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.

car_wifi EE missing marketing trick with Car Wifi

Taxi drivers obvious targets for Buzzard 2

Whilst visiting our local EE retail store, GoMo News happened to spot a leaflet designed to promote the Brit MNO’s [Mobile Network Operator's] own label mobile Wi-fi hotspot device called simply the Buzzard 2 aka Car Wifi. From the text and the advert illustrations, it is clear that the Brit 4G MNO is intending to target families with this device. The typical Buzzard 2 customer would therefore be a parent who wishes to keep his/her children quiet in the back of a car. By providing a mobile Wi-fi connexion, young people can then entertain themselves on a long journey by keeping up with social media, emails and the like. However, taking up this offering is about as clear as mud to the average person. Plus it is aimed at the wrong audience. Continue reading

microsoft band Microsoft could have advantage in wearables

Its smartwatch works with 3 mobile OS

How the world has changed. One time developers could produce their software for just one OS – Microsoft’s Windows. And happily ignore Apple. Now the tables have turned. Everyone’s talking about the Watch – which only works with one OS – Apple’s iOS. So app developers could logically tailor their wares to just the one mobile OS. However, here at GoMo Towers, we think we’ve spotted that Microsoft has some advantages which most observers seem to have overlooked. Its  wearable offering – the Band, works not only with Windows Phone but also with iOS and Android. Plus whilst the Band is geared heavily at fitness – it is still usable as a smartphone. Check out the Band specs here. Continue reading

it isn't true - schmidt Schmidt claims Google Glass isn’t dead after all

It just smells funny *

Like most industry observers, when it became apparent that Google had stopped selling its AR [Augmented Reality] spectacles – Google Glass, GoMo News took that as meaning the project was dead. (See ‘You’re too late to buy a Google Glass’). Not so, apparently. Multiple sources are now quoting an interview given to the Wall Street Journal by Google’s executive chairman – Erich Schmidt. He claimed, “We ended the Explorer [developer] programme and the Press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true.” This time, however, it’s unclear what Google means by the phrase that it is still working on Glass to “make it ready for users”. Continue reading

sure_logo Sure may hold the key to MH370 mystery

The GSM MNO which covers Diego Garcia that is

Here at GoMo Towers when we were browsing the Daily Telegraph web site recently, we spotted an article written one year after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Entitled ‘MH370 one year on: everything you need to know‘, naturally it was a roundup of the most popular conspiracy theories. Reading through them we were struck by how convincing the theory that the plane was flown to Diego Garcia actually is. We’ve always said that the records kept by cellular operators could how the key to where the plane travelled after it made a u-turn. However, we’d never thought to mention Sure – the GSM mobile network operator [MNO] which runs a service that covers Diego Garcia. If the mobile phones of passengers and crew really were ringing days after the aircraft’s disappearance, the Sure network could well have been providing the connexion. Continue reading

BT_logo BT to become 4G MVNO says report

Probably start with SIM-only offering

According to a report in the Sunday Telegraph here, the UK’s entrenched Telco – BT (formerly British Telecom) is all set to announce that it intends to be an MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] for 4G. The service will utilise EE’s 4G network – which is probably why the company chose to buy EE – rather than O2 as GoMo News had always predicted. As BT hopes to acquire EE eventually, the company won’t want all the hassle of selling handsets through stores. So it will probably kick off with a SIM only offering. Which will, of course, mean that BT can finally offer a full ‘fourplay’ option to its customers. Continue reading

developer positions open - helioui Game Connection America claims best year yet

Over 2,700 attendees, nearly 11,983 meetings plus 247 exhibitors

If you weren’t in San Francisco, USA for the first week of March [2015) then you missed Game Connection '15. The organisers claim that the conference had a record-breaking turnout of more than 2,700 attendees and visitors. They participated in no fewer than 11,983 meetings with 247 exhibitors. Plus there was an increase of attendees by 60 per cent from the previous year [2014]. But don’t worry because there’s still plenty of time to get ready for Apps World North America 2015 which also just so happens to be taking place in San Francisco between May 12th-13th. Continue reading

moto-G-lte Latest Moto G to work on EE’s 4G

Great news for Brit based Moto fans [Updated]

Having just revealed that its Moto G model is the company’s best-selling smartphone ever, Motorola has released some very good news for us Brits. Namely that it has added an LTE (and therefore 4G) capability to the very latest version of its Moto G handset. Motorola refers to the freshest reincarnation of the Moto G  as ‘second generation’. Anyway, by adding support for LTE to the Moto G, this cost competitive smartphone can now be used on all of the UK’s 4G networks. Even EE – which uses the slightly unusual Band 3 (1800 MHz) version of LTE to provide a 4G network. Continue reading

Update for official F1 app finally emerges

Just two days before it is really needed

Phew! Here at GoMo Towers we were getting more than a tad [measure] worried as the first race in the Formula One motor racing calendar in Australia was fast approaching. And we’d had no indication of an updated version of  the ‘Official Formula 1 app’. Which was sailing close to the wind because the first race in the F1 [2015] calendar is now only days away. Well there’s good news. An update to the ‘Official’ F1 app is now available. The best bit is that the ‘Update’ which enables existing app users to upgrade to the 2015 ‘Premium’ version includes a calendar. Only snag? BlackBerry users are still left out. Continue reading

GoMo gets Lollipop OS upgrade for Moto G

We’ve always had a soft spot for Motorola phones

Here at GoMo Towers, we’re absolutely delighted to announce that we have finally received the newest Android OS upgrade for our test Motorola handset – the Moto G (First Generation). This has taken the handset from running boring old Android 4.4 (KitKat) to the very latest version of the Android OS namely 5.0.2 (Lollipop). We have, of course, been checking for some months to see if the Lollipop upgrade was available for our own Moto G (which is English/GB). Suddenly today [March 10th 2015], we spotted a system message telling us to be sure that we had installed ‘Motorola Update Services‘. (See ‘GoMo still waiting for Moto G’s Lollipop update‘). Which we had done, naturally. So when we checked ‘System Updates’ from the Settings menu and found that Lollipop was ready to install, we were jubilant. Now all we have to do is see if all the claimed improvements are for real. Continue reading

apple will have its work cut out - zoller Watch to increase Apple Pay’s popularity

Industry reaction to Apple’s wearable technology release

Much as GoMo News had anticipated, Apple’s announcement of its Watch range of wearable devices has focused on how it should help increase the popularity of its Apple Pay mobile payment service – even though at presence the system is currently restricted to the USA only. As Apple itself said – the Apple Watch can be used to pay for coffee via Apple Pay. Jon Worley, CEO for marketing with Proxama urges that retailers and brands should take note of the opportunities that Apple Watch will offer them.” If anyone can create a buzz around a new product then it is Apple but when it comes to smart watches it will have its work cut out,” Eden Zoller, principal analyst for consumer services and payments at Ovum, warns. Continue reading

Axis of power in mobile shifts to Silicon Valley

Days of control by MNOs are over

Probably the two most important announcements in 2015 that will shape the future of the mobile/cellular world will happen today [March 9th 2015]. They won’t have been made at a Press conference in the Catalan state capital but on a stage in the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts in San Francisco, Silicon Valley. They will be made by Tim Cook, who just so happens to be head of Apple at the moment. Cook is set to take the stage at around 10 am [5 pm here in Blighty] and what he says should determine not only the shape of the fledgling wearable sector but also the future of the mobile payments/m-commerce field. And the mobile network operators will only be able to look and watch what happens. Continue reading

GoMo fights losing battle with Motorola Assist app

Driving app that only really works stationary

Here in GoMo Towers we are big fans of Motorola [branded] handsets. Current circumstances mean that the team spends a load of time in the driving seat. Hence we were initially delighted to discover the existence of Assist – part of the Motorola’s software add-ons for the Android OS. Part of Assist is  ’Driving’ – a sub-division of which is ‘Talk to me’ – a fairly straightforward text to speech conversion app. The idea is great and would be a great boon. Except that for 95 per cent of the time, Talk to Me fails us disappointingly. And it’s all down to a basic  design parameter –  the decision to utilise a data connexion rather than leveraging local processing power. Continue reading

continuing to bring innovation - markin Flat rate data roaming to be offered in 190 countries

Top Connect’s TravelSim does the deal with 190 MNOs

Roaming specialist, Top Connect has announced that it intends to introduce flat rate billing and unlimited 3G roaming starting in Q2 2015. The move follows lengthy negotiations with the supplier’s global network of Tier One GSM carriers. This has meant that the firm has now reached agreement that will enable it to offer flat roaming charges covering 190 countries for its pre-paid international mobile communications service – Travel Sim. However, the flat rate roaming will apply only to existing and new subscribers of its data only package. Continue reading

ikea home spot Qi wireless charging gets boost from Ikea

And even Apple is onboard for a change

What a gift for Qi – the emerging standard for wireless charging from the Wireless Power Consortium. What’s that? An announced tie up between the Swedish cost-competitive furniture maker – Ikea and world No. 1 smartphone maker, Samsung. It’s instantly put Qi on the map. There are currently over 80 Qi-enabled smartphones out there from names such as Apple, Nokia, HTC and LG as well as Samsung. This news comes on top of the news that (in the UK, for example) both McDonald’s and Starbuck intend to introduce wireless charging points (Qi compatible) in selected retail outlets. So no more searching for a mains outlet for your phone charger. Continue reading

Aeromobile_inflight Almost one year on for missing Malaysian flight MH370

More pointers that mobile phone calls could hold the key

We are fast approaching the first anniversary [March 8th 2014] of the disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370. It seems that a new theory is beginning to take hold which is completely contrary to the view advocated by GoMo News in – ‘Missing flight MH370 mobile phone records need to be checked.’ As reader Yuval has put it – “The phone calls issue holds the truth.” However, Yuval believes the opposite to us – namely that there was no cellular activity amongst the crew/passengers after entering Gate C1. He argues that the two Iranian passengers “were hard at work on their devices’ keypads as controling something. Maybe disturbing communications.” In complete contrast, we think that efforts were made to make calls from the stricken flight. Continue reading