Carriers want to hang-up on Apple's new SIM

For consumers, Apple's new SIM is fantastic. For carriers, not so much. The new card allows users to switch their carrier at the press of a button rather than having to swap their SIM card to one from their new carrier each time they want to use another network...

This makes a whole lot of sense for people who travel a lot, obviously. Why would you need to invest in a "Dual SIM" device when you can have as many as you want all on the one? It is perhaps the most game-changing feature of Apple's recent...

By Ryan Daws, 28 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Networks, Operators.

LTE Direct networks are the future of connectivity

(Image Credit: Jason Scragz)

Behind-the-scenes of the World Wide Web it's not us communicating with one another, but rather our machines via a large number of virtual addresses and physical wires connecting them between. The next step is removal of our reliance on centralised infrastructure; and therefore that which is subject to both failure and control.

In a year or two from now, I think people won't even remember that you had to be on Wi-Fi or get a cell signal to be able to...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE.

Car telematics subscribers to reach 158.9m by 2020

According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, shipments of OEM embedded telematics systems worldwide are forecast to grow from 8.4 million units in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.6 percent to reach 54.5 million units in 2020.Moreover, the number of cars sold worldwide equipped with head-units featuring handset-based telematics capabilities will grow from 7.0 million in 2013 to 68.5 million in 2020.Telematics is a broad term that may be applied to a wide range of connected services in the...

By David H. Deans, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research, Telematics.

Phones4U heads into administration, iPhone 6 orders cancelled

Phones4U, a troubled UK mobile phones retailer, has gone into controversial administration resulting in the closure of 550 stores. The company has long had issues after mobile operators dropped support for the business after reportedly being unable to conclude new distribution agreements.

Vodafone said in a statement: "Phones 4U was offered repeated opportunities to propose competitive distribution terms to enable us to conclude a new agreement, but was unable to do so." Vodafone...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Device manufacturers and mindboggling moves in emerging markets

Movements of major tech players are exciting and device manufacturers continue to wow the world with stunning new tech in the smartphone arena. But right alongside this, sometimes decisions are made that make us stop and wonder – what on earth’s going on?

The most recent news on the grape vine is that Microsoft and Nokia are essentially going to be winding down their efforts to innovate in emerging markets. This comes on the back of an all singing and dancing launch of the X2, a handset that...

By Vasileios Tziokas, 26 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, LATAM, Mobile, Operators.

South Korea and US in fast lane for LTE rollout, report reveals

South Korea and the United States are leading the way in devices with 4G LTE capability, while devices from local vendors are on the rise, according to the latest Netbiscuits Web Trends Report.

The quarterly analysis, based on consumer web usage in 242 countries, found that local device vendors are starting to gain traction in Europe, whereas before the trend was largely confined to Asia. Wiko, a French vendor, and bq from Spain have made the top 50 devices in their own countries for the first, time, with 3%...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, LTE.

[Opinion] Open standards: Dear industry, make a decision.

Open standards bring traditional competitors together to push their respective industry forward and reduce confusion whilst providing a more seamless experience for the end-user; at least that's what they're meant to do. It's a shame that so much confusion occurs around the standards themselves which prevents such a beautiful union.

Can you imagine if there still wasn't a standard power socket for your country? If every device you used required a completely different hole in the wall? It would be chaotic. This article is...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Wireless.

Samsung and Intel team-up for consumer IoT specification

For the Internet of Things to truly take-off, the industry needs to come together and create a standard for communication between compatible hardware and software. There are already several consortiums with the support of major heavyweights; such as the 'AllSeen Alliance'.

The AllSeen Alliance is backed by LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp, Silicon Image, TP-LINK,...

By Ryan Daws, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, IoT, M2M.

Citizen Lab exposes malware network used by police worldwide

At the University of Toronto you can find Citizen Lab who, in collaboration with computer security firm Kaspersky, has exposed a massive network of mobile malware targeting all phone types. It is sold by an Italian firm for use in police forces around the world.

'Remote Control System' (RCS) can infiltrate Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and even BlackBerry devices. Most mobile malware targets Android, due to its market-share, but many industry experts warn other...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research, Security.