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 […]

Virgin UK leads in high growth SIM-only market

MVNO Virgin Mobile has announced that it leads the SIM-only sector of the UK  mobile market. Citing research from analyst firm GfK, the carrier claimed a market share for May of 29.5 per cent. SIM-only, where customers provide their own handset in return for lower prices on monthly text and voice bundles and the freedom […]

O2 gives free data access with prepay iPhone

UK mobile operator and exclusive iPhone carrier O2 UK has inadvertently revealed the pricing for the prepay version of the 3G Apple device. The interesting thing here is that O2 is giving prepay users free, unlimited wifi and data access for six months, which is something of a first. After the first six months is […]

AOL has a crack at mobile

Internet service provider AOL UK announced a partnership with mobile content delivery firm WIN on Monday, which will see the ISP offer its wares wirelessly. Under the terms of the agreement, WIN will provide AOL UK with a fully managed mobile content store on both its mobile and web-based portals, supplying entertainment, information and paid […]

T-Mobile gets friendly with Bebo, Piczo

Mobile operator T-Mobile UK said Wednesday it has struck a deal with mobile social networking platform Intercasting, to bring the Bebo and Piczo sites to the mobile. T-Mobile said it would integrate the two social networking sites into its My Social Sites service, a mobile application that provides users with a single interface for managing […]

Carphone hit by property slump

UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse reported a healthy increase in sales and profits for the year to the end of March, but issued a gloomy outlook due to the negative effects of the credit crunch and associated property slump. Group revenues were up 12 per cent year on year to £4.47bn, while profit before tax […]

O2 has its bubble burst by 3

Mobile operator O2 UK has been left blowing bubbles after losing a four year battle against rival 3 over the usage of bubbles in its advertising. On Thursday, the European Court of Justice ruled that “O2 cannot rely on its trade mark rights” to prevent the use of bubble imagery in a comparative advertisement for […]

Ofcom reveals plan for digital dividend

UK communications regulator Ofcom has set out detailed proposals for how it plans to release the valuable spectrum that will be freed up as a result of the switchover to digital television. The spectrum, known as the ‘digital dividend’, resides in the UHF band and is currently used for the delivery of analogue TV channels. […]

Phorm controversy continues after BT report leaked

Controversial advert targeting system Phorm drew more fire this week after an internal report on BT’s covert trials of the platform was leaked. A document revealing a 2006 trial of the system by the UK carrier appeared on the WikiLeaks web site earlier this week. Phorm is a behavioural advertising system, which monitors web activity […]

UK watchdog moves to clarify fixed broadband speeds

UK communications regulator Ofcom published a code of practice on Thursday to ensure greater clarity over consumer broadband line speeds in the UK. The watchdog said some 32 ISPs, covering over 90 per cent of UK broadband customers, have already agreed to honour the code to give consumers a clearer understanding of the speeds they […]


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