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Financial Times Deutschland reports that mobile operators Vodafone Germany and T-Mobile Deutschland may back down from their position that they would not sell Nokia handsets with the Voice-over-IP (VoIP) programme Skype included. The service currently allows users to make telephone calls for free, or more cheaply than traditional telephone providers. Both operators have said that they are looking into offering special tariffs for mobile VoIP use instead of blocking the services, which have been available for their mobile internet customers for six weeks.
T-Mobile announced in early April 2009 it would not allow its customers to use the new Skype application designed specifically for Apple’s iPhone. T-Mobile spokesperson, Alexander von Schmettow, said: ‘It is clearly stated in our customer contracts that such services may not be used. There are two reasons for this – because the high level of traffic would hinder our network performance, and because if the Skype programme didn’t work properly, customers would make us responsible for it.’
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global Android smartphone shipments will grow 900 percent in 2009. Healthy support from operators, vendors and developers is driving adoption. Apple iPhone OS will be the next fastest-growing smartphone operating system in 2009, with a 79 percent growth rate. Tom Kang, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast global Android smartphone shipments to grow an impressive 900 percent annually during 2009. The Android mobile operating system from Google gained early traction in the United States in the second half of 2008 and it is gradually spreading its presence into Europe and Asia during 2009. Android is expanding from a low base and it is consequently outgrowing the iPhone OS from Apple, which we estimate will grow at a relatively lower 79 percent annually in 2009.”Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Android has fast been winning healthy support among operators, vendors and developers. A relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google’s support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system. Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years.”
Google is making its vast online library of books available for mobile phones. We are excited to announce the launch of a mobile version of Google Book Search, opening up over 1.5 million mobile public domain books in the US (and over half a million outside the US) for you to browse, the company said.The Internet search giant, in a post on Thursday on the Google Book Search blog, said mobile versions of the books could be read on devices such as the Apple iPhone or T-Mobile G1, which is powered by Google’s Android software.
These new mobile editions are optimized to be read on a small screen, Google said. With this launch, we believe that we’ve taken an important step toward more universal access to books.
Hungary’s three mobile operators Pannon, Vodafone and T-Mobile collectively added a net 284,000 new subscribers in the last month of 2008, to close out December with a total of 12.24 million users, according to the national regulator the NHH. As at 31 December Pannon had a 35.09% market share, down from 35.18% in November, while T-Mobile’s market share also fell from 43.94% to 43.86%. The country’s third largest operator Vodafone was the beneficiary, increasing its share of the pie from 20.89% to 21.04% in the same period. The NHH also reported that ‘active’ mobile subscriptions reached 10.97 million by end-December, up 227,000 on the previous month, whilst cellular penetration reached 121.8%, compared with 119.1% in November.
The T-Mobile G1 is now in Germany. It is the first mobile phone in the world with the Android operating system. Top features include the intuitive user interface and direct access to services such as Google search, Google Maps, Google Mail and numerous applications from independent providers via Android Market.
Other features include HSDPA for mobile bandwidths of up to 7.2 Mbit/s, WLAN, a built-in compass, a five-row QWERTY keyboard, the trackball, the built-in GPS receiver and the large, slide-out touch screen display with three user-friendly starting views. T-Mobile is now offering the device to consumers as part of a 24-month contract with the new Combi Flat XS, S, M and L rates. T-Mobile G1 costs just EUR 1 in conjunction with the Combi Flat S, M and L voice and data flat rates.
The T-Mobile G1 is already enjoying tremendous success in the US and the UK, and it impresses the experts: The jury of the renowned Global Mobile Awards nominated T-Mobile G1 as a finalist in the “Best Mobile Handset or Device” category. The unique Android open source software and the extremely user-friendly design were key factors in the decision. The international association of network operators (GSMA) will award the prize at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the largest event of its kind in the worldwide mobile industry, on February 17, 2009.
The T-Mobile G1 represents an exceptional mobile Internet experience: Users can access the functions or surf the Internet with a simple finger tap on the display. Google services, familiar to millions of people from their desktop PC, can now be used efficiently and conveniently on the move with the T-Mobile G1. One example is the Google search engine, where the suggest feature’s automatic term recognition allows users to find the information or entertainment content they are looking for by entering a minimum of information.
The T-Mobile G1’s browser loads Internet pages very quickly as it is constantly connected to the Internet. The navigation service on Google Maps makes it no problem for customers to find their current location and, if they wish, call up detailed directions. Google Maps also makes it possible to find individual addresses, such as restaurants or cinemas.
The T-Mobile G1 is the first cell phone in the world to enable access to Android Market with more than 700 applications from international developers already available. As a result, users can personalize their phone with just a few clicks. New services and applications constantly expand the range of programs available. The smart shopping assistant, ShopSavvy, and the Wikitude application, conveniently displaying information on numerous attractions, are two examples of the exciting and successful Android Market programs. A software update will soon allow users to access chargeable programs as well.
T-Mobile USA has reported fourth quarter 2008 net subscriber additions of 621,000, down from 670,000 in the third quarter of 2008 and 951,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007. The slowdown in additions was compounded by an increase in churn to 3.3% in the three months to 31 December 2008, compared to 2.8% in the same period twelve months previously. Post-paid churn was 2.4% in the quarter, up from 1.8% in the final quarter of 2007. For the full year 2008 T-Mobile added over 4.07 million net new customers, including 1.13 million from its February 2008 acquisition of SunCom Wireless, to end the year with 32.8 million subscribers. Contract customers comprised 82% of T-Mobile’s customer base at the end of 2008, compared to 83% in the third quarter of 2008 and fourth quarter of 2007.
According to German press agency DPA, three of the country’s main cellcos have put forward a suggestion to increase mobile termination (MTA) fees from 1 April 2009. O2 Germany proposed the highest fee increase from the current EUR0.088 per minute to EUR0.1643, while rival T-Mobile Germany has suggested an increase from EUR0.0792 to EUR0.0839 per minute. Vodafone Germany wants to raise its fee to EUR0.0792 from the current EUR0.0823 per minute. E-Plus is the only operator to propose a decrease in MTA fees from EUR0.088 to EUR0.084. The German telecoms regulator BNA will publish its decision on 12 February 2009.