Weekly Cell Phone News in Review–October 20, 2015

Pepsi Launching Mobile Phone in China
PepsiCo Inc. plans to launch a line of mobile phones and accessories in China in the next few months, a move that’s both a bit of novel marketing and a sign of the rising commodization of the mobile phone market. The company, best known for chips and soda, is working with a licensing partner to sell Pepsi-branded Android handsets that carry a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 1.7GHz processor and 16GB of storage. The model is known as the Pepsi P1. It’s expected to cost about $205. Story by Todd C. Frankel for The Washington Post.

New CPR Guidelines Urge Bystanders to Use Cellphones, Mobile Apps to Save Lives
If you are giving CPR, call 911 and set the phone on speaker–that step is one of several suggested under new guidelines aimed at boosting survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest. The guidelines urge rescuers to use mobile phones so the dispatchers can provide instructions and work with bystanders to check for breathing and get the precise location. They also encourage communities to consider using mobile apps to alert people trained in CPR when someone nearby is in cardiac arrest. One app that connects dispatchers to CPR-trained bystanders is PulsePoint. The latest American Heart Association guidelines, released Thursday, Oct. 15, aim to improve care for the 530,000 people who suffer a cardiac arrest each year in the U.S. Story by Sue Thomas for Michigan Live.

Mobile Banking to Exceed One Billion Users By End of 2015
Mobile banking is sweeping across the world. Over one billion people, or one in five adults, will have used mobile banking by the end of 2015. The new study from Juniper Research also forecasts two billion mobile banking users by 2020, representing 37% of adults around the globe. Online banking users are projected to cover 50% of all bank users in the world some time in 2016. Juniper predicts that 19% of global household bills will be paid through computers or mobile devices this year, indicating a strong growth in the online payment sector as well. According to a survey released in September by the American Bankers Association, 39% of Americans and 45% of mobile device owners use mobile banking at least once a month. Story by Lynn Oldshue for LowCards.com.

Teen Cell Phone Use at Bedtime Leads to Insomnia, Poor Performance in School
If you’ve told your kids to switch off the cell phone at night, now you have some science to back you up. A new study says teenage cell phone use at bedtime is linked to insomnia and poor school performance. In the study, 62 percent of the kids say they use their smartphones after bedtime. 57 percent say they text and tweet messages while in bed, and 21 percent said they wake up if a text comes in. The study concludes 61 percent saw their schoolwork impacted. Nearly 66 percent said it affected their sleep. Story by Toni Yates for WPVI.

9 Simple Ways to Cut the Cost of Your Cell Phone Bill
Chances are you’re reading this with a cell phone next to you or right in your pocket. And if you have a smartphone, like 64 percent of Americans do according to Pew Research Center, you might even be reading this on your phone. But the high costs of cell phone plans are making many people uncomfortable. Almost half of Americans have a cell phone bill of at least $100 per month, according to a recent CouponCabin study. That can take a hefty portion of your budget, and you might not even need to pay it. Experts estimate $50 billion is thrown away each year on plan features people don’t need or use. So, if you’re looking to save money on your cell phone plan, or at the very least get the most bang for your buck, here are some of the best ways to lower your cell phone bill. Story by Debbie Anderson for Go Banking Rates.

Quarter of Europeans are Active Mobile Banking Users
A quarter of consumers in Europe are active users of mobile banking, but 32% still don’t believe it is safe and secure. According to research from Forrester, 25% of European consumers are now active users of mobile banking apps, compared with 9% in 2011. The firm predicts that mobile banking will “displace online banking for everyday tasks”. This opinion is backed research of 80,000 people by Bain & Company in 2014, which showed that mobile is the most dominant form of banking in the world. The study revealed that banking using a mobile is taking over online banking via a computer, which decreased by 3% in 2013. Story by Karl Flinders for Computer Weekly.

Boost Mobile Picks Up Two New Prepaid Phones for Under $150
Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile is adding a few new smartphones to its contract-free lineup. And you won’t have to pay very much to get your hands on them: they’re both available for less than $150. First up is the HTC Desire 626s, available for $130. It’s running Android 5.1 Lollipop on a 5-inch, 720p display, and offers an 8-megapixel rear shooter. The Desire 626s is actually a variant of the HTC Desire 626–it offers a bit less storage and RAM than the original. The Huawei Union is less impressive, but it’s also less expensive than the Desire 626s, coming it at $80. It, too, is running Android 5.1 Lollipop, but it’s got a 4.5-inch touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera. Story by Nate Ralph for CNet.

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John Oldshue is the creator of SaveOnPhone.com. He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers long distance and cell phone topics for SaveOnPhone.