Category Archives: Mobile Trends

The smartphone boom may finally be subsiding

There will be only 1.43 billion shipments of new smartphones in 2015, according to research group IDC’s latest projections. That may sound like an awful lot, but as IDC points out, that number represents a 9.8 percent increase of smartphone … Continue reading

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Queue up Netflix: T-Mobile US may unleash the video beast

If a rumor from well-known tech tipster EVLeaks proves true, T-Mobile will soon start exempting mobile video from its data plans. That means customers on its Simple Choice smartphone plans would be able to stream Netflix, HBO Go and other … Continue reading

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Europe will ban roaming fees — though you’re in for a wait

The end of international roaming fees in Europe is in sight, though it’s still a bit off in the distance. The European Parliament voted to abolish roaming fees within its border, but we’ll have to wait until the June 15 … Continue reading

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Netflix starts streaming 6 miles up thanks to Virgin America deal

The draconian restrictions on inflight Wi-Fi are easing up – at least on some airlines. Rather than ban streaming video in planes like most airlines, Virgin America is actively encouraging its customers to binge-watch their favorite programs on Netflix. A … Continue reading

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AT&T looks beyond the smartphone

When AT&T Mobility chief Glenn Lurie took the stage at CTIA’s annual trade show in Las Vegas he didn’t say a word about the iPhone 6s or for that matter any of the other new smartphones coming to its networks … Continue reading

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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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