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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.

far superior to crowd-sourcing apps - carter GWS adds app to its network test solutions

If-you-can’t-beat-em-join-em approach to network testing

Even the most established players in the cellular industry can come under pressure from the power of the mobile app, it seems. So taking the if-you-can’t-beat-em-join-em approach, Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) is now offering its mobile diagnostic app for Android in the UK. Now GWS has a history of providing cellular network testing and diagnostics as long as your arm. And being US based, the company has an advantage because it had to produce solutions for iDen, TDMA and cdmaOne – not just GSM. Which helps when mobile network operators [MNOs] are making big leaps in technology from 2G and 3G over to 4G/LTE. GoMo News had a cosy chat with GWS’s Dr Paul Carter about the app. Continue reading

Chinese office to be powerhouse - poulsen Chinese MVNOs big lure for mobile connectivity firm

Tweaker eyes up 25+ MVNOs coming onto Chinese market

As regular GoMo News will already know, the tide is turning against the established mobile phone makers – such as Samsung and Apple, towards local handset manufacturers in emerging markets. So focusing on China makes a great deal of sense for numerous reasons. Brands like BlackBerry and Apple already have their products made in China under contract, for example. Plus there is a new phenomenon just emerging in the Chinese market – the rise of the MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator]. Which is why handset connectivity software specialist, Tweakker has just announced a new focus on the region. Continue reading

once upon a time there was a skype client for bb7 Microsoft could well release Skype for BlackBerry Playbook

Stranger things have happened in the mobile marketplace

Here at GoMo Towers we’ve been mulling over the various unholy [unlikely] alliances that have sprung up in the mobile space of late. One of these is the link between BlackBerry and Microsoft. Formerly arch rivals, BlackBerry finally did Microsoft a favour this month [August 2014] by releasing a client for its instant messaging [IM] service – BBM, which works under Windows Phone 8 [WP8]. That event was some six months after GoMo News had predicted it would happen here. Now Skype (which is owned by Microsoft) already offers a software client which will run on BB10 devices. But GoMo News feels that it might also produce a version for legacy BlackBerry devices which would, of course, include BlackBerry’s original tablet – the PlayBook. Continue reading

radioplayer to the rescue Beeb surprise backer of updated Radioplayer app

Finally helps GoMo tFinally helps GoMo tune in to Chill radio again

Here at GoMo News we are big fans of a music station which is called ‘Chill‘ for obvious reasons because that’s the kind of music it offers. Now in the past, we’ve been able to access this station by various means. But lately, it has proved nearly impossible to listen to this Internet radio station via an ordinary browser. We’re not entirely sure why. In our search for a solution we came across an app named Radioplayer – which is designed to enable users to listen to a wide range of digital stations across the UK. The big surprise for us was the fact that the BBC [Beeb] is a backer/benefactor of this app.une in to Chill radio again

Here at GoMo News we are big fans of a music station which is called ‘Chill’ for obvious reasons because that’s the kind of music it offers. Now in the past, we’ve been able to access this station by various means. But lately, it has proved nearly impossible to listen to this Internet radio station via an ordinary browser. We’re not entirely sure why. In our search for a solution we came across an app naked Radioplayer – which is designed to enable users to listen to a wide range of digital stations across the UK. The big surprise for us was the fact that the BBC [Beeb] is a surprise backer/benefactor of this app. Continue reading

use the chant, luke Charge your phone & answer it in bathroom

Solution for Brits with no mains outlets in the washroom

Over here in Blighty [England], there’s a perennial problem of what to do if your mobile phone has run out of charge but you still need to answer it. Plus – worst of all, you need to be in the bathroom [washroom] so you can shave to get to work, for example. The laws in the UK prevent anyone installing electrical outlets for anything other than an electric shaver. So you can’t plug you mobile phone in anywhere in the bathroom. And, of course, you can’t shower or shave if you have a Bluetooth headset attached to your ear! We found the answer courtesy of the Chant Bluetooth speaker from the House of Marley. Continue reading

data up the spout - kerr Danger of bill shock from EE’s new 4G roaming

uSwitch’s Rob Kerr – what’s more important cheaper or faster?

Whilst it is undoubtedly good news that those Brits on EE’s network in the UK can now roaming using 4G in 14 extra countries, one prominent industry analyst warns there is still a danger of bill shock. EE has added 13 new countries to the list of territories where 4G will be available today [August 21st 2014]. South Korea will be launched on August 22nd [2014]. Prior to this, customers could 4G roam in France and Spain, where roaming agreements were launched back in March [2014] . EE announced inbound 4G roaming for travellers from the USA visiting the UK way back in December 2013. The company says these deals are the latest in a series of outbound roaming agreements that will allow EE customers to enjoy 4G speeds in 16 of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Continue reading

jetpac's web site announcement Google’s acquisition of AI tech Jetpac sounds alarms

Better download the City Guides iOS app fast before it goes

The news leaked out from San Francisco based, Jetpac, was being acquired by Google way before the search giant confirmed the fact itself. JetPac is an artificial intelligence (AI) firm specialising in deep learning technology. To date, the company has been know for the three apps it offers Apple iOS users via the iTunes app store. The chief of these is City Guides. You’d better download it fast because Jetpac announced on its own web site that it is going to pull the app shortly and stop actively supporting it from September 15th [2014]. That’s one reason to panic. The other concerns Jetpac’s ability to spy on your photos. Continue reading

ibm had finerprint recognition back in 2004 Next iPads will have fingerprint recognition

Should also be packed slid with IBM sourced apps

Cupertino’s finest – Apple, thrives on the hype it manages to create amongst its loyal followers – the Apple fanbois. It also relies on intense media speculation about its forthcoming products such as the alleged iPhone 6 which should make its appearance on September 9th [2014]. Given that the products are actually made by contractors in China, you’d kind of expect major leaks of photos showing what its new products look like but to date there’s been nothing which looks 100 per cent genuine. So instead, Apple fanbois have been contenting themselves with rumours about the next generation of iPad branded tablets. Which might be launched separately in October [2014]. And feature fingerprint recognition plus software sourced from IBM. Continue reading

won't earn EE any points - kerr uSwitch’s Kerr attacks EE’s priority queuing

Creating a two-tier system isn’t going to earn EE any Brownie points

It appears that UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE,has quietly introduced a two-tier system for those calling to ask for advice from its call centre agents. In the UK, EE currently runs the branded networks of T-Mobile and Orange, as well as using the EE name for its own 4G operations. According to reports, the service has been available for a week to contract customers on SIM-only plans. Callers can apparently go to the front of the queue for a one-off fee of 50 pence. Rob Kerr, a leading mobile expert who now works for uSwitch.com, has branded the move as “adding insult to injury.” Continue reading

agreements with american MVNOs - markin Top Connect is continuing its drive to build customerbase in USA

Show time in Las Vegas from brains behind TravelSim

The leader player in the mobile roaming niche market, Top Connect is continuing its drive to build its customerbase in USA. The brains the TravelSim product is planning to showcase its offering by targeting US mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] as potential US distributors. Hence the company has announced that it will exhibiting its world leading ‘call back’ product at The PrePaid Press Expo show. This event is being held in Las Vegas, USA on 18th-20th August [2014]. Continue reading

battery probs with moto g after update GoMo experiences battery drain issues with Moto G update

We need to install some serious tools after KiTKat 4.4.4 upgrade

Initially, here at GoMo Towers we were over the moon [joyous] when our loan Moto G from Motorola received the message that an update existed that would take this iconic smartphone up to the very latest version of the Android mobile OS – v4.4 KitKat. We’d hoped for significant improvements and in one sense we weren’t disappointed. We really like the Updated Phone dialler. However, the downside was that the poor little Moto G’s processor almost went into meltdown mode (literally). The handset got very hot an battery life dropped sub 12 hours. So we got in touch with Motorola. Continue reading

GoMo proves that Reviveaphone really does work

Our Cat B15 was a bit beyond redemption, though

When we first learnt of the concept behind a product called Reviveaphone, here at GoMo Towers we thought it was a brilliant idea. An answer to the handset industry’s worst nightmare – the fact that so many smartphones stop working through excessive exposure to water. The number of times a handset accidentally falls into a water closet (flushing toilet) is unbelievably high. The consequence? The smartphone owner loses a device that can be worth at least £400. Hence, paying £14.99 for a solution that can revive a ‘water damaged’ mobile phone seems like a bargain. Especially if it works. And in our case, we were able to prove that it really does do what it claims on the packaging. Continue reading

oneplus one - designed on an apple? OnePlus has missed a trick by bundling Google apps

GoMo had big hopes for this CyanogenMod based handset

When we first heard that there was a handset being shipped with a version of the CyanogenMod mobile OS, here at GoMo Towers we got quite excited. That’s because we like the software and until now, ordinary consumers had to go through the complicated process of ‘rooting’ the handset to get it. However, OnePlus (which is part of the Chinese group – Oppo) has done a deal to ship its much-hyped ‘One’ handset with CyanogenMod version 11. [Not a first because the Oppo N1 shipped with CyanogenMod]. Anyway, the one thing we knew about CyanogenMod is that it doesn’t come as standard with all of Google’s apps. Sadly, the One does so we think OnePlus has missed a big trick. Continue reading

Leef Bridge 3.0 Leef solves the PC to Android content moving problem

Easily watch downloaded videos on an Android device

As anyone who has owned an Android based device will know, moving content between a handset or tablet and other device formats (such as Mac & PCs) is an infuriating process. Standard practice is to transfer files as email attachments or to use cloud services such as SkyDrive. Or mess around with Bluetooth or Wi-fi. Well the folks at Leef obviously had a brainwave and have come up with a nifty little solution in the shape of the Leef’s Bridge 3.0. Which will shortly become available in the UK. Continue reading

Brits update world leading fantasy footie app

GoMo meets team in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub

One of the main reasons why GoMo News trekked up to London’s Waterloo area was the fact that we were meeting in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub. Where you can order your drinks on an iPad. But we also wanted an insight into the thinking of a currently successful mobile game developer. And as such managed a cozy chat with Des O’Connor, a producer with Square Enix which has just released Champ Man 15. This is a world leading fantasy footie app and apparently ’15′ will appear first in the Apple iTunes App Store. Why this developer is releasing the iOS version first (rather than the Android version) totally eluded us. Continue reading