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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.

savings for users have soared  - markin Roaming specialist hits its 2014 targets 62 days early

Top Connect’s TravelSim service now has 5m+ users

Claiming to be the only pre-paid service to offer quality communications at unbeatable rates, Top Connect has announced that its TravelSim roaming service has hit its 2014 targets two months early. It can now boast a customerbase of  five million who collectively have saved over $280 million in roaming charges. This compares with a userbase of 3.6 million at Q1 2014 which generated collective savings of just over $200 million in 2013. The company puts its success down partly to attending key industry events in order to recruit quality distributors. Continue reading

Failo_logo Feelings running high in taxi apps war

Cabbies being urged to “Delete the app and win back revenue”

Here in the UK capital (London) feelings are running high as there is heightened tension around the use of mobile phone apps by consumers. The arch enemy in all of this this – (as far as GoMo News was aware) being the Uber app. This US-based service has angered London Cabbies [Black taxi cab drivers] who complain that the app gets around existing regulations intended to protect passengers. Added to this there are scare stories emerging about the behaviour of Uber drivers. For example, a Californian site, Valleywag, ran one about a woman abducted by an Uber driver here. But even the Hailo app which is aimed at Hackney Carriage drivers is upsetting London Cabbies, it seems. Continue reading

underlying appcosts still rising - alder Apple’s iPhone 6 & iOS 8 increase loyal app user cost by 34%

Fiksu’s Indexes show how latest launches affect developers’ costs

A massive increase (34 per cent) in the cost to developers of maintaining loyal app users has just been reported by Fiksu. The latest Fiksu Indexes (for September 2014). The company is blaming the rise on the impact of iOS 8 and new iPhone 6/6 Plus launches on app marketing. Fiksu says that whilst it reports onthe increase month-over-month and year-over-year, “it is important to note that there is more enthusiasm for devices and apps than ever before.” Not all of it is down to Apple. Events in the Android world will have some influence. However, Cost Per Loyal User (CPLU) on Android dropped to $0.08, down 10 per cent month-over-month and 9 per cent year-over-year. Continue reading

Brit rails against Apple’s baseless trademark dispute

Given up trying to sue Amazon so why us says Rust?

A tiny Brit company is complaining bitterly at the tactics of California’s finest – Apple, which appears determined to secure the English word ‘app’ as its own trademark. Tony Rust, md with Apt Projects which owns the TCM Big App Store has told GoMo News that Apple’s attempt to prevent it using the trademark ‘TCM Big App Store’ is totally baseless; an absolute farce; and misuse of process. “After receiving Apple’s 77 page detailed document of opposition to our TCM Big App Store trade mark application,” Rust revealed, “Our researchers turned up a mass of references which clearly show that in July 2013 Reuters reported that, “The long dispute between Apple and Amazon over the term ‘App Store’” had come to an end. The upshot was that Apple agreed to end the lawsuit with promises from Amazon not to countersue.” The joke is that the ‘apps’ which TCM sells don’t even run on an iPhone or a Macintosh – they are meant forPCs and/or servers. Continue reading

we're poised to ride this wave - davies Adbrain recruits Paolo Pironi as European director

Former Googler worked on AdWords, YouTube & DoubleClick

Paolo Pironi, a former Googler has just been hired to lead Adbrain’s business development across EMEA markets. Pironi joins Adbrain as EMEA director of business development. His remit is to help the company grow its business and secure strategic commercial partnerships in the UK and beyond. Pironi has a strong background in digital advertising and programmatic, having spent almost five years of his early career at Google, working across AdWords, YouTube, and DoubleClick products. More recently, he served as business development director at Videoplaza – a popular digital video ad serving company among European commercial Broadcasters. There Pironi took its video SSP proposition from beta launch to full-scale commercialisation globally. Continue reading

Anything goes social network could displace Facebook

Ello, ello, ello – what do we have here?

Here at GoMo Towers, we thought that the most famous thing to come out of Burlington, Vermont [USA] was Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Now it seems that the Green Mountain State could have given birth to a Facebook-killer in the shape of the Ello social network. The social network’s motto is “Simple, beautiful and ad-free”. And it could pose a big threat to the likes of Facebook if Net surfers genuinely get fed up with feeding their personal data to the likes of Google and Facebook so that advertisers can target them more effectively. The only snag is that to get onto Ello currently is best achieved by being recommended by a friend. Bizarrely that a model which Gmail originally adopted. Continue reading

snapchat_ads Snapchat takes advertising for US based users

Warns it’s going to feel a little weird at first

Over the weekend of the 18th-19th October [2014], Snapchat decided to test the waters by accepting advertising for its users in the USA. This is what the firm said in its official blog …. “This weekend we’re placing an advertisement in ‘Recent Updates’ for Snapchatters in the USA. It’s the first time we’ve done anything like this because it’s the first time we’ve been paid to put content in that space.” The move didn’t surprise some observers. according to eMarketer, mobile advertising will total $18.99 billion in the USA this year [2014], up 78 per cent from $10.67 billion in 2013. Continue reading

people go straight to mobile - kordestani Google looking strong in emerging markets

Android One is particularly key for India

When Google announced its Q3 earnings recently, the results disappointed most industry analysts. Google’s worse than expected performance has been blamed on a slow down in paid click-through revenue. However, one of the areas that Google is looking strong is their mobile strategy in emerging markets. As Google chief business officer, Omid Kordestani, commented, “Emerging markets are fundamentally different from developed. In countries like Indonesia [currently BlackBerry's stronghold - Ed.], people go straight to mobile. That’s why you see us launch things like Android One.” Here Marco Veremis, Upstream’s CEO, comments on the earnings what Google is doing right in their approach to emerging markets – especially in India. Continue reading

GoMo desperately seeks alternative live F1 audio feed

BBC blatantly ignores the first B in its acronym

The BBC is absolutely accustomed to receiving accusations of bias. But GoMo News thinks it might be perpetuating a first – criticising the media company for a lack of positive discrimination towards British athletes. Yes, we can safely say that the BBC’s Formula One [F1] commentary for the first ever Russian Grand Prix (October 12th 2014) barely made any mention of Jenson Button and was forced to make the occasional observation about fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton mainly because Lewis (who drives for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team) led the race from start to finish and eventually won it. Consequently, here at GoMo News we are urgently seeking a source of live coverage for the next F1 race (in English) which is broadcast for free on the Net. We’ll listen via mobile whilst images are displayed using old-fashioned broadcast TV media. Continue reading

jimmy_wales Wiki man goes global with non-GSM network

So your handset won’t roam onto TPO when visiting the USA

“Everything I have done is global, so we should be thinking global from Day One,” Jimmy Wales told the Sunday Telegraph. The man who is credited with starting Wikipedia was talking about his involvement with The People’s Operator (TPO)- a UK MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] which has a USP of giving 10 per cent of its revenues to charity. He’s decided to help the fledgling company break into the crucial USA market. However, he’s decided to do so through US operator – Sprint. GoMo News chuckled when we learnt this because Sprint uses cdmaOne technology so Brits travelling abroad won’t be able to roam onto the US equivalent of TPO. The vats majority of the world’s cellular networks use GSM technology. If Mr Wales had just looked on Wikipedia he’d have found GSM has at least a 90 per cent share of the cellular market. Let’s hope Mr Wales has more luck in picking charities to support TPO USA than the UK version did. Continue reading

csr circuit board CSR could still be hopeful of bid from Apple

Extends deadline for a bid from Microchip Technology

CSR has extended the deadline for any further bid from US-based Microchip Technology to October 15th [2014] “to enable the parties to conclude their ongoing discussions” the company said in a statement. As GoMo News previously reported here, CSR rejected Microchip’s initial approach as too low. NSB’s analysts have suggested the value of the CSR could be as high as $2.7 billion. We still believe that Apple might come forward with its own bid because CSR’s chips form a critical part of certain of its products. Continue reading

caudwell - completely shocked Phones 4U High Street presence is carved up

EE and Vodafone move in on prized UK retail outlets

It was almost inevitable. When the UK’s second largest mobile phone retailing chain, Phones 4u, went into administration on September 15th [2014], it was obvious who would step in. And two of the UK’s main mobile network operators [MNOs] – EE and Vodafone have done just that. Vodafone agreed to purchase of 140 Phones 4u stores ( saving 887 jobs) last Friday [September 19th 2014]. And today EE – which trigger the administration by refusing to renew its contact with Phones 4U, has agreed to purchase 58 stores, safeguarding 359 jobs. This outcome follows the fact that Phones 4u’s arch rival, Dixons Carphone, had announced that it was purchasing 160 outlets and agreeing to take on 800 staff from existing stores operating inside the former Dixons stores. Continue reading

Amazon introduces Kindle with free 3G

Should be OK as long as no-one hacks it for tethering

Amongst all of the hype surrounding the launch of new mobile devices today [September 19th 2014] from Amazon comes one model which is bundled with free 3G. That’s right. Free 3G. The device in question is the Kindle Voyager. Now it is going to take some time for us to trawl through the small print on this offer but in the meantime Amazon is promising free cellular coverage in over 100 countries and territories. It’s a great idea as long as hackers don’t find of way of enabling other devices to share the free 3G link. Continue reading

dave_evans GoMo mourns loss of our journalist – Dave Evans

Far more than just a good financial news hound

It’s with great sadness that the team here at GoMo News has to announce the loss of our financial correspondent – Dave Evans. He finally lost a long battle with cancer on Saturday 13th September [2014]. For this publication, Dave has served us as a long established commentator on both the IT and cellular industries. His current focus was on share price trends within the mobile/cellular sector. However, Dave was far more than just a good financial news hound. he was a skilled writer and displayed an excellent sense of humour as witnessed by the first story Dave wrote for us ‘What The Butler Saw‘. Dave’s keen eye for a story and speed of copy delivery will be sorely missed here at GoMo News. Continue reading

Biggest winner from the latest Apple hype is NFC

And consequently the NFC Bootcamp in New York, New York winds too

Here at GoMo Towers we’re not quite sure why Apple held out against NFC [Near Field Communication] for so long but its decision to include the technology inside the iPhone 6 will have plenty of beneficiaries. We looked around for the most obvious winner from Apple Pay and decided it must be the guys behind the NFC Bootcamp to be held in New York, New York [USA]. The NFC Bootcamp covers the latest technology, innovations and trends affecting both businesses and consumers including Apple Pay. And the best bit is that it is only a week away. Continue reading