Christmas is approaching but that’s not stopped the mobile phone industry from delivering a week of diverse headlines.
We start today’s podcast by talking about the much-reported complaints involving Orange UK’s tariffs and Carrier IQ’s monitoring before moving on to cheerier topics, including a new MVNO, another free WiFi service and two new mobile payment deals.
Google says the Android Market application store has now served over 10 billion app downloads - and continues to grow at a rate of one billion downloads per month.
The first billion downloads were achieved in July 2010.
James Rosewell writes:
51Degrees.mobi's figures show 10 per cent of web traffic in the UK originates from mobile devices. In India this figure rises to over 90 per cent. With global mobile internet usage expected to grow from 14 million at the end of 2010 to 788 million by the end of 2015, every business needs a strategy for mobile connectivity.
Iain, James and Mark discuss the week's news - including recent criticism of Orange UK and Carrier IQ, an MVNO that prints customised phones, disappointing BlackBerry PlayBook sales, a couple of mobile payment deals and an interesting mobile app from Yahoo.
Mobile banking and payment company mFoundry, which recently announced a partnership with MasterCard, has confirmed it’s received an investment of $18 million (£11.5 million) in growth capital.
The investment was led by MasterCard along with Intel Capital, FIS and Motorola Mobility.