Hutchison 3g

Hutchison Whampoa is controlled by the Cheung Kong Group, and headed by Li Ka-shing, Asia’s wealthiest man, who has been nicknamed “Superman” because of his investment prowess. Its operations include utilities, energy, ports, with property and hotels, retailing telecommunications (Hutchison Telecommunications International) and infrastructure (Cheung Kong Infrastructure).

Briefs, October 20, 2012

Earnings disappoint at Microsoft, McDonald's

WTO upholds its ruling China broke trade rules

Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 2:35am

City Digest, October 16, 2012

Labour activist finds safe haven in Sweden

16 Oct 2012 - 3:14am

CSL lawsuit turns the spotlight on HK's roaming fees

When Ben Sargent went to Italy to attend a friend's wedding and then to Dubai for a holiday last summer, his international phone calls totalled less than one hour. He came home to a HK$2,540 bill from CSL.

Now, Sargent, 40, is probably the first person to take a Hong Kong mobile phone company to court over non-transparent roaming charges.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'3' mobile users hit by online services blackout

Users of the '3' mobile phone network were left without internet access after technical problems hit the network for three hours yesterday.

Customers across the city were affected from about 11am because the mobile data network software components became destabilished, the firm said.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tiny nation hits big

Dynamic Israel is a world leader in making the best of limited natural resources. The small Middle Eastern nation has revolutionised its agricultural and industrial sectors in recent years. It has also made rapid progress in technology and set global trends in the development of software, telecommunications and semiconductors.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Generator to blame for crash: SmarTone

The breakdown in SmarTone's mobile coverage on Monday was caused by a back-up power generator in Sha Tin restarting itself repeatedly, the telecoms operator said yesterday.

SmarTone, a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties, is facing a barrage of criticism and a possible fine from telecoms watchdog Ofca after a quarter of its mobile network coverage failed.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Mobile network operator faces breakdown rap

SmarTone is facing a possible fine - and a lambasting online - after failing to alert the Communications Authority and customers about a mobile network failure.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Glitch cuts off SmarTone'smobile phone service

Thousands of SmarTone mobile phone users were cut off yesterday or experienced problems after a power failure at a switchboard station in Central and Western district.

The problem snowballed after the backup power system also failed after a couple of hours.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Technical limits behind unlimited data storm

When the time came, the industry was split.

On February 13, when new rules on unlimited mobile phone data plans came into effect, telecommunications companies PCCW and China Mobile stopped offering unrestricted contracts to subscribers, while SmarTone, CSL and 3HK decided to plug on.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

SmarTone customers can cancel data plans

Mobile-phone operator SmarTone has bowed to public pressure over its earlier data plan flip-flop by offering customers the chance to rescind newly signed contracts.

The offer applies to those who signed new unlimited data plans between February 2 and 12.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

SmarTone's data flip-flop dials up users' frustration

Dozens of angry and confused smartphone users rang Consumer Council hotlines yesterday after SmarTone reversed its decision to scrap unlimited mobile data plans.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

SmarTone in about-face on plan

One of the city's biggest phone companies has made a pricing U-turn as firms battle to make the best of new rules on unlimited data-use packages.

SmarTone reversed its decision to scrap its unlimited data plan for smartphone users after rivals CSL and 3HK vowed to continue offering unlimited deals despite new rules set by the telecoms watchdog Ofta.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Unlimited data plans 'usually wasted'

Smartphone users who are up in arms over an end to SmarTone's unlimited data plans may take comfort in statistics that show subscribers of such plans usually use much less data than they think.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Death knell for 'unlimited' data plans

One of Hong Kong's largest mobile phone operators will stop offering unlimited data plans to new subscribers when a guideline set by the government watchdog comes into effect on February 13.

SmarTone's decision could be the cue for other telecommunication companies to follow suit and could mark the end of unlimited data access for the city's smartphone users.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Fair's fair for big internet users

Whether it is for work or leisure, internet access is considered by many of us to be indispensable nowadays. Just look around when travelling on public transport, or even eating in a restaurant - you will always find people with eyes glued to a gadget. The demand for an unlimited broadband-service plan is, therefore, not surprising.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am