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Mobile payments, connected contact lenses, secure smartphones and much more

Podcast - 22nd January 2014

In this week's podcast, James Rosewell and Mark Bridge talk about the new Zapp mobile payment scheme, Google's healthcare plans and an ultra-secure smartphone.

Also on the agenda are HP's new phablets, Jimmy Wales joining a UK MVNO, Apple's in-app purchases and plenty of research about tablets.

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The People's Operator MVNO appoints Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as co-chair

Virtual mobile network The People’s Operator, which launched in 2012 and passes 25% of its profits to charity, has appointed Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales as a board member and co-chair of the company.

The London-based MVNO says the main role of Mr Wales will be “to drive the growth of a global community that connects as a force for good”. It currently offers SIM-only ‘pay monthly’ and ‘pay as you go’ services in the UK.

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Vodafone instant mobile network supports disaster relief in the Philippines

Disaster relief work in the typhoon-hit Davao Oriental province of the Philippines is being assisted by a portable mobile phone network provided by Vodafone’s charitable foundation.

This is the first time the Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Network has been used in an emergency disaster situation, although it was deployed earlier this year to help humanitarian work in Northern Kenya.

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Plenty of questions about 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network capacity

Podcast - 21st November 2012

There's plenty of talk about mobile networks in this week's podcast. We start with a new charity-focussed MVNO before moving on to Ofcom's plans for avoiding a mobile capacity crunch.

There's also talk about WiFi offloading, BlackBerry's free voice calling service, Nokia's map business and much more as well.

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New UK MVNO The People's Operator promises 25% of profits to charity

A new UK virtual mobile network is promising to give 25% of its profits to charity.

The People’s Operator (TPO) has set up a separate organisation - the TPO Foundation - that receives 25% of its profits and passes them on to good causes. In addition, customers can ask the TPO Foundation to give 10% of their individual monthly spend directly to a different charitable organisation of their choice.

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