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/

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

keilback - accused by wingoads GoMo News reader rails @ AdMobix

Wingoads trying to get $2,000 refund

As probably the only truly independent news sites around covering the mobile advertising arena, Alex Lane of WingoAds contacted GoMo News out of frustration over his dealings with programic mobile specialists, AdMobix. Lane seems especially angry with AdMobix’ CEO, Kent Keilback who he accuses of refusing to contact his company (Wingoads). Mr Lane also alleges that AdMobix refuses to pay $2,000 owed to his company and urges other GoMo News readers to blacklist this supplier. Actually Nick Lane used quite colourful language saying, “We are writing to let you know that AdMobix is a bunch of cr**ks and th*****s.” So now, GoMo News is waiting to hear from Mr Keilback, too in order to see how he responds to these major allegations. Continue reading

mcmahon - IoT makes cameo appearance in budget UK budget would boost Brit IoT research

We’re not quite sure what ‘Intelligent Mobility’ is

Over here in Blighty [UK], the existing British Chancellor – George Osborne, has committed a future Conservative-led government to invest a whole pile of dosh in what it is calling ‘Intelligent Mobility’. We’re not quite sure what that term encompasses. However, the UK government reckons it focuses on “enhancing the development of driverless car technology and the systems required to implement and adopt the technology, such as telecommunications. Hmm. That could mean 5G. Anyway there’s £100 million for Research and Development into Intelligent Mobility up for grabs so get your proposal in fast. Oh, and there’s £40 million for demonstrator programmes; business incubator space and a research hub to develop applications for Internet of Things [IoT]. “Following the recent launch by Apple of ResearchKit, the fact that the Internet of Things has now made a cameo appearance in the Budget is highly encouraging,” commented Freddie McMahon, director for strategy and innovation with
Anomaly42. Continue reading

tony dennis with founder bena roberts. We waz turned down too Tiger Mobiles exposes Den of inequality

Beeb’s Dragons’ Den TV show lets down most participants

There’s nothing better to concentrate your mind than rejection. Which is exactly what happened to Tiger Mobiles, a smartphone comparison site, which unsuccessfully applied to appear on the Beeb’s [BBC's] Dragons’ Den TV show in 2008. The show gets angel investors [Dragons] to offer investment to budding new enterprises. Smarting from its put down, Tiger has performed analysis of all 143 businesses that successfully were awarded cash on the show between series 1 and 11. It found that even winning doesn’t guarantee success because only £5.8 million of the £13 million pledged was ever invested. But why should that bother a quasi-governmental UK body such as the Beeb? Continue reading

Brits snoop on other halves’ mobiles

Women most likely to check a partner’s phone

It appears that suspicious Brits check their other half’s phone for questionable texts, emails and internet searches twice a week – with women most likely to snoop. Theses are the key findings from a study commissioned for the new Samsung Galaxy A-Series smartphone range by Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. Researchers found that four in ten adults in a relationship regularly sneak a look at their partner’s phone behind their back to keep an eye on what they are up to. Women are the most likely to check a partner’s phone behind their back, with 44 per cent admitting to it compared to just 36 per cent of men. 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

T-Mobile acquiring lion’s share of US contract phones

Signed up 1 million on phone contracts in Q4 2014

It appears that T-Mobile US under CEO John Legere is stealing customers from its rivals among the Big Four mobile network operators [MNOs]. For Q4 2014, the company has announced that it had 2.1 million net additions and, crucially, one million of those were post contract customers with mobile phones. 0.3 million were tablet style contract customers who are generally regarded as far less lucrative. The rest were prepaid customers. The announcement meant that T-Mobiles shares rose 1.6 per cent in early New York trading. Continue reading

Music streaming sites hit digital music sales

Figures from Nielsen Music suggest Spotify-style sites are to blame

Market watcher, Nielsen Music has just released figures showing how how music publishers fared in 2014. It seems that music streaming sites – such as Spotify, have impacted the growth of digital music sales.  Indeed, after a decade of strong growth, in the UK download sales fell during 2014. Nielsen says that digital album sales fell by nine per cent to 106.5 million albums in the USA. By complete contrast, audio and video streaming increased in the USA by 50 per cent. Continue reading

continuing to bring innovation - 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