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Sunday, April 3, 2011

This week at The Fonecast: 3rd April 2011

Mark Bridge writes:

Welcome to this week’s news summary from TheFonecast.com.

In Wednesday’s podcast Iain joked that we ought to have a regular Olympics news story because everyone else was talking about the event constantly.

Well, following the headlines about introducing WiFi to tube stations in time for London 2012 comes another Olympic news story. Samsung and Visa are planning an Olympics phone with mobile payment capabilities. And that’s not the only mobile payments news this week: MasterCard has announced an NFC SIM card partnership as well. On top of this, the Mobile Money Network has launched a new payment service for the UK. Unfortunately you won’t be able to use any of these solutions on the underground because talks between UK networks and Transport for London have collapsed. Apparently funding was an issue. Who’d have thought it?

In other unsurprising news this week, Android continued to be a popular choice for UK consumers, while smartphone sales also increased.

Almost as unsurprising was new legal action from Nokia and another acquisition from Daisy Group.

However, there were a few raised eyebrows at the resignation of Acer’s CEO, at Three UK reporting annual profit for the first time, at ViewSonic’s money-back tablet offer, at Amazon’s cloud-based music service and at the hotly-debated suggestion Apple might not be revealing a new iPhone at the same event they chose for the iPhone 4 last year.

It’s sometimes surprising how little effort is needed to shock our innovative industry, isn’t it?


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