T-Mobile US CEO on wearables: ‘Apple Watch is the tipping point’

…and contracts are history, says crystal-ball-gazing bigwig

In a rash of annual predictions, T- Mobile big cheese John Legere claims that “Wearables and phablets will be the big device stories of 2015”.…

Mobile Industry Roundup of 2014

iPhone-gasms, a Wintel for phones and more…

Part 1 It has been a crowded year in mobile. Apple breathed life into its iPhone brand, Google tried to take control of Android, while Microsoft fell asleep at the wheel. The Chinese handset tide began to reach Europe. Nokia waved goodbye to its phone division and jumped back in with a tablet – and an unusual business proposition.…

If BT gets EE, it will trigger EU treasure hunt for fixed lines

Examining the motives of EU telco ‘old boys’ networks

Opinion The agreement announced earlier this month for BT to enter exclusive negotiations with EE is part of what we have discussed now for the past two years: a re-pricing of the premium associated with cellular businesses, in favour of those based on fixed lines.…

TalkTalk eyes up Blinkbox for advanced FOURPLAY – report

With a £250m accounting hole, every little helps

Budget telco TalkTalk is reportedly pursuing a buyout of video-streaming service Blinkbox from Tesco.…

UK banks prepare for Apple Pay ‘invasion’, look to slap on bonking protection

Financial bodies air concerns over ‘privacy’, ‘data security’

Analysis Apple’s attempt to launch its NFC payment solution in the UK could be thwarted by some financial institutions’ concerns over privacy and security issues surrounding Cupertino’s “invasion” of the banking industry.…

OnePlus vs Micromax: Dream of Google-less Android now further away

Case highlights strange behaviour from Google-friendly VC-backed firm

+Comment An obscure court case in India appears to have dented hopes of the mobile industry weaning itself off Google dependency – and has raised questions about the goals of Cyanogen and its backer, a Silicon Valley VC firm with close ties to Google.…

Google’s Gmail staggers to feet in China as access partially restored

Webmail hit a wall, but not our Great Firewall, says PRC

Access to Gmail in China appears to have at least been partially restored, after Google’s web addresses were blocked over the weekend.…

Titsup Twitter: We’ve swatted the bug that caused the outage

Is it 2015 yet?

Twitter reported a partial outage yesterday, which it said had been due to a bug in its “front end code”.…

‘Apple of China’ Xiaomi: Yep, we HAVE just bagged $1.1 BEELLION

Chinese firm going for Samsung’s market share

Top Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Xiaomi has confirmed reports that it has raised $1.1bn to fund its plans for world domination.…