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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.

Now ST predicts Sky will become O2 MVNO

There’s no doubt that UK players are taking fourplay seriously

Having successfully predicted that Hutchison would announce a bid for the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operators] O2 as we reported in ‘More hints 3UK might take over O2‘, the Sunday Times newspaper is predicting another Brit tie-up. This time it is a potential MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] deal between BSkyB (which runs Sky) and O2. Rather than with Vodafone.  Which seems a little strange as Sky and Vodafone UK are pretty close. Meanwhile there has been somewhat mixed reaction to the potential 3UK and O2 tie-up amongst analysts such as Juniper Research, IDC and uSwitch which Whampoa finally confirmed here. Continue reading

You’re too late to buy a Google Glass

Google’s AR flagship device too expensive

The news has sneaked out that Google has decided to kill off its flagship AR [Augmented Reality] device (which are spectacles)  in the shape of Glass. GoMo News attempted to purchase what will inevitably become a collector’s item – much like Sir Clive Sinclair’s C5, before the deadline but we were obviously too late. You’re still invited to join the Google Glass Explorer programme here but there was no attempt to extract our credit card details. The Google spin doctors are attempting to paint this defeat in a positive light but it does help to  explain why Apple’s iWatch has yet to appear. The ‘wearables’ market is proving a very difficult nut to crack. Continue reading

consolidation a top priority -fok More hints 3UK might take over O2

Everyone likes UK MNO consolidation

A common reason often given for the USA having overtaken the UK in terms of 4G availability is that there were too many MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] for a country as small as Britain to support. Hence, GoMo News believes that the powers-that-be will relish the thought of another merger between two MNOs in Blighty. Canning Fok, who is md with Hutchison Whampoa which is behind 3UK (Three) almost certainly thinks the same thing. Which is why a £8-9 billion bid for O2 as rumoured yesterday [January 18th 2015] in the Sunday Times would almost certainly get the go-ahead. Shame for the analysts that such a move doesn’t include a ‘fourplay’ element, then. Continue reading

supplying mobile users with aprevention - murphy Brit invents waterproof coating for phones

We seek handset to test out Splash on

Here at GoMo Towers we have just been contacted by our old friends, Reviveaphone. Regular readers will remember this company as the creator of product which fixes phones with water damage – as recommended by us here. The company’s 21 year old founder, Oliver Murphy, has secured investment on the British hit TV show, Dragons Den, for his newest invention called Splash. What it does i to provide a nano coating for smartphones which provides a water resistant shield. Murphy claims that this prevents damage to phones when they come into contact with liquids.All we’ve got to do now is decide which handset to test Splash on. Continue reading

Samsung’s handset division loses its shine

Launches handsets aimed directly at Indian market, though

Fir the first time since 2011, Samsung Electronics has announced an annual profit decline. And the clear culprit was Samsung’s handset division which could even be overtaken by its semiconductor division. In an admission that the Korean World Number One handset maker knows where the key battleground is, the company launched a number of handsets – including the A3 and A5, last week specifically aimed at India. Those are mid-range and entry phones whereas Samsung’s next flagship smartphone – obviously to be called the Galaxy S6, should make an appearance within the next few months? probably at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona we would guess. Continue reading

can prove very costly - boyd Moonpig temporarily halts mobile app purchasing

Security flaw revealed by developer Paul Price

The news broke today [January 6th 2015] that an API flaw with Moonpig’s mobile apps (Android & iOS) has exposed details of 3.6 million customers. The revelation came from developer, Paul Price, who claims to have notified the popular online supplier of personalised greetings card as long ago as August 2013. In response, the company has temporarily suspended purchasing from mobile apps whilst it investigates the allegations. However, Chris Boyd,a malware intelligence analyst with Malwarebytes has told GoMo News that he thinks Moonpig has been too tardy with acting on the provided intelligence. Continue reading

3 adds 2 new destinations to freebie roaming list

Spain and New Zealand now on the list

Showing how seriously Three [3UK] – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] is treating the challenge presented by network roaming,  it has just added to two destinations where  UK travellers are set to enjoy ‘free’ calls. Spain and New Zealand have been added to the list from April 1st 2015. (Sadly that’s after this year’s MWC (Mobile World Congress) takes place in Barcelona).  Three is also giving its UK customers a helping hand by teaming up with Expedia.co.uk to offer 12 per cent  off a pre-paid hotel booking via the UK Expedia app. Continue reading

lei jun - more like gates than jobs Xiaomi’s Lei Jun should be compared to Gates not Jobs

If you have to compare someone to a famous North American, that is

Recently [January 3rd 2015] there was a very interesting profile in the Financial Times [FT] entitled, ‘Lei Jun, China’s smartphone billionaire … The man behind the world’s most valuable start-up“. That’s a reference to the fact that his company has just been valued at $45 billion [£29.3 billion]. The FT mentions the fact that Lei Jun dislikes comparisons between himself and Steve Jobs of Apple fame – something which GoMo News highlighted back in December 2013 here. When we reported that WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell made Lei Jun his hot tip. So as the comparison keeps being made, we reckon that Lei should be compared to Bill Gates rather than Steve Jobs. Continue reading

mike short astonishes gomo Vodafone’s 1st phone call resurrects Motorola false claim

GoMo surprised that Dr Short appears to back this theory

Here at GoMo Towers, we were dumbfounded to receive a Press release appearing to suggest that the IET’s Dr Mike Short backs the claim that Motorola’s Martin Cooper’s made the first mobile call in the USA back in April 1973. The release says Cooper’s was “the first public cellular Mobile call recognised internationally.” We have multiple issues with this claim. Firstly, it wasn’t public because it was part of a lab trial. Secondly it wasn’t cellular because Motorola didn’t have more than one test cell. We just wish that somebody at Ericsson would finally tell GoMo News who made the first call on its public network for Saudi Arabia back in 1981 using a system called NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephony). Continue reading

Latest plane crash proves authorities searching wrong area

Even more conspiracy theories about Flight MH370

Another aircraft tragedy has recently struck in Asia with the loss of AirAsia’s  Flight  QZ8501 off Borneo. However, the fact that the authorities have swiftly recovered both debris and bodies from this ill-fated aircraft throws further suspicions on the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH370. If debris can be found so quickly for QZ8501, why has none ever been recovered for MH370? The obvious answer is that the search for the missing MH370 aircraft has always been in the wrong place. And GoMo News feels that locations such as Vietnam’s coast or Diego Garcia in the Maldives hold more credibility. Continue reading

li & kalanick Uber taxi app won’t find Chinese market easy

Chinese tech giants Tencent & Alibaba offer rival products

It seems that everything isn’t going Uber’s way in the Chinese market, which is despite the fact that Chinese search giant Baidu confirmed that it is Uber’s latest investor last week [December 17th 2014]. The reason is that Uber is up against the Kuaidi Dache app which is backed by Alibaba and against the Didi Dache app from Tencent. Regular GoMo News readers will already be familiar with Tencent’s WeChat product from articles such as ‘N73 users should be Wechatting not Whatsapping‘. As we previously reported here, tencent is China Top Three best recognised brand. Meanwhile Alibaba is China’s answer to eBay and reported almost $300 billion worth of online sales in its year to June 30th [2014].  So Uber has a real fight on its hands. Continue reading

UK banks set for NFC cave-in thanks to Apple

Talking big bucks puts NFC on map

How ironic that a company which held out against the industry-wide enthusiasm for NFC – Apple, has now sown the seeds for British banks to finally cave in. These are the same banks which refused GoMo News a contactless card because of insufficient funds going through the account. But if you own an iPhone 6, apparently, the banks are now going to be fighting for your custom. Apple’s influence can be seen from the terminology now being used. Today it is ‘wave and pay’ whereas for years, the correct expression was contactless payments. Continue reading

Unlike the N73, Nokia’s X6 runs WhatsApp

We’ve even found a site that has the correct file for download

By some kind of historical accident, GoMo News has become the reference point that everyone visits when searching for information on how to run the popular IM [Instant Messaging] app – WhatsApp, on old Nokia handsets. Normally, we’re asked why the N73 won’t run this app and we’ve explained the reasons behind this is very great detail on our Nokia N73 updates & WhatsApp help page. However, we’ve just experienced a new twist. Reader Shaik Humi has just asked us whether his Nokia X6 can run WhatsApp. We’re absolutely convinced that it can. There’s even a site from which you can load the X6 version. Continue reading

GoMo can confirm Lollipop update for UK LG G3

Our man of Bluetooth fame shows off Android v5 to GoMo

Keen GoMo News reader, Roger Newman of Apex Car Hire here in Ewell [UK] has demonstrated his newly upgraded LG G3 handset to us. It is now running Lollipop – Android version 5.0. So reports that owners of LG’s flagship handset will receive the update ahead of other brands have proved to be true. Mr Newman had the upgrade up and running on December 19th [2014]. Roger has previously fed GoMo News with some excellent hot tips such as our story – ‘Bluetooth blues – Nexus 4 users just turn off Wi-fi‘ which proved extremely popular with readers. So when Roger tells us that one side effect of the upgrade is that internet access over cellular has sped up, then we definitely believe him. Reports that battery life has also improved were too early for Mr Newman to confirm but the evidence is pointing that way for sure. Continue reading

Market welcomes the BlackBerry Classic

GoMo News always said emailers need keyboards

It seems that BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has recognised the value of the company’s core skills by launching a handset which harks back to a BlackBerry’s key feature – namely that it boasts a full Qwerty keyboard/keypad. Hence, the Canadian based smartphone supplier has just launched a new model – the BlackBerry Classic. What is it’s USP [Unique Selling Point]? Answer – very obviously the fact that this device isn’t touchscreen driven – it boasts a keyboard. As Rob Kerr, mobiles expert with uSwitch.com observes, “Like its Passport phone, the mobile maker has gone back to its roots with the Classic – furnishing it with the physical keyboard that so many appreciate in the touchscreen era.” Here at GoMo Towers all we can say is – “Told You so”. Continue reading