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Last week at The Fonecast: 18th June 2012

What next for Nokia?

Mark Bridge writes:

Oh, how cheerful we were last Monday. Apple previewed iOS6, which will bring mobile tickets (and 200 other new features) to the iPhone and iPad this autumn. Vodafone cut the cost of using your phone in Europe with its flat-rate £3-per-day EuroTraveller deal and a few days later Three came up with its own ‘unlimited’ European data roaming.

Yet by the end of the week there were fewer smiles in the mobile industry.

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Arise Sir Charles Dunstone, knight of mobile phone retailing

Dr Mike Short of the IET to receive a CBE

Charles Dunstone, chairman and co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List “for services to the Mobile Communications Industry and to charity”.

Dr Michael Short, president of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and vice president at Telefónica Europe, is to receive a CBE.

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Apple and Samsung now account for 55% of the global smartphone market

ABI Research says 90% of smartphone profits are claimed by the two companies

Figures from ABI Research show that smartphone shipments grew 41% year-on-year to 144.6 million during the first quarter of 2012. However, this market is now dominated by two companies: Samsung and Apple accounted for 55% of global smartphone shipments in Q1 2012 and over 90% of the market’s profits.

The report notes that Nokia’s smartphone shipments fell by 40% from the previous quarter, which means it could soon be overtaken by RIM despite BlackBerry shipments also declining sequentially.

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Tesco buys digital music service WE7

Tesco buys digital music service WE7

International supermarket group Tesco has taken control of the WE7 online music service for a purchase price of £10.8 million.

It follows Tesco’s acquisition of video service blinkbox last year and comes just a few days after rival supermarket Sainsbury’s bought an eBook retailer.

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Psion to become part of Motorola Solutions

Psion to become part of Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions has agreed to acquire mobile computing business Psion plc in a deal worth $200 million (£128 million). It’ll then combine Psion with its Enterprise Mobile Computing business

Psion was formed in 1980, becoming a pioneer of mobile computing. It’s also responsible for the EPOC operating system, which later turned into the Symbian OS.

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