Sony Ericsson figures hit by Japan disaster fall out

Swedish-Japanese mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson posted a net loss of €50 million ($70 million) for the second quarter on Friday, saying that its supply chain had been hit by the disasters in Japan.

Sony Ericsson figures hit by Japan disaster fall out

In the second quarter last year, the Japanese-Swedish group had made net profit of €12 million.

The company sold 7.6 million mobile phones in the quarter, a 31-percent drop from the April-June period in 2010, attributed to an expected fall in the number of non-smartphones it sold and to the earthquake in Japan.

“We estimate that the impact of earthquake-related supply chain constraints on our portfolio was close to 1.5 million units, with most of the effect in the early part of the quarter,” chief executive Bert Nordberg said in a statement, noting the quake had affected the company’s profitability.

In an interview with Dow Jones Newswires, he said the quarter “was lost” and that April had been “a formidable catastrophe.”

“Had it not been for the earthquake and the supply chain constraints we would have shipped 1.5 million more units and we would have been profitable during the second quarter,” Nordberg told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview, adding supply chain problems were “fading away” and that things looked brighter

The group’s revenue fell 32 percent to 1.19 billion euros in the quarter.

Smartphones accounted for some 70 percent of its total sales.

Sales of its Xperia phone, which runs the Google Android platform, were up 150 percent from 2010, the company said. It noted its market share in the Android-based segment during the quarter was of 11 percent in volume and 11 percent in value.

Nordberg said that while the market for smartphones grew, the demand for non-smartphones, or so-called feature phones, continued to slump.

The ten-year-old company said it maintained its 2011 forecast for modest industry growth in terms of units in the handset market.

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REVEALED: the cheapest mobile data deals in Spain in 2021

Mobile and internet packages in Spain were among the highest in the EU in 2020. A new study by Spain's leading consumer watchdog reveals which Spanish data deals offer the best value for money.

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Because phone and internet packages are so expensive here compared to the rest of the EU, we have taken a look at recent data from FACUA-Consumers in Action, who analysed offers from 24 different mobile phone companies between April 6th and 7th to find the best deals. 

For those who need calls more than data

The following deals are for people who want unlimited calls, but don’t need the rate to include data. The cheapest deals are €6.50 with Xenet, €6.89 with Suop, and €6.90 for Global and Finetwork. Other options with just 5 GB of data per month are Finetwork and Hits Mobile at €6.90, Global at €6.95 and Digi at €7. The most expensive offer in this category for just 3GB per month is Yoigo for €14.

For those who from 20GB of data per month

If you need more data, you might want to look at packages and companies offering deals of 20GB or more. The lowest price per month in this category is Xenet offering 30GB €10.50, conversely, the most expensive offer in this category with the same number of GB is Yoigo at €29. This represents a difference in price of 176 percent.

Other companies which offer great deals for more GBs are MasMovil at €13.90 and Simyo at €14, each for 20GB. Virgin also offers a €14 tariff, but for 25GB instead of €20. R and Telecable also stand out for their offers of 30GB for €16 per month.

For those who want 40GB and above

For those who need a lot of data e.g. 40GB and above, Xenet again comes out on top at just €14 for 50GB. The same company also charges €15 for 60GB, €17 for 90GB and €21 for 250GB.

For €20 per month, Euskaltel offers 50GB and Digi offers 40GB.

For those who want unlimited data

Movistar, Vodafone, Orange, Yoigo and Digi all have packages with unlimited data with prices that vary a lot. The cheapest companies in this category are Digi at €25 per month and Yoigo at €35.

Next is Vodafone’s offer at €32.99, however, the only condition is that the speed is limited to 2Mbps. The same company charges €47.99 for the maximum speed of 5GB.

Movistar and Orange also offer unlimited data for €39.95 and €35.99 respectively.

Things to keep in mind

This data is based on final conditions and does not take into account special promotions where a lower monthly fee may be applicable for the first few months only. Promotional rates have been included only if they last a year or more.

FACUA recommends that when choosing a mobile tariff with unlimited calls, you should not only have to take into account the number of GB that it includes and the fixed monthly price, but also the quality of the operator’s network and its customer service. It is also important to check what coverage companies have in your area. 

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