A German court has ruled that certain, optional, parts of ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)'s SDR basestations deployed by E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG infringe a patent owned by Vringo and must be withdrawn from sale in Germany, reports Cellular News. In a statement, ZTE said that it would appeal the decision, which it says "does not affect ZTE's ability to offer the products without the optional function." On its website, Vringo describes itself as being "engaged in the innovation, development and monetization of intellectual property and mobile technologies." (See ZTE to Appeal German Patent Ruling .)
Nordic operator Telia Company has acquired a group of fiber networks in Sweden. Its acquisition of Zitius also brings Quadracom Networks and service provider Riksnet under its wing. The deal is subject to the approval of the Swedish Competition Authority. (See TeliaSonera Buys Fiber Networks.)
Etisalat has completed the first phase of an upgrade of its business support systems (BSS) in tandem with Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC). To date, Etisalat has migrated its postpaid customers to its new BSCS iX convergent billing system and integrated other third-party software components. The next phase of the transformation program will focus more on Etisalat's enterprise customers. (See Etisalat Transforms BSS With Ericsson.)
Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) is trumpeting the fact that it has now brought 4G to 100 Norwegian municipalities, a stat that translates to more than half of the country's population coming within range of 4G services. Telenor claims to have almost half a million active 4G customers on its network. (See Telenor Updates on 4G.)
The smartphone as a work of art? Or maybe just a freakshow? UK mobile operator EE is putting on display -- but not yet selling -- the new, curvy LG G Flex smartphone at selected stores from December 20, prior to its actual launch in February of next year. The handsets, as well as being frankly bent, feature "self-healing technology," it says here, which means that the elastic back coating can absorb minor scratches.
Re: Is that a bendyphone in your pocket... By bending, fingers can reach the other side of the phone when the phone is held in one hand.
I don't like that design personally, it doesn't add much.
I believe the evolution should go first into phone blocks, then foldable phones, then holograms and later into a technology that doesn't get into your way, but rather becomes part of your everyday experience, something like the Google glass with brainlet control (with some years of evolution) :)
Re: Is that a bendyphone in your pocket... It's getting harder to fit your 5 inches phone in your pocket nowadays in all cases. The only case for that phone is it helps you in your one-hand operations without compromising on the screen size.
Re: Is that a bendyphone in your pocket... It's not just you. I don't see that design being helpful at all, just annoying. Maybe it feels better when you're talking on the phone (who does that?), but it'd also make the screen a lot dirtier and make loud talkers even louder.
Is that a bendyphone in your pocket... Is it just me, or won't that LG phone be an uncomfortable object to have in your pocket, especially when you're sitting down? And potentially socially embarrassing when you're stood up (for blokes)?