Mobile virtual network operators

  1. Business Matters: Muve Music-Powered TIMmusic in Brazil a Step Forward for Digital Music

    April 15, 2013 5:52 PM EDT On-demand music service Muve Music and Brazilian mobile carrier TIM announced their partnership Monday that marks Muve Music's first foray outside of the United States. As Billboard previously reported , TIMmusic was quietly launched last ...

  2. Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Cricket Wireless' Muve Music targets underserved mobile consumers in its quest to become the No. 1 U.S. subscription service. In the past, music was primary sold to people through brick-and-mortar stores. Then it helped technology companies s ...

  3. Best Buy To Shutter U.K. Stores; Invests $1.3 billion In Best Buy Mobile

    November 07, 2011 11:42 AM EST U.S. retail giant Best Buy is to close all 11 of its U.K. stores by the end of the calendar year, it has been announced. The big box retailer opened its first British store in Thurrock, Essex in April 2010 (Billboard.biz, Apr. 27, 2010). A further ...

  4. Virgin Media Unveils Mobile Music Service

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media is launching its new Virgin Music Media Store mobile download service at the U.K.'s V Festival this weekend (Aug. 21-22). The U.K. service goes live with 1 million tracks on Aug. 21. Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI ...

  5. Carphone Warehouse To Launch U.K. Cloud Music Service

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. mobile phone retailer the Carphone Warehouse has partnered with U.S. digital B2B company Catch Media to launch a fully licensed "cloud"-based music service. Entitled "Music Anywhere," the subscription service rolls out in ...

  6. Virgin Festival Canada On Hold Till 2011

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers have confirmed that Virgin Festival Canada is to be put on ice until 2011. The announcement was made yesterday (June 3) via the official Virgin Festival Canada Facebook page, which contained a link to an exclusive interview with Virgin ...

  7. Business Matters: Live Nation/Ticketmaster, Net Neutrality, Garth Brooks

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Major concessions would be needed for the Justice Department to approve a merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation , sources have told the Wall Street Journal. The report offered no details or guesses on which concessions could be made. One possi ...

  8. ISPs Hit Out As U.K. P2P Consultation Ends

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry umbrella trade group U.K. Music has given its backing to suspension of Internet accounts of file-sharers "as a last resort," while Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have shown their strong resistance to any technical s ...

  9. Virgin Mobile Sponsors Sydney Metro Theatre

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Mobile is bolstering its brand within Australia's live space through a headline sponsorship agreement for the Sydney Metro Theatre. The central Sydney venue will now become the Virgin Mobile Metro, its owners Century Venues revealed to ...

  10. Carphone To Buy Tiscali U.K.

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British telecoms and retail group Carphone Warehouse has agreed to buy the British assets of Italian Internet service provider Tiscali for £236 million ($355.6 million) in cash, free of debt. Tiscali, with more than €600 million ($805.2 million) i ...

  11. Tiscali Shares Jump On U.K. Sale Talks

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Shares in debt-laden Italian Internet service provider Tiscali surged 15% on Wednesday, boosted by a report that Carphone Warehouse is still seeking to get a deal to buy its British assets. The Times newspaper said the talks might continue into th ...

  12. Best Buy Lines Up UK Sites

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. retailer Best Buy is looking at a range of possible sites in southern England and Wales with a view to launching in the United Kingdom next spring, property industry sources told Reuters on Monday. They said the American giant and British joi ...

  13. Best Buy Beats Expectations, Eyes Buyouts

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The basics: * EPS 35 cents vs. estimate 24 cents * Revenue up 16 percent * Buyout offered to corporate staff * Store openings to be reduced next year * Shares up 15.5 percent Best Buy Co. reported better-than expected quarterly results on Tuesday ...

  14. South African Virgin Fest Pulled

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT South African music fans are reeling from news that Virgin Mobile South Africa has pulled the plug on the country's inaugural Virgin Festival. The announcement was made by CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa Peter Boyd, via a statement that sai ...

  15. V Festival Launches South African Edition

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Group has confirmed the launch of the V Festival brand in South Africa, as originally revealed in Billboard's July 12 issue. Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic will all appear. Known as Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile, the event wil ...

  16. LiveWire, Virgin Mobile Bundle Ringback Tones

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT LiveWire Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA have teamed up to offer pre-selected ringback playlists - similar to a music recommendation service for ringback tone customers. Rather than setting a single track, the playlist cycles through five different t ...

  17. Virgin Mobile Onboard With Free Bon Jovi Concert

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Mobile USA will sponsor a free Bon Jovi concert designed to celebrate the Philadelphia Soul's ArenaBowl XXII win earlier this month. Jon Bon Jovi is a majority owner of the Philadelphia arena football team. Along with the sponsorship, ...

  18. Virgin Mobile Acquires Helio

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's official, Virgin Mobile USA is acquiring rival mobile operator Helio in a deal valued at $39 million. Helio is jointly owned by Korean carrier SK Telecom and the U.S.-based ISP EarthLink. Both Virgin and Helio are mobile virtual network ...

  19. Virgin Mobile To Acquire Helio?

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Big changes may be ahead for the U.S. mobile virtual network operator market, with Virgin Mobile USA reportedly set to acquire Helio-the U.S. operator owned by SK Telecom. Helio is a joint venture between SK Telekom and Earthlink, with SK Telekom ...

  20. ISP Talks Up Challenge With BPI

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI has challenged Talk Talk to get with the times after the ISP rejected the trade body's attempts to foster dialog between both parties. "In claiming that the music industry is asking any ISP to become the 'Internet police ...

  21. Foos, Kanye, NIN, STP Set For Virgin Fest

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the Virgin Mobile Festival, set for Aug. 9-10 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The festival is produced for the third year by I.M.P. Virgin Group ...

  22. Virgin Mobile Enters India

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Indian music industry is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Virgin Mobile, which launched here on March 2. "It's still early to say what impact Virgin Mobile will have on mobile music here," comments Savio D'Souza, gener ...

  23. Groove Mobile Adds 70,000 Indie Tracks

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile music service provider Groove Mobile has bolstered its music catalog after signing a worldwide licensing deal with Indie Mobile. Works by the likes of Editors, Armand Van Helden, the Pigeon Detectives, Laurent Garnier and Royksopp make up t ...

  24. Amp'd Shutting Service, Virgin Mobile Preps IPO

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two wireless operators shared a similar business plan. One is preparing for a lucrative IPO, the other has gone bankrupt and is selling off assets. Bad news first. Amp'd Mobile is planning to shut down its service Tuesday. The company, which ...

  25. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Anybody read Doonesbury this week? The comic strip is taking on the music industry's problems. If you're behind on the plot, check it out from the beginning at the main Doonesbury site on Slate.com . In it, occasional character ...

  26. Amp'd Mobile files For Chapter 11

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Startup wireless operator Amp'd Mobile filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Friday, unable to meet payments due on almost $100 million of debt. The company, which launched service in December of 2005, does not own its own network but instead ...

  27. SK Telecom Offers Slice Of Biz Melon

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SK Telecom, South Korea's largest telecom, has launched a Web-based streaming-audio service aimed at stores, restaurants, bars and other businesses that use background music. The new service, Biz Melon, went live on May 4. It offers a catalog ...

  28. Amp'd Mobile Gets Influx Of Cash

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Startup wireless operator Amp'd Mobile has raised another $107 million to fund it's content-heavy mobile entertainment strategy for a while longer. Unlike other wireless operators, Amp'd doesn't own a wireless network. It rents ...

  29. Sprint Nextel To Drop Sirius Programming

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator Sprint Nextel has informed subscribers is a recent billing statement that it plans to drop the streaming music service provided by Sirius Satellite Radio, and replace it with 10 channels of genre-based music from another, as-yet- ...

  30. Virgin, Carphone Warehouse Team For Downloads

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Online music download service Virgin Digital and U.K. mobile phone retailing giant The Carphone Warehouse have partnered to provide a new digital music service to mobile customers. Virgin Digital has become the "exclusive music download partn ...

  31. Carphone Warehouse Launches Download Service

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST England's Carphone Warehouse has launched a music download service called MyMobileMusic. The service features access to 2.5 million tracks, compatible with Microsoft WMA digital rights management technology for both MP3 players and mobile pho ...

  32. Helio Launches New Mobile Service

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Yet another wireless operator has launched an over-the-air full-song music download service. This time it's Helio, a startup carrier that went live only last year, which says its mobile music service will be the "corner record shop" ...

  33. Amp'd Mobile Reveals Operating Results

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Youth-focused startup mobile operator Amp'd Mobile revealed operating results today (Jan. 8), for the first time. The results, according to the company, validate its content-heavy strategy. Amp'd's subscribers more than doubled in t ...

  34. Branson Bringing Virgin Festival To North America

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Mobile Canada has partnered with Toronto-based concert production firm Emerge Entertainment to produce a branded festival on Sept. 9 and 10. Virgin Mobile Canada has partnered with Toronto-based concert production firm Emerge Entertainment ...

  35. Mobile Service Aimed At Tech-savvy Launches

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Includes a wireless version of MySpace. Helio, the new mobile service jointly developed by the founders of Earthlink and Korea’s SK Telekom, is now live. Using airtime rented from Sprint, Helio aims to attract young, tech-savvy youngsters though a ...

  36. The Orchard Partners With Amp'd

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal includes mastertones, tones, full track downloads. Digital music distributor the Orchard has partnered with Amp’d Mobile, a startup wireless operator leasing airtime on Verizon’s high-speed wireless network. Under the deal, revealed at the CT ...

  37. Wireless Ops Gear Up Concert Broadcast Efforts

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Amp'd Mobile, Verizon Wireless get aggressive. Amp'd Mobile, Verizon Wireless get aggressive. News ...

  38. Boost Mobile Launches Ringback Tone Service

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Service similar to offerings from T-Mobile, Verizon. Boost Mobile, a wireless operator subsidiary of Sprint-Nextel focused on the youth market, has launched a ringback tone service called Boost Call Tones. Like other ringback tone offerings from T ...

  39. Sprint Launches First Wireless Download Service

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST As previously reported by Billboard, wireless operator Sprint has launched the first U.S. digital music store that lets customers download full songs to their mobile phones. The Sprint Music Store all As previously reported by Billboard, wireless ...

  40. RealNetworks Launches Mobile Radio

    September 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Service limited to Sprint's Vision multimedia phones. Service limited to Sprint's Vision multimedia phones. News ...

  41. RealNetworks Launches Mobile Radio

    September 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks has created a Rhapsody-branded mobile radio service that wireless operator Sprint Nextel has added to its suite of streaming radio services. RealNetworks has created a Rhapsody-branded mobile radio service that wireless operator Sprin ...

  42. Amp'd Mobile Raises $67 Million In Funding

    August 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group among the investors. Amp'd Mobile said on it raised about $60 million in funding from investors including Vivendi's Universal Music Group and three venture capital funds to set up a U.S. mobile telephone service. Pr ...

  43. BMI, mobZilla Link

    March 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Deal covers mobile streaming. BMI has forged a licensing deal with mobZilla. The agreement allows the wireless media company to stream music represented by BMI to cell phones and other mobile devices. La Jolla, Calif.-based mobZilla has a monthly ...

  44. Japan's KDDI Moves On Mobile Downloads

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japan's second largest mobile operator KDDI said yesterday (Oct. 13) that it will launch the country's first mobile phone-based full-song download service at the end of November. Japan's second largest mobile operator KDDI said yest ...

  45. Japan's KDDI Moves On Mobile Downloads

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japan's second largest mobile operator KDDI said yesterday (Oct. 13) that it will launch the country's first mobile phone-based full-song download service at the end of November. Japan's second largest mobile operator KDDI said yest ...

  46. Virgin Rings Up UMG Deal

    June 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Mobile USA has teamed with Universal Music Group to provide exclusive access to master ringtones from the Shady/Interscope album "D12 World." The three-month deal -- which started May 17 -- mar Virgin Mobile USA has teamed with Un ...

  47. Musicphone, Shazam Bow Music Recognition In U.S.

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music recognition, a service that allows wireless subscribers to identify music wherever it is heard, is now available in the United States. Music recognition, a service that allows wireless subscribers to identify music wherever it is heard, is n ...