THE WRAP: Pricing and data storms; Spammers get back to business

This week T-Mobile was forced into an embarrassing u-turn on data allowances, while spammers got back to work after a festive break.
 
T-Mobile UK backtracked on cuts to fair data allowances after a customer backlash. The move could have cut Android user’s caps by 80%.
 
Separately, rival UK operators were accused of surreptitious price rises on the back of a VAT increase to 20%.
 
Spam e-mails began to rise again, after an apparent break for Christmas saw levels dip below 50 billion.
 
Canalys predicted shipments of Android devices will grow twice as fast as devices with rival operating systems, as Google slows the pace of development on the platform.
 
PC shipments growth was lower than forecast, as tablets and games consoles competed for consumer’s cash according to Gartner estimates.
 
The number of carriers trialing or evaluating LTE hit 180 in 70 countries, the Global mobile Suppliers Association revealed.
 
The Goonhilly satellite ground station in the UK was resurrected by a consortium seeking to offer deep space communications and astrophysics research.
 
Irish regulator ComReg abandoned attempts to sell mobile TV spectrum in the UHF band due to lack of operator interest.
 
Telekomunikacja Polska was tipped to raise at least €390 million from the sale of broadcasting division TP Emitel. The sale is expected to be completed by end-February.
 
 
Ericsson predicted global mobile broadband subscribers will double to one billion in 2011, and hit 3.8 billion in 2015.
 
Apple is feeling the heat of competition, as figures from Distimo reveal rivals Google and RIM closed the gap in terms of developer backing for their app stores.
 
Australian telcos offered to compensate customers for loss of service caused by widespread flooding in Queensland.
 
And research revealed that websites offering pirated digital content and fake goods cost industry $200 billion (€154 billion) per year. The majority of the sites are hosted in Western Europe and the US.

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