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SMS Revenues Decline For The First Time

A massive turning point in the history of mobile phones has be realised by research company Strategy Analytics, after they found that 2013 saw the first year-on-year revenue decrease for SMS and MMS services. The landscape of mobile phone usage has been changing for the past few years, with the emergence of services such as iMessage and WhatsApp, which are both alternatives to traditional text messaging and instead use the Internet to send and receive instant messages. However, the news of the decrease highlights just how important it is now for mobile phone networks to ensure their data packages are as competitive as possible in order to attract and meet the demands of the modern mobile user.

Deloitte have also been offering their take on the industry and have highlighted that although revenues from text messaging has fallen networks worldwide can still expect to make approximately £50 billion from the service in 2014. They’ve also suggested that networks can respond to the negative figures and instead “create an operator-owned OTT messaging service to rival the existing providers” – much like BlackBerry initially had a huge success with, with BBM.

Geographically the move away from text messaging has and will continue to be more prevalent in the Western world. Countries such as the USA and the UK will push through the average forecasted drop in text messaging of 20% by 2017 with figures expecting to reach nearly 40% instead. As these countries become more reliant on 4G phone services, which can also empower uses to use video calling as a viable out-and-about option, there’s little wonder why phone owners would revert back to a more expensive and slower service.

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Vodafone Sale of Verizon Approved

We’d previously written about the pending sale of Vodafone’s 45% share in Verizon estimated at approximately £80 billion or $130 billion, and just a few days ago that sale was approved by the US regulators, the FCC.

The Federal Communications Commission have now rubber stamped the deal, prompting Vodafone shareholders to make decisions about how they’d like to move forward with their Verizon holdings. Simply because it makes up such a large part of a Vodafone shareholders portfolio, they are being requested to fill out a “Dealing Form” to notify Vodafone how they should proceed on their behalf. Vodafone acknowledge that this is more than slightly confusing, prompting them to create a useful guide.

The deal will be amongst the biggest in history, with Vodafone set to have £27.6 billion left over to “play” with. This is important news for those looking to remain Vodafone shareholders, as the company will continue to pay the dividends they have been accustomed to. A large portion (£6 billion) of the sale will also go towards improving their current service, including erecting more masts around Europe. This will be great news for already existing Vodafone customers and possibly to those coming to the end of their contracts.

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Should businesses still consider using Blackberry Smartphones? [Guest Post]

When Blackberry first hit the shelves back in 1999, millions of users were wowed by the fact that there was a mobile handset that could send email in addition to making calls and text.

As well as consumers buying it, it proved to be a big hit with business users. After all, this was the only really viable way of sending e-

mails while on the move, a factor that significantly impacted phone sales. Add to this BBM and the QWERTY keyboard, and you had a very appealing handset.

While many companies still make use of the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES), power has most definitely shifted in recent times and the question that is often raised is does Blackberry have any relevance anymore? Is there any reason why a consumer or business users should choose a Blackberry over another device?

Security

There was a time when the Blackberry was renowned for its security and for business users looking to protect their information, this would have been a major selling point. However, in recent years, any advantage they had is long gone.

Developers for both Android and iOS have been far more innovative in the app department with programs that can keep your work files separate, there’s the Find My iPhone app, as well as countless other options to keep your information and device safe.

App developers just aren’t interested

Blackberry’s arrogance and refusal to evolve in the early smartphone years has led to a slump in sales and while they are clearly trying to get back in the game with the release of the Blackberry 10, confidence has gone. As such, far fewer app developers are interested and with the wealth of great apps that are coming through on Android and iOS, there is yet another reason not to rush out and buy the latest Blackberry.

QWERTY

While at one time the famous QWERTY keyboard that made Blackberry immediately recognisable was one of its best features, it’s no longer a factor that attracts buyers, something that has been proven with the non-event that was the release of the Q10.

The fact of the matter is that more and more users are opting for touch screens. Add to that the fact that devices come in a range of sizes, and you are left with many far more appealing devices for business users than the QWERTY keyboard.

Networks aren’t interested

If you want further evidence that Blackberry is on the wane you only have to look at US telecom giants AT&T and Verizon. Since the launch of the Blackberry Z10, which was hoped would help bring about a revival for the company, the price of a handset has plummeted.

While it would have cost around $200 when it was first released, within months it was available on contract for under $50. Whilst Blackberry may have acted like it wasn’t a big deal, it’s a sign that the major carriers are losing any remnants of faith that they still had.

You won’t find either an Apple or Samsung product reduced by so much so quickly.

It’s not just the US either. Major UK resellers such as Carphone Warehouse now offer the Z10 at under £150 and that is on pay-as-you go

Epitaph

Blackberry may be clinging on for its life, but its days are almost certainly numbered. As such, there is no logical reason that any business user or consumer would choose their latest Z10 touchscreen or Q10 over the vast array of quality devices on offer from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Sony and Apple.

Unless a miracle happens sometime very soon, Blackberry could very easily be out of business within a matter of months. Their only saving grace coming in the form of Mark Zuckerberg who may well have his eye on a possible purchase to add to his ever growing list of acquisitions.

About the author: Kerry Butters is writing on behalf of the broadband, mobile broadband and smartphone comparison site BroadbandGenie.co.uk.

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China set to become leading M2M provider

Based on the findings of Pyramid Research, they believe that China is set to become the number 1 powerhouse in M2M technology, with a number of their leading telecoms businesses at the forefront of the charge.

M2M (machine to machine) allows wireless networks to communicate with a number of devices at once. It is fundamentally the building blocks of the “future home” where mobile phones are able to communicate with the fridge or oven all over the same network. Cellular companies such as China Mobile and China Unicom are currently in the strongest positions of all networks in China to take advantage of the growing demand for this technology in this continually developing economy. With this sustained growth, China are set to become the number 1 provider of M2M tech, with an estimated 128 millions devices being used by 2017. At the time, that will account for 8.5% of all cellular usage worldwide.

M2M is a big deal the world over, so this report is significant. It is thought that M2M is set to become one of the fastest growing industries in the US over the next year, signifying the need for it in developed economies. Over the next 4 years alone, it is believed that M2M will grow at a rate of 57.2%, becoming huge part of the overall economy and matching the growth of Cloud networks – popularised by Apple.

Just how the technology will change lives is yet to be seen, but we can certainly expect there to be a battle by network providers to provide the technology at the most affordable prices.

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