serbia's cellphone company, for US$1.92 billion. Telenor ASA outbid Mobilkom Austria AG and Egypt's Orascom Telecom at an auction organized by the government, which holds 70 percent in Mobi 63, and a group of Austrian investors who control the...

Motorola Inks Content Deal, Revises Governance Policy

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Motorola signed an exclusive content deal with Shanda Interactive in China. Separately, the handset manufacturer said its board terminated its shareholder rights plan, or its 'poison pill' clause. In its deal with Shanda, Motorola will launch the entertainment company's World of Legend and Magical Land online role-playing ...

FCC To Debate BPL Deregulation Decision

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) next week may decide on whether to deregulate broadband over power line (BPL) offerings as information services, based on a seven-month-old petition from the United Power Line Council (UPLC) and its United Telecom Council (UTC) affiliate. The UPLC/UTC request to the commission for a ...

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