One of the major themes I'm hearing here at the Mobile World Congress trade show is that handset makers across the board are focusing on affordable smartphones.
BARCELONA, Spain- The GSM Association (GSMA) revealed mobile money services are enjoying rapid growth globally at the Mobile World Congress trade show, with 24 million new users accessing services in the year to end-June 2013, and the number of registered accounts almost trebling over two years.
Mozilla is partnering with Shanghai-based Spreadtrum to help drive down the costs of chipsets for smartphones and make the $25 price point a reality. In addition, the company announced that its Firefox OS will expand to 12 more markets (on top of the existing 15 markets). Those new markets initially include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina and Ecuador.
Facebook's $16 billion deal for over-the-top messaging service WhatsApp likely will not have a major impact on U.S. carriers and other Western operators because most have begun offering unlimited voice and text messaging. However, the action could put pressure on carriers in emerging markets, according to industry analysts.
The latest versions of the Apple iPhone went on sale in Italy, Russia, Spain and more than 25 additional countries on Friday, but analysts warned that the new iPhone 5s and 5c models are still too expensive in many emerging markets including Russia, which has just reopened its doors to the Apple smartphone after previously giving it the cold shoulder.
Rupert Wood The volume of mobile data traffic reached 8.1 exabytes worldwide in 2012, according to Analysys Mason's " Wireless network traffic worldwide: forecasts and analysis...
Growth in non-cash payment volumes in emerging economies is outpacing that of the developed markets, with Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa (CEMEA) and Emerging Asia leading the charge, acc
The next wave of mobile Internet users will be from urban areas of emerging markets, according to latest research from Ovum. The lack of fixed Internet infrastructure in these markets and the significant purchasing power of urban residents are pushing both end users and service providers toward mobile broadband.
Emerging countries have always had myriad challenges for mobile operators and other telecom companies to overcome.
Smartphone sales overtook feature phones sales globally for the first time in the second quarter, according to research firm Gartner. The move was forecast to happen this year.