T-Mobile USA offers new data plans, Android phones

T-Mobile USA offers new data plans, Android phones
(Telecompaper) T-Mobile USA is planning to offer a variety of new Android smartphones, including the T-Mobile Comet, LG Optimus T with Google, Motorola Defy, and Motorola Charm. For less than USD 100 with qualifying rate plans on a two-year agreement, T-Mobile customers can purchase any of the devices during the holiday season. With the new T-Mobile data plans, customers can choose the web 200MB plan or the web unlimited plan. The web 200MB plan will be available for USD 10 per month with a new two-year service agreement or contract extension for a limited time or for USD 15 per month, which will not require a two-year contract extension. The web unlimited plan will be available for USD 30 per month. T-Mobile is offering a new tethering service plan that enables select smartphones to function as wireless modems for connecting devices, such as laptops, tablets and netbooks to the internet through the T-Mobile network. Customers can add the Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing plan to their web unlimited USD 30 monthly plan for an additional USD 14.99 per month. The T-Mobile Comet, LG Optimus T and Motorola Defy are expected to be available starting 3 November at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and online.[Lees verder]

Worldwide smartphone market grows 95% in Q3
(Telecompaper) The worldwide smartphone market grew 95 percent over the same quarter a year ago to 80.9 million shipped units in the third quarter, according to a study by Canalys. Nokia retained its leadership position, albeit by a diminished margin, with a 33 percent share of the market. Apple’s healthy performance this quarter saw it achieve a 17 percent share worldwide, a little ahead of RIM, which held 15 percent. In the US, Apple ousted RIM from the top spot, seizing a 26 percent share as iPhone shipments continued unabated. RIM has also launched its latest generation smartphone, the Torch, though it only saw half a quarter’s shipments in the US. But the plethora of smartphones running the Open Handset Alliance’s Android platform meant that Canalys’ country-level data shows that it took the lead in the US market by OS, with a 44 percent share. Again in this quarter, it was devices running the Android platform that proved the greatest driver of growth in the worldwide market, up 1,309 percent year-on-year from 1.4 million in Q3 2009 to more than 20.0 million units in Q3, forming a quarter of the market share. However, driven by Nokia, the Symbian Foundation retained its position as the leading smartphone OS vendor worldwide.[Lees verder]

TMG buys Dutch social network Hyves
(Telecompaper) Dutch social network Hyves has been bought by the Telegraaf Media Group (TMG) for an unspecified amount, paid for by its own funds. TMG said that social networks are taking an increasingly important role in the orientation and purchase process of consumers. The media group expects the acquisition to give a significant boost to its objective of achieving a larger revenue share from digital media. The acquisition is also expected to have a positive effect on TMG EPS. TMG’s Central Works Council has to still officially give its stamp of approval to the purchase. Hyves, with around 9 million registered users, went on sale at the end of September. Telecompaper estimated the value of the social network at around EUR 100 million.[Lees verder]

T-Mobile USA offers new data plans, Android phones
(Telecompaper) T-Mobile USA is planning to offer a variety of new Android smartphones, including the T-Mobile Comet, LG Optimus T with Google, Motorola Defy, and Motorola Charm. For less than USD 100 with qualifying rate plans on a two-year agreement, T-Mobile customers can purchase any of the devices during the holiday season. With the new T-Mobile data plans, customers can choose the web 200MB plan or the web unlimited plan. The web 200MB plan will be available for USD 10 per month with a new two-year service agreement or contract extension for a limited time or for USD 15 per month, which will not require a two-year contract extension. The web unlimited plan will be available for USD 30 per month. T-Mobile is offering a new tethering service plan that enables select smartphones to function as wireless modems for connecting devices, such as laptops, tablets and netbooks to the internet through the T-Mobile network. Customers can add the Tethering and Wi-Fi Sharing plan to their web unlimited USD 30 monthly plan for an additional USD 14.99 per month. The T-Mobile Comet, LG Optimus T and Motorola Defy are expected to be available starting 3 November at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and online.[Lees verder]

Worldwide smartphone market grows 95% in Q3
(Telecompaper) The worldwide smartphone market grew 95 percent over the same quarter a year ago to 80.9 million shipped units in the third quarter, according to a study by Canalys. Nokia retained its leadership position, albeit by a diminished margin, with a 33 percent share of the market. Apple’s healthy performance this quarter saw it achieve a 17 percent share worldwide, a little ahead of RIM, which held 15 percent. In the US, Apple ousted RIM from the top spot, seizing a 26 percent share as iPhone shipments continued unabated. RIM has also launched its latest generation smartphone, the Torch, though it only saw half a quarter’s shipments in the US. But the plethora of smartphones running the Open Handset Alliance’s Android platform meant that Canalys’ country-level data shows that it took the lead in the US market by OS, with a 44 percent share. Again in this quarter, it was devices running the Android platform that proved the greatest driver of growth in the worldwide market, up 1,309 percent year-on-year from 1.4 million in Q3 2009 to more than 20.0 million units in Q3, forming a quarter of the market share. However, driven by Nokia, the Symbian Foundation retained its position as the leading smartphone OS vendor worldwide.[Lees verder]

TMG buys Dutch social network Hyves
(Telecompaper) Dutch social network Hyves has been bought by the Telegraaf Media Group (TMG) for an unspecified amount, paid for by its own funds. TMG said that social networks are taking an increasingly important role in the orientation and purchase process of consumers. The media group expects the acquisition to give a significant boost to its objective of achieving a larger revenue share from digital media. The acquisition is also expected to have a positive effect on TMG EPS. TMG’s Central Works Council has to still officially give its stamp of approval to the purchase. Hyves, with around 9 million registered users, went on sale at the end of September. Telecompaper estimated the value of the social network at around EUR 100 million.[Lees verder]

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