Posts Tagged Devices

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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Apple sells five million iPhone 5 handsets in opening weekend

Worldwide sales of the iPhone 5 have topped five million in the first three days since release, a million more than the 4S did in over the same period. According to the manufacturer demand for the device has meant some direct customer pre-orders will not be shipped until October. Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “While we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience.”

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Half of UK mobile users now have smartphones

New independent YouGov research out this week suggests that almost half of UK mobile owners now use smartphones (47%), with a predicted steady climb to over 55% of the total market likely within the next 12 months.

Fuelled by the continued success of its iPhone, Apple is out in front with a 29% share of smartphone sales but Samsung (20%) and HTC (16%) are gaining ground fast, while BlackBerry (17%) is also attempting a fight back.

Based on its findings, YouGov expects Samsung to do well in the months ahead because the manufacturer has a firm presence in both the smartphone and feature phone markets, putting it in a strong position to tempt loyal users across to cleverer devices.

That said, Nokia is still the most popular brand among feature phone owners with a 43% market share in the UK. Leading with its Microsoft-powered Lumia range, the mobile veteran is hopeful of a turnaround in the smartphone market where it currently holds a 9% share.

According to YouGov, the road ahead for everyone is unlikely to be easy in terms of upping market penetration, with well over a third of feature phone users saying they “have no need of a smartphone”.

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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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Barclays launches mobile transfer service

Barclays has launched allowing its customers to send money to any UK bank account using a mobile phone number.The free service links a customer’s mobile phone number with their bank account allowing payments to be sent without a bank account number being disclosed. To send money, customers must download the free Barclays Pingit app which is available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry.In order to receive payments, customers must register their details online via the Pingit website.

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Highlights of CES 2012

The annual Consumer Electronics Show took place this month in Las Vegas and although we didn’t see any major new handset announcements from the leading manufacturers, we were treated to some fascinating developments. Unfortunately many of the innovations have been announced for specific countries but at least we are getting a taste of things to come. In February 3GSM takes place in Barcelona and hopefully we will see more devices for the European market.
Intel finally debuted a phone incorporating one of their processors – the Atom Z2460. The chip was running in a fully operational smartphone but unfortunately the handset was not for production rather a hint of things to come.
If you are interested in the Intel processor then the handset to look out for is the Lenovo K800. This is an Android 2.3 device which will be upgradable to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. One of the intriguing features is the inclusion of Wi-Di. This is a wireless display technology which is being incorporated by a major TV manufacturers and is a form of Wireless HDMI.
Toshiba showed off a new Windows Mango handset (for the Japanese market) which featured a 13.2MP camera and 32GB of on board memory. They also announced an Android handset (again for Japan) running 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1.2GHz processor again inlcuding a 13.2 megapixel camera.
Motorola announced the 4G LTE Droid 4, although not as slim as the RAZR Droids is still pretty thin considering it has a slideout keyboard. The device has a water repellant coating and includes software called “Business Ready” which offers government standard encryption for email, calander and contacts. The device is designed for the US market and we hope to see a variant for the UK!
As fitness is always a theme of the New Year, Moto also showed off an Android powered fitness trainer / watch. This wearable device is worn like a watch and has inbuilt GPS and custom software designed to keep track of your training regime. The device is rain and sweat resistant and has 8GB in-built memory for your workout music.

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BlackBerry Mobile Fusion

RIM today outlined plans to introduce BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion – the Company’s next-generation enterprise mobility solution and RIM’s entry into the multi-platform Mobile Device Management (MDM) marketplace.
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will simplify the management of smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry®, Google® Android® and Apple® iOS® operating systems.

“We are pleased to introduce BlackBerry Mobile Fusion – RIM’s next generation enterprise mobility solution – to make it easier for our business and government customers to manage the diversity of devices in their operations today,” said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together our industry-leading BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology for BlackBerry devices with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices, all managed from one web-based console. It provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organizations.”

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will provide the following mobile device management capabilities for all supported mobile devices (capabilities may vary due to limitations with individual device operating systems):

• Asset management
• Configuration management
• Security and policy definition and management
• Secure and protect lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)
• User- and group-based administration
• Multiple device per user capable
• Application and software management
• Connectivity management (Wi-Fi®, VPN, certificate)
• Centralized console
• High scalability

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is currently in early beta testing with select enterprise customers. RIM is now accepting customer nominations for the closed beta program which will start in January, and general availability is expected in late March.

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