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.

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

Watch out for NFC in Apple’s product announcements

Finally to do a U-turn about a technology it didn’t invent

Until today, Cupertino-based Apple has been pretty vocal in its dismissal of NFC [Near Field Communication] as a key technology in the mobile space. GoMo News has always maintained that Apple was instead keen on pumping up its AirDrop (Wi-fi based) technology instead. Comments by Apple’s Phil Schiller have always been taken to mean that the company has on intention of incorporating it. But the rumour mill insists NFC will be inside the iPhone 6 and maybe even an iWatch. According to Ovum, Apple might complete a full U-turn and make the NFC sector its own! Continue reading

lines' idezawa will be key speaker Multi-platform event – Apps World moves London venue

Relocates from Earls Court to ExCel for 2014

In its fifth year, Apps World Europe is changing venues from London’s Earls Court exhibition centre to the high tech ExCel venue in the UK capital’s trendy Docksland area. Regular GoMo News readers will recall how one of the first apps shows in Britain – Symbian World used to be held in ExCel. By contrast, of course, Apps World prides itself in being the leading global multi-platform event in the mobile industry with annual shows held in San Francisco as well as London. Next year [2015] will see the first Apps World Germany to be held in Berlin, too. Continue reading

Skyep+pchome GoMo forced to watch YouTube to get Skype help

Our Skype account gets tagged to a Taiwanese web site

Here at GoMo Towers, we’ve been facing absolute chaos with our Skype account. It got ‘tagged’ to PC Home which is Skype’s partner in Taiwan or China. We’re not quite sure how it happened but escaping the mess has proved unbelievably complex and impossible to date. Despite the fact that Skype (now owned by Microsoft) is a voice call supplier, you can’t actually speak to an agent. We decided that the answer was to use Skype’s Live Chat Support service. In order to access Live Chat we first had to watch an independently produced help video on YouTube (see below). Continue reading

sign our petition - see below GoMo calls for WhatsApp to offer N73 client

Or maybe Nokia India will help out

Although the smartphone was discontinued on 25th April 2006, Nokia’s N73 still proves hugely popular amongst Indian consumers. However, these N73 users continue to be frustrated because this particular device is incapable of running the leading IM [Instant Messaging] app – WhatsApp. Consequently GoMo News is constantly bombarded with requests for information on this subject. We’ve gone to great lengths to create a special Nokia N73 & WhatsApp Help Page forthose seeking to load this app. The bad news is that you can’t run WhatsApp on the Nokia N73 at present. Presently, there’s a new twist readers are currently begging GoMo News to create a WhatsApp client that will run on the N73. Hence, we’re appealing to WhatsApp to modify their code so it can run on this classic Nokia handset. Continue reading

video ads to increase dramatically - yong Citrix’ latest report show mobile video’s importance

Those meerkat people 1st in UK with Facebook video ads

In its bi-annual analysis of mobile usage and experience worldwide, the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report shows a significant increase in the use of mobile video over 2013. This applies to advertising as well as entertainment, which is trending towards video ads away from banner ads, indicative of the power of video ads to engage an audience. For example, comparethemarket.com [not comparethemeerkat.com – Ed.] became the first UK brand to run Facebook Premium Video ads. Additionally, Twitter has introduced promoted video, and Instagram launched video ads. The latest report also finds that mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on 3G networks. Continue reading

hi - dharia Ovum expects little EC opposition to Facebook/WhatsApp tie up

SMS cannibalisation and pending WhatsApp VoIP are the issues

At the request of Facebook itself, The European Commission (EC) has begun its investigation into Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. Facebook itself wants to ensure an uninterrupted functioning of the service post the acquisition throughout Europe. The EC has requested feedback on the deal from key regulators, mobile operators and OTT players. By approaching the EC directly, Facebook hopes to address any concerns at a macro level rather across multiple markets within Europe. “Ovum does not expect the deal to face much trouble due to this investigation but expects further guidelines around personal data protection for WhatsApp users,” observed Neha Dharia, a senior analyst for consumer services with telecoms specialist analyst, Ovum. Instead, SMS cannibalisation and the pending WhatsApp VoIP offering are the main issues. Continue reading

spot the old messenger contacts Microsoft kills off MSN Messenger

Bows to fact that apps are now key to IM popularity

It appears that Microsoft has decided to call a complete halt to its legacy IM [Instant Messaging] service which started out life as MSN Messenger and eventually mutated into Windows Live Messenger. The company seems to be bowing to harsh realities. MSN got its boost because it was bundled with the Windows OS. Today, it is the mobile apps which dictate fashion. Anyway, Microsoft doesn’t really need two separate IM systems. It has an excellent one which came with Skype – a service which it acquired for $8.5 billion (£5.1 billion) back in 2012. The only surviving version of the MSN service is being switched off in mainland China on October 31st [2014] after 15 years. Continue reading

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