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Huawei_logo Old guard handset makers shrinking fast

Even Apple isn’t immune says Juniper Research

It seems that the old guard manufacturers of smartphones – such as Microsoft (aka Nokia)’ BlackBerry (RIM); Sony (Sony Ericsson); and HTC are seeing their handset shipments shrinking fast. The beneficiaries are mainly Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi. But, according to market watchers – Juniper Research, even Apple isn’t immune to this trend. Apple posted its slowest ever YoY [Year on Year]  iPhone growth – reporting a 0.4 per cent YoY growth in iPhone shipments for Q4 2015. Apple did make record profits, though. Oh. And the USA is partly responsible for the slow down. Continue reading

Juniper_Smartphone_Markets Apple Posts 20% YoY growth despite Q4 smartphone slowdown

Whilst Microsoft declines & Samsung smartphones grow by >1%
Global smartphone market now reaching over 1.4 million device shipments per annum

Press release

February 1st 2016. Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research has released its Q4 and full year smartphone market assessment for 2015. Samsung shipped an estimated 317 million smartphones, representing less than 1 per cent YoY [Year on Year] growth. Apple posts its slowest ever YoY iPhone growth, but with record profits. However, Microsoft’s phones continue to slide, shipments declining 57 per cent YoY to 4.5 million devices. Xiaomi misses its annual sales target – slowing down to 75 million. shipments. Continue reading

strand on IoT  & mobile payments Strand Consult’s 2016 predictions match our thinking

Especially when it comes to Nokia, the IoT and mobile payments

Although his company is Danish, it seems that John Strand’s Strand Consult appears to think on almost exactly the same lines as we do here in the UK at GoMo Towers. So it was by a stroke of luck that we managed to rescue the Stand Consult predictions for 2016 from our spam filter. Here are the three predictions which stand out for us … “2016 will be an especially bad year for Microsoft [read Nokia].” Another is that the “Internet of Things reality will arrive but prove to be no goldmine for mobile network operators [MNOs].” And finally, “Mobile payment is here – Visa and Mastercard are the killer apps.” Continue reading

power_bar 35p EE Power Bar won’t work with our Moto G

But then the UK MVNO doesn’t range this handset

On the very first day [June 24th 2015] that EE made its second batch of ‘Power Bar’ mobile device chargers available to consumers, GoMo News managed to rush into the Epsom EE phone store and claims its Bar. Obviously we’ll be accused of nit-picking but for some reason best known to itself, when EE sent us the code to claim our ‘free’ unit, it cost us 35 pence to receive that SMS [text]. But the biggest disappointment turned out to be that the Bar won’t charge our loan Motorola Moto G. However, it has no problems with our BlackBerry Q5. Worked a treat. Continue reading

MNO sourced unlocking proves best option for Blackberry

What’s an MEP code anyway?

In order to take advantage of Three UK’s [3UK's] free data roaming offer, GoMo News decided to pull the plug on its existing contract with Orange (now EE). Especially as the British MNO [Mobile Network Operator] could not do a deal on a subsidised handset which we would actually want (i.e. BlackBerry or Motorola). This left us with the problem of a BlackBerry Q5 locked onto EE. It was at this juncture that we discovered the joys of MEP codes. They are the BlackBerry version of a PUC [Personal Unblocking Code] or PUK [PIN Unlock Key] code which an MNO provides to an existing customer to convert a locked handset into a SIM-free one. Continue reading

EE’s customer retention confuses GoMo over BlackBerry

We got it completely wrong

Recently, GoMo News ran a throw-away remark about Blackberry which was totally untrue. It as as follows .. “The move will put pressure on Canada’s Blackberry because it has yet to offer a handset which supports the Band 3 flavour of 4G/LTE that EE offers.” This statement was completely incorrect and we humbly apologise. BlackBerry offers multiple models that support 4G over EE’s network. The mistake stemmed from a remark made by an agent working for EE’s customer retention department. When asked which BlackBerry models EE could offer as an incentive to stay, the agent duly informed us that the answer was none “because the EE network doesn’t support Blackberry.” This is nonsense as our BlackBerry Q5 blantantly connexts to 4G in our offices. Continue reading

spiegelhalter - smartphones causing less nookie Smartphones blamed for couples having less sex

Not content with funding wars in Africa & depleting ozone layer, etc

It seems that, once again, the ubiquitous smartphone has got the blame for a worrying new trend. This time the smartphone is apparently behind a dip in the number of times couples are having sex. Well, this appears to be the theory of one David Spiegelhalter who has the curious title of Winston Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University in the UK. Whilst promoting his new book – ‘Sex by Numbers‘, Prof Speigelhalter suggest that there is a possibility that the increasing violation of work into private life made possible by the mobile revolution may be to blame for a drop in the number of times per month couples are having sex. 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

garena's forrest li Links between Canada & Asean continue to grow

Smartphone maker BlackBerry started it, of course

There seems to be an increasing bond between Canada and the South East Asian[Asean] region. Here’s an interesting example: -the Ontario Teachers’ pension Plan has just decided to invest in a Singapore-based company called Garena. What does it do? Well, it provides a heady mix of gaming, social media and – increasingly more importantly, m-commerce. The Canadians at least have recognised the potential of the SEAN market which has two key benefits: – a large population (620 million) and a reliance on cellular technology to access the Net. And Blackberry led the way with the introduction of its Z3 Jakarta model – aimed specifically at the Indonesian market. Continue reading

blackberry_leap BlackBerry introduces BlackBerry Leap

Press release
Intended for young mobile professionals who value security & privacy
Modern & powerful design package

New five-inch all-touch smartphone with BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS, long battery life and best-in-class virtual keyboard optimizes personal productivity and control

March 3rd 2015. BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, has introduced the new BlackBerry Leap smartphone for 4G LTE networks. The BlackBerry Leap is an affordable all-touch smartphone in a modern and powerful design that is built for career builders and companies who value security and privacy when pushing their productivity to the next level. 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

GoMo desperately seeks alternative live F1 audio feed

BBC blatantly ignores the first B in its acronym

The BBC is absolutely accustomed to receiving accusations of bias. But GoMo News thinks it might be perpetuating a first – criticising the media company for a lack of positive discrimination towards British athletes. Yes, we can safely say that the BBC’s Formula One [F1] commentary for the first ever Russian Grand Prix (October 12th 2014) barely made any mention of Jenson Button and was forced to make the occasional observation about fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton mainly because Lewis (who drives for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team) led the race from start to finish and eventually won it. Consequently, here at GoMo News we are urgently seeking a source of live coverage for the next F1 race (in English) which is broadcast for free on the Net. We’ll listen via mobile whilst images are displayed using old-fashioned broadcast TV media. Continue reading

ghosts & footprints can remain - moses Forensic expert confirms BlackBerry BB10s are ultra secure

Longmere Consultants specialise in recovery of deleted texts

Most people believe that once you press the delete button on a mobile telephone, then that text message [SMS] has gone forever . However, according to UK forensic data recovery experts, Longmere Consultants, this is not always the case. The company specialises in recovering deleted texts; photographs; call logs; chat messages; files; and phone books from mobile phones. However, John Moses md with Longmere confirmed to GoMo News that the exception that proves the rule is the Blackberry Q & Z series (BB10 devices) plus the 9320 series which are non-recoverable. So, in effect, Longmere is confirming that BlackBerry’s smartphones are about the securest devices you can have out there. By contrast, iPhone are amongst the easiest to recover from. 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

source: daily mail david hartley UK PM gives big thumbs up for his BlackBerry

David Cameron shows how Brits still remain loyal to the brand

Well, GoMo News can’t think of a better endorsement for the value of using a BlackBerry to stay in control of your job than that given by the UK’s current Prime Minister [PM], David Cameron. After all, Mr Cameron’s job could hardly be more important to Brits than running the country (Great Britain). In an interview run extensively by the leading UK newspaper, the Daily Mail (see here), David Cameron ” said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday.” From the pictures, it looks to us like he’s got a BB10 device – maybe even a Q5. Continue reading