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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.

Market welcomes the BlackBerry Classic

GoMo News always said emailers need keyboards

It seems that BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has recognised the value of the company’s core skills by launching a handset which harks back to a BlackBerry’s key feature – namely that it boasts a full Qwerty keyboard/keypad. Hence, the Canadian based smartphone supplier has just launched a new model – the BlackBerry Classic. What is it’s USP [Unique Selling Point]? Answer – very obviously the fact that this device isn’t touchscreen driven – it boasts a keyboard. As Rob Kerr, mobiles expert with uSwitch.com observes, “Like its Passport phone, the mobile maker has gone back to its roots with the Classic – furnishing it with the physical keyboard that so many appreciate in the touchscreen era.” Here at GoMo Towers all we can say is – “Told You so”. Continue reading

CES_show_floor GoMo seeks would-be hack to cover CES ’15 for us

Your chance for 15 minutes of web fame

It seems that history really does have a habit of repeating itself. That’s because as January 6th [2015] draws closer, here at GoMo Towers once again we find ourselves with no-one lined up to cover the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) show being held in Las Vegas, USA. This event takes place between January 6th-9th [2015]. We thought we had lined up a trainee (intern) to write stories for this web news site. It din’t happen. So we were rather hoping that a GoMo News reader who fancies a bit of heavy duty exposure for his or her scribblings might want to step into the breach. All we can promise, really is your 15 minutes of internet fame! Continue reading

CES ’15 Las Vegas will have mobile theme

Keynote panel speakers include Qualcomm’s Mollenkopf

It seems that the US based Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has noticed that ‘mobile’ is making a serious impact on the markets that its members sell into. Especially when you interpret ‘mobile’ not just as cellular but as portable computing of all shades – i.e. tablets. So it should come as no surprise to learn that a keynote panel discussion due to be held at 1pm on the first day [January 6th 2015] of the CEA’s Las Vegas located International CES ’15 show is entitled, ‘How mobile is fundamentally changing our world’. The panel will feature executives from Qualcomm, Electrolux, General Motors, and Philips. Continue reading

clear warning to vodafone, sky & virgin - pescatore Actually BT goes for EE as its MNO

UK Teleco picks UK’s largest 4G operator rather than old mobile arm

In something of a turn up for the books, former UK entrenched Teleco, BT, has announced plans to acquire EE – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] for £12.5 billion. The deal will be partly funded by a share swap but BT will have to raise around £7.3 billion in cash. France Telecom/Orange will take a four per cent stake in BT, and Deutsche Telekom will take a 12 per cent stake. The irony here is that UK comms regulator, Ofcom, originally handed a massive lead in 4G to a Franco-German owned MNO (EE) but it has now been acquired by a UK firm. EE still has a massive lead in 4G customer acquisition. Most observers ( Including GoMo News) thought that BT would opt for rival UK MNO, O2, instead. Continue reading

BT to chose between EE & O2 this week

GoMo has always said that O2 is the obvious choice

A report in the Sunday Times here, claims that former entrenched UK telecoms operator, BT [British Telecommunication] will decide in the next few days to show its hand. The company wants to buy a UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] and GoMo News has always maintained that BT has long regretted its decision to float off its mobile arm – eventually acquired as O2 by Telefonica. Back in December 2013, GoMo News wrote, “We’ve long known that BT (formerly British Telecommunications) has rued the day it decided to sell off its mobile phone network.” So the chances of BT picking EE instead appear extremely thin. Continue reading

Motorola_update GoMo still waiting for Moto G’s Lollipop update

Hopeful of being amongst the first to get it

Thanks to the previously close relationship between Motorola – the handset maker and Google – the author of the Android MOS [Mobile Operating System], it was fairly reasonable to expect that Motorola’s most popular handsets would be amongst the first to get the latest MOS upgrade. To Android v5.0 (Lollipop), that is. So here at GoMo Towers we were pretty pleased to find an official announcement from Motorola here which specifically mentioned the Moto G (1st & 2nd Gen plus LTE version) and the Moto X (1st & 2nd Gen) as being in line for the Lollipop upgrade. The others are the Moto E, along with the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini. In our case, with the Moto G it hasn’t happened yet but we are pretty hopeful. Read on to see why … Continue reading

all these  technologies are available right now - balcombe Wearable fitness gadgets under Xmas tree in ’14

Not all will be smartphone compatible, though

It appears to be a safe bet that wearable fitness gadgets will prove a popular choice amongst Brits as presents for loved ones this Xmas [Holidays] season. According to research from Kantar a total of 6.7 million adults in the UK are using gadgets or smartphone apps currently being used to monitor health – such as checking heart rate, food intake and activity levels. Juniper Research, of course, predicts that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018 when smartwatches should take over. A Sunday Telegraph article by Marion Dakers here, speculates that insurance companies might tap into data gathered by such health monitors to fine tune their premiums. Continue reading

Three may buy UK MNO for its 2G network

It could all boil down to which MNO BT decides to buy

The whole of the UK’s MNO [mobile network operator] ecosystem is in a state of flux thanks to the news that former entrenched UK telecoms operator, BT [British Telecommunications] is in the market to buy either O2 or EE. Now GoMo News has always maintained that BT has long nursed a desire to buy back its form cellular network (Formerly Cellnet and now O2). But it now seems that Three (3UK) might step into the middle of negotiations? Why? Well, has built its own 3G/4G network in the UK but is obliged to rent space on another UK MNO’s network in areas where its own networks lack coverage. Continue reading

last inmarsat ping fits merlindown theory Australians looking in wrong place for MH370 debris

Try Vietnamese not Sumatran coast

Recent reports are highlighting the views of Australian Transport Safety Bureau crash investigator, Peter Foley that “Something is going to wash up somewhere on the beach.” He’s referring to debris from the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. We’d agree with him. But Foley says it will be found “most probably in Sumatra.” GoMo News reckons he’s got entirely the wrong place. The search should be concentrating on Vietnam not Sumatra. We’re converts to the Merlindown Science theory that the plane flew in a circle before crashing into the sea just off the Vietnamese coast. What’s more, the Merlindown view ties in with our own belief that crew and/or passengers tried to make phone calls from the plane. The company’s experts believe it was within cellular range at Position 5 on their map. (See Missing MH370 aircraft disappeared off Vietnam). Crucially, Merlindown has translated its theory in Malaysian here). Continue reading

could gent help BT to buy Vodafone instead of O2? BT may finally get to buy O2 back

Always rued the day it spun off Cellnet

Back in December 2013, GoMo News wrote, “We’ve long known that BT (formerly British Telecommunications) has rued the day it decided to sell off its mobile phone network. Known as Cellnet, it is effectively now the O2 network which is now owned by Spain’s Telefonica.” Well, wouldn’t you know it. Almost a year later, BT has confirmed deal talks with “two UK mobile network operators, of which one is O2.” Told you. Just to keep us guessing, it won’t say who the other mobile network operator [MNO] is, but most people think it is EE. We’d ask, why not Vodafone? After all, it is British, too. BT’s move its widely thought to relate to the popularity of ‘fourplay’ amongst European MNOs at present. Continue reading

- markin VoLTE is way forward for roaming services

We have cosy chat with TravelSim’s Markin

GoMo News recently had the chance to chat with Mikhail Markin, head of TravelSim‘s product development, when he was visiting London for the World Travel Market show at ExCel. He revealed two very interesting future developments. As a roaming specialist, his firm has developed a solution which doesn’t require a SIM card. This means that TravelSim can now deal with [previously unapproachable] non-GSM networks – which basically enables the company to targetcertain US mobile network operators [MNOs]. Or even MVNOs [Think Virgin USA].These networks are essentially based on cdmaOne technology – Verizon Wireless being the best known MNO. Secondly, TravelSim is getting into Voice over LTE [VoLTE]. Continue reading

hidemyphone Hide My Phone! great for love cheats

We’re keeping quite about other possible uses

GoMo News remembers getting into really hot waters with Vodafone, when we suggested that installing machines that dispensed up-and-ready handsets in UK international airports was a terrorist’s charter. So we are having to play safe with the uses that a new phone app called Hide My Phone! from Privax can be put to.  Let’s just say it’s a gift for love cheats. Because it allows you to pick a telephone number that will make you look like a local number in major countries worldwide. We also suspect you can browse major sites – like Facebook, without being traceable thanks to Privax’ VPN technology. This app is a sister to Hide My Ass! which lets users surf the Net totally anonymously. Continue reading

image courtesy of merlindown Missing MH370 aircraft disappeared off Vietnam

Satellite image specialist Merlindown finally contacts GoMo News with its theory

It appears that a British based satellite image specialist firm, Merlindown Science, concluded back in May [2014] that the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft, flight MH370, actually disappeared off the coast of Vietnam. The company has only just now contacted GoMo News with its theory. Merlindown’s theory helps to explain why some of those onboard nearly managed to make cellular calls from the stricken Boeing 777-222 airliner. Before finally breaking up mid-air off the coast of Vietnam, the aircraft seems to have circled back close to Malaysia. [See accompanying map]. What GoMo News particularly likes about this events is that it cites a massive cover-up by Malaysian authorities. Continue reading

effectively engage users - peiró PUSH Technologies to help integrate push into apps

Support for Gingerbread to Lollipop + Apple’s Swift

It appears that in advance of a European roll-out of multi-channel mobile marketing & customer messaging platform PUSH technologies has launched its latest-version of it PUSH SDK for iOS and Android developers. Alerts, reminders and campaigns via push notification, SMS, instant message & email can all be sent out using the company’s technology. The SDK enables Android & iOS app developers provide multi-channel delivery of real-time notifications. The SDK really does support a wide cross section of iOS and Android mobile OS releases. It has support for support for Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) – 5.0 (lollipop) and for iOS developers not only does it support iOS 8 but the Swift language, too. Continue reading

New Brit gig app has multiple flaws

App’s authors new another roll of the Dice

Here @ GoMo News, we’d argue that carefully picking an app name is essential for success. Sadly, a new UK gig booking site neglected this cardinal rule by picking the name -Dice. There are already a multitude of Android apps on Google Play with the same or similar name – thanks to the popularity of gaming/gambling apps. If the app’s co-creator, Phil Hutcheon, thinks the old adage – KISS [Keep It Simple Stupid] still applies then he’s very much mistaken. This app is no more than a highly selective gig list with a booking feature bolted on. Big Deal. Compare Dice’s app to Lemonrock’s Android app. Continue reading