Screens are obsolete even before installed- mondale Renting tablets/smartphones to airlines is untapped market

Great opportunity for a mobile reseller

Here at GoMo Towers, we think we have just spotted a great opportunity for mobile resellers. Namely, renting out tablets/smartphones for use by airline passengers. The idea was sparked by a story in The Times – ‘Don’t forget your tablet: it’s the end of inflight movies’.  This revealed that a small airline operator, WestJet, is planning to scrap  the installation of traditional in-flight entertainment systems. Instead the airline plans to stream entertainment to passenger’s mobile devices. Which is OK if they remember their devices and they are fully charged. Otherwise it’s a brilliant rental opportunity. Continue reading

the thing that looks like a gear know is the buzzard GoMo checks out in-car 4G sharing

We test out the Buzzard 2 aka Car Wifi

Back in March [2015], here at GoMo Towers we were drawn to an interesting offering from EE – in the shape of the Buzzard 2 aka ‘Car Wifi‘. As we pointed out at the time here, we’d maintain that the ideal market segment for this particular offering is the licensed taxi and minicab community. Who knows, even those drivers associated with the infamous Uber mobile app based car sharing system might be attracted to this product, too? Continue reading

lars_houbak2 Guest Post: – VoLTE – $1bn invested but little return

by Lars Houbak, general manager of Spirent Mobilethink

Heralded as the most disruptive mobile technology yet, more than an estimated one billion dollars has already been invested by operators to make their networks capable of handling Voice over LTE (VoLTE) traffic. But the return to date on those investments so far is minimal. The expected traffic hasn’t happened partly because of device manufacturers failing to upgrade most of their smartphone build with VoLTE Device Management (DM) support. This is the missing link between the users and an easy and hassle-free VoLTE service. Here Lars Houbak explains why device management support in devices is fundamental for the mobile industry to successfully roll out VoLTE services and for MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] to start getting a full return on investment. Continue reading

with iphones should not panic  -chisom Don’t panic over iOS 9 hack, Mr Mainwearing

No major worries says MWR InfoSecurity

As part of its Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty programme, Zerodium has offered up to $3 million for anyone who could prove they’ve been able to penetrate the defences of Apple’s latest mobile OS – iOS9. Without revealing the details (yet), Zerodium revealed in a tweet that it had received a successful entry – reputedly winning a $1 million reward from Zerodium. Zero Day hacks are, of course, vulnerabilities which haven’t been made widely publicised and are, of course, very lucrative for the discoverer. However, David Chismon – senior researcher with MWR InfoSecurity believes this isn’t cause for widespread panic amongst Apple fanbois. Continue reading

accelerate adoption - markwalter Wearables security, availability & trends to be Highlighted @ FMS ’15 keynote

With 35% CAGR, CEA’ s Markwalter explains why wearables are more than a state of mind

Press release

July 29th 2015. While the wearables industry is projected to experience more than a 35 percent compound annual growth rate(CAGR), the industry faces challenges in making the technology meaningful and more than novelty for consumers and businesses. During his keynote presentation at the Wearables/Mobile Day August 12th [2015] at the FMS (Flash Memory Summit) 2015 held in the Santa Clara Convention Centre, Brian Markwalter, svp for market research and standards with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will share the latest developments and future directions in wearables. Continue reading

a clear warning - erlin Brain Test malware more cunning than 1st thought

Tripwire’s Erlin warns of dangers

An app known as Brain Test has been infecting Android phones since August [2015]. Apparently, it pushes unwanted ads onto devices. However, researchers now think the malware may be more advanced than previously thought. According to a report cited by EWeek, the malware installs a rootkit allowing hackers to run an arbitrary code on the infected device. Tim Erlin, director of security IT and risk management at Tripwire commented, “Ads appearing on your Android phone outside of a specific application are a clear warning sign that something is wrong.” Continue reading

Apple fanbois will  welcome sapphire glass - ebbett Battery life is prime concern for phone users

Latest research from Protect Your Bubble bad news for Apple

According to research carried out by mobile phone insurance specialist, Protect Your Bubble, 37 per cent of UK mobile users have noticed their battery life deteriorate dramatically since they acquired their first handset. So, in light of the iPhone 6S ‘battery-gate’ fiasco – if battery life is what consumers care about, then Apple may be in a bit of trouble. Significantly, the research found that long battery life is the top priority for over half of buyers 51 per cent when choosing a new phone. And it’s even more important to mobile users than which mobile operating system [OS] the phone has (36 per cent). Continue reading

Industry reaction to BT’s takeover of EE

Meanwhile the Three/O2 looks increasingly uncertain

It seems that the UK’s CMA watchdog has provisionally approved the merger of BT – the incumbent telecoms operator and leading UK mobile network operator [MNO] – EE. It seems that this permission was widely anticipated but it appears that the efforts of Hutchison Whampoa – owner of the Three mobile network, to acquire rival MNO – O2 may not be so successful. Here is some industry reaction to this news … Mark Soden, md for Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) practice at Norman Broadbent commented, “Sceptics in the sector are up in arms about BT’s potential acquisition of EE, but the huge advantages are clearly being ignored – the combined business is a positive development that will benefit customers.” Matthew Howett, practice leader for regulation with with Ovum, said, ” Of course the more challenging transaction to win regulatory approval will be that of Three/O2. Continue reading

Moto G not ringing notification glitch cleared up

Quick chat with Motorola’s tech support cures Lollipop upgrade side-effect

It’s nice to see that handset vendor, Motorola, is taking its technical support very seriously – and not just for the latest models. Here at GoMo Towers, we ran into a spot of bother after updating out Moto G (second generation) to the Lollipop (5.0) version of the Android OS. In a nutshell, the handset stopped ringing when we had an incoming call. A quick search on the Net appeared to indicate that this was an old bug – see the Wireless Republic here. Isn’t not a bug. If you can see a star symbol in the notification bar, we have the solution. Continue reading