Mobile entertainment revenues to hit $65 billion by 2016

A new report from Juniper Research has found that strong growth amongst games and infotainment applications, in part fostered by a burgeoning consumer tablet market, will push mobile entertainment revenues to more than $65 billion annually by 2016, up from $36 billion last year.

Verizon Wireless unveils shared data plans; rivals may follow

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Verizon Wireless is revamping its prices with new service plans that include unlimited calls and texts and the ability for customers to share their data allowance among multiple devices as it looks to shake up the U.S. wireless industry.


The biggest U.S. mobile operator is hoping to entice customers to connect more gadgets like tablet computers to its network with the new plans as customers will be able avoid paying separate data subscriptions for each device.

Report: small cells and WiFi to handle 60% of mobile traffic over next 5 years

A new report from Juniper Research has found that while the level of data delivered to mobile devices is expected to continue to expand dramatically over the next five years, service providers will offload nearly 60% of traffic in that period. According to the report, service providers are increasingly seeking to reduce the strain on their network caused by the proliferation of connected smart devices by deploying their own WiFi hotspot networks and offering small cell solutions to end-users.

Leap Wireless to sell prepaid iPhone, may hurt AT&T, Verizon

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Leap Wireless International Inc will be the first U.S. provider of prepaid mobile services to sell the Apple Inc iPhone, potentially putting pressure on its much bigger rivals to provide cheaper phone or service prices.


The regional operator, which caters to cost-conscious customers who pay phone bills in advance, is joining its much bigger national rivals Verizon Wireless (New York), AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, USA) and Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, Kan., USA) in selling the popular device.

Cisco projects 18.8 billion network connections by 2016

Last week, Cisco issued results from its annual initiative to forecast and analyze Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth, and found that by 2016, annual global IP traffic is forecast to be 1.3 zettabytes - (a zettabyte is equal to a sextillion bytes, or a trillion gigabytes). The projected increase of global IP traffic between 2015 and 2016 alone is more than 330 exabytes, which is almost equal to the total amount of global IP traffic generated in 2011 (369 exabytes).

iPhone users account for 80% of the heaviest smartphone data users

On average, iPhone customers use more data than any other smartphone users, and account for 80% of the top 10% of heaviest data users, according to a new report examining consumer smartphone trends from Analysys Mason, a global telecoms, media and technology specialist. Of those smartphone consumers who are in the 70th percentile or above in terms of data usage, iPhone users appear more than three times as frequently as the next most ‘data-hungry’ consumer segment – users who have Android on HTC devices.

Everything Everywhere unveils mobile ticketing trial

Last week, Everything Everywhere announced an agreement with Transport operator Stagecoach Group to offer consumers with a way to use mobile phones as tickets for public transportation. The two companies have unveiled the UK's first Government-standard commercial deployment of mobile contactless transport ticketing, which could lead to a nationwide roll out across select bus and rail services in 2013.

Oracle dealt big blow in Google patent infringement case

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Google Inc's Android mobile platform has not infringed Oracle Corp's patents, a California jury decided, putting an indefinite hold on Oracle's quest for damages in a fight between the two Silicon Valley giants over smartphone technology.


In a case that examined whether computer language that connects programs and operating systems can be copyrighted, Oracle (Redwood, Calif., USA) claimed Google's (Mountain View, Calif., USA) Android tramples on its intellectual property rights to the Java programming language.

M-Commerce: The gateway to mobile payments

When is a mobile payment a “mobile payment”?


When it’s m-commerce. That’s one of the top-level findings of the MasterCard Mobile Payments Readiness Index (MPRI). The Index rank orders 34 global economies in terms of their readiness to execute on mobile payments across all three configurations—mobile at point of sale (POS), person-to-person payments (P2P), and e-commerce conducted from a mobile device (m-commerce).

ZTE confirms security hole in U.S. phone

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ZTE Corp, the world's fourth largest handset vendor and one of two Chinese companies under U.S. scrutiny over security concerns, said one of its mobile phone models sold in the United States contains a vulnerability that researchers say could allow others to control the device.

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