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Sony Ericsson entertains with move to Sony brand

Loss-making handset vendor Sony Ericsson yesterday announced plans to realign its brand towards a stronger entertainment profile and adopt the ‘make.believe’ brand concept currently pushed by Sony, one of the manufacturer’s parent companies.

Iran to reissue 3rd license

Iran’s newly-appointed minister of Communications and Information Technology has announced that the country will make yet another attempt to award its third mobile operator license, reports Cellular News, citing an article in the Tehran Times.

Softbank regains lead in new user signups

Reuters reports that Softbank, Japan’s third-largest mobile operator, outran rivals NTT Docomo and KDDI in the number of net new subscribers it signed up in August, after relinquishing its lead in July to Docomo.

M1 acquires Qala

Singaporean mobile operator MobileOne (M1) has purchased local ISP Qala Communication as it looks to gain entry into the country’s broadband services market, according to TeleGeography.

Report: Docomo to launch US MVNO

TeleGeography reports that Japan’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, NTT Docomo, is reportedly considering a move to launch its brand on the US market as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).

Facebook claims 65M mobile users

InformationWeek notes that Facebook says more than 65 million people are actively using the social network on their mobile devices.

Nokia trials LTE modem

The world’s largest handset vendor today introduced its first ‘LTE-capable’ modem. The Nokia device – RD-3 – is backwards compatible with the GSM family of technologies (eg HSPA) and will be used in development of LTE technology (planned for commercial launch next year).

Moto tipped to unveil Android devices this week

Motorola is expected to unveil its first smartphones this week running the Android platform, a launch considered key to the company’s future success following a serious decline in its handset fortunes.

Spotify launches on App Store and Android

Spotify, the music streaming Internet phenomenon, has announced its first major push into the mobile space by launching versions of its software for Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android platform.

Analysts upbeat on T-Mobile UK sale to rival

Analysts have valued T-Mobile UK at EUR4.2 billion – slightly above earlier forecasts – and said the business would be value-accretive if it were bought by a UK rival, reports Reuters.