Ina Fried

Recent Posts by Ina Fried

Intel Finds a Russian MegaFon for Its Android Ambitions

While Intel is still hopeful of convincing the world’s biggest smartphone makers to adopt its processors, a big part of its current business is tapping smaller players aiming to make a name for themselves.

The latest company to fit that bill is MegaFon, a lesser-known but fast-growing Russian cellphone operator. Later this month, the company plans to start selling a modified version of Intel’s smartphone reference design.

The MegaFon Mint, as the phone will be known, will go on sale Wednesday for 17,990 rubles, roughly $550.

MegaFon joins carrier Orange and Indian device maker Lava among those selling the Intel-designed phone under their own brands.

Intel has also announced a deal with Motorola, though the first phones under that partnership have not yet been announced.


Latest Video

View all videos »

Search »

I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik