Archive for February, 2010

Mobile Phone Subscribers – Two Thirds of Developing World Use Mobiles

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The latest report from the International Telecommunications Union presented a staggering statistic, with 67% of all people on the planet now mobile phone subscribers. It is thought a mind-bending 4.6 billion people had subscribed to a mobile phone service prior to the end of 2009 – relative to 67% of the planet’s human population.

This increase underlines the immense growth that the mobile industry has engineered over the last eight years. Even in 2002 just 1 billion people were signed up to use mobile phone services – with 3.6 billion new users in the last eight years.

It would seem that communications technology products are becoming much more accessible and economical to all corners of the globe. In comparison to global average income, mobile phone costs are lowest in Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Kuwait and Luxembourg, with the United States interestingly also on the horizon.

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Smartphones – Success Leads Recovery in Mobile Market

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Global analysts Gartner have revealed a 0.9% decline in total mobile phone sales between 2008 and 2009, with 1.211 billion units sold worldwide. Nevertheless, the most promising statistic to come out from the research was the sale of smartphones continuing to lead the partial recovery of the mobile market – posting an 8.3% sales increase in the final quarter of 2009.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, three of the largest global mobile phone manufacturers registered fewer unit sales throughout 2009. Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Motorola experienced a decline in sales, with their market shares dropping as much as 3-4% in a single calendar year.

Carolina Milanesi, Gartner’s research director, said: “The mobile devices market finished on a very positive note, driven by growth in smartphones and low-end devices.”

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HTC Smartphones – HTC Legend to Take Over Mantel from HTC Hero

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

First impressions of the new HTC Legend suggest that this latest Android 2.1 powered device will be the ultimate successor to the HTC Hero that has proved to be a smartphone success in the consumer market. With HTC pushing hard to encourage its portfolio into the mainstream area of the market, the sleek, curvy design of the HTC Legend will turn more than a few heads.

The lightweight aluminium shell of the handset creates a design and feels reminiscent to that of the Apple MacBook Pro. However, there are still remnants of the successful HTC Hero design, with the unforgettable ‘chin’ still present.

As the phone is integrated with the latest Android 2.1 software, the HTC Legend is fully controllable via voice, supports multi-touch usage and its upgrade of RAM from 288MB to 384MB will enable users to use a significant number of applications simultaneously.

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Mobile Phone Products – Predictive Text Technology Launched

Friday, February 19th, 2010

A London-based mobile phone developer has launched a brand new predictive text technology aimed at providing 50% greater efficiency on touch-screen devices – a groundbreaking solution for users who are put off the latest smartphones due to their entirely touch-screen capabilities.

Amazingly, the program, FluencyMobile is capable of predicting a third of all words written without the user having to even touch a button. Meanwhile 85% of words are predicted within the first two characters.

Users will not have to learn the program too heavily as FluencyMobile has a built-in personalisation service which ensures its vocabulary learns how the user wishes to type and speak.

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HTC Smart – New Low-cost Smartphone Announced this Week

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

A partnership between HTC and O2 has seen a new low-cost smartphone unveiled this week due for release across the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany from April 1st. The HTC Smart is an entry-level smartphone device which is designed to encourage mobile phone consumers to switch from feature phones to smartphones without the high cost and confusion of many of the latest handsets on the market.

It appears that the HTC Smart is to be released on both pay-monthly and pay-as-you-go tariffs, with options tailored to all types of consumers.

Matthew Key, chief executive of Telefonica, said at the launch: “We believe this is a key move in our ability to bring smartphones to a far wider cross section of the population. The benefits of web browsing on the move and ability to experience applications like mobile social networking will now be brought to the mass market and reinforces O2’s position as the home of the smartphone.”

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Mobile Phones – ‘Zero’ Version of Facebook Launched on Mobile Phones

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The world’s most exhaustive social media network, Facebook is set to launch a ‘zero’ version of its application on mobile phones, designed for low bandwidth users. This text-only version of Facebook will ensure swift access to messages, wall posts and status updates on the move with mobile phones and smartphones.

At present there are over 100 million Facebook users worldwide and this move is hoped to improve overall accessibility. Not only will this reduce bandwidth usage for consumers, it also has the potential to free up a significant amount of network usage for UK mobile phone carriers.

Recent data from the GSM association revealed that consumers’ online usage on their mobile phones is spent around 50% of the time on social media websites such as Facebook. In December 2009 alone, consumers spent a combined total of 2.2 billion minutes on Facebook.

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Mobile Phones – Worrying Number of Drivers Using Mobile Phones Jumps 27%

Monday, February 15th, 2010

A worrying trend of drivers using mobile phones continues to rise as UK drivers continue to fail to heed numerous warnings by the government and driving authorities. In the last twelve months, the Department for Transport revealed the number of drivers using a mobile phone whilst at the wheel of a car jumped from 1.1% to 1.4% and from 2.2% to 2.6% for van and lorry drivers.

Neil Grieg, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists is concerned that the campaigns against the illegal use of mobile phones at the wheel are far from effective.

Mr Grieg said: “Along with consistent and high-profile policing, drivers need to be educated about how and why driving on the phone is so dangerous.

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Mobile Phones – Government Calls for Improved Protection Against Mobile Theft

Friday, February 12th, 2010

The UK mobile phone industry has been requested to offer greater protection against mobile phone theft with a growing spate of burglaries over recent months. Latest figures suggest that there are 228 mobile phone thefts every hour in the UK at present – a worrying statistic which will only increase if the industry does not act and improve protection methods.

Minister for Crime Prevention, Alan Campbell, said mobile phone organisations have a “social and corporate responsibility to tackle crime.”

Campbell is hoping that manufacturers will embrace this problem and consider any number of innovative design solutions to tackle mobile theft. The Home Office recently unveiled a host of crime prevention designs with the proviso of making mobile phones and smartphones less attractive for thieves to steal.

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Mobile Phones: Social Media Website Facebook Most Viewed on Handsets

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The latest set of figures from the GSMA Mobile Media Metrics revealed that around 16 million UK mobile phone users accessed the internet through their handset. Those questioning the impact of social media may need to think again with data released showing that a third of UK users – roughly 5 million – visited Facebook more than any other website.

In a list of the top ten most visited websites by The Guardian, Facebook was a clear leader, and even ranking above all of Google’s search sites. With 2.6 billion page impressions – almost triple of that of Google – the social media age continues to draw users in. The flexibility of mobile phone accessories and applications on mobile phones and smartphones has enabled users to connect to friends and family with ease, on the move, at work or at home.

A fifth of the 5 million mobile Facebook users access their social media via smartphones, underlining the growing interest surrounding handsets with mobile working capabilities with touchscreens and built-in QWERTY keyboards – bridging the gap between mobiles and laptop computers.

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Mobile Phones: Operators Asked to be Honest About Mobile Broadband Speeds

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

UK mobile phone carriers have been warned about the mobile broadband speeds that they have been advertising for their users. Broadband watchdog, Broadband Genie claims that government legislation could soon come into practice to prevent networks advertising unrealistic mobile broadband speeds via a dongle.

A recent survey of over 6,000 mobile broadband download speeds revealed that the average download speed went up by a mere 0.2mb between January and December of last year – all this while mobile phone carriers have been advertising speeds of between 3.6 and 7.2mbps.

If networks continue to advertise unrealistic broadband speed figures it is likely that consumers will lose faith in the service and swap their mobile broadband dongle for a smartphone boasting 3G connectivity.

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