The Mobile Grenade

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This is a mobile special of The Weekly Grenade

Research ICT Africa did some research on prepaid mobile call costs, and found that South Africa ranks poorly in terms of affordability, as it ranked 30 out of the 46 African states researched.  It was also found out that Cell C had the cheapest call rates in South Africa, followed by 8ta, Vodacom and Virgin Mobile.  It was found that MTN has, by far, the most expensive call rates in the country.

Soon it will be legal for a traffic cop to snatch away your phone just like that, provided you were using it.  That’s right, Cape Town authorities are considering making a law where if you are caught using your phone whilst driving, you get a warning, then another warning and the third time you won’t be so lucky.  The traffic cop will have the right to confiscate your mobile phone.  The initiative is first being implemented in Cape Town, and if it’s successful, then it will be implemented nationwide.

Asha is a new brand of Nokia phones aimed at customers on a budget who still want to enjoy the features of smartphones.  The QWERTY range includes features such as fast internet access, integrated social networking, FM radio and music player.  The phones all support up to 32GB memory cards and up to 90% data compression when using the Nokia Web browser.

- The Asha 201 is an entry-level handset with e-mail, 52 hours music playback, quality loudspeaker, and is priced at R999.

- Mail for Exchange, 1GHz processor and Wi-Fi connectivity are all a part of the Asha 302.  It is equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera, 3.5G data speeds and WLAN, and you can get it for R1 399.

- With a 2.6” touchscreen, customisable home screen and lots of multimedia features, the Asha 303 is the cream of the crop of the range.  For the gamers, it even has Angry Birds Lite pre-installed.  A 3.2 megapixel camera, 1 GHz processor and WLAN are all part of the package for just R1 799.

Samsung will be unveiling the hotly anticipated Galaxy S III on the third of next month in the home of this year’s Olympics, London.

BlackBerry has released a list of statistics to highlight the developments on BlackBerry software.  The milestones were achieved by applications and developers at the end of 2011.  BlackBerry smartphone apps increased by 21%, whilst BBM-connected apps increased by 89%.

After 14 years of dominance in the global mobile industry, Nokia finally stepped down from the top spot.  The Finnish mobile company sold 83 million between January and March this year, whilst Samsung sold 88 million, making it the number one handset-maker in the world.  Nokia will however keep dominating the lower end of the market, but Samsung is keen on dominating the smartphone market.  Bow down to King Samsung…

Blackberry will be pouring out a series of updates over some of its apps:

-          BBM will have new exciting changes including a new selection of animated avatars as well as allowing users to quickly send voice notes.

-          Its Facebook app will now allow one to automatically share their Facebook status with their BBM contacts right from within the app.

-          Its Twitter app will also allow the user to automatically share their tweets with their BBM friends within the app.

-          Blackberry App World will enable users to update their BBM profiles automatically with the latest app they downloaded as well as their favourites or even all the apps they have installed on their phones.

-          New BBM Music friends can be recommended to users right from within the BBM Music app itself.  The new feature will also allow users to sample others’ songs before accepting new contacts on BBM Music.

-          With Blackberry Travel, you will now be able to share your travel plans with the entire BBM community or just a select number of BBM contacts.


Facts of the week:  76% of MXit male users are over 18

                             More males than females own smartphones in South Africa

     Vodacom and Cell C have the best mobile network speech quality in SA



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