THE WRAP: New iPhone debuts, GSMA claims data prices falling

After France Telecom's €26.5 billionbid for TeliaSonera was dismissed as "˜ridiculous', Norwegian neighbour Telenor expressed interest in the Swedish-Finnish telco.

 

BT celebrated a five year, €419.8 million deal with Proctor & Gamble to provide infrastructure to support P&G's IT needs in 1,100 locations around the world. Siemens awarded an €80 million WAN contract to Orange Business Services.

 

Avaya's CEO resigned on unspecified health grounds, although certainly not ailing shares - private equity firms TPG Capital and Silver Lake are to pay US$8.2 billion (€5.31 billion) for the telecoms equipment maker.

 

Meanwhile, Carphone Warehouse, so long a darling of the British, issued yet another warning of tough times ahead and doged questions about its European joint venture with the US' Best Buy.

 

Motorola thinks the rememdy for its sickly handset division lies in watching movies - it launched full length, 40 tailored to mobile films in the UK. France, Spain, Germany and Italy will get them soon.

 

In the week the new iPhone was launched in the US, at half the price of the original, Bharti Airtel said it would supply the iconic device in India, while Telefonica said it would sell the iPhone in the Czech Republic and Latin America.

 

There was other good news for Indians too - its top telco BSNL announced it would take measures to cut the cost of calls in half.

 

No doubt in some part due to the iPhone factor, as well as the BlackBerry which is increasingly popular among consumers, Gartner announced that sale of smart phone sales doubled in the US in Q1.

 

The GSM Association published a report designed to fend off unwanted enforced price caps for intra-EU data roaming by the Commissioner of Viviane Redding - last January she warned that she would intervene if the industry didn't lower prices of its own accord. Her initial review is due to start next month.

 

And of course, the Microsoft-Yahoo-Google battle rumbles on PLEASE INSERT THE URL FOR MY STORY WRITTEN TODAY THANK YOU. Yahoo and Google have shaken on a deal, but it will probably be challenged by regulators, shareholders and Microsoft, so the end is not yet in sight.

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