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 […]

New chief shakes up Orange

Newly installed chief executive Tom Alexander outlined plans on Wednesday to refresh the brand of mobile operator Orange in the UK. Alexander, who is something of an industry veteran, having co-founded Virgin Mobile, unveiled a three pronged strategy, which will put the company’s focus back on the customer. The main operation will be divided into […]

C&W makes approach on Thus

UK-based carrier Cable & Wireless said Wednesday that it has made an approach on smaller fixed line operator Thus, which also owns the Demon brand, bumping up the company’s share price. C&W said however that there is no certainty the discussions will result in an offer being made. “Cable and Wireless notes the recent movement […]

Rural broadband overtakes urban connectivity in UK

Rural areas of the UK are better connected to broadband than their urban neighbours, according to a report published by communications regulator Ofcom. Across the UK as a whole, 59 per cent of households in rural areas now have broadband compared to 57 per cent of urban areas. When broadband was first introduced in the […]

Cable & Wireless considers demerger

UK-based carrier Cable & Wireless said Thursday it is considering splitting the company into two parts, as it reported a decline in annual profit. C&W said that profit for the year to end March 31 fell to £220m from £234m in the pervious year. Revenues declined from £3.34bn to £3.15bn over the same period. At […]

UK considers Big Brother database for phone and web

It has emerged this week that the UK government is mulling plans to build a monster database capable of holding the details of all phone calls, emails and internet sessions initiated by UK citizens. The proposals appear to be an extension of 2006’s EU Data Retention Directive (DRD), which requires all ‘access providers’ to store […]

UK WiMAX player snaps up wifi aggregator

UK wireless broadband provider Freedom4 Communications said Tuesday it has acquired wifi roaming service provider Bozii, giving its users access to over 40,000 hotspots. As a result of the deal, the wifi aggregator will be renamed Freedom4 Wifi. Financial details were not disclosed. “The acquisition of Bozii and the reseller agreements are important steps in […]


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