Category Archives: Smartphones

Managing the mobile work-life balance: whitepaper looks at the revenue opportunities

Would you be prepared to pay more for a smartphone that had multiple persona: one for social use and one for work? This is one of the questions examined in a recently authored white paper, which looks at the current … Continue reading

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Smart watches will be top consumer M2M device by 2017

Of an evening when I close the door of my car ready to go home, there is a subdued – and rather reassuring – beep from somewhere slightly west of the steering wheel. This is my long-serving Nokia being welcomed … Continue reading

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Telcos see smartphone subsidy model creak as devices now cost 4x more than feature phones

Are people prepared to pay for the next generation of ever-more sophisticated smartphones? The rising costs of smartphones have seen European mobile operators provide an increasing number of financing programs as an alternative to ever-increasing subsidies. Having said that, it … Continue reading

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When smartphone sales hit 1.2 billion units in 2017, where will the retailer be?

We’ve talked before about the falling prices of handsets, but a recent report from Informa Telecoms & Media reckons that the increasing demand for smartphones, especially entry-level models, is going to see changes in handset-retail business between now and 2018. … Continue reading

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Informa study highlights sales potential for basic mobile phones

Everyone has a smartphone. Well, not quite! But nonetheless, there appear to be some strong regional variations in terms of which devices are popular where, with no one device being truely uinversally popular. BlackBerry offers more than just a phone, … Continue reading

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Smartphone strategies: innovation v low-price. Which way to go?

There is an expression in the UK ‘as cheap as chips’. Not computer chips but fried potato chips (I have fried a computer chip, although not intentionally). Mobile operators are rapidly orientating their networks and their marketing towards data, but … Continue reading

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60% of smartphones users have a weekly problem with their device: smart phone or dumb user?

In this column last week the move by the Danish regulator and a small group of EC member states to lobby the European Union over poor smartphone performance was highlighted, with the remarkable statistic that a call from a smartphone … Continue reading

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Asian smartphone shipments to account for 42.3% of global market by 2016

African smartphone shipments to double by 2016: there is already a remarkable 35 million smartphones expected to be shipped to Africa in 2013, but according to Porto Research’s ‘Mobile Factbook 2013’ this will double by the end of 2016, and … Continue reading

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African smartphone shipments to grow nearly 40% by end-2016

Given the hype surrounding smartphones, one might be excused for thinking that they would continue to flood the market until such time everyone has one, and then – and only then – would the uptake of phones slacken. Some data … Continue reading

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Calls from a smartphone fail four times more often than from a feature phone: EU regulators call for action…

When you make a call on your mobile that fails, who is to blame? Is it the operator for its poor coverage or could it be the manufacturer of your device? This week the Danish regulator, along with Estonia, Finland, … Continue reading

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