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wifi_calling iPhones are compatible with EE’s WiFi calling service

No clear indication that it is UMA based, though

It seems that leading UK MNO [mobile network operator] EE has finally decided to join the Wi-fi offloading camp by offering a new service called WiFi Calling. The company openly admits that this capability is initially severely restricted. But it has mistakenly given the impression that the service is limited to Android and Windows Phone based devices only. The reality is that most recent Apple iPhone are also capable of enjoying the service. This development leaves Vodafone as the only UK MNO presently not offering a Wi-fi offloading solution. Although GoMo News would argue that its femtocell based Sure Signal offering is extremely similar. Continue reading

- lawson-stratham Apple is working with Brits on iPhone fuel cell

Could have major implications for markets like India

Rumours have emerged recently that Apple is working with a British technology company has developed a  hydrogen fuel cell that is small enough to be factory fitted inside one of its smartphones. The company is Intelligent Energy and in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph here, Intelligent Energy’s CFO, Dr Mark Lawson-Stratham, mentioned working with a partner. He said while the tech is still a couple of years away from being ready for the general public, “But it’s about how quickly does our partner want to press the button and get on with it?” Naturally, with Apple be notoriously harsh to suppliers who leak information, the company refused to confirm that the smartphone manufacturer was Apple. However, Intelligent Energy has strong links with Apple which already sells its Upp fuel cell charger in its stores. The technology has, of course, major benefits for emerging markets such as India, where traditional mains electricity supplies can prove difficult to find. A whole new market for reusable cartridge could open up for retailers, too. Continue reading

caudwell's image didn't benefit from the collapse Another VC to look into UK’s Phones4u demise

Asking for access to investigation into High Street retailers’ demise

There is, of course, a perfectly logical explanation for the collapse of one of Blighty’s largest High Street mobile phone retailers last year [2014]. The company lost its last two Brit MNO [Mobile Network Operators] – out of four- as partners for handset contract sales. And that’s the reason given for placing Phones4U into administration by BC Partners – the VC firm which was effectively controlling the retailer at the time. However, its obvious that others besides GoMo News thinks that there was more to it than was revealed. (See ‘Complex series of events lead to Phones4U demise‘). Now a story in The Sunday Telegraph claims that Cyrus Capital partners have joined Stonehill Capital Partners in approaching the administrators – PwC. The pair want access to an investigation carried out by legal firm, Quinn Emmanuel, into the circumstances leading up to Phones4U’s demise. Continue reading

it's working and ready to go - winand Fuel cells to put India MNO on cutting edge technology

GoMo News suspects the MNO in question is Ascend Telecom

A UK based company, Intelligent Energy, has apparently struck a deal to deploy its fuel cell technology to power cellular base stations in India, according to a recent report in The Sunday Telegraph. The deal will make India the first country to deploy this cutting-edge technology within the cellular industry. Intelligent Energy will apparently replace up to 26,000 diesel generators with fuel cells. The newspaper didn’t name which Indian based mobile network operator [MNO} will utilise its products but . GoMo News. discovered that the company has been participating in trials with Ascend Telecom in Uttar Pradesh West. Continue reading

Kevin_walsh2 India will prove powerhouse for 4G smartphone growth

Gfk predicts that ASPs will decline as well

According to the latest global smartphone sales data from GfK, almost six in ten (58 per cent) smartphones sold in Q2 2015 were 4G-enabled. With one major operator launching 4G services in India at the start of August [2015], 4G is now available in all key countries. “India is expected to be the largest contributor of absolute smartphone unit growth globally this year [2015], ” said Kevin Walsh, director of trends and forecasting with GfK comments. He added, “The main reason behind this is the currently low smartphone penetration in the market together with a significant intensification of the competition amongst the smartphone vendors, which will drive ASP [Average Sale Price] erosion allowing more affordable devices in the market.” Continue reading

- williams Invisible mobile ads could increase demand for adblocking

AdBlock Plus has found way of offering its Adblock browser for Android on Google Play

According to Ben Williams, head of operations with Adblock Plus, a recent study from Forensiq focused on fraud detection revealed that thousands of mobile applications in both Google and Apple’s apps stores misled marketers. They did so by loading invisible adverts that cannot be seen by users, and in doing so costing the marketing and advertising industry an estimated $1 billion a year. His company says that the findings from this report supports further evidence that advertising fraud is spreading rapidly from online to the mobile app advertising market – which is expected to grow by up to 50 per cent to almost $21 billion this year in the USA alone. Continue reading

tessier Mobile ad veteran Tessier joins adsquare

Organiser of MobileDrinks & AppDays

Mobile ad industry veteran, Vincent Tessier has joined adsquare as vp for demand partnerships. With more than 10 years of experience in media and mobile, Vincent has been prominent on French digital landscape since the early 2000s – having worked at AOL, Cellfish Media, Trademob and most recently LAPLACEMEDIA. “Very few companies are able to offer what adsquare is offering to our market, empowering unprecedented targeting possibilities, especially in Europe,” Tessier observed. He is well known within the mobile community for initiatives such as marketingmobile.co (his blog); organising MobileDrinks meetups and for AppDays, which claims to be the largest conference about mobile and apps in France. Continue reading

UK imprisons 30 per annum over propaganda theft

Pay up for the Beeb licence or else

Shocking statistics have emerged on how the UK government persecutes those who refuse to pay their annual subscription fee for its propaganda arm – the BBC [British Broadcasting Corporation], otherwise known as the Beeb. Curiously it seems that women are the most reluctant to pay for their indoctrination. Seventy per cent of 178,300 people prosecuted in 2013 were women. It is not known how many of the 30 or so people who are sent to prison every year for refusing to pay the £1,000/$1,564 fine for failure to pay the annual fee of £149.50/$234 were women. The harsh reality, however, is that publications such as GoMo News have to pay that fee to enable services such as bbc.co.uk/news to compete against us. The good news is that the Tory [conservative] party’s Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, has finally called for non-payment to be decriminalised. Continue reading

-bhas 5G revenues to kick in by 2025 says Juniper

Predicts they’ll be worth $65bn globally

A healthy adoption rate for 5G services has been predicted by British market analyst,  Juniper Research. The new report ‘5G Market Strategies: 4G LTE Evolution, Spectrum Analysis & Opportunities 2015-2025,’ forecasts with service revenues set to exceed $65 billion by 2025. That’s compared to just $100 million during its first year of commercial services in 2020. To put that in context, that figure would represent approximately 7 per cent of all mobile network operator [MNO] billed service revenues. Whilst the first commercial roll outs are expected in 2020, Juniper says, widespread adoption will only occur from 2025. Continue reading

charge my mobile box is already ticked GoMo accidentally places bet using Payforit

Pen in pocket bets with i.wintheprize.uk

Here at GoMo Towers, we’d have to recommend opting out your handset from the UK’s Payforit mobile payment service at present. That’s because we appear to have placed a bet whilst driving along. Which means the pen in our pocket managed to bet £8 with i.wintheprize.uk. When we tried to track down the operator of this service, we had a great deal of trouble. The company is called BigWin Ltd and a spokesperson told us, “Obviously the pen in your pocket entered the competition.” It’s a shame to recommend this negative action because we’d used Payforit originally to purchase a bus ticket. Won’t be doing that again in a hurry. Continue reading

changed  life beyond recognition - meader Mobile-geddon – The everyday essentials facing death by smartphone

Revealed: 10 essential tools set to be replaced by phones in next decade
Keys, pocket mirrors and TV remotes to disappear by 2025
The new Swiss Army Knife: phones are now the ultimate multi-tool – expert says

Press release

The march of the smartphone means the number will be up for alarm clocks, keys, pocket mirrors and TV remotes by the end of the decade. That’s the verdict of futurist Dr Ian Pearson, who teamed up with TalkTalk Mobile . UK comms watchdog, Ofcom’s data released recently showed two thirds of us (66 per cent) of us own a smartphone, and for the first time smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online. Continue reading

ringing - poulsen All MVNOs should be Tweakker-enabled says president of Ready Wireless

Press release

August 6th 2015. Last month [July 2015] Spirent Communications’ device intelligence business unit announced a groundbreaking agreement with Prepaid Wireless Wholesale, North America’s largest mobile virtual network enabler/aggregator (MVNE/MVNA). The agreement enables the device intelligence solution of Spirent Tweakker to service the connectivity needs of American mobile virtual network operators from New York to San Francisco. Ready Wireless was first to sign up for PWW’s offering of Tweakker to USA-based mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs]. Continue reading

breaches no longer if but when - spykerman UK leading cellular retailer admits customer records hack

Being Carphone Warehouse this could affect 2.4 million people

It seems that the UK’s leading cellular retailer, the Carphone Warehouse, has felt the necessity to admit here that it has been victim of a security breach which enabled hackers gained access to the bank details of 2.4 million customers. Customers with accounts at OneStopPhoneShope.com, e2save.com and mobiles.co.uk could be affected, too. Mike Spykerman, a vp with OPSWAT, warned, “The reality is that data breaches are no longer a question of if, but when. To avoid cyber attacks being successful, companies should prepare their defences. Mark Bower, global director with HP Security Voltage, added, “It’s a clear signal that contemporary data encryption and tokenization for all sensitive fields, not disk or column level encryption for credit cards, is necessary to thwart advanced attacks.” Continue reading

threeuk Hutchison will push EU hard for 3 & O2 UK merger

Combined UK MNO big enough to take on Vodafone

It seems that Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa – which built the 3 (Three) mobile network in the UK will be urging the European Commission to permit its acquisition of UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] – O2.  The company built the 3 network in the UK and is looking to merge it with its rival UK  MNO in an £12.5 bllion merger. GoMo News first reported the rumouurs back in January [2015] – see ‘More hints that 3UK might take over O2‘. The figures make a compelling argument.  Three  has circa 12.2 per cent of the UK’s mobile network spectrum whilst O2 has around 15.2 per cent. Combined they’d have 27.4 per cent compared to Vodafone’s 27.5 per cent.You know it makes sense. Continue reading

collaborating with like-minded people - smith Mind Candy teams up with YouTube DJs for hit game

7 Second Challenge already sits @ No.2 in USA & UK charts

It seems that Mind Candy has hit on a great formula for creating a chart topping game. The company claims the ‘The 7 Second Challenge’ app is now in the Number Two position for UK and USA paid downloads. The Challenge is the work of YouTube giants (DJs) – Dan and Phil, who currently have over 10 million subscribers across their channels. Plus more than 700 million views on their videos as well as millions of followers on their social networks. They’ve now collaborated with Mind Candy to bring it to smartphones as an all new mobile game. Continue reading