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India and Asia Pacific

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

consider a xolo a600 Ask Asif: Nokia vs Xolo vs Micromax

MySmartprice.com’s Asif Shaik answers readers handset questions

There’s plenty of handset reviews and advice available for devices supplied by the famous international brands. By contrast, there’s very little written about handsets which come from home grown brands in both China and India. So GoMo News has asked our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik, to rectify the situation. This week, for example, he deals with questions about Nokia’s forthcoming Android handset – the X versus a handset from Xolo or Micromax. Continue reading

switch to BB10 indonesian style Preparing to move personal data when the BlackBerry Z3 is available

Hardware clinic: PC-less upgrade via Device Switch is possible

When BlackBerry announced that the Z3 would be the first handset made for the Canadian company in China by Foxconn, it was also extremely obvious that the smartphone was designed with BlackBerry’s enthusiastic followers in the Indonesian market in mind. There have also been strong hints that the Z3 will be definitely competitively priced to appeal to the widest audience possible. Which all means that there will be large numbers of Indonesian BlackBerry fanbois who will be upgrading their handsets. Continue reading

mobile_voip Cheap voice calls specialist introduces an app for Nokia Asha phones

Symbian is dead so long live Nokia’s Series 40

With the news that WhatsApp is considering offering its users free calls and the fact that arch rival LINE already offers such free calls, it’s easy to forget that in the majority of cases, consumers still have to pay for ‘cheap’ international calls. The technology which makes these calls possible is, of course, VoIP [Voice over IP]. Although Skype has its own flavour of the technology, VoIP is what it utilises to provide cheap callers for its subscribers, for example. However, Skype doesn’t suit everyone and it certainly does cover all mobile platforms. Which is where cheap phone call software specialist – Mobile VOIP comes in. And guess what – Mobile VOIP has just announced that it now has a VoIP client for Nokia’s S40 Asha (Series 40) range of handsets. Continue reading

mistake to push the touch only Z3 MWC: BlackBerry’s Jakarta announced as the Z3

No news as to whether it is dual SIM yet

The handset codenamed Jakarta has emerged at MWC 2014 as the BlackBerry Z3 smartphone. As was obvious from the codename, BlackBerry has now openly stated that the Z3 has been designed with Indonesian customers in mind. Which means it will be affordable for customers in Indonesia as well as being customised with local apps and content. The Z3 is also the first smartphone to emerge from BlackBerry’s strategic partnership with Foxconn. GoMo News was surprised that the Jakarta is part of the all-touch Z range, though. Continue reading

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Microsoft adds dual SIM support to WP8

A day a head of the official opening of the MWC, it seems that the Redmond software giant – Microsoft, has decided to acknowledge a blazing hole in its mobile OS – lack of dual SIM support. This is a crucial requirement for developing and emerging markets particular India and Africa. In addition, the move to dual SIM support for Windows Phone (WP8) was in conjunction with its new emerging market partners partners. The list includes:- Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava, LG, Longcheer, Micromax and ZTE. As GoMo News readers are well aware – Karbonn and Micromax are key smartphone makers in India. Nokia has, of course, just released the dual SIM X model, too. Continue reading

mobile_pay_juniper Annual purchases via mobile will be 50bn + transactions says Juniper

Direct Operator Billing (DOB) will boost frequency & value

The annual number of purchases made on mobile handsets and tablets is expected to reach 53 billion by 2016, according to a new report from Juniper Research. That’s almost double the 27 billion made last year. Significantly, the majority of these purchases (around 80 per cent) would be accounted for by digital content and mobile ticketing solutions. Transaction volumes would receive a significant uplift as an increasing number of OTT [Over The Top] storefronts introduced direct carrier billing solutions to supplement credit/debit card payment facilities. Continue reading

Voda_india Vodafone pushes deeper into India, but decries the costs

Government shafting mobile operators, it suggests

Vodafone has underlined its commitment to emerging markets, with news that it has spent £1.9 billion in India to enhance mobile services there – but has moaned strongly at the cost. Last night [13th February 2014] the UK operator claimed that the price paid for India’s new telecoms licences would leave companies saddled with debts for years and harm consumers, after the government celebrated raising 610 billion rupees, more than treble initial forecasts. Continue reading