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leap forward for mobile payments - howe Blackhawk helps Barclays add e-gifting to Pingit

Should help brands via increased customer data capture

It’s a logical progression, really. If you have a fully operational mobile payments service why not add a digital gift card service to it. That’s exactly what has happened with leading UK bank, Barclays, which has entered a partnership with Blackhawk Network to offer what it calls an eGift service. It works in conjunction with Barclays’ Pingit mobile banking service which is open to both Barclays and non-Barclays customers. BlackHawk has enabled Barclays to tap into a range of eGifts from entertainment, dining, gaming, fashion, health & beauty and leisure brands. The launch on Android and iOS devices is scheduled for later in August [2014]. Continue reading

most advanced mobile communications - shin Samsung electronics becomes 1st smartphone provider to achieve joyn Blackbird accreditation

joyn Blackbird brings latest RCS standard of advanced messaging and calling features to Samsung Galaxy devices on all networks

Press release

August 1st 2014. Samsung Electronics is pleased to be recognised as the first smartphone provider accredited with joyn Blackbird from the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the latest level of accreditation among Rich Communications Services (RCS)-based services. As the only company among smartphone providers and RCS-based application developers currently joyn Blackbird accredited, Samsung again proves it is at the forefront of the fastest mobile technology. The incorporation of joyn Blackbird provides Samsung Galaxy owners on major operators’ networks with more stable and convenient chat, live video and file sharing capabilities. Continue reading

1 year < after 4g launch - kelly Vodafone UK announces successful voice over 4G (LTE) tests

Vodafone makes first successful Voice over LTE call at UK lab in Newbury, UK
Ongoing trial working towards offering crystal clear calls and even higher quality video calling

Press release

August 8th 2014. Less than a year after the launch of its ultrafast 4G service, Vodafone UK has announced it has successfully tested Voice over LTE at its specialist laboratory in Newbury, England. ‘Voice over LTE’, or ‘VoLTE’, is a universal technology allowing voice calls to be carried across a 4G data network (in this case Vodafone’s), instead of using the 2G or 3G voice network as most Mobile Network Operators [MNOs] do today. Continue reading

nokia even shows whatsapp in 630 promo pic - bottom left Nokia WhatsApp worries spread to latest Lumias

A legacy from the N73 which can’t run WhatsApp

Well, we’ve seen it all now.Worries about the ability of Nokia handsets to run the highly popular WhatsApp IM [Instant Messaging] client have now spread to the latest Lumia 630. Reader, Jazzny, asks … “Does Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM have WhatsApp? Coz I wanna buy it.” Well, Jazzny, the answer is a massive “Yes“. not only does the Lumia 630 have the ability to run WhatsApp, the app itself comes already pre-installed on this handset. As is the case with most recent Lumias. In addition to WhatsApp, supported IM clients also include Skype IM, WeChat, Viber, LINE, MySpace, Twitter, and Yahoo! Messenger. Continue reading

don't take iPhone 6 tips from Brit comedians like Ali G iPhone 6 probable launch date of September 9th

Of course, Cupertino’s finest might call it the iPhone 5Z

A very accurate way of predicting when Apple will perform its annual handset launch (because it is a creature of great habit) is to discover when it is planning its next major media event. Which is exactly what Recode did and it has reported the next big media event is scheduled for September 9th [2014]. Naturally, everyone expects this next handset to be called the iPhone 6. GoMo News is hedging its bets, however, because we followed comedian Ali G in 2012 and predicted here that the iPhone 6 would appear in 2013. Instead we got the 5c and 5s. So we could have a 5z and a 5x in 2014. Continue reading

A brill excuse to go to Brighton – BDMF 2014

Keynote line up for BDMF  ’14 extended to include Argos’ James Finch

Hands up those old enough to remember the brilliant excuse for visiting Brighton, England in the shape of the Telecoms Managers Association (TMA) exhibition? It’s been long dead but here’s another jolly good reason for visiting England’s gay capital. The Brighton Digital Marketing Festival (BDMF) 2014. Even better rather than the stormy days of November as was the case with TMA, this one is being held in the much more pleasant month of September . The organisers (Purepromoter – trading as Pure360) have lined up a pretty impressive array of speakers. Indeed, they’re delighted to announce that James Finch, Argos’ customer & digital insight manager will be joining the list of keynote speakers. Plus there’s a party to rival the TMA’s. Continue reading

BDMF_show Brighton Digital Marketing Festival 2014

[ September 18, 2014; 12:30 am to 4:00 pm. ] Organisers:  Pure360
Venue: Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange
Location: Brighton, England, UK
Web:  www.brightondigitalmarketing.com

Register:  here

Described by a previous attendee as ” the Best online marketing event I’ve been to in some time”, this is the fourth year for Brighton’s Digital Marketing festival.  After the speakers there will be  insightful workshops which will provide something for everyone to take back to the office to improve their marketing skills. Continue reading

devika's photo is in the post Guest Post: Microsoft’s 1st phone after Nokia acquisition – Lumia 530

by Priyanka Jaiswal, a blogger who works with MyPriceIndia

Microsoft announced the Nokia Lumia 530 Single SIM and Lumia 530 Dual SIM smartphones on 23th July [2014]. This model is Microsoft’s first Windows Phone handset in the Lumia series after it had acquired Nokia. By contrast, the Lumia 630 was announced just few days before the deal of Nokia acquisition closed. Lumia 530 is a budget Windows smartphone which is announced with the ever lowest price in Lumia series. It is priced at around INR 6840 ($114). This phone should hit the shelves of mobile phone stores this month [August 2014]. Continue reading

Only WP8 handsets can run BBM for Windows Phone

Beta version out in the Windows Phone Marketplace

Here at GoMo Towers we were predicting as far aback as March 2014 here that BlackBerry and Microsoft has cosied up so far that a version of BBM for Windows Phone handset was inevitable. Then Then back in June [2014], Blackberry CEO, John Chen told analysts that ‘BBM for Windows Phone will def be out in July‘. Well, he was right but the company left it to the absolute last minute to do so – July 31st! The bad news is that the app will only run on handsets running Windows Phone version 8 [WP8]. Absolutely typical. Not content with leaving all Windows XP users in the lurch, now all of those who went over to Nokia Lumia phones in the very early days like us with the Lumia 800 can’t have BBM. Although there is a glimmer of hope. Continue reading