iD will be offering the iPhone 6s in the UK

Check which MNOs will be offering Apple’s latest smartphones

Here at GoMo Towers, we noticed an announcement from leading UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, that it will be offering the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in the UK with LTE-A (4G+) support as well as Wi-fi calling. EE will offer the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, beginning on 25th September [2015]. Customers can pre-order the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus from Saturday 12th September [2015] onwards from here. This announcement aroused our  curiosity as to which other UK MNOs and MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] will be offering Apple’s latest and best. The answer is to visit this particular question , or by visiting a page on Apple’s web site here which revealed that in addition to the obvious players – 3UK, Vodafone, and O2 (including Giff-gaff) and EE, of course, both BT and iD will be supporting these latest handsets. This is impressive since iD is a relative new player in the UK market (see here) and is a mechanism for Carphone to tie in even more consumers.
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Tablets to replace laptops in the workplace within 10 years, EE research reveals

Research from EE reveals that more than half (52%) of UK workers say tablets will replace laptops in the workplace within 10 years
Almost a third (31%) said that workplace laptop usage is declining, and 24% of workers say they have now transitioned to tablets
Businesses are also keeping tablets for longer, with 30% keeping their tablets for over three years
In light of this, EE is launching the UK’s first 36-month tablet plan specifically built for small businesses customers. It provides a cost-effective option that better reflects how small businesses purchase and use tablets, and compliments EE’s shorter term tablet plans
Case study: Sailing holiday provider Sunsail is using 4G tablets from EE to reduce costs by over £10,000 annually and increase customer engagement by up to 60%

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September 3rd 2015. Tablet adoption is speeding up in the workplace, and tablets are predicted to replace laptops within 10 years, according to new research undertaken by EE. Continue reading

an end to Africa's smartphone nightmare - houbak Guest Post: BYOD is the beginning of the end for subsidised handsets

by Lars Houbak, general manager with Mobilethink

Mobile network operators [MNOs] & MVNOs in most regions have experienced steady erosion in ARPUs since 2010 according to analysts Strategy Analytics. Despite a collective $700 billion investment in infrastructure over the past ten years, revenue growth has been almost flat since 2007. Subscriber acquisition and retention costs (SAC/SRC) take 27 per cent of a Western European operator’s operational expenses (OPEX). Out of that, 69 per cent goes to device subsidies and can take as much as 19 per cent of a typical operator’s OPEX. Forward profitability is therefore threatened due to combined flat revenue and increasing subsidy costs. Continue reading

wifi_calling iPhones are compatible with EE’s WiFi calling service

No clear indication that it is UMA based, though

It seems that leading UK MNO [mobile network operator] EE has finally decided to join the Wi-fi offloading camp by offering a new service called WiFi Calling. The company openly admits that this capability is initially severely restricted. But it has mistakenly given the impression that the service is limited to Android and Windows Phone based devices only. The reality is that most recent Apple iPhone are also capable of enjoying the service. This development leaves Vodafone as the only UK MNO presently not offering a Wi-fi offloading solution. Although GoMo News would argue that its femtocell based Sure Signal offering is extremely similar. Continue reading

- lawson-stratham Apple is working with Brits on iPhone fuel cell

Could have major implications for markets like India

Rumours have emerged recently that Apple is working with a British technology company has developed a  hydrogen fuel cell that is small enough to be factory fitted inside one of its smartphones. The company is Intelligent Energy and in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph here, Intelligent Energy’s CFO, Dr Mark Lawson-Stratham, mentioned working with a partner. He said while the tech is still a couple of years away from being ready for the general public, “But it’s about how quickly does our partner want to press the button and get on with it?” Naturally, with Apple be notoriously harsh to suppliers who leak information, the company refused to confirm that the smartphone manufacturer was Apple. However, Intelligent Energy has strong links with Apple which already sells its Upp fuel cell charger in its stores. The technology has, of course, major benefits for emerging markets such as India, where traditional mains electricity supplies can prove difficult to find. A whole new market for reusable cartridge could open up for retailers, too. Continue reading

caudwell's image didn't benefit from the collapse Another VC to look into UK’s Phones4u demise

Asking for access to investigation into High Street retailers’ demise

There is, of course, a perfectly logical explanation for the collapse of one of Blighty’s largest High Street mobile phone retailers last year [2014]. The company lost its last two Brit MNO [Mobile Network Operators] – out of four- as partners for handset contract sales. And that’s the reason given for placing Phones4U into administration by BC Partners – the VC firm which was effectively controlling the retailer at the time. However, its obvious that others besides GoMo News thinks that there was more to it than was revealed. (See ‘Complex series of events lead to Phones4U demise‘). Now a story in The Sunday Telegraph claims that Cyrus Capital partners have joined Stonehill Capital Partners in approaching the administrators – PwC. The pair want access to an investigation carried out by legal firm, Quinn Emmanuel, into the circumstances leading up to Phones4U’s demise. Continue reading

it's working and ready to go - winand Fuel cells to put India MNO on cutting edge technology

GoMo News suspects the MNO in question is Ascend Telecom

A UK based company, Intelligent Energy, has apparently struck a deal to deploy its fuel cell technology to power cellular base stations in India, according to a recent report in The Sunday Telegraph. The deal will make India the first country to deploy this cutting-edge technology within the cellular industry. Intelligent Energy will apparently replace up to 26,000 diesel generators with fuel cells. The newspaper didn’t name which Indian based mobile network operator [MNO} will utilise its products but . GoMo News. discovered that the company has been participating in trials with Ascend Telecom in Uttar Pradesh West. Continue reading

Kevin_walsh2 India will prove powerhouse for 4G smartphone growth

Gfk predicts that ASPs will decline as well

According to the latest global smartphone sales data from GfK, almost six in ten (58 per cent) smartphones sold in Q2 2015 were 4G-enabled. With one major operator launching 4G services in India at the start of August [2015], 4G is now available in all key countries. “India is expected to be the largest contributor of absolute smartphone unit growth globally this year [2015], ” said Kevin Walsh, director of trends and forecasting with GfK comments. He added, “The main reason behind this is the currently low smartphone penetration in the market together with a significant intensification of the competition amongst the smartphone vendors, which will drive ASP [Average Sale Price] erosion allowing more affordable devices in the market.” Continue reading

- williams Invisible mobile ads could increase demand for adblocking

AdBlock Plus has found way of offering its Adblock browser for Android on Google Play

According to Ben Williams, head of operations with Adblock Plus, a recent study from Forensiq focused on fraud detection revealed that thousands of mobile applications in both Google and Apple’s apps stores misled marketers. They did so by loading invisible adverts that cannot be seen by users, and in doing so costing the marketing and advertising industry an estimated $1 billion a year. His company says that the findings from this report supports further evidence that advertising fraud is spreading rapidly from online to the mobile app advertising market – which is expected to grow by up to 50 per cent to almost $21 billion this year in the USA alone. Continue reading