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BlackBerry OS devices stop working in January 2022

BlackBerry OS devices stop working in January 2022

Former smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has shut down its services for devices running the BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 operating systems, preventing customers with these handsets from making calls, sending text messages or accessing data.
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International roaming charges return in 2022

International roaming charges return in 2022

Mobile phone customers from the UK have been warned about the increasing cost of making calls in Europe.

The UK's post-Brexit trade deal with the EU opened the door for mobile operators to reintroduce 'roaming' charges when customers travel abroad.

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Samsung renames its mobile business

Samsung renames its mobile business

No longer 'Mobile Communications' but MX (Mobile eXperience)

Samsung Electronics has renamed its mobile business, describing this as "the start of a new chapter to accelerate innovation to offer more personalized experiences to its users".
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Mobile data traffic has increased almost 300-fold in the past 10 years

Mobile data traffic has increased almost 300-fold in the past 10 years

New research from Ericsson reveals that mobile data traffic has increased almost 300 times since 2011. The figures were revealed in the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, which was first published ten years ago.
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Mobile phone driving law to be widened

Mobile phone driving law to be widened

The UK government says it plans to change the law around using hand-held mobile phones when driving. Next year it'll ban drivers from using hand-held phones under any circumstance, including taking photos, scrolling through playlists or playing games.
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Last week at The Fonecast: 9th June 2014

Apple prepares for the future

Mark Bridge writes:

Apple kicked off its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week with an announcement about the forthcoming iOS 8 operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There was some catching up, some innovation and a couple of new services designed to work with home automation and health/fitness devices. What’s Tim Cook’s plan? We’ll have to wait and see.

Rival Samsung was also innovating, with the launch of its first Tizen-powered smartphone and a new Nook-branded version of its Galaxy Tab 4 tablet.

Talking of smartphones, luxury manufacturer Vertu announced a new high-spec Android smartphone called the Signature Touch, while London-based mobile phone company Kazam confirmed that two of its handsets are now on sale at Phones 4u.

And sticking with the UK, regulator Ofcom says it wants mobile termination rates to keep falling; a wholesale price cut that it hopes will benefit consumers.

Looking at the bigger picture, Ericsson says the total number of mobile subscriptions will outnumber the world’s population next year. Inmarsat is planning a hybrid satellite/ground-based service that’ll provide aircraft passengers with mobile broadband connectivity. And Vodafone has admitted that some countries have laws that allow direct access to its network. And to everyone else’s, of course.

On Monday mornings we summarise the past week’s mobile industry headlines in an email newsletter that’s very much like this article. To receive it, simply register your email address at TheFonecast.com by clicking the link at the top right-hand corner of our home page. Alternatively, stay in touch by listening to our free podcasts via our website, by subscribing on iTunes, by using our RSS feed or by downloading the Stitcher.com mobile app.
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