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Sex chat provider cons customer data out of Vodafone

TeleBilling tries to charge GoMo Towers

Here at GoMo Towers, we were extremely puzzled when a bill from sex chat content provider, TeleBilling, arrived on our doormat. The company was attempting to recover the princely sum of £35 from us for six texts sent from a prepaid Vodafone [UK] account. There are numerous things wrong with such a demand but it does raise some horrendous questions concerning how personal data being held by Vodafone managed to find its way into the hands of a dubious content provider. The most important question that needs to be addressed is how exactly did TeleBilling link the mobile phone SIM card in question to our name and address? Continue reading

Adyen Mobile Payments Index reveals 26% of global online transactions now over mobile

Latest figures from Adyen

Press release

January 28th 2015. Adyen, the global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index, which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. As the world shifts to mobile, the latest Index reveals a surge in mobile payment share of online transactions, marking the first time mobile payments have accounted for more than a quarter of global online payments since Adyen started publishing the Mobile Payments Index in June 2013. Continue reading

veremis - facebook news local content Facebook turning to developing markets with Lite app

Social network usage in Asia increasing 26% year on year

Facebook has just soft-launched a new app for Android – ‘Facebook Lite’ , which on the face of it is aimed at emerging markets. The move to largely unexplored regions is logical, given that in developed markets social media sites have probably reached saturation levels. However, it might well not be quite enough to simply make a lighter version of the standard app to contend with the myriad of devices out there plus slower connexion speeds. According to Marco Veremis, CEO with Upstream in order to succeed in developing markets, Facebook will also need to have local understanding. Continue reading

HWL in exclusive negotiations with Telefónica to potentially acquire O2 UK

Press release

January 23rd 2015. Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), parent company of UK telecom operator Three UK, has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica’s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion. Thiswould be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold. Continue reading

Less than six weeks to go before MWC ’15

Don’t forget to insure your valuables though

It’s getting close to that time again when the movers and shakers of the cellular world head towards Barcelona (fully insured against theft) for the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. with over 85,000 attendees, it’s the biggest event of its kind in the world. MWC will feature over 1,900 exhibitors and includes specialised areas such as: – App Planet, Cloud Pavilion, Green Technology Pavilion, GSMA Pavilion, Mobile Money Pavilion and Wearable Pavilion. The only fly in the ointment? Well, Barcelona is a beautiful city but the knowledge that 85,000 people will show up almost all carrying laptops, smartphones and loads of cash attracts villains from all over Europe. Now is the time to check you’re properly insured. Continue reading

- sah ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime on Play

Discover smartphone habits and manage a digital diet

Press release

January 20th 2015. ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime, a self-help Android app that allows users to reduce, monitor and be aware of the amount of time they spend on their smartphones and favourite apps. The app provides a fun, visual, and easy-to-navigate personal log or ‘timeline’ of their smartphone use. And people even have the option to share their mobile use times on social media with friends. With statistics showing that most people sleep next to their smartphones, and 90 per cent regularly overuse their device, QualityTime is ideal for those suffering from smartphone addiction. Continue reading

You’re too late to buy a Google Glass

Google’s AR flagship device too expensive

The news has sneaked out that Google has decided to kill off its flagship AR [Augmented Reality] device (which are spectacles)  in the shape of Glass. GoMo News attempted to purchase what will inevitably become a collector’s item – much like Sir Clive Sinclair’s C5, before the deadline but we were obviously too late. You’re still invited to join the Google Glass Explorer programme here but there was no attempt to extract our credit card details. The Google spin doctors are attempting to paint this defeat in a positive light but it does help to  explain why Apple’s iWatch has yet to appear. The ‘wearables’ market is proving a very difficult nut to crack. Continue reading

supplying mobile users with aprevention - murphy Brit invents waterproof coating for phones

We seek handset to test out Splash on

Here at GoMo Towers we have just been contacted by our old friends, Reviveaphone. Regular readers will remember this company as the creator of product which fixes phones with water damage – as recommended by us here. The company’s 21 year old founder, Oliver Murphy, has secured investment on the British hit TV show, Dragons Den, for his newest invention called Splash. What it does i to provide a nano coating for smartphones which provides a water resistant shield. Murphy claims that this prevents damage to phones when they come into contact with liquids.All we’ve got to do now is decide which handset to test Splash on. Continue reading

WN_awards Voting for WN Mobile Games Awards starts today

To Russia with love

Here’s your chance to influence the outcome of the Winter Nights [WN] Mobile Games Awards 2015. There will be two rounds of online voting and the first starts today [January 15th 2015] and ends on January 22nd [2015]. The second round starts on January 21st and ends on January 29th [2015]. The nominations are for Advertising platform / Traffic Provider; Analytics platform; sound in games; localisation service and platform partner relations. Now if you want to know who the nominees are, all you have to do is visit the web-site here. Perhaps the best bit is that the winnders will be announced at the WN conference which just so happens to take place in St Petersburg, Russia. Continue reading