Maybe a little aluminum is the answer? That is what Nokia clearly hopes with the launch today of its Lumia 925, which ditches the "My First Mobile" look of brightly colored polycarbonate favored for the other Lumia models and adopts more of an iPhone feel. "We realized that some people like metal," said the Steve Buscemi lookalike Nokia guy doing the webcast. We don't think he meant this. (See Analyst Labels Latest Lumia Launch as 'Tepid'.)
Zut alors! The French government is planning to introduce a "smartphone tax" on all mobile devices to help raise money for content creators, according to a report in the Financial Times (subscription required). In practice, this could mean a levy of 4 percent on the sale of all such devices in France.
BT is having problems delivering its Ethernet services on schedule, according to a report on Reuters. The operator sent an email to clients admitting that measures to address the backlog had "not yet delivered the levels of improvements we have been looking for."
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading