Telecoms operator Thus has announced a 10 per cent cut in its national call rates and promises up to 40 per cent off international calls. The announcement follows Thus' completion of its own national infrastructure, with the company claiming it can pass cost savings onto its customers.
The telco said that national rates have been reduced to 2.7p per minute and local rates to 1.89p per minute through the FlexiCall tariff.
On-net, a special tariff for customers linked directly through Thus' network, has reduced national rates by 25 per cent and local rates by 40 per cent. International tariff reductions are up to 50 per cent.
Vodafone rolls out mobile PKI
Vodafone is claiming to be the first mobile provider in the UK to roll out a mobile Public Key Infrastructure. The first companies to sign up for the program are technology group Giesecke & Devrient and the Department of Trade and Industry's Radiocommunications Agency.
Using encryption techniques, legally binding signatures can be sent digitally by mobile phone marking the starting point of the mobile-commerce market. A report from Strategy Analytics puts the m-commerce market volume at $230bn by 2006.
Compaq announces 64Mbyte iPaq
Compaq has announced the latest addition to its Pocket PC family. The H3660 features 64Mbytes of memory, and can store twice as much data as previous models. It uses an Intel StrongARM 206Mhz microprocessor and a colour side-lit TFT screen. The device is available in early April and will cost around Eu730 (£463).
Razorfish to slash more staff
Web consultancy Razorfish has offered voluntary redundancy packages to UK and US staff, just after it slashed 400 jobs worldwide. The company has also merged its London and Amsterdam offices.
The news comes less than a month after the company cut 43 jobs in London. In October 30 UK jobs went. Other companies such as Marchfirst and Icon Medialab have also made cuts.
The Razorfish cutbacks came about as a result of the company making losses of $19.8m in the last quarter of 2000.
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