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This week in Mobility-24th April 2015

April 24, 2015

Who’s ready for another week of exciting mobility news? If that’s you, you’re in the right place!

EE were back in the headlines this week launching their own 4G smartphone. At under £100 this is currently the UK’s cheapest 4G phone. Offering the Wi-Fi calling capability EE announced recently, this could be a real contender in regions with poor mobile signals. Meanwhile, Three have announced plans to enable voice calls over it’s 4G data network. ‘VoLTE’ will be available to about 1million customers this autumn, with the service planned to grow throughout 2016.

What are my other mobility highlights this week? Read on my friends…

  • Smashed phone screens could soon be a thing of the past with Ludwik Leiber’s new invention of ‘self-healing’ plastic. Known as vitrimers, these plastics move to a pliable state when heated. In theory, allowing fragments to become a whole again. Fascinating right?
  • A new unnamed phone is about to enter the mobile market which will let users dual-boot Android 5.0 and Windows 10 in one device. Elephone, a Chinese company, will release the handset in June. Perhaps this will see the death of the need for dual work and personal phones, giving BYOD another boost that IT departments can comfortably embrace too.
  • In a stated ambition to ‘manage anything with an IP’, Blackberry will be launching a new security certificate service that will offer security solutions to devices such as cars and smart meters. The company has announced it’s already secured a contract in the UK to issue security certificates to more than 104 million smart meters and home energy devices.

That’s it for this week folks. Are you excited at the prospect of never having to deal with a cracked phone screen again? Or maybe you’ll be first in line for an Android and Windows phone in one? Let me know in the comments below. Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below, or tweeting @Graham Franklin or @CiscoUKI.


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