Smart phones

BBC Android App maps UK for 3G coverage

The BBC have launched a new survey for 3g coverage across UK for all Android phone users. Its free so sign up and it will tell you what system 2G or 3G you are currently using as a % and at the end of the survey you will get a map showing cirrent3G coverage across UK. The more of use that sign up the more accurate it will be. What ahave you got to loose.

Do you want to avoid a large mobile bill when you get back from holiday?



Mobile roaming charges when abroad on holiday can push up your monthly mobile bill enormously. But it does not need to be so, by taking some simple steps you can you can manage it and still keep it touch.

Firstly, do you really need to get minute by minute update of  your social websites. By changing the settings you can reduce this. But more importantly, your mobile in data roaming mode is continuously syncing and geting info. So to really reduce your monthly bill when overseas you should stop all data roaming.  To do this simply go into your settings and stop data roaming. This means no data updates or downloads period, but you can still receive and make calls.

When you wish to get in contact with friends etc. on your social websites, look for a wifi connection and you will get on contact without increasing your monthly bill. If this not possible re-engage your data roaming and go on line. But remember to disengage when finished or you will pay a high price for your forgetfullness!

How do feel about more ads on your mobile?



We have all heard how popular smartphones have become and how much we are all using mobile broadband. But do you want more adverts on your mobile phone. I don’t about you I have an app on mine which gets rid of unwanted adverts. But advertisers are looking at ways of capitalizing on our increased use of smartphones. There is so much potential money to be made you can be sure we will see more mobile ads.



The question is do you want this? If you don’t what can you do about it? Well there are Apps available which will cut out ads on your mobile. These will block ads that are attached to some Apps you download. However, you must remember – there are no free meals in this world. Someone has to fund the free Apps you download – it is the advertisers. So there is a balance to be made. Banning all adverts will mean you have to pay more for your apps.

Will Smartphones take over the world?


This may seem an odd question, but more and more of us around the world are using Smartphones. Already Australia has more  mobile phones than people. Countries with large population such as China and India the number of mobiles isaround 900 million and 800 million respectively. What I also find interesting is that it is not just younger people that are picking up their Smartphone and get online but also the over 50’s with one in five using them. If you read this article their are some very interesting statistics to be found.

Mobile devices will rule over desktops

I talked about  recently that smartphones sales had overtaking PC sales late last year which might have led Microsoft recent purchase of Skype. This article expands on this point and talks about what the future might look like for smartphones and tablets. As an owner of both a smart phone and an iPad1 I have to agree. The real issue is how quickly the changever will occur, laptops are coming which have touch screens, and smartphones are getting, better, faster and more reliable. So I welcome the next generation of smart phones – they will become ‘the mini PC’s in our pockets’

The mini PC in your pocket

Smartphones are become more popular by the day spearheaded  initially by the iPhone and more recently with the many android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S and new S2.

Only a week or ago Orange/Barclaycard announced UK first mobile wallet, O2 then announced their product coming soon, and finally Google announced a wallet android App coming to US customers later in the year. The increasing uses for the smartphone and the rapidly expansion of  purchasing of consumers via mobile broadband  have spooked even Microsoft.

Microsoft can see the future changing where smartphones will take over from PC’s and their business disappears overnight. In the last three months of 2010, 94m PCs were sold – and 100m smartphones, this is the first time smartphone sales have out stripped PC’s. Now some of you may say so what, they have had a monopoly too long and made billions as we purchase PCs. No one denies that’s the case, but imagines our lives without the PC, laptop or the smartphone.

I don’t think Microsoft will disappear tomorrow as Bill Gates has been pretty good at seeing the future and won’t give up easily. Perhaps this is the reason for the  Microsoft purchase of Skype. But one thing is certain, unless companies like Microsoft can adapt to the rapidly changing environment and consumers demand they will be doomed to fail.