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TelecomDirect News Daily Update - July 31, 2006

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Presents
The TelecomDirect News Daily Update
For July 31, 2006

A Helpful Traveling Companion

Have you ever wanted a traveling companion who would talk to you,
offer road directions and even provide entertainment? Well, good
friends are hard to find. On the other hand, Foothill Ranch,
Calif.-based Navman USA is offering the next best thing--a mobile
device that supplies many of the best attributes of a trusted
traveling buddy and...

Telefonica May Deploy GSM Network in Venezuela

Spanish telecoms group Telefónica is considering the
deployment of a GSM network in Venezuela, reports The Financial
Times. Telefonica's Venezuelan arm, Telefonica Moviles, is the
country's leading operator, with 7.8 million subscribers.
However, Venezuela represents the only arm of Telefonica's ...

Users Find SmartPhones More Valuable than PDAs and Laptops

According a consumer survey, more users of SmartPhones reported
that these devices are essential to their business than the users
of PDAs or laptops, reports In-Stat. But this does not mean that
there will be automatic acceptance of SmartPhones and widespread
replacement of PDAs and laptops, the high-tech market research
firm says. ...

O2 Germany Focuses on Gaining New Customers

Germany's third-largest mobile operator, which is part of Spain's
Telefonica, plans to focus its strategy on new customer
acquisitions in efforts to boost its revenue. The cellco expects
to lower prices and introduce an array of new products to appeal
to new customer...

Verizon Wireless to End Music Download Fee

Verizon Wireless is eliminating the monthly $15 fee for its music
download service in conjunction with the launch of a cellphone
featuring an iPod-like click wheel and a memory card that can
hold up to 1,000 songs. The new Chocolate handset, made by LG
Electronics Inc. of Korea, features software that will let
users ...

Telenor ASA to Buy Serbian Cellphone Company for US$1.9 billion

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Telenor ASA of Norway offered Monday to
buy Mobi 63, Serbia's cellphone company, for US$1.92 billion.
Telenor ASA outbid Mobilkom Austria AG and Egypt's Orascom
Telecom at an auction organized by the government, which holds 70
percent in Mobi 63, and a group of Austrian investors who control

Motorola Inks Content Deal, Revises Governance Policy

Motorola signed an exclusive content deal with Shanda Interactive
in China. Separately, the handset manufacturer said its board
terminated its shareholder rights plan, or its 'poison pill'
clause. In its deal with Shanda, Motorola will launch the
entertainment company's World of Legend and Magical Land
online role-playing ...

FCC To Debate BPL Deregulation Decision

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) next week may decide
on whether to deregulate broadband over power line (BPL)
offerings as information services, based on a seven-month-old
petition from the United Power Line Council (UPLC) and its United
Telecom Council (UTC) affiliate. The UPLC/UTC request to the
commission for a ...

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