A recent Mobile News report into 'box breaking' returned the subject of prepay phones, commission payments and network subsidies to the headlines. Iain Graham talks to reporter Michael House and independent dealer Faisal Sheikh for two very different perspectives.
Satellite navigation company Garmin has agreed to acquire navigation provider Navigon, which has its headquarters in Germany.
Navigon will operate as a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd.
Worldwide mobile advertising revenue is forecast to reach $3.3 billion this year, according to new research from Gartner. That's more than double the $1.6 billion generated in 2010.
Mobile ad revenue is expected to keep growing, reaching $20.6 billion by 2015, with search and maps expected to deliver the highest revenue.
Everything Everywhere, Telefonica UK and Vodafone UK have announced plans to create a standalone m-commerce joint venture. It'll combine the expertise from Orange, T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone to speed the development and delivery of new mobile marketing and payment services.
Subject to regulatory clearance, the joint venture will provide a single point of contact for advertisers, marketing partners, retailers and banks. It's aiming to launch by the end of 2011.
Former Vodafone deputy CEO Sir Julian Horn-Smith has been elected to the board of Acer for the next three years.
He's one of two 'independent directors'; the other new board member is Dr F.C. Tseng, who co-founded Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.