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T-Mobile acquiring lion’s share of US contract phones

Signed up 1 million on phone contracts in Q4 2014

It appears that T-Mobile US under CEO John Legere is stealing customers from its rivals among the Big Four mobile network operators [MNOs]. For Q4 2014, the company has announced that it had 2.1 million net additions and, crucially, one million of those were post contract customers with mobile phones. 0.3 million were tablet style contract customers who are generally regarded as far less lucrative. The rest were prepaid customers. The announcement meant that T-Mobiles shares rose 1.6 per cent in early New York trading. Continue reading

can prove very costly - boyd Moonpig temporarily halts mobile app purchasing

Security flaw revealed by developer Paul Price

The news broke today [January 6th 2015] that an API flaw with Moonpig’s mobile apps (Android & iOS) has exposed details of 3.6 million customers. The revelation came from developer, Paul Price, who claims to have notified the popular online supplier of personalised greetings card as long ago as August 2013. In response, the company has temporarily suspended purchasing from mobile apps whilst it investigates the allegations. However, Chris Boyd,a malware intelligence analyst with Malwarebytes has told GoMo News that he thinks Moonpig has been too tardy with acting on the provided intelligence. Continue reading

3 adds 2 new destinations to freebie roaming list

Spain and New Zealand now on the list

Showing how seriously Three [3UK] – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] is treating the challenge presented by network roaming,  it has just added to two destinations where  UK travellers are set to enjoy ‘free’ calls. Spain and New Zealand have been added to the list from April 1st 2015. (Sadly that’s after this year’s MWC (Mobile World Congress) takes place in Barcelona).  Three is also giving its UK customers a helping hand by teaming up with Expedia.co.uk to offer 12 per cent  off a pre-paid hotel booking via the UK Expedia app. Continue reading

Three says adios to the worry of roaming charges in Spain

Three  [3UK]customers will be able to use their phone abroad at no extra cost from two new destinations, Spain and New Zealand from April 1st 2015

The two new countries join the 16 destinations where Feel at Home is currently available, including France, USA, Australia and Italy

The service, called Feel at Home, lets subscribers browse the internet, call and text home, as well as tweet and chat without paying a penny more

To celebrate, Three has teamed up with Expedia to offer Three customers 12% off a pre-paid hotel booking on the UK Expedia app.¹

Three installs giant Spanish flag, made from 650 parasols, on Bournemouth Beach to announce roaming at no extra cost for Brits travelling to Spain, the UK’s most popular beach holiday destination, this summer

Press release

January 6th 2015. Three [3UK] is giving the estimated two million² UK holiday-goers who are set to book a trip abroad this January something else to smile about. From April 1, 2015, Three customers travelling to Spain and New Zealand will now be able to use their phone abroad at no extra cost. Continue reading

lei jun - more like gates than jobs Xiaomi’s Lei Jun should be compared to Gates not Jobs

If you have to compare someone to a famous North American, that is

Recently [January 3rd 2015] there was a very interesting profile in the Financial Times [FT] entitled, ‘Lei Jun, China’s smartphone billionaire … The man behind the world’s most valuable start-up“. That’s a reference to the fact that his company has just been valued at $45 billion [£29.3 billion]. The FT mentions the fact that Lei Jun dislikes comparisons between himself and Steve Jobs of Apple fame – something which GoMo News highlighted back in December 2013 here. When we reported that WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell made Lei Jun his hot tip. So as the comparison keeps being made, we reckon that Lei should be compared to Bill Gates rather than Steve Jobs. Continue reading

Music streaming sites hit digital music sales

Figures from Nielsen Music suggest Spotify-style sites are to blame

Market watcher, Nielsen Music has just released figures showing how how music publishers fared in 2014. It seems that music streaming sites – such as Spotify, have impacted the growth of digital music sales.  Indeed, after a decade of strong growth, in the UK download sales fell during 2014. Nielsen says that digital album sales fell by nine per cent to 106.5 million albums in the USA. By complete contrast, audio and video streaming increased in the USA by 50 per cent. Continue reading

mike short astonishes gomo Vodafone’s 1st phone call resurrects Motorola false claim

GoMo surprised that Dr Short appears to back this theory

Here at GoMo Towers, we were dumbfounded to receive a Press release appearing to suggest that the IET’s Dr Mike Short backs the claim that Motorola’s Martin Cooper’s made the first mobile call in the USA back in April 1973. The release says Cooper’s was “the first public cellular Mobile call recognised internationally.” We have multiple issues with this claim. Firstly, it wasn’t public because it was part of a lab trial. Secondly it wasn’t cellular because Motorola didn’t have more than one test cell. We just wish that somebody at Ericsson would finally tell GoMo News who made the first call on its public network for Saudi Arabia back in 1981 using a system called NMT (Nordic Mobile Telephony). Continue reading

Latest plane crash proves authorities searching wrong area

Even more conspiracy theories about Flight MH370

Another aircraft tragedy has recently struck in Asia with the loss of AirAsia’s  Flight  QZ8501 off Borneo. However, the fact that the authorities have swiftly recovered both debris and bodies from this ill-fated aircraft throws further suspicions on the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH370. If debris can be found so quickly for QZ8501, why has none ever been recovered for MH370? The obvious answer is that the search for the missing MH370 aircraft has always been in the wrong place. And GoMo News feels that locations such as Vietnam’s coast or Diego Garcia in the Maldives hold more credibility. 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