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.
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.
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.
The departure of Executive Chairman Tim Donahue from Sprint Nextel Corp. underscores the hurdles the carrier has faced since the merger of Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications in August 2005, according to this Wall Street Journal analysis.