Monthly Archives: May 2013

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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Would M-PESA work in the UK? Vodafone v. Barclays – which one would you trust to look after your money?

M-PESA, Vodafone’s mobile money platform, has been a stunning success in Kenya: it has been less successful in other African nations, although Vodacom is trying again in South Africa. It has been generally assumed that there is no potential for … Continue reading

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Annual smartphone shipments to hit 1.095 billion in 2016; representing 50% of all shipments

Last week I was intrigued to find that a survey conducted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the United Arab Emirates of mobile phone handsets by manufacturer, model and operating system had found that Nokia is still the phone … Continue reading

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Asia-Pacific will make 43.1% of all mobile phones in 2016: USA & Europe to lose out

How do you know if your mobile phone is a fake and does it matter? I had to fly home from the States a couple of days after the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot to detonate liquid explosives using water bottles … Continue reading

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1.67 billion mobile handsets shipped in 2012; global industry to be worth USD 241 billion by 2016

Wherever there’s a SIM card, there’ll be a mobile handset not far away. Once upon a time there would have been a handset for each SIM card, but variable service levels and even greater variation in tariffs means that there … Continue reading

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African nations to top US by mobile net additions 2011 – 2016: Portio Research

The ‘Portio Mobile Factbook 2013’ – a comprehensive market overview available as a free download – provides some interesting insights to the global mobile market. In a table showing the world’s Top 10 largest mobile markets by net additions in … Continue reading

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8.479 billion mobile phones in the world by end-2016: free download

Our good friends at Portio Research have updated their very useful ‘Portio Research Mobile Factbook 2013’ (claim your free copy now!). It still seems amazing that the global number of mobile phones at the end of 2012 will be 6.5 billion – … Continue reading

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43% of mobile phone sold on eBay have complete contact details

TelecomsMarketResearch.com. the industry’s ‘one-stop shop’ for telco data, has found that a remarkable 43 per cent of the mobile phones sold on eBay, the Internet auction site, are being sold with their contacts folder populated, and with well-filled ‘inboxes’ and … Continue reading

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107 minutes from SIM activation to first in-bound spam call on Orange UK

Yesterday we activated  the TelecomsMarketReseach ‘research fleet’ of newly acquired Nokia 6300s to carry out our own UK Quality of Service tests. Having set up the first of the Orange UK phones at 12:39, and having not given the number out, the first … Continue reading

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