14/05/2013 - Nokia announces the Lumia 925: a thinner, lighter aluminum body coming June for 469 euros
Nokia's second announcement for May is arguably a more notable progression from the Lumia 920 than the US-only Lumia 928. This is the Lumia 925. It's another flagship, but this one's setting its sights on the rest of the world. The first thing to note is the change in build materials and profile. While the rest of the Lumia range have stuck to plastics -- typically glossy polycarbonate -- the Lumia 925 is Nokia's first Windows Phone to be packed into an aluminum frame. One of the benefits of this change in design? The handset's weight has plummeted. While the phone has the same dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM and 8.7-megapixel OIS camera of the 920, the Lumia 925 is almost 50 grams (1.8 ounces) lighter than last year's Lumia 920.
Despite a thinner 8.8mm profile, there's an identical 2,000mAh battery. Alas, instead of built-in charging, you'll have to purchase an accessory cover to enable the function on the 925. Said covers will come in red, yellow, black and white, offering a splash of color to the three understated monochrome shades (white, grey and black) of the hardware. The 925 model also sports an 4.5-inch AMOLED screen, so while it matches the resolution of the existing 920 (1,280 x 768), those on-screen blacks -- a regular occurrence with the Windows Phone OS -- should be notably deeper than the LCD competition. It's also coated in Gorilla Glass 2, with ClearBlack tech and a high-brightness mode to improve outdoor visibility and the same super-sensitive touchscreen that means you'll be able to steer the phone with your gloves on. There's more to say about camera improvements -- jump past some Nokia-approved sample shots below to hear more.
Gallery: Nokia Lumia 925 sample images
07/05/2013 - The Right VoIP Callshop Solution Creates Opportunities for Callshop Owners and Hospitality
VoIP Callshop Solution — The world has been shrinking for some time now. And for businesses like hotels, resorts and callshops which service this shrunken world, there are growing opportunities. What sort of opportunities? Well, as people move around the planet more than ever before, it’s also easier for people to keep in touch thanks [...]
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06/05/2013 - Your PINless Calling Business: Find New Customers and Modernize Your Service with PINless Recharge
PINless Recharge — Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to start a prepaid business or already in the industry, it’s always smart to pay attention to potential new customers. And while it’s common industry knowledge that immigrants and transnational communities form a large bulk of calling card customers, there are other natural markets as well. Students [...]
PINless Recharge makes it easier for your customers to use your services. While winning new business is always satisfying, holding on to current customers is equally as important. How important? Bain and Co found that a 75% increase in profit was associated with a mere 5% increase in customer retention. According to Sales & Marketing [...]
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Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for a new opportunity or a service provider already using a Class 5 softswitch, you should be pleased to know that the residential VoIP market is expected to boom over the next few years. In fact, analysts at the leading market research firm Infonetics predict spending on residential VoIP will [...]
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22/04/2013 - Nokia granted preliminary injunction against HTC in the Netherlands over high-amplitude mics
Don't worry, this time it's not a patent issue. However, it is more bad news for HTC's oft-delayed One. Nokia has been granted an injunction by the Amsterdam district court, concerning the technology used by HTC in its current flagship. You might recall the pair of high-amplitude mics housed within One's aluminum body, but these are apparently the same dual-membrane tech that Nokia's used in its recent Lumia 720, seen above.
The Finnish company recently applied for a preliminary injunction, pointing the finger at ST Microelectronics, which is responsible for manufacturing the mic component for both Nokia and HTC. According to our source, the issue is likely to be a breach of an NDA between Nokia and ST Electronics as the phone maker asserts that the "microphone components [were] invented by and manufactured exclusively for Nokia." We're still hearing the details and will update as we hear more. We've also reached out to HTC for comment. For now, you can read up on Nokia's statement following the court's decision after the break.
Update: HTC has offered up an official statement in response to the injunction: "HTC is disappointed in the decision. We are considering whether it will have any impact on our business and we will explore alternative solutions immediately."
Direct Inward Dialing Direct Inward Dialing Featured Article April 10, 2013 By TMCnet Special Guest Suzanne Bowen, CEO and Cofounder, Elegant Group, Inc. Got a vanity number? People pay attention. Vanity numbers can be toll free such as “800″ NPA or generic (not toll free.) They bring a picture to one’s right brain via universally [...]
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19/04/2013 - TMC.Net: VoIP Switch Provider IPsmarx Launches PINless Recharge Portal for Wireless and Retail Stores
VoIP Switch Provider IPsmarx Launches PINless Recharge Portal for Wireless and Retail Stores April 10, 2013 By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor IPsmarx (News – Alert), a provider of VoIP switch, billing, and prepaid solutions, has launched its PINless Recharge Portal to help wireless and retail stores grow their prepaid businesses. Prepaid wireless vendors are already [...]
Apple is aiming to expand its market share with a cheaper iPhone, so why not leverage these efforts to your advantage with a competitive iPhone VoIP App? You don’t have to be an industry insider to know that Apple isn’t content to play second fiddle to Android for much longer. While together they account for [...]
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Last quarter, Verizon gained a record high 2.1 million subscribers, but at the cost of a $1.9 billion net loss. Now that the company is releasing its Q1 2013 figures, are we going to see some of those losses trimmed back? The latest jumble of spreadsheets says yes, revealing that Big V turned a profit of $4.8 billion whilst adding 677,000 new subscribers to its wireless service -- giving it a total customer base of 98.9 million users. In the quarter, Verizon activated 7.2 million smartphones, of which 5.9 million were LTE-ready devices. It added that 28 percent of those activations were customers who had defected from other carriers.
The company's wireline business saw 188,000 FiOS Internet and 169,000 FiOS Video customers, pushing that particular sector's revenue up to $2.6 billion -- 69 percent of Verizon's consumer revenue. Customers who are hoping to trade up from DSL should take heart that Big Red has switched over 83,000 homes to fiber this year, and plans to upgrade a further 217,000 dwellings before the end of 2013. CEO Lowell McAdam was his usual upbeat self, painting a rosy picture for the company's future without mentioning that other company that begins with V it's got to deal with.
The upcoming iPhone 5S will help open up opportunities for mobile VoIP service providers with the right apps. According to sources such as The Wall Street Journal and The Verge, Apple is set to release a new iPhone in spring or summer of this year. Many believe the release could come as early as May [...]
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Cost-effective yet rich VoIP communication allows The Outreach Movement to fulfill its mission: providing tutorship to disadvantaged students. In recent years, VoIP has proven itself a boon to the business world, improving efficiency and productivity with cost-effective, high quality solutions. And what’s true for the business world applies equally well to nonprofits. As TMCNet.com reports, [...]
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Among recent VoIP market trends, the adoption of IP technology by businesses is a significant one, and is helping create opportunities for service providers. According to a recent Frost & Sullivan study, over one third of enterprises now use VoIP and SIP trunking. The study also found that less than one quarter of enterprises use [...]
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PINless Recharge and Mobile Top Up Help Wireless and Retail Stores Grow Prepaid Business Reston, VA (April 9, 2013) – IPsmarx, a leading softswitch, billing, and prepaid solutions provider, today announced the release of the PINless Recharge Portal that will enable wireless, retail stores and prepaid phone service providers to easily integrate and offer rechargeable [...]
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Korea's ETNews doesn't have a flawless track record with Samsung leaks, but it's hoping to revive its reputation with this latest sliver of gossip. It's suggesting that the company is going after those people who think the Galaxy Note is a bit on the weeny side by releasing the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega. The device, which is codenamed "Project Möbius," is likely to come with a dual-core Exynos chip, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel shooter up front. On the other hand, SamMobile has thrown out a bucket-load of specs to say that we could see a 5.8-inch Mega with a low-res 960 x 540 display, a 1.4GHz Exynos CPU and 1.5GB of RAM. We get the sense that neither device is coming with bleeding-edge specs and will instead slot into the mid-range tiers of the company's product lineup -- assuming they exist at all. Either way, at least we've managed to get through a whole post without using the word "phablet"... damnit!
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Students are migrating to the VoIP market because of one simple reason: cost. There may be a host of mobile plans out there seeking to woo students with low rates, but VoIP consistently offers the best prices and this is driving the student VoIP market forward. For the past few years entire University residences have [...]
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For service providers in the mobile VoIP market, it’s useful to pay attention to trends in the general mobile market so you know where to put your focus. And in recent months, it’s no secret that Android and Apple have been showing a healthy performance. By the third quarter of 2012, Android was operating on [...]
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LTE and 4G are set to push the mobile VoIP market to new heights with advancements like WiMAX, greatly improved data rates and an all IP, data-based network. Beyond strides in technology though, the LTE market has also enjoyed healthy adoption and spending. In fact, analysts at the leading market research firm Infonetics expect the [...]
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The #1 question my clients ask me is, “How can I get lower wholesale rates?” As you probably already know, the major driver in wholesale rates is volume. The more minutes you can send to one carrier for a specific destination, the more you can negotiate to get the rates down. This is how larger [...]
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26/03/2013 - Dispelling 5 Common VoIP Myths
VoIP offers end-users great quality at unrivaled low-costs. In doing so, it has created a lucrative and growing market for service providers to expand their business in. Yet there are still many VoIP myths floating around. This post dispels five of the most common. 1. The Quality is Poor Like many VoIP myths, this seems [...]
Unified communications and VoIP have a bright future together, especially in the lucrative business market. The research firm Infonetics expects the number of seats for business-based unified communications and VoIP to double in the next four years. Along with the Residential/SOHO market, they predict that $377 billion dollars will be spent on unified communications and [...]
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A recent report by Global Industry Analytics predicts that by 2018 the VoIP market will generate $20 billion in revenue, propelled largely by growing demand for SMB VoIP solutions. Over the past few years there has been a steady trend of SMBs migrating toward VoIP services. For instance, the communications company IDG Enterprise recently conducted [...]
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A recent report by India VoIP Market Forecast & Opportunities predicts a 27% compound annual growth rate over the next five years in the Indian VoIP market. It cites increased 3G/LTE deployments and greater broadband coverage as major contributing factors. Also helping drive the VoIP market forward are government initiatives, increasing Indian purchasing power and [...]
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VoIP opportunities in Africa are opening up thanks to improved access to internet and mobile technologies as well as recently liberalized regulatory policies in many countries. In the previous decade, internet subscriptions in Africa grew by 1030.2% compared to a world average of 290.6%. Today, advanced technologies like broadband, 3G and LTE have made their way onto [...]
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