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Voda plugs into Web 2.0 with Facebook app

UK-based mobile operator Vodafone began trialling an interesting service this week, one which enables any UK mobile user to send text messages from Facebook. Vodafone Connect to Friends is a Facebook plugin which allows users to send text and picture messages from their PC or laptop to anyone, even non-Facebook users. The smart thing is, [...]

Vodafone reshuffles, reorganises

UK-based mobile operator Vodafone announced a reshuffling of its top brass on Tuesday. As of October 1, Michel Combes will join Vodafone as CEO of the Europe Region unit. Combes comes over from French operation TDF, where he was chairman and CEO. He also has previous as senior management at France Telecom. Meanwhile the EMAPA [...]

Orange UK wins Eastern Europe MVNO deal

UK mobile operator Orange announce a new MVNO deal on Monday, which follows the tried and tested route of targeting a niche market segment overlooked by the mass market focus of the major players. The forthcoming Mobile Virtual Network Operator, Globalcell, will offer a service for Eastern Europeans living in the UK. Globalcell will offer [...]

UK gets pay as you go iPhone

UK carrier O2 has announced that Pay & Go will be available for the Apple iPhone 3G on September 16th with pricing at £349.99 for the 8GB model and £399.99 for the 16GB model. iPhone 3G Pay & Go customers will also receive inclusive unlimited data and wifi for 12 months following activation, services regularly [...]

NFC receives mobile boost

A six-month study focusing on consumer acceptance of near field communications (NFC) carried out by the UK’s largest mobile network operator, O2, has come out strongly in favour of the contactless technology. The O2 Wallet trial took place over six months between November 2007 and May 2008 and involved 500 triallists. It tested consumer demand [...]

Comes With Music goes live

UK high street mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse is taking pre-orders for Nokia devices pre-loaded with the Finnish handset maker’s Comes With Music platform. Nokia announced the subscription service – which unlike some rival offerings allows users to keep their music – in December 2007 and has been eagerly signing deals with leading record labels [...]

Apple rapped for misleading iPhone claims

Californian gadget maker Apple has caught flak from the UK’s advertising watchdog, over its claim that ‘all’ of the internet is accessible from the iPhone. In its TV ads, Apple claims, “all the parts of the internet are on the iPhone,” but consumers have complained the claim is misleading because the device does not support [...]

Vodafone rebuffs price hike criticism

The world’s biggest mobile operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, has countered claims that it is increasing call prices for already hard up Brits. On Tuesday, a number of UK newspapers reported on a tariff change that Vodafone said it warned its users about in July. The cost of a call outside of a customer’s [...]

Orange bundles laptop with mobile connection

UK mobile operator Orange has joined the ranks of high street retailers such as the Carphone Warehouse by bundling a laptop with its mobile broadband offering. Over the weekend, Orange unveiled the first machine to be offered as part of its ‘connected’ range, available from Orange shops. Consumers can now purchase a package consisting of [...]

Twitter priced out of UK mobile market

Microblogging and social networking tool Twitter has pulled the plug on part of its UK mobile service, citing the high prices charges by UK operators. As of Thursday, Twitter is no longer delivering outbound text messages via its dedicated UK number. The feature was available to users who wanted to receive update straight to their [...]

UK telecoms users getting more for less

UK residents are spending more time using communications services than ever before but paying less for them, according to research released by industry watchdog Ofcom on Thursday. The regulator’s research into the UK’s £51bn communications industry, revealed that UK users spent an average of 7 hours and 9 minutes a day hooked up to a [...]

Voda, O2 UK tune up mobile music offerings

The world’s biggest mobile operator by revenues, Vodafone, unleashed its second mobile music platform in the UK Thursday. Vodafone Music, which was developed in partnership with RealNetworks, aims to complement Music Station, which was launched with Omnifone late in 2007. The most noticeable difference between the two is that Vodafone Music has a more fluid [...]

O2 UK orders up broadband takeaway

UK mobile operator O2 is to give away fixed line home broadband ‘free’ with its wireless broadband package. Subscribers to the O2 Broadband Home and Away deal will get fixed line broadband free for a year when they sign up to O2′s Mobile Broadband package for £20 per month. O2 claims mobile broadband speeds will reach up [...]

BT leaps on Ribbit

UK carrier BT said Tuesday that it has acquired Silicon Valley start up Ribbit for a total of $105m in cash. BT said the acquisition of the VoIP firm will help it catch the ‘Telco 2.0′ bandwagon, by accelerating its “strategy to transform itself into a next- generation, platform-based, software-driven services company.” Ribbit is an [...]

BT soups up broadband

UK telecoms incumbent BT has announced plans to roll out fibre-based, super-fast broadband to as many as 10 million homes by the time the Olympics rolls into London in 2012. The £1.5bn programme will deliver a range of services with top speeds of up to 100 Mb/s with the potential for speeds of more than [...]

O2 puts iPhone hype machine into overdrive

UK mobile operator O2 is teasing the British public with warnings of limited availability of the iPhone 3G, when it launches on Friday. On Tuesday the carrier confirmed that excessive traffic to its web site on Monday caused the order system to fall over after it started taking pre-orders for the device. The entire stock [...]

Nokia, InterDigital bury UK patent dispute

Finnish handset vendor Nokia and wireless technology firm InterDigital have put one of those tedious patent disputes to bed this week, in the UK at least. The companies said they have agreed to end two legal actions that were being fought out in UK courts. No financial details were released but the cases concerned whether [...]

UK scientists redefine ‘snail mail’

Boffins at Bournemouth University have taken the ‘snail mail’ concept to the extreme, having developed a system that uses actual snails to send email. Vicky Isley and Paul Smith, otherwise known as the bordemresearch team at Bournemouth, have set up the Real Snail Mail (RSM) website, which allows users to send an email in snail [...]

O2 expects high demand for iPhone, starts rationing

UK mobile operator O2 has warned its existing and potential customers that it expects the iPhone 3G to be in short supply when the device launches July 11. The company sent out an advisory to all those that had pre registered their interest in the Apple device, saying that it does “expect demand for the [...]

T-Mobile UK improves upload speeds

Mobile operator T-Mobile UK claims to be the first UK carrier to have committed to deploying HSUPA technology on a nationwide basis. As of Tuesday, July 1, users of the T-Mobile network are promised an improvement of to fivefold in the time it takes to upload photos and videos to web sites at speeds of [...]

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