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Ofcom says mobile contracts should ditch inflation-related price rises

Ofcom says mobile contracts should ditch inflation-related price rises

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom wants to ban inflation-related rises in phone and broadband contracts. Instead, it says any potential mid-contract price rises should be set out in pounds and pence.
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Global smartphone market is set for recovery, says new forecast

A new forecast from research specialists Canalys shows the smartphone market is set to recover next year. Worldwide shipments declined by 12% last year but that decline is expected to slow to 5% this year.
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Vodafone and Three plan to merge their UK businesses

Vodafone and Three plan to merge their UK businesses

New Hutchison/Vodafone network would be biggest UK operator

Vodafone Group plc and CK Hutchison Group Telecom Holdings Limited have agreed to combine their UK telecommunication businesses, respectively Vodafone UK and Three UK. The merger will create a large new network operator to compete with Virgin Media O2 and EE.
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UK mobile payment service Paym to close in March 2023

UK mobile payment service Paym will close on 7th March 2023. The service, which allowed users to make and receive payments using their mobile phone numbers, was launched in 2014.
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Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Which? seeks payout for Samsung and Apple smartphone owners

Consumer protection organisation Which? has been given permission by the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal to represent Apple and Samsung smartphone buyers in a legal case against chip manufacturer Qualcomm.
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Monday, March 25, 2013

Last week at The Fonecast: 25th March 2013

I’m moving on up, you’re moving on out

Mark Bridge writes:

Farewell, ST-Ericsson. It didn’t bode well when CEO Didier Lamouche announced his planned departure a couple of weeks ago – and now both STMicroelectronics and Ericsson have confirmed they’ll be splitting the company between them before closing it down.

Meanwhile, as new CEO Carlo Ferro prepares to take over, there are also succession plans in the air at UK rival ARM. Warren East is off in July, handing over to company president Simon Segars.

Remaining with the subject of newness, Google has announced a new note-taking service called Google Keep. It was described by the company as an online equivalent of ‘sticky notes’ – but there was no mention of it being anything like Evernote.

UK-based mobile ticketing business Masabi announced a new £1.8 million investment from a group of investment firms led by Fontinalis Partners. Incidentally, Fontinalis was co-founded by Bill Ford Jr., the great-grandson of motoring pioneer Henry Ford.

And sticking with a transport theme, Juniper Research forecast that a fifth of all consumer vehicles in North America and Western Europe are expected to have app-capable multimedia systems by 2017.

That’ll just add to the figures revealed last week by mobile network analytics and optimisation specialists Actix. They discovered that only 30% of smartphone data sessions are user initiated; most begin automatically without the user even noticing. As Actix points out, it means that quality of service reports and usage monitoring aren’t necessarily as straightforward as you might think. After all, a dropped connection isn’t all that important if you don’t notice it.

Last week we went to Mobile Monday London, where we talked about mobile start-ups and learned about business funding opportunities. You can listen to the panel discussion on our website or read highlights on the Mobile Monday site

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