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Does Apple hate Swedes?

Sweden’s TeliaSonera was the first carrier in the world to launch LTE, but after nearly three years of waiting it finds its networks unsupported in the new 4G iPhone 5. In fact, most of Europe gets left out in the cold.

Wait! Unlimited Mobile Broadband May Not Doom Operators

Britian’s mobile operator 3 UK has launched an unlimited broadband plan for smartphone subscribers, going against the tide of operators that are trying to both manage network congestion and squeeze out the most profits from subscribers who are itching for mobile data. It might work.

3UK Launches SIM Card For Free Skype

3UK has deepened its relationship with Skype, with the telco rolling out free Skype calls in two stages: The first will start on May 1 when…

3 UK Relaunches Ad-Funded Video Service

UK operator 3 UK has got its ad-supported mobile video service back on track, and has appointed 4th Screen and Mobix Interactive to run the…

3UK To Downplay Emphasis On Content

Ovum has interviewed Kevin Russell, the CEO of 3UK, who said that he’d been with 3UK since 2001 but “only now are customers entering 3 store…

Flat Rate Tariffs Jumping the Pond?

The flat-rate tariff wars kicked off by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) in the US, could be crossing the pond. The UK

Orange And Vodafone In UK Network Sharing Deal

More UK operators sharing their networks to cut costs and extend their network reach. The Guardian reports that Orange and Vodafone (NYSE: V…

Italy’s Fastweb Strikes 3 Deal To Offer MVNO

Italian broadband provider Fastweb has struck a deal with 3 Italia to launch a new MVNO, which it plans to unveil in the second half of 2008…

More On The Skype/Three Phone

Apparently the phone that is reportedly being developed jointly by Skype and mobile operator Three is a go-er, although neither company is s…

Aardman To Offer Ad-Supported Mobile Video

Aardman Animations is the latest content house to move into the ad-supported mobile video space. The UK-based company — best known for Wall…

Mobile Ads Get Moving in Europe

A WSJ story focuses on European mobile advertising launches, because it says “European phone technology is generally more advanced than Amer…

3UK Claims Success With Ad-Supported Video

3UK has said that more than 6 million streams of mobile video have been viewed by more than 600,000 customers (more than 10 percent of the c…

3 Italia Hits 600,000 DVB-H Users

One thing in this UnStrung that caught my eye was the statistic that 3 Italia now has more than 600,000 DVB-H customers. In March the figure…

3 Italia Launches X-Series, New Portal

3 Italia has launched the X-Series data package that the 3 group has launched in the UK and Australia. The service will cost 9 euros (US$12)…

UK Operators Launch Poker Service

UK operators T-Mobile and 3 will launch a live multiplayer poker service by teaming up with gambling site Bwin. Bwin’s PokerRoom.com has 11…

3UK Ups Price Of Music

3UK has increased the cost of the full-track downloads sold over its network, from 99p to 1.29 pounds (US$2.57). It’s not often you see an o…

Industry Moves: 3 in U.K. Names New CEO

Mobile operator and media company 3 in the U.K. has announced that Kevin Russell, 40, will take over as CEO of 3 UK, Reuters reports. (The a…

UPDATE: MobiTV Closes UK Operations

MobiTV has closed its UK office to concentrate on the US market, reports New Media Age. Most of the story is behind a subscription barrier,…

3UK’s Ad-Supported Mobile TV Service

3UK’s mobile TV service has received a mixed review from Telecom TV — they’re happy with the technology but not the content. They also desc…

People Will Pay For Mobile TV — 3UK

3UK’s marketing director Graeme Oxby has told the Broadcast Mobile TV Congress in London that customers will pay for mobile content, and lis…

Hutchison Agrees To Vodafone’s Indian Offer

Hutchison has agreed to sell its 67 percent stake of Indian telco Hutchison Essar to Vodafone for US$11.08 billion in cash, reports TMCnet.…

User-Gen Content On Mobile Phones

The WSJ has an article on user-generated content on mobile phones…reasonably comprehensive and well written but no information on new deal…

Make More Of Mobile Web 2.0, Report Warns

Operators: Adapt or die. This is the singular message of new research by global consultancy Arthur D. Little. The advance of social networki…

Earnings: Hutchison Australia Losses Mount

Hutchison Australia has reported a net loss of AU$759.4 million for 2006, reports the Herald Sun, up from a loss of AU$547.3 million for 200…

Essar May Challenge Vodafone’s Hutchison Bid

I expected this… Wireless Week reports that Sashi and Ravi Ruia, who hold a 33 percent minority stake in Hutchison Essar, may challenge th…

Mobile Ads — The Next Internet Gold Rush?

InfoWorld has an article on mobile advertising, and does a pretty good job of pulling in all the different forms and some of the players. So…

3 Italia To Launch DVB-H Network In Malaysia

3 Italia is teaming up with Maxis Communications to trial a DVB-H service in Malaysia, reports Business Times. The trial will be in Kuala Lu…

3 Ditches Data Roaming Charges

ZDNet UK reports that operator 3 has eliminated roaming charges across all its networks — including data roaming. Voice roaming rates are n…

3UK Launches GeekTV

3UK has launched its first made-for-mobile channel, GeekTV. The channel (made by Player X and already available in the UK on O2’s i-mode ser…

Hutchison Rumors Becoming Scams?

The latest reported bidder for Hutchison’s Indian operations is Vodafone, but it’s once again dependent on unnamed sources. It also doesn’t…

Hutchison India To Launch I-mode

Hutchison Essar in India has signed a deal with DoCoMo to launch an i-mode service. The service is expected to launch in 2007, and the bigge…

More Hutchison India Sale Rumors

Hutchison seems to have replaced Apple as grist for the rumor mill… There’s been rumors going around for a while about various entities be…

Offer In The Air For Hutchison India

Private equity firms are considering making an offer for Hutchison’s Indian operations, which doesn’t mean Hutch is selling, of course.
Bla…

3UK Announces X-Series Pricing

3UK has announced the prices for its new X-Series service data packages.
The Silver package costs £5 per month, and lets users make unlimi…

3 Denies Fresh Sale Rumours

Just to keep up to date, ZDNET UK reports that Hutchison has denied it has any plans to sell its UK operations. The rumors started (or were…

3UK Customers Choose Music Video Ending

3UK has teamed up with UK label Polydor to determine the best ending for the latest music video of pop act Girls Aloud. “Three videos each f…

Analysts Welcome 3’s Flat Rate Plan

Hutchison’s 3 Group announced plans for flat-rate mobile broadband yesterday, and it seems to have received a warm reception from the analys…

Will Hutchison Sell 3UK?

Rumors are rife that Hutchison may sell 3UK, although these appear to have been fuelled more by Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin saying the British m…

Ashes Tour Gets Mobile TV Show

A mobile video show dubbed Ashes Down Under is being developed for the English Ashes tour of Australia this year (a long-standing tradition…

TDtv In The UK — The Operators Team Up

This was foreshadowed last week, but this article has some more details. Four operators (Orange, Vodafone, Telefonica and 3) will team up to…

3 Tracks To Be Included In Irish Music Charts

“From this week, The Irish Music Association (IRMA) will incorporate 3’s audio track sales in the mainstream music chart. The IRMA began rec…

250,000 Pounds To SeeMeTV Uploaders

3UK has released some stats for its user-generated site SeeMeTV and its social networking site Kink. Most of these were reported last week,…

3 Ireland Gets Mobile TV License

3 Ireland has obtained a license from Ireland’s Commission for Communications Regulation to run a DVB-H trial for a year. “3’s DVB-H tests i…

No Profit For 3 From World Cup Video

Although about a quarter of 3 users watched clips of the World Cup on their mobile phones the operator didn’t make a profit on the service,…

ITV To Broadcast Live On 3 Network

ITV has become “the first UK terrestrial TV channel to broadcast live on the 3 network following a deal to make its most popular shows avail…

Social Networkers Get Mobilised

Mobile social networks are beginning to be pushed in Australia…the article makes it sound like Australia is playing catch up to the US, Eu…

UK Mobile TV Faces Legal Hitch Over Ad Rights

Some legal issues have been raised concerning UK broadcaster ITV1’s deal with 3UK, as well as Virgin’s effort. Astonishingly enough, at the…

ITV1 Live On 3’s Handsets in UK

ITV, UK’s largest commercial TV broadcaster, will offer its flagship channel ITV1 live to customers of UK operator 3. Under the deal, the 3.…

Vodafone UK Denies 3G Snub

“Vodafone UK has denied it is giving 3G the cold shoulder, after weekend reports claimed that the operator was slashing handset subsidies an…

3 Australia Turns 3

3 Australia has been operating for three years, and in that time has managed to garner about a million users — around 5% of Australia’s pop…

3 Italia Pleased With 111K Mobile TV Viewers

3 Italia claims to have attracted 111,000 clients to its DVB-H mobile TV service in the first few weeks of its launch on June 5th, happily c…

Yahoo And 3 In Global Web Deal

Hutchison’s 3 has signed on Yahoo to provide web services to its operators around the globe, starting with 3UK. From the press release: “Und…

3UK Appeals For Mobile Video Ideas

3UK is seeking compelling content for its mobile TV and has offered a cash prize (sort of). “It is looking for a concept or format that will…

Australian Study Of Mobile Content Usage

The Australian Interactive Media Industry Assocation (AIMIA) has released the second annual Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index…From t…

Hutch, DoCoMo Sign 3G Partnership

Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) has reportedly formed a strategic partnership with NTT DoCoMo of Japan. “The report said according…

3 UK Launches World Cup TV Show

Mobile TV shows about the World Cup starting in Germany next month are cropping up: among them, 3 UK has launched “Berlin or Bust”, which ai…

Italy To Get Mobile TV In Time For World Cup

Both 3 Italia and Mediaset have vowed to have a DVB-H service operating in Italy in time for the FIFA World Cup, and to run content on the e…

Mobile Music Booms On 3

3 has hit the million-downloads-per-month point for mobile music (I think this is 3UK, rather than the international company as a whole).
“…

@ FT Mobile: Serious Content

[by Jemima Kiss] George Fraser, VP for sales and business development at Infospace, defined the key elements of mobile content. Where the we…

3UK To Broadcast World Cup Highlights

3UK has won “non-exclusive mobile broadcast rights in the UK and Ireland for all 64 matches of the World Cup”…it won’t be broadcasting the…

3 Opens Games Portal To Advertisers

3 has started offering advertising space on its mobile games portal. The ad space is targeted to mobile games companies (which makes sense)…

3 Australia Looking At World Cup Rights

The Hutchison Telecommunications group — in this case, the one that runs 3 Australia — “is poised to ink a deal worth about $500,000 for m…

3 Launches Mobile TV Show (reg required)

3UK has reportedly commissioned a 12-minute entertainment show to be produced by etv. That’s at least four times longer than the generally a…