The impending measures to cut the cost of mobile calls are thought to be even worse than those recommended by the telecoms watchdog Oftel some 15 months ago. None of the operators are commenting on the news. In 1998 Vodafone and mmO2-owned Cellnet had to cut their average charges by 25 per cent.
Some 2.2m people have signed up for premium services in the US. Yahoo is looking to launch premium services in Europe in the first half of 2003. However, some might argue that Europe could prove more of a quagmire for Yahoo than it thinks. To start with there are a host of different providers, from former state monopolies to cables firms, to start-up ISPs. Plus, many take ‘bundled’ packages of
The move directly contradicts recommendations from the US government in the wake of the Enron and Worldcom scandals to the effect that the two roles should be kept separate, says the paper.
Radio Frequency Identity tags (RFID) are attached to packs of Gillette Mach3 razor blades. Gillette says it is trialling half a billion of the chips in the US and UK. The tags can tell how much stock there is of a particular product; where it is; when it goes out of date; whether it has been paid for and if it has been recycled after use.
A glitch in the software means hackers can send rogue software to the phone. The SPV is the only wireless device on sale that uses Microsoft’s operating system for advanced phones. However, you won’t know if you’ve been hacked…
This gives Watchdog swifter access to a more representative sample instead of relying on self-selecting audience reacting, a common problem with interactive polls run on TV. Here’s the link to the story on Europemedia.net, but as usual they swiped the story from another source – in this case Cellular-news.com
So how long will it be before companies start putting WLAN into ordinary GSM phones?
The move follows loss of the Post’s stake in the International Herald Tribune. This, to some extent, brings to an end the uncertainty surrounding the Post’s international operations.