New global roaming SIM card charges users $.65 per MB

Roaming cell phone charges while traveling abroad are still a major concern among consumers.  As many as 60% of travelers don’t switch on their mobile device when they travel overseas, due in large part to fears of racking up huge roaming bills.  Much of this fear isn’t due to voice, but data use, which has spiked with the adoption of smartphones and tablets.

Consumers consider mobile payments safer than credit cards

On Tuesday, Javelin Strategy & Research (Pleasanton, Calif., U.S.A.) and PaymentOne (San Jose, Calif., U.S.A.) released a study of consumers' online and mobile purchasing attitudes, which found that by a margin of almost 4 to 1, consumers believe direct carrier-billed mobile payments are more secure than using credit and debit cards for online digital purchases.

Huawei to scale back Iran operations, equipment used to track dissidents

Reuters

Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), China's biggest telecoms equipment manufacturer, said it would not pursue new business in Iran after a U.S.-based watchdog said that authorities in Tehran were using the firm's equipment to track dissidents.

AT&T vows to pursue T-Mobile merger, no plan B

Reuters

Telecom operator AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) plans to forge ahead with its deal to buy Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germant) U.S. wireless unit despite fierce regulatory opposition, and it has the financial resources to close the acquisition quickly, a top executive said on Wednesday.

Dutch probe mobile firms for price-fixing

Reuters

AMSTERDAMThe Dutch competition authority raided the offices of telecom operators KPN (The Hague, Netherlands), Vodafone (London, England) and Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germany) T-mobile on Tuesday in a price-fixing investigation.

India may auction surrendered BSNL broadband spectrum

Reuters

India has "in principle" accepted a proposal from state-run telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (New Delhi, India) to surrender wireless broadband spectrum in several telecoms zones and will look at auctioning it to other players, the telecoms secretary said.

M2M Zone conference agenda released for CeBIT 2012

The M2M Zone has just released the agenda for the only on-site M2M conference at the CeBIT 2012 trade show in Hannover, Germany, which is expecting 350,000 attendees. The conference, which will be held in the CeBIT Life Section of the show, will take place on Thursday, March 8th, beginning with a keynote address from well-known industry analyst Robin Duke-Woolley discussing the current state of the M2M ecosystem.

Qualcomm forms wireless medical devices subsidiary

Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, Calif., U.S.A.) announced on Monday the formation of a wholly owned medical device subsidiary, Qualcomm Life Inc., which aims to connect medical devices wirelessly via cloud-based services so biometric information is accessible by device users and health care providers.

Siemens acquires eMeter to enhance smart grid offering

Reuters

German electronics giant Siemens (Munich, Germany) announced on Monday the acquisition of eMeter Corportation (San Mateo, Calif., U.D.A.), a startup company focusing on smart grid technologies for utilities such as power and water.  eMeter received a total of $68.8 million over six rounds of institutional funding. JP Morgan advised eMeter in the acquisition, which is expected to close this month.

Interoperability Group formed for rollout of smart meters in UK

Last week, Trilliant (Redwood City, Calif., U.S.A.), a smart grid equipment provider, announced it has launched an Interoperability Group that unifies multiple home energy management devices within a single eco-system.  The formation of the group aims to help consumers cut their energy bills by up to 10% by installing smart meters

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