Podcast - 29th January 2014
We start this week's podcast by looking at the new Ofcom rules that should end unexpected mid-contract price rises for UK mobile phone customers.
There's also talk about misleading mobile network advertising, patent agreements, takeover bids, satellite broadband and 4G data usage... plus a curious patent application from Google.
Apple has announced financial results for the first quarter of its 2014 financial year; the three-month period that ended on 28th December 2013.
Quarterly revenue reached a record $57.6 billion (£34.7 billion) with quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion (£7.9 billion). That’s a 5.7% year-on-year increase in revenue, with profit largely unchanged from the same quarter a year ago.
Figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) show annual smartphone shipments passing the milestone of one billion units in 2013. A new report from the market intelligence company shows worldwide smartphone shipments reaching 1,004.2 million smartphones in 2013, up 38.4% from the 2012 total of 725.3 million units.
Smartphone shipments in 2011 were 494.4 million units, which means these shipments have doubled in the past two years.