This February – like it’s been for the past few years, will be next year as well and, hopefully, for many more to come – the Mobile World Congress takes places in the beautiful city of Barcelona. As always, the city is up to capacity in terms of accommodation, it is difficult to find an available taxi and the latest devices, services and advances in mobile communications are being unveiled.

It is been just 3 days, but we found out many interesting thins. I am listing here the ones I found the most interesting:

  • AT&T’s CTO, John Donovan, announced that they are planning to roll over to Voice over LTE services in 2013. The plan is still subject to the readiness of the industry standards for this emerging technology. As of now, it looks like those standards will be ready in 2013 and AT&T will start running its LTE network.
  • European Mobile Carriers are starting to launch multiple data roaming plans that include daily passes, weekly passes and other options. Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile on Tuesday launched a price plan that will include fixed price day passes as well as a €14.95 weekly pass that T-Mobile said would provide “virtually unlimited Internet surfing in the EU this summer.” Meanwhile, France Télécom’s Orange unit, which launched a limited 2MB daily data roaming pass for its customers last year, on Tuesday added a second daily data pass for high volume data users at €15 for 50MB a day.
  • Phone Wars: Nokia is not going to sit and observe how Apple and Google/Android take over a market that was – once upon a time in a far away galaxy – theirs. Stephen Elop, Nokia’s brand new CEO, just announced their plans of bringing 3 more billion online: “Mr. Elop said that 80 percent of the world’s population lives within range of cellphone coverage but that only 20 percent or so is connected to the Internet. Nokia, he said, can bring them online through mobile Internet on cellphones. He said as many as three billion more people around the world could potentially come online through a cellphone.
  • Motorola Atrix
  • AT&T’s iPhone is, indeed, way faster than Verizon’s one (twice as much, to be precise)
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