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C Spire introduces new Samsung Galaxy Note8 smartphone today

RIDGELAND, Miss. , Sept.andnbsp;C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, launched Samsung’s new Galaxy Note8 smartphone today on its wireless division’s “Customer Inspired” Maximum Range 4G LTE network. Click here for more.

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Vodafone awards global deal to Samsung for Project Spring

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Vodafone is investing in global infrastructure

UK-based operator Vodafone has tapped up Korean manufacturer Samsung for a global framework agreement, to deliver 2G, 3G and 4G infrastructure across the Vodafone Group footprint.

The framework agreement supports Vodafone’s organic investment programme, Project Spring, which is designed to accelerate its plans to establish stronger network and service differentiation for its customers. Earlier this week the operator also signed up Ericsson.

Vodafone is making significant investments in its global network infrastructure. As we ll as Project Spring the company’s Carrier Services division recently revealed that it is currently investing heavily in MPLS and by the end of the year will have what it claims is the world’s largest physical MPLS infrastructure.

The firm is also investing on solutions that will run on this infrastructure and the division’s CEO Brian Fitzpatrick told that Vodafone will also have one of, if not the largest IPX infrastructure in the world, when work is complete.

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Samsung ATIV S, the world’s first Windows Phone 8 – so what?

The Samsung ATIV S

Samsung has revealed the world’s first Windows Phone 8 (WP8) smartphone, the Samsung ATIV S. The device has an elegant industrial design, is powered by the highest hardware specifications on the market – including dual-core processor, HD display, high memory capacity ─ and comes packed with the latest connectivity solutions and feature-sets. The investment made to produce this phone suggests that Samsung is now taking the Windows Phone ecosystem seriously and could return to a multi-OS strategy, something that the South Korean giant had adopted for years in the past.

However, if you take a closer look at the WP8 platform specifications, it is clear that, as far as enabled devices are concerned, differentiation on the hardware side will be difficult. This means all WP8 devices will come with similar hardware (multicore processor, same display size and quality, similar memory capacity, etc.). A number of devices powered by WP8 are expected to be launched by various manufacturers in 4Q12, the majority of which will come with similar, or even better, hardware capabilities so ATIV S cannot be differentiated in this way.

Informa believes that differentiation in the WP8 ecosystem will be based on three main elements ─ mobile broadband access in the form of LTE; differentiation at the application or service layer; or differentiation on pricing.

ATIV S does not support LTE, which could limit its success in markets where the technology is already entrenched; these include the US, Japan, South Korea and parts of Western Europe. It is also surprising that the phone does not come in a CDMA variant, which represents a strong gap in the Windows Phone device portfolio. Samsung could have capitalized on this.

Also, from the specifications of ATIV S, there is no evidence that this phone could be differentiated on the basis of exclusive applications or services (image processing, music, navigation, etc). This leads one to think that price will be a key differentiating point for this phone. – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

Samsung trumps Nokia to first WP8 handset

Samsung has launched the ATIV S, the first Windows Phone 8 handset

Beating Microsoft partner Nokia to the punch, Korean handset giant Samsung has unveiled the first Windows Phone 8 (WP8) handset. The ATIV S handset was showcased at the IFA 2012 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. It has a 4.8in display and runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor.

Nokia and Microsoft announced a “broad strategic partnership” to build the Windows Phone ecosystem in February last year. At the time, Elop triumphantly declared: “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.”

Under the terms of the partnership, Nokia committed to adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone platform to help drive the future of the platform. The two pledged to closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap for the future evolution of handsets.

While the deal suggests that Nokia would take the lead with WP8, Samsung instead appears to have muscled in on its territory, while also signalling its intent to ease its reliance on Google’s Android platform.

“By far the majority of Samsung’s smartphone sales have been Android devices, and there has been some scepticism to the extent they have committed to WP platform in the past,” said Tony Cripps, principal analyst in Ovum Telecoms’ devices and platforms group.

“Samsung has tended to take a multiplatform approach in the past and if they’re really behind the Windows OS, I’d expect to see more models from them in due course.”

Microsoft brushed off the idea that Nokia may have any concerns and told that the Samsung handset is one of many WP8 handsets due to be launched in the near future.

This is just the first in a big line-up of new hardware that’s coming with Windows Phone 8. Look for more news from our other partners in weeks and months to come,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

Nokia had not responded to our request for comment at the time of publishing.



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Samsung Announces First Windows Phone 8 Based Smartphone

Samsung Electronics has announced a range of ATIV devices based on the Windows 8 for Smart PCs, tablets and Windows Phone 8 for smartphones, Click here for more.