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Ridgeway to supply new Dual SIM Smartphone


We are pleased to announce that we are now able to supply the Quad band A75 smartphone .The device runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and sports a large, 5″ WVGA screen. As a dual SIM phone, 2 sims can be used on standby at the same time and users can choose which sim they wish to make outgoing calls from.

  • The device is ideal for those who wish to avoid hefty roaming charges while abroad as you can purchase a local sim card for data and outgoing calls while still receiving incoming calls on your usual number.
  • It can be used with a personal and work sim to avoid users needing to carry a second phone.
  • It is also ideal where customers make frequent International calls and already use an International sim.

The handset also features an 8MP camera and uses a MTK6575 CortexTM-A9 1GHz processor and has 512MB RAM and 2GB ROM (Micro SD slot supports up to 32GB).

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Vodafone and Visa form mPayments partnership

Vodafone and Visa have announced a worldwide partnership to enable consumers to pay for goods and services using their mobile phones, instead of with coins and banknotes.

Vodafone will work with Visa to develop a Vodafone-branded service, enabled by Visa’s prepay services. The service will initially be launched in Germany with an anticipated launch in the UK in the coming financial year.

Aside from its ‘member’ bank agreements this is the largest commercial partnership Visa has ever signed. Announcing the new partnership at Mobile World Congress , Vodafone’s Chief Executive, Vittorio Colao said: “The Vodafone mobile wallet represents the next stage of the smartphone revolution. It offers our customers the speed, simplicity and convenience of managing their everyday transactions with a single wave or tap of their smartphone.”

The customer’s mobile device will hold a Vodafone-branded ‘stored value’ account, with Visa’s systems managing payment processing. The platform will be open to a full range of industries, allowing financial institutions, retailers, transport, utility companies and more to offer payment services within an innovative new Vodafone mobile wallet.

In developed countries across Europe, North America and Australia, with a mature infrastructure for electronic payments, users of the Vodafone stored value account will be able to make purchases at the-point-of sale using Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled smartphones equipped with Visa’s ‘payWave’ service. By simply waving their NFC-equipped smartphone in front of a payment terminal, consumers will be able to make simple, every day purchases such as bus and train tickets, newspapers, magazines or a morning coffee. Consumers will also be able to make high value purchases securely using a passcode.

The service will offer comprehensive security, with NFC encryption and secure SIM card and payments industry technology. In addition to stored value accounts the ‘wallet’ will also hold loyalty scheme points and gift voucher credits, complementing and sometimes replacing a number of plastic cards in the customer’s wallet or purse.

The new relationship with Visa is part of Vodafone’s strategic mCommerce programme, which aims to deliver mPayments, mAdvertising, mCouponing and NFC mWallet in a consistent way across local markets.

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Mobile World Congress 2012

Last week the big names in telecoms gathered in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2012, which is like a ‘Cannes Film Festival’ equivalent for phones. Over 60,000 people attended across the five day event, to see the unveiling of many new devices, technologies and services. So what grabbed the headlines this year?

A key theme from last week was the continued focus on smartphones. With Apple choosing not to attend, HTC announced its ‘supercharged’ OneX , OneS and OneV models. Chinese manufacturer Huawei caused a stir with its impressive Ascend line-up, while Nokia unveiled a 41 megapixel camera phone! Samsung’s success in the mobile space got a further lift with the Galaxy S2 beating the iPhone to win Best Smartphone prize at the Global Mobile Awards. The hardware buzz at this year’s event was around larger touchscreens, with 4.3” – 4.7” screens becoming the norm and a move towards ultra-slim mobiles. Quad core processors also made their debut in devices, boosting battery life and supporting faster web browsing.

Looking further ahead, NFC (Near Field Communication) and LTE (Long Term Evolution 4G) are ones to watch. The Vodafone Visa worldwide partnership which was announced at Mobile World Congress is paving the way to consumers being able to pay for goods and services with a simple wave of their mobiles. LTE, on the other hand, is all about the network and promises improved speeds and a far richer data experience.

Coming out of this year’s event we expect Android, particularly with Samsung and HTC, to dominate high-end devices alongside Apple, with RIM pushing hard in the consumer space. Microsoft will become more of a driving force in mobile with Windows 8, while smartphones and 3G devices will filter through to all levels of the PAYG market.

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Two new BlackBerry Smartphones announced

RIM today announced two new additions to their product range – the 9790 a new Bold touchscreen and the 9380 which is a full touchscreen Curve.

The Bold 9790 runs BlackBerry 7.0 OS and sports a powerful 1 GHz processor, 8 GB of memory and a 5 MP auto-focus camera. This updated Bold also has Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC technology allows you to read smart tags on signs and posters, and connect with other NFC enabled devices – all with a simple tap.

The new 9380 Curve is the first Curve to have a 3.2″ full touchscreen and also has a 5MP camera. It features a features an integrated Social Feeds application, which ties all of your social networks together into one place. The Curve also features NFC (Near Field Communications) and Augmented Reality (driven by the digital compass). The AR functionality allows you to hold up your device and, using the camera, explore the world around you. Standing in front of an important landmark? Just point your BlackBerry Curve 9380 at it and let Wikitude tell you all about it. The AR is also integrated with BBM in virtually real-time so that you can find your BBM contacts in a crowd.

Availability and price has not yet been confirmed for the UK.

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Apple announce iPhone 4S

Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook announced the launch of its new iPhone 4S, at this evening’s ‘let’s talk iPhone’ conference at Apple’sCupertino campus. Whilst the new version looks much the same as the iPhone 4, Apple insist it is “all new” inside.

There will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, in both black and white.

Features on the device include a dual core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and HD video capture. The battery has also been improved to offer 8 hours of talk time on 3G or 14 hours of 2G talk time.

The camera also includes an A5 chip which provides additional features such as face detection. The device will also include Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 5, which can also be downloaded to previous models, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.

Details on tariffs and price are expected in the next few days.

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RIM launches BBM Music service

Research In Motion (RIM) has launched BBM Music, a new social media service that allows users to share, discover, play and grow their music collections with their BlackBerry Messenger friends.

Users can build a personal music profile with 50 of their favourite songs, refreshing their profile by swapping out up to 25 songs each month. They can select music from a catalogue of songs from music companies Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and EMI.

A closed beta trial of the service is starting today (30th August 2011) in the UK, Canada and the US. It is expected to be commercially available to customers later this year for a monthly subscription of $4.99 (£3.06), although pricing may vary by country and will be announced upon availability in each country.

Read the BlackBerry Blog for more information

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Apple wins European sales ban on Samsung Galaxy smartphones

The ruling by a district court in the Hague upheld Apple’s claim concerning one specific patent – EP 2059868 – which outlines an interface for viewing and navigating photographs on a touchscreen phone.  It does not cover the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which faces similar patent litigation from Apple in a German court.

Samsung now has seven weeks until mid-October to cease sales of the phones after the court decided the devices may have violated Apple touch screen patents. However, the time lapse gives Samsung time to modify its software before the ban is enforced. It is not yet clear whether this will impact the UK market.

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