ZTE, which recently launched its Firefox OS smartphone with Telefónica, says it’ll start selling the handset on eBay in the USA and the UK from Friday.
The unlocked ZTE Open will cost £59.99 ($79.99) SIM-free.
BlackBerry says its board of directors has formed a committee that will “explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment”.
It notes this could include joint ventures, strategic partnerships or a sale of the company.
Encrypted communications provider Silent Circle says it’s discontinued its Silent Mail email encryption service to avoid the risk of compromising its customers if governments demanded to see user information.
The company points out that it’s not received any government subpoenas, warrants or security letters at the moment.
Welcome to the not-so-silly season
Mark Bridge writes:
August is traditionally known as the ‘silly season’… but last week’s mobile industry news was all very serious. Apple started with a move designed to reassure customers about unsafe iPhone chargers by arranging a discounted exchange scheme – and it ended the week with a patent victory in the USA.
The US International Trade Commission has banned a number of Samsung mobile devices from being imported to the USA.
It’s upheld a decision about two patents: one involved touch-screen technology and listed Apple founder Steve Jobs as one of the inventors, the other related to the way an audio socket detected the type of equipment that had been connected. Four other claims were rejected by the US ITC.