iOS 5 Update: Steve Jobs Rolling Over Already?

I understand the title of this post may be insensitive and nothing could be further from the goal of this piece. In fact, if anything, I admire Steve Jobs so much that I feel this entry needed to be made in order to honor his memory.The question which our industry is asking today is how could Apple screw up the iOS 5 update so badly - literally a week or so after the death of Steve Jobs? I realize of course the two incidents aren't related but one has to wonder if all those devices that Steve keeps in his office wouldn't have...

By Rich Tehrani, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Mobile Broadband Connected Future: From Billions of People to Billions of Things

The purpose of this report is to discuss the opportunity for wirelessly connected devices. We explore two main themes: Why embed devices for mobile connectivity? And why choose to embed the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of wireless technologies?

The findings of this report impact mobile operators, mobile infrastructure providers, chipset manufacturers, device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), solution providers, vertical enterprise industries, horizontal consumer and enterprise...

By Alex Wanda, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

HD Video is Pervasive in Mobile Consumer Electronics

Today, high-definition (HD) video capabilities are a standard option in many types of consumer electronics (CE) devices. Once considered a feature that was available only in the expensive high-end products, HD video technology is now truly pervasive -- rapidly spreading throughout the industry. As an example, last year there was a dramatic increase for High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connections in portable consumer devices -- including consumer-oriented HD video camcorders and digital still cameras (DSC). In addition, within the personal computer segment, the HDMI interface applications in mobile PCs, graphics cards, and PC...

By David H. Deans, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Mobile.

Blackberry service improves but brand damage is done

Blackberry assured its users that services across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India were ‘operating with significant improvement’ this morning, following a disastrous three day outage.

Users of Blackberry’s messaging and email services worldwide have been experiencing severe disruption since the 10 October, when a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure at its data centre in Slough, Berkshire in the UK caused the system to fall over.

Unfortunately for Blackberry,...

By Matt Henkes, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Consumers, Devices, Europe, India, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones, SMEs.

O2 to trial mobile VoiP calling app

Telefonica’s commercial mobile operator O2 has announced that it will begin the UK trial of a new branded mobile VoiP application that will allow users to make calls and send texts via WiFi.

The app will enable users to make and receive calls using their own number to any UK mobile or landline number. Callers will be able to use it from anywhere in the world, provided they are calling a UK number.

Similar to T-Mobile’s US Bobsled service, which recently updated its service to include US and...

By Matt Henkes, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Mobile, N America, OTT Services, VoiP, WiFi.

More mobiles than people worldwide, says expert

By the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people, according to expert, Dr Mike Short.

The current global population is around 7 billion, but Dr Mike Short is confident that uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.

The new president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - Europe’s largest...

By Verity Gough, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: India, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Best Mobile VoIP Apps

By using Wi-Fi to communicate on your phone you can save precious minutes on your calling plan and avoid additional fees. 

Using your smartphone, tablet, or desktop phone’s internet connection  is a great inexpensive or free way to take advantage of a second phone line. With improved latency, here are a few popular apps (for iPhone and Android) that make Wi-Fi calling practical:

Line2

Download the free Line2 app to get a number to begin your...

By Nathan Miloszewski, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile, VoiP.

How Seamless Mobility will shape the the Digial Swarm: Blurring Boundaries

As devices get smarter and users can access resources and applications from anywhere, the domains of work, home, and personal life will eventually become blurred. Will it really matter when, where, and how you watch your ethics training video, as long as you do it? Will anyone be willing to carry more than one device hat supports the full spectrum of enterprise and entertainment applications?

We are already seeing strong signals today as users are insisting on bringing their consumer-based applications and...

By Alex Wanda, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Devices, Europe, Geo-location, Industry, Mobile, Wireless.

France Telecom get strategic about mobile offloading

The French telco has this week said that WiFi offload is the right approach to dealing with mobile data traffic.Speaking at Broadband World Forum on Wednesday, Alain Maloberti, senior vice president of network for France Telecom emphasised the importance of using WiFi to offload traffic from its mobile network, based on its existing network of WiFi access points, but warned that there are still challenges to be overcome.“We have a real opportunity to offload onto WiFi a part of the traffic and leveraging what exists, not rolling out a whole new...

By Verity Gough, 01 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Totility buy-out set to boost Maintel’s mobile footprint

Telecoms and data services business, Maintel Holdings, has closed a potential £6.83 million deal to buy out mobile telecoms provider, Totility.

The purchase, under the terms of the contract, sets out an initial consideration of £2.83 million payable on completion, however there remains a £4 million additional payment, which is dependent on Totility's performance in the 12 months after purchase.

Totility is a London-based mobile telecoms provider with 1,100 customers and 12,000 mobile...

By Verity Gough, 30 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile.

India imposes 100 text cap

Telecoms regulator in India has put a cap on the number of text messages that can be sent from a mobile phone to deter tele-marketers, according to reports.The new ruling comes after several failed attempts to rein in the tele-marketing firms who have been freely sending unsolicited marketing texts to users on a daily basis. Under the current system, subscribers can register their numbers with a "national do not call" list by sending a text to a 1909 number.The latest measure comes after an announcement in December that companies found...

By Verity Gough, 28 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Devices, Government, India, Mobile, Networks.

Wrangles and challenges ahead of UK LTE auction

The UK mobile operator three has warned that it may run out of data capacity in built up areas if LTE spectrum auctions do not take place next year as expected.

The bidding process designed to fairly distribute 4G frequency space for rapidly rising data consumption among consumers is earmarked for 2010. However, Three’s CEO David Dyson warned that the timetable was already slipping.

"There is a huge financial...

By Matt Henkes, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

French regulator grants LTE licenses to all 4 operators

All four of the main French mobile operators have been awarded licenses for blocks of fourth-generation mobile frequencies following the first round of auctions that have set a high bar for the industry, with bids totalling €936m ($1.28bn).

Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad put in the highest bids to win the two largest blocks of 20 MHz; SFR and Bouygues Telecom were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz.

The auction has been hailed as a success by the French...

By Matt Henkes, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Spotify, Guardian and Indy partner with Facebook to offer new social apps

Consumers will soon be able to access music, movies and news on their mobiles via Facebook after Spotify, The Guardian, The Independent and Vevo joined up to be part of a new range of social apps.These companies, along with Cinemur, Myvideo, Deezer and Dailymotion are among the 33 European launch partners joining up to roll out a new range of social apps which is helping the social media site cement its position as a multi-entertainment platform.Founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the company's latest move at the...

By Verity Gough, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Mobile, Smart TV.

TalkTalk and 3UK most complained about telcos, says Ofcom

Ofcom has today published its latest consumer report which has revealed that TalkTalk and 3UK are the worst offenders when it comes to customer complaints.TalkTalk managed to top two categories for landline and broadband services with 0.8 and 0.58 complaints per 1000 customers between April and June this year while Virgin Media was the golden performer amongst landline providers with 0.15 complaints per 1000 customers. Unlike previous years' reports, the 2011 study included the largest number of providers and other stellar performances...

By Verity Gough, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Mobile, Operators.

Samsung seeks iPhone 5 ban

Samsung is considering blocking sales of Apple’s latest iPhone model in some countries as the legal wrangle over patents continues, according to reports.The South Korean electronics company is considering legally blocking sales of the iPhone 5 by seeking a court injunction in South Korea as well as Europe, it has been suggested.According to a report in the

By Verity Gough, 22 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Smartphones.