Telekom Deutschland unveils new consumer mobile tariffs

Telekom Deutschland unveils new consumer mobile tariffs
(Telecompaper) Telekom Deutschland has announced a new portfolio of mobile phone tariffs for consumers, consisting of three tariff lines each with four plans. The new tariffs are called Call, Call & Surf Mobile and Complete Mobile. Each tariff line is designed for use with specific end devices, from basic phones through to high-end smartphones. The new tariffs combine the previous Max Flat, Relax and Combi tariffs, offering significant price cuts and enhanced performance. For example, the new Call & Surf Mobile S tariff includes 120 voice minutes and data flat-rate for EUR 29.95 per month, which is 25 percent cheaper than the comparable Relax 120 tariff with web’n’walk handy option for EUR 39.90. The Complete Mobile M package costs EUR 49.95 per month and includes a flat-rate for calls to the German fixed-line network and Telekom mobile network. All Call tariffs include a weekend flat-rate for unlimited calls to the German fixed-line network or Telekom mobile network. The entry-level Call XS tariff costs EUR 4.95 and includes 30 any-network minutes (Germany); the Call S tariff costs EUR 14.95 and includes 120 minutes; Call M costs EUR 24.95 and offers a choice between either a flat-rate for calls to the fixed-line network or Telekom mobile network. The final Call tariff, Call L, costs EUR 34.95 and includes both flat-rates. The Call & Surf Mobile XS, S, M and L tariffs cost between EUR 19.95 and EUR 49.95 per month. The new tariffs will be available for consumers from 03 November.[Lees verder]

Microsoft unveils first Windows Phone 7 handsets
(Telecompaper) Microsoft has unveiled the first phones based on its Windows Phone 7 operating system. The first nine handsets are from Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung and all run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. A number of operators have announced plans to offer the phones, including America Movil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, Telus, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone. Microsoft said a “broad selection” of the phones will begin shipping in time for this year’s holidays, with more arriving in 2011, including phones from Sprint and Verizon Wireless. In addition, select models will be available at Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon. Unique features of the new OS include Live Tiles, similar to widgets which bring live updates form applications and services to the handset’s home screen; mobile games over Microsoft’s Xbox Live service; the Zune music service, available as a susbcription or via downloads and streaming from the Windows Marketplace; dedicated web search from the home screen with Bing; Windows Live to manage personal content, agenda and information from other Windows software; and the free Find My Phone service to remotely ring, lock, erase and show the location of the phone on a map.[Lees verder]

Mail.ru Group to launch IPO this year
(Telecompaper) Russian company Mail.ru Group announced that it plans to lauch an initial public offering of shares by the end of the year. The company plans to list on the London stock exchange and named Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Russian company VTB Capital to advise on the offering. The size of the IPO hasn’t been specified yet, although existing shareholders are expected to sell part of their stakes. The company may be valued at around USD 5 billion, with a stake of close to 15% being sold on the exchange, two people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. Mail.ru Group, formerly known as Digital Sky Technologies, includes the Russian email and gaming website Mail.ru, the ICQ instant-messaging system bought from AOL, social networking site Odnoklassniki.ru, and stakes in Russian networking site VKontakte.ru and payment-terminal system Qiwi. The group also includes small stakes in Facebook, Zynga and Groupon. Shareholders include Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, South African media company Naspers, Chinese internet giant Tencent, Goldman Sachs and DST founder Yuri Milner[Lees verder]

Orange, T-Mobile switch on ‘joint’ network access
(Telecompaper) Everything Everywhere has announced that mobile customers of its two brands, Orange and T-Mobile, can now access its two mobile networks as the first customer benefit of the merged company. Orange customers are now able to make calls and send texts on the T-Mobile network and T-Mobile customers are able to do the same using the Orange network. The combined company has 27 million UK customers. Customers who want to sign up for access to both networks will benefit free of charge, with no changes to their existing tariff or call or text charges. Customers simply register at www.orange.co.uk/share or www.t-mobile.co.uk/share to receive an update to their SIM card. From that point on, if a customer loses signal on their existing network, they will automatically pick up the signal from the other network where it’s available. The launch will be supported by a GBP 4 million joint Orange and T-Mobile ad campaign launching on 11 October. In the campaign, the two brands will appear ‘head to head’ and speaking to one another.[Lees verder]

Samsung expands Wave series with 3 new handsets
(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics has launched three new smartphones in the Samsung Wave family: the Wave525 (GT-S5250), Wave533 (GT-S5330), and the Wave575 (GT-S5750). All are based on Bada, Samsung’s own smartphone platform, and all feature a 3.2-inch WQVGA TFT LCD display, 100 MB of internal memory, and external microSD slot (up to 16 GB). The Samsung Wave525, Edge version is currently available in Russia, while Samsung Wave533 with Qwerty keypad will be launched in Russia starting from late October. These two products will be gradually rolled out to other global markets including CIS, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. In mid-November, Samsung Wave575 with support for HSDPA will come to Sweden and gradually to other markets including Europe, Southeast Asia and China.[Lees verder]

O2 Germany confirms 1,100 job cuts from HanseNet merger
(Telecompaper) Telefonica O2 Germany has confirmed plans for O2 and HanseNet to become an integrated telecommunications company. This will create the third largest telecoms provider in Germany in terms of revenue, with the company continuing to operate under the name of Telefonica O2 Germany with its head office in Munich. To ensure sustained growth, all departments will be reorganised, resulting in the loss of around 1,100 jobs. Telefonica O2 Germany CEO Rene Schuster said the merger of two strong companies into one would create a future-oriented organisation that can respond quickly to the market and provide new bundled products for customers. Under an agreement with Telecom Italia, the Alice brand will be retained for more than two years before becoming O2. Hamburg will be preserved as a site. O2 will manage the technology from Munich and Hamburg in future. The Verl branch as well as offices in Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hanover, Leipzig and Stuttgart will be closed. The integration should be completed by end-March 2011, with job losses spread over both companies. The reduction of the workforce to around 5,000 will be done in line with the social contract without enforced redundancies.[Lees verder]

Turkcell to launch in Germany with DeTe in Q1 2011
(Telecompaper) Turkcell’s subsidiary Turkcell Europe will start offering services in Germany in Q1 2011 using the infrastructure of Deutsche Telekom. The operator’s subsidiary also plans to launch new operations in other European countries as well. Turkcell Europe users in Germany will be offered packages for local communication as well as offers for communicating with people in Turkey, Turkcell director general Sureyya Ciliv said. He added that the call centre services of Turkcell Europe in Germany will be available in Turkish as well as in German.[Lees verder]

Telekom Deutschland unveils new consumer mobile tariffs
(Telecompaper) Telekom Deutschland has announced a new portfolio of mobile phone tariffs for consumers, consisting of three tariff lines each with four plans. The new tariffs are called Call, Call & Surf Mobile and Complete Mobile. Each tariff line is designed for use with specific end devices, from basic phones through to high-end smartphones. The new tariffs combine the previous Max Flat, Relax and Combi tariffs, offering significant price cuts and enhanced performance. For example, the new Call & Surf Mobile S tariff includes 120 voice minutes and data flat-rate for EUR 29.95 per month, which is 25 percent cheaper than the comparable Relax 120 tariff with web’n’walk handy option for EUR 39.90. The Complete Mobile M package costs EUR 49.95 per month and includes a flat-rate for calls to the German fixed-line network and Telekom mobile network. All Call tariffs include a weekend flat-rate for unlimited calls to the German fixed-line network or Telekom mobile network. The entry-level Call XS tariff costs EUR 4.95 and includes 30 any-network minutes (Germany); the Call S tariff costs EUR 14.95 and includes 120 minutes; Call M costs EUR 24.95 and offers a choice between either a flat-rate for calls to the fixed-line network or Telekom mobile network. The final Call tariff, Call L, costs EUR 34.95 and includes both flat-rates. The Call & Surf Mobile XS, S, M and L tariffs cost between EUR 19.95 and EUR 49.95 per month. The new tariffs will be available for consumers from 03 November.[Lees verder]

Microsoft unveils first Windows Phone 7 handsets
(Telecompaper) Microsoft has unveiled the first phones based on its Windows Phone 7 operating system. The first nine handsets are from Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung and all run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. A number of operators have announced plans to offer the phones, including America Movil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, Telus, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone. Microsoft said a “broad selection” of the phones will begin shipping in time for this year’s holidays, with more arriving in 2011, including phones from Sprint and Verizon Wireless. In addition, select models will be available at Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon. Unique features of the new OS include Live Tiles, similar to widgets which bring live updates form applications and services to the handset’s home screen; mobile games over Microsoft’s Xbox Live service; the Zune music service, available as a susbcription or via downloads and streaming from the Windows Marketplace; dedicated web search from the home screen with Bing; Windows Live to manage personal content, agenda and information from other Windows software; and the free Find My Phone service to remotely ring, lock, erase and show the location of the phone on a map.[Lees verder]

Mail.ru Group to launch IPO this year
(Telecompaper) Russian company Mail.ru Group announced that it plans to lauch an initial public offering of shares by the end of the year. The company plans to list on the London stock exchange and named Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Russian company VTB Capital to advise on the offering. The size of the IPO hasn’t been specified yet, although existing shareholders are expected to sell part of their stakes. The company may be valued at around USD 5 billion, with a stake of close to 15% being sold on the exchange, two people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. Mail.ru Group, formerly known as Digital Sky Technologies, includes the Russian email and gaming website Mail.ru, the ICQ instant-messaging system bought from AOL, social networking site Odnoklassniki.ru, and stakes in Russian networking site VKontakte.ru and payment-terminal system Qiwi. The group also includes small stakes in Facebook, Zynga and Groupon. Shareholders include Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, South African media company Naspers, Chinese internet giant Tencent, Goldman Sachs and DST founder Yuri Milner[Lees verder]

Orange, T-Mobile switch on ‘joint’ network access
(Telecompaper) Everything Everywhere has announced that mobile customers of its two brands, Orange and T-Mobile, can now access its two mobile networks as the first customer benefit of the merged company. Orange customers are now able to make calls and send texts on the T-Mobile network and T-Mobile customers are able to do the same using the Orange network. The combined company has 27 million UK customers. Customers who want to sign up for access to both networks will benefit free of charge, with no changes to their existing tariff or call or text charges. Customers simply register at www.orange.co.uk/share or www.t-mobile.co.uk/share to receive an update to their SIM card. From that point on, if a customer loses signal on their existing network, they will automatically pick up the signal from the other network where it’s available. The launch will be supported by a GBP 4 million joint Orange and T-Mobile ad campaign launching on 11 October. In the campaign, the two brands will appear ‘head to head’ and speaking to one another.[Lees verder]

Samsung expands Wave series with 3 new handsets
(Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics has launched three new smartphones in the Samsung Wave family: the Wave525 (GT-S5250), Wave533 (GT-S5330), and the Wave575 (GT-S5750). All are based on Bada, Samsung’s own smartphone platform, and all feature a 3.2-inch WQVGA TFT LCD display, 100 MB of internal memory, and external microSD slot (up to 16 GB). The Samsung Wave525, Edge version is currently available in Russia, while Samsung Wave533 with Qwerty keypad will be launched in Russia starting from late October. These two products will be gradually rolled out to other global markets including CIS, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. In mid-November, Samsung Wave575 with support for HSDPA will come to Sweden and gradually to other markets including Europe, Southeast Asia and China.[Lees verder]

O2 Germany confirms 1,100 job cuts from HanseNet merger
(Telecompaper) Telefonica O2 Germany has confirmed plans for O2 and HanseNet to become an integrated telecommunications company. This will create the third largest telecoms provider in Germany in terms of revenue, with the company continuing to operate under the name of Telefonica O2 Germany with its head office in Munich. To ensure sustained growth, all departments will be reorganised, resulting in the loss of around 1,100 jobs. Telefonica O2 Germany CEO Rene Schuster said the merger of two strong companies into one would create a future-oriented organisation that can respond quickly to the market and provide new bundled products for customers. Under an agreement with Telecom Italia, the Alice brand will be retained for more than two years before becoming O2. Hamburg will be preserved as a site. O2 will manage the technology from Munich and Hamburg in future. The Verl branch as well as offices in Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hanover, Leipzig and Stuttgart will be closed. The integration should be completed by end-March 2011, with job losses spread over both companies. The reduction of the workforce to around 5,000 will be done in line with the social contract without enforced redundancies.[Lees verder]

Turkcell to launch in Germany with DeTe in Q1 2011
(Telecompaper) Turkcell’s subsidiary Turkcell Europe will start offering services in Germany in Q1 2011 using the infrastructure of Deutsche Telekom. The operator’s subsidiary also plans to launch new operations in other European countries as well. Turkcell Europe users in Germany will be offered packages for local communication as well as offers for communicating with people in Turkey, Turkcell director general Sureyya Ciliv said. He added that the call centre services of Turkcell Europe in Germany will be available in Turkish as well as in German.[Lees verder]