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Report slams iPhone value for operators

Apple’s iconic iPhone device may be a hit with consumers but it is doing little to increase operator profits, according to a report released this week by Danish firm Strand Consult.

Blockbuster brings movies to Motorola phones

Movie rental retailer Blockbuster has signed a deal with Motorola to being “thousands” of titles to select models of the US vendor’s devices.

Apple looking into reports of exploding iPhones

Apple is investigating media reports that one or more of the company’s iPhones have exploded in Europe, a European Commission spokeswoman said Tuesday, reports Reuters

Report: Palm’s CEO snubbed Jobs’ recruiting offer

Bloomberg reports that former Palm CEO Ed Colligan rejected a proposal in 2007 from Apple’s head man Steve Jobs to refrain from hiring each other’s employees, declaring it wrong and “likely illegal.”

FCC steps up review of US mobile market

US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will next Thursday hold a meeting in Washington aimed at launching a wide-ranging review of the country’s mobile industry practices, looking at issues from the state of competition in the market to the fees added on to subscribers’ bills.

Apple says Google Voice app alters iPhoneApple

Apple told US regulators on Friday that the Google Voice app for the iPhone appears to replace the iPhone’s core mobile functionality and user interface with its own system for voice calls, text messaging and voicemail, reports Reuters

French official to talk iPhone troubles with Apple

Reuters reports that a senior executive from Apple will meet France’s consumer affairs minister today to discuss a number of incidents in which screens on some of iPhones were reported to have shattered for no obvious reason

FCC to study competition in US mobile sector

The US regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), formally announced a inquiry into competition in the country’s mobile sector yesterday.

AT&T may lose iPhone exclusivity

InformationWeek cites Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster as stating that Apple could be ending its exclusive iPhone agreement with US operator AT&T within a year.

iPhone talks take centre stage in China

China Mobile is still in talks with Apple to launch the iPhone and is busy promoting its own ‘OPhones’ as the world’s largest mobile operator gets to grips with last week’s news that rival China Unicom has signed a three-year deal to sell Apple’s iconic device.