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Sky launches its own mobile service

Entertainment company Sky has announced what it’s calling “the UK's most flexible mobile service”.

Customers with another Sky service will be able to sign up for Sky Mobile from mid-December, with a full launch expected in early 2017.

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Vodafone fined £4.6 million by Ofcom

Vodafone fined £4.6 million by Ofcom

UK communications regulator Ofcom is fining Vodafone £4,625,000 for mis-selling, inaccurate billing and poor complaints handling.

This penalty is the result of two separate Ofcom investigations.

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BlackBerry moves away from handset production

BlackBerry moves away from handset production

Veteran smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry says it’s moving away from producing its own handsets and will instead license its software to other companies.

The first deal is with an Indonesian partner, BB Merah Putih, which is led by a leading telecommunications distributor in Indonesia.

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UK mobile users can now send a text to reduce nuisance calls

The Telephone Preference Service and Ofcom have introduced a new text message service that lets UK mobile users opt out of receiving unsolicited sales and marketing calls.

Mobile phone users can simply text ‘TPS’ and their email address to 78070.

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The Nokia brand is returning to mobile phones and tablets

The Nokia brand is returning to mobile phones and tablets

Android-powered devices being produced by a new Finnish company

Former mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has signed a deal that’ll see a new Finnish company producing Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets.

The new company – HMD global – is being granted an exclusive branding and intellectual property licence to create Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets for the next ten years.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Last week at The Fonecast: 10th February 2014

New deals and old problems

Mark Bridge writes:

Mobile phones have been hitting the mainstream news over the past few days. There was Channel 4’s report about data on second-hand phones not being properly deleted before the handsets were re-sold, there was the latest round of the Smart UK Project and there was Tim Muffett’s story about the mobile-enabled high street on BBC Breakfast this morning.

Also big news was Microsoft’s decision to pick long-time employee Satya Nadella as its new CEO. There’s a new role for founder Bill Gates as well, which suggests he’ll be doing more hands-on stuff in the future.

Partnerships have been another recent theme. MasterCard has teamed up with UK mobile payment and advertising business Weve to develop a contactless mobile payments system. I can’t imagine Visa is especially happy, given the relationships it has - or had - with O2, Orange and Vodafone.

And in other network news, EE and Three are reported to have signed a sharing deal for 4G services in the UK. Meanwhile Nokia and HTC have agreed a patent licensing deal with each other, as have Cisco and Samsung.

But there’s been breaking up, too. Sony Corporation has agreed to sell its PC business to Japan Industrial Partners and will stop making Vaio-branded computers, while Alcatel-Lucent says it’s talking to technology investment business China Huaxin about the sale of its Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise division. The times, they are a-changin’.

Finally, figures from Cisco anticipate an almost 11-fold increase in global mobile data from 2013 to 2018. A total of 190 billion gigabytes of data is expected to be consumed on mobile devices in 2018, which is the equivalent of every person on earth streaming a YouTube video clip every day. Mond you, more than half of this will be carried on WiFi rather than via cellular networks.

Which, as James talked about in our 2014 predictions podcast last year, prompts the question: exactly what is ‘mobile’ anyway?

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