Saturday, 24 October 2009

MÁSMovil create Yelou and lowers rates – Spain

Spanish discount MVNO MÁSMovil has launched its own online portal, Yelou (http://www.yelou.es). The site offers a downloadable mobile game for those who subscribe to its service and also offers social networking application integration. Subscribers can also earn minutes towards their mobile for inviting their social network friends to join Yelow, which in turn will be promoting MÁSMovil.

Maini Spenger has also been announced as the dual President and Chief Executive Officer of the operator following a rights issue which raised EUR 2.7 million.

Also reported this week is a reduction in charges by MÁSMovil. From the 6th November subscribers will receive both cheaper call and increased same network minuters. Pepephone has also announced similar changes.

Friday, 23 October 2009

giffgaff to launch sharing service – United Kingdom

A new MVNO is coming to the UK for December this year. The company’s site refers to itself or possibly their members as ‘giver-taker-talker-makers’. It seems that the service aims to bring people together to share and exchange in an effort to develop a network.

giffgaff will operate over O2’s network and proposes to sell SIM cards online. The MVNO does not intend to offer handsets so members will have to buy one from another retailer or use an existing handset. The unique selling point will be its members’ involvement with how the network operates. Their site states: “You’ll get the opportunity to do loads (if you want to), from designing the marketing to recruiting new members – and we’ll reward you for it.” Members will also be able to “yik, yak and give back”, a form of free credit we believe.

Apparently giffgaff is an old Scottish term for mutual giving, according to giffgaff.

Cyfrowy Polsat moving on to quad-play – Poland

According to Wirtualne Media, Cyfrowy Polsat is ready to move onto quadruple-play services in 2010. The report quotes Dominik Libicki, President of Cyfrowy Polsat, as stating the company will begin trialling Internet services in Q1 2010. The company will then look to add fixed line communications towards the end of 2010.

Virgin and Numericable drop 3G licence plans – France

The bidding deadline for the upcoming 3G licence auction closes tomorrow and according to Reuters only one contender remains, Iliad. Numericable and Virgin Mobile have both dropped out of the process citing unfavourable regulation and lack of clarity over costs as being their main reasoning.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Tchibo mobil – Germany

Sybase 365 announced that it has expanded its existing mCommerce partnership with O2 in Germany, to offer an innovative ‘hybrid’ mobile airtime topup solution. The service was launched last month to subscribers of Tchibo mobil, one of Germany’s leading MVNOs.

Following a one-time registration of bank details, subscribers are able to topup mobile airtime via SMS or the Web, and payment is processed through direct debit to the registered bank account. By sending an SMS with keyword “LOAD” to a dedicated short-code, the airtime is directly added to the subscriber’s mobile device. Topup is equally possible via the Web, through a dedicated customer portal where subscribers can also choose to subscribe to monthly automatic airtime topup on an arbitrary date.

For the hybrid topup solution, Sybase 365 has linked its mCommerce Mobiliser platform and services tightly to the O2 systems. For example with the CRM-System, Sybase 365 handles all transactions and data between the customer portal interface, the bank clearinghouse and the mobile provider. In addition to payment, billing and registration, Sybase 365 offers operations support functionality as well as customised Risk and Limit Management.

Eckart Kurze, Managing Director of Tchibo mobil Germany, commented: “By providing a hybrid solution, we offer our customers greater flexibility and easier access to fast topup possibilities.”

Matthew Talbot, Vice President of mCommerce at Sybase 365, commented: “Mobile Operators and MVNOs require a low-cost, rapid entry topup solution with a high security level. This innovative solution is another milestone in further strengthening the mCommerce movement, by offering solutions that cater both to a subscriber’s increasingly mobile lifestyle, and that increase ARPU and improve customer retention for the Operator.”

Ekofon partners DIGITALK – Mexico

Ekofon, which is currently in talks to establish as an MVNO, have selected the DIGITALK Multiservice Platform (MSP) to offer enhanced services in the USA and Mexico. The company had already signed up for DIGITALK’s Prepaid Mobile solution for their future MVNO.

Victor Trevino, President of Ekofon, comments: “We were initially looking for a solution that was strong on wholesale with the ability to deliver prepaid retail as secondary. DIGITALK’s reputation as leaders in the prepaid calling card markets brought them to our attention and after evaluating eight solutions in total, the DIGITALK range of services, the speed of deployment, and being able to consolidate platform management was an unbeatable proposition.”

Mark Ashdown, DIGITALK’s EVP of Sales and Marketing added: “Ekofon’s service launch plan is exemplary of DIGITALK’s ability to support leading innovative service providers globally. This demonstrates that seizing the opportunities rapidly pays dividends and we look forward to seeing Ekofon develop in these expanded markets.”

Monday, 19 October 2009

Consumer Cellular joins senior handset market – USA

Doro has secured an agreement with Consumer Cellular to sell and market on an exclusive basis two of Doro's handsets. The phones have been developed in accordance with seniors' needs and requirements.

John Marick, President of Consumer Cellular, commented: "Market surveys tell us that American citizens over 60 feel that mobile phones generally have too many features. We also know from our own surveys that 62 percent of our customers prefer mobile phones with clear displays and large buttons. That's why we've chosen Doro as our partner. With its innovative and user-friendly mobile phones, Doro meets our customers' needs."

Jérôme Arnaud, Chief Executive Officer of Doro, added: "We are very satisfied with this agreement, which is entirely in line with our strategy of geographical expansion. It gives us immediate access to our primary target group, seniors, in the US market, which offers considerable market potential,"