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new sprint ceo - claure Sprint acquires Marcelo Claure as new CEO

Drops its bid for T-Mobile USA

The USA’s third largest MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Sprint (formerly Sprint Nextel) has reportedly dropped its bid for T-Mobile USA in the face of mounting regulatory resistance. T-Mobile USA is, of course, owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom whilst Sprint is owned by Japan’s SoftBank. This move followed swiftly after the news that
fourth largest US MNO, T-Mobile USA, had rejected a $15.5 billion (£9.2 billion) takeover bid from a French conglomerate – Iliad. The offer was apparently too low. Continue reading

unified emm could have saved the bbc's robinson Unified EMM helps with lost mobile devices

It’s a kind of BYOD on steroids for getting your handset back

IT departments have always been keen on their TLAs [Three letter Acronyms] as a way of convincing management that their services are vital. In the mobile age, nothing has changed it seems. GoMo News has just been contacted by FrontRange who inform us that a “Unified EMM solution is a must for IT organisations.” EMM stands for enterprise mobility management, of course. To back up this claim, FrontRange quotes a recent survey of IT organisations which found that nearly 42 per cent of them believe a unified EMM solution is crucial to their business. Actually, when you research what unified EMM is, they are probably right. Continue reading

ceasefire_gaza GoMo story from 2009 accidentally goes mega

shows depth of feeling over crisis in Gaza

As a result of an unfortunate bug in our content publishing system, stories posted on GoMo News don’t actually display the year when they were published. Consequently, a story we first published five years ago in 2009 – ‘Mobile SMS petition gains over 100,000 texts for Gaza appeal’ has gone mega. As far as we can tell, therefore, texting the word “Ceasefire” to the text shortcode 81819 won’t help ease current [2014] tensions in the Middle East. Continue reading

left 2 right - krishnan, nayar, pulickal M&C Saatchi lands Delhi’s February in agency partnership

It’s all going to be happening in Shahpur Jat

Following a strategic review of M&C Saatchi Worldwide’s operations, Saatchi’s new Indian agency – M&C Saatchi February has been created. It’s a tie-up between February & M&C Saatchi and will be headquartered in February‘s offices in Delhi’s up-and-coming creative zone of Shahpur Jat. Significantly, February’s founders Gopal Krishnan and Nirmal Pulickal will be taking over leadership of the combined operation. The pair will be supported by Anjali Nayar, who is currently CEO of M&C Saatchi Delhi. Whilst India is the world’s second most populous country, it is currently the fourteenth largest advertising market. Plus it has one of the lowest advertising spends per capita. However, with the advertising marketing already growing by 8 per cent per annum. Hence the deal. Continue reading

leap forward for mobile payments - howe Blackhawk helps Barclays add e-gifting to Pingit

Should help brands via increased customer data capture

It’s a logical progression, really. If you have a fully operational mobile payments service why not add a digital gift card service to it. That’s exactly what has happened with leading UK bank, Barclays, which has entered a partnership with Blackhawk Network to offer what it calls an eGift service. It works in conjunction with Barclays’ Pingit mobile banking service which is open to both Barclays and non-Barclays customers. BlackHawk has enabled Barclays to tap into a range of eGifts from entertainment, dining, gaming, fashion, health & beauty and leisure brands. The launch on Android and iOS devices is scheduled for later in August [2014]. Continue reading

most advanced mobile communications - shin Samsung electronics becomes 1st smartphone provider to achieve joyn Blackbird accreditation

joyn Blackbird brings latest RCS standard of advanced messaging and calling features to Samsung Galaxy devices on all networks

Press release

August 1st 2014. Samsung Electronics is pleased to be recognised as the first smartphone provider accredited with joyn Blackbird from the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the latest level of accreditation among Rich Communications Services (RCS)-based services. As the only company among smartphone providers and RCS-based application developers currently joyn Blackbird accredited, Samsung again proves it is at the forefront of the fastest mobile technology. The incorporation of joyn Blackbird provides Samsung Galaxy owners on major operators’ networks with more stable and convenient chat, live video and file sharing capabilities. Continue reading

1 year < after 4g launch - kelly Vodafone UK announces successful voice over 4G (LTE) tests

Vodafone makes first successful Voice over LTE call at UK lab in Newbury, UK
Ongoing trial working towards offering crystal clear calls and even higher quality video calling

Press release

August 8th 2014. Less than a year after the launch of its ultrafast 4G service, Vodafone UK has announced it has successfully tested Voice over LTE at its specialist laboratory in Newbury, England. ‘Voice over LTE’, or ‘VoLTE’, is a universal technology allowing voice calls to be carried across a 4G data network (in this case Vodafone’s), instead of using the 2G or 3G voice network as most Mobile Network Operators [MNOs] do today. Continue reading

nokia even shows whatsapp in 630 promo pic - bottom left Nokia WhatsApp worries spread to latest Lumias

A legacy from the N73 which can’t run WhatsApp

Well, we’ve seen it all now.Worries about the ability of Nokia handsets to run the highly popular WhatsApp IM [Instant Messaging] client have now spread to the latest Lumia 630. Reader, Jazzny, asks … “Does Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM have WhatsApp? Coz I wanna buy it.” Well, Jazzny, the answer is a massive “Yes“. not only does the Lumia 630 have the ability to run WhatsApp, the app itself comes already pre-installed on this handset. As is the case with most recent Lumias. In addition to WhatsApp, supported IM clients also include Skype IM, WeChat, Viber, LINE, MySpace, Twitter, and Yahoo! Messenger. Continue reading

don't take iPhone 6 tips from Brit comedians like Ali G iPhone 6 probable launch date of September 9th

Of course, Cupertino’s finest might call it the iPhone 5Z

A very accurate way of predicting when Apple will perform its annual handset launch (because it is a creature of great habit) is to discover when it is planning its next major media event. Which is exactly what Recode did and it has reported the next big media event is scheduled for September 9th [2014]. Naturally, everyone expects this next handset to be called the iPhone 6. GoMo News is hedging its bets, however, because we followed comedian Ali G in 2012 and predicted here that the iPhone 6 would appear in 2013. Instead we got the 5c and 5s. So we could have a 5z and a 5x in 2014. Continue reading