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.

China Telecom launches MVNO service in Europe

China Telecom Europe, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom in the EMEA region, has announced that it will launch the first Chinese MVNO service outside of China, which will run on the Everything Everywhere network. CTExcelbiz MVNO is due to launch on Tuesday. 

Major U.S. cable companies join forces on WiFi

On Monday, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable announced that they will allow each other's high-speed Internet customers to access their metro WiFi networks, totaling over 50,000 hotspots.                            

Vodafone, O2 team with Virgin Atlantic for in-flight cell service

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Some passengers on Virgin Atlantic flights can now call home from the air. The airline announced on Tuesday it is providing travelers with a new cellphone service to make and receive phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air.

China Mobile in talks with Apple for iPhone

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China Mobile, the world's biggest telecom carrier by subscribers, said on Wednesday it is negotiating with Apple Inc to carry the popular iPhone in China.


China Mobile (Beijing, P.R.C.) is the only Chinese operator that does not officially carry the iPhone because its homegrown 3G technology is not supported by the chips used in current iPhone models.

Verizon sees revenue increase from shared plans

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Verizon Wireless should see an increase in date revenue after it offers new shared data plans this summer, according to a top executive for parent company Verizon Communications Inc.


Verizon's (New York) intends to allow customers to share their data allowance among different devices, unlike their current offerings, where they have to sign up for a separate data plan for every device connected to the wireless operator's network.

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