Worldwide mobile phone sales grow 13.8% in Q2

Worldwide mobile device sales to end users totalled 325.6 million units in Q2, up 13.8 percent from the same period in 2009, according to a study by Gartner. Smartphone sales to end users accounted for 19 percent of worldwide mobile device sales, an increase of 50.5 percent from the second quarter of 2009.

Mobile Banking Usage Nearly Doubled Since Last Year

Mobile banking usage has almost doubled over the past year, reports IDC Financial Insights. ­However, according to the survey, while mobile banking may have finally turned the corner with customer acceptance, it is not a mainstream channel and in order to be successful, financial institutions need to be strategic about their mobile offerings. In addition, realistic expectations, an understanding that there are few to no revenue opportunities around mobile currently, and the backing of senior management, are all key to mobile success.

Vodafone of the East

Mikhail Fridman has always set his sights high. The Russian oligarch started his working life cleaning windows in the early 1990s, but a decade on and he is one of the most successful businessmen in Russia. The Alfa Group that he built up has interests in oil, finance, real estate and even tea, but in April he cleared away the last obstacle to fulfilling his dream: to build a “Vodafone of the east.”

life:) – very cheap night and unlimited Internet

Mobile operator life:) announces the expansion of mobile Internet services and launching new products – “Unlimited Internet” and “Night Internet”. Now life:) subscribers can not only view websites and email, but download files, music and even movies. For those who…

More MTS in Ukraine

In November MTS has brought its mobile facilities to 11 settlements of Ukraine where no mobile connections were registered before. Within November 1-30, 2009 MTS Ukraine, the mobile octopus that had covered the country with easy-to-use mobile services added 35…