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Euronews: Swisscom Feels the Heat in H1

Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), BlackBerry and Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) lead the charge in today's roundup of EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Despite healthy growth in TV services and mobile data, Swisscom saw its revenue fall 3.8 percent year-on-year in its first-half results, with fierce domestic competition bringing a nasty dose of price erosion. (See Swisscom Reports H1.)

  • A hacker group going by the none-too-cuddly name of Team Poison has taken umbrage at RIM's announcement that it would help U.K. police identify participants in the country's recent -- and possibly ongoing -- riots, reports the BBC. The group has defaced the Blackberry blog, and posted a message threatening retaliation if RIM handed over subscribers' personal data to the authorities. Blackberrys are thought to have been widely used by the rioters to coordinate their actions. (See Euronews: RIM Acts in Wake of UK Riots .)

  • Telekom Austria says new evidence has come to light about "irregularities" pertaining to the carrier's IPO program in 2004. It concerns a staff member who confessed to professional misconduct at the time and who has since been dismissed. The firm's CEO, Hannes Ametsreiter, has said he will hand back the bonus he received in 2004 once the investigation is completed. (See Telekom Austria Cites IPO Irregularities.)

  • The Russian unit of Sweden-based mobile operator Tele2 AB (Nasdaq: TLTO) boasts that it added 267,000 new customers in July. Tele2 Russia now has a total of 20 million customers, out of a population of around 143 million. (So still plenty of folk to go after, then.) (See TeliaSonera v. Tele2 and Russian Ops to Share LTE Network.)

  • Adieu, le bill shock syndrome? Orange France has launched an app that allows its customers to check how much they've spent rashly using their mobiles while traveling abroad. Once the customer is over the border, Orange Travel creates a log of time and money clocked up on the operator's network, which is closed once they arrive back in France. (See Orange App Tracks Smartphone Usage.) — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Rachel_S 12/5/2012 | 4:56:13 PM
    re: Euronews: Swisscom Feels the Heat in H1

    Bill Shock is on the rise. In fact, 30 million Americans each year get overcharged for using their cell phone. Some get hit with excess roaming charges, while others are victim to voice, data and SMS overages. As carriers continue to put more restrictions on mobile plans, and consumers become more reliant on accessing their email, Facebook and streaming video through their smartphones, the opportunity for Bill Shock accelerates. 

    I have had success avoiding Bill Shock by using Telicost-Lite, a free app that gives iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users instant real-time alerts to track voice, data, SMS and roaming activity to ensure that they don’t go over their mobile plan. Go to www.anomalousnetworks.com to download the free Telicost app by Anomalous Networks. This is a must-have app when traveling for business or pleasure, and businesses of all sizes can take advantage of a more robust Telicost portal to manage their whole fleet of mobile users. 

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