Telecom Sector

Vodafone India says 2G auction guidelines are 'illegal, discriminatory'

Vodafone India says 2G auction guidelines are 'illegal, discriminatory'

According to a Wednesday report in the Times of India, Vodafone India has termed the new guidelines for 2G spectrum auction as "illegal" and "discriminatory; and has sought the withdrawal of the guidelines on the grounds that they would be "benefiting one set of players."

Vodafone calls on Indian govt. to find amicable solution to tax dispute

Vodafone calls on Indian govt. to find amicable solution to tax dispute

Signaling a possible softening of its stand on the multi-billion-dollar tax dispute, Britain-based telecom giant Vodafone International has called on the government to find a cordial solution settle the dispute.

According to the Income Tax (I-T) Department, Vodafone owes Rs 14,000 crore including interest on delayed payment to the government. The dues are related to Vodafone's $11.2-billion offshore deal with Hutchison Whampoa that was signed in 2007. With this acquisition, Vodafone International had acquired a controlling stake in the Indian arm of Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa.

U.S. Customs review clears all HTC shipments

U.S. Customs review clears all HTC shipments

Taiwanese handset maker announced on Wednesday that U. S. Customs cleared shipments of all of its latest smartphones models that had been blocked for a review required by the International Trade Commission (ITC).

In a filing with Taiwan Stock Exchange, HTC said that all of the devices in question were found to be in compliance with an ITC ruling, and that it expected shipments to continue in future.

The manufacturer said in a statement, “Future shipments should continue to enter the U. S. and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products.”

T-Mobile denounces shared family data plans

T-Mobile denounces shared family data plans

Network providers Verizon and AT&T will soon roll out shared data plans, but T-Mobile USA argued such 'one size fits all' shared family data plans would not benefit customers.

Using T-Mobile's Issues & Insights Blog, vice president of marketing Andrew Sherrard said he didn't think that consumers wanted `one size fits all' shared data plans.

Commenting on the concept of shared data plans, Sherrard said, "Just imagine mom's email is suddenly unavailable because her teenage son watched an HD movie on his phone, consuming the family's data allotment."

Sprint all set to offer HTC Evo 4G LTE

Sprint all set to offer HTC Evo 4G LTE

HTC's much-awaited Evo 4G LTE smartphone is all set to become available on Friday, May 18, on the airwaves of US carrier Sprint.

Network provider Sprint will offer the Evo 4G LTE for $200 with a new two-year service contract.

The Evo 4G LTE, which is based on the manufacturer's critically acclaimed "One" line of handsets, offers a blend of striking hardware and software features.

Chris Weber: Nokia Lumia 900 seeing “very good support” from AT&T salespeople

Chris Weber: Nokia Lumia 900 seeing “very good support” from AT&T salespeople

During the course of the 2012 International CTIA Wireless conference in New Orleans, Nokia's U. S. president Chris Weber told PCMag earlier his week that Nokia's newly-released Windows Phone handset - the Lumia 900 - is winning over AT&T salespeople; with the sales numbers of the handset apparently beating its production figures.

According to the information shared by Weber, the demand for the Nokia Lumia 900 has been surpassing the handset's supply for the first couple of weeks; a situation which Nokia has been "working hard to rectify."

Apple iPhone’s popularity hurting prepaid mobile carriers

Apple iPhone’s popularity hurting prepaid mobile carriers

The day-by-day increasing popularity of Apple’s iPhone is hurting prepaid mobile phone carriers.

While AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel are pocketing huge profits owing to the iPhone, prepaid carriers like MetroPCS and Leap Wireless are helplessly seeing their subscriber base shrinking.

FCC announces PROJECTS Initiative to fight cellphone theft

FCC announces PROJECTS Initiative to fight cellphone theft

On Tuesday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its PROJECTS Initiative --- a three-point plan aimed at fighting cell phone thefts, which comprise nearly 40 percent of all robberies in Washington, D. C., New York and other major cities of the country.

For the anti-theft initiative, the FCC will be supported by mobile phone manufacturers - including Apple, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Nokia, and Microsoft - as well as service providers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Nex-Tech Wireless.

LG Viper: First LG 4G LTE, on Sprint

LG Viper: First LG 4G LTE, on Sprint

Even though Sprint Nextel is yet to officially announce the launch of its new 4G LTE network, recent reports have revealed that the first LTE-capable handset to be launched by the carrier will be the LG Viper.

Boasting the 4G LTE speeds on the Sprint network, the LG Viper will be available for pre-order for $100 from April 12, with a two-year Sprint service contract and $50 mail-in rebate - not including taxes and surcharges - by the way of a reward card.

Sprint CFO hints about 4G iPhone

Sprint CFO hints about 4G iPhone

Mobile phone carrier Sprint is preparing to offer Apple's potential 4G iPhone against competitors AT&T and Verizon, The Dow Jones hinted.

The Dow Jones reported that Sprint's CFO Joe Euteneuer told investors that its contract with Apple was similar to contracts between rivals and Cupertino firm.

Euteneuer claimed that Sprint was not being held to any 4G LTE requirements. Sprint has plans to launch its 4G LTE network in some of the major cities of the country by the end of June this year.