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El Reg gets mobile makeover

We are redesigning The Register's mobile site m.theregister.co.uk: please help us make it better. Try it out and post your feedback here – and don’t forget to tell us what OS/ browser you are using. Before you get started, we know there is plenty of work to do, for instance, on comments pages, but bear with us. Our devs have …
Drew Cullen, 22 Apr 2014
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BlackBerry ditches T-Mobile US after iPhone advert spat

BlackBerry has said that it won't be renewing its licences with T-Mobile US after the operator apparently tried to lure its customers away from its handsets and onto Apple's Jesus mobes. “BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years. Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and …

Merger with Sprint is INEVITABLE, suggests T-Mobile chief bean counter

Braxton Carter, the chief financial officer for T-Mobile, has said that it's highly likely his firm will merge with larger US mobile rival Sprint. "It is not a question of if, it is a question of when," Carter said, Reuters reports. "To take a third-scale national player that has the scale benefits with the right business model …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2014

BlackBerry and T-Mobile try $100 bribe to lure BBers to their side

In the latest round of the velvet-gloved boxing match between T-Mobile US and BlackBerry, the mobile operator's chief John Legere has told BB users that he supports them and wants to give them $100 credit towards any new handset they want. Legere's offer comes after BlackBerry said yesterday that it wouldn't be renewing its …
Masayoshi Son

Softbank boss promises 'massive price war' if he can buy T-Mobile US

The billionaire boss of Softbank, which owns US network Sprint, has promised a price and technology war with American mobile market leaders AT&T and Verizon – if he's allowed to merge with T-Mobile US, of course. Masayoshi Son made the promise during an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose, as embedded below. Son said Verizon and AT …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2014

Speaking in Tech: The BEST GADGETS pit mobile tech devs against NETWORK ENEMIES

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, tech podcast host Greg Knieriemen comes to you live from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with two special guests. They have a really interesting chat about what kind of value data analytics actually has as well as whether the principle of net neutrality can …
Team Register, 26 Feb 2014
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T-Mobile US cuts overage charges, dares rivals to follow suit

T-Mobile US is once again looking to seize headlines in the US carrier space by pressing forward with a campaign to end data, text, and voice overage fees. The company said that as of May 1 it will no longer charge users an additional fee when the data limit on a device has been reached. Similarly, the company has eliminated …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Apr 2014

Taiwan Mobile unveils Granny-tracker smart bracelet

State-of-the-art smartwatches and wearables are garnering many of the headlines at the Mobile World Congress this week, but in Taiwan a local operator has a different idea – a smart bracelet designed specifically for the elderly. The wearable device is fitted with NFC technology so that the user can swipe it over an NFC-enabled …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Feb 2014

Mobile money biz Fundamo founder moves on

Hannes van Rensburg, the founder of mobile money company Fundamo, is to leave the business at the end of the month. Fundamo was sold to Visa for $110m in June 2011 and is a major part of Visa's strategy for mobile money - which also includes the British company Monitise. Bridging the gap between the kind of un-banked and …
Simon Rockman, 21 Jan 2014

Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network

Google apparently isn't the only company thinking about getting into the wireless networking game. Cable TV and internet giant Comcast has hinted that it's interested luring away some of the mobile carriers' business, too. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange commission on Tuesday, Comcast said that it plans to …
Neil McAllister, 09 Apr 2014

Sprint to buy T-Mobile US? Not so fast, says antitrust official

Rumors persist that US mobile carrier Sprint may be looking to snap up smaller rival T-Mobile US, but a top antitrust enforcer has warned that any such deal would be very unlikely to meet regulatory approval. "It's going to be hard for someone to make a persuasive case that reducing four firms to three is actually going to …
Neil McAllister, 31 Jan 2014
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Look behind you, T-Mobile US: Sprint wants to GOBBLE you – allegedly

Mobile network Sprint is rumored to be considering a bid for rival T-Mobile US. Such an acquisition, suggested by sources talking to The Wall Street Journal, would further consolidate the already shrinking field of wireless carriers in America. Should a deal go through, Sprint would become the third player in a national market …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Dec 2013
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T-Mobile US increases pressure on rivals with fondleslab freebie

Wireless carrier T-Mobile US is stepping up its 'Uncarrier' campaign in America with the introduction of a contract-free plan which discounts LTE tablets to the same cost as Wi-Fi models. The company said Thursday that starting 12 April it will be offering users 1.2GB free data for the year and price discounts on LTE-equipped …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2014
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Feds land first convictions over pirated mobile apps

The US has enforced its first convictions for illegally distributing counterfeit mobile apps, after two Florida men pleaded guilty for their part in a scheme that sold pirated apps with a total retail value of more than $700,000. Thomas Allen Dye, 21, and 26-year-old Nicholas Anthony Narbone both pleaded guilty to the same …
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T-Mobile US makes peace offering with $250 BlackBerry olive branch

In a move to calm outraged BlackBerry fanbois after suggesting they should get an iPhone, T-Mobile US is offering them $200 towards any newer handset available, be it a BlackBerry, Android gadget or iPhone. The limited-time offer is open to subscribers and anyone who signs up to the wireless carrier. Folks already on T-Mob US …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2014
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Zuck talks up mobile shift as Facebook money mill rolls on

Facebook once again topped analyst forecasts with the delivery of a $2.5bn revenue quarter on the strength of a 72 per cent jump in revenues. The company said that over the first quarter of 2014 it logged a total of $2.27bn in ad revenues with more than half of that haul coming from mobile ad displays. In total, ad revenues were …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2014
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Facebook spies Little Eye, gulps it down: They said we needed mobile

Facebook has bought an Indian startup that specialises in testing apps for Google's Android mobile operating system for an undisclosed sum. Little Eye Labs was only founded by a group of program analysis engineers about one year ago. The Bangalore, India-based outfit said that Android developers and testers had been using its …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jan 2014
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Fixed networks to sag under weight of mobile data: Cisco VNI

Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index (VNI), its annual analysis of current and future bit flows, has hit the wires and it confirms what most people already consider a given: mobile access is continuing to grow, both in terms of volume and in terms of users. The VNI states that mobile connection speeds are also on the rise, …
Fight Night Champion

FIGHT! BlackBerry,T-Mobile US CEOs clash in 'inappropriate' ad spat

Wireless carrier T-Mobile US would like to see its BlackBerry customers switch over to Apple's camp – and die-hard BlackBerry users are none too happy about it, to say nothing of BlackBerry CEO John Chen. The brouhaha began last week, when T-Mobile US reportedly sent emails to some of its customers offering them financing on new …
Neil McAllister, 19 Feb 2014

How much do you trust T-Mobile US? Enough to let it be your bank?

T-Mobile US is now offering debit cards that can be managed using a smartphone app. The network operator and Bancorp Bank today launched the prepaid cards and software as Mobile Money, which is aimed at its subscribers who want to, for example, cash paychecks without having to pay middlemen a fee. Each of the T-Mobile-US- …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2014
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Mobile downloads limp, fixed surges: ABS

Australians might be buying as many 4G devices as they can get their hands on, but the uptake isn't being reflected in their download habits. The volume of data downloaded by Australians over mobile connections slid slightly between December 2012 and June 2013, while fixed line downloads continue to surge, according to the …
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T-Mobile US: Our dump-your-network drive is doing SO WELL (PS: We lost $20m last quarter)

T-Mobile US is boasting over continued growth in subscribers for its mobile services, despite losing $20m this quarter. The firm said that over the fourth quarter of its 2013 fiscal year it added some 1.6 million customers, topping off 4.4 million new customers over the full year. The company noted that more than half of the new …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2014
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Official: Apple hooks up with WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE OPERATOR

Apple will soon launch a bid to convert more than 700 million new fanbois and gurlz after belatedly inking a deal with the world's largest mobile phone provider. The announcement comes after almost two years of behind the scenes wrangling between the fruity firm and China Mobile, after Apple's exclusivity contract with China …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Dec 2013
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T-Mobile US to raise nearly $2bn in share sale to splurge on spectrum

T-Mobile US has announced it will be selling off a bunch of new stocks to bring in nearly $2bn to spend on spectrum. America's fourth largest mobile service provider said it would offer 66.15m common shares and use the proceeds for a whole bunch of vague corporate stuff and for "opportunistically acquiring additional spectrum …
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Intel's Shenzhen cash-splash signals mobile push

Intel reaffirmed its commitment to China at IDF on Wednesday by announcing a new Shenzhen-based innovation centre and a $100 million fund both designed to promote and accelerate the development of Intel-based devices in the country. Chipzilla chose symbolically to host this year’s developer forum in the global manufacturing hub …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Apr 2014

ARM brushes off dip in mobile revenues with sunny forecast for coming year

Chip design firm ARM has seen a dip in mobile sales that led to falling financial returns in the last financial quarter, a shift the company hopes will be temporary. The British-based company on Wednesday reported first-quarter results which saw revenues up by 16 per cent in dollar terms (10 per cent in UK pounds after adjusting …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2014

Mastercard, Syniverse target holiday payment security with mobile verification system

It’s ironic that when people are abroad so many people switch off their mobile phones' data and so many banks switch off customers' credit cards. But a deal between Syniverse and Mastercard aims to keep both switched on. You’ll have heard of Mastercard but are less likely to know about Syniverse unless you work in the mobile …
Simon Rockman, 12 Mar 2014
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Apple seeks engineer who knows way around China Mobile network

Apple is reportedly looking to hire an engineer with in-depth knowledge of China Mobile's network – a move which suggests the two firms are getting close to inking a historic deal. The Chinese company is by far the largest mobile operator in the world, but does not yet allow its customers to walk away with a iPhone when they …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Oct 2013
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Apple CEO on China Mobile: 'World's best' mobe with world's, uh, 'largest network'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has used a rare television interview to hail a "milestone" deal with China Mobile which is expected to result in millions of extra iPhone sales in the People's Republic. He appeared alongside chairman Xi Guohua in a televised love-in to publicise the historic deal. Speaking in his folksy, down-at-home Alabama …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Jan 2014

Facebook wants to Zuck up your cash into its mobile payment service

Facebook is planning to launch a mobile payments service that would allow its European users to store and exchange funds via the social network, sources claim. According to a report in the Financial Times, Facebook has filed an application with the central bank of Ireland to become an "e-money" institution under EU regulations …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2014

SAP commits to mobile marriage with Xamarin: All for one, and one for Android, iOS, Windows

Xamarin and SAP – software operations at opposite ends of the spectrum – are working on tools to deliver native business apps to mobile devices. The pair on Monday announced a partnership that will help enterprise developers quickly build apps for iOS, Android and Windows around SAP’s Mobile Platform. The first fruits of the …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2014

Mobile World Congress: It's not about the SHINY SHINY anymore

The industry hog roast and hoedown that is Mobile World Congress used to be all about who had the shiniest new smartphone, tablet or random mobile-related gadget. But things have changed. Although there is still the normal (or perhaps abnormal) proportion of Lycra-clad mobile-touting booth babes to soak up the furtive gaze of …
T-Mobile Sprint

T-Mobile US exec mulls merger with rival Sprint

The chief finance officer of US wireless carrier T-Mobile says further consolidation in the US mobile industry is inevitable and that a merger with Sprint would make a lot of sense. "It's the ultimate logical combination," T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter told Reuters at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference in New York City on …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2013
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'That was quick!': AT&T ends $450 T-Mobile poaching promotion

Less than a month after launching a scheme to lure customers away from T-Mobile by paying off termination fees up to $450, AT&T has cut the program and changed course. Multiple reports note that the company is no longer pitching customers on the plan, in which users who opted to switch from T-Mobile to AT&T could have their …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2014
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Used all your mobile data? Why not buy your mate's excess bits?

China Mobile has come up with a rather interesting way to help out customers who run out of data before the end of the month – a new trading platform which allows other customers to sell data bundles they haven’t used. The 2nd exchange market, aka "2cm", is a new app which the operator’s Hong Kong 4G Pro Service Plan customers …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Dec 2013
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What have Cherie Blair, Jonathan Porritt and El Reg's mobile desk got in common?

For all the trumpeting of Silicon Roundabout with its app companies and ecosystem start-ups, or northern California with improved user experiences and social media, the real work in mobile gets done here in old Blighty: specifically, on the silicon fens of Cambridge. Cambridge, as all the world knows, is the home of ARM and CSR …
Simon Rockman, 19 Mar 2014
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Ad-funded mobile carrier goes titsup

OVIVO, a mobile virtual network operator that did not charge for calls, SMS or data, has suddenly closed its doors. The carrier has pulled down almost all of its site, save for a home page stating “We are very sad to announce that for reasons beyond our control, OVIVO Mobile is closing down on the evening of Wednesday 19th March …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014

OpenGL mobile graphics spec inches closer to desktop, laptop cousin

The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing closer the day when handheld devices match mainstream desktops and laptops in graphics performance. "The OpenGL family of APIs including OpenGL ES, OpenGL and WebGL have proven themselves as the foundation for 3D graphics on mobile devices, PCs and the Web …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Mar 2014

T-Mobile US: AT&T's mobe buyout deal is so 'desperate', we'll do it too

T-Mobile US says it will buy rival carriers' customers out of their phone contracts if they switch to the pink-themed T-Mob. The firm on Wednesday announced that it would offer packages worth up to $650 to customers in America who ditch their mobile plans with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint and sign on with T-Mobile US. Under the plan …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2014

AT&T takes aim at T-Mobile with $450 cashback lure

US mobile phone users could have a very happy 2014 after AT&T effectively declared war on T-Mobile in an effort to stop the upstart carrier from winning over its customers. Next week at CES, T-Mobile is widely expected to announce a deal whereby the company will offer new customers some form of recompense to offset fees incurred …
Iain Thomson, 04 Jan 2014
Electronic devices dangerous to flight safety

Thought of in-flight mobile calls fills you with dread? Never fear, US Dept of Transport is here

The US Department of Transportation is considering banning people from making mid-flight cellphone calls – all while the US Federal Communications Commission mulls approving in-flight mobile jabbering. "Over the past few weeks, we have heard of concerns raised by airlines, travelers, flight attendants, members of Congress and …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Dec 2013
USB Stress Panic Button

US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

US mobile companies have finally agreed to install free anti-theft software on their products, but not until the middle of next year and they plan to leave it turned it off by default. The CTIA, which dubs itself "the Wireless Association," announced that its members – including Apple, Samsung, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile US, …
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2014
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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

British mobile network Three is having data issues this morning, cutting its subscribers off from the internet. Despite having no access to the web, frustrated users still managed to tweet about how annoyed they were to be kicked offline: This AM @ThreeUK rolled out their new 0G internet to a few thousand London customers. …
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Imagination details mucho macho PowerVR GX6650 mobile GPU

At last month's Consumer Electronics show, UK chip designer Imagination Technologies unveiled its new PowerVR Series6XT Rogue GPU architecture for SoCs. On Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it released details of what it calls "the shining star of the PowerVR Series6XT," the PowerVR GX6650. Block diagram of …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2014

Guess what happened when T-Mobile US's boss trolled AT&T's CES party

T-Mobile US chief executive John Legere posed for photos during a surprise appearance at rival AT&T's CES party – and was then reportedly thrown out by security. Cheeky Legere was snapped swanning around the soiree in his usual bright pink shirt that has his company's logo emblazoned on it. AT&T staff then spotted tech journo …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jan 2014
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Mobile price competition stirs in Australia

Beleaguered Australian mobile users might be about to get some price relief, if research from Goldman Sachs proves accurate. Vodafone Australia and Optus sub-brand Virgin mobile are leading the charge, the price survey found, both announcing “double data” plans for a limited time. According to Australian telco newsletter …
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T-Mobile joins effort to bring Ubuntu phones to US mobile market

Fourth-ranked US wireless operator T-Mobile has become the latest mobile carrier to join Canonical's Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group (CAG), bringing the group's total membership to 13. "T-Mobile USA reaches almost 300 million American consumers and business people today," Canonical said in a statement on Thursday. "As a member of …
Neil McAllister, 02 Aug 2013
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California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate

Lawmakers in California have introduced a bill that would force vendors to equip all mobile phones and tablets in the state with a remote-wipe tool. Senate Bill 962 would mandate that all handsets and tablets sold in California be pre-equipped with a "killswitch" option that would allow an owner or law enforcement to render a …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2014
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T-Mobile US brags of cash pile this quarter as biz gambles pay off

T-Mobile US credited a series of risky new business strategies in helping the company to turn in another quarter of solid revenues. The telco said that it pulled in more than one million new customers over the three-month period, helping to power its sales to $6.69bn from the year-ago $4.89bn. Overall, the biz recorded a $36m …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Nov 2013
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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

The Coroner in the Australian State of Victoria has suggested that cars should include kit that makes it impossible to use a mobile phone. The recommendation comes in findings about the death of Melbourne woman Melissa Ann Ryan in December 2011. Ryan's car was hit from behind by a truck, the driver of which said he did not see …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Nov 2013