It might be August but that didn’t mean things were slowing down in the world of mobile, in this new feature we ask what we learned this week?
Phones 4 U are up for the fight
Whilst Dixons and Carphone were busy celebrating their union, Phones 4 U began to make some noises of its own about how it was planning to ‘evolve’ the business. Most significantly the retailer announced that it was ‘looking into’ several new online and retail partnerships. It should be something to keep a close eye on in the coming months.
Phones 4 U exploring new partnerships, says CEO
Dixons-Carphone merger: What it means
Manufacturers suffer a quarter to forget, apart from Huawei
At the end of last week Samsung, as predicted, revealed that it suffered a 20% profit decline, this was followed by news that HTC sales were down 51% in July. Meanwhile, an internal memo Blackberry revealed that its CEO John Chen believed that there was “no margin for error to complete BlackBerry's turnaround to success” following the conclusion of the firms restructuring process. There was a better news for Chinese-manufacturer Huawei whose global smartphone sales soared 62% for the first half of the year.
Samsung reports 20% profit decline
HTC July sales down 51%
Blackberry concludes restructuring process
Huawei smartphone sales up 62%
The courts are never far away
Apple and Samsung decided to call it quits on patent disputes outside the US as Microsoft filed papers against Samsung over patent royalty payments. Then the USPTO issued a preliminary ruling that rejected Apple's complaints against Samsung over 'autocomplete' features. Whether this is a sign that one battle is being prioritised over another remains to be seen. Interestingly, Microsoft pulled no punches in the blog accompanying their statement about taking legal action Samsung of using its purchase of Nokia as ‘an excuse to breach its contract’ and that ‘After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with its agreement with Microsoft.’ Strong stuff.
Samsung and Apple drop patent cases outside the US
Microsoft sues Samsung over Android royalties
The government cash cow and an essential service
Three of the major networks demonstrated the huge commercial potential that lies within the public sector this week. EE announced that customers could now use their phones to pay for London buses, 02 launched a 4G mobile tariff for public sector workers and Vodafone proudly revealed it had been awarded a new cyber security accreditation. Another interesting piece of news came in the form of a government proposal regarding insolvent firms. The legislation defined telecommunications and IT as ‘essential’ services meaning they couldn’t be terminated following a company’s entry into insolvency proceedings. It seems significant that the government are beginning to define telecommunications and IT in the same terms as heating and electricity, a sign of things to come? Perhaps.
EE introduces contactless payments on London buses
02 launches ‘No 10’ 4G mobile tariff
Vodafone awarded new cyber security accreditation
Suppliers could be prevented from terminating services to insolvent firms