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Briefly: Rogers LTE deal with Swisscom, Google Wallet rewards removal

08/09, 10:34am

Rogers signs deal for customer use of Swisscom LTE in Switzerland

Rogers has signed an agreement with Swiss carrier Swisscom to provide LTE to its Canadian users. The first carrier in Canada to do so in Europe, the deal allows Rogers subscribers traveling in Switzerland to connect over Swisscom's LTE network, with the same happening to Swisscom users roaming on Rogers in Canada. Rogers has similar agreements with carriers in Hong Kong and South Korea, and plans to add more to the list.

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Apple running independent LTE tests for iPhone 5

11/30, 11:37am

Company testing carriers before allowing phone on networks

Apple has been running its own LTE tests before offering the iPhone 5 to carriers, according to Telecoms.com. The site says it first heard about the testing in October, but this week heard from a Swisscom spokesperson, who stated that "Apple only enables 4G access after testing their device on an operator’s live network." The situation is the reverse of what normally happens in the cellphone industry, where carriers vet phones to prevent substandard hardware from impairing their networks or tarnishing their reputations.

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Next Generation Hotspot trials end, promise automatic Wi-Fi

02/23, 1:00pm

Commercial NGHs coming over next 12 months

Industry association Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) revealed on Thursday that some of the biggest carriers in the world have successfully tested Next Generation Hotspots (NGH). Wi-Fi access to these hubs is much simpler, and the second half of 2012 will see more tests that involve more advanced features. The first commercial NGHs will be built over the course of the next 10 months.

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Nokia Lumia 900 may hit late February, 800 Dark Knight now

12/14, 9:30am

SwissCom tips Lumia 900 date as Batman 800 comes

Nokia's Lumia 900 might have inadvertently been given an anticipated release date in a conversation with SwissCom's support. The carrier claimed the flagship Windows Phone was targeted for the "end" of February. It would line up with rumors of the 4.3-inch phone either showing at CES or at Mobile World Congress, the latter of which also takes place in late February.

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Verizon, others commit to LiMo phones this year

02/09, 4:15pm

Verizon commits to LiMo

The LiMo Foundation on Monday announced six new wireless providers have committed to release LiMo Platform based handsets in 2009. The Linux OS-based phones will become available from Verizon Wireless, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica and Vodafone sometime in 2009. The open-source Linux operating system in the devices will be based on the latest version of the LiMo Platform.

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iPhone sales slow in UK, help grow Swisscom

11/05, 9:35am

UK, Swiss iPhone sales

UK sales of the iPhone have diminished in recent weeks, sources claim. Regional carrier O2 is said to be selling between 18,000 and 20,000 phones per week, down from recently-quoted levels of about 27,000, and an early high of 50,000. The reason for the decline is uncertain, but is said to be attributable to the Android-based T-Mobile G1, and Research in Motion's BlackBerry Storm, both of which have been highly anticipated and are due to release soon in the UK.

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Swisscom unveils iPhone 3G prices

07/01, 9:25am

Swiss iPhone 3G prices

Swisscom has announced its plans for the iPhone 3G, according to company PR. With the launch of the device on July 11th, Swiss customers will have access to three two-year subscription plans, in three different sizes: piccolo, mezzo and grande. At the piccolo level people will pay 249 CHF for an 8GB phone, or 349 CHF for 16GB; this costs 25 CHF per month, and is limited to a 0.70 CHF hourly voice rate and just 100MB of data per month.

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Apple quadruples iPhone TAM, stock set to take off

05/16, 2:20pm

Munster on iPhone TAM

Analyst firm Piper Jaffray on Friday offered analysis of the recent additions of many new carriers and countries to the iPhone fold, pointing out that Apple could quadruple its total addressable market share from 153 million potential subscribers to 575 million in 42 countries. In a note to investors, senior analyst Gene Munster says the recent agreements with Orange, Vodafone, SingTel, American Movil, and Swisscom put Apple's international rollout of the iPhone eight months ahead of schedule.

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iPhone announced for Switzerland

05/14, 8:10am

iPhone Switzerland

Swiss national carrier Swisscom today revealed that it too will carry the iPhone, making it the fifth new European country after the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, and Portugal confirmed to be offering the device. The provider echoes previous announcements for other providers and doesn't provide specifics as to the devices or plans. The iPhone will be available "later this year," the company says.

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iPhone to launch with Swisscom this summer?

05/08, 4:05pm

Swisscom iPhone rumor

Reports are circulating that Apple would launch the iPhone in Switzerland this summer under the mobile provider Swisscom, presumably with the heavily-rumored 3G iPhone. French-language news site Le Matin Online reports that Swisscom nor Apple have confirmed any details, but the recent alliance with Vodafone – which is affiliated with Swisscom – could potentially indicate that it's just a matter of time until the device is officially unveiled.

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