The suit claims that the phone companies engaged in “unjust enrichment” in charging “system access fees” or “license administration fees” on top of regular monthly fees. For example, a subscriber might be charged C$30 a month and then another C$6.95 a month for system access.
The ruling could have broad implications for the way patent law is applied to technology. Microsoft has hoped the court would change the standard by which patents could be invalidated, requiring on a “preponderance of the evidence.” But the court upheld the current “clear and convincing evidence” standard in ruling in favor of i4i.
It’s not the kind of thing you’ll probably want to brag about winning, of course, but, according to new research conducted by the OECD, people in the US, Canada and Spain come out on the top of the heap when it comes to high cellphone bills.
It seems many people believe that if a phone is unlocked it can simply be moved from one network to another.
Mobile users in the US an Canada tend to pay more for a complete cell phone package than anyone else in the world, according to a new report from the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI).
The company behind the magicJack, the Internet phone gadget heavily advertised on television, has another trick up its sleeve: free phone calls from computers, smart phones and iPads.
Through its GreenHeart program, Sony Ericsson introduces the Naite phone, available in Canada today exclusively from Fido. This is the first of several GreenHeart phones to come to Canada. The Naite handset delivers both on Sony Ericsson’s GreenHeart commitment to reduce negative environmental impacts through its products, and Fido’s commitment to provide its environmentally-conscious customers with more choice when it comes to selecting a handset that suits their needs and complements their values.