Well according to Peter Keenan who happens to be the CEO of Zapp it is or will be when he hopes to introduce the new system, which due to be launched in the summer 2014. By this time the company is confident it will have enabled 40% of bank accounts and half of all merchants to use the Zapp infrastructure.
The new system claims it will enable consumers to make purchases in shops and restaurants using their smartphone, by turning their bank account into a form of electronic money wallet and that doing so will be more secure than using a credit card. Zapp is intended to be built into banks’ existing mobile apps and by doing so it will turn them into instant payment systems.
The security angle comes from the fact that when you pay by credit card you have to hand over the card to the merchant giving them the payment details, which of course is all that a crooked fraudster needs to make payments. By using the Zapp system, Peter Keenan claims that that customers using Zapp would hand over no information to the merchant, instead downloading an electronic ‘token’ which pushes the payment direct from their bank account. Even if a fraudster managed to get hold of this electronic token, all that would happen is that they would pay that particular bill and noting more.
Is it a gimmick or does it really make using the mobile phone a better experience, LG seem to think that the new curved smartphone that they have introduced is optimised for the average face, to deliver improved voice and sound quality. The South Korean manufacturer goes on to claim that the shape of the new phone actually increases the sound level by 3dB compared to a typically flat smartphone.
Well the curved shape does make it more comfortable to hold offering a good viewing angle ideal for watching videos or playing games, fitting into the users back pocket as well! The important bits of the phone are that it runs on a 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and 2GB of memory; this can be extended to an impressive 32GB. To fit into the phone’s shape the battery is also curved and has enough power to last for a full day or more of use.
In common with the LG G2, the G Flex has buttons on the rear this means that it makes it less likely that the user will accidentally switch off the phone; also the volume can be adjusted with the index finger while talking, without any interruption to the conversation.
The launch of this phone follows on from Samsung introducing the Galaxy Round earlier which also has a curved screen. Both Samsung and LG’s curved phones are only available in the South Korean market as the companies seek to see if this type of phone will catch on with the public.
The LG G2 is LG’s latest smartphone aimed at the high-end market. Expect it to rival the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and iPhone 5S, so what does the G2 offer?
The LG G2 features a huge 5.2 inch full HD (1080×1920 pixel) display, making it one of the best screen currently on the market. 4G compatibility is as standard, as is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, NFC and an infrared port that can be used to control various devices around the house.
A 13 megapixel camera is mounted on the rear, as is the volume and power button, which is unusual for a mobile phone design. LG says that the placement of the buttons has come from extensive market research and are easily accessible while you’re using the device. Whether this will work in the real world though remains to be seen.
Running the latest version of the Android OS (4.2.2), the LG G2 also features a super-fast quad-core 2.26 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, although the microSD card slot has been omitted meaning that if you need extra storage you’ll have to go for the 32GB version instead of the 16GB pushing up the price even further.
On the face of it, the LG G2 looks like a decent device that could make some decent headway into the cluttered high-end smartphone market, but as always the proof is in the pudding.
The LG G2 is available now on a range of contracts and tariffs.
Why do people queue for days to buy the latest Apple gadget, we know that for some, if it’s an Apple product they will buy it even if there is a better product made by another company next to it on the shelf.
Days before the official launch of the iPhone 5s on Friday 20th September saw queues building up outside mobile phone stores so that they could be the first to get their hands on the new model, one reason being was that Apple would not allow people to pre-order the phone, why we wonder.
Well then was it worth the wait and for some camping out on pavement waiting for the big day? Well firstly let us say that it has an identical design to its predecessor and also software available on most of the iPhone brands so we think that upgrading from an iPhone 5 is just not worth it. However, if you have an older iPhone or maybe you want to join the Apple family, then with fantastic power, excellent camera and fingerprint scanner this is a great option to consider.
The good points are that it is very powerful, has a sturdy and luxurious look, the IOS 7 software is simple to use and has some handy new additions, the camera is very good too and the fingerprint scanner works well.
The bad points we feel are that it is very expensive, is an identical design to iPhone 5 and might disappoint those looking to upgrade, has no removable battery or expandable storage, and the display remains same size and resolution.
To summarise, if you’re well and truly ensconced in Android land well the iPhone is not for you, for a start the screen size is still physically smaller than the vast majority of top-end Android phones and while some iOS 7 additions to the iPhone are already on Android phones, items such as home screen widgets are still absent.
Mobile phones are used everyday by millions of people all around the world. With the recent advances in technology, we can do even more with our mobile phones than just simply use them to make phone calls and send text messages. We can surf the internet, look up information, watch videos, or simply chat to one another online using the internet connections that service providers, such as Vodafone, 3 and giffgaff, supply in a designated contract.
The mobile phone industry is continually competing with itself, with companies coming up with new, innovative ideas, and rivalling companies are having to face the challenge and come up with equally good ideas. Many companies try to cover a specific niche market, so that they might stand out from the crowd.
Most phones have been designed around a specific market. The Sony Xperia mobile phones, for example, have been designed specifically for mobile gaming, with some models even having a slide-out game pad. The Samsung Galaxy has been designed with a much bigger screen than your traditional mobile phone, which is useful for artists on the go, or businessmen and women who need to convey that new idea they have been thinking about.
The Apple iPhone is revered for its well implemented voice recognition system, Siri. Able to search the internet for specific information, give you directions to a specific destination, or play you a song from your music library, Siri can do pretty much anything you ask, at the touch of a button.
Have you ever lost your phone only to find it down the back of the sofa or in your dog’s basket? You’re not alone, mobileinsurance.co.uk has sifted through its database to find the weirdest places mobile phones have turned up after being reported as lost.
Here are the top 10 places that mobile phone users have found their devices:
1. Inside a wall – a builder from Stockport withdrew his claim for a lost phone after one of his customers contacted his company and told them that they could hear a phone ringing inside their new extension.
2. In a bale of hay – a farmer found his lost phone in a hay bale after he lost it while working. The phone had a few scratches but still worked perfectly.
3. In the fridge – a woman from Birmingham retracted her claim for a lost phone after finding it in the fridge next to a bottle of milk.
4. In the flower bed – a keen gardener from York withdrew his claim for a lost phone after finding it in one of his flowerbeds that he had recently planted.
5. In the hamster cage – a dad in his 30’s found his lost mobile phone in his son’s hamster cage. It was found when the dad was cleaning out the cage, although his son didn’t admit to putting it there.
6. Under the car bonnet – A young driver retracted his lost phone claim after he found it under his car bonnet. It is thought that he placed it there when filling up the screen wash. Despite driving around in the car for a number of days the phone was still where he left it.
7. At the library – an avid reader from Cambridge was reunited with her phone after the local library phoned her at home saying that they had found her phone wedged between two books.
8. At the petrol pump – A woman from Plymouth found her phone a week after she had lost it when she went to fill her car up with fuel. It was sitting on top of the same pump she had used before next to a promotional leaflet.
9. In the toilet cistern – a 40 year old man from Liverpool found his phone after doing some maintenance on his toilet cistern. Unfortunately the phone was water damaged and had ceased working; he still doesn’t know how it got there.
10. In a coffin – an undertaker from London retracted his claim for a lost phone after finding it inside a coffin that was due to be buried that day.
The Motorola DEFY+ is a budget handset with a lot of extra feature only seen on high-end smartphones. This compact device measures just 107 x 59 x 13.4mm and features a 3.7 inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera for pictures and video and comes with Android 2.3 as standard.
One of the best features of the Motorola DEFY+ is that it is dust tight and waterproof up to 1 meter, making it a great device for those who like to explore. The strong and durable Corning Gorilla Glass protects the touchscreen, while the port covers keep out the elements.
There is 2GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for expanding memory up to 32GB, and 3G and Wi-Fi are standard keeping you connected on the move. The Motorola DEFY+ is available in black or white and the Google Play store gives you access to your favourite apps, music and video.
The Motorola DEFY+ isn’t going to win any speed contests, but if you looking for a budget handset that is rugged enough to keep up with your lifestyle then this is the device for you. The Motorola DEFY+ is available now for around £100 SIM free.
Huawei are relatively new to the smartphone scene, but have been manufacturing wireless routers and modems for years and hopes to bring some of that knowledge to its smartphones. The Huawei Ascend P6 is currently the world’s thinnest smartphone at just 6.18mm thick and has a similar design to the iPhone with an aluminium edge and flat glass screen.
Similarities aside, the Huawei Ascend P6 features a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory, but that can be expanded by up to 32GB via the built-in microSD card slot. Other features include an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash on the rear and a 5 megapixel camera up front.
Running the latest Android OS (4.2.2 Jelly Bean), the Huawei Ascend P6 has access to all your favourite apps, movies and music through the Google Play store and you can put your own music and videos onto the device through the included USB cable. NFC, GPS and Wi-Fi are also standard and the device is available in three colours, black, white and pink.
The Huawei Ascend P6 definitely has the specs to rival the big boys, but only time will tell if this device breaks into the Western market.
The Huawei Ascend P6 is available for free on contracts from just £17 per month and for around £300 SIM free.
Finding the right handset and operating system for you is often only half of the task of purchasing a new mobile phone. Instead of simply settling for the first contract you find that suits your choice of handset and your requirements, it is worthwhile investigating the different deals that mobile phone providers have to offer. These deals are often specific to handsets but they are typically tailored to help you get the best possible use out of the handset. For example, if you are looking to purchase a Blackberry Z10 phone, you will want to make sure that the deal you obtain enables you to get the most out of the handset and its features.
However, it is important to be aware that the deal which you have had for your HTC mobile phone handset will not suit your Blackberry. They are two very different phones and although they do have a certain amount of common features, it is worthwhile looking into handset-specific deals as they are more likely to offer you a better price for what it is that you want to use your mobile phone handset.
As part of their review of the latest handsets our experts look at the range of different deals which are on offer from mobile phone providers. They consider the pros and cons of each deal and which of the latest handsets has the best deals around, as well as the finer points of each deal and the potential pitfalls of those which may seem too good to be true.
The HTC One XL is an Android smartphone that boasts an impressive 4.7inch vivid touchscreen, an 8 megapixel camera and 32GB of internal memory all wrapped up in a compact device. This smartphone comes with Android 4.0 as standard but can be upgraded to the latest operating system making it a great device for multi-tasking and super-fast browsing.
The HTC One XL also features Beats Audio which is great for listening to music and watching movies, and the HTC Sense UI creates a smooth and fluid operation. A secondary front mounted camera is also included for video calls and skype video.
This smartphone is 4G ready so you can take advantage of the super-fast 4G network, great for streaming and downloading music and movies, and with the app store you have access to thousands of apps, games and more all at your fingertips.
Although not as fast as the new HTC One, the HTC One XL is a great alternative and boasts most of the same features. It is available now from free on selected contracts.