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You’ve got to hand it to Evernote, it’s taking the initiative when it comes to getting its popular productivity tools into as many hands as possible. We’ve already seen Deutsche Telekom customers getting access to it’s premium services for free, now over 247 million Telefonica customers are getting the same — a $ 45 saving. The partnership kicks off in Brazil via the Vivo brand, whose customers can get a year’s access to the top-tier features starting today. Unlike the German deal, it’s unclear whether existing customers of the premium service still qualify, but like the to-do list’s logo, if they don’t, those customers may never forget.
Woop, woop, that’s the sound of EU officials as they bang on the doors of Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and Orange’s European headquarters. The trio are being investigated after ISP Cogent Communications alleged that they are deliberately blocking data-hungry services — much like Cogent’s earlier complaint about Comcast. The trio are pleading their innocence while the case continues, and hoping that investigators don’t mess with the office furniture too much.
First Firefox OS Smartphone Has Arrived: Telefonica Prices ZTE Open At $90 In Spain, Latin American Markets Coming Soon
Back in February at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow a plethora of carriers pledged their support for Mozilla’s HTML-5 open web mobile platform, Firefox OS, which is hoping to shake up the low-end smartphone segment. Today, the launch date of the first commercial Firefox OS phone has been confirmed: the ZTE Open will go on sale tomorrow in Spain, on Telefonica’s Movistar network.
The handset will cost €69 (around $ 90), which includes a pre-pay balance of €30 for prepaid customers plus a 4GB microSD card. The carrier is also offering an option of zero interest financing for post-paid customers. IHS Screen Digest analyst Ian Fogg described the pricing as “very compelling, commenting on the launch via Twitter: “Featurephones are dead, finally… Now there’s no price reason not to own a smartphone.”
Telefonica said it also plans to offer the handset in additional markets “ in the coming weeks” – name-checking Colombia and Venezuela. When it announced support for Firefox OS back in February it said its first Firefox-powered phones would be sold in Latin America and Spain. In the event, Spain gets first dibs. Also today, Telefonica confirmed the ZTE Open will be the first of “a number of Firefox OS devices” it will launch this year — “across a range of different price points”. Which suggests it’s also hoping to challenge Android’s expansive mid-tier, although this first handset sits firmly in the low end segment.
Commenting on the launch in a statement, Luis Miguel Gilpérez, CEO of Telefónica España, said: “We believe that smartphones need to be more open and that the web is the platform for making this possible. Consumers should not be locked to any one system but have the choice to consume the content they want and the flexibility to be able to take it with them when they change devices. This first open web device marks a significant milestone in making this possible. This is just the beginning as we plan to bring a wide range of Firefox OS devices to our customers.”
This is not the only diversification effort Telefonica has made in the smartphone space in recent times. Just last week it announced a joint marketing effort with Microsoft to push the Windows Phone 8 platform in a bid to dilute the power of Android and iOS. Firefox OS can be seen as another branch of the same strategy, as carriers seek ways to erode the dominance Google especially has established in smartphones. Figures out today from Kantar peg Android’s smartphone share in five European markets at 70%, for instance.
Too much power concentrated in the hands of a single company weakens the position of carriers — giving them an incentive to push alternatives. Unlike Android, Firefox OS’s openness offers them a vehicle for adding and promoting their own services without having to put more power in the hands of Google.
Specs wise, the ZTE Open is a low end affair, with a 3.5-inch, HVGA TFT touchscreen display, 256MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM combined with a 3.2MP camera. Location-based services are provided by Nokia’s HERE maps. Firefox OS can run HTML 5 apps — with optimized versions of Facebook and Twitter available, along with the likes of Pulse, Airbnb and Soundcloud to name a few. Additional local apps can be sourced via the Firefox Marketplace.
The ZTE Open is not the first phone running Firefox OS to go on sale. Spanish developer phone startup, Geeksphone, put out two developer handsets running the OS back in April, selling out of its stock within hours. But this is the first commercial device launch of a device running the Firefox OS.
Mozilla said Deutsche Telekom is also preparing to launch a Firefox OS devices, in the first wave of launches along with Telefonica. The other handset touted to be landing in this launch phase is the Alcatel One Touch Fire. The OS currently has more than 20 hardware and operator backers globally. Mozilla added that carrier Telenor will launch their first Firefox OS phones in Central and Eastern Europe this year.
Telefónica partners with Microsoft to promote Windows Phone 8
Major mobile network operator Telefónica is partnering with Microsoft to double-down on Windows Phone 8 and launch an 'enhanced marketing effort' to boost handset sales running the mobile operating system. Telefónica confirmed it would step up its …
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Discovery launches trio of TV streaming apps for Windows Phone
Windows Phone 8 users whose TV habits revolve around MythBusters, Cake Boss and cute pets are in luck: Discovery has just posted three apps for their platform of choice. The new Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and TLC releases share the same basic …
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Microsoft's Age of Empires coming to non-Windows phones
Since the launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has been pushing exclusive, Microsoft-published games and Xbox Live features as a selling point for serious mobile gamers. Now, there are some signs that Microsoft is loosening its tight grip on its gaming …
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Spanish mobile provider Telefónica today announced it is to help boost the visibility of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system in a bid to end the “current duopoly of Android and iOS.” The two companies have signed a one year “enhanced marketing agreement” that will see Telefónica boost advertising of Windows Phone 8 devices in the UK, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and Chile.
Telefónica wants to dilute the “polarisation of installed base in operating platforms.”
As part of its marketing focus, the mobile giant has also pledged to “provide customers with a more personal smartphone experience like Windows Phone offers.” It hopes its actions will make the market “more competitive” and dilute the “polarisation of installed base…
Sky already supplies fixed phone line and broadband on top of its TV services in the UK, but it’s just announced it’ll be gaining a few more customers. The company has shaken hands with Telefonica UK to purchase the latter’s broadband and phone line business provided by the consumer-facing O2 and BE brands. As you would imagine, big bucks will change hands: Sky plans to fork over £180 million (around $ 273 million) right off the bat, and will write a cheque for up to a further £20 million (circa $ 30 million) “dependent upon the successful delivery and completion of the customer migration process by Telefonica UK.” Regulators will need to give the deal the thumbs up before it’s official, but if and when that happens, Sky will become the second biggest ISP in the UK after adding over 500,000 new customers to its books. Should everything progress as planned, the buyout will be completed by the end of April, which gives Rupert Murdoch just enough time to carry out the vault extension he’ll need.
It’s not often you see a wireless carrier launch an app that directly competes with its core services, but that seems to be just what the Madrid-based Telefónica is doing with Tu Me, a new integrated communications app for the iPhone. This jack-of-all-trades communication and social networking app works over Wi-Fi as well as your carrier’s network and offers free VoIP calling, integrated text and audio messaging, and photo and location sharing. Of course, you’ll only be able to communicate or share with other Tu Me users — the app can search your address book for other users, or you can invite friends via SMS or email.
In the few screenshots we’ve seen, this app looks better designed than we expected — there’s a definite Path vibe…
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RIM’s NFC campaign is about to roll into Iberia, now that the BlackBerry manufacturer has announced a new partnership with Madrid-based Telefonica. This week, the two companies unveiled plans to begin testing a mobile payment and ID card system across the Spanish capital, in the hopes of launching commercial services next year. The so-called Telefonica Wallet for BlackBerry trial will involve some 350 Telefonica employees and a select group of testers within Madrid, each of whom will be able to make payments, access offices and check bank statements from their BlackBerry handsets. Telefonica’s Matthew Key told Reuters that his company chose RIM to participate in the trial primarily because of the security of its BlackBerry platform, stressing the importance of earning enough consumer trust to handle sensitive personal data. No specifics yet on when or where the carrier will launch a full payment system, though Key said that Telefonica’s aiming to bring it to a handful of markets in 2012.
Well folks… looks like we’re finally getting some meat to all the iPhone 5/4S rumors that have been swirling around for months. We got some interesting news from a vigilant tipster today: beginning August 22nd, Telefonica will begin scaling back its current iPhone stock through September 12th. According to the source, this three week program is a move that “will of course prepare us for the launch of a new smart phone.” While the date next month should sound familiar, we’ve heard recently that the launch will actually take place sometime in October. Either way, a move like this is usually a telling sign that points directly to a new model launch. Keep your eyes pinned here, and prepare yourself, as it appears Mr. Jobs may have something planned for the the fall.
iPad international data plans roundup: Japan gets SIM-locked devices, Spain gets a great deal more (updated)
With international pre-orders now being taken, more data plan details have started emerging for Apple’s iPad. We now know that Rogers will be charging Canadians pretty similarly to how AT&T treats American 3G users, albeit with the inclusion of a 5GB monthly data cap on the pricier tariff. O2 has also outed its plans, though it’s not much better news in the UK where it’s matching Orange’s pricing with a 3GB monthly allowance for