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Podcast - 29th August 2012

Instead of producing a regular mobile industry news podcast this week, we're asking for a favour.

You see, we don't really know much about our listeners - and that doesn't make it easy for us to attract the sponsorship that keeps our programmes free for you to download.

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MasterCard to create pre-paid mobile payment solution for Everything Everywhere

MasterCard to create pre-paid mobile payment solution for Everything Everywhere

Payment processing business MasterCard has announced a five-year partnership that’ll see it working on mobile and digital payment solutions for Everything Everywhere’s UK customers.

The two companies are already planning a co-branded pre-paid solution that’ll allow customers to make payments using Near Field Communications technology via mobile devices.

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Recognition of contactless payments almost doubles in the UK

Recognition of contactless payments almost doubles in the UK

84% now recognise the contactless payment symbol

Credit card business Barclaycard has published new research showing that most British people now recognise the symbol for contactless payments.

84% can identify the symbol for paying via contactless card or NFC mobile phone, which is almost double the figure from a year ago.

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Samsung publishes internal memo about Apple patent case

Hopes the market 'will side with those who prioritise innovation over litigation'

Samsung Tomorrow, the official blog of Samsung Electronics, has published an internal memo regarding the recent patent case in the USA.

It starts by saying “we initially proposed to negotiate with Apple instead of going to court” but “Apple pressed on with a lawsuit”.

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Last week at The Fonecast: 27th August 2012

4G gets a boost in the UK, Samsung gets a slap in the USA

Mark Bridge writes:

It was a week of dramatic contrasts in the mobile phone industry. We started with Everything Everywhere’s news that 4G service was coming to the UK this year – possibly with a new brand that’ll work alongside Orange and T-Mobile. Meanwhile Three UK seems to have its own plans that involve acquiring some excess 4G spectrum from Everything Everywhere. There was much muttering from Vodafone and O2, although whether this’ll manifest itself as legal action remains to be seen.

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