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RIP inventor of SMS/text Matti Makkonen

SMS long ignored in USA thanks to not-invented-here

Here at GoMo Towers we were saddened to learn of the death of famous Finn, Matti Makkonen, who is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the Short Messaging Service (SMS) which is now best known as text messaging. Essentially what Makkonen did was to realise the potential for the use of the standard signalling channel for brief messages. Makkonen thus decided on 160 characters whereas Twitter uses less. The original objective with SMS was to enable test engineers to communicate briefly with each other as part of network infrastructure installation and setup. Now look at it. Bizarrely, the USA took a long time to implement text message services as we now know them today. Chiefly as the result of the ‘not-invented-here’ syndrome which was rife at the time. Continue reading

Mail on Sunday calls for action over bill shock

MNOs should bring security & protection in line with banks

The leading UK national newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, has called for more protection for consumers over ‘bill shock’. This follows a complaint from a British woman, Laura Harris, over a £2,000 ($3,100) bill she managed to run up with local MNO[Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone. The worrying thing is that she managed this feat mostly by linking her Apple iPhone to a Microsoft Exchange email server. She discovered the cause by contacting a specialist firm, Forensic Mobile Services, which claimed that “Exchange email services have known technical issues that can result in high data usage when used on Apple devices.” Known by whom, GoMo News would like to know? Anyway, Ms Harris and the Daily Mail (here) have subsequently called for UK MNOs to bring security and protection in line with banks [financial institutions]. Continue reading

Vodafone UK hints at recruitment drive

May need more bodies to deliver Ready Business

Vodafone UK has effectively admitted it might well be on a serious recruitment drive if its new offering – Ready Business, turns out to be successful. Ready Business is being marketed as a service which should enable businesses of any size – SMEs as well as multinationals deal with “an increasingly complex business environment.” The service has gone live today [May 18th 2015] according to advertorials place in the likes of The Times newspaper. Top execs – including Vodafone UK’s UK enterprise director, Phil Mottram, have apparently taken part in an event named ‘Ready Day’. Over 500 employees – from the company’s circa 12,000 workforce, should have taken part. If all their roles prove viable, that is a massive recruitment requirement. Continue reading

BT_logo BT to become 4G MVNO says report

Probably start with SIM-only offering

According to a report in the Sunday Telegraph here, the UK’s entrenched Telco – BT (formerly British Telecom) is all set to announce that it intends to be an MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] for 4G. The service will utilise EE’s 4G network – which is probably why the company chose to buy EE – rather than O2 as GoMo News had always predicted. As BT hopes to acquire EE eventually, the company won’t want all the hassle of selling handsets through stores. So it will probably kick off with a SIM only offering. Which will, of course, mean that BT can finally offer a full ‘fourplay’ option to its customers. Continue reading

Sex chat provider cons customer data out of Vodafone

TeleBilling tries to charge GoMo Towers

Here at GoMo Towers, we were extremely puzzled when a bill from sex chat content provider, TeleBilling, arrived on our doormat. The company was attempting to recover the princely sum of £35 from us for six texts sent from a prepaid Vodafone [UK] account. There are numerous things wrong with such a demand but it does raise some horrendous questions concerning how personal data being held by Vodafone managed to find its way into the hands of a dubious content provider. The most important question that needs to be addressed is how exactly did TeleBilling link the mobile phone SIM card in question to our name and address? Continue reading

mike harrison makes 1st voda call Thirtieth anniversary of first UK mobile phone call

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made on Vodafone’s UK network 30 years ago
Michael Harrison, the son of Vodafone’s first Chairman, made the call on January 1st 1985
Thirty years later, Vodafone is an industry leader with 438 million customers, mobile operations in 26 countries and fixed broadband operations in 17 countries

Press release

Britain’s first-ever mobile phone call was made 30 years ago on the [then] newly-launched Vodafone network. Michael Harrison, the son of former Vodafone Chairman Sir Ernest Harrison, was the first to test the system, calling his father at midnight on January 1st 1985. Michael Harrison secretly left his family’s New Year’s Eve party at their home in Surrey in the UK to surprise his father, calling him from London’s Parliament Square. Harrison made the historic call from one of the first mobile devices – a Transportable Vodafone VT1, which weighed 11lb (5Kg) and had around 30-minutes of talk time. Continue reading

could gent help BT to buy Vodafone instead of O2? BT may finally get to buy O2 back

Always rued the day it spun off Cellnet

Back in December 2013, GoMo News wrote, “We’ve long known that BT (formerly British Telecommunications) has rued the day it decided to sell off its mobile phone network. Known as Cellnet, it is effectively now the O2 network which is now owned by Spain’s Telefonica.” Well, wouldn’t you know it. Almost a year later, BT has confirmed deal talks with “two UK mobile network operators, of which one is O2.” Told you. Just to keep us guessing, it won’t say who the other mobile network operator [MNO] is, but most people think it is EE. We’d ask, why not Vodafone? After all, it is British, too. BT’s move its widely thought to relate to the popularity of ‘fourplay’ amongst European MNOs at present. Continue reading

hidemyphone Hide My Phone! great for love cheats

We’re keeping quite about other possible uses

GoMo News remembers getting into really hot waters with Vodafone, when we suggested that installing machines that dispensed up-and-ready handsets in UK international airports was a terrorist’s charter. So we are having to play safe with the uses that a new phone app called Hide My Phone! from Privax can be put to.  Let’s just say it’s a gift for love cheats. Because it allows you to pick a telephone number that will make you look like a local number in major countries worldwide. We also suspect you can browse major sites – like Facebook, without being traceable thanks to Privax’ VPN technology. This app is a sister to Hide My Ass! which lets users surf the Net totally anonymously. 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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caudwell - completely shocked Phones 4U High Street presence is carved up

EE and Vodafone move in on prized UK retail outlets

It was almost inevitable. When the UK’s second largest mobile phone retailing chain, Phones 4u, went into administration on September 15th [2014], it was obvious who would step in. And two of the UK’s main mobile network operators [MNOs] – EE and Vodafone have done just that. Vodafone agreed to purchase of 140 Phones 4u stores ( saving 887 jobs) last Friday [September 19th 2014]. And today EE – which trigger the administration by refusing to renew its contact with Phones 4U, has agreed to purchase 58 stores, safeguarding 359 jobs. This outcome follows the fact that Phones 4u’s arch rival, Dixons Carphone, had announced that it was purchasing 160 outlets and agreeing to take on 800 staff from existing stores operating inside the former Dixons stores. Continue reading

Amazon introduces Kindle with free 3G

Should be OK as long as no-one hacks it for tethering

Amongst all of the hype surrounding the launch of new mobile devices today [September 19th 2014] from Amazon comes one model which is bundled with free 3G. That’s right. Free 3G. The device in question is the Kindle Voyager. Now it is going to take some time for us to trawl through the small print on this offer but in the meantime Amazon is promising free cellular coverage in over 100 countries and territories. It’s a great idea as long as hackers don’t find of way of enabling other devices to share the free 3G link. 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

Vodafone’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tariffs announced

Prices start at free for hardware – rising to £63.50 per month on 4G

All four UK MNOs will be offering the new Apple handsets but as a guide for readers, we’re publishing Vodafone typical contract tariffs. Vodafone has already [September 12th 2014] started taking pre-orders for the two latest Apple smartphones – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through its website and in stores – with Vodafone having heavily extended its own retail outlet inventory. Orders will be sent on a first come, first served basis. The iPhone 6 will be available for free on 4G Red XL and Red XXL plans on a 24 month contract. However, those tariffs offer 10GB and 20GB data and are priced at £53.50 and £58.50 respectively. Continue reading

iPhone5 cached iPhone 6 prices disappear from Apple Store

On the first day of pre-ordering these iconic handsets

Just when it would be really useful to know how much the very latest iPhone models from Apple are going to set you back [cost], it seems that Apple has temporarily pulled the information from its online Apple Store this morning [September 12th 2014]. Of course, nothing is safe once it has been published on the Net and so it was extremely easy to get the prices from the cached page which Google offers. For us Brits [UK citizens], the prices range from £539 ($877) for an entry level iPhone 6 with 16GB of storage to £789 ($1,283) for an iPhone 6 Plus with 128GB of storage. These prices are SIM free (Unlocked), of course. Continue reading

Vodafone continues its fourplay quest

Now it’s the turn of the Greeks with Hellas Online

As a sign that the UK’s leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator] still feels that the future lies in offering its customers a complete bundle, Vodafone has announced that its Greek subsidiary has agreed to acquire a 72.7 per cent stake in Hellas Online (HOL). It reckons that HOL – a leading provider of broadband and fixed-line telephony in Greece, has around 0.5 million customers. That represents a market share of approximately 11 per cent based on its own research. For that stake Vodafone is willing to pay the Intracom Group and World Equities Investments Holdings a total cash consideration of €72.7 million. This will help provide Vodafone Greece with the ability to offer the infamous four play to its customers. Continue reading