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Everything Mobile: the Top Headlines

Monday, December 6th, 2010

3 UK has confirmed the prices for their iPad tariffs. While not that many people are now interested in Apple’s touch screen tablet (mostly due to the lack of Flash), the prices that 3 is offering will certainly make some think twice. The device is subsidized at a low price of 199 Pounds under a 25 Pound monthly tariff –which is great value considering the monthly allowance.

Of course, the MVNO is not the only one offering the 9.7 inch tablet. Tesco has also confirmed that they too have the iPad in stock and will be offering it on credit –making the device readily accessible. T-Mobile and Orange UK are also offering the iconic gadget as well.

Carphone Warehouse is not only offering the iPad tablet (they have it at 429 Pounds, SIM free), but they are also going to be exclusively selling the Nokia C6-01 Symbian smart phone. It’s a great dual combination of tablet and smart phone, which means that if you’ve got enough on your holiday spending budget, this might be a good choice, unless you are waiting for the iPad 2.

Apple is actually killing interest in the original iPad thanks to their official statement implying that the iPad 2 is already in the works. The device will be sporting a built in camera as well.

Speaking of Apple’s gadgets, a new app for the iPhone has been created allowing consumers to check if the products or brands they support practice humane measures for the production, packaging and shipping of their goods. The anti-slavery app acts quite similar to a green app (which informs buyers if the product has been produced by a green company).

If this is the future of consumerism –providing buyers with instant information that allows them to support products based on their principles, then smart phones are truly enabling our society to become better each day.

Today’s Mobile News Highlights

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Tesco has announced that the sales of mobile phones are expected to reach a fever pitch this coming holiday season. While there are plenty of people that will be shopping straight from retail stores, a vast majority of the sales will be coming from the internet: online shopping is fast becoming the new option for busy people –about 78% of total sales is expected to come directly through online buyers.

A new Tegra 2 Powered smart phone from LG is expected to appear at the upcoming Mobile World Congress: the LG Star. Aside from the fact that this is a full touch screen smart phone using the Android 2.2 OS with an HDMI output port, little else has been revealed about this new device from the Korean phone maker.

Gresso has announced that they are launching a new luxury smart phone: the Luxor. While this expensive device screams nothing but style and class, buyers should be reminded that the use of 200 year old African Blackwood on a phone that will probably not be used for more than a couple of years is definitely not encouraged.

Orange and T-Mobile UK’s offer for the Apple iPad is impressive and hard to match. Everything Everywhere currently offers one of the best deals for the touch screen tablet –a feature that is only matched by 3 UK, which currently holds the post for having the best options for Apple iPhone 4 and iPad buyers.

Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the XPERIA X8 will finally be getting an update to the Android 2.1 Éclair. Not quite the impressive Flash 10.1 capable Froyo update that we have been waiting for, but this is still a great bit of news for this 1.6 Donut handset.

Images of what appears to be the Nokia N00 has been spotted online, plenty of speculations about this supposedly MeeGo OS powered device has sprouted up. With the N9 nowhere in sight, we doubt that the N00 will be coming out anytime soon.

Tesco’s Unlimited Texting deal is Taking on the Industry

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

How low should people have to pay for a single mobile phone service? There are actually specific and significantly large portions of the market that are focused mainly on a very limited number of services to be used from mobile phone networks –like texting, that network operators should be catering to. While no other company has followed suit, it is hard to imagine that Tesco’s pioneering will remain a solo act for a long time.

The mobile network operator is offering a SIM only deal that is bound to attract plenty of new users: a 6 pound monthly tariff with about 100 minutes of voice calls and unlimited texting. While most professionals and adults would probably want to sign up for something more substantial (such as more call minutes and some data), the deal is perfect for teens.

Many teenagers send over a hundred text messages per day, and hardly make use of the call minutes that are included in their packages. While data access is important, most would rather connect to a free WiFi hotspot rather than to spend on 3G connectivity. With that said, Tesco’s offer is pretty much perfect.

Other networks will certainly have a tough time competing with this deal unless they offer something similar. While it certainly will not get most people to switch, many younger users are likely to take up the Tesco subscription as it offers exactly what they need and nothing more.

Of course, this is a bit of a cause for concern. While the practice has given a network operator a niche market to work with, it is also a reflection of the new communication practices and patterns of the younger generation. Texting is both accurate and convenient, but it also takes out the human element of socialization, and reliance on the tool is certainly going to be a major hurdle for the future.