European Parliament approves lower roaming charges
European lawmakers approved a plan to extend and lower the Continent’s limits on mobile phone roaming charges paid by consumers for another five years, and added the first controls on mobile Internet use.
In addition to the caps, the legislation adopted by the European Parliament will allow E.U. residents to buy roaming services from a carrier besides their regular operator beginning in 2014, an attempt to create competition in the market that will lower prices and supplant the need for price controls.
The Parliament voted 578 to 10, with 10 abstentions, for the politically popular measure. The European Council of Ministers, which acts as the legislative upper house, has already agreed to adopt the same proposal at its next meeting in June.
Source: NY Times
Number Portability live in Gibraltar!
Gibraltarians are able to port their phone numbers! Inhabitants of “the Rock” can retain their phone number while switching service providers as of April 2nd. The project was initiated by the Gibraltar regulator, GRA. The operators involved in implementing the process are: Gibtel, CTS, Eazitel and Sapphire.
The solution implemented in Gibraltar is the PortingXS Centralized Database solution with inter operator messaging. It follows the standard number porting process for Fixed and Mobile, with IVR and SMS validation solutions in place, allowing for easy and fast number portability!
Governments can cut their own costs through mobile banking services
Governments throughout the developing world can use mobile financial services not only to advance financial inclusion, but also to deliver significant efficiencies and cost savings, says a new World Economic Forum report. Despite the broad recognition that mobile financial services can serve as a means for financial inclusion on a global basis, wide-scale adoption has yet to be achieved. One of the primary reasons is the absence of a champion that can coordinate activities across various actors and ensure an integrated approach. The WEF report identifies governments as key enablers and highlights key steps and strategies they can undertake to enable a mobile financial services ecosystem-strategies that can help governments reduce costs, mitigate risks and begin harnessing the many benefits of connecting individuals to the formal economy.
Source: World Economic Forum
Top-10 selling mobile phones for April 2012
The Swedish manufacturer of carrying cases for portable electronics, Krusell, has released its "Top 10"-list for April 2012. The list is based on the number of pieces of custom made mobile- and smartphone cases ordered from Krusell during April 2012. Krusell's list is unique due to the fact that it reflects the sales of phones on six continents and in more than 70 countries around the globe.
1. (1) Apple iPhone 4/4S
2. (8) Sony Xperia S
3. (2) Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
4. (-) Sony Xperia U
5. (7) Samsung Galaxy Note
6. (4) Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc/Arc S
7. (3) Samsung Galaxy Nexus
8. (-) Nokia E52
9. (10) HTC Sensation
10. (9) HTC Sensation XL
() = Last month's position.
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