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micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

left 2 right - krishnan, nayar, pulickal M&C Saatchi lands Delhi’s February in agency partnership

It’s all going to be happening in Shahpur Jat

Following a strategic review of M&C Saatchi Worldwide’s operations, Saatchi’s new Indian agency – M&C Saatchi February has been created. It’s a tie-up between February & M&C Saatchi and will be headquartered in February‘s offices in Delhi’s up-and-coming creative zone of Shahpur Jat. Significantly, February’s founders Gopal Krishnan and Nirmal Pulickal will be taking over leadership of the combined operation. The pair will be supported by Anjali Nayar, who is currently CEO of M&C Saatchi Delhi. Whilst India is the world’s second most populous country, it is currently the fourteenth largest advertising market. Plus it has one of the lowest advertising spends per capita. However, with the advertising marketing already growing by 8 per cent per annum. Hence the deal. Continue reading

racheal's photo is in the post Guest Post: Microsoft’s 1st phone after Nokia acquisition – Lumia 530

by Priyanka Jaiswal, a blogger who works with MyPriceIndia

Microsoft announced the Nokia Lumia 530 Single SIM and Lumia 530 Dual SIM smartphones on 23th July [2014]. This model is Microsoft’s first Windows Phone handset in the Lumia series after it had acquired Nokia. By contrast, the Lumia 630 was announced just few days before the deal of Nokia acquisition closed. Lumia 530 is a budget Windows smartphone which is announced with the ever lowest price in Lumia series. It is priced at around INR 6840 ($114). This phone should hit the shelves of mobile phone stores this month [August 2014]. Continue reading

affordable data roaming is a must - reza India to be key market in international roaming charges battle

WorldSIM calculates 4-day Indian trip would cost £1,280 in roaming

A recent report entitled ‘CFO Innovation Asia’ (commissioned by Concur Technologies) has found that India has emerged as the world’s 10th-largest business travel market. However, travellers can expect to face international roaming bills of £320 per day when travelling to India1. Travellers can face data rates as high as £8 per megabyte. Thus, India ia emerging as key market in battle over international roaming charges amongst the key discount roaming specialists – such as Uros, Top Connect (Travelsim), and WorldSIM. Continue reading

xiaomi redmi 1s Ask Asif returns to answer your smartphone questions

This week Asif covers Xiaomi Redmi, Asus Zenfone, Xolo & others

Here our resident handset market expert – Asif Iqbal Shaik, from MySmartPrice.com – the recommendation web site, answers readers’ questions on what is best in the Indian market.

Sukasu asks …

Sir,

Is Xolo Q 700 S any good?

Asif Shaik replies …

The Xolo Q700S is a good smartphone and it recently received the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Although you might want to have a look at the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi 1S which is priced at Rs 6,999 in India a superb smartphone at that price. Continue reading

whatsapp-missing-on-bada Indian N73 users still desperate for whatsApp

You’re not alone – so are Samsung bada owners

Recently, GoMo News reader, Pandurang Ghuge, asked us … “I want to know is why isn’t the developer of Whatsapp trying to develop the compatible software for running on an N73 device? And will any solution be found for this?” Short answer – No. He should have read our ‘Nokia N73 updates & WhatsApp help page‘. Despite numerous requests for the N73 to be supported, WhatsApp still hasn’t produced a version that will run on that old Nokia handset. If you don’t believe us go here on the WhatsApp support page. If it’s any consolation, you guys aren’t alone. Bada fanbois are begging for WhatsApp, too. Continue reading

former tag man patrick pruniaux Apple poaches F1 watch maker exec for iWatch

Speculation about Tag Heuer’s Patrick Pruniaux hiring

Tag Heuer which is perhaps best known for its luxury F1 (Formula One) watches and part of luxury goods group LVMH has announced that one of its execs, Patrick Pruniaux, is leaving the company today, July 7th 2014, to join Apple. This adds to rumours that the Cupertino-based company is readying itself to launch into the wearable technologies sector. With all the bets being on an iWatch smartwatch. It also fuels speculation that Apple might be pitching the iWatch right at the top of the luxury watch price bracket. Especially since it has already hired execs from Burberry, Angela Ahrendts, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Paul Deneve. Continue reading

vodafone_woman_with_phone Vodafone launches WorldTraveller roaming for USA & India

Take your UK minutes, texts and data to India for an extra £5 a day

Good news for Vodafone UK’s contract (Pay monthly) customers who want to roam with their mobile phones outside Europe – especially in the USA & India. Leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], has just launched a new plan which enables those on contracts – including business travellers on certain business price plans, to take their existing UK minutes, texts and data with them whilst roaming abroad. Vodafone WorldTraveller is available for just £5 a day (including VAT) in the Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Ghana, Qatar and South Africa as well as the USA and India. The deal is positioned as an adjunct to Vodafone EuroTraveller where Vodafone contract customers can roam Europe at a special price of £2 a day. Continue reading

Reliance to pump $11.6bn into Indian 4G

The sort of gamble which Hutchison Whampoa pulls off

Reports have emerged that India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, has decided to sink a massive $11.6 bilion (INR 700 billion) into rolling out 4G in India. In 2013, Deutsche Bank has estimated that Reliance would pour some $3 billion into 4G, so this is over triple that figure. The investment will be made via the Reliance Jio venture and marks Mukesh’s first return to mobile after surrendering Reliance Communications to his brother Anil some ten years ago. It’s abold move and one which GoMo News has only ever seen be pulled off before by Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa (which currently own Three/3UK, for example). Continue reading

Tejas_Jasani Guest Post: 5 mobile app design blunders & ways to avoid them

by Tejas Jasani, CEO with The App Guruz

A whopping 78 per cent of Facebook users in USA primarily access the social network from mobile devices. The trend is already obvious and clear that mobile devices are steadily going to be the primary access points for diverse web needs and apps. So developing mobile apps that perfectly address the capabilities of varying mobile devices and user preferences is important. While developing mobile apps there are some common blunders to avoid. Here’s my list of the five most common design blunders when designing a mobile app. Continue reading

Marom_Ben_menachem African operator launches first real-time billing for prepaid data from Starhome Mach

Enables a new source of revenue for operators and enhances customer loyalty

Press release

June 10th 2014. Starhome Mach, the global leader in mobile inter-carrier network and clearing house services, has announced that it has implemented its Prepaid Data Roaming Enabler solution at a leading South African operator. For the first time, prepaid roamers can freely use data services – creating new revenue streams for operators and increasing customer satisfaction. Continue reading

why keep searching south? MH370 pressure group launches fund raiser

Perhaps it needs to discover direct operator billing

A dramatic new development in the hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 occurred today [June 8th 2014] with the launch of a new $5 million appeal. A pressure group is hoping to raise enough money to encourage a ‘whistleblower’ to come forward to reveal details around the conspiracy theory that someone, somewhere knows something that would reveal where the missing aircraft actually is. Just like the search efforts, GoMo News firmly believes that the pressure group is looking in the wrong place. Plus they could raise money more effectively if they deployed direct operator billing. Continue reading

image courtesy of Vodafone/Mclaren We still think that Verizon might sponsor the Haas F1 team

Haas tells Forbes he wants his F1 team to be a national flagship

In an interview which NASCAR team owner Gene Haas has just given to Forbes magazine, GoMo News still detects hints that his team might be able to land sponsorship from leading US-based mobile network operator [MNO], Verizon Wireless. The US multi-millionaire revealed the plan was for the new F1 team to have aerodynamics operations in Kannapolis, North Carolina. However, he claimed that the team would actually have a European based headquarters – almost certainly in England. Sadly, Haas ruled out entering Formula One with a team in 2015 but affirmed he remains committed to being on the grid in 2016. Continue reading

stroppa - hands currently tied OnMobile to promote sport event themed RBTs

GoMo invents the British F1 ringback tone

We’ve just had a very interesting discussion with Florent Stroppa, who is a senior vp for products with OnMobile, an Indian company specialising in value-added services for the telecommunications industry. Florent is particularly keen to promote ringback tones (RBTs) and was telling us about an impending campaign the company will be running shortly to promote the forthcoming World Cup soccer tournament. Apparently, Onmobile is aiming to entice consumers to utilise ringback tones through sports based events. Naturally, GoMo News suggested Formula One (F1). Continue reading

rajiv pancholy Rajiv Pancholy joins OnMobile as CEO

Veteran who’s long served Canadian mobile sector

In the wake of the resignation of Mouli Raman as CEO back in May [2014], OnMobile Global is happy to announce the appointment of Rajiv Pancholy as Chief Executive Officer – effective June 2nd [2014]. Rajiv is a veteran in the telecommunications industry possessing over three decades of experience in a variety of roles. He has a proven track record of successfully implementing organisational transformation, conceptualising innovative product and marketing strategies, international business development and planning and policy development. He has degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Continue reading