Google to Turn Mobile Phones Into Wallets

The latest launch from the search giant aims to use a mobile phone to pay for everyday purchases, and heralds a new age for telecommunications, say Just Call.

Earlier this month it was announced that Google had launched Google Wallet, their very own mobile payment system that enables the user to pay for goods and services using their mobile phone. Currently being advertised as a new payment method to rival credit and debit cards, Google Wallet has been successfully trialled in New York and San Francisco since May this year, and could open up a whole new world to mobile phone users, say cheap call provider Just Call.

A spokesperson for Just Call comments: “Google Wallet is obviously a huge step forward for mobile phones, as until recently they could obviously only be used for the purposes of communication, such as by making phone calls and sending text and emails. However, the advent of Google Wallet means that users will soon be able to pay using their mobile phones, thanks to Near Field Communications (NFC) which means that when a special chip inside the phone is tapped against a reader at a till it will pay the amount, which is just extraordinary.”

While Google Wallet is to be marketed in the US only, the pre-paid Google Wallet card will be able to work internationally from the launch, and it can also be used at any of the 300,000 retailers in the US and elsewhere that accept MasterCard PayPass. But while the launch of this product has been limited to the US, Just Call are confident that this new technology will catch on and become a new method of payment around the world.

The spokesperson for Just Call continues: “While Google Wallet has only been launched in the US so far, it would seem that the trials in New York and San Fransisco, where around 1000 Google, Mastercard, and Macy’s employees used this payment method, were very successful. At present, Google Wallet can be downloaded as an app from a phone network in the US, and will work on a Nexus S phone, which runs on Google’s Android system.

However, we believe that in a few years this type of technology will be used all over the world, and change the mobile phone industry as we know it, so as well as being able to make international calls to anywhere in the world, users will be able to pay for purchases too, which is a really exciting prospect.”

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Worldwide Roaming Information A Fraction Of The Usual Cost Thanks To Abroadband

Abroadband have become one of the few operators who offer roaming broadband at extremely low rates when compared to well known providers. Users can gain access to the internet for only €0.59 per megabyte. This flat rate global data roaming service has attracted many travellers to change their sim card when abroad. Until worldwide regulation is introduced to force other providers to lower their prices, abroadband will march ahead and gain more custom.

The operator began life earlier this year and looks set to post a healthy profit come the end of 2011. Abroadband was launched by Austrian telecoms giant ‘Telekoms Austria’. The idea was in response to the many complaints by travellers fed up with high data charges when using the internet abroad – hence the name ‘abroadband’. From the get go the service has been designed to counter ever increasing charges on roaming rates imposed by many other operators.

A revealing article that was published by the online magazine ZDnet in March this year showed that the reasons behind high data charges are simply down to profit. As many operators tend to offer many deals and bolt-ons in the domestic markets, many tend to take advantage of the unregulated roaming sector to gain back money. The reaction to this has led to new regulations being introduced in Europe that impose a cap on the amount of data customers can use in a month when travelling. This only applies to countries throughout the EU and abroadband offer their flat rate outside of Europe. So far the service extends to over 50 countries world wide and there are plans to increase this to more by the end of 2011 and into 2012.

Negative reaction to roaming rates outside of Europe has led to calls for other continents and countries to impose caps on other operators to force them to reduce their data charges. Abroadband has already left the competition behind though. The flat rate service is not the only benefit they offer customers. Being aware of the different ways people access the internet, the operator has offered three simple options to meet all connection needs. A worldsim card, a micro sim card and a dongle are all available on initial subscription to the service. With business travel on the increase, dongles and micro sims are becoming more popular. The BBC recently published a report on their website illustrating the different ways people are using to avoid roaming headaches when travelling (source: BBC). Abroadband have taken these methods into consideration and have acted accordingly on their website allowing customers access to connection options to suit their needs.

The abroadband service has been positively reviewed by Mobile Industry Review and looks set to attract more attention before the year is out. According to Ewan MacLeod – the entrepreneur editor of the online magazine – abroadband’s mobile roaming solution is half the cost of the Vodafone roaming plans.

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The Multi Facet officially launched their new website for iPhone news updates

The Multi Facet has recently launched a new global website catering to iPhone lovers with everything about iPhone and Apple apps. The new website, iphone456s.com is now officially live and providing exclusive news and information about various features of all iPhone versions, i.e. iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4iPhone 5 and interesting apps from Apple.

The Multi Facet is based in India and providing services of Content writing, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), SEM (Search Engine Marketing), Website Designing and Development, Graphic Designing, Software Development, Social Media Marketing and other to the clients, in India and across the globe; more details can be found on themultifacet.com.

“We are a team of young, energetic and experienced writers and developers, and are sharing a common motto of providing excellent services to all our clients; so as to sustain in the highly competitive market and help our clients get maximum ROI.” Stated jointly by Bhargav & Kamlesh, founders of The Multi Facet.

iphone456s.com is aim to provide authentic and real information and news about Apple’s various products, i.e. iPhone 3GS iPhone 4iPhone 5, iPod, iPad and apps. Purchasing Apple products is a status and using its high technology and smart look gives you real pleasure, hence you make sure that you have collected as much information about the product as you can; these is where iphone456s.com comes into the picture by providing you real time news and information about Apple’s all products.

“We have done an extensive research on various blogs/sites delivering similar information and news, but we found scope of improvements and this is how an idea of launching iphone456s.com generated. We are providing information and news basis on the authentic resources, and soon after its launching, this site becomes a benchmark of trustworthy news and story about Apple and its products.” “We are highly pleased to see a great response from our users”. Indicated by Bhargav and Kamlesh, the brains behind iphone456s.com.

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BT’s Accessibility Range Offers Comfort To Mature Phone Users

With colder months beckoning, leading telecommunications provider BT has pointed out the importance of accessible phones for those with limited physical, oral and aural capabilities – particularly the elderly.

Using the telephone to stay in touch with family, friends and the wider world is something that many of us take for granted, but it is not always simple for those who are hard of hearing or struggle to press small buttons.

BT’s Paragon, Converse and Big Button telephone ranges are designed with this in mind, with an array of special features to assist users who are entirely or partially blind or deaf; or who have problems with mobility, dexterity or speech.

BT shop Executive, Caroline Hodgson said: “Many older people suffer with one or more of these difficulties and some of them worsen with cold weather, particularly dexterity. During autumn and winter it is especially important that people are able to maintain contact with loved ones and essential resources.

“A landline handset such as the Big Button 100 has large, widely-spaced buttons, easy volume controls and an inductive coupler so that the user can attach a hearing aid. It also has a handset that is easy to grip. Details like this are indispensible for many people.”

A similarly ergonomic telephone is the BT Converse 2200, which can be used hands-free or with a headset if needed. It can also be wall-mounted for ease of use and is more energy-efficient than many other phones, meaning more capacity for other essentials such as heating bills.

Consumers can also choose models such as the BT Freestyle 710, which is cordless and light; or the BT Paragon 550, which offers an easy answerphone facility and a speaker phone replay option for extra clarity.

Along with the Big Button, Converse and Paragon ranges, the Relate 2100 is suitable for those with a learning disability or mental impairment; and all phones can be used with accessories such as loud indoor ringers and baby monitors, for extra peace of mind.

More information about phones for the elderly and easy to use phones can be found on BT Shop’s website.

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New Survey Finds Teens are Addicted to Their Smartphones

A survey conducted by Ofcom has revealed that a number of teenagers and adults under 30 have admitted that they are addicted to using their smartphone handsets, which shows that people are becoming more reliant on telecommunications to stay in touch with the people that matter, say Just Call.

A new report published by Ofcom has revealed that 60% of teenage smartphone users admitted that they are “highly” addicted to their mobile phone, compared to 37% of adults. The survey, which questioned 2,073 adults and 521 children also revealed that the smarphone is one of the most popular methods of communication in society today, and people are using it in almost every place or situation, say Just Call.

A spokesperson for Just Call comments: “The results of this survey by Ofcom are really very interesting, because they show just how often people are choosing to use their mobile phones. Ofcom has revealed that 27% of adults and 47% of teenagers in the UK have a smartphone, and 59% of smartphone owners received them over the past year. But what’s really exciting is the study found that while 80% of those surveyed have their phone all day, everyday, 47% of those questioned admitted to using their smartphone when they were using the toilet, which is extraordinary.”

In addition to the increasing use of smartphones in everyday life, with 81% of smartphone users admitting to making more calls and sending more texts compared to 53% of regular mobile phone users, the survey also identified how technology was beginning to change the way that people communicated and and spent their free time. With 30% of teenage respondents stating that they spent less time playing video games, compared to 23% saying that they didn’t watch as much TV as they used to.

The spokesperson at Just Call continues: “The impact of the smartphone has been considerable over the last few years, and since 2005, they have grown in popularity, use, style and efficiency, giving them a £3.7 million stake of the mobile phone market by December 2010. In fact, the survey also found that smartphone users were much more likely to take personal calls during work hours, and to also engage in work-related calls when they were at home. While this may sound a little surprising, the fact that smartphones have become so popular shows that people are looking for gadgets that can help make everyday lives a little bit easier, and if a phone can help find a new restaurant or unearth great deals on international calls, then the rise of smartphone use can only be a good thing.”

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BT and Heineken Partner To Offer Wi-Fi To London Pubs

Drinkers at nearly 100 London pubs and bars are to get fast Wi-Fi, following a new BT and Heineken partnership with plans to extend the wireless internet service to a further 200 pubs across the UK by the end of 2012.

Through Wi-Fi, customers can access a special area of the internet, the Heineken Hub, for which the UK’s newest newspaper, i, the quality daily and sister paper to The Independent, is supplying exclusive content.

Customers can get online quickly with any wireless PC, tablet or mobile phone at any of the Wi-Fi hotspots and will also receive exclusive, location-specific content including the best stories from news, views, features, business, culture and sports. It is the first time this content has been available online and it will be updated daily.

The pubs boost BT’s hotspot numbers to more than three million – the largest network in the UK. More than 200,000 sites have been added in the last three months.

Rick Lawrence, Marketing Manager at Heineken UK said: “The partnership with BT reinforces the brand’s reputation as a leading player in the development of technology. The Wi-Fi initiative will provide excellent exposure for Heineken among its key target audience and build greater affinity between the brand and its consumers.”

Chris Bruce, CEO, BT Openzone, said: “Using Wi-Fi to deliver free and exclusive content, Heineken is engaging and exciting pub goers and will undoubtedly increase business. It’s an exciting time to be involved in hospitality marketing.”

Wi-Fi access is completely free to over five million BT Broadband customers, plus users of iPads, iPhones, iTouch, Android, Samsung and Blackberry devices and smartphones through other BT partnership agreements.

In further developments to the UK’s largest Wi-Fi network, BT has also added Wi-Fi access at John Lennon Liverpool, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield and Teesside regional airports.

BT Wi-Fi is also available at 13 Shepherd Neame hotels in Kent, Starbucks, major hotel chains including Thistle, Guoman and Ramada Jarvis, Welcome Break and Roadchef Costa motorway service areas, Network Rail stations, airports and thousands of homes and independent businesses.

BT also extended its relationship with Hilton in June to provide a fully managed suite of Wi-Fi internet services to more than 17,000 bedrooms, public areas and meeting and conference spaces in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

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