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.

hosseini - even if it is apple, he couldn't say Oxford Don may hold key to wearables market

He’s invented screens requiring almost zero power – eatyourheartout Apple
hosseini – even if it is apple, he couldn't say
It appears that an Oxford [England] based academic – Dr Peiman Hosseini, may have come up with the solution to the heavy power consumption of high profile wearable devices. [Mentioning no names - apple. Ed] What Hosseini [...]

alan_mamedi Truecaller reaches 200m user milestone & launches new tagging

Feature to add contextual information to contact numbers

Truecaller doubles user base in >10 months & launches Tagging feature to curate intelligent database & adding context to contacts

Press release

November 6th 2015. Truecaller has announced that its global community has reached the 200 million user milestone, doubling its user base in less than 10 months. With this milestone comes a new feature bringing richer information to the screens of Truecaller users around the world – number tagging. Launching immediately on Android, the company’s free phonebook app Truecaller and dial pad replacement app Truedialer will now come equipped with a new option that will let users to tag a contact based on a broad range of categories such as transportation, banking / finance, or drinks and nightlife, making it even easier to ID your Apex minicab driver or your bank. Continue reading

slash OPEX support costs - abhari Tweakker makes important inroad into US MVNO market

Provides its device guides to GIV Mobile

In an important step in its drive into the USA’s MVNO [mobile virtual network operator] market, Tweakker has announced a tie with GIV Mobile. The MVNO claims to be the third oldest no-contract wireless company in the USA – created by PTEL Mobile, its parent company. As the name implies, GIV Mobile donates 8 per cent of the monthly plan amount to the charity of the subscriber’s choice. That’s a bit like the people’s operator (TPO) in the UK which gives 25 per cent.  Crucially, by deploying Tweakker’s device guides on its website, GIV claims to have slashed its OPEX expenditure. Continue reading

Amstrad_E3 Sour grapes as Sugar gets Nokias banned from Beeb

Claims he got BBC to stop prominently displaying WP phones

A very interesting claim has emerged from British peer, Lord Alan Sugar, concerning the removal of visible branding for the GSM handsets used in the popular BBC soap opera – East Enders. He told the Sun on Sunday, “I’ve got them banged to rights.” A Cockney phrase meaning that he’d got clear proof. Namely, that when characters on the BBC show send text SMS messages to each other, it’s very clear that Nokia branded phones are being used. Which is against Beeb[BBC] rules. However, GoMo News can reveal that this is, in fact, sour grapes. His Amstrad E3 videophones got barred from The Apprentice – the Beeb show that Sugar fronts. Continue reading

Screens are obsolete even before installed- mondale Renting tablets/smartphones to airlines is untapped market

Great opportunity for a mobile reseller

Here at GoMo Towers, we think we have just spotted a great opportunity for mobile resellers. Namely, renting out tablets/smartphones for use by airline passengers. The idea was sparked by a story in The Times – ‘Don’t forget your tablet: it’s the end of inflight movies’.  This revealed that a small airline operator, WestJet, is planning to scrap  the installation of traditional in-flight entertainment systems. Instead the airline plans to stream entertainment to passenger’s mobile devices. Which is OK if they remember their devices and they are fully charged. Otherwise it’s a brilliant rental opportunity. Continue reading

the thing that looks like a gear know is the buzzard GoMo checks out in-car 4G sharing

We test out the Buzzard 2 aka Car Wifi

Back in March [2015], here at GoMo Towers we were drawn to an interesting offering from EE – in the shape of the Buzzard 2 aka ‘Car Wifi‘. As we pointed out at the time here, we’d maintain that the ideal market segment for this particular offering is the licensed taxi and minicab community. Who knows, even those drivers associated with the infamous Uber mobile app based car sharing system might be attracted to this product, too? Continue reading

with iphones should not panic  -chisom Don’t panic over iOS 9 hack, Mr Mainwearing

No major worries says MWR InfoSecurity

As part of its Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty programme, Zerodium has offered up to $3 million for anyone who could prove they’ve been able to penetrate the defences of Apple’s latest mobile OS – iOS9. Without revealing the details (yet), Zerodium revealed in a tweet that it had received a successful entry – reputedly winning a $1 million reward from Zerodium. Zero Day hacks are, of course, vulnerabilities which haven’t been made widely publicised and are, of course, very lucrative for the discoverer. However, David Chismon – senior researcher with MWR InfoSecurity believes this isn’t cause for widespread panic amongst Apple fanbois. Continue reading

Moto G not ringing notification glitch cleared up

Quick chat with Motorola’s tech support cures Lollipop upgrade side-effect

It’s nice to see that handset vendor, Motorola, is taking its technical support very seriously – and not just for the latest models. Here at GoMo Towers, we ran into a spot of bother after updating out Moto G (second generation) to the Lollipop (5.0) version of the Android OS. In a nutshell, the handset stopped ringing when we had an incoming call. A quick search on the Net appeared to indicate that this was an old bug – see the Wireless Republic here. Isn’t not a bug. If you can see a star symbol in the notification bar, we have the solution. Continue reading

UK’s Mobile Infrastructure Plan isn’t working out

Rural mast rollout just hasn’t happened

It seems that the UK government’s good intentions in aiming to fund the rollout of cellular/4G to remote areas – so-called ‘not-spots’, just hasn’t worked. Known as the Mobile Infrastructure Plan (MIP), the intention was to provide around £150 million of funding to help build some 600 cellular masts. This initiative started some four years ago [2011] but to date [October 2015] a mere six have actually been completed. The onus is on the two UK mobile network infrastructure providers – Arqiva and the Wireless Infrastructure Group, to get the relevant planning permissions. But the dice are heavily loaded against them. Curiously, one unexpected consequence is that Airwave (the UK TETRA supplier) has been given a stay of execution. Continue reading

TalkTalk breach may aid security software vendors

UK MNOs should look to beef up their customer service systems

The extremely high profile cyber attack on one of the UK’s leading ISPs [Internet Service Providers] could prove good news for those offering security solutions for MNOs’ [Mobile Network Operators] customer service systems. The victim last week [October 2015] was TalkTalk. However, its parent company – the Carphone Warehouse, was a victim of a similar attack back in August [2015] when cyber criminals reputedly gained access to the bank details of 2.4 million customers. That number included some customers of Carphone’s MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] – Here at GoMo Towers we view this latest attack as a wake-up call for MNOs and suggest that UK based MNOs,  should look to beef up their customer service systems. Continue reading

two thirds + of  contract customers now 4g - milsom EE builds on lead as Europe’s largest 4G MNO

Adds 1.7 million accounts in just 3 months

It seems that leading UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, is continuing to acquire new 4G customers at an impressive rate. The operator has added 1.7 million accounts in just three months (up to September 30th 1015). That takes EE’s total 4G customer base to 12.6 million. The company hopes to hit 14 million 4G users by Q1 2016. It has also reached a milestone whereby over 50 per cent (52 per cent)  now have 4G. It attributes part of it 4G growth to tablets and also Apple iPhone sales. Good job, then that EE’s then CEO, Olaf Swantee, met up with Apple’s Tim Cook to ensure the latest iPhone supported EE’s own flavour of 4G (See ‘EE’s Swantee confirms personal intervention over iPhone 5‘). Continue reading

How to: use a car’s auxiliary audio port instead of USB

Trying to stream music to an old British Ford Mondeo

Through a quirk of fate, the GoMo News team has found itself driving around a rather ageing Ford Mondeo saloon car. This vehicle very definitely boasts a factory fitted Bluetooth compatible music system. Sadly, all the music radio stations the system supports are all analogue FM services – not even DAB stations. Logically, therefore, the ideal means of rectifying the situation would be streaming music to the in-car system. In particular we would love to listed to our all-time favourite radio station – Chill, which is only available in broadcast format as DAB or internet. Obviously, we could stream Chill to the car via our Motorola Moto G handset. The only problem? The Mondeo’s system appears to have no obvious way to do this. Enter the ESYNiC Bluetooth audio receiver which has solved the problem. Read on … Continue reading

lolly_502 Motorola continues to support older Moto Gs

New OS update takes 2nd Gen models to 5.0.2 Lollipop

Proving that it hasn’t deserted its loyal fans, long-standing mobile handset supplier, Motorola has just released a new OS software update for Moto G (2nd Gen) by handsets. The handset maker revealed that the latest update cures a ‘Stagefright’ security vulnerability. Here at GoMo Towers, of course, we’d not heard of Stagefright before but assume it must be a well-known threat. In addition to clearing up this possible security weak point, Motorola says the latest version offers valuable OS stability improvements. Given that we’ve accidentally cracked the screen on the latest (3rd Gen) Motorola Moto G, this is very welcome news for us using our 2nd gen model. Particularly since we’d noticed some bugs afflicting this particular version of the Moto G. Continue reading

karl_whitfield Application-to-Person connects more people than any other platform says OpenMarket

SMS is more prevalent than any global language

A recent report from OpenMarket and and Portio Research has found that of the 7.3 billion people worldwide, 6.1 billion use an SMS-enabled phone. This amounts to 84 per cent of the global population – making text/SMS more prevalent than any global language. Moreover, it also means that Application-to-Person (A2P) connects more people than any other platform in human history. OpenMarket argues that this makes SMS the ideal mechanism for businesses to use to communicate with their customers.  The Portio Research report – entitled ‘SMS: The language of 6 billion people‘,  promotes a ‘mobile first’ mind set and the growing emphasis on content personalisation. It also reveals three megatrends that are shaping the way consumers purchase goods and services, and interact with brands. Continue reading

Brit car trading web site experiences major phishing attack

Somehow gave out our mobile phone no.

It seems a relatively low profile UK car trading web site ( has come under attack from some extremely persistent East European hackers. The sophisticated phishing attack nearly persuaded a GoMo News associate to part with her ID and password. The crux of this attack was very clever in that a lack of phone calls in response to a placed advert was painted as a technical issue. And our colleague was invited to “confirm” her advert by the hackers. Theoretically, the recipient shouldn’t have been open to such an attack as she’d chosen to remain anonymous with regard to her phone number which isn’t ‘printed’ anywhere in the advert. But somehow the hackers got to it. Continue reading