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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/

- markin American MVNOs set to fuel TravelSim roamers

Able to earn recurring revenues of up to 30%

International roaming expert, Top Connect, reckons it has hit on a winning formula with its TravelSim service, It’s aimed at both travelling business executives and holiday makers and is available indirect through the company’s network of global distributors. In particular, TravelSim is appealing to the growing number of mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] in the Americas and Europe who are finding it provides an out-of-the-box vanilla solution for their customers. Consequently, Top Connect is predicting that its user base will increase to 6.7 million by Q1 2016 from 5.2 million in December 2014. That should mean that collective roaming savings should reach $380 million over the period. Continue reading

2015 will finally be year of nfc 1st Top Ten Techie predictions for 2015

Juniper Research glazes into its crystal ball

As the end of 2014 draws nearer, the temptation to produce a Top Ten list of predictions becomes overwhelming and the first to cave in is UK based analyst firm, Juniper Research. Our favourite is the prediction that 2015 will be ‘The Year of NFC [Near Field Communication]‘- at last! More intriguing is the suggestion that 2015 will be the year in which budget phablets and smartphones go global. Another trend that Juniper has spotted is that Juniper anticipates that 2015 will be the year that location based services move indoors. Deep linking inside apps is destined to become mega, too. Continue reading

Smartwatch to overtake fitness device in 2018 says Juniper

Over 70 million wearable devices will be in use by then

Fitness wearables in use will almost treble by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million being used in 2014, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Juniper predicts that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018 – driven by intuitive usage and lower retail prices. Nevertheless, the broader appeal of smartwatches will mean that they will be become more popular in later years. The Juniper report is entitled ‘Smart Health & Fitness Wearables: Device Strategies, Trends & Forecasts 2014-2019‘. Continue reading

tim-berners-lee See www-guru Sir Tim this month in Paris

Inventor of World Wide Web – Sir Tim Berners-Lee to speak @ LeWeb’14

As something of a scoop, the organisers (Reed MIDEM) of the LeWeb’14 conference in Paris have just announced that Sir Tim Berners-Lee will address the audience on December 10th. Sir Tim, of course, is the inventor of the World Wide Web (www) which gave a visual appearance to the Internet. Le Web is taking place on December 9th -11th in Paris [France] and has built up a reputation of being an international conference for digital innovation where visionaries, startups, tech companies, brands and leading media converge to explore today’s hottest trends. “We are honoured that Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web is able to join us at LeWeb,” said Loic Le Meur, co-founder of LeWeb conference. Continue reading

brings together carriers & manufacturers - tan MNOs need to face up to the 5G disruption

Going to a Taiwanese summit on 5G is one solution

The sheer breath of mobile technologies and myriad of new approaches to its use has expanded greatly now that 4G LTE has been deployed. hence, mobile network operators [MNOs] need to stay on top of how to deploy these innovations in order to roll out new businesses and services to meet new customer demand. With the advent of 5G, MNOs, research institutes and manufacturers have to keep themselves abreast of advances in this area in order to benefit from the next disruptive technology. GoMo News knows one solution to this dilemma – attend the ‘Towards 5G: LTE Plus – Internet of Everything Global Summit 2014‘ taking place in Taipei, Taiwan from 12th – 13th November 2014. Continue reading

ema_logo A mere 15% of firms are ready for mobile says EMA

Shocking new study from analysts – Enterprise Management Associates

Only 15 per cent of enterprises are fully prepared to meet mobile requirement, according to a recent survey of IT professionals by analyst firm, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). That’s despite the fact that 60 per cent indicated they considered mobile management important or critical to their businesses. The report also found that larger organisations were more likely to be prepared than smaller organizations by a factor of roughly 50 per cent. The survey results also indicate that a company’s perception on the importance of workforce mobility is of greater significance than economic factors; the size of the company; or the resources it has available. The full results of this survey will be released next week [27th October 2014]. Continue reading

accepted as a sales channel -zdral German app links to Oktoberfest injury cover

Could be useful if you fall off a table whilst dancing like we did

As the Internet and mobile phones displace traditional platforms for selling insurance in the USA and the UK, it seems that German companies are now waking up to the digital age. According to the Rakyat Post here, Munich insurer Die Bayerische is selling a one-day policy for €5.99 , for the two-week Oktoberfest festival which has become synonymous with the Bavarian capital. To get the cover, however, means downloading the app. The app can provide online casualty insurance with 50,000 euros (RM207,760) in accident cover. It also shows you where the nearest loos [toilets] are and tries to help visitors decipher Bavarian dialect. Continue reading

schiller -showcased Brit app for Air 2 Caribu follows Citymapper in bit Apple thumbs up

Brit apps prove popular with Californian tech giant

A second British app has just received the seal of approval from Cupertino-based Apple within just a few weeks. This time it was the turn of Caribu, which is designed to help absent parents read to their children. At the launch of the new iPad Air 2 by Apple’s marketing guru, Phil Schiller, Caribu was on the receiving end of a coveted endorsement from Apple. Back in September [2014], of course, when Apple unveiled its Apple Watch smartwatch (aka the iWatch) the tech giant chose Citymapper, a London-based transport app, to help showcase the wearable device. Continue reading

new breed of MVNO services - white Mobilise Consulting moves into MVNO big time

MVNO operation in Ireland for Dixons Carphone is 1st major job

A specialist comms consultancy, Mobilise Consulting has made its first move in the competitive arena of supplying services to of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services. It couldn’t have made a better start in the UK as the UK’s leading mobile retailer, Dixons Carphone, has become the first customer. Mobilise Consulting says it won the contact in the face of fierce competition from some of the biggest consulting firms in the global industry. The one-year contract is to help launch Dixon Carphone’s mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) in Ireland in Q3 2015. Continue reading

icloud won't restore to 8.0 Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update after major bugs revealed

Reveals the danger of relying on iCloud backups

Apple has been forced to apologise to those who installed the iOS 8.0.1 update on their iPhones after it caused some users (including those on EE in the UK) to experience signal loss. The update was only available briefly yesterday [September 4th 2014] before it was pulled. The catch is that once you’ve installed an iOS update, you need to use iTunes software to go back. Hence Apple had to issue advice to those who had upgraded here. It involves downloading the correct file for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and then not being able to use the Health app. Consequently, Apple has said it is working flat out to create iOS 8.0.2 which should fix the bugs. Continue reading

make early contact - hance 360 Phones 4u stores still up for grabs

Some prime UK High St locations still available to independents

The company in charge of the administration of former UK’s second largest mobile phone retailer, Phones 4u – PwC [PricewaterhouseCoopers] says that some 360 stores are still available. Given that certain of these stores are in prime locations – such as Brighton, these could well be snapped up by independent mobile phone retailers. After all, many consumers will still visit the High Street store’s location expecting to acquire a mobile phone. So it seems a good idea for such businesses to contact the [real] estate agents appointed by PwC – Prime Retail Property Consultants. Plus of course, there are between 1,679 and 2,400 experienced mobile phone staff now on the market. Continue reading

Sony struggles to make money out of mobile

Growth it was expecting just hasn’t materialised

In a statement issued today [September 17th 2014] has admitted that its previous plan for “achieving significant sales growth” basically just hasn’t happened. The company explained that growth [basically in the handset sector] is now not expected to materialise. The Japanese company is blaming “the significant change in the market and competitive environment of the mobile business.” Consequently the compay was forced to announce a profits warning this morning basically because of a 180 billion yen (£1 billion) impairment charge on its mobile phone division. GoMo News has a sense of deja vue here remembering the days when the handset operation was a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson. And Ericsson threatened to pull the plug more than once. Continue reading

unwanted guest Complex series of events lead to Phones4U demise

UK High Street retailers suddenly shuts down operations

The landscape for the cellular industry in the UK has shifted suddenly thanks to the largely unanticipated demise of the country’s second largest mobile handset retailer – Phones 4u. The trigger has been the fact that the company lost its last two Brit MNO [Mobile Network Operators] as partners for handset contract sales. They were Vodafone followed by EE (which operates the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK). Right up until now, Phones 4u displayed all the signs of being a successful business. It was profitable with a turnover of more than £1 billion plus underlying earnings were £105 million last year [2013]. What’s gone wrong? GoMo News suspects that games of double-buff went badly wrong for the company which employs around 5,596 people. Continue reading

Vodafone’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tariffs announced

Prices start at free for hardware – rising to £63.50 per month on 4G

All four UK MNOs will be offering the new Apple handsets but as a guide for readers, we’re publishing Vodafone typical contract tariffs. Vodafone has already [September 12th 2014] started taking pre-orders for the two latest Apple smartphones – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through its website and in stores – with Vodafone having heavily extended its own retail outlet inventory. Orders will be sent on a first come, first served basis. The iPhone 6 will be available for free on 4G Red XL and Red XXL plans on a 24 month contract. However, those tariffs offer 10GB and 20GB data and are priced at £53.50 and £58.50 respectively. Continue reading

iPhone5 cached iPhone 6 prices disappear from Apple Store

On the first day of pre-ordering these iconic handsets

Just when it would be really useful to know how much the very latest iPhone models from Apple are going to set you back [cost], it seems that Apple has temporarily pulled the information from its online Apple Store this morning [September 12th 2014]. Of course, nothing is safe once it has been published on the Net and so it was extremely easy to get the prices from the cached page which Google offers. For us Brits [UK citizens], the prices range from £539 ($877) for an entry level iPhone 6 with 16GB of storage to £789 ($1,283) for an iPhone 6 Plus with 128GB of storage. These prices are SIM free (Unlocked), of course. Continue reading