News In Brief: Google, Orange - SFR, Hadopi, Dhabi Group, HTIL

Google has slashed the price of some of its Nexus One devices by $100 (€70) for T-Mobile customers. While eBay has been flooded with listings for the Nexus One, with sellers hoping to get between $300 to $1,000

Six UK mobile carriers have agreed to abolish call charges to selected government phone numbers operated by social security services. The UK's Department of Work and Pensions has reached agreements with O2, Orange, Tesco Mobile, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone to end charges for mobile calls to around seventy of its 0800 numbers.
 
Orange France and SFR will co-invest in fiber networks in two districts of Paris. The move comes ahead of a government announcement on public subsidies for network buildout.
 
Text message services have resumed in Xinjiang, six months after the service was shut down following ethnic riots, scmp.com reports.
 
The French regulatory agency enforcing anti-piracy legislation, Hadopi, has been forced to withdraw its official logo due to copyright infringement claims. The agency will enforce the “three strikes” law but its new logo was pulled after it was discovered that a font used in the design was owned by France Telecom.
 
The Dhabi Group is contemplating bidding for spectrum in India’s Wimax auctions, according to the firm’s CEO Bashir Ahmad Tahir.
 
HTIL has formed an “independent board committee” to assess parent firm Hutchison Whampoa’s HK$4.2b ($22.5b) privatization bid.
 
Orange and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) subsidiary  BesTV New Media have teamed to work on cross-platform content services for television, PC and mobile phones. The three-screen agreement includes research into new technology, collaboration over new media, joint investment projects as well as the broadcasting of content from the Shanghai World Expo.
 
Vodafone became the latest operator in the UK to offer Apple's iPhone on its on Friday, opening for trade with 50,000 pre-orders.
 
Ericsson has appointed a new head of business unit global services, Magnus Mandersson, formerly the head of the CDMA unit and a member of the group management team. Rima Qureshi will take on his role as head of business unit CDMA Mobile Systems.


 

 

 

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