Airtel alleged illegal lottery: Court joins NCC as defendant

Airtel ScamA Federal High Court in Lagos has joined the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, as a defendant in a suit seeking to revoke the operating licence of Airtel Nigeria Limited for allegedly operating an illegal lottery.

Trial judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, in a ruling on a motion filed by the initiator of the suit, Benjamin Owiadolor, also joined the National Lottery Regulation Commission, NLRC; Consumer Protection Council, CPC, and Secure Electronic Technology Plc, all as defendants to the suit.

Justice Saidu equally ordered Airtel to provide the call logs of Owiadolor in court.

Owiadolor, who is a lawyer, had filed the suit urging the court to mandate Airtel to refund all sums expended by subscribers who participated in the competition known as “wake up a millionaire promo” by way of credit, which should be done under the supervision of the NCC. Continue reading

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Globacom introduces new pocket-friendly tariff plans

Globacom has introduced five new subscriber friendly tariff plans targeted at its prepaid customers. The telecom company said the new plans, Hi-Flyer and Talkfree have been introduced to address the needs of high value voice and data subscribers while the new G-Bam, new Infinito and new Gista which already exist, have been repackaged to offer more value to customers.

Elaborating on the new tariff plans, Globacom’s Coordinator, Marketing, Adeniyi Olukoya said that the new tariffs will deliver more value to subscribers on the network. “Whether they spend more on calls or data, these new tariff plans will deliver more value as subscribers can make calls within the network for as low as 5k/sec and international calls for as low as 15k/ sec”, he said.

Olukoya explained that subscribers on the Talkfree plan will enjoy 150 free minutes and 150 free SMS monthly while Glo-to-Glo calls on the plan will be at 15k/sec and calls to other networks will be at the rate of 18k/sec. To enjoy the fantastic Talkfree rates subscribers will pay a monthly subscription fee of N1,000 only.

With the Hi-Flyer plan, customers who subscribe to any data plan from 200MB and above will enjoy calls to all networks at 18k/sec. Under this plan, the customers will enjoy the best data usage, unrivalled customer experience and fl at calling rates to all networks. Continue reading

Huawei, Microsoft launch cheap smartphone in Lagos

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a partnership with Chinese manufacturer Huawei to offer an affordably priced smartphone in Africa geared toward tapping into the continent’s exploding mobile market.

4Afrika smartphone Introducing the phone at an event in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, a Microsoft executive said the aim was to have the 4Afrika phone priced at below $200. The Huawei phone model is not exclusive to the continent, but the 4Afrika version is being adapted to African markets, including with apps geared toward specific countries. At the Nigerian event, officials demonstrated apps including a dictionary for the local Yoruba language and local news. Continue reading

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Two new babies from RIM

Two new babies from RIM

Research in Motion has officially released the q10 and z10 in their Blackberry Smartphone series.

According to the Managing Director, Alexandra Zagury, the two new releases are distinctive improvements on the previous productions.

We are hoping their words will be their bond this time.

Firefox Launches Mozilla mobile phone

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Mozilla, one of the foremost internet browser providers, has dolled out details of it’s plans to launch new smartphones to be powered by its Firefox operating system.

It disclosed that two mobile phones would be introduced by a fast growing Spanish firm called Geeksphone and will be targeted at developers before the system is formally launched.

The system will be based on the HTML5 web programming language and is being sold as offering software writers more “freedom” than alternatives” Continue reading

Lenovo downplays RIM acquisition

Lenovo has downplayed reports that the company plans to buy Research In Motion, saying that it is instead looking at acquisition opportunities in general.

If Lenovo does indeed decide it wants to court RIM, it may face significant regulatory hurdles. Canadian Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty said last week that a Lenovo-RIM deal is something the government “would look at carefully.” Flaherty also responded “absolutely” when asked whether some local technologies are off-limits to potential overseas buyers. Continue reading