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remove personal data from your curve Hardware clinic: Expunging personal data from a BlackBerry is easy

Vital if you want to sell your old Curve

Having acquired a BlackBerry BB10 device in the form of a keypad-sporting Q5, GoMo News decided to recycle its old BlackBerry Curve 9320. The obvious thing to do was to go onto a handset recycling comparison web site and see which company was prepared to pay the most for the device. However, we then remembered writing this story  … Personal data found on UK second-hand handsets by Channel 4. In it we reported that High Street handset recyclers such as Cash Converters and CEX had been selling second-hand mobile devices without fully removing the data of the previous owner. Not wishing to fall victim to this mistake ourselves, we decided to wipe the personal data ourselves. And discovered just how easy it is to do with a BlackBerry compared to other devices such as Android and iOS based handsets. Continue reading

use your Goodspeed witha PlayBookPlayBook Use your Goodspeed mobile Wi-fi hotspot now in India

GoMo gets its loan unit upgraded to 3.5G

Good news for those travellers intending to travel to India. Uros, makers of the Goodspeed mobile Wi-fi hotspot has announced that it can now provides low-cost mobile data in India. That means the number of countries where travellers can gain low cost mobile internet access through the Goodspeed service has risen to 57 including the USA and the BRIC countries including Russia and China. Those travelling to India with a Goodspeed will pay a daily rate of €9.90 (INR 828) a day for 500MB of data. A Goodspeed is ideal for providing a data connexion whilst travelling with a tablet such as a BlackBerry PlayBook – which has no SIM card slot. Continue reading

Kabbee_lovelanes Minicab app appeals to London’s lovelorn

Get a free ride to where the singletons live

In order to boost its image as the location based app for booking a minicab in London [UK], Kabbee is attempting to play cupid. It’s done a bit of research and found six hot spots. These are where the highest concentrations of the UK capital’s single people live. Now in order to entice these lonely hearts to book cabs, the service is offering one free cab ride – worth £10, between one hotspot and another. Sadly, the company doesn’t make it very clear here exactly how these three ‘Love Lanes’ work but it certainly did the trick on the curiousity front. We immediately downloaded the app to our BlackBerry Q5. It also works on Android and iOS, too. Continue reading

HTC One Once mighty HTC sees losses grow as phone sales lose traction

Next quarter will be better, it insists

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has suffered a deeper-than-expected first quarter loss, as its market share continues to slide – with it now standing at around 2 per cent. Despite rave reviews for its flagship smartphones, HTC sales remain modest and in the three months to April 2014 it posted a 22.6 per cent drop in revenues to 33.12 billion Taiwanese dollars (£659 million). But it insists it is likely to return to profit in Q2 following the late-March release of its upgraded flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. In recent months it has also slashed costs dramatically in a bid to bolster its share price which has lost nearly 90 per cent since its April 2011 peak. Continue reading

bbm on an android phone BlackBerry updates BBM for Android

Positioning BBM to rival Line, Facebook & even Snapchat

Another sign that BlackBerry really is learning how to monetise its software assets – not just its smartphones, is provided by the latest update to BBM for Android. A key feature is the addition of ‘stickers’ and the fact that there is now a BBM shop where you can actually purchase stickers to send to other BBM users. That’s taking rival social media sites such as Facebook and Line head on. Plus there’s now an improved picture (photo) sharing facility. GoMo reckons this is a reaction to analysts who claim Facebook is losing traffic to photo sharing apps such as Snapchat. Continue reading

BlackBerry_playbook BlackBerry issues an new Playbook OS update for PlayBook

Users will need it to continue using BlackBerry World

Although most observers are doing a very good job of trying to write off Blackberry’s tablet offering – the PlayBook, the brave little device won’t lie down and die. Today [April 1st 2014] BlackBerry has issued an OTA [Over-The-Air] update which takes webOS to We had previously. The whole point about this upgrade is it modifies the payment processing system. So those PlayBook owners who want to continue purchasing apps and agmes or making in-app purchases will have to install the upgrade by April 3rd [2014]. Is this a sign that BlackBerry might do more in the tablet space, GoMo wonders? Continue reading

acer_ferrari BlackBerry has a 1-2 in Malaysian F1 Grand Prix

Surely time for a celebratory handset?

Good news for the struggling Canadian smartphone manufacturer, BlackBerry. The team which it sponsors – Mercedes AMG Petronas, enjoyed brilliant success in today’s [March 30th 2014] Formula One (F1) Grand Prix motor race. The drivers – Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, came home in the No.1 & N.2 slots. A dramatic victory for the team. Better still, the race took place in Malaysia – which is right next door to key Asia Pacific market – Indonesia. GoMo News reckons this achievement merits a special commemorative handset. Continue reading

mistake to push the touch only Z3 Chen says BlackBerry will go keyboard centric

So why is Indonesia being given the touch Z3?

Here at GoMo Towers, we have long argued that BlackBerry’s USP [Unique Selling Point] is the fact that its handsets traditionally sport a very useable keypad. In fact, as long ago as January [2014] we wrote a story saying that ‘BlackBerry is waking up to its Qwerty USP at last‘. So naturally we were delighted to read the reports quoting BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, saying, “The focus is going to be very keyboard-centric.” The smartphone vendor, however, is on course to debut its latest BB10 handset in Indonesia – a key market. Yet the Z3 aka the Jakarta is a touch model with no keypad. We’re also waiting for BlackBerry to wake up to the fact that in emerging markets it needs a dual SIM model. Continue reading

We’re not giving up on handsets, insists BlackBerry’s CEO

But customers will insist on buying old BB7 devices

BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has again insisted that the ailing Toronto manufacturer is not abandoning the handset business, despite the fact that the bulk customers appear to be shunning the latest BB10 models. Reporting its fiscal fourth quarter, BlackBerry revealed end users purchased 3.4 million smartphones during the three months, but admitted the majority of these were handsets that had already been sold to telecom operators and other “channel partners”. It acknowledged a truer sale of just 1.3 million handsets during the period, lower than Wall Street forecasts of 1.8 million. Continue reading

apple's dominance not guaranteed - o'sullivan Apple devices dominate global web browsing while Android gains ground

New dotMobi research reveals which devices are used to browse the web across the world

Press release

March 25th 2014. Despite the growing popularity of Android devices and low-cost smartphones, Apple’s global grip on mobile device browsing remains impressive in many major global markets. New data from dotMobi reveals that Apple’s iOS is the dominant platform for web browsing on mobile devices in many countries, particularly in first world nations. The findings revealed in dotMobi’s Global Device Traffic Index, show that Apple’s iOS-based devices are most used by mobile browsers in the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, and many parts of Europe including France, Italy, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries. Continue reading

FCC-Aztec_code Masabi supplies secure mTickets for FCC trains

Aztec based codes initially readable @ 3 English rail stations

As something of a breakthrough, Masabi – a specialist developer of  mobile ticketing has enabled British train operator  First Capital Connect to roll out its first mTicket capability at three English railway stations. An mTicket enables a smartphone user to purchase a ticket electronically with no need to collect it physically from a ticket office or machine. Instead the mTicket is displayed onscreen as an encrypted Aztec code. [Note: Not a QR code!]. Machines at London King’s Cross, Cambridge and King’s Lynn will initially be able to read these mTickets as will conductors’ portable ticket machines. The plan is to be able to roll it out to other locations including London’s Gatwick airport. FCC is strangely coy about the number of platforms able to run its ‘Rail Tickets’ app. There are Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia apps, for example. Continue reading

nico rosberg GoMo revives its trusty BlackBerry PlayBook from restart failure

BlackBerry revives its own fortunes with Rosberg’s F1 win

Here at GoMo Towers our trusty BlackBerry tablet – the PlayBook, mysteriously went into a continuous loop. It kept trying to restart but never offered us the Login screen (so we could enter the password). We discounted the usual ‘water damage’ explanation for mobile devices suddenly deciding to malfunction and decided it was ‘software rot’. The obvious solution, therefore, was to try to update the tablet’s mobile OS. The easiest way (and probably only way) to do so was to plug the tablet into a Windows based PC via a USB cable. And it worked. Oh & Nico Rosberg won the first F1 2014 race. Continue reading

bango building on base of 120+ MNO integrations - anderson Bango upbeat despite posting £4.9m loss

User spending up 150% as app store activity grows

British mobile payments firm, Bango, suffered pre-tax losses of £4.9 million in 2013, latest figures reveal, after ramping up its workforce and data centres in line with a rise in customers. The loss compares to £2.6 million for the nine months of 2012, when it had a shorter accounting period. But on the positive side Bango says end user spending via its platform increased to £15.6 million from £6.2 million the year before, an increase of 150 per cent with growth largely driven by app store activity. Continue reading

mistake to push the touch only Z3 Skype may release BB 7 client for Indonesian BlackBerries

Now that Chen seems to have cuddled up to Microsoft

With BlackBerry’s John Chen seemingly building on a close relationship with Microsoft (see ‘BBM for Windows Phone app may be imminent‘), the next obvious move is for Skype to open up its platform to all BlackBerry owners – not just those who happen to own a BB10 device. We’ve downloaded Skype onto our BlackBerry Q5 handset, for example. As regular GoMo News readers will know, Skype is now part of Microsoft. And talking of parts of Microsoft – so is Nokia these days. Which is why BlackBerry has announced that it will be making a BBM client available for not just Windows Phone handsets but for the Nokia X (Android/AOSP) handset, too. The key here is Indonesia. Continue reading

onedrive for bb10 BBM for Windows Phone app may be imminent

BlackBerry might also sell a personalised BBM ID

We’re a little slow off the mark here at GoMo Towers because we’ve only just noticed that there’s now a OneDrive cloud storage option available for BlackBerry BB10 users. We spotted this when an ad for OneDrive (which had to be recent because the SkyDrive name has been dropped) appeared as an ad when downloading from BlackBerry World. Given that Microsoft only made the app available a few days ago [March 2014], we think that BlackBerry will reciprocate. And what better way to do it than making a BBM for Windows Phone app available? Particularly since it looks like BlackBerry is considering monetising BBM by selling personalised BBM IDs. Continue reading