Linking to foreign data networks has always been a risky proposition fraught with big financial risks. Tales abound of American users racking up $1,000 phone bills on cruise ships at sea or while vacationing in European countries. Wireless carrier AT&T plans to offer new global pricing to help give travelers a little piece of mind. … Read more
Already on shaky footing, Research In Motion is being dealt another blow. After 14 years of company loyalty, the company's London-based head of global sales is moving on, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Patrick Spence was with the company since 1998 but had only been in his current position as SVP and managing director of global sales and regional marketing for the last 10 months, according to The Next Web.
Verizon Wireless wants to be sure its customers pack one of its phones when they travel abroad this summer.
The carrier confirmed today that four of its Android-powered smartphones will soon get a software update that will allow them to operate on GSM networks -- the dominant global wireless technology and the standard in Europe. Verizon said GSM roaming would be activated on the Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, Droid 4, and HTC Rezound.
"Customers will see a notification on their device when the software update is available for their device," the carrier said in a statement. "… Read more
NEW ORLEANS--Clearwire, often seen in the industry as the odd duck of the wireless providers, may actually be on the unlikely path to offering a globally compatible device.
At least that's what CEO Erik Prusch believes. With major carriers in China, India, and Europe supporting the same spectrum band and variant of LTE, it's possible that a phone running on Clearwire can hop on to international networks with little fuss.
The advent of LTE was supposed to bring a universal standard to carriers. But the wide variety of technology standards and different spectrums has left the carriers as … Read more
Samsung's smartphone shipments soared over the same period last year, allowing it to easily grab the lion's share of the global market, while Nokia's share plummeted, a market researcher said Thursday. Another market researcher put Samsung No.1 in the overall cell phone market.
The South Korean electronics giant's share went from 12.2 percent in the first quarter of 2011 to a whopping 30.6 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to Strategy Analytics (see chart below).
Apple's growth isn't too shabby either: it jumped from an 18.1 percent … Read more
GlobalSign was left red-faced last year after one of its Web servers was hacked. It turns out the incident was due to a piece of open-source software not being updated, a senior GlobalSign executive told sister site ZDNet UK.
The company ceased issuing certificates, and shut down its operations. GlobalSign said it keeps SSL-certificate issuing infrastructure "separate" from its Web site -- a common practice -- and reiterated that its operations was secure.
GlobalSign's own Web site, the site's certificate, and some other public-facing documents were compromised during the hack, but no other servers were breached.… Read more
Verizon has launched a new Global Data Package for those traveling overseas.
The company announced today that its new Global Data Package will deliver 100MB of data per month to customers for $25. The special rate is available only to those customers who have a domestic data package, and it allows them to access e-mail, surf the Web, and engage in other data-heavy tasks.
Before travelers sign up for the service, however, they should beware that it's available in 120 destinations around the world, including Mexico, Canada, and all of Europe. When traveling to Asia and Africa, however, compatibility … Read more
Customers in 38 countries around the world can now download Metro-style apps for Windows 8 from Microsoft's Windows Store. The tech company announced today that it is forging ahead with its goal to "deliver a global service" with its app store.
"We want to support developers regardless of where they are, and give customers apps that match their interests, including local offerings," Antoine Leblond, Microsoft's vice president of the Windows Web Services team, wrote in a blog post.
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I hope Global Payments doesn't strain itself patting its own back for containing a massive breach that occurred on its watch.
The company, which processes credit, debit, and gift card transactions between merchants, banks, and consumers, let a staggering 1.5 million credit card numbers get out in the open as a result of a still-to-be determined attack on its system. Yet it has barely shown any signs of contrition.
Most companies would have shown a bit of remorse for what has happened, but Global Payments has struck an almost self-congratulatory tone for how it identified the problem, alerted … Read more