Telecoms provider T-Mobile teases “Our boldest moves yet.”

Mobile network provider T-Mobile has teased an event being held on July 10th in New York City simply entitled, “Our boldest moves yet.”

Apart from pondering over this intriguing tagline; little can be gained from the invitation. The image is entitled “moonshot” to which we can only speculate its meaning.

It could simply be a reference to taking a wild shot, or a “bold move”, although a quick Google search shows up Janet-led initiative “Project Moonshot.”

Taken...

By Ryan Daws, 28 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Regulator Ofcom releases complaints figures

UK regulator Ofcom has released figures of complaints towards all the major telecoms and pay TV providers between January and March 2013.

In general the outlook is looking positive with complaints in pay-monthly mobile dropping slightly despite the rollout of LTE (or lack of in many cases) where many would predict some amount of negative feedback.

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Operator TalkTalk has had less than a great feature in the report however, hitting the top of the complaints at a rate of 0.39 complaints per...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Networks, Operators, Research, Smartphones.

Microsoft partners with Telefónica to boost WP against Android and iOS

Although gradually rising, Microsoft has had nowhere near the success with Windows Phone the Redmond-company had surely hoped by this stage.

It’s truly a shame, as whilst Android – the market share leader – could be called an iOS clone, and iOS is still being called “stagnant” in features; Windows Phone has both brought both brand-new design and software innovations to the table.

Now the software giant is looking to Telefónica to help boost the platform against its two...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Hutchison Three buys O2, now owns 40 percent of Ireland’s market

In a drastic acquisition, Hutchison Three has bought O2’s share in Ireland’s mobile market; resulting in 40 percent ownership of the entire country’s networks.

O2 Ireland, previously owned by Telefónica, was acquired for a hefty €850 million ($1.1 billion) this morning. The company is sure to hope this will help to ease the company’s current huge debts.

Announced via press release (PDF), Robert...

By Ryan Daws, 24 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...

Deutsche Telekom launches M2M Developer Kits

In order to help promote M2M (Machine-to-Machine) development based in the cloud, vendor Deutsche Telekom is providing developer kits to get started.

TelecomsTech spoke to DT’s Ruslan Ismailov at Mobile World Congress back in February to discuss the telco’s M2M strategy going forward – and now we’re beginning to see some progress.

Consisting of an Arduino or a Cinterion board with a GSM chip, and of course a SIM card for access to the...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Shopping on your mobile? Transactions to exceed $3.2 trillion by 2017

The latest research from Juniper shows commerce transactions on mobile will reach an incomprehensible $3.2 trillion by 2017, fuelled primarily by mobile banking.

However, by comparing to all financial transactions in the US it suddenly seems insignificant. In the U.S alone the total for 2012 exceeded $4,400 trillion.

As an increasing number of NFC-enabled devices reach consumers’ hands, along with easy online payment solutions such as PayPal,...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

“LTE-Advanced” Galaxy S4 on the way, users ready for 4G switch

The latest research shows many customers can’t wait to switch to LTE and have capable devices in preparation; however Samsung, looking to get ahead of the pack, is introducing a refreshed Galaxy S4 in South Korea supporting LTE-Advanced.

Users outside of the country aren’t likely to utilise the “advanced” iteration for some time, so we’ll dream of its theoretical capabilities for now.

The standard by 3GPP should offer a download speed up to 3Gbps and upload speeds of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

 

The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

Forget IM, is Skype’s Video Messaging the next disruptor?

Currently many carriers, operators and journalists are discussing how the rise of instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage will affect traditional SMS usage, and add to the infrastructure costs for supporting increasing demand for data.

But we could be missing the mark: what if Skype’s video messaging should cause them concern?

 

We’re all used to voicemail; it’s a convenient technology which has been around for decades and still going strong today. You ring someone; leave a...