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Z3_released BlackBerry officially unveils BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition

First BlackBerry ‘Built for Indonesia’ will be stores from May 15th

Press release

May 13th, 2014 BlackBerry, a global leader in mobile communications, has introduced the new BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition at a launch event in Jakarta, Indonesia. The BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition, will be available to customers from May 15th [2014]. The device is expected to retail through authorised partners at a price of IDR 2,199,000 ($192). The BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition is built exclusively for Indonesia and provides BlackBerry users more ways to connect and share, with an experience built on reliable, secure communications. Continue reading

mobile-airline-flight-airline-travel Voice 370 is asking for the wrong data

Pressure groups should be pursuing cellular billing information

Here at GoMo Towers, we firmly believe that a new flight MH370 pressure group, Voice 370 is asking for the wrong data. The group is asking for the ‘raw data’ obtained by the satellite phone company, Inmarsat, should be released for ‘independent’ analysis. It seems to us that just like we said here, Voice 370 is actually questioning whether the raw satellite from British firm, Inmarsat, really does indicate that the missing Malaysian Airlines flight [MH370] went south to disappear in the Indian Ocean. A key figure in Voice 370 appears to be Mrs Danica Weeks whose husband disappeared on the flight. A Kiwi, we’d urge to press the New Zealand MNOs [mobile network operator] to see if here husband, Paul’s, mobile phone was switched back on during flight MH370 disappearance. Continue reading

Z3_camera Z3 Jakarta Edition pre-order available in Indonesia

Thanks a bunch BlackBerry marketing for not telling us

Here at GoMo Towers, we’d always known that the BB10 powered BlackBerry Z3 would come out first in Indonesia. And it has done so as the Jakarta Edition on pre-order. We noticed whilst updating the installed apps (including BBM incidentally) on our Q5 that amongst the improvements to the BlackBerry Virtual Expert app was supported for the Z3. So we Googled the Z3 immediately and found that in the very last days of April [2014], the Z3 had suddenly become available for pre-order here but only in Indonesia. We wouldn’t have minded so much but this publication had gone to all the trouble of registering our interest in the handset – in Indonesia. Has BlackBerry’s marketing department bothered to contact us? Nope. What was the point? Continue reading

initial reports showed MH370 going north Now we need Cambodian phone records for Flight MH370

GoMo speculates once again that missing Malaysian airliner went north

In attempt to stem public criticism, the Malaysian government has released a crucial report iinto what happened when it was discovered that Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 had gone missing. The objective was obviously to help meet the complaints from friends and relatives of the 239 passengers and crew who went missing. However, its publication has raised more questions than it answered. GoMo News is particularly intrigued by the suggestion that the airliner had been picked up by flight control in Cambodia. As GoMo News has pointed out before, the co-pilot definitely turned his mobile phone on whilst the aircarft flew back across Malaysia. Could his smartphone – or those of others on the plane, have been picked up by Malaysian MNOs [Mobile Network Operators]? Continue reading

air_france Missing flight MH370 mobile phone records need to be checked

What if the plane did go north instead of south?

Here at GoMo Towers, we always love a conspiracy theory but the plight of the passengers and crew on the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 continues to fascinate us. Today [April 28th 2014], it was announced that the aerial search for wreckage in the Indian Ocean will cease as it has almost certainly sunk. Plus the search area in that ocean has been changed again. What ever happened to the theory that the plane turned north? We think that mobile phone records need to be checked again. Continue reading

Pin_finder2 Latest BBM update for Android fails to excite

Still great deal of negative feedback

As Microsoft made it very clear this week when it finalised the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices & Services division, the way to make money out of mobile currently is out of services. The demon of Redmond will be pushing the likes of OneDrive to Asha and Nokia X owners rather than desperately trying to get consumers to buy WP8. And BlackBerry ought to be doing exacgtly the same thing with its BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) IM offering. So when we saw there was a new update for BBM for Android, we got quite excited here at GoMo Towers. To no avail because all the latest versions claims to offer is bug fixes. Which prompted a whole host of reviewers to say the bugs weren’t fixed. Worse still there is no sign of the BBM for Windows Phone yet. Continue reading

shangri-la-hotel Your chance to spend time in Shangri-La via Casual Connect

The place to be for anyone in video gaming sector

Good news for those in the video games industry is that the Casual Connect Asia show is returning to Singapore between May 20th – 22nd this year [ 2014]. The show is taking place in Singapore’s famous Shangri-La Hotel. The hotel is regarded as one of Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotels and it is located in the heart of Singapore’s busiest entertainment and shopping district, Orchard Road. The organisers, the Casual Games Association, tell us that rooms in the Shangri-La Hotel can be had for $280 a night. It’s your chance to mingle with the top developers; publishers; distributors; and others involved in the video gaming industry in delightful surroundings. Continue reading

ibeacon Asia-Pacific will be the largest LBA market in 2018 says Berg Insight

Our old friends NeoMedia are in on location based ads game too

Analysing the latest developments on the location-targeted advertising market worldwide, Berg Insight has just released the third edition of its ‘Location-Based Advertising and Marketing’ report. Targeting by location in combination with other contextual and behavioural segmentation greatly enhances the relevance of mobile advertising. It has been demonstrated that location-targeted ads generate considerably higher returns than conventional mobile advertising. The associated eCPM and CTR levels are several times higher. Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the largest LBA market in 2018, followed by North America and Europe. Continue reading

lay exchanged whatsapps with hamid More proof mobile phone records could help find MH370

Sensational revelations from co-pilot’s call records

There have been some sensational revelations in The New Straits Times that Malaysian investigators have managed to get hold of the call records for the co-pilot of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight – MH370. As GoMo News suggested in ‘Mobile phones might provide clue to missing flight MH370 ‘ and in ‘ China Mobile able to throw light on missing MH370 – maybe‘, records from the mobile handsets of those on board the plane could help with the direction the aircraft took after diverting from its intended flight path. And provide clues as to what happened – especially if any of the 12 crew and 227 passengers managed to send a text message. 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

use your Goodspeed witha PlayBookPlayBook Uros adds key Asia Pacific countries to its roaming solution

Goodspeed low-cost data roaming device adds 11 across Asia Pacific destinations

One of GoMo News‘ favourite roaming solutions – the Goodspeed from Uros has got even netter by adding in 11 new destinations across Asia Pacific. The device offers a transparent daily flat rate spells the end to data roaming bill shock for businesses worldwide. Essentially, the Goodspeed is a Wi-fi hotspot in your pocket. It’s an idea way of adding a mobile web connextion to your tablet or smartphone. 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

mobile-airline-flight-airline-travel China Mobile able to throw light on missing MH370 – maybe

Did any passenger’s mobile roam onto a ‘foreign’ network?

GoMo News has deepest sympathy with the families of those passengers and crew members who have disappeared with Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. We know that at least 19 families were convinced that mobile handsets belonging their loved ones were still switched on four days after the flight first disappeared. These relatives have also been seen to vent their anger with the Malaysian authorities over lack of clear information about the tragedy. However, it could well be that China Mobile might be able to help the relatives out. 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

Nokia-X-Dual-SIM Newsflash: Nokia X Dual SIM on sale in India

Get yourself a Nokia phone that runs Android apps

By chance, GoMo News spotted that the Nokia X has already gone on sale in India. The recommended price is INR 8,599. Which is around £75 or $120. You can see full details of the handset on the Nokia India web site here. Note – this is a Dual SIM handset. See our previous story ‘MWC: 2014 is the year of dual SIM support‘. There are also rumours that the handset is on sale in Kenya. We believe the X (not the X+ or XL) might have gone on sale as early as March 10th [2024]. At MWC Barcelona, Nokia implied it was available on the day of the launch – but that didn’t happen. Continue reading