With a message of “We thought rationing ended in the 50s”, BT has weighed into the unlimited mobile data debate. It's started offering BT Total Broadband users unlimited access to 1½ million BT FON and BT Openzone WiFi hotspots across the UK. A downloadable mobile application to find these hotspots is also planned.
The company points out that many of its customers are also O2 mobile users "who are about to have their 3G access rationed as they upgrade to new devices".
Toshiba is celebrating 25 years of laptop production by announcing some innovative new products that'll arrive later this year. The forthcoming Toshiba AC100 has an ultra-slim laptop form with a 10-inch screen but runs the Android operating system. It promises up to 8 hours battery life (or a week on 'standby'). A WiFi-only version is due in August, with a a 3G-equipped model expected to follow.
A new report from Pyramid Research has calculated that the total download volume of free and paid applications will increase from 5.7 billion in 2009 to 41.1 billion in 2014. However, the proportion of free apps is increasing. Including downloads from operator portals, the proportion of free downloads increased from around 30% in 2008 to 54% last year – and is expected to keep growing until 2014, when it'll stabilise at around 80%.
Mark Bridge writes:
Here’s a news headline that caught my eye.
Shotgun certificate up for renewal? There's an app for that
Or, if you prefer…
Police to allow gun users renew licences with iPhone app
Customer experience company Satmetrix has released its 2010 European Net Promoter Industry Benchmarks for the banking, car insurance, ISP, mobile phone carrier, mobile phone handset, computer hardware and television/DVD industries across the UK, France and Germany.
In the UK, O2 was the leading mobile phone network with a 'Net Promoter Score' that was 21 percentage points above average.
The Apple iPhone won best customer experience on a mobile phone handset with a score that was 80 points ahead of last place and 49 points ahead of the industry average.