Content consumption driven by messaging

While all the talk at this year’s Mobile World Congress has centred on the launch of a variety of app stores, UK, mobile advertising-funded MVNO Blyk has launched On Blyk, a new content portal. The service is built primarily on messaging and is now available to all Blyk users in the UK. Blyk aserts that […]

UK carriers in sender pays data trial

Mobile transactions firm mBlox has launched the world’s first mobile cross operator ‘sender pays data’ trial in the UK this week. The trial aims to remove consumer confusion over the purchase and download of mobile content, with mobile operators suffering criticism for stinging users with ‘hidden’ data charges. The model allows content providers and service […]

Poor customer service stifling mobile broadband

Almost half of UK mobile users don’t understand what mobile broadband can offer them. Moreover, better customer service would encourage mobile users to spend more. These are some of the findings from a survey released today by Convergys, a billing and OSS provider. “The findings are not exactly new,” says Mark Hennessy, director of products […]

BT profit sinks 81 per cent

UK carrier BT posted a whopping 81 per cent drop in pre-tax profits for the last three months of 2008, and warned of the possibility of further “substantial” write downs in the coming year. Profit for the quarter to end December 31 came in at £113m, compared to £601m in the same period a year […]

O2 snaps up mobile ad guru

Mobile operator O2 UK, which is owned by Spanish carrier Telefonica, said this week that it has appointed Shaun Gregory as managing director of its media business. Gregory presently holds the position of chief executive for the UK unit of ad-funded MVNO Blyk. At O2, he will be responsible for the operator’s overall media strategy […]

Prepay BlackBerry comes to UK

Mobile operator Orange UK said Thursday it is bringing the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 to prepay consumers, marking a first for the UK market. Because of its reliance on a data connection, BlackBerrys, made by Canadian manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) are typically only sold on a contract basis. But Orange is bringing the Pearl 8120 […]

Vodafone declares on 12-year cricket innings

UK-based operator Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile carrier in terms of revenue, announced Tuesday that it is to end the high profile deal that has seen it act as sponsor of the England cricket team for the past 12 years. The current four-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) expires at the […]

T-Mobile UK cuts Android G1 pricing

The UK’s exclusive provider of the first Android-based handset has expanded the tariffs on which the gadget is available free, allowing consumers to get their hands on the G1 for nothing on a £30 per month contract. T-Mobile UK was charging around £50 for the smartphone, until this week when it made the G1 available […]

O2’s cheaper, greener phone charger

UK mobile operator O2 has this week launched an energy efficient universal mobile phone charger. The Telefonica owned company claims that the Universal Charger is the first of its kind, and can cut energy consumption by as much as 70 per cent compared to standard chargers. The unit, which is compliant with the US Energy […]

UK operators push mobile internet with price cuts

UK operators continued to drive adoption of mobile broadband services this week, cutting prices further in a bid to reduce return rates after disappointing experiences. On Monday, O2 UK slashed the price of its stand alone 3G dongle on a prepay tariff from £97.86 to £29.99, and has refreshed its tariffs with three options now […]

Apple in trouble over iPhone speed ad

Californian gadget vendor Apple has fallen foul of the UK’s advertising watchdog yet again, this time for over exaggerating the web speed of the iPhone 3G. Apple’s latest UK TV ad for the device was peppered with the term “really fast,” whenever it made reference to the internet connectivity. But a total of 17 viewers […]

UK operator demos dual-band WiMAX handover

UK WiMAX operator, Freedom4, claims it has achieved the world’s first seamless mobile WiMAX session handover between base stations operating at two different frequencies: 2.5GHz and 3.6GHz. Working with its network partners Airspan Networks, Starent Networks and Bridgewater Systems, Freedom4 says it has built the underlying network architecture enabling it to deliver high capacity wholesale […]

Mobile web favoured by youth

The mobile operator community has been raving about mobile broadband and the rapid adoption of dongles all year. And analyst figures released Monday show that in the UK at least, the mobile web is growing eight times faster than fixed web access. The figures, released by research house Nielsen on Monday, are unsurprising. Between the […]

Carphone considers splitting up

UK-based retail outfit Carphone Warehouse is considering demerging its distribution and telecoms businesses, to better develop the individual units. As the company announced its six month results to the end of September, chief executive Charles Dunstone said, “The structure of the Group may now no longer be appropriate for the optimal development of the two […]

BT to axe 10,000

In the wake of its shock earnings warning earlier this month, UK telco BT has announced plans to axe 10,000 staff. On Thursday, the carrier said EBITDA for the quarter to the end of September dropped 1 per cent year on year to £1.39bn, while revenues climbed 4 per cent year on year to £5.3bn. […]

BT warns over poor Global Services performance

UK carrier BT has issued a profit warning, blaming the weak performance of its international services division. The company said that for the quarter that ended September 30, group revenue is forecast to be ahead of expectations but EBITDA and earnings will be slightly below expectations.  The retail, wholesale and Openreach units are expected to […]

UK users get cheaper mobile broadband

UK service providers have started a price war over mobile broadband, after one carrier claimed that 10 per cent of users are mis-sold packages. On Friday, Telefonica’s UK operation, O2 UK, announced that research it had carried out revealed that one in ten mobile broadband users feel they were mis-sold on what it offered. The […]

UK to require prepay SIM registrations?

UK residents may soon be required to produce a form of ID such as a passport or driving licence in order to buy a prepay SIM card, with the government moving to mandate prepay registrations. According to UK broadsheets over the weekend, the UK is looking to fall in line with a number of other […]

Android phone to hit UK October 30

The first handset to be based on Google’s much hyped Android platform will hit UK shores at the end of October. T-Mobile UK, the exclusive carrier of the G1 device, said that it will start selling the handset October 30. Since the unveiling of the gadget in New York last month, over 25,000 UK consumers […]

Carphone Warehouse outlines expansion plan

UK-based mobile phone retailer the Carphone Warehouse gave more details on its expansion into the consumer electronics market this week, under a £1.1bn deal with US retailer Best Buy. As the UK company announced its second quarter results on Tuesday, Carphone’s chief executive, Charles Dunstone, revealed that the new venture, known as Best Buy Europe […]


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