0800 numbers might become free for mobiles

Ofcom are considering making calls to 0800 free which is good news. Unfortunately, they are having a consultation exercise first which means it is unlikely to happen before early 2013. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope the consultation

process comes out in favour of the proposal.

Do your homework before you buy any new technology

Anyone about to buy new technology should do their homework before buying. Not rocket science but it is surprising how some have been caught out with the new iPad with 4G technology. There are increasing reports of this problem from

  number of countries where it is sold. Before spending your hard earned money you should read articles like and search the internet for any other pitfalls. Otherwise if you don’t you might be disappointed with your purchase. It will work just not quite how the package says! So be sensible and research before you make the plunge- aware of what you are getting, and don’t believe all the hype.

Quad Core mobiles now!

Our mobile phone makers have now come up with quad core processors for our mobile phones. It doesn’t seem two minutes hat quad core pc’s were the latest idea, now it phones. This innovation has arrived and we are already expecting a lot of these phones to come out in the market such as the HTC Edge and rumoured Samsung Galaxy S3 and Meizu MX phones. So if you’re planning on buying a new phone this year, you may have to wait until these phones make an entry into the market.



But what does all this mean, for me I always end up trying to do too much at the same time as my mind goes off in tangents. So those multi taskers it means you can get away with this on your mobile as well as your pc without waiting for ever. So it does more things at the same time. It’s also faster for downloads and uploads, so for those who watch videos or clips on YouTube on your mobile will find it much faster. You will also find that power consumption is lower as quad core processors will break up tasks across it cores, and battery drainage will be less if you forget and leave apps open.



Consequentially, as we have seen of late mobiles will become even more like pc’s with the same processing power. Of course this will initially add some additional cost as all new ideas do, but in time I expect cost will come down. So the big question for me is do I wish to forego the bigger pc screen for a more mobile all be it smaller screened pc? For the moment I will continue to use my iPad and watch developments, and use my desk pc when want peace and quiet in my study. It’s like everything in life each has its place some better for one thing and others more appropriate when out and about. So just think about what each does best and ask yourself will it really help you, or is it just another advertising gimmick to get you to buy a bigger more costly mobile.







Will Google be launching mobile wallet in 2012

There are rumours that Google may be launching their mobile wallet in time for the Olympic in 2012. It is thought that they are in talks with UK retailers in order to extend its anticipated trials in the first quarter of 2012. The UK market seems

Mobile wallet

receptive to  eCommerce following Barclaycard’s ongoing contactless credit card roll out, Orange’s UK wallet and increased levels of e-commerce smartphone demand. It will be interesting to see how consumers feel, as surveys have shown how many people still have concerns about the security around mobile wallets. Personally, I feel these concerns will be addressed as it is in all parties interest to resolve the matter. However, we as consumers need to play our part and be aware of the risks and take out appropriate insurance which is already available to cover any losses associated using our mobiles as wallets.

So be sensible and your mobile phone hopefully will your ‘new flexible friend’ but like all new ideas and gadgets you need understand its advantages and disadvantages so you can get the most benefit from this new technology.

Do you like your kids having a mobile phone?


Mobiles & our kids

A recent UK survey showed that three-quarters of Britons are against children having mobile phones, Reuters reports, but despite this we know that the majority of children possess a mobile phone. Do believe it is a good idea that your child has a mobile because enables you keep in contact with them? Or do you take view they should not have them?

There is also the unresolved matter of what effect the mobile phone signal has peoples health. It has suggested that young children and adolescents may be more susceptible to the harmful effects of mobiles. The problem is the medical data is limited, much more research needs to be done. Governments and the industry are playing the risks down due their vested interests. This attitude has been likened to that of the tobacco industry and cancer 40 years years ago, are we destined to repeat the same mistake with the lives of our children? The problem is that truthfully that there  is insufficient evidence to date. Personally, I think we should be cautious about mobile usage in young children until there is more data available. So what are your thoughts on this?

When will mobile wallets be reality in UK

Paypal UK seem to think that 2016 will mark the real start of money’s digital switchover in the UK. This based on a survey conducted with some UK retailers and 550 mobile shoppers. Of course this will not sound the end of cash but it will certainly change the way customers shop both online and in

the High Street. It will not be just mobile you can pay with either although they may be the most compact! There will be other devices available, it is envisioned you will ne able to pay with whatever device you are on wherever you are. It could be a mobile, tablet, PC, games console, or a whole lot more. An interesting thought, but it means the retailers will be able to devise novel ways of getting your attention and making it more attractive to shop with them versus another retailer.

Paypal App






How many of you know that Paypal as an App for your Android, iPhone and Blackberry. It was news to me and I consider  up to date on such things. Clearly, I am not as up to date as I thought. Anyway I thought I would write something about it for those of you like me who were not aware –  Paypal have some amazing stats on currents purchase and predicted purchases for 2011 – Admittedly this are all US$ and presumably US based data nevertheless the stats are impressive. One has to wonder what will happen when mobile wallets become more available. What is even more concerning if you are worried about your budget is the new Paypal App that has been just announced in US. It is only in trial stage at present in New York  but if you go to –, you can see what it is all about and how it looks.

The big problem is everyone is making it so easy to part with your money these days. Perhaps someone might think of an App to help you stop spending!




Mobile Broadband access improving for Orange, T-Mobole & 3G Network

Everything Everywhere  are now making life much easier for all mobile broadband customers of T-Mobile, Orange and 3G Network to use each other’s network as from next week.

Google’s new mobile wallet

 Google has finally launched its mobile wallet in US of course. They have been trialing this new near field communication (NFC) technology since may 2011 in US. NFC allows for wireless connections, data exchange and simplified transactions between two devices in very close proximity, that’s the “near field” hence the name. The technology is linked to Mastercard for now but we are promised that Visa and American Express and Discovery are planned for future versions. Currently only the Nexus S smart phone, running the Google Android operating system is able to use this technology and you will need a Citi Mastercard or Google prepaid card as well, and be in US. All this is some way for anyone in Europe but don’t worry UK will be the first International market in the New Year.


In the past I have raised the security issue, I think it is still not fully resolved. However, we are told that transactions require a Mobile wallet 2Personal Identification Number (PIN) and the phone’s screen must be turned on, preventing covert or unwanted payment events, and the wallet function can also be disabled remotely. We will have to see how well this counters the hackers, I want to know what happens when the inevitable occurs and whether the cost is to be carried by me or someone else. What is the likely cost of insurance against fraudulent action? All these need to be answered before I buy into this new technology no matter how convenient.




If you want to know more about the various business and technological models which are being considered for the provision of mobile payments an the internationally renowned Business School in Barcelona (GFT and IESE) has looked in to this ( I refer you to this article titled “The Holy Grail: The Mobile Wallet”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Are Amazon going upset the tablet applecart!


Amazon tabletIs this what’s going to revolutionise the tablet market place – could be.  CEO Jeff Bezos today took the wraps off Amazon’s first tablet, the Kindle Fire. This is a 7 inch colour tablet which looks like its going to be priced at $199. This is clearly aiming at the lower price market, but with the Amazon selling power and with so many customers it will give all tablets a run for their money I suspect.

There will still be a demand for top end such as the iPad, but it will certainly make Apple and Samsung think Amazon Kindle Firecarefully bout their tablet market share. All this can only be good news for consumers. So lets all hope this new tablets is as good as it sounds.