BARCELONA, Spain--Jibe Mobile CEO Amir Sarhangi thinks Rich Communications Services (RCS), carriers' answer to over-the-top messaging services, is not dead--far from it. For a long time it was hard to take that position seriously, but Sarhangi said that there is growing momentum behind RCS because smartphone makers are embedding phones with RCS software, which combines IP messaging and traditional SMS messaging into a single service.
Sprint is facing a lawsuit by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that alleges the carrier illegally billed wireless consumers for tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges.
Sprint could be faced with a whopping $105 million fine from the FCC for knowingly overcharging its customers for third-party services, according to a National Journal report.
Vodacom, the South Africa-headquartered operator that is 65 per cent owned by Vodafone Group, blamed a drop in service revenues in its home market for a decline in net profit in the six months to end-September.
T-Mobile US is looking to settle a lawsuit filed against it by the Federal Trade Commission that alleges the carrier netted hundreds of millions of dollars by knowingly charging customers for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were "bogus charges" subscribers never authorized.
AT&T Mobility agreed to pay a $105 million penalty to settle an investigation by the FCC, which concluded the carrier billed customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services. The FCC said the settlement is the largest enforcement action in its history.
While Ebola is devastating Liberia, a North Carolina-based nonprofit is teaming with Unicef and the World Health Organization to quickly build a mobile communications system that gives health workers in that nation the resources they need to fight the disease, reports Politico.
A new startup called Business Texter is aiming to shake up the text-message-based marketing world with an artificial intelligence platform and automation program to lower costs for businesses that want to use texting to reach their customers. The company is also actively talking with carriers and MVNOs to get them to use its services.
Telstra Global has taken another step forward in its U.S. service expansion with plans to add its cloud-based communications platform, Whispir Conversation, to its business offering this month.
European regulation and competition have already made voice and text roaming affordable and widely used. One way or another, within the next few years, mobile data roaming will also become the norm for the majority travelling to most frequently-visited nations.