The worldwide mobile phone market grew 21.7% in the first quarter of 2010… and it welcomed a new face into the 'top 5' manufacturer list. Those are the headlines from a new report by the International Data Corporation. However, IDC says the growth rate is expected to slow, resulting in an average 11% for the year.
Vendors shipped 294.9 million units in the first quarter of 2010 compared to 242.4 million units in the first quarter of 2009.
PhonepayPlus, the organisation that regulates 'phone paid' services for fixed lines and mobiles in the UK, is proposing a new way of regulating premium-rate telephone services. It's created a new Code of Practice that shifts the responsibility for legal compliance to those who actually operate and promote the service, helping it to quickly and directly target any provider responsible for causing consumer harm.
PhonepayPlus has started a 10-week consultation period with consumers and industry stakeholders. Ofcom is also inviting comments about the draft code, which it says would strengthen the regulatory regime while creating a flexible and proportionate regulatory framework for legitimate providers.