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Apple Cuts iPhone Price

Apple Inc. said Wednesday it is slicing the price of the iPhone by $200. The 8GB phone will now cost $399, down from $599. The $499 4GB model will be discontinued. Apple, which also revealed new models of its popular iPod music player that have iPhone-like features including Wi-Fi, said it is on pace to sell […]

White House Upholds Qualcomm Handset Ban

The Bush administration upheld an import ban Monday on cell phones that contain Qualcomm Inc. chips. Wireless operators were hoping for a veto of an adverse patent ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission which has found that Qualcomm has infringed on a Broadcom patent for battery power conservation, blocking the import of tens of […]

No Parking

AS POST-UNE-P COMMERCIAL services agreements with the Bells come due over the next couple of years, former UNE-P resellers are evaluating their options and looking for certainty. Some are finding alternatives to the incumbents in the increasing number of UNE-P replacement offers for large competitive carriers. In many instances, though, Bell contracts remain the best […]

Roundtable Presents Wholesale Survival Tips

Convergence and consolidation are among the factors changing the carrier landscape, and urging wholesalers to revisit and reinvent their business models. To discuss the changes in the market as well as trends and opportunities, COMPTEL has assembled a panel of wholesale executives for an hour-long roundtable this morning. These include Michael Friloux, COO for Citynet; […]

Branching Out

WHILE THE SEED OF WIRELESS RESALE has matured into a mighty oak of a market, it has relied on a largely prepaid business model to date. Recently weve seen a different kind of nut, as postpaid operators have emerged to widen the focus for the market segment. Ampds Hollywood phone was designed for the young […]

Taking Advantage of New Business Models

Google,Yahoo! and a host of other Internet powerhouses have begun to challenge the telephony status quo with their own free VoIP offerings. How will market dynamics change as these companies give away the very voice services that traditional telephone companies sell for profit? Are these VoIP offerings truly free? The Executive Viewpoint: A New Voice […]

bcgi, Exomi Team for MVNO Messaging Filter

bcgi and Exomi are developing a mobile messaging management and content filtering solution for mobile operators and MVNOs. The two companies will combine bcgi’s Mobile Guardian and Exomi’s Messaging Gateway products to allow the control of messaging traffic, with easy integration to existing messaging infrastructure. Operators can cut off spam and other unwanted messages before […]

Improving the Health of Resellers: It Takes an Industry

To put a new spin on an old adage, when IT resellers sneeze, the entire channel catches a cold. And right now partners are reaching for the tissues, cold remedies and chicken soup. Channel partners who thrived during the 1990s boom and survived the bursting of the dot-com bubble today are doing business in a […]

Prepaid: Its Whats In Store for Small Business Conferencing

Hot on the heels of other stored-value services, such as longdistance, wireless and debit cards, Web and audio conferencing now are being offered on a prepaid basis and made available through similar channels as other stored-value products the mass retailers. Prepaid conferencing allows service providers to avoid fighting to deliver the lowest-cost service to the […]

From Arms Length to Hand-In-Glove

Carriers that outsource their billing operations reduce operational expenditure and avoid a capital outlay for the platform. But that doesnt mean that outsourcing is a worry-free proposition. It requires an intermingling of disparate elements: inhouse and hosted platforms, processes and data. To boot, changing carrier services have given rise to further concerns such as how […]

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