Tag Archives: mobile networks
If you’re in any way confused about the different standards for LTE, then it only means you’re sane. It’s a bit of a mess for the average consumer to understand – there are multiple releases of LTE, differing standards, and even some debate over what 4G is and is not. China Mobile (partly responsible for the mess thanks to its own LTE standard called TD LTE) is trying to enable phone makers to get around the issue by releasing an antenna that will allow their devices cater to any existing form of LTE. Continue reading
In a truly fantastic move, the largest operators in the UK have teamed up to bring a mobile wallet service to as many consumers as possible. Except for Three UK, that is. For some reason Everything Everywhere, Vodafone and O2 have gotten together and left Three out in the cold. Continue reading
In the blaze of light coming from smartphones in developed countries, it can often be easy to get carried away with new technologies. Mobile IM and mobile email, in particular, seem like scene-stealing services. But when GoMo News talked to Pamela Clark-Dickson, Senior analyst for Mobile Content and Applications at Informa Telecoms (and Editor for its Mobile Messaging Analyst newsletter), we got a very different picture – one in which SMS will remain the dominant force in mobile messaging for a long time yet. Continue reading
If you want to get really basic about it, the offering of Vringo can be boiled down to two words: video ringtones. It allows your phone to play particular videos when someone rings you: but this is based around a pretty robust mobile content platform. Now Vringo has announced it intends to buy m-Wise, a mobile content company founded way back in 2000. Continue reading
Mobile shopping is in the news a lot this holiday season. It has mostly been appearing in the form of services like ShopSavvy or shopkick – where the mobile is used to compare prices, or earn location-based rewards. But a lot of people are trying to make mobile payments more attractive consumers, where they can actually use their phone to pay for goods instead of cash or a credit card. We spoke to Jay Emmet, General Manager of OpenMarket, about the need for the mobile payments industry to get real. Continue reading
Japanese mobile operator giant NTT DOCOMO is continuing its outwards push from its home market. Today, German mobile content distributor net mobile AG has announced that the operator intends to launch a tender to buy all outstanding shares. Almost immediately after this announcement, the value of net mobile shares shot up by over 30% Continue reading
China Mobile has announced it will be centralising its mobile ringback tone service. From the start of 2010, none of its 31 provincial operators will be allowed to sell their own ringback tones. All tones will be stored in a central location in Sichuan, providing an identical service to all China Mobile customers.
In-flight mobile provider OnAir can now operate on the networks of all four of the UKs big carriers, after Vodafone and Orange granted permission. The company, which enables mobile phone calls to be made from planes while they’re in the air, was already operating with O2 and T-Mobile. Continue reading
India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade today announced that is banning certain mobile phones from entering the country. Any device lacking a 15-digit IMEI code is banned from being imported. Continue reading
Motricity has announced its LBS Controller, a solution for mobile operators that allows them to give third parties easy access to Location Based Services. Using LBS Controller, mobile operators can enable LBS for mobile websites, applications or on-phone services. The difference here is that since it’s operator level, Motricity has built in “user-managed privacy” options that could be accessed by anyone on the network. Continue reading
You’ve got to love this. Apparently Chinese mobile networks are so horrifyingly clogged with spam texts that the government has been spurred to action. In order to combat this, the number of texts that any mobile can send will be restricted. What kind of effect will this have on those responsible for the spamming? Probably [...]
Indian mobile operator Tata Teleservices has announced it will be investing $2 billion in a country-wide GSM network. The company already operates a CDMA network, but is switching away from the less popular architecture.
CDMA vs GSM? WTF?
To be honest, there’s not a huge functional difference between CDMA and GSM networks. There are proponents in both [...]
Anyone who has the misfortune of having to rely on mobile broadband knows that connections are rarely stable and almost always slow. Epitiro has released findings from a survey of over 1.4 million broadband tests, showing just how bad mobile broadband really is.
First, the results in brief. Having examined broadband from 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, [...]
While “managed services” contracts have been becoming more common in Europe over the last months, todays announcement of a contract between Ericsson and Zain Africa is the first such deal in Africa. Analysts are saying that this new deal is the final proof that managed services is a sustainable business model.
So what is a managed [...]