Mobiles and Sex!

Just when we thought we’d heard the worst, drops this counter intuitive (at least I would have thought) gem of information in our mail box.

“We all know that digital devices such as smartphones have changed our behaviour fundamentally. A recent study suggests that our affliction with mobile phones may even endanger the continuity of our species.

The data published by Harris Interactive suggests that U.S. adults are more willing to live without sex than to get rid of their beloved mobile phones. Let’s hope that this is not actually the case, otherwise we might one day run out of people we can text, call or share cute cat pictures with.”

An interesting American info snippet - and so close to Valentines Day.

An interesting American info snippet – and so close to Valentines Day.

Who’d a thought!

Mobile Data Security: You and your Work Place

It’s a tricky business. You only want to carry one device but what if you lose it and it’s not only got your personal data, but that of your employers business or your own business? Letting personal data go free is bad enough, but that of your customers, your suppliers, your business finances….Doesn’t bear thinking about? Or does it?

Of course it does. If you’re an employee it’s certainly going to occur to you employer – eventually if not immediately. Margaret Rock of Mobilemedia flushes out some of the ramifications. The Hidden Risks of Using Your Phone for Work – Mobiledia

It would appear that employers do have cause for concern. Not everyone is as careful as they should be about controlling or protecting mobile phone data. Any reasonably smart company person in charge of ICT is going to be aware of this fact and be pretty ruthless about protecting the company’s IP, quite possibly at the expense of your personal data. This would certainly be so at the time of phone or tablet loss.

The Observers Jill Insley via The Raw Story: There seems to be a culture of ‘it couldn’t happen to me’. A stolen phone can provide all the password.. Report: Smart phone users aren’t smart about data security on their www.rawstory.com10/8/12

But BYOD can also be a good idea from the employer perspective and it may prove to inevitable in the long term. Then it becomes a question of not “how do we stop it” but more how do we control it and protect our sensitive information.

Patrick Lambert of TechRepublic takes a company view.

Financial, regulatory, data security risks. First, what are some of the things that can happen when an employee brings a phone, tablet or laptop into work — something that has a lot of processing power and capabilities? BYOD: Risks, rewards, and how to deal with it | TechRepublic www.techrepublic.com11/1/12

The problem is, that whilst as phone or tablet owners we might think we’re on top of our data security we might not be as knowledgeable as we think we are. Take a look at this from Brian Prince of eWeek. 100K Google Android Apps Pose Potensial Security Risk: Bit9 Report – eWeek

The common device across both work and play is an almost inevitable consequence of mobile device and app development. There’s bound to be way of making it work. If your a business protecting its intellectual property you’re going to have to impose protection on any BYOD implementation. If you’re an employee, you’ll need to accept that at least part of your phone or tablet is not going to be wholly yours.

You may also need to accept that, in the event of loss, a master swipe from the boss will remove your data as well as the company’s.


Time to Consider the Environment

At Fonebank we, like some others in the phone recycling industry, aim for zero landfill. It may be harder than you think to make sure that happens right through the chain but you’ve got to keep the pressure on.

Why bother recycling your phone? Well, it’s one of the major landfill polluters if that’s where it ends up. The US has a major problem. Greg Voakes blogs for Forbes and The Huffington Post. As he points out in his Business Insider role  – Most people use a cell phone for less than a year, and if those of us planning on buying a shiny new iPhone or Galaxy S3 can be convinced to recycle our old phones, the better off we’ll all be .The Lesser-Known Facts About E-Waste Recycling – Business Insider

Often a barrier to recycling is data security. This is particularly so if you’re wanting to sell your phone so that a refurbisher can re-purpose the phone, say for sale to a needy person in a less fortunate country; there’s that concern about where your data or company’s data may end up.

Factory reset doesn’t really do it. Very often that process does not remove all your own data. At Fonebank Australia you can request that Fonebank erase your data securely, which is done with a very special software set. A certificate of erasure is issued and the process is very safe, an important factor for companies in the finance or insurance sectors or where companies are liable if client personal data is publicly released.

There’s a lot of merit in your old phones being redeployed as aids to business and personal life in third world countries. Secure erasure makes that possibility more readily available.

Windows Phone 8. It’s Really Nearly Here

HTC MIcrosoft Windows Phone 8

HTC Phone 8


Microsoft has sent an invite saying that they will release more details about Windows Phone 8 on October 30 in Sydney. So, what do we know already?

Taking account of the dateline, the US appears to be getting the details around the same time as Australia. If you’re willing to bear with the US context, Christina DesMarais of TechHive has some interesting cross manufacture information.


For an Australian commercial perspective it’s interesting to hear that food manufacturer, Sara Lee has chosen Windows Phone 8 over Blackberry, iPhone or Android. Quite a few companies (Woolworths, Qantas among them) have abandoned Blackberry and may well, like, Sara Lee, find the solution in Phone 8. Good for the phone recycle industry (yes, such as

PC Advisor had this observation about the Sara Lee story, a key part being the more ready integration of mobile services with core, Microsoft systems. Windows is Sara Lee’s favourite mobile OS flavour – PC Advisor

You can be there’ll be a wide range of Phone 8 phones coming along very soon. Mobicity has been quick off the mark with an opportunity to pre-order its first offering. Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone. Samsung ATIV S 16GB – Windows Phone 8 Powered Smartphone with 4.8-inch … – PRWire

Before you choose what your phone upgrade system will be, another view of the current offering comes from that long standing pool of expertise ZDNet. Mathew Miller writes that it’s Windows Phone 8 decision time: Samsung, HTC, or Nokia. Next Monday we will see the official Microsoft Windows Phone 8 full reveal and at this time I am planning on making the day trip down to San Francisco to see everything in person and get some …Windows Phone 8 decision time: Samsung, HTC, or Nokia – ZDNet

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 could be real game changers. Certainly that’s what Microsoft is hoping. In 12 months or so, we’ll all know the answer.


Nokia & Windows 8: Time to Change from iPhone?

Have Nokia and Microsoft now got it right. In the US pre-orders seem to be staring in October. In Australia, what are going to be the options? The info below may illuminate a little.

Report: US Windows Phone 8 Pre-orders To Begin On Oct-21st .

According to The Verge, Pre-orders for the first range of Windows Phone 8 devices including Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X will begin in the US on October 21st. AT&T will take pre-orders and deliver the devices in the following weeks. Also the AT&T Windows 8 tablets

Australian Windows Phone handsets to hit stores on the 28th ....

Australian website AusWinPhone has explored a rumour suggesting Nokia Lumia 920 phones will be available at retailers on the 28th October.

Nokia announces Australian carriers: Telstra gets the 920, Vodafone www.engadget.com9/27/12

Nokia’s started its world tour of local announcements in Australia, letting slip that the Lumia 920 is coming to Telstra’s LTE network down. “So many consumers and businesses have already made the switch to Nokia Lumia and with the new range, we believe many more will follow suit. “The industry tide is turning and that’s good news for us, Microsoft and our partners,” he said. The Nokia Lumia 920 is the first Nokia smartphone that supports Telstra’s ultra-fast 4G

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 for Aussies | WhistleOut Blog

Nokia today confirmed that its new Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones will be coming to Australian providers with availability, pricing and colours to be announced at the end of October. Both phones are part of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 launch. The 820 is more of a mid-range device with an 8MP non-PureView camera, 4.3 inch 480×800 WVGA display and the same dual-core 1.5GHz processor. Both the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 have 4G LTE support and will

The smartphone options just keep on increasing and to change a mobile phone is becoming a major decision. Part of that decision is how to recycle or re-purpose your old phone. Whatever way you choose it’s great to pick the path that gets a useful phone into the hands of someone who needs it.


iPhone 6 Around the Corner

iPhone 5The iPhone 6 is probably not far away, but probably not just around the next corner.

It’s over a week since the iPhone 5 was launched. Possibly less than a year since you bought your now out of date iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 5 is thinner and lighter, it’s got a bigger screen (although not wider) and it’s got greater technical capability. How can you afford it? How can you resist it?

Well, a smart move might be to stick with the mobile phone you already have on the safe assumption that whatever handset you buy tomorrow will be out of date within the year. Don’t fix what isn’t broke.

But if you want to buy the iPhone 5 you could:

  • Salve your conscience by giving your old phone to charity or to a relation or friend who doesn’t have a smart phone.
  • Be forward thinking and keep your old iPhone 4S or whatever for emergencies, such as breaking or losing your new iPhone 5. A heap of people (up to a third) do lose their mobile phones.
  • Be an optimist, keep it in a safe place because it might be worth a lot in the future as an historical example of the development of the mobile phone.
  • Give your pocket a break, sell your old mobile phone to a refurbisher or put it on e-bay; get something back for the old Apple iPhone to help mitigate the cost of the new Apple iPhone.

Whatever you do, if you’re getting rid of your old mobile phone make sure that it goes to a place where it will be recycled environmentally. And, let’s face it, most of us won’t resist the urge to get the new model so the least we can do is consider the environment as we make the change.