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Ultra low-cost handsets (ULCH) – those selling for $35 or less – will determine the success of operators and vendors in emerging markets, according to a report from the Strategy Analytics Emerging Markets Communications Strategies service. ­More than half of the 300 million ULCH expected to be sold in 2013 will go to emerging markets, with China and India playing a crucial role in driving the growth.

Between 2007 and 2013, the ULCH share of global handset sales will triple, as operators try to attract new users. “Emerging markets have a huge untapped population,” says Rahul Gupta, Manager, Emerging Markets, and author of the report. “But it’s a population with limited spending power. A low-cost handset has to be part of the strategy of any operator or handset vendor trying to get a piece of this market.”

“The most important issue for operators seeking to benefit from low-cost handset development is to choose suppliers who have global scale in purchasing, product design and brand,” added Chris Ambrosio, Executive Director of the Strategy Analytics Global Wireless Practice.

This report also points out that low-cost alone is not sufficient; and the need to provide a limited set of rich applications, such as embedded gaming and FM radio, along with the expansion of distribution and service networks into rural areas, compounds the challenges that operators and device vendors have in developing ULCH offerings.

Source: cellular news

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Just as consumers are learning to be thrifty in the recession, so are corporate buyers of computers and other information technology.

The trend could lead to long-term changes in how companies purchase hardware and software, analysts say.

Companies are hoarding cash and not buying costly IT, says Andrew Bartels, an analyst with Forrester Research. They’re delaying purchasing new PCs and looking to do more with less using technologies like virtualization software, which lets users get more use out of servers and thus avoid buying more servers.

Some enterprises might even experiment with giving their employees lightweight, low-cost netbooks instead of higher-priced, full-function notebook PCs, Bartels says.

A shift of just 5% to 10% of corporate users to netbooks from traditional notebook PCs would be significant, he says. Netbooks generate less revenue and profit for vendors than do notebooks.

On the bright side, the downturn in tech spending won’t be as severe as that which followed the dot-com bubble bursting in 2000, analysts say.

During that Web 1.0 era, tech companies overbought computers, networking and telecom gear. And when startup companies began failing in large numbers, their hardware flooded the secondary market and dampened sales of new equipment in 2001 and 2002.

“That was a much worse decline,” Bartels said. “The tech market in that period was dropping by 15% or 20% in different categories, and not just for one or two quarters but for two or three years.”

Sales in some tech sectors now are in sharp decline, especially computer hardware. But it won’t be a “prolonged, deep downturn” like last time, Bartels says.

Still, massive layoffs nationwide since last summer have created a glut of unused PCs at some corporations. Companies are redistributing the newer PCs to remaining employees and delaying the PC replacement cycle from three years to four or five years, says Crawford Del Prete, an analyst at market research firm IDC.

Analysts aren’t yet seeing any big surge in computer hardware hitting the secondary markets after all the layoffs in recent months. Companies are redeploying the hardware or putting it in storage as spares, Del Prete says.

In Silicon Valley, though, some tech gear from folded startups has been showing up on the used market, says Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with Global Equities Research. Some of that gear is less than a year old and is selling for one-fifth the price of new equipment.

That’s taking sales away from hardware makers such as Cisco Systems (CSCO), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM (IBM), Juniper Networks (JNPR) and Sun Microsystems (JAVA), Chowdhry says.

Source: Investor’s Business Daily

Police in Brazil have intercepted two homing pigeons which had been trained to carry parts of mobile phones to prison cells, where the handsets were later assembled by the prisoners. The trick of training pigeons to carry contraband into prisons is not a new idea in Brazil and has been used several times in the past few years.

In the last case, the pigeons were found near the prison with cloth sacks tied to their backs containing the electronics components, as shown by police representatives to Globo television after they were caught outside Danilo Pinheiro prison.

The pigeons are also thought to have been trained to carry drugs into the prison.

Source: cellular news

We all know that old sayings are having new meanings now a days. Lets check what has become of a popular saying regarding love and relationship.

Original QUOTE
If you love someone,
Set her free…
If she comes back, she’s yours,
If she doesn’t, she never was…..

THE NEW VERSIONS

Pessimist:
If you love someone,
Set her free …
If she ever comes back, she’s yours,
If she doesn’t, as expected, she never was

Optimist:If you love someone,
Set her free …
Don’t worry, she will come back.

Suspicious:If you love someone,
Set her free …
If she ever comes back, ask her why.

Impatient:If you love someone,
Set her free …
If she doesn’t come back within some time forget her.

Patient:
If you love someone, Set her free …
If she doesn’t come back,
continue to wait until she comes back …

Playful:
If you love someone,
Set her free …
If she comes back, and if you love her still,
set her free again, repeat ….

C++ Programmer:
if(you-love( m_she))
m_she.free()
if(m_she == NULL)
m_she = new CShe;

Animal-Rights Activist:
If you love someone,
Set her free,
In fact, all living creatures deserve to be free!!

Lawyers:
If you love someone,
Set her free,
Clause 1a of Paragraph 13a-1 in the Second
Amendment of the Matrimonial Freedom

Biologist :
If you love someone,
Set her free,
She’ll evolve.

Statisticians :
If you love someone,
Set her free,
If she loves you, the probability of her coming
back is high
If she doesn’t, your relation was improbable
anyway.

Schwarzenegger’ s fans:
If you love someone,
Set her free,
SHE’LL BE BACK!

Over possessive person :
If you love someone
don’t set her free.

MBA :
If you love someone set her free instantaneously
and look for others simultaneously

Psychologist :
If you love someone
set her free
If she comes back her super ego is dominant
If she doesn’t come back her id is supreme
If she doesn’t go, she must be crazy.

Somnabulist :
If you love someone
set her free
If she comes back it’s a nightmare
If she doesn’t, you must be dreaming.

ERP functional expert :
If you love someone
set her free
If she comes back, map her into your system
If she doesn’t, carry out a gap-fit analysis

Finance expert :
If you love someone
set her free
If she comes back, its time to look for fresh loans
If she doesn’t, write her off as an asset gone bad.

Marketing Specialist :
If you love someone
set her free
If she comes back she has brand loyalty
If she doesn’t, reposition the brand in new market

If you are wondering what caused the current financial crises of US, have a look at this article published in 1999.

Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending

In a move that could help increase home ownership rates among minorities and low-income consumers, the Fannie Mae Corporation is easing the credit requirements on loans that it will purchase from banks and other lenders.

The action, which will begin as a pilot program involving 24 banks in 15 markets — including the New York metropolitan region — will encourage those banks to extend home mortgages to individuals whose credit is generally not good enough to qualify for conventional loans. Fannie Mae officials say they hope to make it a nationwide program by next spring.

Fannie Mae, the nation’s biggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and felt pressure from stock holders to maintain its phenomenal growth in profits.

In addition, banks, thrift institutions and mortgage companies have been pressing Fannie Mae to help them make more loans to so-called subprime borrowers. These borrowers whose incomes, credit ratings and savings are not good enough to qualify for conventional loans, can only get loans from finance companies that charge much higher interest rates — anywhere from three to four percentage points higher than conventional loans.

”Fannie Mae has expanded home ownership for millions of families in the 1990’s by reducing down payment requirements,” said Franklin D. Raines, Fannie Mae’s chairman and chief executive officer. ”Yet there remain too many borrowers whose credit is just a notch below what our underwriting has required who have been relegated to paying significantly higher mortgage rates in the so-called subprime market.”

Demographic information on these borrowers is sketchy. But at least one study indicates that 18 percent of the loans in the subprime market went to black borrowers, compared to 5 per cent of loans in the conventional loan market.

In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 1980’s.

”From the perspective of many people, including me, this is another thrift industry growing up around us,” said Peter Wallison a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. ”If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out the way it stepped up and bailed out the thrift industry.”

Under Fannie Mae’s pilot program, consumers who qualify can secure a mortgage with an interest rate one percentage point above that of a conventional, 30-year fixed rate mortgage of less than $240,000 — a rate that currently averages about 7.76 per cent. If the borrower makes his or her monthly payments on time for two years, the one percentage point premium is dropped.

Fannie Mae, the nation’s biggest underwriter of home mortgages, does not lend money directly to consumers. Instead, it purchases loans that banks make on what is called the secondary market. By expanding the type of loans that it will buy, Fannie Mae is hoping to spur banks to make more loans to people with less-than-stellar credit ratings.

Source: New York Times



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