Posts Tagged ‘mobile phones’

Mobile Phones – India Houses More Mobile Phones than Toilets

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

Monday, 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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BlackBerry Mobile Phones – Market Share Under Attack by Nokia

Friday, March 19th, 2010

The BlackBerry mobile phone market share could be set to come under attack by Finnish mobile giants Nokia, with the Nokia E72 business smartphone set to hit the shelves targeting the female consumer population. Nokia is aiming to attract working women to the smartphone, increasing its market share in the enterprise market to compete with BlackBerry/RIM.

BlackBerry appears to be growing its own market share in the non-enterprise market, with half of all BlackBerry consumers attracted to the Pearl and Curve handsets which have taken the industry by storm.

Both BlackBerry and Nokia appear keen to crack the hybrid consumer-business market, with a need to attract users with aesthetically pleasing designs as well as providing efficient mobile working applications.

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Mobile Phones – Orange & T-Mobile Merger Given Official Go-Ahead by EU Commission

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The long-awaited decision regarding the future of the proposed takeover between global mobile phone carriers Orange and T-Mobile arrived to conclusion this week. The European Commission has granted a conditional go-ahead, with a networking sharing agreement with 3 and a reduction in its share of the combined 1800MHz band the main terms of the agreement.

Interestingly the EU Commission could not find any just cause to reject the merger, with no direct concerns in relation to the mobile phones market and provisions for all mobile telecommunications products.

The agreement from the European Commission has seen the Office of Fair Trading withdraw its request to appeal, after the Commission smoothed over fears from the OFT that the approaching merger would make the UK mobile phones market weaker and uncompetitive with fewer carriers for consumers to choose from.

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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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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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