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The text message turns 22, but are its days numbered?

Earlier this month the humble text message turned an incredible 22 years old. It was on December 3, 1992 that 22 year old Neil Papworth sent the first fifteen character message that simply read “merry christmas”. How far technology has come in such a short space of time, with SMS now one of the dominant forms of mobile […]

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Nokia eyes a comeback with the N1 Android tablet

Nokia caused a stir this week with the revelation that it would return to the consumer hardware business with an all-new 7.9-inch Android tablet called the N1 which, it has to be said, bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s iPad Mini – even down to the milled aluminium, rounded corners, and the appearance of the volume buttons, speakers and […]

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4G networks in the UK – the state of play

With the rapid adoption of 4G networks across the world, people in the UK now have access to some of the fastest mobile download speeds on the planet. The move from 3G to so-called next generation networks (which netted the government £2.4 billion in the license auction) seemingly took forever and, despite differences in opinion about the term 4G, it’s undeniable that network speeds are […]

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The best time to buy a flagship smartphone?

Whenever the latest and greatest flagship smartphone is released, it’s very tempting to trade in your old model and upgrade immediately. Buying a new smartphone is not always a straightforward choice; unless you have simply chosen your favourite brand, buying one that fits your needs and budget can be a tough choice. It is also a matter of careful timing – […]

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Operators Opinion

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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Operators Opinion

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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Operators

The operator’s comical Weve project isn’t having a good day

You have to laugh. If you don’t, the only alternative is tears of utter despair. Have a read… It is understood that EE, O2 and Vodafone have been unable to agree on how Weve’s standard mobile wallet should operate since it was announced six months ago, however. They have now effectively scrapped the joint project, […]

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Operators

Ouch, the latest phishing scam I’ve seen involves your mobile operator and a huge bill

“You’ve just run up a £300 quid bill with O2… click here to check out your bill”. Text like that would have most of us clicking right-away, whilst screaming, “WHAAAAAT???” really loudly. Sadly, the first link you’re prompted to click on downloads a seriously suspicious zip file to your computer. Nicely done, hackers, nicely done. […]

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Snapchat drives more traffic than any other messaging app on North American mobile networks

Who knew? I didn’t. I had no idea. I thought Whatsapp would have been one of the key contenders. But apparently not. This is according to a recent release from Sandvine. (If you haven’t come across Sandvine, they are a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators.) Regarding Snapchat, the precise […]

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O2: “2 years is too long to wait for a new phone”

Saw this on the underground today. It is a rather compelling offering from O2 — if you’ve selected the right contract options (notably O2 Refresh in this context). Does this mean that of you’re one of the millions of O2 contract customers currently serving out a 24-month agreement, you can simply pay off the cost […]

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Is there room for independent mobile “stockists” anymore?

This spam text today prompted me to wonder if there is much room in the market for “independent stockists” anymore. Surely there isn’t much they can offer compared to me going direct to EE? And while I’m at it, how is a text message like this meant to persuade me to even look at your […]