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Post Riots: Stolen iPhones / Smartphones Would Be Locked

 

 

You should be aware that buying cheap mobiles from unknown or dubious dealers as you could end with a dud phone. All mobiles taken from retailers during the riots will be locked by manufacturers. So beware of buying cheap mobiles over the next few weeks – they may not work out that cheap if they do not work!

 

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Sixth of the UK is an m-commerce ‘blackspot’

 

Following on from my earlier post on m-commerce I was interested to pick up this followup article. research has shown that upto 1/6th of the UK is a m-commerce ‘blackspot’. What may surprise  you to hear is that it is not just places like The Outer Hebrides as one would expect but includes Central London with WC postcode.

The study showed that  as many as a third of conusumers failed to complete their purchase due to problems with mobile broadband. More than a third of consumers have failed to complete a purchase on their mobile due to “issues” with mobile broadband. Consumers found that the barriers to mobile shopping were , network coverage(79 percent), the reliability (85 percent) and speed (86 percent) ranked highest, they were also heavily put off by the cost of data (80 percent).

When asked their views on what should be the top priority for mobile networks and regulators, the cost of data came out top (over half), with improving coverage in second place (23 percent). One in ten think improving the reliability of internet connections in urban areas (14 percent) should be the priority, followed by providing better internet coverage on transport routes (13 percent).

ComputerworldUK.com http://t.co/wUNE2um

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.

http://gu.com/p/2pgpz

Is mobile broadband hindering boom in ‘m-commerce’

eCommerceIt is being predicted by companies like eBay that ‘m commerce’ is going to boom over the next few years as more of us use smart phones to access the internet and purchase goods and services.

As we use mobiles to gain access to the internet and purchase goods  could lead the UK economy to grow by £4.5bn within four years, and by another £13bn by 2021 according to eBay.

This potential growth will be hindered by lack of access to mobile broadband, and the costs of data downloads. We should push for great coverage and  have ambitious goals to make sure the higher reliability and quality of mobile broadband. This will only happen if he the users create a demand and show we are prepared to access the internet with our mobiles.

http://bit.ly/lVbcO3 via @addthis

Mobile phones bring the cashless society closer

The mobile wallet is becoming more of a reality day by day. Orange have launched their product, O2 will soon follow, and Google announced their android model for US market. It is only a matter of time before its in Europe.

So where does this leave the man in the street, initially we have to go for a new mobile with the appropriate chip so this will cost us more. But I sure in time these costs will come down and all mobiles will have the option. The question will we take up this new technology? What factors will dictate the speed of uptake.

Clearly, cost is a factor, availability at retailers another, but as most retailers prefer a cashless transaction for speed and convenience, they will probably make this happen. The young customer will quickly pick this up as they seem to have a mobile attached at birth. Us oldies will take a little longer! Also security is always a concern, I am sure this is well addressed, but the oldies like me need a little convincing all is ok on this.

How will the mobile phone companies manage the increase volume of enquiries – their track record is not great on this if you read Ofcom reports. But the era of the mobile wallet is with us the only question is how fast will it be taken up.

http://t.co/6FG9J0s via @guardian

Google wallet announced for release later in year

Google are preparing to launch their version of a mobile wallet which be available on al Android phones as an app which should be available alter in the year. No dates for non US markets yet I expect there will some upset moble phone companies – what a shame.

http://gu.com/p/2pcdp

Mobile wallet offered to UK shoppers – useful or just an expensive way to buy goods and services.

The introduction of paying with your mobile wallet  has initially been launched by Orange and Barclaycard using ones mobile phone.

This shows how important mobile phone and the mobile broadband are becoming and their increasing importance  in our lives. Some say the internet is like oxygen almost an essential for living. Will same apply to the mobile internet and the mobile wallet?

Where will this lead – will we be throwing out our laptops in the future, probably not but they will certainly change. We have already seen the introduction of Ipad1 & 2 by Apple followed by other manufacturers equivalents. Touch screens laptops are here to stay. Acer have a laptop with two touch screens one of which can be used as a keyboard along with other novel ways of moving information, pictures etc. Smart mobile phones are increasingly popular with iPhone4 and Samsung Galaxy S2 in the lead, with others in the market palace.

Smart phones have led to an increase in use of mobile broadband to purchase goods and services. The increase of donations to charities via internet is just one example of this.

This change is fascinating and exciting, it is important to use this technology to help us. I know from personal experience, you can rush out and buy the latest technology only to find it does not live up to the hype. Research it, work out how you can use it on a daily basis, cost it fully, and then make an informed decision, only then will it be a useful tool for you.

http://t.co/RxQ8xRE via @moldovaorg

Mobile phone contracts

EU ban on 36-month contracts for mobile phones has limited UK effect

| Crave | CNET UK http://t.co/Xk1jIsR via @cnetuk