Author Archives: Tony Dennis

About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

at7t sponsored data Sponspored data plans are a good thing survey discovers

Antidote to bill shock for starters says Citrix

Best known for its IT specialism, Citrix has just shared some of the findings from a survey of US smartphone users conducted on their behalf by Wakefield Research . Now the survey covers mobile device etiquette and the mobile user experience. But in particular it covers ‘sponsored data plans’. Strangely, Citrix didn’t really bother to explain what the ‘sponsored’ bit means. However, we suspect the firm helped US mobile network operator – AT&T, with offering its own ‘Sponsored Data’ service. (See here). Anyway, the survey finds that consumers are dead scared of over-spending on their data plans (bill shock). Surprise, surprise. It also found that they’d be receptive to sponsored data plans. Ditto. Continue reading

Paym-hsbc GoMo discovers HSBC bank Paym service by accident

Through update to old app announcement sent by letter

How quaint! We’ve become accustomed to receiving mostly junk mail through the traditional postal service. So it was a bit of a surprise to discover that GoMo News‘ existing bank – HSBC [UK], had decided to communicate with us about its latest banking app through a non-digital media. A letter. Anyway, it turned out to be good news because we also learnt about HSBC’s Paym service by mistake. It will be launching live in the UK on April 29th [2014]. Those who pre-register get the chance to win an HTC One. Continue reading

remove personal data from your curve Hardware clinic: Expunging personal data from a BlackBerry is easy

Vital if you want to sell your old Curve

Having acquired a BlackBerry BB10 device in the form of a keypad-sporting Q5, GoMo News decided to recycle its old BlackBerry Curve 9320. The obvious thing to do was to go onto a handset recycling comparison web site and see which company was prepared to pay the most for the device. However, we then remembered writing this story  … Personal data found on UK second-hand handsets by Channel 4. In it we reported that High Street handset recyclers such as Cash Converters and CEX had been selling second-hand mobile devices without fully removing the data of the previous owner. Not wishing to fall victim to this mistake ourselves, we decided to wipe the personal data ourselves. And discovered just how easy it is to do with a BlackBerry compared to other devices such as Android and iOS based handsets. Continue reading

lay exchanged whatsapps with hamid More proof mobile phone records could help find MH370

Sensational revelations from co-pilot’s call records

There have been some sensational revelations in The New Straits Times that Malaysian investigators have managed to get hold of the call records for the co-pilot of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight – MH370. As GoMo News suggested in ‘Mobile phones might provide clue to missing flight MH370 ‘ and in ‘ China Mobile able to throw light on missing MH370 – maybe‘, records from the mobile handsets of those on board the plane could help with the direction the aircraft took after diverting from its intended flight path. And provide clues as to what happened – especially if any of the 12 crew and 227 passengers managed to send a text message. Continue reading

Hardware clinic: How to force Windows 8.1 to recognise your iPhone

Time consuming & frustrating process. Check your USB cable too

It may have something to do with the long rivalry between Apple and Microsoft (although Microsoft once saved Apple and bailed it out), but here at GoMo Towers we couldn’t believe how difficult it was for one reader to connect her iPhone to her nearly new laptop PC. The laptop was running Microsoft’s latest OS – Windows 8.1 and the software vendor isn’t doing itself any favours if it wants to persuade existing Windows XP users to migrate to its latest software. Because the whole process was time consuming & frustrating. We eventually fixed the problem but it took hours. Continue reading

use your Goodspeed witha PlayBookPlayBook Use your Goodspeed mobile Wi-fi hotspot now in India

GoMo gets its loan unit upgraded to 3.5G

Good news for those travellers intending to travel to India. Uros, makers of the Goodspeed mobile Wi-fi hotspot has announced that it can now provides low-cost mobile data in India. That means the number of countries where travellers can gain low cost mobile internet access through the Goodspeed service has risen to 57 including the USA and the BRIC countries including Russia and China. Those travelling to India with a Goodspeed will pay a daily rate of €9.90 (INR 828) a day for 500MB of data. A Goodspeed is ideal for providing a data connexion whilst travelling with a tablet such as a BlackBerry PlayBook – which has no SIM card slot. Continue reading

@toddham Yet more iWatch rumours surface

Research note unbelievably claims that the device will support NFC

We’ve just checked here at GoMo Towers and it’s over a year since we published our first story about a rumoured wearable technology device from Apple which everyone has codenamed (probably correctly) as the iWatch. Before you get too excited, this time the device is predicted to ship in Q4 2014. Which means that it is unlikely to be announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference which in 2014 will be held between June 2nd-6th. The bit which amuses GoMo News most is that the “comprehensive” research note from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iWatch will support NFC. Continue reading

mobile_analytics Netbiscuits moves to make its key software free to mobile marketers

Covers mobile analytics & device detection

In 2013, research showed that over 1.2 billion people accessed the web from a mobile device, but 70 per cent abandoned a mobile site because of its poor performance. However, responsive design is becoming less effective in mobile web design as the number of devices mushrooms. In response to this, Netbiscuits has decided to make both mobile-analytics and its device-detection software available for free. The aim is to encourage smaller brands to make use of device analytics, and compete on a level playing field with large enterprises. It should providing marketers and developers with the technology to better profile customer engagement. Continue reading

iPhone knocked into 2nd place for ‘sexting’

Survey of cheating Brits carried out by AshleyMadison.com

A survey carried out by AshleyMadison.com has revealsed that Samsung handsets knocked Apple’s iconic iPhone into second place as the most popular brand of smartphone amongst British ‘sexters’. Ashley Madison claims to bethe world’s largest extra-marital dating site for adulterers – those who send sexts rather than texts. Questioned about their preferred technology for conducting secret affairs and where they sext from, 31 per cent of cheating women admitted sexting from the supermarket. Does this mean women can multi-task and combined retail therapy with sexting, GoMo News wonders? Continue reading

End of XP is great news for Android & iOS

Why exactly do you need a desktop PC instead of a tablet or smartphone?

A great deal is being written about Microsoft ending ‘Extended Support’ for Windows XP today [April 8th 2014]. A great deal of it is mere scaremongering and reminiscent of the Millennium bug which never actually wreaked havoc. The software giant might have shot itself in the foot, however. If you look carefully at what the analysts are saying, they are actually advocating going mobile without truly appreciating it. For example, take this quote from Richard Edwards, principal analyst for enterprise mobility & productivity software at Ovum, “Compared to smartphones and tablet devices, PC operating system upgrades are an ugly affair.” Exactly. It’s not actually time to think about upgrading from XP, it’s time to ask yourself, “Why exactly do I have a desktop again?” Continue reading

shah - from buzzd to darcher Deepen Shah reinvents himself as digital advertising platform CEO

Bye-bye Buzzd – hello Darcher Media

When GoMo News last caught up with Deepen Shah back in 2010, it was as the co-creator of a mobile social networks and location app called Buzzd. The company of the same name has disappeared and the app is no longer available in iTunes. However, Deepen is now the CEO of a new company – Darcher Media which he claims is ranked third as an ad network in the entire USA by Quantcast – here. What’s more Shah says that Darcher Media serves over 6 billion ad impressions monthly across the globe which you can check with Screencast here. Seems that the boy has done well. Continue reading

Secret_screenshot Sshhh! It’s Secret Inc Secret app for iPhone

Social networking – only for those in USA

Here’s a new twist on social networking – an iPhone App called Secret which really does keep your identity secret. The idea appears to be to start wicked rumours with this app and then keep everyone guessing who actually let the cat out of the bag [started it]. The app is apparently the work of two former Google employees (calling themselves Secret Inc)– which makes it all the more puzzling that there’s currently no Android version of this app yet. There is an Android app called secret which is very similar but it isn’t the work of the same developer. The app is all the buzz in Silicon Valley but there’s a catch – at present you can only download this app if you’re based in the USA. Continue reading

bbm on an android phone BlackBerry updates BBM for Android

Positioning BBM to rival Line, Facebook & even Snapchat

Another sign that BlackBerry really is learning how to monetise its software assets – not just its smartphones, is provided by the latest update to BBM for Android. A key feature is the addition of ‘stickers’ and the fact that there is now a BBM shop where you can actually purchase stickers to send to other BBM users. That’s taking rival social media sites such as Facebook and Line head on. Plus there’s now an improved picture (photo) sharing facility. GoMo reckons this is a reaction to analysts who claim Facebook is losing traffic to photo sharing apps such as Snapchat. Continue reading

source: radiojackie.com Brit police force cracking down on phone theft

We think it needs more than just a few T-shirts, though

In a laudable effort to cut down on mobile phone theft in Kingston-upon-Thames (close to London, England), the local police force has been encouraging staff in a select number of pubs (bars) and night clubs to wear special T-shirts. The shirts are emblazoned with the slogan “Love Your Phone” in an effort to encourage revellers to take more care of their prized smartphones when out and about. The campaign is the brainchild of Kingston’s current Chief Inspector, Gary Taylor, who is already something of a local legend. Continue reading

Clean-Master-screen Clean Master helps when Android runs out of space for new apps

Brought to us courtesy of Prestigio’s Installer programme

Regular GoMo News readers may recall our previous story ‘GoMo seeks ‘insufficient storage available’ solution‘. It’s a problem with entry-level Android handsets which only sport 500 MB (0.5 GB) of internal memory storage. After downloading may be only a dozen or so apps and then the handset starts reporting “Insufficient Storage Available.” We’ve been searching for a viable antidote and thanks to our loan Prestigio PAP 4500, we’ve found an app that can really help – Clean Master from KS Mobile. Continue reading