Finally, after a couple of attempts, the Russian operator Yota has managed to launch the country's first LTE network in Novosibirsk, Siberia.
One of the fallouts from the much publicised Verizon/Google disagreement that we commented on last week was the renewed focus on the security of the mobile payments process.
Reports have emerged from within Facebook that the company is poised to make its first move into the mobile advertising space, possibly by inserting its Sponsored Stories adverts – which highlight a user’s friends interaction with various brands – into a user’s mobile News Feed.
We highlighted in this blog last week about the announcement from Verizon and that it would block Google Wallet.
As we approach 2012, mobile devices including smartphones and tablets are all set to become a part of this festive season.
With the recent news that T-Mobile has withdrawn from the Dutch NFC Payments Consortium and that Verizon has blocked Google Wallet on the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, are we beginning to see the MNOs asserting themselves in the mobile commerce market?
I have mentioned in a previous blog that, as far as reading is concerned, I am a bit of an old fuddy-duddy inasmuch as I’m rather fond of those antiquated physical objects that come in either hardback or softback format, with proper pages; you know, the ones with which you fill the suitcase prior to departing for warmer climes and which are then the subject of a prolonged bartering arrangement with your wife, which typically runs along the following lines: “You are not going to read all those.” (Defiantly) “Am too.” “No you’re not. Not the Mandelson and the Blair autobiographies.” (Sulkily) “OK. But can I take a Robert Harris paperback instead of the Mandelson hardback? That leaves room for the toiletries…” Etcetera.