7/20/2009 10:52:00 AM
Weekend papers: T-Mobile UK to sell imported sim-free iPhones
T-Mobile is set to bring sim-free Apple iPhones over from Europe in order to cut churn from its base to O2 for the exclusive device, The Telegraph has reported.
Apple’s contract for exclusivity with O2 in the UK does not stop competitors selling sim-free iPhones through their channels.
Apple is set to break O2 exclusivity for the iPhone 3G in early September. Crucially, the manufacturer will continue to give O2 exclusivity of the iPhone 3GS, the new version of the handset.
Orange and T-Mobile are known to have already begun pitching for the handset. T-Mobile’s call centres have also started telling customers it may stock the iPhone.
T-Mobile’s UK arm is under mounting pressure, as its parent Deutsche Telekom prepares to sell the company, valued at £1.6bn in May.
Former Orange head of business to offer broadband to developing countries
Sanjiv Ahuja, former head of France Telecom's Orange mobile phone businesses, is set to offer broadband internet access in developing countries with new company.
New company, Augere will use wireless technology Wimax to provide broadband connections as the fixed-line telecoms networks in developing countries can be poor quality or non-existent.
Augere will firstly launch consumer focused broadband operations in Asia in October and then expand to Africa early next year.
The company has secured $125m (£76m) of initial funding from France Telecom, France's leading telecoms company, and New Silk Route and Vedanta Capital, which are New York-based private equity and venture capital
Mobile phone operators in emerging markets often offer only basic phone and text services, rather than broadband internet access.
Verizon to limit handset exclusives to six months
Verizon Wireless, the largest US mobile network operator, has bowed to pressure from US lawmakers and smaller network operators and agreed to limit some of its handset exclusivity agreements with manufacturers to six months.
The largest US operator which is a joint venture between Verizon Communications and Britain’s Vodafone group, said this will only apply to its smallest rivals – those with 500,000 or fewer subscribers.