Podcast - 20th November 2013
This week's headline-grabbing product launch is the Motorola Moto G, which promises a decent Android smartphone at a very attractive price.
We also discuss new rules about mobile phones on planes, a new campaign to ban hands-free calls in cars, falling SMS revenue, mobile wallets and BlackBerry's $1 million investment.
BlackBerry has completed the $1 billion (£622 million) investment it announced earlier this month.
The deal - described as a private placement of convertible debentures - was arranged with shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings and other investors.
A $1 billion rescue and an £8 million tariff
Mark Bridge writes:
We started last week with a change of plan from BlackBerry. No, it’s not selling itself to Fairfax Financial. Instead it’s aiming to raise $1 billion from investors. Cynics might suggest there wasn’t enough interest for a takeover.
Podcast - 6th November 2013
It looks like BlackBerry is safe for the moment... but not with the takeover many had expected.
Meanwhile Google launches the Nexus 5, Nortel's patents are sent into battle, EE promises ever-faster 4G, the FAA allows electronic devices to be used throughout flights and we celebrate a record quarter for smartphone shipments.
BlackBerry has announced new plans for its future.
Instead of being bought by Fairfax Financial Holdings - a deal that needed to be finalised today - it’s aiming to raise $1 billion (£627 million) from investors, with a quarter of that money coming from Fairfax Financial.