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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - Friday, June 2, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For June 2, 2006

Customer Self-Care: Sharpening the Competitive Edge

Customer self-care technology is moving into the spotlight, not
just for the money it can save service providers, as important as
that is, but also because it can be an important tool in customer
retention in an increasingly competitive environment. The
acquisition of Switchmaxx, a division of Phonetics LC, by
CopperCom Inc., a provider...

Several European Mobile Phone Operators Agree To Halve Roaming Costs

LONDON -- Several European mobile phone operators, including
Germany's T-Mobile and Britain's Orange, said that they have
agreed to halve the price of making and receiving calls from
abroad. The group of companies, which also includes Italy's Wind
SpA and Telecom Italia SpA, Norway's Telenor SA and Sweden's
TeliaSonera Corp., said...

Russian Mobile Operator Vimpelcom Withdraws Offer for Ukrainian Telecom

MOSCOW -- Russia's second-largest mobile phone operator said
Thursday it had withdrawn its offer to buy leading Ukrainian
telecommunications company Kyivstar. The announcement by OAO
Vimpel Communications is the latest chapter in a running dispute
between Vimpelcom's two primary shareholders -- Norway's Telenor
ASA and...

Verizon Wireless to Give SMS a Voice

Verizon Wireless is among several carriers planning to launch
services that let subscribers send text messages from wireless
phones to landline phones. Sources at the company behind the
technology, Telemessage Inc., say Verizon Wireless will use
Telemessage's SMS product to convert typed text messages into
audio messages that play to a...

Growing Pains in Off-Portal World

Navigating the complex and fragmented wireless content ecosystem
can be a challenge for any company. But for small application
developers that typically lack manpower and wireless industry
acumen, this can be an overwhelming task. In the early days of
mobile content, many of the small developers gravitated toward
content application...

Motorola Snaps up TTP

Motorola signed a deal to acquire TTP Communications, a software
developer for 3G applications. Motorola has agreed to pay $192
million in cash for the British entity. A Motorola wholly-owned
subsidiary will acquire TTPCom under the terms of the deal, which
will give Motorola access to TTPCom's AJAR mobile operating
system. In February,...

Vonage Demands IPO Subscribers Pay Up

Vonage's IPO disaster took a new twist as the company issued a
statement that it is going to demand that those of its VoIP
subscribers who bought into the IPO pay up and eat their losses.
Meanwhile, Vonage shares continued the death spiral they started
immediately after the $17 per share IPO, and had plunged to less
than $12 at the close...

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