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AT&T under fire for exempting microcell traffic from U-Verse data caps

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Public Knowledge is raising the alarm about AT&T's decision to exempt traffic generated by AT&T's wireless microcells from the data caps imposed on U-Verse broadband customers. PK's Michael Weinberg says that AT&T is "egregiously abusing data caps to give its own services advantages over competitors." A microcell is like...
AT&T under fire for exempting microcell traffic from U-Verse data caps

Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

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We've argued for years that broadband data caps are not -- as the industry would have you believe -- about stopping "data hogs" or making sure that people "pay their fair share," but rather about protecting provider revenue (or, really, secretly increasing fees without "increasing" fees). A recent study from...
Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

Channel tunnel to break mobile-free silence

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Signal technology breakthrough and reported telecoms deals mean passengers can use phones in tunnel from JulyPassengers travelling through the Channel tunnel will be able to use their mobile phones 250ft under the seabed from July after a breakthrough in signal technology.Eurotunnel, which manages the 23-mile link between Folkestone and Calais,...
Channel tunnel to break mobile-free silence

Opera Web Pass goes live in Malaysia, provides short-term mobile data access on demand

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Opera introduced a new approach to pay-as-you-go mobile data today, but unless you currently live in Malaysia, you'll only be able to read of the latest advancement. Known as the Opera Web Pass, the service is geared to those without data plans and allows users to purchase short term...
Opera Web Pass goes live in Malaysia, provides short-term mobile data access on demand

The State of the Internet: Now Bigger, Faster & Mobile

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Internet as we know it is not only getting bigger and faster, but it is also becoming more mobile with more and more people accessing Internet-based services from their smartphones. These are some of the key findings of Akamai’s The State of the Internet report for the fourth quarter of...
The State of the Internet: Now Bigger, Faster & Mobile

How Croatia’s RemoterApp conquered Nokia before heading for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

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One would think that in order to be successful, you’d have to be original and innovative. While in most cases this is true, and real innovators have a chance to grab a bigger part of the cake, others will use their skills and imagination to make a product which will...
How Croatia’s RemoterApp conquered Nokia before heading for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

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The four largest mobile carriers in the U.S.--AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile--have agreed to accelerate the availability of emergency texting, or text-to-911. The four carriers have committed to major deployments of text-to-911 in 2013, with nationwide availability by May 15, 2014, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski...
US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

Opera buys Skyfire in bid to become mobile media middleman

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Opera's browser has long been an interesting technology, if not necessarily a popular one. But as it has pursued better ways to deliver content to mobile devices—and make money— the company has been moving further and further away from the browser itself and more into the world of mobile...
Opera buys Skyfire in bid to become mobile media middleman

Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

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We've argued for years that broadband data caps are not -- as the industry would have you believe -- about stopping "data hogs" or making sure that people "pay their fair share," but rather about protecting provider revenue (or, really, secretly increasing fees without "increasing" fees). A recent study from...
Senator Wyden Proposes Bill That Would Protect Users From Bogus Data Caps

At last: UK 0800 numbers could soon be free to call from mobile phones

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Over the past 18 months, the UK’s communications regulator Ofcom has been working hard to simplify the costs associated with calling premium and freephone numbers from a mobile device. Today, it has published new proposals which will abolish fees for 0800 numbers and remove additional costs associated with UK, mobile...
At last: UK 0800 numbers could soon be free to call from mobile phones
Report: Data Caps Help Carriers Rake In Huge Profits

BSkyB to offer customers free unlimited WiFi access via The Cloud

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Opening up wifi on the move a little more, UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB (Sky) is launching access to free, unlimited and high-speed WiFi for Sky Broadband customers, at thousands of locations across the UK later this month via The Cloud. Over 4,000 Wifi Hotspots have been added to The Cloud’s network...
BSkyB to offer customers free unlimited WiFi access via The Cloud

Star VCs Invest Millions In A Startup That Will Change How You Pay Your Phone Bill

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andreessen Horowitz is leading a $15.5 million round of venture funding for ItsOn Inc, a developer of software that supports more flexible mobile billing options like sponsored data services and split billing for work and personal use. ItsOn, which has had funding from Verizon Communications, Vodafone...
Star VCs Invest Millions In A Startup That Will Change How You Pay Your Phone Bill

OpenSignal Opens Up Its API For Crowdsourcing Mobile Signal Strength Maps

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We’re clearly entering a time when ‘big data’ is increasingly crowd-sourced information. There are few better examples of this than what OpenSignal (formerly known as OpenSignalMaps) is doing. Via it’s Android app which runs in the background and ‘sniffs’ for signal strength, it’s bringing transparency to those maps the mobile...
OpenSignal Opens Up Its API For Crowdsourcing Mobile Signal Strength Maps
Karma: a 4G provider that rewards users for sharing their data plan with strangers

TalkTalk and Orange attract most telecoms complaints

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Ofcom data shows TalkTalk topped list of complaints about landline and fixed broadband providers, while Orange topped mobile phone grievancesTalkTalk and Orange are among the most unpopular telecoms providers according to their customers, data released by regulator Ofcom reveals.Figures for landline services show Ofcom received the most complaints about TalkTalk,...
TalkTalk and Orange attract most telecoms complaints

Facebook partners with mobile carriers to offer free data for Facebook messaging

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Facebook today announced partnerships with mobile operators around the world to provide free or discounted data access when subscribers use Facebook messaging. The social network has arrangements with 18 mobile operators in 14 countries to provide special pricing for usage of Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS and Facebook for...
Facebook partners with mobile carriers to offer free data for Facebook messaging

Karma Launches Its $79 4G Mobile Hotspot And Pay-As-You-Go Data Plan That Rewards Users For Sharing Their Bandwidth

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The founders behind Karma (no, not that Karma) think that there’s something fundamentally broken in the market for mobile providers. And they’re hardly alone. So, the TechStars grads set out to create a new format, one that eschews the traditional subscription model for a pay-as-you-go approach to mobile bandwidth. In...
Karma Launches Its $79 4G Mobile Hotspot And Pay-As-You-Go Data Plan That Rewards Users For Sharing Their Bandwidth

Netflix loves Google Fiber, thinks Uverse is too slow for its streams

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It’s official: Google Fiber is the best ISP to watch Netflix with. The video service published its first in what it promises to be monthly ISP rankings, revealing the average speed of Netflix speeds for each service provider. Google Fiber unsurprisingly captured the first spot, with viewers achieving an average...
Netflix loves Google Fiber, thinks Uverse is too slow for its streams

Across the planet, broadband is getting faster & faster

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Click to view slideshow. When it comes to the Internet, the need for speed has never been higher, thanks to growing global reliance on connected platforms, services and devices. That need is aptly reflected in the data collected by Akamai for the latest edition of its State of the Internet...
Across the planet, broadband is getting faster & faster
Opera buys Skyfire Labs for its video optimization software

iPhone 5 launch fails to excite China

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Shares fell 3.9% and analysts cut shipment forecasts after the launch of Apple's latest smartphone received a frosty receptionApple shares fell 3.9% in early trading on Friday after the launch of its iPhone 5 received a frosty reception in China, and two analysts cut shipment forecasts.It was a dramatic contrast...
iPhone 5 launch fails to excite China

How Does Facebook Make Money?

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Facebook's first day on the stock market is in the books: Shares closed at $38.23, close to their $38 issue price. You may wonder: How does Facebook make money? Sure, 900 million users and billions of photos, but how is this a business? It's pretty simple, actually. The majority of...
How Does Facebook Make Money?
Funding Daily: Living the high life
As mobile data zooms, voice & sms revenues slow
Sign petition to stop AT&T from blocking FaceTime

Social Messaging Kills Texting

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The rise of social messaging apps on smart phones has led to a decline in text messaging activity. It’s costing mobile providers an estimated $13.9 billion in potential revenues, a figure that’s jumped 60% in the last year, according to a new study. Short text messages are as high margin...
Social Messaging Kills Texting
Guavus raises $30M to help telcos do big data

Thanks Congress, But We Need Privacy Laws, Not Banal Social Sharing

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Great news! The U.S. Congress just sent a bill to President Obama's desk that will make it easier to tell your Facebook friends what you're watching on Netflix. Now when that kid you haven't spoken to since 10th grade chemistry watches the new season of Arrested Development, you'll be the...
Thanks Congress, But We Need Privacy Laws, Not Banal Social Sharing

Zuckerberg says building a phone 'wouldn't really make much sense for us to do'

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on today’s investor call that building a phone “wouldn’t really make much sense for us to do,” addressing rumors that the company was working on its own mobile device. On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that Facebook was working with HTC to build a smartphone for release...
Zuckerberg says building a phone 'wouldn't really make much sense for us to do'
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