tablets

2013 not year for mobile wallets in UK

 

Mobile wallet

Last year we heard quite a lot about mobile wallets, what will happen in 2013. As one might expect in the US it is becoming more available and consumers seem to be become more receptive,  more retailers are making the service available.

 

 

In the UK it is a little slower, it is available but only to limited extent. Consumers are still concerned about security, only limited number of phones have capability, and mobile contracts tie you in for up to 2 years. All this means that although mobile wallets will be available to some, for the majority of consumers  it is still a little time away. 

 

However, despite the above consumers are increasing using smartphones and tablets to access to information and buying  products and services on the internet. The impact of this is seen regularly on our TV screen with a number of well known brands going to the wall. So in the longer term I do believe that consumers will embrace the concept of mobile wallets – its a natural progression. If this is to be sooner rather than later the players in the arena such as mobile suppliers, banks, and retailers need to work together. Those slow to embrace the new technology will be left behind and if they are not careful end up on the evening news as another brand or supplier consigned to the history book.

 

http://bit.ly/VM06ul

Smartphones using more data than tablets

 

It seems that we smartphone owners are using more data than tablets. I have noticed this on my own smartphone (Galaxy III). The bulk of my consumption is on home wifi – so it is free which is just as well as it is upto 3.7G last month! Smartphones are also now becoming more important in our daily shopping which might account for some of this increased data usage.

For those of you concerned about this increased usage should use one the many apps available to monitor usage I use – My Data Apps – Morbidia Technology Inc. Check out your App store to find the best one for you. 

http://on.mash.to/VLQ3p6

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 http://bit.ly/HaIktk 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.

Apple vs Android phone & tablet makers – UK likely to rule on Apple patents before Germany

 

This battle royal has been working its way through the European courts in the Netherlands and Germany, and is ongoing in UK as well.  The Android phone & tablet makers are battling with Apple over patents. The chances are it will be long drawn out battle with very high stakes as android devices are becoming increasingly popular. If the UK rule first it will impact on any German decision.

What does this mean for you and me owners of android technology, well if like me you already have an android device your OK for now. Later if the court rule in favour of Apple we will need to see. If the android market is as big as people say it will be then presumably android device manufacturers will probably pay royalties. The worst case scenario is I suppose that they decide to go down another route and stop android device production going forward – only time will tell. I will keep a watchful eye out on proceed and report back.

Any legal eagles who know about patent law out there might like to input here and through some light on what likely to happen – as I am but a humble android user with no legal background.

httdoesp://on.ft.com/rnGUbw

Are Mobile web users at the end of tether?

Some of you may be asking what this is all about. Well for a while the new generation of mobiles and smartphones have the ability to act as mini Wi-Fi routers – this is called tethering. This means that you can link laptops, phones and tablets to them and gain access to the internet for these devices.

Alongside this mobile operators are reducing the number of unlimited data bundles available. This is because with the increasing use of smartphones, data usage has sky rocketed. So increasingly the data packages are capped at 500MB or 1GB. What some operators have decided to do at the same time is charge extra for the privilege of tethering. So if you have a 500MB data bundle on your smartphone and you decide to enable tethering on the phone. Your operator may charge you extra outside you data bundle for the privilege of tethering.

The reality is that we are all using mobiles to access the internet more and more, and web browsing is more data-intensive on larger devices – tablets can use twice as much data as a mobile phone.

So why are they doing this? Well their business model is based on mobile broadband access being conducted via dongles or mini Wi-Fi hubs (Mifis). If we use tethering it will make these redundant and result in loss of income stream. So they charge us for tethering.

Some operators such as O2 and 3 have offered tethering without extra charge since earlier this year and Vodafone has just begun including it on new and updated contracts. Orange only lets iPhone customers do it and both Orange and T-Mobile charge more for packages that allows a personal hotspot to be switched on.

So if you are thinking of tethering – forewarned is forearmed if you wish to kerb your mobile costs make sure you know what operators policy is on tethering.

 

http://bbc.in/nVfewZ