This week we're talking to Bob Sweetlove of distributor HSC about the company's recent Mobile News Award for 'best airtime distributor'. And, as usual, we look at the latest industry headlines, from the BlackBerry PlayBook to mobile payments.
Hutchison Whampoa, the parent company of Three UK, has published its results for 2010.
Total revenue for the business was up 8% to almost HK$326 billion (around £26 billion), with the 3 Group reporting its first-ever positive earnings. It now has over 29.6 million 3G customers worldwide.
Amazon.com has launched a new music service called Amazon Cloud Drive, along with web-based and Android-based music players. It enables customers to store music online and then play it on any Android mobile device or web-connected computer.
Customers can save new Amazon MP3 purchases in 'the cloud' and can also upload their existing MP3 or AAC music collection.
Digital security company Gemalto has announced that its SIM card embedded with a Near Field Communication application has been certified by MasterCard. It's the world’s first SIM-embedded app that complies with MasterCard's mobile NFC spec.
Gemalto's now preparing to launch the service in the UK with a global financial institution and a mobile operator.
Figures from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker show that the global smartphone market is expected to grow by 49.2% this year. That's over four times faster than the overall mobile phone market.
More than 450 million smartphones are expected to be shipped in 2011, compared to 303.4 million units shipped in 2010.