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We’re not short on opinion. Indeed, if you’ve got one, chances are, we want to publish to the industry. Drop a note with your viewpoint to our editor, Ewan (ewan@mobileindustryreview.com and we’ll go from there.

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Apple SIM: bad news for mobile operators?

Apple SIM quietly introduced Anyone who saw last week’s Apple keynote (where the company predictably introduced new iPad, Retina iMac and Mac Mini models) probably missed the moment when Apple quietly introduced its carrier-neutral Apple SIM in cellular versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, in what could prove to be a disruptive move for the mobile industry. The Apple SIM […]

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Nationwide’s mobile app wins Best Innovation award at the UXUK Awards

Congratulations to all my colleagues at Nationwide Building Society, the world’s largest mutual society. In my capacity as Nationwide’s Group Head of Digital Capabilities, I went along to the UXUK Awards this evening, hosted on Microsoft’s huge London Victoria campus. Nationwide was shortlisted for the “Best Innovation” category, but also had an interest in the “Best […]

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Voice recognition – has it come of age?

“Hey Siri, wake me up at 7 a.m.”…that’s about all I use Apple’s Siri for at the moment, short of asking what song is currently playing (which always amazes me). It’s not that voice recognition on the iPhone is bad – most of the time it provides reliable and accurate information (when I’m in the UK; but abroad it’s another […]

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Getting nothing done quickly with mobile data

Sometimes I really do despair with the state of the mobile experience here in the UK. This evening I’ve been in Swindon and then in and out of London. Something must be going on with all the networks. Or maybe I got out of the wrong side of bed and ended up carrying around a […]

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The mobile payments revolution

Mobile payment schemes are a hot topic at the moment, fuelled by revelations about Apple’s forthcoming  Pay service which is about to be rolled out in the U.S. this month. The concept is not new: the technologies and infrastructure that enable you to pay with your smartphone have been around for well over a decade. And in countries like Kenya, mobile money […]

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Smart homes – ready for prime time?

Remember all those homes of the future portrayed on old television programmes from the 60’s and 70’s? It has taken nearly forty years, but the era of the smart home could be just around the corner… When you’re away from home, everyone has those little doubts – did I remember to turn the coffee machine off? Did I […]

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Tablets – is the honeymoon over?

Since the iPad was launched in 2010, tablets have become an important product for companies such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft. Tablets have proved extremely versatile – so much so that they have replaced many of the laptop’s roles and arguably provide a superior user experience in many cases. Games, movies, email, web browsing and social media all feel natural and easy to use […]

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Big data – what it means for mobile operators

There has been a lot of hype about “big data” in recent years, but what does it mean for mobile network operators and how can they benefit from it? Big data is a catch-all term that involves new methods and technologies for collecting, managing, and analysing in real-time the vast increase in data (now typically […]

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Are Mobile TV and Video Still Killer Apps?

Mobile TV and video were once considered “killer apps” that would entice subscribers to use more data, helping the networks increase ARPU and hold onto customers in an increasingly cutthroat market. Video was perhaps thought of as a panacea that would prevent operators becoming merely bit-pipes; but in reality, this is the situation they face […]

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The iPhone 6 Effect: Expect parcel delays on the 19th of September

I came across this rather interesting release from the team at ParcelHero detailing one of those critical issues that we don’t tend to consider much at all, especially when we’re busy obsessing over the precise arrival of our gorgeous new device. If you think about the average delivery guy making, let’s say, 50 deliveries a day on […]

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How Apple’s device strategy is making an impact on the enterprise

Since the advent of B.Y.O.D (Bring Your Own Device) schemes and the success of the iPhone as both a consumer and business device, Apple has recognised the need to strengthen its portfolio of enterprise-friendly device management tools, productivity applications and not least its IT support. The iPhone and iPad have propelled Apple to widespread adoption in corporate markets such as Education, Healthcare and Government. But needless to say, satisfying the needs […]

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I’m done with Physical Shopping

The other weekend I needed a Woggle (Amazon link). For the uninitiated amongst us, a Woggle (sometimes referred to as a ‘Noodle’ too) is a long polystyrene tube that children (in particular) use to support themselves (and play with) whilst swimming. Our eldest (Archie, 4) is getting into swimming big time. He’s having lessons. They […]

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