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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/

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

Apple fanbois will  welcome sapphire glass - ebbett Gadget insurer hoping for sapphire glass on iPhone 6

Amazing insurance claim stats from Protect Your Bubble

It will probably save specialist gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble a small fortune if the next iPhone handset released by Apple (probably called the iPhone 6 rather than 5Z), boasts a more sturdy build. Hence the insurer has its corporate fingers crossed that rumours that the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire glass (as opposed to Gorilla Glass, it seems) screen are true. That’s because the insure has found that damage claims now make up more than six in 10 (62 per cent) of the claims the insurer receives. Just to be on the safe side the insurer commissioned a YouGov online poll. Continue reading

Apple considers beefing up scecurity after iBrute

May well introduce two-step authentication

After perceived negative reaction to the news that celebrity photos were stolen from its iCloud online storage service, it appears that Apple is considering beefing up the security measures that it offers to its customers. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal it appears that Apple boss Tim cook is toying with the idea two-step authentication. His company also plans to aggressively encourage people to use the very latest version of its mobile OS – iOS, when ever possible. GoMo News thinks Cook might be over-reacting to a drop in share price after announcements from the likes of Samsung and Motorola on the wearables front. Continue reading

Galaxy-note-4 Samsung takes lead in phablets with Note 4

Industry reaction to new product launches at IFA Berlin

Samsung has just introduced a swathe of new products at the increasingly more popular IFA show in Berlin, Germany. It revealed the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 (phablets) plus the Gear S smartwatch and Gear VR virtual reality headset. “You have to admire Samsung’s relentless stream of new products, be it smartphones and tablets at all price tiers or the volley of smartwatches that have been released over the last 12 months,” commented Ben Wood from CCS Insight. uSwitch.com’s Rob Kerr observed, “Samsung has owned the phablet space for a long time, knocking out more than any other mobile maker and proving there’s a super-sized market for supersize phones.” However, he warned that Samsung has still lots to fear from Apple. Continue reading

a tame 4chan upload Careless picking led to iCloud security breaches Apple says

All the more reason for single sign-on (SSO) access

Careless whispering usually leads to celebrity downfalls but in the recent case of hacked pics [photos] from Apple’s iCloud cloud storage system, it was careless picking. “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone,” Apple said in a statement. Apple says it discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions. Which is apparently a common practice on the internet. So celebs had been picking easy to guess passwords. All the more reason to go for counter-measures like single sign-on (SSO) access, GoMo News argues. Continue reading

ghosts & footprints can remain - moses Forensic expert confirms BlackBerry BB10s are ultra secure

Longmere Consultants specialise in recovery of deleted texts

Most people believe that once you press the delete button on a mobile telephone, then that text message [SMS] has gone forever . However, according to UK forensic data recovery experts, Longmere Consultants, this is not always the case. The company specialises in recovering deleted texts; photographs; call logs; chat messages; files; and phone books from mobile phones. However, John Moses md with Longmere confirmed to GoMo News that the exception that proves the rule is the Blackberry Q & Z series (BB10 devices) plus the 9320 series which are non-recoverable. So, in effect, Longmere is confirming that BlackBerry’s smartphones are about the securest devices you can have out there. By contrast, iPhone are amongst the easiest to recover from. Continue reading