T-Mobile’s “boldest moves” event is simply disruptive (in a good way)

Nearly a fortnight ago, TelecomsTech reported on an event by provider T-Mobile which was entitled “Our boldest moves yet”.

Counting me intrigued, we speculated, and had some great discussions and theories across the social networks to which we post. So, were their steps bold?

Firstly and most importantly, is a brand-new contract add-on which is indeed pretty bold. Going by the name of ‘Jump!’ it will incur an extra $10 monthly charge on top of your current...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Cameras are evolving, Photography is changing, and Nikon is adapting

The days of a digital SLR are not numbered as many would have you believe, but the face of what we know about them is certainly changing.

Some are already taking the next-step with implementing the power of Android; and yes, it must be said, mobile phones have increasingly capable cameras.

As a recent buyer of a DSLR – a Nikon no less – I’ve been instantly captivated by photography, and a mobile phone will never match the capabilities of a dedicated camera. Yet I came from an iPhone 4, where...

By Ryan Daws, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Countdown to China LTE Launch

Signs abound that China is very close to first LTE rollout as a license is expected in a few months.

This is certainly good news for equipment makers fighting off slowing capex and fierce competition.

China Mobile also stands to benefit from TD-LTE on its preemptive position; more important, the standard has the government behind.

The latter is crucial for commercial success. Of course the government is not always failsafe as we have seen in ill-fated TD-SCDMA, but it does lend a heavy hand in things like...

By Dr Lin Sun, 08 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Consumers, Licensing, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

HTC Q2 financials show cause for joy, stop fear-mongering

HTC has posted its Q2 2013 financials to which the majority are calling a failure for the struggling company; making out it’s the beginning of the end.

These people are blind.

It’s undeniable HTC is not in a great place at the moment; largely internally due to staff restructuring (and spectacularly leaving) as well as failed handset launches such as the HTC First, alongside the struggle to meet demand for the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

The rise of OTT applications and the threat to SMS

It has been said on more than one occasion that SMS has had its day.  According to Informa, the volume of OTT messaging traffic is set to be twice that of Person-to-Person (P2P) SMS messaging by the end of 2013, and with over 19.1bn OTT messages sent last year, OTT applications are beginning to have a substantial impact on SMS traffic and revenue.

The overall trend is certainly significant, and it would be very easy to say there is little to no life left in SMS but that’s just not the case. ...

By Louise O'Sullivan, 05 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Billing, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Apple brand loyalty drops behind Samsung in South Korea

It’s another day, and that means another Apple versus Samsung story. Between ongoing patent disputes and court cases; a new report from Samsung’s own home turf of South Korea shows less than promising brand loyalty results for Apple.

According to DIGIECO, a group affiliated with Korea Telecom, 53 percent of 416 iPhone users surveyed responded they would not continue to use Apple’s smartphone line.

Whilst not entirely surprising; considering Samsung’s huge marketing prowess which has gained them...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Australian regulator moves forward to prevent “bill shock”

Only yesterday, TelecomsTech posted a wonderful article by Matt Hooper on “bill shock” and how mobile operators should take more responsibility to help prevent it, well Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulator clearly heard.

So what preventive measures will soon be in place to help Australians roaming abroad from returning to huge fees, and therefore the dreaded “bill shock”?

First of all, the new...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Are we heading towards “fashion house” technology and custom smartphones?

Buying a smartphone could become a whole lot more complex over the next few years, from custom-builds, to deciding which fashion designer we want behind our mobile devices. I’m already cringing with you at the thought of the latter.

So let’s start with the more exciting prospect of custom-build smartphones...

Custom-build Smartphones

Ever since Google’s acquisition of Motorola we’ve been waiting to see the fruits of the combined giants efforts, and rumours of the ubiquitous “X” phone...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

EE doubles 4G speeds, offers shared plans, and fights rivals over advertising techniques

It’s all happening for UK mobile network EE, the collaboration between Orange and T-Mobile.

The operator is - yet again - set to double their 4G speeds. Alongside this increased speed; the company is beginning “shared plans”, but taking the fight to rivals over their (premature?) advertising.

Beginning with the company’s own services - Olaf Swantee, EE CEO, has announced the new faster 4G offering will include Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds,...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Heading to the EU? Your roaming bill has just been cut!

Last week, the EU Commission's VP Neelie Kroes promised charges for using your mobile whilst abroad (or “roaming”) will become significantly cheaper. Today the promise has been delivered with substantial cuts across the member states.

This will be a day of celebration for anyone who has ever been hit with expensive charges when away from home; whether on work, holiday, or calling friends/family living away.

Although prices are nowhere near the levels of my teen years (I’ll never forget that...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Billing, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.