Category Archives: Mobile Trends

Why have Apple invented a tiny island?

A few weeks ago one of our iOS users had a problem with our new app WifiMapper. Looking for Wi-Fi hotspots near the Eiffel Tower, and so typing ‘the Eiffel Tower’ into the search bar, they were redirected to a … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi Names: Neighbourhood Watch

This week’s Wi-Fi name blogpost looks at the concerningly passive-aggressive world of public communication using your Wi-Fi  name (yeah, grow up people) and all I have to say is bloody hell, can’t we all just love one another? As ever, these are … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi Names: Summer Loving

In honour of the fact that I got drunk in a park and told my girlfriend that I loved her when I actually meant to say ‘pass the pimms’, this edition of our favourite Wi-Fi names will be dedicated to … Continue reading

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The (slight) rise of _nomap

In 2010, Google streetview cars were found to be collecting data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in 30 countries worldwide. The German privacy regulator described the issue as ‘one of the biggest known data protection violations in history’, and the scandal … Continue reading

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MVNOs: Taking your mobile service virtual

If you walk into a wireless store, you’re not going to be at a loss for choice of mobile operators – far more choice than would seem possible. Whether you’re in the U.S., U.K., or Spain, there are going to … Continue reading

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Free Wi-Fi Guide: London

To celebrate the launch of our new app WifiMapper we are releasing a series of posts on the WiFi hotpots in various global cities that we are most confident are free. WifiMapper is an app to help you find free … Continue reading

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Data throttling: Why operators slow down your connection speed

You’re surfing on a wide-open 4G connection and suddenly see data speeds slow down to a snail’s pace. Mobile networks often experience big fluctuations in performance, but this downgrade remains persistent – say for several days – and then your speeds return to … Continue reading

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2 technologies that will boost your phone’s battery life

Our smartphones are getting bigger, the applications we use on them are becoming more powerful and our appetite for mobile data is only growing. Those trends are taking a big toll on our batteries. You’ve probably noticed that the move … Continue reading

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Waiting for the 5G revolution

We’re now a good half-decade into the 4G age, which means that the mobile industry’s attention is now gravitating toward the next generation of wireless technology, 5G. The shift from 3G to 4G could be summed up in one word: … Continue reading

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How “advanced” is your LTE network?

As the mobile industry gears up for the next big technological shift in mobile communications, 5G, an interim technology has been emerging to help fill in the generational gap. That technology is called LTE-Advanced, and while it’s not a term the general … Continue reading

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