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travelsim_logo TravelSim launching flat unlimited worldwide data roaming billing

Q2 ’15 will see the pre-paid international communications leader introduce the 1st flat monthly data roaming rates worldwide

Press release

March 3rd 2015. Telecoms innovator, Top Connect has announced that its world’s leading pre-paid international mobile communications service – Travel Sim will introduce flat rate billing and unlimited 3G roaming from Q2 2015. Flat rate roaming will apply only to existing and new subscribers of its data only package. TravelSim has been in lengthy negotiations with its worldwide network of Tier One GSM carriers and agreement has now been reached with all to enable TravelSim to announce flat roaming charges covering 190 countries. Continue reading

ikea home spot New IKEA Collection blends style with Qi wireless charging functionality

IKEA’s home furnishings embed charging spots and propel Qi further into mainstream adoption

Press release

March 1st 2015. Global home furnishings retailer, IKEA, has announced a product launch of Qi-powered bedside tables, lamps and desks that eliminates cable mess and makes it easier to stay connected with always-charged mobile devices. IKEA said the wireless charging home furnishings will be available in Europe and North America this April, followed by a global rollout. The announcement here girds support for Qi – the leading global wireless charging standard from the Wireless Power Consortium. Continue reading

blackberry_leap BlackBerry introduces BlackBerry Leap

Press release
Intended for young mobile professionals who value security & privacy
Modern & powerful design package

New five-inch all-touch smartphone with BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS, long battery life and best-in-class virtual keyboard optimizes personal productivity and control

March 3rd 2015. BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, has introduced the new BlackBerry Leap smartphone for 4G LTE networks. The BlackBerry Leap is an affordable all-touch smartphone in a modern and powerful design that is built for career builders and companies who value security and privacy when pushing their productivity to the next level. Continue reading

Smartphone ownership hits historic high among US millennial moms, surpassing laptop/PC ownership for the first time

New international study from IAB & BabyCenter shows reported time spent on mobile exceeding or approaching parity with TV in the USA, Brazil, Canada, China and UK

Press release

February 10th 2015. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), its Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence, and BabyCenter today released ‘2015 State of Modern Motherhood: Mobile and Media in the Lives of Moms,’ a research report that compares and contrasts the technology habits and media behaviors of online moms ages 18 to 32 in the USA, Brazil, Canada, China and the UK – revealing the importance for brands to focus on mobile to reach the coveted demographic of millennial moms around the world. Continue reading

UK’s telco businesses set to grow 4x faster than GDP in 2015

The picture is even brighter for 2016 – with average expected growth rising to 13%

Press release

February 9th 2015. Barclays’ Fast Growth Tech survey, which questioned owners and CEOs of UK tech firms1, has revealed that many of the telecom industry’s bright lights are feeling confident about delivering a stellar year of growth in 2015. The research, independently commissioned by Barclays’ Technology, Media and Telecoms team revealed that on average, telecoms businesses surveyed predicted that they will grow by 11 per cent over the course of the year. That’s over four times faster than the UK’s GDP forecast for 20152 (2.6 per cent). Continue reading

Goodspeed provides low cost data roaming in the Baltic


Press release
Goodspeed extends coverage to the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

1GB of data daily for just £4.90 (or $7.99)
Goodspeed spells the end of data roaming bill shock for international travellers

February 3rd 2015. International travellers can now enjoy low cost, high speed, secure mobile internet in the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania through the Goodspeed mobile Wi-fi service. Spelling the end of data roaming bill shock, the Goodspeed service now covers 64 countries including China, Western Europe, USA, South and Latin America, Canada, Russia and major destinations in Asia. The Baltic region of Northern Europe is fast emerging as popular business destination with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ranked in the top 25 friendliest countries in the world to conduct business.1. These European Union member countries are renowned for their advanced information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure with Estonia described as the most wired country in the world. Continue reading

Adyen Mobile Payments Index reveals 26% of global online transactions now over mobile

Latest figures from Adyen

Press release

January 28th 2015. Adyen, the global payments technology company, has published its quarterly Mobile Payments Index, which tracks mobile payment data from web-based transactions across Adyen’s customer base. As the world shifts to mobile, the latest Index reveals a surge in mobile payment share of online transactions, marking the first time mobile payments have accounted for more than a quarter of global online payments since Adyen started publishing the Mobile Payments Index in June 2013. Continue reading

HWL in exclusive negotiations with Telefónica to potentially acquire O2 UK

Press release

January 23rd 2015. Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), parent company of UK telecom operator Three UK, has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica’s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion. Thiswould be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold. Continue reading

- sah ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime on Play

Discover smartphone habits and manage a digital diet

Press release

January 20th 2015. ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime, a self-help Android app that allows users to reduce, monitor and be aware of the amount of time they spend on their smartphones and favourite apps. The app provides a fun, visual, and easy-to-navigate personal log or ‘timeline’ of their smartphone use. And people even have the option to share their mobile use times on social media with friends. With statistics showing that most people sleep next to their smartphones, and 90 per cent regularly overuse their device, QualityTime is ideal for those suffering from smartphone addiction. Continue reading

set the industry standard - trapp AlarmTILT deploys tyntec’s mission-critical SMS technology

Chiefly for emergency communication services

January 12th 2015. Mobile interaction specialist tyntec.com has announced it is working with AlarmTILT to provide SMS technology for emergency communication services. AlarmTILT, a product brand of M-PLIFY, specialises in alert management and in particular ‘mission-critical’ communications which rely on timely delivery in order to function effectively. AlarmTILT uses all available channels, including SMS, to call, invite, organise, synchronise and inform groups of people and manage real-time responses and acknowledgements. tyntec’s proven track record of high quality & service guarantee combined with its message transmission technology ensures that 97 per cent of SMS messages are delivered within 60 seconds. Continue reading

Three says adios to the worry of roaming charges in Spain

Three  [3UK]customers will be able to use their phone abroad at no extra cost from two new destinations, Spain and New Zealand from April 1st 2015

The two new countries join the 16 destinations where Feel at Home is currently available, including France, USA, Australia and Italy

The service, called Feel at Home, lets subscribers browse the internet, call and text home, as well as tweet and chat without paying a penny more

To celebrate, Three has teamed up with Expedia to offer Three customers 12% off a pre-paid hotel booking on the UK Expedia app.¹

Three installs giant Spanish flag, made from 650 parasols, on Bournemouth Beach to announce roaming at no extra cost for Brits travelling to Spain, the UK’s most popular beach holiday destination, this summer

Press release

January 6th 2015. Three [3UK] is giving the estimated two million² UK holiday-goers who are set to book a trip abroad this January something else to smile about. From April 1, 2015, Three customers travelling to Spain and New Zealand will now be able to use their phone abroad at no extra cost. Continue reading

mike harrison makes 1st voda call Thirtieth anniversary of first UK mobile phone call

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made on Vodafone’s UK network 30 years ago
Michael Harrison, the son of Vodafone’s first Chairman, made the call on January 1st 1985
Thirty years later, Vodafone is an industry leader with 438 million customers, mobile operations in 26 countries and fixed broadband operations in 17 countries

Press release

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made 30 years ago on the [then] newly-launched Vodafone network. Michael Harrison, the son of former Vodafone Chairman Sir Ernest Harrison, was the first to test the system, calling his father at midnight on January 1st 1985. Michael Harrison secretly left his family’s New Year’s Eve party at their home in Surrey in the UK to surprise his father, calling him from London’s Parliament Square. Harrison made the historic call from one of the first mobile devices – a Transportable Vodafone VT1, which weighed 11lb (5Kg) and had around 30-minutes of talk time. Continue reading

extending support for indirect B2B sales - mcquade EE acquires Mainline to boost business sales strategy

EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK, to support EE’s ambition to be the number one communications provider for business

EE remains committed to its B2B channel partners, with Mainline’s systems and capabilities improving dealers’ ability to work more efficiently with EE

The deal represents a major part of EE’s strategic multi-million pound investment into its B2B channel capabilities

Press release

December 19th 2014, As part of its strategy to be the communications provider of choice for business, EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK.EE’s B2B channel partners have helped to drive continued adoption of 4G products and services in the business market, and EE is committed to the channel’s role in driving market share. Continue reading

VidiXplore’s new video tool for storytellers

Free online video tool disrupts the traditional take on search engine optimisation (SEO)

Press Release

December 9th 2014. VidiXplore, a free online video tool that redefines videoSEO and team collaboration has launched its first version. Designed for professional and private users it finds and organises video content on desktops and in the cloud. VidiXplore automatically indexes speech, subtitles, manual tags, logos and faces. The patented video data management technology behind VidiXplore is first of its kind and will considerably change how video content is found and distributed on the Internet. Continue reading

Camilo_Castano Tweakker establishes Dutch footprint with MVNE Teleena

Strategic partnership enables Teleena to offer Tweakker’s effective, affordable cloud-based customer care connectivity solutions to cable companies, MNOs & MVNOs

Press release

December 2nd 2014. Spirent Communications’ mobile connectivity business unit Tweakker has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Teleena, the leading Dutch mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) and provider of mobile data services. The partnership helps to extend Tweakker’s mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) footprint on a local and global level while empowering Teleena to adopt and offer Tweakker’s connectivity platform of mobile devices to its customer base. The cloud-based platform contains one of the largest customer connectivity portfolios in the world. Continue reading