Price cuts and the popularity of 3G are prompting Europeans to use mobile data like never before, says a survey.
The launch of Apple’s second generation of its iPhone device is espected in San Francisco this week at the Apple World Wide Developers’ Conference.
Analysts predict the new iPhone will have faster 3G wireless connectivity after the original was widely criticised for its much slower 2G connectivity.
Apple has sold more than five million iPhones since June last year and the firm says it is on course to sell 10m iPhones by the end of 2008. Raising its share of the global market (currently 5%)is a key target. It is also anticipated that the company will allow mobile network partners to subsidise the cost of the iPhone to achieve this aim by reducing the cost to teh consumer dramatically!
More radio spectrum will need to be released to cater for breakthroughs in healthcare and transport, said Ofcom.
In a report focused on the future use of wireless, the regulator identified hundreds of new applications. They include wireless devices which monitor health and radio frequency ID tags on food products that allow allergy sufferers to shop more safely. Read more
The spontaneity and simplicity of the phone-paid payment mechanism allows millions of consumers to enjoy mobile services such as ringtones and other downloads, competitions and TV voting. Most consumers use these services without worry or aggravation.
The review, which PhonepayPlus aims to publish in July, will provide an overview of mobile phone-paid services, and identify issues affecting UK consumers. Of particular interest to PhonepayPlus at this early stage are: