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Ofcom sets new annual licence fees for mobile spectrum

Press release

September 24th 2015. UK telecoms watchdog, Ofcom, has published revised annual fees for mobile operators, determining the amount of money they must pay to use certain parts of mobile spectrum. The Government directed Ofcom in 2010 to revise these fees to reflect full market value.1 The fees are paid annually by mobile network operators for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands, which they use to provide voice and data services using a mix of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. Continue reading

apple's forte is big innovations - francis Comment on iPhone 6s’ release today

Mobiles.co.uk’s Abby Francis on 3D Touch, Live Photos and memory upgrade

As Apple fanbois worldwide wait eagerly in queues [lines] today [September 25th 2015] to purchase the very latest Apple smartphone – the iPhone 6s, Abby Francis – mobiles expert with Mobiles.co.uk has been kind enough to share her views on this product release with us. The main new features she highlights include 3D Touch; front-facing and rear camera improvements/Live Photos; and the upgrade to 2GB of memory. Abby Francis reckons that, “Apple’s forte is making innovations bigger, better and of course, mainstream.” A bit like Apple final embracement of NFC, then. Plus Huawei announced its version of 3D Touch earlier in September [2015], of course. Continue reading

Malwarebytes reacts to Cinese iTunes attack

Bit worrying that XcodeGhost is almost undetectable

In the wake of the news here that Chinese hackers had managed to infiltrate mainstream apps posted on the official Apple iTunes App Store, Thomas Reed, director of Mac offerings with software security experts, Malwarebytes, has shared his reactions to the XcodeGhost outbreak. According to Reed, the attach is “the largest app store breach in history and anyone using iOS or OS X could potentially be affected.” He also gives some insights into why Apple has so far provided little guidance on how consumers could spot if they are running an affected app. Reed says it appears to be a form of dynamic library hijacking, where apps dynamically load libraries of code that they look for in one of multiple locations. “It’s hard for any user to be on guard against this kind of malware. Especially on iOS, where security features in the system make anti-malware software impossible,” Reed added. Continue reading

power_bar_check Unlucky EE Power Bar users get lucky

EE offers E1-6 possessors £20 voucher

It seems that leading British MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, is more than a little anxious for its customers to return a batch of potentially unsafe mobile power chargers. Known as Power Bars, the batch in question have “Model No: E106″ written down their side. These devices “could pose a fire safety risk “, the operator says. So, in order to entice the few remaining possessors of these units back into their local EE store, EE is giving them a £20 voucher in return. The voucher does, of course, have to be spent in the EE online accessories store here. Sadly, Power Bars “from any other batch are not affected by this recall.” So, no voucher for us, then. Continue reading

colao unphased by malone sabre rattling Liberty Global/Vodafone deal seems a No-No

Vittorio ain’t going to be pushed around by John

The general consensus of opinion is that a deal to combine John Malone’s Liberty Global with Vittorio Colao’s Vodafone in order to offer that Holy Grail of a decent fourplay [quad-play] in Europe has almost certainly unravelled. The combination of the two comms giants would make a great deal of sense if you believe that fourplay is the way to go. Here at GoMo News we don’t think it is such a brill idea, of course. Anyway, Vodafone has got a very good mobile presence in the major EU markets such as Germany and Spain – plus the UK, naturally. And Liberty Global now control Virgin Media which has a key position in the supply of digital TV. But the financial hurdles are too great, it seems. Continue reading

Tweakker’s Fit4Market scores coup with US handset vendor

Software helps both smartphone vendors & MNOs save money

As something of a breakthrough for cellular software specialist – Tweakker (which incidentally is now part of Spirent Communications), the company has just signed a deal with a  US-based handset supplier – Sky Devices. The product which Sky will be embedding into the OS of its Android based smartphones is called Fit4Market. The enormous advantage to employing Fit4Market is that it helps any handset maker to supply its smartphones into an enormous range of M & MV  networks worldwide which utilise the GSM cellular standard. So in the USA that means AT&T plus T-Mobile. In effect, Tweakker’s software removes the onerous burden of testing an Android smartphones against local mobile network operators (MNOs) or mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). settings. As one happy Tweakker user put it – using Fit4Market is a no-brainer for all levels of handset suppliers. Continue reading

all OEMs should embed - poulsen New carrier-agnostic embedded connectivity app fuels Sky Devices global growth plans

Tweakker’s Fit4Market application from Spirent Communication accelerates the OEM’s time to new markets, eliminates costly field testing

Press release

September 15th 2015. Spirent Communications‘ device intelligence business unit - Tweakker, has announced that it has entered into a global supply agreement with mobile phone manufacturer, Sky Devices.  As a part of this agreement, the Tweakker‘s Fit4Market instant connectivity app will be embedded into every new Android smartphone to be built by Sky Devices. Continue reading

almunia - previously nodded thru EU MNO mergers 4G delays may aid 3UK’s O2 bid

EU previously argued Europe had too many MNOs

According to recent reports, the conditions imposed on two Danish MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] by the European Commission were so onerous that the companies – Telenor and TeliaSonera, have decided to pull out of the planned merger. Therefore, some observers are arguing, the proposed deal to merge two UK MNOs – Three UK (3UK) and O2 will suffer the same fate. Or will it? GoMo News would argue that the proposed British merger would follow the EU’s own previously expressed opinions – namely that the roll out of high speed mobile broadband (ie 4G) was slower in Europe than in the USA and elsewhere precisely because there were  too many MNOs compared to the States Big Four operators. This could prove a very useful weapon in 3UK’s hands. Continue reading

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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