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Chelsea Apps Factory considering AIM float

Founded by former md of the Current Bun [Sun]

Those GoMo News readers with long memories will probably remember the battle over mobile app specialist, amongst the Big Guns in the world of UK betting. The outcome was, of course, that Ladbrokes stole mobile specialist, Chelsea Apps Factory, from arch rival William Hill (see here). It now seems that Chelsea Apps Factory founder, Mike Anderson (former md with the Current Bun [Sun] newspaper) , is now considering floating the company on London’s AIM exchange. We also hadn’t realised that the leading accountancy firm, KPMG, has somehow built a 10 per cent stake in the company. Anyway, Anderson is betting on mobile apps as being the future. Continue reading

Airport_Angel-Screenshot Finally some useful action on the Airport Angel app

At last Barclays Premier Life passengers might be happy

By complete accident, here at GoMo Towers we were browsing through old Android apps that we’d once installed and noticed that Airport Angel had recently been updated [May 18th 2015]. Our original story about the Airport Angel service being available free with Barclays Premier Life accounts first ran in 2008 (See here). Ever since, GoMo News has been inundated with requests for help. The Angel service is currently being offered by the CPP Group and even though we did manage to speak to Joanne Gibbons, head of customer propositions with CPP, we still couldn’t answer all readers questions. Until now. Continue reading

Royal_soc_report Phone records can be used to predict unemployment

That’s what US researchers now reckon

Here’s a highly unusual employment of mobile phone records. A bunch of six US-based researchers writing in the Royal Society publication, Interface, claims that by examining call detail records [CDRs] from mobile phones, it is possible to infer job loses and then predict which areas will be adversely affected. It beats using phone data solely to try to hone mobile advertising more effectively. The report – entitled ‘Tracking employment shocks using mobile phone data‘ is the work of Jameson L. Toole, Yu-Ru Lin, Erich Muehlegger, Daniel Shoag, Marta C. González, and David Lazer, all of whom are based in US universities. The data, however, appears to have come from a European town where a large factory was closed. Significantly, after the closure the residents appeared to make only half as many phone calls as before. Continue reading

ee brings up the rear- headland BT definitely buying the wrong UK MNO

Worst High Street retailer – official

As UK incumbent Telco – BT (formerly British Telecommunications) moves closer to offering a four-play package to Brit consumers, GoMo News uncovers definite proof that the company is trying to buy the wrong MNO [Mobile Network Operator]. Regular GoMo News readers will know that we have always maintained that BT should buy the O2 network back. One of the reasons why BT finally picked EE not O2 was because EE has the numerically higher High Street presence. Unfortunately, EE has just been awarded the gong of being the UK’s worst High Street retailer in terms of customer satisfaction. That’s not just the worse out of all the mobile phone chains but the worse retailer period. Luckily, BT is still going through the typical Brit ant-trust procedures. So, theoretically, it still has time to pull out. Continue reading

GoMo has yet another run in with EE’s retail arm

Refuses our fit-for-purpose argument

Relations between GoMo News and UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] EE appear to have dropped to an all-time low. One of the company’s retail stores in Poole, Dorset sold us the completely wrong product. And then refused a refund when we pointed out the item was not “fit for purpose.” This episode has also revealed that EE has plans to discontinue support for Orange as a separate network after December 2015. So retailers better get rid of their Orange branded stock before that date. Continue reading

Kaushlendra_Singh Guest Post: 5 handsets that are better than an iPhone

Especially if you are an Android lover in India

by Kaushlendra Singh, a writer with CashKaro

The world of smartphones is aconstantly developing industry which sees another device released consistently. Conspicuously, Apple’s iPhone’s enjoy a definite rivalry with other mobile suppliers such as Nokia, Samsung, Sony, and HTC – to give some examples. Aside from these wel–known contenders, the new participants like Xioami, Gionee and OnePlus are fit for giving strong rivalry to the Apple iPhone. Out of the considerable number of brands on offer (which our Indian readers can buy online through the latest CashKaro mobile phone offers), the iPhone 7 is liable to face rivalry from the five smartphones which I outline below. Continue reading

power bars clearly on display EE says today is in 65 days time

That’s if you want a free Power Bar

It seems that UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, has massively underestimated demand for one of its customer loyalty programmes – the Power Bar. The company says, “The response to Power Bars has been incredible. We received a million requests in just four days, and want to make sure these requests are fulfilled while we await the next Power Bar delivery. Text us from 8am on 24th June [2015] to get your code.” Which is all well and good, of course. Except that the company has failed to remove its promotional material. Hence, GoMo News spent at least 30 minutes in a queue [line] today [May 26th 2015] looking straight at the customer desk in the company’s Poole, Dorset branch. And there it was in black and white – “get your Power Bar today.” Yet, EE has know since last month [April 20th 2015] that it doesn’t have enough stock to meet demand. Continue reading

Z3+ no heart rate monitor - kerr Sony creates confusion with latest Xperia naming convention

Is it a Z3+ or a Z4? Users need to know

It’s not very characteristic of an established player such as Sony to make a complete hash of its handset model conventions but it appears to have achieved this feat with the launch of the Z3+ worldwide. Except in its home market – Japan, where the same device will be known as the Z4. In a world where everything can be discovered online, “Muddying the waters with different names for the same handset could lead to consumer confusion, warns Rob Kerr, a mobiles expert with uSwitch. GoMo News wonders whether this messing with the numbers 3 and 4 could have something to do with the fact that the number four is unlucky in some countries – particularly Korea. It’s a bit like Apple launching the iPhone 13 (if the US based company is lucky enough to get that far). Which is why here at GoMo Towers we thought that Samsung wouldn’t launch a handset known as the Galaxy S4. (See here). Continue reading

- grimson Yttro gets over 2 million game app views

iOS version still to launch though

Having launched a mere six weeks ago [March 2015], Yttro Mobile claims that is changing the face of content discovery as we know it. Certainly for games fans. It revealed that its disruptive mobile platform, Yttro Game App Discovery, is already conquering the Android world. That’s thanks to over 100,000 downloads since the launch which has resulted in more than two million game app views inside Yttro. On top of that it can boast some 200,000 plus install referrals to Google Play. The only fly in the ointment? Well, the iOS version for iPhones, etc is still not with us despite being promised soon. Continue reading