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Archive for July, 2011

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Vodacom explains Blackberry and SIM migrations network problem

Vodacom recently experienced problems whereby the Blackberry users and customers that did SIM migrations were majorly affected. Mostly, the coastal areas and Gauteng was affected, the customer care first received few complains but then realized that this problem is on a major scale. The reason why the Blackberry network was affected is because the microwave link experienced downtime in Sandton.

The HLR is a database that keeps details of mobile phone subscribers authorized to use Vodacom’s network, one of the databases responsible for SIM migrations had downtime which triggered problems for the coastal Vodacom users. The solution to this HLR problem is to restart your your device.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo on Vodacom Business Call

Vodacom recently started selling the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo on Business call online, which was after available at the stores. The LED-backlit LCD, capacative touchscreen is great to watch those 720p HD recorded videos or you can connect the device via HDMI to your TV.

When you sign the deal, you get 110MB data for free for the first 3 months which is valued at R185. This business deal does charge calls at per minute billing. The customer will pay R185 for 2 years, something worth it as the prepaid price of the device is R5499, the total contract price is R4400.

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HTC is well prepared for Apple patent lawsuits

Apple charged HTC with an infringement of 2 iPhone patents last week whereby HTC responded by saying that they would win the the case with the patent infringements found after it acquired S3 Graphics. HTC CEO said that the “war” shouldn’t be fought at courts but rather at the market which shows that HTC is quite confident in their smartphones.

Apple has recently been filing many patent lawsuits this month, some against Samsung which supplies some parts to manufacture future devices. Nokia has also been targeted over the years continuously by Apple, each of them, laying counter-suits.

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Eldar Murtazin claims Nokia to reduce phone prices by 10%

Eldar Murtazin, the owner of a well known Russian website, claims that Nokia to reduce the phone prices by 10% to stay competitive with the rising pressure from different companies that are constantly releasing new devices with good prices.

It seems as if Eldar Murtazin is well connected with Nokia and the sources. Nokia is moving their focus onto Windows 7 therefore reducing the prices of the current devices might give a chance to enable good profits with the up-coming WP7 devices. There hasn’t been any say from Nokia about the price reductions.

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Domain indicates Sony Ericsson-Microsoft partnership

The internet is flooded with Sony Ericsson-Microsoft partnership. After looking up on Whois, it was found that the domain was registered yesterday with a domain expiration date of next year same date. If at this stage tried to go to the website, it will be redirected to Bing where all Micro soft-Sony related news will be shown.

In October last year, Sony Ericsson CEO mentioned that they would release a WP7 device in 2011 but soon after the leaked WP7 Sony Ericsson, but then the CTO mentioned that they won’t manufacture the WP7 device is the platform doesn’t take off.

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MTN joins LTE network

MTN has started with LTE network that allows speeds of downloads up to 70Mbit/s in Gauteng which is currently available in some parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria. So far, 100 sites have the pilot LTE network but MTN SA chief technology officer Lambo Kanagaratnam mentions that they will expand soon.

The network was built by Ericsson and Huawei which isn’t open to for public use yet at this stage but MTN can launch very aggressively. There have been many problems regarding the launch date. This may be a strategy to welcome the 4G LTE devices.

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LG P970 Optimus Black on Vodacom Talk 130

LG P970 Optimus Black, a device that runs on Android Froyo, a operating system that is popular amongst many people is now available at Vodacom at the Talk 130 deal at R339 for 2 years on contract.

The R339 is made up from R24 per month and subscription charges of  R315 per month while stock lasts. This 5 megapixel camera packs a 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor which is topped of with a Ultra bright “NOVA” display and Wi-Fi direct which allows fast sharing.

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South African ZTE offices raided by Hawks

The South African Hawks today raided ZTE operations, a telecommunications company that has provided South Africa with mobile devices before. The raid performed included 17 males and one female detained.

Eyewitness’es mentioned that Yusuf Simons from home affairs explained that the documents of the detainees are being checked to see if they are legit or not. This operation was in order to cease illegal immigrants from entereing South Africa with non-legit documents.

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Cell C CEO Lars Reichelt resigns with immediate effect

Cell C’s board of directors announced today that former CEO Lars Reichelt will be stepping down as of immediate effect from today. Reichelt has said that he is leaving due to personal reasons therefore the board accepted his resignation.

Lars has traded between South Africa and Switzerland where his family resides. The former CEO has also mentioned that he will still be giving advice to Cell C while Simon Duffy has been appointed as CEO until a replacement has been found. Lars has built the company in a manner that growth is projected.

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A Website claims to giveaway iPhone 5 Free

A website called FreeiPhone4GBiz is claiming that they are giving away the non-announced rumoured iPhone 5. This was found after reading an article on a website then being redirected to the source. FreeiPhone4GBiz is also showing that they have more iPhone 5 details than other blogs.

More to the article of the website, it mentions that the Cupertino Apple acquired PA Semiconductor which means that it will use the new A4 1.5GHz processor on the iPhone 5. It hasn’t been confirmed by Apple is this is a scam or actually reality, there can be a chance that the iPhone 5 is already developed but just going under few final tests – as mentioned before, rather wait for Apple to say something.