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dear mr richards we'd like to complain in the strongest terms UK quartet publish Open Letter to UK comms watchdog

Open letter to Ed Richards, CEO with Ofcom

From Three UK; TalkTalk Group; Federation of Communications Services (FCS) and LetsSaveMoney.com

29th September 2014

Sir,

As representatives of some of the UK’s leading challenger telecoms operators; an industry body; and a consumer champion, we believe switching reform is essential and long overdue. That’s why we welcome Ofcom’s renewed focus on switching and the move towards a consistent Gaining Provider Led process that puts the interests of consumers first. As the call for inputs on the switching roadmap closes, we wanted to emphasise the importance of delivering lasting reform for the whole sector. Continue reading

Neil_kitcher Guest Post: IP transit just another data-day activity for MNOs

by Neil Kitcher, CMO with RTX

Although international voice traffic continues to grow, wholesale margins are declining fast in an intensely competitive sector. Just look at Colt back in May [2014], announcing it was to withdraw 85 per cent of its carrier voice contracts. Maximising revenues from core telecoms services – voice, SMS and data – is a priority. Wholesale carriers and major telcos have been utilising wholesale exchanges for voice and data for years, opening up traffic routes to new geographies and enabling them to sell unused capacity. It is no surprise that they are now identifying ways to take advantage of one of their most prized commodities, data, through the exchange of capacity in their fibre networks. Continue reading

csr circuit board CSR could still be hopeful of bid from Apple

Extends deadline for a bid from Microchip Technology

CSR has extended the deadline for any further bid from US-based Microchip Technology to October 15th [2014] “to enable the parties to conclude their ongoing discussions” the company said in a statement. As GoMo News previously reported here, CSR rejected Microchip’s initial approach as too low. NSB’s analysts have suggested the value of the CSR could be as high as $2.7 billion. We still believe that Apple might come forward with its own bid because CSR’s chips form a critical part of certain of its products. Continue reading

icloud won't restore to 8.0 Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update after major bugs revealed

Reveals the danger of relying on iCloud backups

Apple has been forced to apologise to those who installed the iOS 8.0.1 update on their iPhones after it caused some users (including those on EE in the UK) to experience signal loss. The update was only available briefly yesterday [September 4th 2014] before it was pulled. The catch is that once you’ve installed an iOS update, you need to use iTunes software to go back. Hence Apple had to issue advice to those who had upgraded here. It involves downloading the correct file for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and then not being able to use the Health app. Consequently, Apple has said it is working flat out to create iOS 8.0.2 which should fix the bugs. Continue reading

make early contact - hance 360 Phones 4u stores still up for grabs

Some prime UK High St locations still available to independents

The company in charge of the administration of former UK’s second largest mobile phone retailer, Phones 4u – PwC [PricewaterhouseCoopers] says that some 360 stores are still available. Given that certain of these stores are in prime locations – such as Brighton, these could well be snapped up by independent mobile phone retailers. After all, many consumers will still visit the High Street store’s location expecting to acquire a mobile phone. So it seems a good idea for such businesses to contact the [real] estate agents appointed by PwC – Prime Retail Property Consultants. Plus of course, there are between 1,679 and 2,400 experienced mobile phone staff now on the market. Continue reading

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

brand-safe opporuntities for mobile Nexage reports 227% growth in programmatic spend

Above-market growth demonstrates that premium publishers, media buyers, agencies and advertisers are increasingly building their mobile programmatic business on the Nexage Marketplace

Press release

September 18, 2014. Nexage, the leading premium mobile advertising marketplace, has announced that programmatic spend through the Nexage Marketplace grew 227 percent annually. The above-market growth affirms and animates the impact of three key trends: – a massive consumer shift to mobile; a rapid adoption of programmatic as the core trading model; and the acceleration of brand spend in the premium segment as advertisers energise to reach and compel the mobile consumer via programmatic buying. Continue reading

Sony struggles to make money out of mobile

Growth it was expecting just hasn’t materialised

In a statement issued today [September 17th 2014] has admitted that its previous plan for “achieving significant sales growth” basically just hasn’t happened. The company explained that growth [basically in the handset sector] is now not expected to materialise. The Japanese company is blaming “the significant change in the market and competitive environment of the mobile business.” Consequently the compay was forced to announce a profits warning this morning basically because of a 180 billion yen (£1 billion) impairment charge on its mobile phone division. GoMo News has a sense of deja vue here remembering the days when the handset operation was a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson. And Ericsson threatened to pull the plug more than once. Continue reading