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3 has expanded by acquisition- delaney 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

smelie_chargers GoMo editor advises Daily Mail on phone chargers

Tony ‘Tonethephone’ Dennis talks to FeMail’s Alice

Most GoMo News readers will probably be unaware that our managing editor, Tony ‘Tonethephone’ Dennis, has been talking to journalist, Alice Smellie, who writes for the FeMail section of the UK newspaper – The Daily Mail. Alice had been searching frantically for a mobile phone expert and Tony’s name was put forward by PR guru, Chaz Brooks of Chaz Brooks PR. Ms Smelie had been tasked with reviewing mobile phone chargers to find out what women might conceivably carry around in their handbags (pocketbooks) as a backup should their indispensable smartphone suddenly run out of juice. Tone’s become quite an expert on the subject as his phones regularly run out of juice at music festivals such as WOMAD Charlton Park [UK]. 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

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

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

iPhone_5c Hardware clinic: How to force Windows 8.1 to recognise your iPhone

Time consuming & frustrating process. Check your USB cable too

It may have something to do with the long rivalry between Apple and Microsoft (although Microsoft once saved Apple and bailed it out), but here at GoMo Towers we couldn’t believe how difficult it was for one reader to connect her iPhone to her nearly new laptop PC. The laptop was running Microsoft’s latest OS – Windows 8.1 and the software vendor isn’t doing itself any favours if it wants to persuade existing Windows XP users to migrate to its latest software. Because the whole process was time consuming & frustrating. We eventually fixed the problem but it took hours. Continue reading

Skype on the Nokia XL Nokia’s bet on Android smartphones is working with Nokia X in India

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

Many were sceptical about the success of Nokia X series of Android smartphones when they were officially announced because those devices don’t use Google’s version of Android. They use AOSP [Android Open Special Project] instead. According to internal rumours, even Microsoft was trying to put an end on Nokia’s Android plans. Nokia X might also be the reason for Microsoft’s hurried acquisition of Nokia. 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 2.1.0.1917. We had 2.1.0.1753 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

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Guest Post: Is the Nokia X seeing stars?

by Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager, Upstream

Nokia’s attempts to break into emerging markets bore fruit in the shapely form of the X. The device combines what Nokia considers to be the best of Android with what makes Nokia the third most desired brand in India – great style, great heritage and a simple UI. In fact, 17 per cent of Indian consumers polled in our [Upstream's] latest consumer attitudes report said they would like to buy a Nokia as their next phone. Compare that to China where only 4 per cent of consumers lust after a Nokia handset, and you would imagine that the Nokia X would sell much more easily in India than it would in China. Continue reading

- malachard Adfonic rebrands to byyd to emphasise its mobile DSP

Announces 12 customer wins including Weve

Leading mobile advertising company, Adfonic, has rebranded itself as byyd. The move is designed to reflect the company’s evolution to a mobile Demand-side Platform (DSP). The aim therefore is to focus exclusively on the buy side. At the same time, the new company byyd has unveile 12 customer contracts based on its technology platform, called Madison. As part of the rebrand, the company has structured its areas of business around two offerings: – byyd pro and byyd media. Strangely there’s no sign of the byyd logo as yet. And the URL for byyd points at a Chinese web site. Continue reading

offical_f1_app New official Formula One app wins plaudits

Still really being developed by Softpauer

Being big Formula One (F1) fans here at GoMo Towers (our tickets for the British Grand Prix are in the post), we were delighted to see that a review of 2014′s version of the F1 timing app became a tweet of the week. Now some blogs suggested that the app is no longer the work of app developer, Softpauer. However, that’s untrue. There’s just been a subtle realignment of branding. Oh, and there’s an F1 game for those who like such things from Red Bull Media House
and Bongfish. Continue reading

lumia 1520 costs $700 Microsoft trying to catch up on Dual SIM market with Windows Phone 8.1

Lava & Karbonn to launch dual-boot Windows/Android phones

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

According to latest (Q4 2013) IDC numbers, Android had a majority 78.1 per cent share of smartphone shipments worldwide, while iOS stood still on 15.2 per cent whilst Windows Phone stood at a distant 3 per cent. Hence Microsoft is doing everything possible to push its market share towards double digit numbers and eat into its more successful competitors namely iOS and Android. In its latest attempt, the company is trying to target the lower end of the smartphone market, especially in the developing BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India, and China. 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

mylovefilmobile Brits angered by loss of indie Lovefilm Windows Phone app

Strangely co-incides with WP8 handset bug

Furious Brit users of the Lovefilm service are threatening to cease using it after their favourite app stopped working at the end of last month [February 25th 2014]. The problem stems from the fact that US giant, Amazon, recently acquired the British based service. The company has subsequently moved to integrate the Lovefilm service with its existing systems. The real problem, of course, is that the app in question – which works on Windows Phone 7-8 (WP8) handsets, was not officially sanctioned. Co-incidentally, one of our informants tells us his WP8 based Nokia Lumia smartphone appears to have developed a version of the insufficient storage available error which afflicts entry level Android phones. Continue reading

Nancy Griffin Guest Post: 8 Things you didn’t know an Android phone can do

by Nancy Griffin, a tech writer who occasionally works with Xicom Technologies

In my opinion, Android is probably the best mobile OS available on the market. Many GoMo News readers already own at least one Android device. The trouble is that being busy with the regular features (such as voice calling and texting), we can easily forget about the not-so-common features. Well, my article is for those guys & gals who want to know how to take full advantage of their Android device. So, here is my list of 8 things you didn’t know an Android phone can do (and were afraid to admit so)! Continue reading