Archive for March, 2010

By March 29, 2010 Read More →

Orange is offering a range of new price plans

OrangeLondon, 29th March 2010: In a move to help customers get the most out of their mobile phones, Orange is offering a range of new price plans to make multimedia services such as email, Orange Maps and the mobile internet more accessible and even better value for money from 1st April.

There has been huge growth in mobile internet usage with more and more customers realising the great services that are available on their phone, such as access to social networking sites, with Orange seeing on average nearly 1,900,000 unique users using these per month. 

To meet this demand, Orange is introducing re-vitalised packages, with a range of multimedia services now included on Dolphin and Panther tariffs. New and upgrading customers will also be offered the chance to experience a free 30 day trial of one of Orange’s entertaining mobile services. 

The changes include:-

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By March 29, 2010 Read More →

HTC Desire review

HTC Desire review Ever since I first saw the HTC Desire, a week before MWC, I’ve been thinking that it could well be the handset that I’d use on a daily basis. Indeed there has been some discussion here at tracyandmatt about who will be doing the review. However, as I was the one to review the Nexus One I’ve pulled rank and it’ll be mine to review!

I’m sure that many will look at the HTC Desire and think of it as being simply HTC’s own version of the Google Nexus One and I guess in some respects that could be a fair assessment but is it as simple as that? There are a few differences under the hood and plenty within the user interface that make the HTC Desire look and feel quite different. We’ll talk about those differences as we go but probably the main differences are the optical trackpad and buttons on the Desire where the Nexus One has a trackball, single mic on the Desire vs the dual noise-cancelling mics on the Nexus One and finally HTC’s own sense UI on the Desire where there is a more ‘vanilla’ Android experience on the Nexus One.

So does the HTC Desire meet expectations? Read on to find out… (a word of caution, there are a LOT of images but you can click on any one for a full-sized view.)

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By March 28, 2010 Read More →

HTC Desire demo video

Desire-Brown_Front Back Left I’m in to my second full day of use with the HTC Desire and I have to say that I am really enjoying it. We just have a few more days to play with it before it has to go back off to HTC ready to go out to the next reviewer.

Yesterday I posted on Twitter and asked for your questions regarding the HTC Desire and lots have you have given me some work to do! I’ve decided to record another video of the HTC Desire in use where I can answer a few of those questions and also look at some of the apps in use as well as pointing out one or two of the problems that I’ve been having.

It’s another 20 minute video for you so sit back and enjoy!


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By March 28, 2010 Read More →

Memory Booster Demo Video

bbmb If you are like me and use your BlackBerry a hell of a lot you may notice on occasions it slowing down. This is caused by the devices internal memory being used up.

With a lot of applications installed on the device and with the BlackBerry not having a huge memory this can be a common problem.

I have been using an application called Memory Booster for about a month and as you will see in the video below its a rather good way of keeping the BlackBerry running as efficiently as possible.

There are several apps that do the same sort of job as Memory Booster so I’m not endorsing this one, it’s just that this is the one I like. Demo video after the jump.


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By March 27, 2010 Read More →

T-Orange. A New Network?


Orange and T-Mobile are considering building an entirely new UK network following their merger next month, it has been claimed.

T-Mobile has discussed the feasibility of building a network from scratch with Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei in the UK.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom, parents of T-Mobile and Orange respectively, are considering purchasing new base stations to cover 900Mhz-26000Mhz bandwidths, enabling GSM, UMTS and LTE coverage.

New base station technology from infrastructure providers Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei use significantly less power than existing sites, and are also much cheaper to build.

T-Mobile was unavailable for comment. Orange said the joint venture will require engagement with infrastructure companies anyway, apparently dismissing the idea of a full re-build.

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By March 27, 2010 Read More →

HTC Desire supply issues

Desire-Brown_Front Back Left

What’s going on with these HTC Desires. One minute we are being told they will be available on a certain day and five minutes later we are told they will not be. Frustrating or what?

Yesterday Clove Technology released the following statement:

We have heard this afternoon, 26 March, that the launch of the HTC Desire is likely to slip back to the 7th April.

This is of course not the news ANY of us wished to hear and we as a reseller are as frustrated as you the customer about this delay.

This will affect ALL UK unlocked stock of these devices, so no other reseller will receive their shipments any quicker. Please be aware some may simply not update their website as quickly about this issue, so do not let this confuse you.

We will be working with HTC and their UK distribution to keep you informed of progress on the situation and will of course be pushing to get the stock as soon as we can.

We are already receiving a huge number of emails to clarify the status on individual orders, which is putting a huge strain on our resources, so please do not unless essential email for updates. We will endeavour to give everyone updates as soon as we get them by emails such as this.

This is the reason I think it’s all gone belly up (unless I have got it wrong)!

It would appear that it wasn’t until Friday morning (26th) that the final ROM was confirmed by Google. The HTC Desire review units (of which we have one) were re-flashed and then despatched Friday afternoon to bloggers and reviewers.

This means that all the HTC Desires that are currently sitting in a warehouse somewhere in the UK waiting to be sent to distributors etc need re-flashing. These were due to be on sale on Monday 29th but its going to take a few days to get the new ROMs on all the units.

T-Mobile however have the HTC Desire for sale now as they have their own ROM on the device and this was authorised by Google clearly at an earlier date.

I just tried to buy a Desire from the T-Mobile website and I got as far as paying for it and there was no mention of any supply issues.

So if you want a HTC Desire over the next few days you only have two options. Option one is to get it on T-Mobile. Option two is to beat up Matt and nick his one!

If we do get any developments we will be sure to let you know.

Did you like the Unboxing video? If you would like to discuss the device with us please feel free to join us on the forum.


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By March 27, 2010 Read More →

Android Grows 1100% Year-Over-Year


Admob just put out another of their oh-so-interesting reports, this time around looking at year-over-year mobile internet traffic from three main categories: (1) feature phones, (2) smartphones, and (3) MIDs. Two things really struck me as amazing. First of all, MIDs enjoyed the largest (percentage) growth as a category, probably because of their limited use and emergence as a product category.

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By March 27, 2010 Read More →

HTC Desire unboxing video

desiregrab Well to be honest the title of the post may not be doing justice to the video, it’s a bit more than just an unboxing video!

I’ve been waiting patiently to get my hands on the HTC Desire since I saw it just before its launch at MWC last month. I previously had the Goolge Nexus One which I loved but the HTC Desire seemed to want to take Android to a whole new level with the customisation and Sense UI that HTC added on to it.

The HTC Desire is the second of the four handsets announced by HTC at MWC to actually go on sale. The Desire not far behind it’s smaller brother, the HTC Legend.

There is perhaps a lot of hype around the HTC Desire so I’m sure we are all hoping that it will live up to our expectations. I’m going to spend the next week using the HTC Desire as my main phone and I will be putting together the full review along the way.

For now have a look at my rather lengthy introduction to the HTC Desire in the video below. Hopefully I’ve covered enough in there to whet your appetite for more so please do make use of the forum to post your comments or questions and let me know what you would like me to cover in more detail.


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By March 26, 2010 Read More →

Nokia N8 phone to be announced next month?


It looks like we won’t have to wait long for the Nokia N8 (previously referred to as the Nokia N8-00) to become official as one of Engadget’s trusted sources has revealed that the Finnish company will make its announcement sometime in mid-April. There’s still no confirmation though if the leaked photos of a purported Nokia touchscreen phone that surfaced earlier this week are indeed that of the Nokia N8, but it certainly lines up nicely with this sequence of events. Needless to say, if this latest bit of news is true, then Eldar Murtazin’s prediction of a September release for the Nokia N8 and its new Symbian^3 platform might actually be pretty accurate as well.

[source Engadget]

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By March 26, 2010 Read More →

It’s HTC Desire time!


This is the one we have been waiting for!

The HTC Desire is now in our possession and over the coming days Matt will be posting the unboxing video and also putting together an in depth and extensive review of the device.

We must however point out a couple of things regarding the Desires out there at the moment, although we certainly do not wish to discredit anyone else’s reviews.

We have been informed by a reliable source that some HTC Desires have been out for review for several days now, but these devices did not come from the same source as ours. These early versions did not contain the final ROM that we have been waiting for and I am reliably informed that those devices will have essential features missing. They have also had problems with the OS crashing and serious battery issues which is clearly down to the fact that Google had not completed the ROMS when the devices were shipped.

The batch of HTC Desires that we have had ours from have been in the UK for over a week now but were unable to be released pending the flashing of the final ROM. Its been a frustrating week waiting for Google to authorise the ROM but now its done the fun can begin.

Stay tuned to over the weekend as we will be bringing you some demo videos as well as the usual stuff. Please do interact with us via the forum too!

Posted by: James

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