HTC gets “One” up on Samsung

According to the latest IDC market research, HTC (2498:Taiwan) has overtaken nemesis Samsung as fifth largest smartphone maker spot in Japan.

This is a huge win for the company, who despite releasing handsets which are routinely reviewed as better than most – Samsung included – they cannot match the same level of marketing budget.

 

HTC’s most recent flagship, the “One”, is currently regarded as

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

China and Taiwan to issue LTE licenses in 2013, but not without controversy

The Chinese press recently reported that sources “close to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)” have stated that the MIIT is planning to issue TD-LTE licenses to all three Chinese MNOs – China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. The licenses are expected to be issued in 2013. However, the problem is that only China Mobile wants a TD-LTE license as it is a natural evolution from its TD-SCDMA air interface. Issuing China Mobile with a TD-LTE license as early as this year would also...

By Ovum Research, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Industry, Licensing, LTE, Operators, Smartphones.

EE pushes LTE speeds, bumps coverage, and hits out at competition

As other networks fight and collaborate to get their own LTE solutions into the wild, EE (Everything Everywhere) has announced it’s already saturated the market with 500,000 subscribers. Now they’re looking to secure that title position through improved infrastructure and coverage.

In a press release, EE has given consumers an insight into their forthcoming expansion plans.

The next phase of...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

4G LTE connections grow 50 percent in 5 months

According to the latest market study by 4G Americas, the number of LTE connections worldwide passed 100 million in May -- with the U.S. and Canada capturing 57 million subscriptions of that global total. There are 172 operators in 70 countries with LTE mobile networks and more than 250 commercial LTE networks are expected by the end of 2013. "We are pleased to report that 20 Latin American operators have commercially deployed LTE networks and the number of connections in the region is quickly increasing," said Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas.

By David H. Deans, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

Pay-TV providers seeking to regain lost momentum

By 2017, two billion mobile phone and media tablet users will watch TV and video on their devices, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. This phenomenon is attributed to the growing popularity of short and easily shared video clips, and the increased global uptake of connected mobile devices with faster processors and better displays. Juniper examined how mobile is increasingly being used as the primary screen for consuming TV and video content among younger demographics, and the seamless integration of streaming services with social networks. They observed that sharing content...

By David H. Deans, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Industry, Mobile, Multi Screen, Networks, Smartphones, Smart TV.

Five ways to reach all mobile internet user segments

The big greenfield global growth opportunities for internet access are in the emerging markets, where mobile broadband access will likely dominate new internet user adoption. Targeted pricing, adapted to the needs of user segments, is the proven way to maximize market development. ABI Research’s latest mobile Internet pricing tracker reinforces the notion that there are essentially five mobile Internet pricing models in operation:
  • The Tiered Usage Pricing Plan
  • The All You Can Eat Data Plan
  • The Unlimited Plan with Speed Restriction
  • The Data Surfing Time Plan
  • And, the Multi-device Shared Plan
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By David H. Deans, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Smartphones.

Could Google be moving away from ‘Nexus’ line?

I find it interesting at Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the Mountain View-based company chose to showcase Samsung’s Galaxy S4 running the untouched, stock Android experience.

But it begs the question – could Google be moving away from the Nexus line?

 

This is completely theoretical, with the upcoming release of devices such as ‘Glass’, perhaps Google actually be making more of a play into the hardware market?

Google's acquisition of Motorola may also lend evidence to...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Google, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

You can now call Google+ from regular phones

Want to hear the sound of Google further disrupting the world of telecom? If you have a Google Voice number and also use Google+ (as I do) with the Hangouts feature enabled, you'll soon be hearing this new sound if you haven't already.

An Unexpected Ringing

Yesterday a random PR person called the phone number in the sidebar of this blog to pitch me on why I should write about her client. This phone number...

By Dan York, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Smartphones, VoiP.