by Paolo Rizzardini, vp for mobile payments with Infobip
Ever since the beginning of the mobile payments industry, the Asia-Pacific region has held enormous potential for content providers. The mobile app market in the East is more vibrant than anywhere else in the world and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. In fact, this positive trend is continuing at an exponential rate, particularly for Android devices. There are multiple reasons for this. First of all, it is common practice for consumers in Asia to access and purchase multimedia content through their mobile phone. Continue reading
No pics of the limited Jakarta version yet?
So the the Blackberry Z3 will finally ship in Indonesia tomorrow [May 15th 2013] and the Jakarta version will only be available in that country for the meantime. Strangely, although there’s supposed to be a limited edition of the smartphone with Jakarta emblazoned on its back, GoMo News can’t find a pic of it. However, UTB blogs here boasts a pic of a BlackBerry with John Chen’s signature on the back. Perhaps that’s it? Anyway, according to Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream, the Z3 is not an innovative handset but reveals a lot about BlackBerry’s approach to emerging markets. Continue reading
First BlackBerry ‘Built for Indonesia’ will be stores from May 15th
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 . 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
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
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 , 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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