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/

frictionless payment experience - anderson Bango and Deutsche Telekom hook up for operator billing

Bango claims direct operator billing leadership

A new partnership to widen access to Direct Operator Billing (DOB) for app store purchases has just been announced by Deutsche Telekom in conjunction with Bango.The partnership enables Deutsche Telekom to accelerate DOB deployment. The pair claim this will bring bringing frictionless ‘one click’ payment to DT’s subscribers for apps, music, games and other digital content. Continue reading

MWC-15_art GSMA calls for papers for MWC 2015

Gosh there’s only 7 months to go before we are back in Barcelona

Crikey! The GSMA’s last Mobile World Congress was held back in February [2014] but it seems like just weeks ago. No ones to hang around, the guys at the GSMA beavering away to make the 2015 event even better. After all, it is the world’s biggest conference and exhibition covering the cellular/mobile ecosystem. Anyway, the GSMA has announced its first major deadline – its Call for Papers will close at 23:59 GMT on Friday, 12th September [2014]. Top of the list of topic are, of course, 5G and advertising/marketing. So if you want to participate in this process, you’d better get your skates on. Continue reading

more resources to speed up delivery - khalaf Industry reaction to Flurry acquisition by Yahoo!

Deal should enable Yahoo! to offer better ad placement

Although the deal was announced back on July 21st [2014] by Yahoo!, there’s been a slow reaction and analysis to the acquisition of a mobile analytics specialist such as Flurry. The deal between and Yahoo and Flurry was reportedly worth over $200 million but subject to customary closing conditions. Having heard nothing to the contrary, GoMo News assumes the deal has gone ahead. Yahoo has, of course, been trying hard to diversify its revenue stream by focusing more on its mobile revenues. Flurry’s technology should help Yahoo to grow its revenue from smartphone users. Continue reading

leap forward for mobile payments - howe Blackhawk helps Barclays add e-gifting to Pingit

Should help brands via increased customer data capture

It’s a logical progression, really. If you have a fully operational mobile payments service why not add a digital gift card service to it. That’s exactly what has happened with leading UK bank, Barclays, which has entered a partnership with Blackhawk Network to offer what it calls an eGift service. It works in conjunction with Barclays’ Pingit mobile banking service which is open to both Barclays and non-Barclays customers. BlackHawk has enabled Barclays to tap into a range of eGifts from entertainment, dining, gaming, fashion, health & beauty and leisure brands. The launch on Android and iOS devices is scheduled for later in August [2014]. Continue reading

don't take iPhone 6 tips from Brit comedians like Ali G iPhone 6 probable launch date of September 9th

Of course, Cupertino’s finest might call it the iPhone 5Z

A very accurate way of predicting when Apple will perform its annual handset launch (because it is a creature of great habit) is to discover when it is planning its next major media event. Which is exactly what Recode did and it has reported the next big media event is scheduled for September 9th [2014]. Naturally, everyone expects this next handset to be called the iPhone 6. GoMo News is hedging its bets, however, because we followed comedian Ali G in 2012 and predicted here that the iPhone 6 would appear in 2013. Instead we got the 5c and 5s. So we could have a 5z and a 5x in 2014. Continue reading

Will Hill experiences 146% growth in mobile gaming

Almost certainly down to betting on World Cup in Brazil

We’d love to claim that we told you so but actually we did. Last November [2013], GoMo News quoted the bookmakers, Ladbrokes, as predicting here that the [soccer] World Cup in Brazil this Summer [2014] “is likely to be the most competitive sporting event on mobile ever – certainly for Brits.” Now Ladrokes’ arch-rival – William Hill has revealed that enjoyed record-breaking World Cup activity with online wagering for the tournament up 211 per cent on 2010. Sadly, the company doesn’t specifically thank mobile for this feat but it’s pretty obvious from some of the other stats. Oh, and the fact that Ladbrokes stole mobile specialist -Chelsea Apps Factory, from them doesn’t seem to have hurt that much. And they’ve got a new CEO. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Samsung feels the heat from local producers

China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare the beneficiaries

It appears from the latest revenue figures from Samsung that the handset giant is coming under great price pressure from local phone manufacturers. It is interesting to see that Samsung is struggling in key emerging markets such as India and China due to local competitors plus a lack of relevance for Chinese consumers who want more high-end devices. Samsung seems to be losing out to China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare. By contrast, when Apple recently shared its results these included growth in China, which accounted significantly for its increase in earnings. Continue reading

michael joseph Vodafone’s Michael Joseph wins PICMET award

Acknowledges Mr M-Pesa’s work in building world’s largest mobile money system

Vodafone‘s director of mobile money, Michael Joseph, (affectionately known as Mr M-Pesa) has won a prestigious award from from PICMET (Portland International Centre for Management of Engineering and Technology) for leadership in technology management. Of course, M-Pesa – the mobile money transfer and payment service, has transformed the lives of millions of unbanked people living in emerging markets. Hence his PICMET LTM award recognises this work. Joseph joins a line of industry greats such as Jong-Yong Yun – CEO with Samsung Electronics and Intel’s Andy Grove. Continue reading

Apple may prepare for the big screen revolution Netbiscuits suggests

Also provides interesting stats on LTE & rise of Wiko & bq

The findings of the Netbiscuits Web Trends Report for Q2 2014 make for some very interesting reading. For example, globally, the Apple iPhone 5 series of mobiles replaced the 4 and 4S as the most used device for surfing the web on mobile phones in Q2 2014. Whereas in the UK, the iPhone 4 &4S remain the most popular devices probably due to long, restrictive contracts. Netbiscuits also suggests that Apple is preparing for the big screen revolution when releases the iPhone 6. On the LTE front, South Korea and USA lead the way in LTE adoption. Astonishingly, there’s also been a rise in the number of European based handset vendors. Wiko (France), and bq (Spain) have burst into the Top 50 devices in their own countries for the first time with a 3 per cent and 1.5 per cent share respectively. The 5 to 5.9 inch category grew its share from 21 per cent in Q1 2014 to 25 per cent in Q2 and is set for further growth. Continue reading

not surprise that fingerprint scanners came top - locke Touch ID fingerprint scanner coming to iPads soon

Fingerprint scanner is most popular biometric authentication process

New research has shown that eight in ten (79 per cent) of Brits are ready to ditch their passwords in favour of biometric security measures such as fingerprint scanners. It’s no surprise to learn that sales of Apple’s iPhone 5s have helped make biometrics extremely popular with consumers. These figures were revealed by the Future Password Index from digital financial services provider Intelligent Environments. Fingerprint technology was voted as the most popular biometric method in the new 53 per cent of people would like their bank to integrate fingerprint scanners into digital banking services. Continue reading

1m+ now enjoy benefits of Vodafone 4G - rose Vodafone claims to be the 1st UK MNO to sell Google’s Chromecast

Special deal for anyone with Vodafone Red 4G plan

Vodafone is claiming to be the first mobile network operator [MNO] in the UK to sell Google’s Chromecast media-streaming device. The company is making Chromecast available to all Vodafone customers at an RRP price of £30 through Vodafone’s 375 retail outlets across the UK. Significantly, however, the device is available to all new and existing Red 4G customers at the discounted price of £25. “With more than one million customers now enjoying the benefits of Vodafone 4G, we’re expecting Chromecast to be a big hit,” commented Cindy Rose, consumer director with Vodafone UK. Continue reading

not at the expense of real life - myers Smartphones killing Brits sex lives

28% check their smartphones during sex act

They say that there’s an app for everything these days, so it should come as no surprise to learn that there are apps to improve your sex life. This discovery was made by none other than the UK’s Sun newspaper, of course. It then went on to rate five of the leading sex apps for iOS and Android. The article was prompted by shock findings from a survey carried out for TigerMobiles.com by market research and polling agency, Carter Digby. They asked 1,500 couples in the UK between 18-30 a range of questions on their sex lives and smartphone usage habits. A shocking 28 per cent revealed they have even checked their phone during sexual intercourse. Continue reading

- delaney IBM to sell iPhones & iPads – IDC comments

It’s all to do with MobileFirst for iOS apparently

If you’d asked GoMo News which was the most likely to happen – elephants flying or IBM selling Apple’s smartphones, up until now we would have gone for the elephants. However, in a historic moment [July 15th 2014], IBM together with Apple announced IBM MobileFirst for iOS. [Read the full announcement here].This means that IBM will start selling iPhones & iPads and will develop cloud services optimised for Apple’s iOS. Apple will provide hardware support for devices through a dedicated large-enterprise AppleCare programme. How has this come about? Well, the market for is currently comprised of affluent people in developed economies – with the possible exception of China. Anyway that market is now a mature and overcrowded. So selling to affluent businesses is the obvious answer. Below, John Delaney, associate vp for mobility with IDC, provides a comprehensive overview of what he sees as happening. Continue reading

true native advertising campaign - warner Native advertising campaign for Google Voice developed by Mapp Media

In conjunction with Essence Media, Songkick & MapMyFitness

A brand new, interactive native advertising campaign for Google Voice has been launched by Mapp Media . The campaign has been developed in conjunction with Essence Media and in partnership with Songkick and MapMyFitness. It pulls in information that is relevant to the user depending on the user’s environment and location. The Mapp Media campaign targets users according to factors such as context, location and interests. For example, when a music fan is on the O2 Venue page, the Voice Search ad prompts the user to ask for the best route to the O2 or which bars are in the O2. Continue reading

giving tourists something to do - bruce grant-braham City-Insights proves mobile tech can help tourists engage with local history

Oxford & Poole get QR code and NFC treatment

A digital consultancy, City-Insights , has found a way to bring historic places to life for visitors and tourists using readily available mobile technologies. They are invited to capture QR codes or tap NFC tags to take them to a bespoke web platform. This enables them to understand and appreciate a towns’ history; gain information and directions; find maps, hear stories and discover fun activities through their smartphones or tablets. All whilst they stroll around the streets. Amongst the first locations to receive this treatment across the UK are charming seaside town Poole in Dorset and famous university town – Oxford. Continue reading