Webwire: Apple near cheap iPhone launch?; MTS, MegaFon LTE leg-up

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
Apple will launch a low-cost iPhone 4 in a few weeks, sources claim, and will target lower-end users in China and other emerging markets.
 
Russian regulators are considering allowing MTS and MegaFon to effectively swap their higher-range Wimax spectrum for additional LTE spectrum, giving the operators an advantage in the LTE race.
 
Korea's SK Group has suffered another customer data breach, revealing that an affiliate's database of around 38,000 phone numbers – collected for a discontinued service – have been leaked online.
 
Deals site Groupon's Chinese joint venture GaoPeng has shut more than of its 10 offices in recent months, employees say. But the companies pledged their continued commitment to China, stating the move represents a new strategy to concentrate on mid-to-large sized cities.
 
US operators grappled with a surge in calling volumes following an earthquake in Virginia, causing congestion issues, but they do not currently believe their networks were damaged in the quake.
 
India's MTNL has borrowed 5 billion rupees ($109.6 million) from various banks, to help refinance the debt it accrued to pay for 3G and BWA licenses in last year's auctions.
 
China overtook the US in the second quarter as the world's biggest market for PCs, according to IDC, but the US is expected to remain the top market for the full-year.

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