Ben Whitaker of Masabi talks about mobile ticketing, including his company's recent partnership with thetrainline.com that'll enable almost any mobile phone user to buy train tickets when they're on the move. (An extended version of the interview from Wednesday's podcast).
Northumberland-based Fone Logistics is the latest mobile telecoms company to be acquired by the Daisy Group. It's spent £3.6 million on the acquisition, although Fone Logistics MD Ian Gillespie is understood to be retaining part of his business.
O2 UK is the latest mobile network operator to remove 'unlimited' mobile data for new customers. Although existing customers won't be affected, any new or upgrading customers will have a fixed data allowance on their tariff and will need to choose a 'Bolt On' allowance if they want to exceed this. The new tariffs will be introduced from 24th June – when the iPhone 4 launches – although unlimited data will be available as a promotion until 1st October 2010.
The company says current usage patterns show that 97% of O2 customers would not need to buy additional data allowances as the lowest bundle (500MB) provides at least 2.5 times the average O2 customer's use.
Burnside Telecom, which makes 'desktop mobile phones', has announced that its P230 Easy Answer Desktop Mobile Phone is now available from The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). The phone combines the flexibility of a mobile phone with the familiarity and ease-of-use of a desktop telephone.
All that's needed is a SIM card and mains power supply.
Last month we spoke to Richard Kinder, Vice President of Technology and New Business at Red Bend Software. (You can listen to the podcast here or read an edited transcript here).
This week the company has announced that its Mobile Software Management solutions for over-the-air updates and device management have been shipped in a total of 750 million devices worldwide. In Q1 2010 its software was embedded in 70 million mobile phones and connected devices, which means nearly one in four new mobile handsets was 'Red Bend Enabled'.