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Indian telecom operators may lose $3.1 billion SMS revenue by 2016

Indian telecom operators A recent research pointed out that instant messaging apps used by people for communication have already surpassed SMS text messages. Another report now talks about the effect this may have on the revenue generated by telecom operators through SMSes. The research firm Ovum points out that Indian telecom operators may lose $3.1 billion in SMS revenues by …

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Get a Virgin Mobile Overdrive Pro 3G/4G mobile hot spot for $83.99

Virgin Mobile Overdrive Pro 3G/4G The Virgin Mobile Overdrive Pro might be the ideal travel companion when the hotel’s Wi-Fi is on the fritz. Remember back on Monday when I said I was the victim of flaky hotel Wi-Fi? It’s true: I couldn’t publish my Cheapskate post because my room had a weak, inconsistent signal. It was incredibly frustrating, like …

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FCC finally opens review of cell phone safety standards

FCC finally opens review The Federal Communications Commissionofficially opened an inquiry today into whether U.S. standards need to be updated to protect people from cell phone radiation. Chairman Julius Genachowski circulated a notice of inquiry last June that looked at a series of questions surrounding whether the current standards need to be updated or whether the agency’s testing practices should …

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U.S. Cellular dials up $300 rebate for new family plans

$300 rebate for new family plans U.S. Cellular is offering a limited time “Family Switcher Bonus” for new customers who activate at least two lines on a Family Plan. The deal, which runs through April 1, provides consumers with a $300 MasterCard debit card. The catch? At least one of the new lines must be a smartphone. To sweeten the …

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Telcos may be allowed to operate after January 18

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is mulling over options to allow Sistema, Telenor, Videocon and Tata Teleservices to continue providing services after January 18, according to a report by Business Standard. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last month asked the four telcos to inform their customers that they would be discontinuing services after January 18.   These mobile …

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