There's something of a retail focus in this week's mobile industry headlines, with joint-branded stores, mobile shopping, subsidised iPads and a stand-alone Tesco Phone Shop all being discussed. There's also talk about Symbian, Windows Phone 7 and angels with mobile phones.
Online payment company PayPal saw an annual increase of approximately 310% in mobile shopping on Black Friday, the busy retail day that follows Thanksgiving Day in the US.
O3b Networks, which counts Google amongst its shareholders, says it’s now ready to start building its satellite internet service having raised a total of $1.2 billion from a group of investors and banks.
The satellites are intended to deliver low latency, fibre-quality internet connectivity for developing markets.
Juniper Research has calculated that revenue from in-game purchases by mobile phone users will overtake the pay-per-download pricing model for mobile games by 2013. Total end-user revenue is expected to exceed $11 billion (£7 billion) per year by 2015, nearly double the $6 billion figure from 2009.
Virgin Digital Media – one of Richard Branson’s companies – has launched an iPad-only digital magazine called ‘Project’. It’s gone on sale today for £1.79.