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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.

wifi_calling iPhones are compatible with EE’s WiFi calling service

No clear indication that it is UMA based, though

It seems that leading UK MNO [mobile network operator] EE has finally decided to join the Wi-fi offloading camp by offering a new service called WiFi Calling. The company openly admits that this capability is initially severely restricted. But it has mistakenly given the impression that the service is limited to Android and Windows Phone based devices only. The reality is that most recent Apple iPhone are also capable of enjoying the service. This development leaves Vodafone as the only UK MNO presently not offering a Wi-fi offloading solution. Although GoMo News would argue that its femtocell based Sure Signal offering is extremely similar. Continue reading

- lawson-stratham Apple is working with Brits on iPhone fuel cell

Could have major implications for markets like India

Rumours have emerged recently that Apple is working with a British technology company has developed a  hydrogen fuel cell that is small enough to be factory fitted inside one of its smartphones. The company is Intelligent Energy and in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph here, Intelligent Energy’s CFO, Dr Mark Lawson-Stratham, mentioned working with a partner. He said while the tech is still a couple of years away from being ready for the general public, “But it’s about how quickly does our partner want to press the button and get on with it?” Naturally, with Apple be notoriously harsh to suppliers who leak information, the company refused to confirm that the smartphone manufacturer was Apple. However, Intelligent Energy has strong links with Apple which already sells its Upp fuel cell charger in its stores. The technology has, of course, major benefits for emerging markets such as India, where traditional mains electricity supplies can prove difficult to find. A whole new market for reusable cartridge could open up for retailers, too. Continue reading

it's working and ready to go - winand Fuel cells to put India MNO on cutting edge technology

GoMo News suspects the MNO in question is Ascend Telecom

A UK based company, Intelligent Energy, has apparently struck a deal to deploy its fuel cell technology to power cellular base stations in India, according to a recent report in The Sunday Telegraph. The deal will make India the first country to deploy this cutting-edge technology within the cellular industry. Intelligent Energy will apparently replace up to 26,000 diesel generators with fuel cells. The newspaper didn’t name which Indian based mobile network operator [MNO} will utilise its products but . GoMo News. discovered that the company has been participating in trials with Ascend Telecom in Uttar Pradesh West. Continue reading

- williams Invisible mobile ads could increase demand for adblocking

AdBlock Plus has found way of offering its Adblock browser for Android on Google Play

According to Ben Williams, head of operations with Adblock Plus, a recent study from Forensiq focused on fraud detection revealed that thousands of mobile applications in both Google and Apple’s apps stores misled marketers. They did so by loading invisible adverts that cannot be seen by users, and in doing so costing the marketing and advertising industry an estimated $1 billion a year. His company says that the findings from this report supports further evidence that advertising fraud is spreading rapidly from online to the mobile app advertising market – which is expected to grow by up to 50 per cent to almost $21 billion this year in the USA alone. Continue reading

tessier Mobile ad veteran Tessier joins adsquare

Organiser of MobileDrinks & AppDays

Mobile ad industry veteran, Vincent Tessier has joined adsquare as vp for demand partnerships. With more than 10 years of experience in media and mobile, Vincent has been prominent on French digital landscape since the early 2000s – having worked at AOL, Cellfish Media, Trademob and most recently LAPLACEMEDIA. “Very few companies are able to offer what adsquare is offering to our market, empowering unprecedented targeting possibilities, especially in Europe,” Tessier observed. He is well known within the mobile community for initiatives such as marketingmobile.co (his blog); organising MobileDrinks meetups and for AppDays, which claims to be the largest conference about mobile and apps in France. Continue reading

UK imprisons 30 per annum over propaganda theft

Pay up for the Beeb licence or else

Shocking statistics have emerged on how the UK government persecutes those who refuse to pay their annual subscription fee for its propaganda arm – the BBC [British Broadcasting Corporation], otherwise known as the Beeb. Curiously it seems that women are the most reluctant to pay for their indoctrination. Seventy per cent of 178,300 people prosecuted in 2013 were women. It is not known how many of the 30 or so people who are sent to prison every year for refusing to pay the £1,000/$1,564 fine for failure to pay the annual fee of £149.50/$234 were women. The harsh reality, however, is that publications such as GoMo News have to pay that fee to enable services such as bbc.co.uk/news to compete against us. The good news is that the Tory [conservative] party’s Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, has finally called for non-payment to be decriminalised. Continue reading

charge my mobile box is already ticked GoMo accidentally places bet using Payforit

Pen in pocket bets with i.wintheprize.uk

Here at GoMo Towers, we’d have to recommend opting out your handset from the UK’s Payforit mobile payment service at present. That’s because we appear to have placed a bet whilst driving along. Which means the pen in our pocket managed to bet £8 with i.wintheprize.uk. When we tried to track down the operator of this service, we had a great deal of trouble. The company is called BigWin Ltd and a spokesperson told us, “Obviously the pen in your pocket entered the competition.” It’s a shame to recommend this negative action because we’d used Payforit originally to purchase a bus ticket. Won’t be doing that again in a hurry. Continue reading

threeuk Hutchison will push EU hard for 3 & O2 UK merger

Combined UK MNO big enough to take on Vodafone

It seems that Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa – which built the 3 (Three) mobile network in the UK will be urging the European Commission to permit its acquisition of UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] – O2.  The company built the 3 network in the UK and is looking to merge it with its rival UK  MNO in an £12.5 bllion merger. GoMo News first reported the rumouurs back in January [2015] – see ‘More hints that 3UK might take over O2‘. The figures make a compelling argument.  Three  has circa 12.2 per cent of the UK’s mobile network spectrum whilst O2 has around 15.2 per cent. Combined they’d have 27.4 per cent compared to Vodafone’s 27.5 per cent.You know it makes sense. Continue reading

collaborating with like-minded people - smith Mind Candy teams up with YouTube DJs for hit game

7 Second Challenge already sits @ No.2 in USA & UK charts

It seems that Mind Candy has hit on a great formula for creating a chart topping game. The company claims the ‘The 7 Second Challenge’ app is now in the Number Two position for UK and USA paid downloads. The Challenge is the work of YouTube giants (DJs) – Dan and Phil, who currently have over 10 million subscribers across their channels. Plus more than 700 million views on their videos as well as millions of followers on their social networks. They’ve now collaborated with Mind Candy to bring it to smartphones as an all new mobile game. Continue reading

web site recall message EE forced to recall portable chargers batch

E1-06 hasn’t helped UK MNO with customer retention

UK leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, doesn’t seem to be having much luck with its ‘Power Bar’ customer retention scheme. GoMo News would speculate that this marketing project was aimed at retaining high-to-medium spending customers. Sadly, however, anyone with a Power Bar – the portable mobile charger, with a batch number of E1-06, needs to return the device to EE PDQ [Pretty Damn Quick]. That’s because EE has noticed a number of cases where these chargers could potentially overheat and therefore constitute a fire risk. Continue reading

diego_reunion Plane debris points to Diego Garcia as MH370 intended destination

Aussies were searching sea 3,000 miles from La Reunion

Here at GoMo Towers, we always have been ready to entertain any theories as to what actually happened to lost Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Now it seems that what looks very definitely part of a Boeing aircraft has washed up on the French held island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Which is something like 3,000 miles away from where the Australians have been searching for the missing plane. However, the item of wreckage is reportedly covered in barnacles which is consistent with it being in the water for a significant period of time. Look at the maps of sea currents which other news stories have featured and it is easy to see that the aircraft part could easily have drifted from Diego Garcia – the island which is part of the British Indian Ocean territory. But used as an airbase by the USA. Why has the USA so consistently pooh-poohed [discredited] the reports that an aircraft was spotted flying low over the island and could have been the missing flight? Continue reading

gomo puts motog in fish tank & it survived Motorola’s new handsets go heavy on low power consumption

Pretty impressive waterproof demo as well

We didn’t get the chance to mention in our initial story here – concerning the three new Moto handset launches from Motorola, about how much value the former Number One mobile handset maker is now placing on battery technology. You see, it’s not just about battery life. It’s about speed of recharging, too. Which is why Motorola went very heavy on the speed at which its new handsets can be recharged. It’s all down to the company’s TurboPower fast charging capabilities, apparently. Which can get you back up and running again from an empty battery to sensible normal usage levels in something like 15 minutes. For some reason, Motorola seems appears to have picked on the Samsung Galaxy S6 for comparison purposes but its handsets win hands down. But Motorola’s battery life claims are nonetheless impressive. As was the demo of the waterproofness of the latest incarnation of the Moto G. Continue reading

2 days battery life - hayes New Motorola handsets can cut MNOs & channel out of loop

Heavy emphasis place on 2 day battery life, too

And so to The Brewery in the City of London [England], where the GoMo News team has been attending the biggest launch of Moto products – ever. There were simultaneous events in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and NYC, USA – incidentally. The newly invigorated Motorola introduced not one but three new smartphones today [July 28th 2015]. A new Moto G, the Moto X Style and the Moto X play. (And no new watch). One of the new models – confusingly still called the Moto G also goes on sale globally today [July 28th 2015]. Cutting through the hype, GoMo News sees to major themes here: – massive stress placed on battery life and the ability to bypass any reliance on the MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] to ‘range’ their handsets. Continue reading

nothing to see here Heathrow needs a new mobile web site – not runway

Even falling behind Gatwick in mobile friendliness

A few days ago [July 2015], the GoMo News team experienced a definite case of deja vu when we logged onto the official Heathrow Airport  (LHR) site for London, England. We’ve grown completely accustomed to checking up on the status of incoming flights. Being GoMo News, naturally, we access the site via a mobile phone’s browser – in this case our loan Motorola Moto G. With a 4G cellular connexion, access times are as good if not better than a Wi-fi connexion. Imagine our disappointment, therefore, when we encountered a redesigned web site which instead of being more mobile friendly – bucked the trend by becoming even less usable. A while back [August 2013], the GoMo News team heavily criticised the web site for rival London airport Gatwick (GAT) in ‘Gatwick Airport site suddenly becomes user unfriendly‘. This latest development has made Gatwick’s site seem positively mobile friendly by contrast. Heathrow doesn’t need a new runway – it needs world class web designers. Continue reading

Jacob_Barlebo Tweakker appoints Jacob Barlebo to lead IOT sales drive

Device connectivity leader strengthens its senior management team

Tweakker – the device connectivity leader, has appointed Jacob Barlebo  as a vp for sales to lead the company’s device connectivity and IOT sales drives. These drives will encompass traditional and emerging MNO [Mobile Network Operator] and MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] markets. Prior to taking up his new position, Barlebo was sales and marketing director for MVNO CRM & billing platform provider CDRator. In this role he was selling CRM & BSS solutions to global mobile network operators, mobile virtual network enablers (MVNEs) and mobile virtual network operators world-wide. Continue reading