Podcast - 24th September 2014
This week's podcast begins with the latest news from Phones 4u, where hundreds of jobs have been saved but there are a large number of redundancies as well.
BlackBerry is expanding its BBM Money mobile payment service to smartphones running Android and Apple iOS from early 2015.
It was launched in Indonesia last year, enabling customers to make real-time payments to any BBM contacts who have signed up to the service.
Porsche Design and BlackBerry have announced their third jointly-produced luxury mobile phone: the Porsche Design P’9983 Smartphone from BlackBerry.
This new phone runs the BlackBerry 10 operating system on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and has a glass-like QWERTY keyboard.
Millennial Media has used data from its mobile advertising platform, which processes billions of mobile ad requests every month, and compiled them in a new Mobile Mix study that focuses on the Europe, Middle East, and Africa device markets.
It reports that 81% of the European population has a mobile phone, with 42% owning smartphones. The overall figures for EMEA are 65% mobile penetration and 25% with a smartphone.
The number of people using Windows-based smartphones in the UK is expected to overtake the number of BlackBerry users this year, according to a new report from digital marketing specialist eMarketer.
It anticipates the number of BlackBerry users dropping by 35.2% this year to 2.4 million, with an even steeper drop in 2015 to just 1.4 million users.