eBay has published financial results for Q2 2012, revealing that mobile technology is playing a big part in its businesses.
It notes that the company’s mobile apps - launched at the end of 2008 - have been downloaded more than 90 million times worldwide, while the volume of mobile transactions is expected to double in 2012 compared with last year. 1.9 million items are now listed on eBay via mobile devices every week.
O2 UK has introduced a loyalty scheme to its prepay tariff, giving customers a deal that gets better depending on the amount of time they stay on it.
The Pay & Go prepay tariff has been transformed into Pay & Go Go Go. There are two versions; one costs £10 per month and the other costs £20 monthly.
Nokia has published results for the second quarter of its 2012 financial year. Total net sales reached 7.5 billion Euro, up 3% from the previous quarter but down 19% year-on-year.
Mobile device shipments were down 5% year-on-year to 83.7 million, consisting of 10.2 million smart devices (down 39%) and 73.5 million other mobile phones (up 2%). Lumia smartphone sales reached 4 million units.
Mark Bridge writes:
I spend much of my time writing about telecommunications and technology. I spend a fair amount of time dealing with big technology-related companies. Yet although I understand many aspects of telecoms, I certainly wouldn’t want to run one of those businesses. It’s a question of relevant experience.
UK rapper Professor Green will be the official ambassador for ZTE in 2012, having originally partnered with the Chinese telecoms business last year.
The renewed partnership has seen Professor Green featured in the official unboxing video for ZTE’s new dual-core Grand X smartphone, which was launched this week.