Dr Peter Gradwell talks about his company's new virtual mobile network, which puts fixed-line numbers on mobile phones. And, as usual, there's a look at the week's other industry headlines - including big stories from Nokia, Symbian and Facebook.
Don't write-off Symbian as being a Nokia-only mobile platform. Today Japanese network operator NTT DOCOMO has unveiled eleven new handsets that'll run the Symbian^2 platform. Five will be manufactured by Fujitsu Limited and six by Sharp Corporation.
In February this year we reported on the Sagem Wireless Cosyphone, an NFC-equipped handset aimed at the 'seniors' market. It's now been launched commercially and is expected in the UK within a couple of weeks.
The latest European Mobile Consumer Briefing report from the Mobile Marketing Association has found that 30% of mobile phone users across the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands have downloaded at least one application onto their current mobile phone. (It's a lower figure than the USA, where 42% of mobile consumers recently claimed to have downloaded apps).
Vodafone's financial results for the first half of the current financial year show group revenue up 3.9% year-on-year to £22.6 billion, with adjusted operating profit up by 2.7% to £6.1 billion.
The company also unveiled a new strategy with the aim of "creating a more valuable Vodafone". Its growth strategy will be focused on Europe, Africa and India in the following areas: