Have you noticed that Google put Hangouts on iOS? And did you see that AT&T is saying the same thing to Google that they said to Apple about FaceTime and data plans...Do you think the billions into the network updates are not buying as much capacity as needed? At the same time the updates to GoogleTalk on Android are guess what? Hangouts. I got the notice today on my Google Nexus while sitting in the Virgin Clubhous airport lounge at Heathrow.
Vodafone in the UK added a new top up NFC based Swipe card. Pretty neat. You link it to your pre-paid account and get it swiped when you pay for a top up. No more entering numbers. They need this in more countries than the UK.
My SFR PayCard is still a challeng to add cash to it for France. Despite the promises that over 24,000 points of sale can be used to add credit, my trys around the Languedoc last week proved fruitless. SFR PR played the game of all answers from the web site. Major failure for MasterCard who is the back end provider of the service. Given they rolled this out over six months back you would think the field force would be more aware. Biggest failure though is you can't even top it up in an SFR store.
-- Andy Abramson