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- markin American MVNOs set to fuel TravelSim roamers

Able to earn recurring revenues of up to 30%

International roaming expert, Top Connect, reckons it has hit on a winning formula with its TravelSim service, It’s aimed at both travelling business executives and holiday makers and is available indirect through the company’s network of global distributors. In particular, TravelSim is appealing to the growing number of mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] in the Americas and Europe who are finding it provides an out-of-the-box vanilla solution for their customers. Consequently, Top Connect is predicting that its user base will increase to 6.7 million by Q1 2016 from 5.2 million in December 2014. That should mean that collective roaming savings should reach $380 million over the period. Continue reading

clear warning to vodafone, sky & virgin - pescatore Actually BT goes for EE as its MNO

UK Teleco picks UK’s largest 4G operator rather than old mobile arm

In something of a turn up for the books, former UK entrenched Teleco, BT, has announced plans to acquire EE – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] for £12.5 billion. The deal will be partly funded by a share swap but BT will have to raise around £7.3 billion in cash. France Telecom/Orange will take a four per cent stake in BT, and Deutsche Telekom will take a 12 per cent stake. The irony here is that UK comms regulator, Ofcom, originally handed a massive lead in 4G to a Franco-German owned MNO (EE) but it has now been acquired by a UK firm. EE still has a massive lead in 4G customer acquisition. Most observers ( Including GoMo News) thought that BT would opt for rival UK MNO, O2, instead. Continue reading

BT to chose between EE & O2 this week

GoMo has always said that O2 is the obvious choice

A report in the Sunday Times here, claims that former entrenched UK telecoms operator, BT [British Telecommunication] will decide in the next few days to show its hand. The company wants to buy a UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] and GoMo News has always maintained that BT has long regretted its decision to float off its mobile arm – eventually acquired as O2 by Telefonica. Back in December 2013, GoMo News wrote, “We’ve long known that BT (formerly British Telecommunications) has rued the day it decided to sell off its mobile phone network.” So the chances of BT picking EE instead appear extremely thin. Continue reading

http://51degrees.com/Portals/0/EasyGalleryImages/1/164/US%20EReader%20Popularity%20October%202014.png?width=776 Amazon continues to dominate the ereader market in USA

Latest findings from 51Dergrees’ Chart of the Week

After a somewhat hectic time, our great friends at 51Degrees.mobi have restarted the production of the company’s splendid Chart of the Week [CoTW]. This week the company decided to look at ereader traffic in the USA. Hardly surprisingly, the first generation Kindle is still the most popular e-reader device used for web access in the USA. Almost 61 per cent of all ereader web traffic originated from first generation Kindle devices.Rather unexpectedly, Barnes and Noble has held onto a serious chunk of the US market with 33.8 per cent of total traffic. Continue reading

Marek_Pawlowski Guest Post: Thoughts on smartwatches’ poor retail experience

by Marek Pawlowski, founder of MEX

My first impressions of Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch were disappointing. The screen is more pixelated than I expected and the materials lack the weight and solidity to suggest quality. It’s not bad, and it’s probably the best feeling smartwatch on the market today [December 10th 2014]. But that’s more a reflection on the weakness of the wider selection. Let’s put it this way: it’s not a classic in the making. I believe that the relatively poor quality of the current generation of smartwatches is one of the reasons they remain confined to a niche of early adopters despite the launch of numerous models and falling prices this year [2014]. Continue reading

2015 will finally be year of nfc 1st Top Ten Techie predictions for 2015

Juniper Research glazes into its crystal ball

As the end of 2014 draws nearer, the temptation to produce a Top Ten list of predictions becomes overwhelming and the first to cave in is UK based analyst firm, Juniper Research. Our favourite is the prediction that 2015 will be ‘The Year of NFC [Near Field Communication]‘- at last! More intriguing is the suggestion that 2015 will be the year in which budget phablets and smartphones go global. Another trend that Juniper has spotted is that Juniper anticipates that 2015 will be the year that location based services move indoors. Deep linking inside apps is destined to become mega, too. Continue reading

VidiXplore’s new video tool for storytellers

Free online video tool disrupts the traditional take on search engine optimisation (SEO)

Press Release

December 9th 2014. VidiXplore, a free online video tool that redefines videoSEO and team collaboration has launched its first version. Designed for professional and private users it finds and organises video content on desktops and in the cloud. VidiXplore automatically indexes speech, subtitles, manual tags, logos and faces. The patented video data management technology behind VidiXplore is first of its kind and will considerably change how video content is found and distributed on the Internet. Continue reading

Motorola_update GoMo still waiting for Moto G’s Lollipop update

Hopeful of being amongst the first to get it

Thanks to the previously close relationship between Motorola – the handset maker and Google – the author of the Android MOS [Mobile Operating System], it was fairly reasonable to expect that Motorola’s most popular handsets would be amongst the first to get the latest MOS upgrade. To Android v5.0 (Lollipop), that is. So here at GoMo Towers we were pretty pleased to find an official announcement from Motorola here which specifically mentioned the Moto G (1st & 2nd Gen plus LTE version) and the Moto X (1st & 2nd Gen) as being in line for the Lollipop upgrade. The others are the Moto E, along with the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini. In our case, with the Moto G it hasn’t happened yet but we are pretty hopeful. Read on to see why … Continue reading

all these  technologies are available right now - balcombe Wearable fitness gadgets under Xmas tree in ’14

Not all will be smartphone compatible, though

It appears to be a safe bet that wearable fitness gadgets will prove a popular choice amongst Brits as presents for loved ones this Xmas [Holidays] season. According to research from Kantar a total of 6.7 million adults in the UK are using gadgets or smartphone apps currently being used to monitor health – such as checking heart rate, food intake and activity levels. Juniper Research, of course, predicts that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018 when smartwatches should take over. A Sunday Telegraph article by Marion Dakers here, speculates that insurance companies might tap into data gathered by such health monitors to fine tune their premiums. Continue reading