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2008-10-04 15:00:17

By PULLAR-STRECKER Tom VODAFONE has backed down over its policy of "Sim-locking" its mobile phones after being warned off the practice by the Commerce Commission and encountering criticism from customers. Its decision to abandon the policy is a victory for consumers, who should soon be able to switch between three mobile networks without having to buy new phones. Vodafone corporate affairs head Tom Chignell said Vodafone would still sell the locked handsets it had already imported,...

2008-09-25 15:00:42

VODAFONE, the world's largest mobile phone company, is expected to report a full-year profit this week because of rising sales in India and Turkey and increased demand for wireless Internet services. Net income was (PndStlg)6.35 billion (NZ$15.9 billion), compared with a loss of (PndStlg)5.43 billion a year earlier, according to the average estimate of 13 analysts compiled by Bloomberg. Sales for the year ended in March rose 14 per cent to (PndStlg)73.05 billion, based on 28 estimates....

2008-09-23 12:00:25

NEC Corporation, a Japan-based provider of 3G infrastructure, handsets, internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions, has received an order from Softbank Mobile for IP multimedia subsystem-based femtocell system. According to NEC, its IP multimedia subsystem (IMS)-based femtocell systems consist of IMS Cores, femtocell gateways and femtocell access points. Softbank Mobile completed development of a commercial system in June 2008, and has already begun trial. The company...

2008-09-11 18:00:28

Tokyo, Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)--NTT DoCoMo Inc. said Thursday it has spent 10 million dollars to acquire an 11.5 pct stake in Blue Ocean Wireless Ltd., an Irish firm providing wireless communication services to the merchant maritime sector. Blue Ocean Wireless has unique technologies to convert radio signals from satellites into those compatible with the global system for mobile communications. The technologies allow users to make and receive voice calls, and send and receive text messages...

2008-09-08 12:00:15

Vodafone UK is testing a new service, Vodafone Connect to Friends that enables all UK mobile users to send text messages from their Facebook profile to friends. The pilot service will be extended in late September 2008, to also include picture messages. According to Vodafone, the new service will let Facebook users send texts and picture messages without having to switch from PC to mobile simply by installing the 'Vodafone Connect to Friends' application to their Facebook profile. The...

2008-09-03 18:00:11

Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--Softbank Telecom Corp. said Wednesday that it has restored its e-mail services that became unavailable on Tuesday due to a server breakdown. Between Tuesday morning and the predawn hours of Wednesday, some one million users of the services could not receive or send mails, the fixed-line communications unit of Softbank Corp. said.END (c) 2008 Jiji Press English News Service. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-02 18:00:11

Tokyo, Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)--Softbank Telecom Corp. said Tuesday that its e-mail services have been suspended probably due to a problem with a server. The service disruption occurred around 11 a.m. the same day, according to Softbank Telecom, a unit of telecommunications and Internet business group Softbank Corp. . The company said that it remains to be seen when the e-mail services will return to normal. Softbank Telecom has about one million subscribers to the services.END (c) 2008...

2008-08-07 18:00:42

Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--NTT DoCoMo Inc. said Thursday it will stop accepting applications for its "mova" second-generation mobile phone service on Nov. 30. The major Japanese mobile carrier will concentrate on its FOMA third-generation service featuring high-speed data communications, because mova subscribers have been steadily switching to FOMA, it said. The company will waive the normal charge of 2,100 yen for any mova user who transfers to a FOMA subscription beginning Friday....

2008-08-07 18:00:41

Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--Apple Inc.'s iPhone 3G has prompted many mobile telephone subscribers in Japan to switch to Softbank Mobile Corp., the only seller of the popular handset in the country, industry data revealed Thursday. The number of subscribers who switched to Softbank Mobile from other carriers by using the number portability system in July exceeded those who quit Softbank Mobile by 52,000, the Softbank Corp. unit said. The monthly net increase was the second highest for...

2008-08-06 18:00:09

Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. said Wednesday its group net and operating profits in April-June grew from a year before, thanks mainly to a decline in operating expenses at group company NTT DoCoMo Inc. . In the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the telecommunications giant's group net profit rose 16.7 pct to 175,534 million yen, while operating profit increased 24.3 pct to 372,063 million yen, on revenue of 2,593,588 million yen, up 0.3 pct. NTT enjoyed...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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