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Jonathan Jensen on Thursday – Truphone, where next?

Just before Christmas I met up with Truphone CEO, Geraldine Wilson, to discuss Truphone’s aim to be the mobile solution of choice for people with an ‘international lifestyle’. I’ve been a big fan of Truphone but disappointed that 2008 didn’t deliver more in terms of a clearer strategy and a better customer experience. Truphone is […]

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The INQ1 from 3 – update

Well, my INQ1 has now died. The internal speaker doesn’t work – to hear the other party you have to switch to the loudspeaker. 3 are sending me a returns pack and promise to turn it around in three days. We’ll see … Coming after the variable performance of the INQ1’s applications this hardware failure […]

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Jonathan Jensen on Thursday – Did you get an iPod Touch for Christmas?

The days around Christmas and New Year do tend to be a bit of a blur but I am publishing early this week deliberately! Whilst it may no longer be the latest gadget the 2nd Generation iPod Touch is still probably (in my view) the best standalone music player out there. I say this in […]

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Jonathan Jensen on Thursday – My Christmas wishes

No it’s not Christmas Day! You’re not dreaming! This week I’m publishing two days early to catch you all before you head off to enjoy the festivities. Christmas is a time for wishes (or so my children tell me) so I thought I’d share my mobile wishes with you (mobile wishes – that sounds a […]

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Should Nokia stick to making handsets?

Nokia has made much of their move into software this year but so far I’ve been ‘under-whelmed’ by what I’ve seen. It all looks disjointed and I seem to now have more Nokia ‘accounts’ than I can shake a stick at! Part of the problem is the lack of a decent ‘app store’ on the […]

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The INQ1 from 3 – Normob feedback

I’ve now had some feedback on 3’s INQ1 handset from my tame social networking Normobs! My ‘representative’ sample included both teenagers and adults and interestingly the verdict has been fairly similar across them all. My reservations about the handset user interface were maybe a reflection on my love of quality mobile devices because my Normob […]

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Jonathan Jensen on Thursday – Mobile aspirations of a 14 year old

With the year drawing to a close I thought I’d check in with my 14 year old son, George and ask him what he’s looking for from the mobile industry in 2009. George is more than a Normob and takes a keen interest in technology and what it can do for him. His contract with […]

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The INQ1 from 3 – first impressions as a social networking device

When you take the INQ1 out of the box it feels like a quality device with its solid metal and plastic construction. However that illusion was shattered when I switched it on, as the display looks like a low end device and the icons and menus have a basic appearance. Instead of a user guide […]

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The INQ1 from 3 – a Normob social networking device?

This morning I ordered the INQ1 handset from 3. Why, you may ask? Surely it’s just a 3 branded handset from an unknown manufacturer that doesn’t allow you to download extra applications because it isn’t running any of the usual operating systems – S60, Apple, Android etc. And you’d be right. But … 3 claims […]

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Jonathan Jensen on Thursday – What I’m looking for from my favourite mobile companies in the New Year

As we head towards the end of the year I’ve been thinking about some of the mobile companies and applications I’ve looked at this year and what’s missing from their line up. So, I’ve highlighted the key service enhancement I’d like to see from each of them in 2009. The mobile VoIP space is a […]

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Jonathan Jensen on Thursday – Mobile in Budapest

My recent trip to Budapest gave me the opportunity to try out a couple of mobile services that would dramatically reduce the cost of roaming compared to using my regular UK SIM card – MAXroam and DeFi Mobile. Why two services? MAXroam is SIM based so provides worldwide coverage wherever there’s a mobile network and […]

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Jonathan Jensen on Thursday – iNum, the first global phone number

I’ve been looking at iNum, a new service from Voxbone. iNum has launched as a global phone number that isn’t tied to a specific geographical location. It uses the new global ‘country code’ 883 to give users a number that will reach them wherever they are, with no geographical implications. Voxbone’s vision is that phone […]