... worth noting



:: Orange has revealed that it saw subscriber growth slow significantly in the UK during the first quarter of this year. The company added just 1,000 new UK subscribers during the three months, a 5% growth over last year and a paltry sum compared with Virgin Mobile, which announced that it bagged over a quarter of a million new subscribers in the first quarter, a 54% leap over last year.

:: O2 has launched a new email-on-the-move service branded 'xmail' that provides users with access to business email, calendar and contacts from its XDA handset. The service is aimed at business users and particularly at commuters, who can use their XDA to read email from trains or taxis. Users need to download software from O2's Web site to synchronise their XDA's with a PC to use the service.

:: French ISP Wanadoo has reported a strong first quarter boosted by a 239,000 surge in the number of broadband customers, only 19,000 of which came from its UK brand Freeserve. Wanadoo, which has operations throughout Europe, reported a 38% rise in first quarter revenue to euro 567m (£396m), and added 251,000 new customers, of whom 239,000 signed up for broadband services. This takes its total number of broadband subscribers to 1.6m at the end of March to account for 18.4% of its total customer base of 8.79m.

:: The Virgin Mobile network is set to spark a price war among rival operators after slashing the cost of a text message to just 3p. But the new price applies to messages sent from one Virgin customer to another within the UK. Messages sent to customers of a rival network will continue to cost 10p each.

:: AOL is to charge its subscribers for anti-virus services in an effort to increase revenues following a slump in advertising. Apparently the new virus-protection service, developed with the McAfee unit of Network Associates, helps guard against known viruses and worms, as well as new threats that may arise via a desktop-based product.

:: Mobile phone operators T-Mobile and mm02 have won approval from the European Commission to share networks for third generation (3G) mobile phones in Britain. Europe's competition watchdog said the agreement would not prove anti-competitive, although it excluded the top 10 British cities from the 'roaming' deal between the two operators, and said it would only apply in smaller cities until 2007.