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Help Spot and Avoid a Fake Mobile Phone for WCRD 2012

On World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) 2012, consumers worldwide are reminded that they have the power to make the right choice and avoid fake or knock off mobile phones.

“People can inadvertently purchase a fake or sub-standard phone, through no fault of their own, by trying to find a cheaper price for a phone – especially on the internet,” said Michael Milligan, Secretary General of the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF).

“Everyone wants to be able to buy a product at a good price. But unscrupulous suppliers are exploiting that desire for a bargain to sell products that are not what they claim, or that are just poor quality and perhaps even dangerous. To help consumers identify and avoid these fake or knock-off phones, genuine manufacturers have created the www.spotafakephone.com website.”

Most fake phones are counterfeit copies of genuine handsets, which steal intellectual property such as designs, technologies and trademarks to deliberately deceive consumers. Fake phones are also produced without government approval, safety testing or certification and are sold illegally on the world’s black markets.

“The global black market for fake handsets has grown rapidly over the past few years and is estimated to be in excess of 200 million devices every year,” Mr Milligan said.

“With counterfeiters imitating all facets of a phones appearance, including labeling, design and packaging, it can be hard to spot whether a phone is fake or genuine, so the mobile industry developed this website to help consumers identify fakes and make the right choice.”

“Often it is the sub-standard components, low quality manufacturing and poor performance that impact on consumers after they have already purchased a fake, especially in the area of consumer safety, and usually the consumer has no recourse with the supplier.”

“Another important benefit of buying a genuine phone is that original manufacturers stand behind the quality of their own products and provide important product warranties to consumers should problems arise after purchase.” Mr Milligan said

Consumers can do their part in helping to identify, report and avoid fake or knock off phones by going to: www.spotafakephone.com.

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Snapjackwireless.com is Changing the Game in Online Sales of Wireless Devices

Snapjack Wireless today announced the launch of snapjackwireless.com, an online store that provides cell phone users with a better way to purchase used and refurbished mobile phones and new accessories. Customers enjoy significant savings on quality brand-name devices without the requirement of lengthy cell phone contracts.

“With the growing number of cell phones that are being discarded and reprocessed each year – and the long-term carrier contracts that users are tied into, we knew there was an opportunity to meet consumers’ needs while also helping the environment.” said Brent Oliver, president of Snapjack Wireless.

SnapjackWireless.com immediately becomes an essential online resource for consumers looking to purchase mobile devices and accessories. From their initial visit to Snapjackwireless.com, customers will find brand-name devices, competitive pricing, and a high-quality user experience. The site enables consumers to replace their cellular phone or other wireless device without signing an extended or new long-term contract. The new accessories offered by Snapjack Wireless include everything from cases and chargers to batteries and headsets – and everything in between.

The game-changing user experience found at Snapjackwireless.com was designed by Grand River Interactive and is built using the Magento ecommerce platform. In addition to user experience and site build, Grand River produced all creative elements for the site as well as designing promotional marketing materials.

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uVuMobile Delivers The Pentagon Channel to Mobile Phones Worldwide

uVuMobile™, Inc. ( UVUM.PK ), a mobility solutions and content aggregator, today announced that they have partnered with the Pentagon Channel to deliver live programming to video enabled mobile phones and military personnel around the world.

uVuMobile Delivers The Pentagon Channel to Mobile Phones Worldwide

The uVuMobile VXStream platform, which allows content providers like The Pentagon Channel to offer comprehensive suites of rich media to consumers, is providing soldiers on the move, and even loved ones at home, a new way of keeping up-to-date on the news and programming that affect their daily lives.

Members of the military community, including the Pentagon Channel’s audience of more than 2.6 million members of the U.S. armed forces, will be able to access live broadcasts of military news and information through their cell phones, anytime of day and in any worldwide location with a cellular connection. Thanks to the uVuMobile partnership, news updates and programming from the channel can be viewed at home and overseas on most video enabled feature phones – including Blackberries, Palms, Google’s Nexus One, and Windows Smartphones.

Utilizing the growing popularity of live video streaming to cell phones, this partnership furthers the mission of The Pentagon Channel. The channel, which was designed by the Department of Defense to enhance timely communications for members of the armed forces, provides 24-hour information and media to viewers, which include 1.4 million active duty service members, 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserves, and the 650,000 employees of the Department of Defense.

“We are excited to be working with The Pentagon Channel to deliver its programming to mobile phones, worldwide and to play a role in ensuring our troops are informed with the latest military news on a real-time basis,” said Richard Seifert, President and CEO, uVuMobile. “Our VXStream platform will ensure a high quality and robust experience to the millions of military and civilian personnel who view this valuable resource.”

Subscribers to the video streaming service will have access to the entire slate of The Pentagon.

Channel programming including: Department of Defense news briefings, Daily News Updates, Fit for Duty, The American Veteran, The Grill Sergeants, Pacific Report, interviews with top Defense officials and short stories about the work of our military.

Users can access the new service by going to http://www.uvumobile.com/tpc on their mobile phone.

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The Proposed Merger Of Orange And T-Mobile Will Create The UKs Largest Mobile Phone Company Serving A Total Of 28 Million Customers

The proposed merger of Orange and T-mobile will create the UKs largest mobile phone company serving a total of 28 million customers, swiftly relegating O2 and Vodaphone to second and third place in the market. In the immediate future, this could spell good news for consumers and should serve to create fierce competition amongst, what will become, three major providers. However, going forward this completely changes the landscape of mobile phone industry in the UK, with just three organisations dominating around 90% of the industry.

Jason Glynn, communications expert at uSwitch.com, comments: “On the surface this could be perceived as fantastic news for mobile phone customers in the UK. Merging these two companies will ‘plug the network gap’, ultimately providing a flawless network coverage across the country for these consumers. With a combined 37% market share, this new major player will now have every opportunity to provide some really competitive deals and give the UKs lethargic mobile phone industry the wake-up call it needs.

“Generally speaking, having just three organisations dominating 90% of one sector is not always a positive move. However, the mobile phones sector is one of the few that will actually benefit from this. This new organisation will not have to make huge investments into customer acquisition and all funding can be ploughed into investment into new services, exploiting new technologies and competing more aggressively with O2 and Vodafone. T-Mobile has been struggling to compete against its larger rivals for some time and last month admitted it had lost 87,000 UK customers in the three months to the end of June so this couldn’t come at a better time for them.

About uSwitch:
uSwitch.com is a free, impartial online and telephone-based comparison and switching service, helping consumers compare prices on gas, electricity, water, heating cover, home telephone, broadband, digital television, mobile phones, personal finance products and car insurance.

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Tesco Mobile Has Unveiled A Brand New Credit Crunch-Beating Unlimited Tariff, Allowing People To Talk And Text As Much As They Want

Tesco Mobile has unveiled a brand new credit crunch-beating unlimited tariff, allowing people to talk and text as much as they want without worrying about their monthly phone bills.

Tesco Mobile

The SIM only, pay monthly deal gives people unlimited minutes, texts and browsing for just £30 a month. With everyone watching their wallets, people need not worry about going over their free minutes and getting a large, unexpected bill at the end of the month.

Research from Tesco Mobile showed that in the current financial climate, worry over the cost of monthly phone bills has led to people spending less time on the phone to friends and relatives.

59% of Brits said they would spend more time on their mobiles if they had unlimited minutes and over half of all respondents (52%) claimed they had friends or relatives who cut short phone calls to keep costs down. Nearly half admitted doing this themselves (49%) despite it being voted one of the most annoying breaches of ‘mobile phone etiquette’.

With over 85% of the population now owning a mobile phone, mobile use has developed its own ‘rules’ for behaviour. Asked to name the most unacceptable and annoying mobile phone habits, the majority of people surveyed cited habits such as calling someone and then hanging up so they have to return the call, texting people to ask them to call back and not picking up voicemails to save money as the most irritating.

Lance Batchelor, Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Mobile and Tesco Telecoms said: “Ours is the only pay monthly deal that gives consumers truly unlimited calling and texting. You don’t have to choose if you’re a chatterbox or a texter, you can use your mobile as much as you want without having to worry about the cost.

“We believe that this will change the way people use their mobile phones. The new tariff aims to give people a simple, guaranteed way to have unlimited calls, texts and browsing. It takes away the concern and uncertainty about your monthly bill as it’s fixed at £30, meaning you can talk, text and browse freely, and avoid the annoying habits revealed by our research.”

– Unlimited tariff is subject to a fair use limit of £500
– Research undertaken by YouGov for Tesco Mobile, July 2009

About Tesco Mobile:
Tesco Mobile is a 50-50 joint venture between Tesco and O2. The company sells exclusively Tesco Mobile branded services in Tesco stores, online and through Tesco Direct, across the UK using O2’s technology and network. The service gives Tesco Mobile customers value, simplicity and choice, offering them simple, great value tariffs with rewards such as free credit, free sim cards and Clubcard points. Tesco Mobile has been voted as the number one mobile network for customer satisfaction by Which Magazine (May ’09).

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Webtel.mobi – ultra low cost mobile calling and texting service

Webtel.mobi provides a service which cuts the cost of mobile calling and texting services by up to 80%, while allowing consumers to use their own mobile phones and numbers for the calls and texts.

Other than this, there is no requirement for users to sign up to a traditional mobile provider contract to use the service, and it’s free to join.

Webtel.mobi is accessible from all web-enabled mobile phones, but the internet is only used to initiate the calls or texts. The actual calls and texts go over a Next Generation Telephony Switch when initiated. This means that unlike VoIP-over-mobile services, there are no significant internet data-transfer costs for Webtel.mobi calls or texts.

Other than cutting the standard costs for mobile calling and texting by up to 80%, Webtel.mobi also cuts roaming costs dramatically, or removes them totally.

 

Consumers using Webtel.mobi to make calls while roaming are only charged the cost of an incoming roaming call by their own network provider. Incoming roaming charges usually only cost a quarter of outgoing roaming charges, so there is up to a 75% saving for consumers on roaming call costs – as well as the saving of up to 80% on the actual call cost.

Consumers using Webtel.mobi for text messaging while roaming are not charged any roaming fee at all on their text message by their own network provider, and therefore achieve a 100% saving on roaming text costs – as well as the 80%+ average saving on the cost of sending roaming text messages.

Through its online initiation system,Webtel.mobi provides exactly the same mobile functions for calling and texting as any other mobile provider, but its service is available in all countries, and on all mobile phones regardless of the consumers network operator. All that is required is that the mobile phone must be able to access the internet – which over 90% of mobile phones in circulation can do.

Call costs are lower in cost that many standard mobile providers for local calls, and much lower than most mobile provider for local texts.

For international or roaming calls and texts, Webtel.mobi’s costs are much lower than the standard costs for most other mobile operators.

Because of its versatile and easy-to-use platform, Webtel.mobi has seen usage of its system increase in both the private and corporate sectors, among all age and income groups, and in all countries internationally.

Launched in English in November 2008, it is scheduled to be made available in 20 languages by the end of Q1 2009. Already one of the largest mobile providers internationally in terms of geographic reach, its multilingual platform is being implemented to make it one of the largest mobile providers by international customer base in 2009.

A video on the Webtel.mobi product can be seen on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiheLVVE5qw


Webtel.mobi is available from all web-enabled mobile phones at:
http://www.webtel.mobi The Webtel.mobi site can also be used from desktop computers for landline to landline calls.


A desktop computer Help and FAQ site for Webtel.mobi is available at:
http://www.webtel.mobi/pc

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