At the end of June we reported on Vodafone’s announcement of the Femtocell Access Gateway, an off-the-shelf product designed to provide 3G coverage for up to four handsets simultaneously, in areas of low or no coverage. Having taken delivery of our first release ready units, we have compiled our first in-depth test of the capabilities of the product.
Young adults are pushing mobile internet usage upwards says a new report from CCS Insight. CCS Insight say mobile internet usage is increasing at an ever increasing rate and social networking is the driving force.
The report, based on a survey of more than 1,000 adults between 16 and 35 years old, offers insights into the mobile Internet habits of this technology-savvy and demanding consumer group.
The report confirms :
- Mobile Internet use is growing at a phenomenal rate; social networking is driving that growth with a third of young adults regularly accessing Facebook and Twitter from their mobiles
- Men are twice as likely as women to access the Internet through their mobile phone
- Young adults expect mobile content – especially music and videos – to be free
- BBC iPlayer is the service people would most like to see on their phones
Paolo Pescatore, Head of Mobile Content at CCS Insight, said “The Web is revolutionizing the way people use mobile phones. Forget music downloads and video – social networking is what people want. Media owners and operators will have to find new ways to make money from their assets. And it’s clear from the report that the industry could do a better job marketing to women. Some networks and phone-makers have got it right. Their rivals are leaving money on the table.”
With over 1,000 applications headed to the App World this week, here’s a quick App World walkthrough. If you’ve not used it we certainly recommend taking the time to have a look.
The new BlackBerry 8900 Curve (originally known as “Javelin”) is the replacement device for the very popular BlackBerry 83xx series Curve.
Starting with the design, the 8900 Curve has a chrome finish to supplement the very successful dark/black satin bezel which complements the new range of BlackBerry’s released during the past few months (most notably the 9000 Bold and 9500 Storm). Continue reading
To coincide with the launch of the BlackBerry Storm on Vodafone this week, Vodafone’s UK Consumer Director Ian Shepherd, provides this brief comment of the most talked about device these past few weeks “Our customers told us that they wanted a single phone that would give them the most secure, reliable email and messaging experience possible combined with all the desirable smartphone features, and at a price that’s affordable. The BlackBerry Storm has delivered all of this and more and will give our customers incredible power in their hands to make the most of now”.
After the break, Jason Bradbury presenter of the The Gadget Show gives a more in-depth look at the features of the BlackBerry Storm.
Today we had our first ‘hands on’ with the new Vodafone BlackBerry Storm. The device we saw was a pre-release model, but it certainly gave us a true and excellent feel for what to expect come next week’s launch. Continue reading
Google has released a new version of its popular mapping software for BlackBerry smartphones – Google Maps version 2.3.1, and it has some interesting new features which we’ll explore. Continue reading
Today we were pleased to receive a parcel from our network partner O2 containing a new device for us to evaluate and review – that device was the Xda Mantle. The background of the Xda Mantle is what you would normally expect in that everything under the hood is manufactured by HTC. The relationship HTC and O2 have goes back some 6 or 7 years now, so there are certainly no concerns over HTC’s ability to meet an O2 brief on a new device. Continue reading