Austrian court says Yesss! to trigger consolidation

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Telekom Austria has received approval for its proposed acquisition of youth brand Yesss! from Orange Austria. The approval, granted today from the Austrian Cartel Court, opens the way for Three Austria to acquire the remaining assets of Orange, and will reduce the number of operators in Austria from four to three.

Operators playing catch-up on SMS spam

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spam_sms_reporting_adaptive_mobileA survey of 1,000 UK mobile users has suggested that 148.3 million spam texts are received by UK consumers per month, leading to potential fraud and loss of personal data for users and damaging consequences for operators.

The YouGov research found that 29% of respondents said that they would consider churning operator if they were exposed to more than 10 spam messages per month. The bad news for operators is that one in eight of those respondents who receive more than one message per month say they are already receiving those levels.

50 operators now offer direct billing on Blackberry World

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blackberry_app_worldFifty mobile operators now offer direct billing to developers on Blackberry App World app, according to a release from RIM.

RIM said that customers show a tendency to buy more apps when carrier billing is enabled. On average, 75% of gross sales are transacted through the carrier when direct billing is enabled, and RIM added that "average carrier revenues derived from apps increased between 100%-300% after launch". 

Silent Circle makes big security noise

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Silent_Circle_secure_comms "You can't encrypt stupidity"

A company that is offering fully-encrypted communications has said that somebody with $170 to spend on the right equipment and the right know-how could "easily" intercept mobile calls and texts from out of the air.
As a result, the company argues, sensitive personal and commercial data and information is at risk as it is transmitted over the air, and requires extra protection. The company is offering a suite of encrypted comms products on IoS and Android (December) from $20 per month to address that need.