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Using a tablet inside a UK hospital for Skype

Handset Clinic:- micro SIM; tethering or MiFi the answer

A British reader, Jon P, has written into GoMo News asking for help with a specific connectivity problem. He has purchased a Lenovo Yoga 10 tablet (model 60047) from John Lewis with micro SIM card slot. His wife is having to spenf three weeks in a Basingstoke [UK] hospital. She wants to be able to video call with her family (via Skype) as well as using the BBC’s iPlayer for tv catch-up and downloading books. The hospital definitely doesn’t offer access to Wi-fi. What can he do? Continue reading

stephenson - in talks @ davos AT&T rules out Vodafone takeover – or does it?

Britain’s Takeover Panel forces statement after fevered rumours
Vodafone shares drop sharply in early trading

Frenzied speculation out of Davos that AT&T might be planning an imminent bid for Vodafone were today [27th January 2014] slapped down by the US operator, ahead of the London market opening. When trading did commence, the denial immediately wiped millions of Vodafone’s cap, sending shares plunging by more than 7 per cent to 216 pence. Rumours started flying when it emerged that Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s CEO, had met the EU Telecoms Commissioner Neelie Kroes at the World Economic Forum to discuss his ambition to become a major player in Europe, at the same time sounding out the Commission’s receptiveness to a possible takeover of a firm the size of Vodafone. Continue reading

china mobile/vodafone tie-up over africa China Mobile may seek tie up with Vodafone

Latest speculation about leading British global MNO

An intriguing rumour has surfaced in the UK’s Daily Mail here. The newspaper quotes unnamed sources as suggesting that the world’s largest MNO [Mobile Network Operator] might be interested in taking a stake in Vodafone. Which was previously the world’s largest MNO, of course. A hook up has a great deal of logic. The newspaper points out, for example, that the pair have co-operated in the past. They joined forces to bid for a mobile licence in Burma, for example. What most intrigues GoMo News, however, is references to China Mobile’s interest in co-operating with Vodafone in Africa. We can think of two good reasons behind this. Continue reading

mclaren_car_2014 McLaren’s 2014 F1 car isn’t Orange at all

Still no sign of a replacement sponsor for Vodafone

So much for speculation that Orange/France Telecom might have stepped into the shoes of global MNO [Mobile Network operator], Vodafone. New Year’s day [January 1st 2014], we ran a story based on an Omnicorse report that McLaren was going to be painting its Formula One [F1] car for the 2014 – Orange. Well, it hasn’t. The MP-29 is silver. Plus, it seems that no-one is going to directly replace Vodafone at present. Although, GoMo News holds out the feint hope that Verizon Wireless might sponsor the car for the US Grand Prix. Continue reading

vodafone could offer F1 coverage if allies with skyl Vodafone & BSkyB cozy up for possible alliance

Could BT be thinking of buying EE for its 4-play?

The web is awash with rumours that Vodafone has been having cozy chats about forming an unholy alliance against BT – the former UK telecoms duopoly. Vodafone has, of course, acquired bits of the other duopoly – Cable & Wireless here. BSkyB might be exploring ways of reducing its dependence on BT for its fixed broadband service – especially given the outage recent suffered by Sky broadband customers in South West London here. However, BT is building close links with EE over a possible consumer broadband offering. But GoMo recently speculated here that EE might be up for sale. BT is a logical buyer. Continue reading

EE-Logo EE’s £10bn flotation put on hold sparking rumours of outright sale

Joint owners claim they want to expand 4G roll-out first

Britain’s biggest phone operator, EE, has had its partial flotation put on hold by owners France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, in a surprise postponement that comes more than a year after IPO plans were first unveiled. Earlier this month [January 2014] EE, which embraces the T-Mobile and Orange brands, revealed how its number of 4G customers had passed the two million mark. But EE’s joint owners now say they want the operator’s high speed service to become even more entrenched so that, as and when a flotation does go ahead, EE will attract a higher valuation. So far only 7 per cent of EE’s customers are on 4G tariffs. Continue reading

coming to the moto g - kitkat Moto G gets a break with KitKat

Motorola is rolling out the upgrade to its Android OS

Regular readers of GoMo News will be aware that we’re pretty big fans of Motorola’s smartphones. And just a head of our scheduled meet with the UK arm of the US based mobile phone maker, we’ve just learnt that the company is already rolling out the promised upgrade to the Moto G’s Android OS from Android Jelly bean (4.1) to KitKat (4.2). When Motorola launched the Moto G in the UK back in November 2013, it committed to delivering KitKat, to devices by early 2014. So January 13th is way ahead of that deadline really. Continue reading

Verizon_wireless_logo A way of avoiding the UK’s CGT on the Vodafone windfall

There’s something called an EIS scheme

In the past, GoMo News has written a great deal about the forthcoming £84 billion Vodafone windfall payment. Elsewhere in the Press, there has been much specualtion about the forthcoming Vodafone share bonanza which will follow the sale of its stake in US mobile network operator (MNO) – Verizon Wireless. Especially given the whopping tax bill that this free windfall will present to some of the army of 500,000 or so UK private Vodafone shareholders. Hence, one GoMo News reader has written in with his way of avoiding all of the UK’s CGT (Capital Gains Tax) on the Vodafone windfall. It might be a scam but it seems to be a clever one. So read on at your peril. Continue reading

we might see more orange on 2014 mclaren cars Orange might take over from Vodafone at McLaren F1

Totally unfounded specualtion from GoMo – again

As keen F1 fans will know that the McLaren Formula One team’s the key sponsor – Vodafone has pulled out of its deal with the British racing squad as of the 2014 season. Obviously the team is on the lookout for a new title sponsor. Theoretically, McLaren should have made an announcement concerning its sponsors on December 2nd [2013]. But nothing happened. That led to GoMo News speculating that Verizon Wireless might step into the breach now that its ties with Vodafone have virtually been severed. But here’s a new one. Orange (France Telecom) might be interested. Here at GoMo Towers we think that web site,, might be sitting on a much bigger story than it realises. Continue reading

Vodafone_NYE Vodafone forgets to publicise its own AR app

Download it in time for the New Year’s Eve fireworks

We’re not quite sure how this has happened but Vodafone UK appears to have developed a really neat AR [augmented reality] app and then forgotten to remind people to download it. It is free and was made available to download from the Apple iTunes App Store and Google’s Play app here from midnight  yesterday [December 30th 2013]. If  GoMo News is right,  the app will enable users to view the London (England) firework from one minute to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Which is why the app is called NYE 2013. Continue reading

London's reputation for innovation - Johnson Vodafone joins forces With Mayor Of London for world’s first multi-sensory fireworks display

New partnership sees Vodafone teaming up with Mayor and working with food scientists Bompas & Parr to bring a world first to London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations
Free Vodafone augmented reality smartphone app to bring the experience of the fireworks to millions of people, wherever they are

Press release

December 9th 2013. Thousands of people attending the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will experience a show unlike any other as Vodafone helps create a display they will be able to taste and smell, as well as see. Vodafone is joining forces with the Mayor for the unique New Year’s Eve celebration, which will be experienced not just by spectators crowded along the banks of the River Thames, but by millions more watching the event at home on television. Continue reading

perhaps colao should create European MVNOs? Vodafone could prove more visionary than the City

Could become an MVNO or get into banking not just become ‘fourplayer’

Over the last weekend, GoMo News spotted another opinion piece written by a financial journalist suggesting what direction Vodafone – one of the largest mobile network operators in the world, might take. At least this one – Danny Fortson writing in the Sunday Times, had one interesting figure. As a result of the ‘Verizon Wireless’ windfall, Danny has worked out that Vodafone’s CEO, Vittorio Colao, has a pot of gold worth around $21 billion to play with. So what does Mr Fortson expect Vodafone to spend the money on? Buying more fixed line networks so that the MNO (Mobile Network Operator) could offer ‘fourplay’ services in more of the markets it operates in. GoMo News, believes that Vodafone might be a bit more visionary than that. Continue reading

out & about with very high quality - patterson BT plotting some kind of hybrid mobile network for UK

Our totally unfounded rumour – BT could reacquire the Airwave network

Here at GoMo News, 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. The perceived wisdom these days, however, is that in order to properly compete you must be a true ‘quad play’ player. Unfortunately, without its own cellular network, BT can only be a tri-play player. So it has rumoured to the UK publication – The Sunday Times (ST), its plan to offer consumers some form of mobile network. Reading between the lines, it appears that BT is intending to achieve this goal using some massively hybrid mobile technology offering. Continue reading

could dunstone sell talktalk to ee? More speculation on telecoms consolidation in ST

This time it is TalKTalk but we think Vodafone should be a US MVNO

Writing in his Sunday Times column here*, business editor, Dominic O’Connell, speculates that there is going to be a “crunching down of the telecoms industry into a handful of global players.” There are, of course, loads of references in here to rumours that GoMo News has covered in the past. Such as the fact that the USA’s AT&T has made it quite obvious that it wants to gain a serious foothold in Europe. Dominic also mentions another of our favourites – namely that Mexico’s Carlos Slim (of Telmex fame) is also sniffing around Europe. However, O’Connell seems to have a new rumour about TalkTalk. Meanwhile, GoMo News has a theory that Vodafone ought to become an MVNO in the USA. Continue reading

bye_bye_3 3 has now officially gone in Australia

But you still get fear-free roaming in Aussie-land as a 3UK customer

We were doing a bit of research here at GoMo Towers when we suddenly noticed a message on the Vodafone Australia web site here. The headline read ‘Thank you and Goodnight – Three is now closed in Australia’.  We were panicking a bit because Australia is one of the eleven countries where 3UK  customers can use their phones for fear-free roaming. But it turns out that since 3 and Vodafone merged in 2009, the pair have been taking steps towards becoming the one brand – Vodafone [in Australia]. GoMo News reckons that the same thing will happen to T-Mobile and Orange customers in the UK eventually. Subscribers on the two merged networks will simply find themselves on EE. Continue reading