Vodafone Group's Italian unit has announced a new mobile digital TV service that will offer programs from News Corp.'s Sky Italia satellite broadcaster on Vodafone mobile phones. The service will use Vodafone's own network combined with DVB-H technology and will be offered for free until March 31, 2007.
Sprint said Tuesday that it was done with the Revision A upgrade to its EV-DO networks in 10 additional markets. The cities include New York, Los Angeles and Washington. The network is now in 20 markets and covers 60 million people.
Skype Technologies said effective Jan. 1 that it would charge $30 a year for unlimited Internet phone calls made to landline and mobile phones within North America. Ebay, which bought Skype for $2.5 billion, will expand Skype's product offerings by introducing a click-to-call service.
There are now more than 2.6 billion mobile-phone users worldwide, a report by The Mobile World finds. "The adoption of mobile telecommunications worldwide continues to show an upward trend, with particularly strong growth in India, China and the Middle East & Africa," said John Tysoe, co-founder and principal analyst at The Mobile World.
Since the merger of Sprint and Nextel closed a year ago, the new company has faced strategic, financial, technical and operational challenges, However, CEO Gary Forsee says the company is focused on executing its "third-screen" strategy to provide cutting-edge services and has announced plans to build a WiMAX network.