Archive for May, 2012

Samsung Galaxy SIII – best selling handset of 2012 at Phones 4U

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The Samsung Galaxy SIII has become the biggest selling handset of 2012 at Phones 4u, based on both pre-orders and first day sales across all 600 of the retailers’ stores. This also includes sales from the Samsung PIN experience pop-ups in Westfield Shepherds Bush and Old Spitalfields Market, which Phones 4u is the official UK retail partner for.

Prior to this the handset had also broken the record for Phones 4u’s most pre-ordered handset ever. 

The Samsung Galaxy SIII is available to all Phones 4u customers on the new ‘Just Update My Phone’ or ‘JUMP’ contract, which enables consumers to upgrade their mobile phone from a selection of the latest smartphones on the market, from partners Vodafone and Orange, as often as every 6 months.

Scott Hooton, Chief Commercial Officer at Phones 4u commented: ‘The demand for the Samsung Galaxy SIII has been truly phenomenal both in the pre-order period and on launch day. First day trade was exceptionally strong in all stores and at the Samsung PINs. A high proportion of the sales made were via JUMP, with new customers starting up contracts and pre-existing JUMP customers also coming in store to take advantage of the flexible upgrade and get their hands on the Galaxy SIII.’   

Available free on contract from £36 a month, the Samsung Galaxy SIII is available in-store and online at Phones 4u now.

 

Posted by: James

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Vodafone launch the Smart II – budget Android

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Another reasonably priced Android device launches today, the Vodafone Smart II. Priced at just £70 on Pay as you go price plans the handset may well be perfect for first time smartphone users.

The Smart II outperforms its predecessor in every way, while still retaining its low price point to appeal to people thinking about picking up their first smartphone. It runs on Android 2.3, offers a bigger display, better camera, longer battery life, a more powerful processor and more memory than the original Smart, making for an even better user experience.

The Smart II gives users great connectivity and provides access to Google Android services such as Gmail, VoiceSearch, YouTube and Google Talk. Combined with a large collection of embedded apps such as Facebook and Twitter – plus access to SWYPE for quick and easy typing, and Vodafone AppSelect to discover even more great apps – the Smart II offers a high quality, affordable option in the smartphone arena.

Available in dark grey and white, customers can make the most of their new Smart II with our great value Freebees, which include a choice of free minutes, text and web access or international calls – www.vodafone.co.uk/freebees. Every pay as you go customer is also automatically opted-in to Freebee Rewardz.

Every time a pay as you go customer tops up as little as £5, they’ll receive a text giving them a voucher code. They can then go online to ‘grab’ an instant reward or bank them as ‘grow’ points, to save up for something bigger. www.vodafone.co.uk/rewardz

Customers can choose from a wide selection of rewards including big name discounts from brands such as Thorntons and BLOCKBUSTER, music downloads and free minutes or choose to take a mystery reward, which could be anything from a smoothie maker to an iPhone. Alternatively, customers can collect points towards vouchers and experience days.
For further details please visit the Vodafone online shop.

You can see a video of the Smart II in action below:

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Orange San Diego – Video

 

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Posted by: James

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Orange announce the Intel powered San Diego

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Today unveiled the San Diego, a new high-performance Android smartphone powered by Intel Inside®, which will be available exclusively on Orange from 6th June nationwide. 

The San Diego (previously codenamed ‘Orange Santa Clara’) is the first Intel powered smartphone to launch in Europe and will deliver users the latest in innovative smartphone capabilities at an affordable price point.

The handset  is powered by the Intel® Atomo processor Z2460 and supports HSPA+ with the Intel® XMM 6260 Platform.  Together, these Intel solutions deliver users a fast and responsive browsing experience. 

The San Diego features High-definition (HD) video, helping it to support a rich entertainment offering along with 1080p video capture, image stabilization and HDMI out. What’s more, the handset boasts an 8 mega-pixel camera which features ‘Burst’ mode allowing it to take 10 pictures in under a second to ensure you capture all the action and can choose the very best pictures to keep and share.  The San Diego also comes with mobile HD voice for outstanding audio quality, and features a 4.03″ capacitive display, A-GPS and Bluetooth 2.1.

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RIM provide Business Update

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Last night Thorsten Heins, CEO of Research in Motion released the below statement detailing what is what in the BlackBerry camp at present. As you can expect it is not plain sailing at RIM currently and although there have been some staff changes and rumored staff cut backs this really isn’t surprising.

While financially the company are still focusing a rough couple of quarters this year it isn’t all bad as you will see. The BlackBerry subscriber base worldwide has grown again, now up to 78 million and both developers and RIM themselves are still positively focused on BlackBerry 10 which is still planned to roll out in Q4 this year.

You can read in full what Thorsten had to say below:

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Sony announce the Xperia go

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Sony Mobile today announced the new Xperia smartphone for consumers looking for premium specifications and beautiful design with extra durability and water resistance. Xperia go has a scratch resistant mineral glass display and meets industry standard IP ratings* (International Protection) for protection against dust and water immersion.

Xperia go enables easy connectivity to share and enjoy content on TV, smartphone, laptop or tablet. They also come preloaded with Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited from Sony Entertainment Network giving access to Hollywood blockbusters, TV series and millions and millions of music tracks. Xperia go will be available in the UK from the third quarter of 2012.

Key features for Xperia go:
With Xperia go consumers can watch the latest movies and TV shows in razor sharp quality and with super fast performance. Its sleek and stylish design means durable and water resistant smartphones no longer have to look bulky and ruggedized:
.    3.5″ Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine gives razor sharp clarity
.    5MP fast capture camera goes from sleep to snap in just over a second
.    Scratch resistant mineral glass display with wet finger tracking
.    Highest level of dust and water resistance in a smartphone – IP67 Rating
.    1Ghz dual core processor gives consumers super fast performance
.    Launching on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
.    Available in black, white and yellow colours
.    Xperia go will launch in the US market under the name “Xperia advance”

 

Posted by: James

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Everything Everywhere invests £50 million to revolutionise service for its 27 million customers

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Everything Everywhere, the UK’s biggest communications company, has today announced a £50 million investment programme which includes a revolutionary new way to deliver service to its 27 million customers. The company – which runs Orange and T-Mobile in the UK – has overhauled its service approach, designing it around handset operating systems and the devices that use them. For the first time in the UK, customers will now be able to access highly trained specialist agents who are experts on specific devices and related operating systems, giving customers unrivalled service for their Apple iOS, BlackBerry, Android and Windows phones.

The unprecedented smartphone growth the UK has experienced means that customers are using devices in a completely different way and this new service approach is designed to meet customers’ changing needs.  Orange and T-Mobile staff will become experts in all aspects of customers’ digital lives, advising them on device, technology and account specific needs without having to transfer them between departments, which has been the traditional approach to telecommunications customer service. This is a fundamental shift in how the Orange and T-Mobile service experience is delivered and is central to Everything Everywhere’s plan to be the UK’s number one for customer loyalty.

The new service approach is actively rolling out across the organisation following successful trials which showed dramatic improvements in the resolution of issues at first point of contact, as well as a double digit increases in Net Promoter Scores – a key measure of customer service.

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Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 170: Also available in Pebble Blue

Web bannerIt’s Gareth and James returning this week. Addressing the Samsung Galaxy SIII shortages, A slurry of Orange/T-Mobile/Everything Everywhere announcements and HTC’s Ice Cream Sandwich roadmap.

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Win a MOTOLUXE with T-Mobile and Motorola

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Motorola and T-Mobile are teaming up with a new and funky app which will see them give away a brand new MOTOLUXE.

Every week for 10 weeks, they are asking people to take part in their ‘What’s your line up?’ app to be in with a chance to win the MOTOLUXE (www.facebook.com/motorolaeurope). 

The app lets you create a ‘Social Graph’ – a cool graphic that shows you who your best friends are on Facebook, brings them together in a beautiful collage and lets you share your graph online. You can find out who you interact with the most on Facebook with the automatic selection button, or choose those nearest and dearest to you via the manual option.

The app is also a fun way of demonstrating the MotoSwitch application that comes pre-loaded on MOTOLUXE handsets. With MotoSwitch, the MOTOLUXE learns who you talk to and which apps you use the most, and puts all that information front and centre. The more frequently you communicate with someone, the bigger their icon becomes!

To get started, click on https://apps.facebook.com/whatsyourlineup/

 

Posted by: James

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The BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour kicks off in Milan

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The BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour holds its first stop in Milan today, providing Italian developers with the opportunity to learn more about the unique capabilities of BlackBerry® 10 and become one of the first to develop for the new platform. More than 200 developers pre-registered for the now sold out hands-on event at NHOW Hotel, via Tortona 35, Milan.

“The level of enthusiasm among developers for BlackBerry 10, including those here in Italy, has been amazing. We are hearing every day from partners who want to start building and showcasing their work on BlackBerry 10,” said Alberto Acito, Managing Director for Italy at Research In Motion.

Alec Saunders, VP Developer Relations, Research In Motion, added, “At BlackBerry World in May this year, we launched the BlackBerry 10 developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development and seeded 1500 developers with a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. We look forward to kicking off the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour in Italy and working with local developers to help them ready their apps for the launch of BlackBerry 10.”

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