The number of UK motorists who admit to answering mobile phone calls and sending text messages while on the road has tripled in a year,according to the 2010 RAC Report on Motoring. The number of drivers taking calls on their mobile phone was up from 8% in 2009 to 28% this year, while text messaging usage was up from 11% to 31%.
The Qualcomm Innovation Center – the part of Qualcomm that focuses on mobile open source software – has acquired iSkoot Technologies. iSkoot makes it easier for mobile manufacturers and network operators to put social networks and internet services on mobile handsets while cutting the amount of data consumed.
Research company Ovum says data revenue is now the key driver of the UK mobile market and could overtake voice within seven years. The company's latest report says competition is pushing voice prices lower, with revenue from UK voice services expected to fall from £13 billion last year to under £9.5 billion by 2015.
Orange UK has launched a higher-quality 'HD Voice' service to mobile phone users in the UK. It follows a UK trial in the south of England and the commercial launch of HD Voice in Moldova last September.
Google moves even further into the telecoms space, O2 introduces 'eco ratings' and some of technology's biggest names go shopping. All this - plus the possibility of mobile phones made from nut shells - is discussed in this week's UK mobile industry podcast from Iain Graham, James Rosewell and Mark Bridge.