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.
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 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.
Telecom operator AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.)
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.