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The Data Disgrace: Two readers sound off on their frustrations

Here’s an opinion piece on the frustration of data plans. Readers Patrick and Neil were discussing the issue on Twitter last week and asked if they could put their thoughts down in a post here on MIR. I readily agreed. If you’ve got an opinion you’d like aired, drop me a note — ewan@mobileindustryreview.com. Right […]

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How do you manage your personal cloud data, accounts & backup?

Given the experience of Mat Honan at Wired (who was reportedly nailed by poorly enforced security policies at Apple and Amazon), how do you manage your own personal data? What’s your cloud account and data backup strategy? My view has been to always keep stuff in the Cloud. By that I tend to mean Google, […]

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Operators

Vodafone UK is getting there with subscriber-led cost management

Congratulations are due to the team at Vodafone UK. They’ve been working hard at getting their subscriber-led data cost management systems operational. There is nothing worse than bill-shock for a mobile operator. In the past, mobile operators have had to spend millions on customer service agents to placate seriously annoyed subscribers phoning up about ridiculous […]

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Knives, Guns, Explosives and MiFi units banned from London 2012 Olympics

I had a note in from the team at Tep Wireless who — like me — are a little bit surprised to find that WiFi and 3G hub devices are banned from any Olympic events and venues. Here’s the actual PDF highlighting all the banned elements. This is rather silly, I think. Because if you’re […]

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Paul Gowans of JDSU announces Data Collection Technology for Service Providers

Momchil here, with a video of Paul Gowans, Marketing Manager of JDSU. Paul talks about their new breakthrough solution for Service Providers – PacketPortal. PacketPortal enables gathering intelligence from the network, which may be used for a whole range of applications such as personalised services, pro-active problem correction of networks and overall better service delivery. […]

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I think I need to buy a Volvo. Look at this genius app for your car! (“Volvo On Call”)

Now then, now then, stop all the clocks! My most recent interaction with Volvo was with an advertisement a good few years ago. The ad opened to the external view of a Scandanavian house surrounded by some snow. A Volvo estate is parked outside. There’s the sound of a bed squeak that begins to continue. […]

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Devices

Europcar’s £7/day MiFi rental deal

I hired a car this weekend from Europcar’s London Heathrow Airport and noticed this special offer at the service desk. They’re offering a MiFi unit for £7 per day and it’s practically unlimited (1GB/day I think I read). You can just pick one up when you are hiring a car. I think this is a […]

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Operators

Vodafone UK bites the bullet and bundles Euro voice/data/text roaming for £3/day

Vodafone has bitten the bullet. And it’s brilliant news for the consumer.  From today (as Dan from CoolSmartPhone reports), you now only need to pay £3 per day and everything will be priced at your standard UK price plan rate.  As Dan points out:  So say for example you are in sunny Spain for 5 days […]

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Operators

Look how far we’ve got to go in this industry

I arrived into Miami this afternoon and got this message from my operator of choice, Vodafone: Welcome to The USA. Calls cost 135ppm to make & 100ppm to receive. SMS 35p + your home rate & pic msg 37p. For your £5 per day you have 25MB of data, then it’s £3 per 1MB. Click […]

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I’m using HolidayPhone’s local Spanish SIM for MWC this year

I was contacted by the team at HolidayPhone recently asking if I was going to Mobile World Congress and would like to check out their local Spanish SIM offering. I was keen to do so — but up until last week I wasn’t planning on going. However, things have changed — and it looks like […]

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XCom Global now offers unlimited MiFi usage for $14.95/day in 195 countries

I have to say I’m sorely tempted to try out XCom Global’s latest offering. They can now offer you unlimited data via MiFi (or USB stick) for a thoroughly reasonable $14.95 per day across a phenomenal 195 countries (up from 67 previously). There’s no charge for the equipment and delivery is (generally free if you […]

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‪Mobile Video Optimisation: Time for a new era? ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Noam Green from Mobixell caught my recent post about the data capacity crunch and sent in this contribution as a response — along with an infographic (at the bottom). Over to Noam: – – – – – Current approaches to mobile network and content optimisation will fail to address the real requirements of managing the […]