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gauging consumer perceptions - pirc Lab42 Survey reveals perceptions of Apple Pay & mobile payments

45% of non-iPhone owners would switch to an Apple iPhone for access to Apple Pay

Press release

October 20th 2014. According to a study of 500 smartphone owners released today by market research firm Lab42, 45 per cent of consumers with non-iOS devices (Android, Blackberry or Windows smartphones) would be willing to switch to an iOS device in order to have access to Apple Pay. Respondents cited the top four benefits of Apple Pay as: – 1) security, 2) not worrying about losing credit or debit cards, 3) not having to carry physical cards in wallet, and 4) simple setup. Fifty-four per cent of all respondents would consider using Apple Pay, while the remaining 46 per cent were split evenly between those who would not consider using it (23 per cent) and those who are still unsure (23 per cent). Continue reading

accepted as a sales channel -zdral German app links to Oktoberfest injury cover

Could be useful if you fall off a table whilst dancing like we did

As the Internet and mobile phones displace traditional platforms for selling insurance in the USA and the UK, it seems that German companies are now waking up to the digital age. According to the Rakyat Post here, Munich insurer Die Bayerische is selling a one-day policy for €5.99 , for the two-week Oktoberfest festival which has become synonymous with the Bavarian capital. To get the cover, however, means downloading the app. The app can provide online casualty insurance with 50,000 euros (RM207,760) in accident cover. It also shows you where the nearest loos [toilets] are and tries to help visitors decipher Bavarian dialect. Continue reading

Anything goes social network could displace Facebook

Ello, ello, ello – what do we have here?

Here at GoMo Towers, we thought that the most famous thing to come out of Burlington, Vermont [USA] was Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Now it seems that the Green Mountain State could have given birth to a Facebook-killer in the shape of the Ello social network. The social network’s motto is “Simple, beautiful and ad-free”. And it could pose a big threat to the likes of Facebook if Net surfers genuinely get fed up with feeding their personal data to the likes of Google and Facebook so that advertisers can target them more effectively. The only snag is that to get onto Ello currently is best achieved by being recommended by a friend. Bizarrely that a model which Gmail originally adopted. Continue reading

schiller -showcased Brit app for Air 2 Caribu follows Citymapper in bit Apple thumbs up

Brit apps prove popular with Californian tech giant

A second British app has just received the seal of approval from Cupertino-based Apple within just a few weeks. This time it was the turn of Caribu, which is designed to help absent parents read to their children. At the launch of the new iPad Air 2 by Apple’s marketing guru, Phil Schiller, Caribu was on the receiving end of a coveted endorsement from Apple. Back in September [2014], of course, when Apple unveiled its Apple Watch smartwatch (aka the iWatch) the tech giant chose Citymapper, a London-based transport app, to help showcase the wearable device. Continue reading

people go straight to mobile - kordestani Google looking strong in emerging markets

Android One is particularly key for India

When Google announced its Q3 earnings recently, the results disappointed most industry analysts. Google’s worse than expected performance has been blamed on a slow down in paid click-through revenue. However, one of the areas that Google is looking strong is their mobile strategy in emerging markets. As Google chief business officer, Omid Kordestani, commented, “Emerging markets are fundamentally different from developed. In countries like Indonesia [currently BlackBerry's stronghold - Ed.], people go straight to mobile. That’s why you see us launch things like Android One.” Here Marco Veremis, Upstream’s CEO, comments on the earnings what Google is doing right in their approach to emerging markets – especially in India. Continue reading

new breed of MVNO services - white Mobilise Consulting moves into MVNO big time

MVNO operation in Ireland for Dixons Carphone is 1st major job

A specialist comms consultancy, Mobilise Consulting has made its first move in the competitive arena of supplying services to of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services. It couldn’t have made a better start in the UK as the UK’s leading mobile retailer, Dixons Carphone, has become the first customer. Mobilise Consulting says it won the contact in the face of fierce competition from some of the biggest consulting firms in the global industry. The one-year contract is to help launch Dixon Carphone’s mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) in Ireland in Q3 2015. Continue reading

GoMo desperately seeks alternative live F1 audio feed

BBC blatantly ignores the first B in its acronym

The BBC is absolutely accustomed to receiving accusations of bias. But GoMo News thinks it might be perpetuating a first – criticising the media company for a lack of positive discrimination towards British athletes. Yes, we can safely say that the BBC’s Formula One [F1] commentary for the first ever Russian Grand Prix (October 12th 2014) barely made any mention of Jenson Button and was forced to make the occasional observation about fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton mainly because Lewis (who drives for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team) led the race from start to finish and eventually won it. Consequently, here at GoMo News we are urgently seeking a source of live coverage for the next F1 race (in English) which is broadcast for free on the Net. We’ll listen via mobile whilst images are displayed using old-fashioned broadcast TV media. Continue reading

commuters won't tolerate dead zones - carter Mobile black-spots on rails – GWS survey results

Commuters forced to look out of the window as up to 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks attempted on trains fail

  • Three [3UK] crowned best network for commuters who like to talk Vodafone for commuters on 3G, and EE for commuters on 4G
  • 1 in 3 mobile internet tasks and 1 in 7 voice calls attempted on commuter train routes failed during testing
  • But EE, O2, and Vodafone all heavily relying on their older 2G networks to cover commuters – following most rigorous train connectivity study ever conducted
  • St. Pancras wins mobile connectivity wooden spoon

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jimmy_wales Wiki man goes global with non-GSM network

So your handset won’t roam onto TPO when visiting the USA

“Everything I have done is global, so we should be thinking global from Day One,” Jimmy Wales told the Sunday Telegraph. The man who is credited with starting Wikipedia was talking about his involvement with The People’s Operator (TPO)- a UK MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] which has a USP of giving 10 per cent of its revenues to charity. He’s decided to help the fledgling company break into the crucial USA market. However, he’s decided to do so through US operator – Sprint. GoMo News chuckled when we learnt this because Sprint uses cdmaOne technology so Brits travelling abroad won’t be able to roam onto the US equivalent of TPO. The vats majority of the world’s cellular networks use GSM technology. If Mr Wales had just looked on Wikipedia he’d have found GSM has at least a 90 per cent share of the cellular market. Let’s hope Mr Wales has more luck in picking charities to support TPO USA than the UK version did. Continue reading

dear mr richards we'd like to complain in the strongest terms UK quartet publish Open Letter to UK comms watchdog

Open letter to Ed Richards, CEO with Ofcom

From Three UK; TalkTalk Group; Federation of Communications Services (FCS) and LetsSaveMoney.com

29th September 2014

Sir,

As representatives of some of the UK’s leading challenger telecoms operators; an industry body; and a consumer champion, we believe switching reform is essential and long overdue. That’s why we welcome Ofcom’s renewed focus on switching and the move towards a consistent Gaining Provider Led process that puts the interests of consumers first. As the call for inputs on the switching roadmap closes, we wanted to emphasise the importance of delivering lasting reform for the whole sector. Continue reading

icloud won't restore to 8.0 Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update after major bugs revealed

Reveals the danger of relying on iCloud backups

Apple has been forced to apologise to those who installed the iOS 8.0.1 update on their iPhones after it caused some users (including those on EE in the UK) to experience signal loss. The update was only available briefly yesterday [September 4th 2014] before it was pulled. The catch is that once you’ve installed an iOS update, you need to use iTunes software to go back. Hence Apple had to issue advice to those who had upgraded here. It involves downloading the correct file for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and then not being able to use the Health app. Consequently, Apple has said it is working flat out to create iOS 8.0.2 which should fix the bugs. Continue reading

make early contact - hance 360 Phones 4u stores still up for grabs

Some prime UK High St locations still available to independents

The company in charge of the administration of former UK’s second largest mobile phone retailer, Phones 4u – PwC [PricewaterhouseCoopers] says that some 360 stores are still available. Given that certain of these stores are in prime locations – such as Brighton, these could well be snapped up by independent mobile phone retailers. After all, many consumers will still visit the High Street store’s location expecting to acquire a mobile phone. So it seems a good idea for such businesses to contact the [real] estate agents appointed by PwC – Prime Retail Property Consultants. Plus of course, there are between 1,679 and 2,400 experienced mobile phone staff now on the market. Continue reading

Sony struggles to make money out of mobile

Growth it was expecting just hasn’t materialised

In a statement issued today [September 17th 2014] has admitted that its previous plan for “achieving significant sales growth” basically just hasn’t happened. The company explained that growth [basically in the handset sector] is now not expected to materialise. The Japanese company is blaming “the significant change in the market and competitive environment of the mobile business.” Consequently the compay was forced to announce a profits warning this morning basically because of a 180 billion yen (£1 billion) impairment charge on its mobile phone division. GoMo News has a sense of deja vue here remembering the days when the handset operation was a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson. And Ericsson threatened to pull the plug more than once. Continue reading

unwanted guest Complex series of events lead to Phones4U demise

UK High Street retailers suddenly shuts down operations

The landscape for the cellular industry in the UK has shifted suddenly thanks to the largely unanticipated demise of the country’s second largest mobile handset retailer – Phones 4u. The trigger has been the fact that the company lost its last two Brit MNO [Mobile Network Operators] as partners for handset contract sales. They were Vodafone followed by EE (which operates the Orange and T-Mobile brands in the UK). Right up until now, Phones 4u displayed all the signs of being a successful business. It was profitable with a turnover of more than £1 billion plus underlying earnings were £105 million last year [2013]. What’s gone wrong? GoMo News suspects that games of double-buff went badly wrong for the company which employs around 5,596 people. Continue reading

dave_evans GoMo mourns loss of our journalist – Dave Evans

Far more than just a good financial news hound

It’s with great sadness that the team here at GoMo News has to announce the loss of our financial correspondent – Dave Evans. He finally lost a long battle with cancer on Saturday 13th September [2014]. For this publication, Dave has served us as a long established commentator on both the IT and cellular industries. His current focus was on share price trends within the mobile/cellular sector. However, Dave was far more than just a good financial news hound. he was a skilled writer and displayed an excellent sense of humour as witnessed by the first story Dave wrote for us ‘What The Butler Saw‘. Dave’s keen eye for a story and speed of copy delivery will be sorely missed here at GoMo News. Continue reading