Webwire: Amazon may plan smartphone; StarHub to launch 4G in July

Webwire: Amazon may plan smartphone; StarHub to launch 4G in July

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Sources claim Amazon is planning to launch its own Android-based smartphone to complement its Kindle Fire tablet, and is working with Foxconn to produce the device.
 
StarHub plans to launch LTE services in Singapore's CBD this month, and aims to deploy the network Singapore-wide over the next two years.
 
Taiwanese handset maker HTC has reported a 57.8% slump in Q2 profit, blaming weaker than expected European sales and the problems the company had clearing two handsets for importation into the US.
 
Apple has withdrawn its product line from the Green Electronics Council's electronic product environmental assessment tool (EPEAT) program, potentially excluding itself from US government procurements due to a requirement that all computer purchases meet EPEAT standards.
 
Quest Investments subsidiary Quest Telecom has lined up Huawei Marine Networks to build and deploy subsea cable systems in APAC, if a feasibility study deems the cable project to be viable.
 
Facebook and Yahoo have settled their patent battle with no money changing hands. Each has agreed to drop their respective lawsuits and to co-operate in an advertising alliance.
 
New Zealand operators Chorus and TelstraClear have reached a confidential settlement in their legal dispute over the Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO) payments operators must provide to help fund Telecom NZ's unprofitable rural phone services.
 
China Mobile to refund accidental $107k top-up
A China Mobile subsidiary has agreed to refund the over 680,000 yuan ($107,000) which a woman mistakenly transferred to a prepaid mobile phone account, after initially claiming the money cannot be returned.