Feeds

Russia's first operator-brand mobile

MTS unveils S-680

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

Europe in Brief Russia's number one mobile operator MTS last week unveiled Russia's first own-brand cell phone. The sleek S-680, which sports the MTS-GSM logo, was launched at the Svyaz telecoms exhibition.

The new mobile phone, which supports GPRS and boasts polyphonic ring tones, will be made in Southeast Asia and retail at a "democratic" $100, The Moscow Times writes. Sitroniks, a subsidiary of MTS's owner Sistema, developed the menu software.


Netherlands: 400,000 mobile users in debt

Rising phone bills are lumbering 400,000 Dutch mobile phone users with an average debt of almost €680, new research by Dutch organisation Preventel shows. The total amount of debt exceeds a staggering €260m.

Mobile phones are blamed for the rising incidence of debt problems among young people. In the Netherlands most people who have difficulty paying their mobile phone bills are between 18 and 23 years old.


Poland: bids for wireless local loop

E-Internet, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC), the Research and Academic Computer Network (NASK) and Innova Capital have all placed bids for the Polish tender for wireless local loop (WLL), a technology that enables remote areas to hook up with fixed-line phones.

The WLL-tender has already become more popular than the planned tender for GSM services, which would allow a fourth operator to emerge in Poland. However, analysts told the Warshaw Business Journal that "it is hard to see what demand will come from it". The percentage of households without fixed-line access in Poland is not high.


Denmark: Danish IT-billionaire in new start-up

Danish IT billionaire Erik Damgaard, 43, is leaving Microsoft in Seattle for a co-investment in the sprouting Danish IT company International Power Switch, according to business daily Børsen. The company developes a power conductor which companies can use to switch computers on and off automatically if the temperature or the humidity rises.

Damgaard was, along with his brother Preben, behind Damgaard Data that merged with its competitor Navision in 2001. Navision was sold to Microsoft for €1.5bn. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley
'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.