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Mobile access

Russia's telephone operator Vimpelkom announced today that its Beeline network provider is teaming up with the country's largest social site, VKontakte, to offer free access to the mobile edition of the site, GZT.ru reported. According to Oksana Belyaeva, Vimpelkom director of marketing for new business tools, almost half of Beeline subscribers with mobile Web access use the Internet for social networking.

O.vkontakte.ru is a text-only site, as opposed to other mobile versions of the social network, meaning that pages are loaded much faster, GZT.ru reported. Extra material can be downloaded by users and the cost varies depending on the subscription package each user has. Vimpelkom's commercial interest lies in this factor, RIA Novosti informed.

Russian mobile operators are branching out into social networking features because there is a surging interest amongst the population, RIA Novosti explained. Another prominent provider, MTS, launched a mobile Facebook site (O.facebook.com) simultaneously alongside Vimpelkom during the summer. A third large operator, MegaFon, has ventures with VKontakte, but hasn't initiated free mobile access to either Facebook or its Russian counterpart yet.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-27 22:09

Russian airline Aeroflot penned a deal with network provider Megafon that would allow base stations to be installed on board, hence permitting passengers to use their mobile phones and to access the Web, Vesti.ru reported today.

The agreement outlined that in 2010 four airline models would have the service, the first of which is Airbus A-320. Later on, Airbus A-330, which fits 302 passengers, would also provide the service.

Future ventures include on-board Wi-fi connections, dailycomm.ru said. Megafon subscribers will be told the pricing for the service by summer, when it is predicted to be officially launched.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-15 13:47

Tech giant Dell announced a partnership with Spanish telecommunications provider Telefonica, Market Watch reported Wednesday. The venture may have been prompted by today's strong demand for mobile devices with access to the Internet, Austin Businness Journal acceded.

"The new digital ecosystem, under construction, creates huge opportunities and advantages for all industries that transform and adapt to the digital world, and not only in terms of productivity, but also in terms of new lines of initiative, new applications and new business opportunities. And we are very excited to work with Dell to develop these solutions," said Telefonica Director of Innovation Vivek Dev.

The PC manufacturer revealed that it would be launching wireless mobile products such as the Aero smart phone (distributed through AT&T in the United States) and might develop a 5-inch tablet computer. Dell and Telefonica added that the deal was centered on present-generation devices as well the development of future-generation ones, according to statesman.com. They noted that they would be boosting user experiences as they infiltrate the market composed of information communications technologies.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-15 12:04

Microsoft's Kin smartphone, announced on Monday, will be available in the Russian market and will be launched through national network provider MTS, Lenta.ru reported today. The operator will only set prices after seeing sales data from Europe and the United States.

Sales of the device in the United States will start as of May (through network operator Verizon Wireless), while Russians will be able to purchase Kin by autumn 2010. Europeans will be able to get the smartphone through Vodafone, which currently has a partnership with MTS, according to RBC Daily.

There are two versions of Kin, One and Two. According to RBK Daily, the device is aimed towards social network users since it permits them to browse, download and share social network content. RBC Daily reported that the Russian edition of Kin will be integrated with social sites Facebook, V Kontakte (Russia's answer to Facebook) and Odnoklassniki.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-14 20:06

Morgan Stanley analysts have predicted that mobile Web use will outgrow "stationary browsing" by 2015, as it has expanded at a relatively faster rate, Switched.com reported today.

According to Wireless Federation, two industry factors that account for the trend are the presence of improved mobile devices and the accessibility of better network coverage. IntoMobile revealed that mobile users were now more likely to pay for content, which may be interesting to publishers.


The Morgan Stanley report revealed that 3G was valuable for the success of mobile surfing. Worldwide 3G availability may reach 21 percent in 2010. In Japan, 96 percent of users already have 3G coverage. Meanwhile, Western Europe has a penetration of 54 percent and the US one of 46 percent. In "developing" regions like the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America, Africa and parts of Asia, expansion is limited to single digit percentages, Wireless Federation said.

Brazil, China, Russia, India and the US represent 48 percent of all Web users across the planet.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-14 19:23

In a further development of News Corp.'s plan to find revenue in online content, Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday announced that the Wall Street Journal will begin charging for access to its material via mobile devices, Reuters reported Wednesday.

Murdoch made the announcement at a Goldman Sachs conference in New York and said access will become paid for "in one to two months."
The cost of mobile access will start at $2 a week for non-subscribers and $1 for those with subscriptions to the Journal. Those who subscribe to both the print and online version of the paper would receive free mobile access.

The Wall Street Journal has been one of the few successful U.S. papers to charge for access to its online content.

Murdoch also said News Corp. was looking to begin charging for use of video Web site Hulu.com, according to Associated Press coverage of the event. The site has proved a growing rival to YouTube and provides access to full-length television shows and movies in a partnership with The Walt Disney Co. and NBC Universal.

"Are we looking at (Hulu) with a view to adding subscription services there and pay per view? Yes, we are looking at that," Murdoch said, according to the AP. However, he added that "no decision has been made yet."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-09-16 20:48

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