Telcel to face pro-competition restrictions
Mexico's Federal Competition Commission ruled late Tuesday that Telcel was a dominant company and would face extra regulation. The unanimous vote observed by Dow Jones rejected an appeal while simultaneously flipping an earlier decision that lusacell and Telefonica's Movistar were also dominant in the country. Their ability to negotiate deals wasn't as powerful given their smaller influences in Mexico, officials decided.
Palm Pixi hurt by bugs but hits VZ soon
Palm's smartphone sales this year will be hurt by bugs in the Pixi but should be shored up by a Verizon model, a report in Taiwan's Commercial Times newspaper said on Tuesday. Once due to ship 800,000 units of the multi-touch phone in the nearly finished quarter, parts supplier Compal is now only shipping 600,000 as Verizon has supposedly said the devices haven't passed its software tests. The finished models will only reach the American carrier early next year.
GSM version of Palm Pre due at Telcel in Mexico
The Palm Pre in GSM guise is coming to Mexican wireless provider Telcel, the companies announced on Thursday. This will be the second webOS-powered handset that is compatible with GSM networks, after O2's device in the UK and several other countries in Europe. Apart from the different network support, the Pre will be identical to the US-spec device in its features.
Contract-free Mex. iPhone
Telcel is now offering a contract-free version of the iPhone 3G in Mexico. The cost of an iPhone under this scheme is $7,899 MXN ($708 USD) for a 8GB model, or $9,199 MXN ($817 USD) for a 16GB model. Telcel also notes that users who choose this option are being given $500 MXN ($45 USD) worth of talk time, and 30 days of unlimited 3G browsing. In order to receive the fulal value of the promotion, however, people must use $100 MXN worth of talk time in a month. If this requirement is met, their account will be credited with an additional $100 MXN renewable up to a total value of $500 MXN.
Mexican iPhone in June?
The iPhone could be headed to Mexico as soon as June, a Mexican newspaper reports. The paper cites a source within Apple, who says that the company is in talks with Telcel, Mexico's largest cellular carrier. Reporters are also said to have made a number of calls to Apple US customer support, and been told multiple times that while iPhones cannot currently be shipped to Mexico, the phone should become available domestically in June. This is the same month as Apple's planned iPhone 2.0 firmware update.