Archive for June 29th, 2010

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Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 77: is that an extra pixel in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

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This weeks podcast is a special, epic length chat session. Matt and Gareth quiz industry specialist Tom Monetto on exciting new screen technology from Sharp, Matt’s better half, Tracy, has her say on the HTC Wildfire, Andy doesn’t get his iPhone quite as planned, Vodafone takes a bashing and

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Regulars: Howling Mad Richardson, Hannibal Davis, Faceman Myles and BA Lee
Guests: Tom Monetto and Tracy Davis

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Four million users will disconnect as mobile prices rise, says operator

Around four million mobile phone users will be forced to disconnect their mobile phones if Ofcom goes ahead with proposals to cut mobile termination rates, Vodafone warned today.

The warning comes as Ofcom moves to implement proposals to cut mobile termination rates (MTR) from 4.3 pence per minute (ppm) to 0.5 ppm between 2011 and 2015.

Vodafone chief Guy Lawrence warned: ‘Ofcom’s proposals to slash our incoming call revenues are likely to mean that low income families will start paying more to use their phones because the money we receive from incoming calls will disappear. 

‘This revenue has allowed us to support low spenders.  We see these proposals as unnecessary intervention which tax low income families and should be reconsidered.’

Vodafone argues that the cut would force operators to increase mobile prices.

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HTC Wildfire review

HTC Wildfire review Having been announced less than a month ago I was initially surprised to see the HTC Wildfire arrive in the office here so soon. Granted, we’ve already seen the Wildfire go on pre-order sale (SIM-free) at some retailers and some UK carriers announce that they too will stock it but we still thought it was some way off.

The HTC Wildfire appears to be HTC’s attempt to break in to lower end of the market. HTC’s recent wave of handsets have been at the upper-end at around the £400 mark for the HTC Desire and a little less for the HTC Legend. The Wildfire then is much less expensive than the HTC Desire which is widely regarded as the Wildfire’s bigger brother. This is a smartphone with a ‘feature phone’ price tag.

If you saw my HTC Wildfire unboxing video a few days ago you may have noticed that I said we’ll be doing something a little different with this review. Whilst the top section of the review will follow our normal format and will keep everything factual with just a little of my opinion in there the lower portion of the review will introduce comments from James, Tracy and possibly a few other members of the team, we’re going to try making it a broad view.

(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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Apple iPhone 4 sales


Apple has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone 4 just three days after it was released globally on June 24.

Initially launched in the UK, France, Germany and Japan the iPhone 4 will roll out to a further 18 countries by the end of July.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said: "This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. Even so, we apologise to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply."

The device, which is Apple’s thinnest iPhone to date at 9.3mm thick, comes with a front-facing camera to introduce ‘Face Time’ video calling between iPhone 4 users in a Wi-Fi enabled area, as well as a high-definition ‘Retina Display’ screen to offer 960×640 pixel resolution – four times that of existing iPhone models.

Here in the UK we are seeing supply and demand problems and retailers are all giving different stories about when they will be getting more stock.

I am lucky enough to have the iPhone 4 already so watch out for the full review that will be coming soon.

Posted by: James

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