LG Mobile Reports Loss of £64m for Second Quarter

July 28th, 2010

LG’s handset division has posted a loss of £64 Million for the second quarter ending 30th June 2010, despite selling 30.6 million units in the quarter.  It is our view that this is because the handset manufacturer has a relatively weak “total Portfolio” this is most apparent in the smartphone segment which is a segment that is on the rise for other mobile manufacturers. The weakness in this key area has allowed Apple and BlackBerry to increase their sales in this segment.

LG can recover from this but we think that they need to look at the breadth of their range in order to ensure that they can optimise their market share. They do have a number of handset models available but they do not cover all sectors adequately.

LG do have a large range of mobile phone accessories available for their range of phones, LG batteries, LG Bluetooth kits and LG mains chargers are all available to purchase. So if you are an LG fan maybe take a look at the range.

What is the future for Nokia Mobile Phones?

July 27th, 2010

A recent article that I happened to read stated that Nokia has had a terrible year with profits down by 40%, what do they have to do to compete with the IPhone and BlackBerry handsets that are proving so popular today?

Nokia Mobile phones used to be the norm, everybody would have one, and when you walked down any high street it would be full of people on their phones. All of the mobile phone shops would have offers for mobile phones and accessories all based around Nokia products. Last week I took the time to look at the offers and they were all based around iPhone accessories and BlackBerry accessories.  I would be interested to see if anybody else has found the same ?

iPhone 4 Accessories

July 20th, 2010

Now that the iPhone 4 is launched and everybody has found the faults let’s look at the best iPhone 4 accessories. Well let’s start with the important one – if you want to be able to use your handset without the reception dropping as you use the phone you will need to fit a special iPhone 4 case.

Also the handset has the same battery restrictions as the previous models and so I would recommend that you buy an iPhone 4 in car charger and possibly another iPhone 4 mains charger as well. They are relatively in expensive but it will save the annoyance of not being able to use your iPhone when out and about.

Smartphones – Online Gaming on Smartphones Increases 60%

April 19th, 2010

Latest reports from a US survey undertaken by ComScore indicate that online gaming on smartphone handsets has increased by up to 60 percent in the last 12 months, while gaming on feature phones declined by a third in the same period.

As feature phones account for an 80% majority of the market, the decline of online gaming on feature handsets is an overall drop in gamers by 13 percent. The study was conducted involving mobile phones subscribers aged 13 and above across the United States.

The ease of accessibility and connectivity to online gaming for smartphones users is underlined with 27.3 percent of smartphone subscribers saying they had downloaded at least one game compared to 5.6 percent of all feature phone users.

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Mobile Phones – India Houses More Mobile Phones than Toilets

April 16th, 2010

A recent United Nations study within India revealed that the entire Indian population has greater access to mobile phones than toilets – highlighting the growth of mobile technology whilst pinpointing sanitation issues.

At the last count the number of mobile phones subscribers in India totalled 563.73 million serving almost 50 percent of the country’s entire population. Somewhat worryingly in comparison, only a third of the population had direct access to proper sanitation in 2008.

UN University Director, Zafar Adeel said: “It is a tragic irony to think in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones,” so many people “cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet.”

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Smartphones – Microsoft Launches New Range to Target Social Networking Generation

April 14th, 2010

Microsoft has moved to launch its new range of smartphones with the aim of snaring a greater share of the social networking generation. The new Kin One and Kin Two handsets will be hitting the shelves in the UK during the autumn.

From pictures of the handsets it is clear that the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two have been designed specifically with the younger generation in mind. The smartphones boast both touch screen and QWERTY keypad features to facilitate speedy access to social networks and direct connection to Microsoft’s very own music service.

The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two allows users to simultaneously update all of their social network accounts as well as boasting a feature allowing users to share media across Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace.

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Mobile Phones – Regulator Confirms Consumers Can Soon Change Providers Within One Working Day

April 6th, 2010

Mobile regulators, Ofcom have revealed that mobile phone consumers will soon be able to change providers and network carriers within one working day as opposed to the current two-day changeover period.

Although the change is still subject to further consultation, it looks likely to be brought into place, with consumers currently frustrated at having to wait 48 hours to receive their Port Authorisation Code (PAC) in order to change providers and tariffs. As part of the change in conditions, consumers will be able to receive their PAC immediately or within two hours via SMS.

The estimated date for the implementation of this idea is currently set for Q1 of 2011.

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Mobile Phones – Ofcom Calling for Cap to Cross-Network Call Charges

March 29th, 2010

A recent investigation into cross-network UK mobile phone call charges by Ofcom looks set to revolutionise the way mobile phone carriers charge mobile phone consumers for calls between networks. Almost the entirety of the UK mobile network industry is keen to maintain a free market for call charges, yet Ofcom is seeking to implement a cap from 4p to a maximum of 2p per call.

The result of this price cap could cost the mobile industry upwards of £1 billion, potentially reducing the prospect of future financial investment in the industry. At present the likes of BT get hit by a staggering £750 million phone bill each year connecting landlines to mobile phone networks. A cap would appease this problem, but it would create issues for mobile phone carriers who would likely have to bump up pay-monthly subscriptions and consider scrapping pre-pay methods as a result.

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Smartphones – Mobile Working Devices Sees Mobile Data Traffic Overtake Voice Traffic for First Time

March 26th, 2010

For the very first time, mobile data traffic appears to have overtaken voice traffic on mobile networks in December last year, according to network company Ericsson. The exponential growth and interest in smartphones has been the major cause for mobile data traffic to spike, with social media networks and mobile working applications the main cause for this shift.

It is perhaps understandable therefore, that both mobile carriers and manufacturers are continuing to drive their products towards social media and working mobile phone accessories as an area of considerable potential income. Some 200 mobile operators worldwide are promoting its Facebook mobile products, with over 100 million users connecting to social media networks through their smartphones.

The consumer market is now hooked on fast 3G mobile broadband and wireless connectivity, and the pressure is on networks across the planet to maintain their standards in order to develop and maintain their consumer base. Plans are already afoot to roll out 4G networks capable of even quicker download speeds but the UK’s dated infrastructure in comparison to the United States means that this is unlikely to reach Britain’s shores for some time.

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Mobile Phone Accessories – Top Android Apps for Your Phone

March 24th, 2010

The functionality of Android-powered smartphones with the latest mobile phone accessories and mobile apps makes these handsets a very attractive option for a broad range of consumers. The beauty of the Android market is that it is an open source platform, allowing professional developers and amateurs alike to produce apps that can improve your everyday life.

Here are some of the highest recommended Android apps that are both available free and paid-for on the Android marketplace:

Camera Zoom FX – Many Android-powered smartphones are somewhat weak in the digital camera department. That’s why the Camera Zoom FX app is such an impressive addition to Android handset. With 40 unique effects, the camera is enhanced to almost iPhone proportions.

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