Category Archives: mobile news
Has US President accidentally let the cat slip out of the bag
It appears that an off-the-cuff comment from the US President, Barack Obama, that he can’t use a US designed mobile handset might have revealed more than he intended. He claimed that he couldn’t actually use an Apple iPhone for ‘security reasons’. On the surface of this, it could be a reference to the fact the the US authorities have always regarded Canadian designed BlackBerries as being more secure. GoMo News‘ love of conspiracy theories, however, would cause us to speculate that the real reason is that US agents have found the means to hack iPhones but not handsets originating from other countries. Continue reading
Industry reaction from Adbrain
The recent news that Twitter is trying to move into the mobile advertising ad space comes as no surprise to the established players. “Twitter’s recent acquisition of MoPub and its need to keep its new shareholders happy meant it was only a matter of time before it started retargeting on mobile,” observed Gareth Davies, CEO at Adbrain. But it isn’t going to be all plain sailing even if Twitter is a massive player in the social networking sector. Continue reading
No-one seems to be asking what UK MVNO might do in USA instead
We’ve all known for a long time that Vodafone fully intends to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless back to Verizon itself. Today’s [4th December 2013] news is that Vodafone has confirmed that it has received the required approval from the US watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for Vodafone’s disposal of its US group. That entity’s principal asset is, of course, its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless and the FFC says it can go to Verizon now. This does, however, leave a big question mark over what Vodafone is actually going to do about the US market? It’s a very lucrative place to play in and it would be strange for a global MNO [Mobile Network Operator] like Vodafone to just ignore it from now onwards. Continue reading
Shares in video to mobile specialist SyQic closed more than a third higher last night [4th December 2013] after floating on London’s junior Aim market.
The firm, which delivers live TV and on-demand video to internet connected devices to consumers in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, watched its share price soar on the first day of trading, raising some £3.2 million. Continue reading
Apparently the UK Tax payer will fund a rural broadband trial
In the UK, like elsewhere, there’s been a great deal of talk about the ‘digital divide’. Data speeds which urban dwellers regard as typical would be a true Godsend to consumers – and more importantly, businesses – in most rural communities. There are, of course, multiple ways of providing Internet connectivity to remote places. Such as satellite. But it seems that the British government has seen the sense in using well established technology from the cellular industry – 4G, as the most sensible way forward. Hence a spokesperson for UK-based MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone, has just welcomed the UK [HM] Treasury’s decision to fund an innovative rural broadband trial. Continue reading
Taiwan’s HTC looks set to be banned from selling its One Mini smartphone in Britain by the end of this week following a judge’s ruling that it violated a Nokia patent.
A similar ban could have been imposed over HTC’s entire flagship range of One smartphones, which make up more than two thirds of UK sales, but in London’s High Court an injunction was stayed pending an appeal and given the extent of harm to HTC ahead of the busy Christmas sales period.
HTC has until the end of this week [6th December 2013] to make a similar appeal against a ban on the One Mini phone, which was launched only recently in Britain. Continue reading
Britain’s coalition government looks set to be on a collision course with all-party MPs after giving the thumbs up to Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, despite the firm being blocked by the US and Australian amid concerns over spying threats.
It’s emerged that a British government-led review has now ruled that Huawei poses no serious risk, but the fact its clearance comes as prime minister David Cameron is in China to whip up business will undoubtedly be seen as more than just coincidence. In recent years Huawei has itself attempted to counter suspicions by spending millions on a PR campaign. Continue reading
Suzhou subsidiary starts offering iPhones
China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with around 750 million subscribers, looks to have finally agreed terms with Apple to sell its devices after adverts for iPhones appeared on a subsidiary’s website. The site went live late last night [2nd December 2013] offering the IPhone 5s and 5c for availability in Suzhou, a city of five million just west of Shanghai. It’s thought China Mobile chose Suzhou not only because of its relatively wealthy citizens more able to afford iPhones, but also as a place where it could iron out the wrinkles in 4G delivery. Until now part of the problem has been China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA protocol, used solely by the carrier and which the iPhone doesn’t support. Continue reading
Fresh legal woes in Delhi
Vodafone’s Indian offshoot looks set for a new legal row after being accused of stealing a local firm’s 65,000-strong customer base. In a dispute that goes back to 2007, SIM card provider Matrix Cellular claims Vodafone “misrepresented” the facts when they were first given to the country’s Department of Telecoms and a separate appeals tribunal. At the time it was claimed SIMs were rented in bulk to Matrix, circumventing how phones subscribers are meant to be registered for corporate tax purposes. But Matrix has insisted it did nothing illegal and acted at all times with Vodafone’s written consent. Continue reading
Yer 5c is just for plebs, mate
Apple’s more expensive iPhone 5s outsold the company’s 5C model by three to one in the UK, latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech suggest. But although there appears to be a British consumer preference for the pricier handset, Apple is still losing market share. In the three months to October 2013, smartphones running Apple’s operating system slipped from 32.7 per cent in 2012 to 28.7 per cent now. In the USA, says Kantar, the decline is even more marked – down from 47.2 per cent to 40.8 per cent during the same period. Continue reading
GoMo News’ own prediction for growth of M2M based on white space tech
Here at GoMo News Towers, we’d just had a tip-off that ‘white space’ will become a really hot technology in 2014. In essence, white space takes advantage of the unused gaps in usage of licensed radio frequencies. It’s like putting the blank lines on a printed page to good use. The free RF frequency spaces are, however, being chiefly utilised for machine -to-machine (M2M) purposes – rather than mobile broadband. One of the biggest markets for white space technology, however, is proving to be the USA. But – as we discovered very quickly, there’s a serious dearth of information on the subject. Continue reading
We’re not entirely convinced that Vodafone’s Smart PASS really did launch
As evidence of the continuing surge behind NFC (near Field Communication), you couldn’t get much clearer than Vodafone’s recent announcement of its Mobile Wallet service launch in Spain. (See here). We’ve visited the Vodafone Spain site and there’s no sign of it. We’ve searched for both SmartPass and Smart PASS and could find nothing. Also Google Play reports that the Vodafone app is not available in our country (UK). Try it for yourself here. Anyway what we have learnt is that London’s Underground is definitely going contactless. Continue reading
US chip giant Qualcomm saw its shares plunge 2 per cent on Wall Street last night [25th November 2013] after it was revealed how Chinese investigators had launched a probe into its activities in the People’s Republic.
The move by regulators comes as Qualcomm gears up for the launch of high-speed LTE networks in China, where the chip leader has established an early start and holds important patents.
Later, Qualcomm issued a statement admitting that the probe by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) involved the country’s Anti-Monopoly Law, but adding that it was “not aware of any charge” by the regulators that it had violated the law. Continue reading
False alarm – we thought it was a new model
It’s called kipping [sleeping] on the job. Here at GoMo Towers we thought that Nokia had suddenly added another new handset to its Lumia range. Then we suddenly realised the company was simply announcing the UK availability of the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet. From Friday 6th December 2013. Ho-Hum. Anyway, this is Nokia’s first smartphone with a 6 inch high definition display. At least Nokia gives us some idea of the pricing. The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available to purchase by UK consumers on contract from approximately £38 per month from O2 retail, Vodafone on-line, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4u and independent retailers via Micro-P. At least it will be out in time for the Xmas present buying rush. BlackBerry take note. Continue reading
Don’t tell Neelie Kroes – she’ll think it an excellent idea
Last week [November 22nd 2013], three out of the four big US based MNOs -AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile announced that they would be dropping most Premium Rate SMS billing (PRS). Apparently, Verizon Wireless is reportedly dragging its feet over the issue, Anyway, this makes the USA the first mobile market in the world to do so. Anyway, whichever way you paint it, this spells a disaster for the mobile content industry. Only as long ago as 2008, the content industry billed $35 billion annually worldwide via Premium Rate SMS. If other politicians pick up on this development – in the EU’s case – Neelie Kroes, this could spell a complete disaster for the mobile content industry. Continue reading