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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/

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

IoT already important part of our lives – schneider M2M Summit to go truly international thanks to USA

Get your skates on and save 25 per cent off tickets

Organised by theM2M Alliance, the theme of the M2M Summit 2014 held in Dusseldorf, Germany is ‘M2M – From technology to business’. Now in its eight year, this summit has established itself as the largest M2M event in Europe with approximately 1,000 registered participants and over 60 exhibitors last year [2013]. The congress and accompanying exhibition will discuss the top themes and technical Innovations in M2M communication. These include: – international cooperation; uniform standards; the Internet of Things [IoT]; and the benefits of M2M in the Industry 4.0. With the help of its partner country, the USA, this summit is expected greater international interest than in previous years. Continue reading

more than obtaining a mobile number to receive SMS - kutic Texting isn’t dead thanks to 2-way SMS

How can it be when Infobip processes 1.5 billion+ SMS per month?

Given the hype that surrounds OTT services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Line, regular mobile industry members could be forgiven for thinking that SMS (texting) is dead or dying. That’s very obviously not the case when just one SMS specialist, Infobip can be claiming to processes over 1.5 billion SMS messages per month. How can that be? Well, Infobip claims to have access to one of the largest two-way SMS coverage sets in the world – as supported by a single technical provider. Continue reading

source: daily mail david hartley UK PM gives big thumbs up for his BlackBerry

David Cameron shows how Brits still remain loyal to the brand

Well, GoMo News can’t think of a better endorsement for the value of using a BlackBerry to stay in control of your job than that given by the UK’s current Prime Minister [PM], David Cameron. After all, Mr Cameron’s job could hardly be more important to Brits than running the country (Great Britain). In an interview run extensively by the leading UK newspaper, the Daily Mail (see here), David Cameron ” said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday.” From the pictures, it looks to us like he’s got a BB10 device – maybe even a Q5. Continue reading

protecting both connectors on the Leef GoMo discovers Leef Bridge 3.0 is the missing link

Twixt our Windows laptop and our Moto G Android phone that is

Here at GoMo Towers, we reckon anyone who owns both an Android smartphone and/or tablet along with a Windows based PC is going to wonder how he or she ever managed without a Leef Bridge 3.0. That’s because it is the simplest way of moving or sharing data files between the two seemingly incompatible worlds. As we mentioned in our previous story here, the device has been available in the USA for a while but it has only just arrived in the UK. So the maker kindly loaned us one. Leef says that the device requires Android Jelly Bean (v 4.1) or above. But the other important criteria is that the Android device supports USB OTG. Continue reading

might upset apple fanbois More skeletons out of Apple’s closet over hiring

Will designer brand men’s undies maker counter sue, we speculate?

You would have thought that most shareholders would have been happy with Apple’s recent financial performance. However, that apparently does not apply to one R. Andre Klein who has just accused Apple senior directors and officers of “breach of fiduciary duty, gross mismanagement, corporate waste, and breach of the duty of honest services.” The action has apparently been filed with the Us District Court for the Northern District of California, It could even impact those who currently benefit from the late Steve Job’s estate. It’s also not know whether a leading maker of men’s undies will counter use if Apple fanbois stop wearing its products as a result. Continue reading

a panoramic from the derby day An inexpensive solution for smartphone panoramic shots

The Panoramic Pod works with any decent cameraphone

Having mentioned the existence of the Panoramic Pod before here, we were delighted when I Want One of Those (IWOOT) offered to send us a sample for testing purposes. The device is plainly inexpensive (about $26 or £15.99) and we soon discovered why – it’s not very tall, standing at some five inches (13 cm) high. But it very definitely works and here at GoMo Towers we were more than happy with the results. Despite IWOOT claiming that the Pod is “compatible with Apple and Android smartphones”, it’s near universal and would definitely work with one of Nokia’s mega cameraphones like the Lumia 1020, for example. Continue reading