Telcel to face pro-competition restrictions
Mexico's Federal Competition Commission ruled late Tuesday that Telcel was a dominant company and would face extra regulation. The unanimous vote observed by Dow Jones rejected an appeal while simultaneously flipping an earlier decision that lusacell and Telefonica's Movistar were also dominant in the country. Their ability to negotiate deals wasn't as powerful given their smaller influences in Mexico, officials decided.
Microsoft outlines launch plans for X360 live TV
In sync with the fall Xbox 360 Dashboard update, Microsoft has provided a listing of TV providers that will be ready to go this week. Along with existing access to ESPN, Hulu, and Netflix, the December 6 update will also bring EPIX authenticated video in the US, Lovefilm in the UK, MediaSet's Premium Play in Italy, Sky Go in Austria and Germany, Telefonica España's Movistar Imagenio, and MSNBC's Today in the US.
Google starter packs with SIM card, Nexus S show
Spanish site Xataka Android has come across a Google-branded SIM card bundled with the Nexus S. The bundle is apparently being distributed to Google engineers. Little is known about the purpose of these, though the screen shows that Google_Es is the carrier once the handset is powered up.
Nokia C7 and N8 get eco-friendly models
Nokia today detailed special environmentally friendly editions of both the C7 and N8. Both devices come with green apps and details of the phone's ecological footprint but also have improvements on the contents. Either Symbian^3 phone has a more minimal, recyclable box, a single-page guide that saves paper, and a more efficient power charger.
LG Optimus 7-series WP7 handsets due October 21
To coincide with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 event going on today, LG has shown off two of its Optimus 7-series smartphones. First up is the Quantum, which was just confirmed for AT&T and will be known as the Optimus 7Q in non-US markets. The other is the Optimus 7 and has now been confirmed to arrive at Telus in Canada, America Movil in Mexico, Movistar and Vodafone in Europe and SingTel in Singapore.
Pricing remains uncertain
The iPhone 4 may be set to launch in Spain on July 28, according to several tweets posted by the local carrier Movistar. The posts do not guarantee the particular launch date, however the company suggests it should be accurate as long as the device does not encounter any supply hiccups.
Palm gives webOS 1.4 to Sprint, O2, Movistar
(Update: more devices added) Palm as promised has launched webOS 1.4 for the first wave of phones. As shown in its CES keynote, the update centers on video recording and gives both the Pre and Pixi an iPhone-style interface for capturing video and trimming it once finished. Users can share video through obvious sources like MMS or YouTube but also Facebook and e-mail.
HP Compaq Airlife 100 gets 12-hour runtime
HP ahead of Mobile World Congress has confirmed the Airlife 100. The company's first smartbook, the 10-inch touchscreen system is much like the concept design shown at CES and switches away from x86 to ARM, likely a 1GHz Snapdragon. The switch, along with the use of a 16GB flash drive, gives the system 12 hours of battery life (and 10 days of standby) even though the design is thinner than a typical Atom-based Mini netbook.
Apple in Brandz Top 100
Apple and its US carrier AT&T are some of the most important technology companies in terms of brand worth, the latest Brandz Top 100 ranking (PDF) from MillwardBrown indicates. Gauging them not just on their actual income but also their social impact, the firm estimates that Apple has the sixth-largest brand value in the world and has seen the rough value of its brand climb 14 percent to about $63.1 billion. AT&T ranked 28th but was also one of the fastest-rising companies, jumping 67 percent to just over $20 billion.
With the release of the iPhone 3G in Colombia, Movistar has finally announced its pricing plans, leading some customers to call them unfair and overpriced. Movistar did not release any pricing information until half an hour before the official launch; this meant customers who lined up early were unsure as to what the cost would be when they walked up to the counter. One customer reports he was so outraged with the pricing that he walked away without the device he just spent time waiting in line for.
Movistar iPhone prices
Spanish carrier Movistar, owned by Telefonica, has published its official subscription plans for the iPhone 3G. The company has prepared two iPhone-specific data plans: the basic one costs €15 (plus VAT) per month on top of a voice plan, and is technically unlimited, but after the 200MB threshold reduces speed to 128Kbps down, and 64Kbps up. The Plus option costs €25 and has similar throttling, but moves the threshold to 1GB.
Spanish iPhone prices?
Prices for Spanish subscriptions to the iPhone have been leaked, according to reports. Exploration of the Movistar website has allegedly uncovered a page displaying phone prices, with a cost of €99 for an 8GB iPhone, and €199 for a 16GB model. Options are further divided into "iPhone" and "iPhone Plus" tariffs.
3G iPhone discounts?
The 3G iPhone will be available for less than €100 with Spanish carrier Movistar, writes Thomson Financial. The group cites reports in the Spanish press, which say that in exchange for such a low fee, buyers will have to agree to contracts as long as two or three years. The Thomson story also suggests that the new phone will definitely have GPS and video recording capabilities, though only the former has been indicated by evidence such as iPhone 2.0 firmware references.
Telefonica iPhone in Spain
Telefonica has issued a terse confirmation that it will be distributing the iPhone in Spain, a local site reports. While the company has made earlier statements suggesting it would bring the phone, and its subsidiary Movistar is preparing to carry the device, Telefonica itself now says it has reached a deal. "Telefonica has signed an agreement with Apple to market the iPhone in Spain," the company's statement reads. "The iPhone will begin to sell this year."
iPhone for Spain
Movistar today said that it will carry the iPhone for Spain. The company follows in the pattern of earlier announcements and doesn't say when the device will be available or which model; customers can sign up for notifications as to when launch information will be available, according to a company posting. The official announcement follows a confirmation of plans from a Movistar executive last month that also suggested the carrier would have a short run of exclusivity before rivals can carry the device.
Movistar Spanish iPhone
Telefonica Movistar will carry the iPhone in Spain through a temporary exclusivity arrangement that will last several months without interference from competitors such as Vodafone. Sevenclick reports that although neither Apple nor Telefonica would say which device it would introduce into the country – between the current and potential third generation iPhone – it would hold on to the device for three to six months before competitors would be allowed to sell it.