Webwire: Thai cellcos may offer 3G via SMS; Amazon wins one in Appstore suit

Staff writer
03 Jan 2013

Thai cellcos may offer 3G activations via SMS

Thai regulator NBTC is considering allowing mobile operators to offer 3G services to subscribers through SMS promotions, giving subscribers the ability to upgrade from 2G just by replying to the message.

Bangkok Post

Judge tosses part of Apple's suit vs Amazon

Amazon has won a victory in its battle against Apple to use the Appstore name for its Android-based app store, with a US judge agreeing to grant a partial summary judgement dismissing Apple's false advertising claims. Trademark infringement and other claims are still pending.


App downloads set to routinely hit 1b a week

Mobile analytics company Flurry estimates that 1.76 billion apps were downloaded in the period between Christmas and New Year's Eve, and predicts that downloads will soon regularly exceed 1 billion per week.

All Things Digital

Google's Schmidt said to plan N Korea trip

Sources say Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt plans to visit South Korea as early as this month. It is speculated that Schmidt may seek to convince the establishment to loosen its bans on internet use by private citizens.

Associated Press

India may deactivate SIMs idle for 60 days

Most Indian mobile operators are pushing for provisions to allow them to deactivate SIMs and reallocate numbers if the accounts have not been used for 60 days. But the operators also favor a mechanism whereby subscribers can pay to keep their idle SIMs activated.

Deccan Chronicle

Invest AD to buy into $1.3b Asiacell IPO

Abu Dhabi's Invest AD plans to buy into Iraqi operator Asiacell's up to $1.3 billion IPO, and make the investment the top holding in its Iraq fund.

The National

Aircel to focus efforts on strongest circles

Indian mobile operator Aircel's CMO has laid out plans to start focusing its efforts on the telecom circles where it has the largest customer bases and strongest growth prospects – including Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast – rather than continuing with its pan-India strategy.

Financial Chronicle

Ubuntu adapted to run on smartphones

Linux-based OS Ubuntu has been adapted to work on smartphones, capable of running full desktop apps. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth is now in talks with handset makers over deals to have the OS pre-installed on devices to be sold in stores.

BBC News

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