The iPhone may be made in China but Apple still hasn’t launched its game-changing handset there yet.
That hasn’t stopped the 3G smartphone having a huge impact on China’s estimated 700 million cell phone market, according to the latest report from Research and Markets.
Seventy-five per cent of travellers would never use a mobile phone during a flight, according to a survey by Wanderlust Magazine.
The poll comes as Ryanair announces that passengers will shortly be able to make mobile calls during flights.
The US telecoms giant Sprint is to offer free, in-store smartphone training in an effort to reduce the number of phones returned to it by confused customers.
This could be a reflection on the technical competence of the average purchaser of today’s function-packed smartphones.
Europe’s telcoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, has told the European Parliament to back proposed changes to telecoms regulation across Europe.
She called for quicker data portability, compulsory data breach laws if private information is lost, more transparent pricing structures to make life easier for consumers, and more wireless broadband services to improve net access for rural types.
Vodafone has voiced its opposition to plans to introduce a Receiving-Party-Pays (RPP) model in Europe, saying the move would force operators to raise retail charges.
The telecoms company said this would lead to 40 million users getting rid of their cell phones.
Motorola has sued a former executive for allegedly violating a non-compete agreement and threatening to reveal its trade secrets by taking a job with Apple’s iPhone division, the mobile phone maker said in a lawsuit.
Michael Fenger accepted “millions of dollars in cash, restricted stock units, and stock options” in exchange for agreeing not to join a competitor for two years after leaving Motorola, where he oversaw mobile devices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the lawsuit said.
The world’s fifth-placed handset maker is to shed 2,000 jobs as the company reports a Q2 operating loss of US$3.17 million.
Sony Ericsson a drop in net income from US$347.6million a year ago to US$9.48 million, while sales slumped 9.4 per cent to US$4.4 billion.
The joint venture between Sony and Ericsson AB also forecast further bad news in the third quarter.