Mark Bridge writes:
Apple launches a new product and BlackBerry pushes it out of the headlines. Who’d have thought it, eh?
Yes, Apple’s new $799 128GB iPad didn’t get much of a mention in the mobile press last week - thanks to the new BlackBerry 10 platform and two new smartphones. Memories of Stephen Bates’s awkward BBC interviews were soon forgotten as the touchscreen Z10 appeared and quickly hit the shelves of UK retailers. The company’s old name is also being left in the past; Research In Motion is simply becoming ‘BlackBerry’.
Meanwhile a steady stream of quarterly financial results kept analysts busy. Facebook saw its profits fall as investment in R&D increased. LG’s income was hit by a fine from the EU. Ericsson’s quarterly figures were adversely affected by its ST-Ericsson partnership... and Qualcomm saw income, revenue and shipments increasing year-on-year.
Virtual mobile network and VoIP service provider Truphone picked up £70 million of new funding from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, while another MVNO - Ovivo Mobile - is looking to crowdfunding for its next investment round.
Finally to 4G, which Ofcom wants to see more widely available. It’s just published a proposal to let any of the UK’s big network operators roll out fourth-generation mobile technology on frequencies that had originally just been licensed for 2G or 3G services.
Three UK is already planning to do exactly that. It’s arranged to pick up some 4G-enabled 1800MHz spectrum from EE and has just promised to add 4G connectivity to all its existing price plans without any extra cost.
Whether you think that’s a game-changing move or just smart PR, it’ll certainly be good news for anyone saving to buy a 128GB iPad.
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