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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 […]

Virgin Media intros mobile broadband

UK-based cable carrier Virgin Media showed how convergence is done on Wednesday as it unveiled its first ever Mobile Broadband offer. The new service adds another string to Virgin’s bow, which already includes cable broadband, fixed line telephony, IPTV, and mobile services via the Virgin Mobile MVNO. Mobile Broadband from Virgin Media is available on […]

UK joins call for better broadband

UK communications regulator Ofcom published proposals on Tuesday, encouraging further investment in super fast broadband for UK homes and businesses. Ofcom said that next generation broadband networks, based on fibre rather than copper, will be required to meet demand for high definition content and take consumer access speeds up from around 8Mbps to around 100Mbps. […]

Voda to bundle Dell notebook

UK-based mobile operator Vodafone said Thursday it will be bundling Dell’s ultra mobile device with a mobile broadband subscription from mid-October. Big Red will be the first carrier to get it mitts on the Inspiron Mini 9 unit, which will be bundled in for ‘nothing’ with a 24 month contract at £25 per month. But […]

T-Mo UK offers prepay wireless web

UK mobile operator T-Mobile launched a handful of prepay wireless broadband products on Friday, allowing users to get on the web without signing up to a contract. There are three tariffs available starting at £2 for one day’s access, £10 for seven days or £20 for 30 days. The data allowance is ‘unlimited’ but of […]

Orange takes FMC to 3G

UK mobile operator Orange this week claimed a first, with its 3G-based UMA platform for fixed mobile convergence (FMC) customers. Orange originally launched its Unik/Unique service in 2006, and since appears to have experienced very different fortunes to those of BT, the company which first launched FMC services in Europe under the guise of Fusion […]

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 […]

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