iPhone 5 released but…..

apple logoThe new incarnation of the iPhone, the iPhone 5 has been shown to the press and public, but does it have the “wow” factor? I have been reading some articles and the tech specs of the new device and for me personally it does not have anything that would make me rush out and buy one.

The main change is in the USB connection that is much smaller than the current one, this means you will need to purchase a “Lightening” adapter at £18 to allow you to connect any 3rd party hardware you have, such as speakers.

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“The device’s new size allows it to display an extra row of app icons on its home screen.

The firm said it was 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. However, it does not feature an NFC (near field communication) chip to allow it to make touchless payments”

More from the article at BBC Technology News HERE

Now there will be many buyers for the new iPhone as Apple do have a core client base that will buy anything they release, I know some devote Apple users who have iPhones original,  2, 3, 3GS, 4 and 4GS, similar with iPad. While its not wrong its a personal choice and I do this myself in sticking with new releases of Window OS, but are Apple innovating enough to make you open your wallet for this new shiny gadget? especially as we all know in 4-6 months time there will be an iPhone 5GS.

I don’t knock the iPhone as its a superb entrance into the “smartphone” arena, but there are other choices and some are more innovative than this new iPhone, that are now more easy to use, just take the Windows Mobile series, back when Windows Mobile 6 was out it was not an easy OS to use, now with Windows Mobile 7 and soon 8, its much easier and offers new exciting ways to use a mobile.

Choice is yours but I would like to hear your thoughts on not just the new iPhone 5 but the other mobile OS’s?

O2 Wallet

O2 have today released information of their offering in the mobile electronic area, with “O2 Wallet”, they are to release an app for this for various mobile phones. As an O2 customer in the UK, I like this sort of new ideas on how to shop and this look forward to testing out when released.

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“O2 today announced the launch of O2 Wallet – a seamless and secure digital wallet service that will deliver the benefits of mobile money to more UK consumers than any other product or service currently available.

O2 Wallet uniquely combines the following functions:

  • Money Message – O2 Wallet enables consumers to securely transfer money to any UK mobile phone number as easily as sending a text. Money Messages allow consumers to make daily transfers of between £1 and £500; and will make lending, borrowing or repaying money to friends and family easier than ever.
  • Shopping via your mobile – O2 Wallet makes shopping via your mobile a breeze. A comprehensive barcode and search engine function compares the prices of millions of branded goods from more than 100 online retailers. In addition, consumers will enjoy unique daily discounts and deals via the ‘My Offers’ icon. At launch these will include discounts and money-off offers from retailers such as Debenhams, Comet, Sainsbury’s Direct, and Tesco Direct.
  • Your phone as your wallet – O2 Wallet enables consumers to digitise their existing debit and credit cards making it quick and easy to pay for things via their mobile. Customers can load money into their O2 Wallet account via one of their debit cards, by receiving a Money Message or with cash at more than 30,000 locations including O2 stores, PayPoint and epay retail outlets. O2 Wallet’s ‘transaction history’ helps consumers keep on top of their expenditure with texts alerts when the account balance changes; a 30-day payment history on the app; and a 12-month history online.
  • O2 Money Account Card – O2 Wallet offers both a physical and a virtual O2 Money Account Card. Both are based on a Visa prepaid account making them ideal for customers wanting to manage their finances as they can only spend what they put in. The ‘virtual’ O2 Money Visa Account Card is perfect for online shopping. Consumers can also apply for the physical O2 Money Visa Account Card to pay for things on the high street or withdraw cash from ATMs. This is a contactless card allowing tap-and-go payments at more than 100,000 contactless payment points across the UK; it’s fast, easy and convenient.”

Read the full press release at O2 HERE

EU Acts to end Mobile Phone Roaming “rip-off”

banner_roamingI think this is great news in this day and age and especially as we are in the main mostly using smart phones like Apple iPhones, Microsoft  Windows Phone, Google Android and Blackberry’s which are all heavy users of data. Under new rules agreed by the European Parliament, consumers will pay no more than 29 cents (24p) per minute to make a call and 70 cents (59p) per megabyte for data downloads across Europe.

“Charges to fall from 1 July; consumers will be able to choose roaming service provider.

The European Parliament and member states have reached an agreement on new rules that will further reduce the cost of using a mobile telephone abroad within the European Union.

The legislation replaces price caps for mobile roaming that were first introduced in the EU in 2007 but which expire at the end of June this year.

The price caps are significantly lower than those proposed by the Commission in July 2011, although they are not as low as those put forward by MEPs.”

Read the full article at EuropeanVoice.com HERE