John Barton discusses LG's recent successes - including last week's Mobile News Awards wins - and talks about its current UK activities. Plus, as usual, the team takes a look at the latest activity in the UK mobile phone industry.
It looks as though charges for calling, texting and mobile internet browsing when 'roaming' on foreign networks within the EU will be cut from 1st July 2009. The deal now needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, with approval by the Industry Committee on 31st March, and a vote planned for 21-24 April.
Hampshire-based Burnside Telecom has launched a new phone that can automatically answer calls in hands-free mode. The UK-manufactured Burnside P230 device looks like a conventional fixed-line ‘big button’ phone but connects via the mobile network, avoiding the need for installation or conventional line rental.
Orange has just published its second research survey about mobile media usage. Called 'Exposure 2', the survey involved over 2000 mobile media users – email, downloading, music, web browsing etc - from all the UK’s networks. It shows that more people use their mobiles for media at home than anywhere else.
67% of participants who used their mobile for email did so in their home, with 56% of mobile web users doing their browsing at home. Meanwhile, mobile media usage on public transport tended to be entertainment services (such as TV, music and games) and, perhaps inevitably, local information and internet search were used most when 'out and about'.