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A50S - cat amongst pigeons Price of Karbon A50S causes turmoil in UK Press

Brits asking why iPhone is £549 and the A50S just £26?
A50S – cat amongst pigeons
The British newspaper, the Daily Mail, (see here)  has managed to set the cat amongst the pigeons with a story about an Indian made handset – the Karbon A50S.  It compared the Indian smartphone against Apple’s finest and asks why one [...]

affordable data roaming is a must - reza India to be key market in international roaming charges battle

WorldSIM calculates 4-day Indian trip would cost £1,280 in roaming

A recent report entitled ‘CFO Innovation Asia’ (commissioned by Concur Technologies) has found that India has emerged as the world’s 10th-largest business travel market. However, travellers can expect to face international roaming bills of £320 per day when travelling to India1. Travellers can face data rates as high as £8 per megabyte. Thus, India ia emerging as key market in battle over international roaming charges amongst the key discount roaming specialists – such as Uros, Top Connect (Travelsim), and WorldSIM. Continue reading

Opera Mediaworks divides 2.3m Brit iPhone app users into 10 groups

All the better to work out which brands they might interwork with

It’s an interesting concept – categorising smartphone (in this case only the iPhone) users via the types of apps they have installed in order to predict how they will interact with mobile ads. Well, that’s exactly what Opera Mediaworks (which claims to be the largest mobile advertising platform) decided to do. The research identified ten different mobile user profiles based on the apps they have. The research was actually conducted by The University of Nottingham’s Advanced Data Analysis Centre. Entitled ‘The App DNA Behavioural Study‘, it categorised 2.3 million British Apple iPhone users.We’re not sure how just studying iOS users helps with targeting Android users, though. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Samsung feels the heat from local producers

China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare the beneficiaries

It appears from the latest revenue figures from Samsung that the handset giant is coming under great price pressure from local phone manufacturers. It is interesting to see that Samsung is struggling in key emerging markets such as India and China due to local competitors plus a lack of relevance for Chinese consumers who want more high-end devices. Samsung seems to be losing out to China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare. By contrast, when Apple recently shared its results these included growth in China, which accounted significantly for its increase in earnings. Continue reading

juniper-logo Smartphone sales surging ahead says Juniper

Apple & Samsung decline vs Huawei, LG & Lenovo rise

According to Juniper Research Whilst global smartphone shipments exceeded 290 million units in Q2 2014, Samsung and Apple both lost market share. The chief beneficiaries were Huawei, LG and Lenovo. Significantly, Juniper anticipates that emerging nations in Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and Africa & Middle East will account for over 50 per cent of the global smartphones shipped in 2014. The 290m million represented 26 per cent y-o-y [year-on-year] growth and 2 per cent q-o-q [quarter-on-quarter] growth. Continue reading

michael joseph Vodafone’s Michael Joseph wins PICMET award

Acknowledges Mr M-Pesa’s work in building world’s largest mobile money system

Vodafone‘s director of mobile money, Michael Joseph, (affectionately known as Mr M-Pesa) has won a prestigious award from from PICMET (Portland International Centre for Management of Engineering and Technology) for leadership in technology management. Of course, M-Pesa – the mobile money transfer and payment service, has transformed the lives of millions of unbanked people living in emerging markets. Hence his PICMET LTM award recognises this work. Joseph joins a line of industry greats such as Jong-Yong Yun – CEO with Samsung Electronics and Intel’s Andy Grove. Continue reading

- dyson Customer numbers & data usage up at 3UK

Three UK delivers operating profit of £123m for Q1-Q2 2014

Growth in customer numbers plus growth in data usage per customer helped Three UK [3UK] deliver operating profits of £123 million for Q1-Q2 2014. This compares to £86 million in Q1-Q2 2013 and £121 million in Q3-Q4 2013. A number of industry-leading initiatives have helped to drive these improvements in profitability including one of GoMo News‘ favourites – Three inTouch which offers VoWifi (Voice over Wi-fi) which officially launched this week [July 2014]. Plus 3UK offers new contract handset and SIM-Only plans which include unlimited free 0800 [freefone] numbers. Plus the company has attractive roaming deals, too. Continue reading

extremely ambitious goal - dowden 1st reaction to 5G promise for London by 2020

Charles Russell LLP reckons laws probably need changing

An interview given to the UK newspaper, Daily Telegraph, here by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has caused quite a stir. He appears to have promised 5G mobile data will be available for all in London by 2020. Let’s hope he didn’t mean just the City of London, which is only a square mile. Anyway, it is one hell of a pledge and could prove a major headache for his partner which appears to be the University of Surrey – which is based near GoMo Towers in Guildford. However, leading law firm Charles Russell LLP, believes that the regulatory environment will have to change for this deadline to be met. Continue reading

margaret_jules Guest Post: Top savvy tips to transfer money from a mobile phone

by Margaret Jules, a freelance who writes for Steinepreis Paganin

Sending out money through a mobile phone is becoming one of the handiest options for mobile phone users not only in North America but across most other developed nations. This is one of the best ways to send out cash to near ones including family members or friends residing in other nations or states. Some of the best known money transfer companies like ATM Cash Work and Western Union rely on traditional ways wherein people can enjoy certain personalised services of a genuine, live call centre agent who is seen following the set procedure. Whereas other companies including Obopay only allow transferring money via mobile phone. Well, for those trying this option the first time, the following are my top savvy tips on transferring money from a mobile phone. Let’s check them out. Continue reading