Author Archives: Hans Cett

About Hans Cett

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC - http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/

caudwell's image didn't benefit from the collapse Another VC to look into UK’s Phones4u demise

Asking for access to investigation into High Street retailers’ demise

There is, of course, a perfectly logical explanation for the collapse of one of Blighty’s largest High Street mobile phone retailers last year [2014]. The company lost its last two Brit MNO [Mobile Network Operators] – out of four- as partners for handset contract sales. And that’s the reason given for placing Phones4U into administration by BC Partners – the VC firm which was effectively controlling the retailer at the time. However, its obvious that others besides GoMo News thinks that there was more to it than was revealed. (See ‘Complex series of events lead to Phones4U demise‘). Now a story in The Sunday Telegraph claims that Cyrus Capital partners have joined Stonehill Capital Partners in approaching the administrators – PwC. The pair want access to an investigation carried out by legal firm, Quinn Emmanuel, into the circumstances leading up to Phones4U’s demise. Continue reading

-bhas 5G revenues to kick in by 2025 says Juniper

Predicts they’ll be worth $65bn globally

A healthy adoption rate for 5G services has been predicted by British market analyst,  Juniper Research. The new report ‘5G Market Strategies: 4G LTE Evolution, Spectrum Analysis & Opportunities 2015-2025,’ forecasts with service revenues set to exceed $65 billion by 2025. That’s compared to just $100 million during its first year of commercial services in 2020. To put that in context, that figure would represent approximately 7 per cent of all mobile network operator [MNO] billed service revenues. Whilst the first commercial roll outs are expected in 2020, Juniper says, widespread adoption will only occur from 2025. Continue reading

breaches no longer if but when - spykerman UK leading cellular retailer admits customer records hack

Being Carphone Warehouse this could affect 2.4 million people

It seems that the UK’s leading cellular retailer, the Carphone Warehouse, has felt the necessity to admit here that it has been victim of a security breach which enabled hackers gained access to the bank details of 2.4 million customers. Customers with accounts at OneStopPhoneShope.com, e2save.com and mobiles.co.uk could be affected, too. Mike Spykerman, a vp with OPSWAT, warned, “The reality is that data breaches are no longer a question of if, but when. To avoid cyber attacks being successful, companies should prepare their defences. Mark Bower, global director with HP Security Voltage, added, “It’s a clear signal that contemporary data encryption and tokenization for all sensitive fields, not disk or column level encryption for credit cards, is necessary to thwart advanced attacks.” Continue reading

icrosoft  -fogg Redmond has lost the mobile OS war again

Inc industry comments from IHS Technology on Windows 10 launch

If you watch the latest TV adverts from Redmond based giant, Microsoft, you could be forgiven  for not having the  slightest clue what Windows 10 actually delivers. This latest version of Windows (and no-one has successfully explained what happened to Windows 9.0) works on both mobile and PC. So it seems that Windows Phone is dead. Just like Windows Mobile was before WP6. Thus, according to Ian Fogg, director of mobile analysis with IHS Technology, “Microsoft has lost the smartphone OS war to iOS and Android.” The plus side – it seems that Cortana, Microsoft/Nokia’s answer to Apple’s Siri, has made it onto the desktop. Continue reading

T-Mobile to launch Jump on Demand

Apparently the US MNO is amping up existing ‘un-carrier’ initiatives

T-Mobile USA (the US based MNO [Mobile Network Operator]) is to launch on June 28th [2015] ‘Jump on Demand’ – an enhanced frequent-upgrade programme which builds upon its existing Jump offering by letting customers upgrade their smartphones as much as three times a year. Jump on Demand, unlike the original Jump programme does not require a $10 monthly membership fee. Plus customers don’t have to pay off half a device’s cost prior to upgrading. Furthermore, it also does not include device protection. “Jump on Demand is T-Mobile’s way of getting into the device-leasing business while simultaneously satisfying customers who desire easier, more frequent smartphone upgrades,” commented Tammy Parker, a senior analyst with Current Analysis. Continue reading

Paul_paterson ImpulsePay harnesses web app for payments customisation

Payments Page Editor provides merchants with more flexible mobile payments

The power of web based apps has been harnessed by leading mobile payments expert, ImpulsePay, to provides merchants with more flexible mobile payments options. Effectively, the company’s new Payments Page Editor, enables merchants and retailers using the company’s mobile payments service, BillMobile, to maintain a consistent brand for their users through the payment process. This means that merchants can introduce new offers at short notice. For the first time, merchants using the BillMobile Charge to Mobile payment service will be able to design and launch bespoke payment pages from scratch for mobile ready e-commerce stores. Continue reading

- cox Smartphone-based models are key disruptor for M2M says Juniper

India and China are expected to see rapid adoption of smart metering

Smartphone-based models have become the key disruptor for M2M [Machine-to Machine communications], as sectors such as healthcare, consumer electronics and retail continue to evolve, says Juniper Research. In its new research, ‘M2M & Embedded Devices: Strategic Analysis & Vertical Market Forecasts 2015-2019‘, the analyst firm forecasts that the roll-out of smart metering initiatives will see rapid up-take over the next six years. “Both India and China are expected to see rapid adoption of smart metering as new metering infrastructure is installed and smart cities are created,” commented Anthony Cox, the research’s author. Juniper Research predicts that the M2M sector will generate service revenues of over $40 billion globally by 2019 – doubling the size of today’s market. Continue reading

Royal_soc_report Phone records can be used to predict unemployment

That’s what US researchers now reckon

Here’s a highly unusual employment of mobile phone records. A bunch of six US-based researchers writing in the Royal Society publication, Interface, claims that by examining call detail records [CDRs] from mobile phones, it is possible to infer job loses and then predict which areas will be adversely affected. It beats using phone data solely to try to hone mobile advertising more effectively. The report – entitled ‘Tracking employment shocks using mobile phone data‘ is the work of Jameson L. Toole, Yu-Ru Lin, Erich Muehlegger, Daniel Shoag, Marta C. González, and David Lazer, all of whom are based in US universities. The data, however, appears to have come from a European town where a large factory was closed. Significantly, after the closure the residents appeared to make only half as many phone calls as before. Continue reading

- grimson Yttro gets over 2 million game app views

iOS version still to launch though

Having launched a mere six weeks ago [March 2015], Yttro Mobile claims that is changing the face of content discovery as we know it. Certainly for games fans. It revealed that its disruptive mobile platform, Yttro Game App Discovery, is already conquering the Android world. That’s thanks to over 100,000 downloads since the launch which has resulted in more than two million game app views inside Yttro. On top of that it can boast some 200,000 plus install referrals to Google Play. The only fly in the ointment? Well, the iOS version for iPhones, etc is still not with us despite being promised soon. Continue reading

continued strength of iphone & app Store - cook Samsung retains smartphone crown despite iPhone’s Chinese sales

Sales in China did rise 71% though

Although Apple’s recently released figures (the quarter ending in March 2015) show that sales of the iPhone in China alone rose 71 per cent to £10.8 billion ($16.8 billion), research from Strategy Analytics showed that Samsung still retains the smartphone crown. It wasn’t just in China, either because overall iPhone sales were up by an impressive 40 per cent. The Cupertino based tech giant sold 61.2 million iPhones in this last reported period – up 40 per cent and above expectations. The company raked in profits of £8.7 billion ($13.6 billion), up from £6.6 billion ($10.2 billion) in 2014. However, Samsung recaptured the No.1 smartphone seller slot by shipping 83.2 million devices in Q1 2015compared to Apple’s 61.2 million. Continue reading

Karel_ellis_gray adsquare strengthens UK presence with Karel Ellis-Gray

Additional country manager for France to follow

With nearly a decade’s experience in the digital industry, Karel Ellis-Gray has joined adsquare – the Berlin-based provider of mobile audience data, as country manager for the UK. Increasing its man-power in core markets to meet agency needs means, for example, that UK clients can access adsquare audience data via market leading demand side platforms such as AppNexus, byyd, StrikeAd, AdMaxim, and LiquidM. Prior to adsquare, Karel has gained nearly a decade’s experience in digital and mobile advertising, most recently at Trademob and Next Performance. He will now lead adsquare’s UK operations, working directly with UK advertisers, agencies and trading desks to make ads more relevant. Continue reading

Aeromobile_inflight GoMo needs friends & relatives of MH370 tragedy to come forward

There could be vital evidence buried in your call records

Once again here at GoMo Towers we have been contacted by some-one with a keen interest in all of the conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. This time it is the turn of an avid flyer and blogger – Barrie Taylor who lives in South Africa. Barrie left GoMo News a comment about our story concerning the alleged pressure group – Voice 370 (see here). Now Mr Taylor’s arguments make a great deal of sense to us but he also argues that there isn’t any actual evidence concerning where the plane might have crashed. We think the opposite. Call records held by mobile phone operators could help pinpoint the final flight path of this tragic airliner. If only friends or relatives of the passengers/crew would contact us. Continue reading

skewered approach - Dr KF Lai Banks fail to promote their services via mobile

They’re using TV instead says BuzzCity

According to mobile advertising network, BuzzCity, the Banks are failing to communicate on the very devices they are offering their services on. Only 16 per cent of marketing spend for mobile banking was placed on mobile advertising, a decrease of 10 per cent from 2013 and less is spent on radio and newspaper – 9 per cent respectively. By contrast, TV cited as the most used medium for promotions with 42 per cent. Those figures are taken from to BuzzCity’s latest report which is available for free downloading from here. It also reveals a 60 per cent increase in people using their mobile devices to bank online. Continue reading

spiegelhalter - smartphones causing less nookie Smartphones blamed for couples having less sex

Not content with funding wars in Africa & depleting ozone layer, etc

It seems that, once again, the ubiquitous smartphone has got the blame for a worrying new trend. This time the smartphone is apparently behind a dip in the number of times couples are having sex. Well, this appears to be the theory of one David Spiegelhalter who has the curious title of Winston Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University in the UK. Whilst promoting his new book – ‘Sex by Numbers‘, Prof Speigelhalter suggest that there is a possibility that the increasing violation of work into private life made possible by the mobile revolution may be to blame for a drop in the number of times per month couples are having sex. Continue reading

app won't download in UK MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed

Microsoft has very warped sense of humour

Here at GoMo Towers we nearly fell off our bar stools when we saw the blog posting here announcing that, “Today Microsoft launch MS-DOS Mobile, a new OS designed especially for Lumia smartphones.” We guess that this being April 1st 2015 [April Fools Day], this is just one big spoof. Unfortunately, the Redmond based company hasn’t made it clear at all. It’s even gone as far as creating a download for the product here which gives the news even more credibility. Sadly, over here in Blighty [UK] we can’t actually try to download this app to our Lumia handset because the Windows Phone store reports it isn’t available in our region. To make matters worse, the Lumia team are currently still insisting the product is real. Continue reading