Archive for November, 2012

By November 15, 2012 Read More →

Three adds a million customers and upgrades network to accelerate growth

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Three, the UK’s fastest growing mobile operator grew by more than 1.04 million customers over the past year to 8.8 million, adding 301,000 customers in the last quarter alone.

The growth in customers, driven by Three’s smartphone focus, is being supported by a nationwide programme to upgrade its network. Three is deploying DC-HSDPA technology and increasing the speed of its backhaul, the data pipes used to connect its sites to the internet, as it moves to an Ultrafast network experience.

Three’s new Ultrafast network will reach over half the UK population by the end of 2012, with more than 80% of the population covered by April 2013. 39% of the population already have access to the Ultrafast network, with coverage currently focused on 50 of the UK’s biggest cities and towns.

The ongoing network programme will see customers benefit from increased speeds that will be more than enough for data-hungry services like HD video streaming.  Three customers in existing Ultrafast areas using DC-HSDPA devices like iPhone 5, the Sony Xperia T and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC are already reporting peak speeds over 20Mbps. iPad mini, iPad with Retina display and the Huawei E3521 dongle are also DC-HSDPA enabled.

Three will add further capacity to its Ultrafast network in 2013 by deploying LTE technology. This follows Ofcom’s approval of Three’s acquisition of 2x15Mhz of radio spectrum at 1800Mhz.  The transfer effectively doubles Three’s overall spectrum capacity and provides further room for customer growth.

Dave Dyson, Chief Executive of Three UK, said: “We have led the adoption of smartphones in the UK by giving our customers great coverage, fast speeds and compelling price plans.  These network improvements are designed to maintain our position as the fastest growing UK mobile operator. 

“Our Ultrafast network is giving more people in more places access to an even faster mobile internet experience.

“But mobile internet is about more than just technology.  All-you-can-eat data at prices to suit everyone and peace of mind bundles that guarantee no surprise data bills are designed to allow customers to get the most enjoyment from their smartphones.”

Three’s growth plans are being matched by the launch of an 800-strong recruitment drive in October that will add nearly 400 sales and service roles at its Glasgow office and 400 across its high street retail stores and Maidenhead office.

 

Posted by: James

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By November 15, 2012 Read More →

One day sale on the Samsung Galaxy Beam from Expansysn- Just £249.99

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For one day only Expansys have a special deal on the Samsung Galaxy Beam. With £50 of the device it will today cost just £249.99. If an Android smartphone with a built in projector will come in handy for you then this offer is pretty sweet.

If you missed our unboxing and demo video you can catch it here.

Get your orders in here quick!

Samsung Galaxy Beam Specification:

  • 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • Dimensions: 124 x 64.2 x 12.5 mm
  • Weight: 145.3 g
  • Built-in nHD projector
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Display: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
  • TouchWiz UI v4.0

 

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By November 15, 2012 Read More →

Nokia to offer location services on other platforms

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The word on the street is that Nokia are re-branding their location and mapping services, called HERE, and will offer them up to other mobile platforms. According to mobilenewscwp they already are launching a free application for the iPhone within weeks and an Android version is set for release early next year.

Talks are also under way with Nokia possibly buying the 3D mapping firm Earthmine which should bring us a whole new Nokia mapping experience.

Nokia president and CEO Stephen Elop said: “With HERE we can extend our 20 years of location expertise to new devices and operating systems that reach beyond Nokia.”

Although I have not been a big Nokia user over the years they have certainly have some advantages over the other Windows Phone manufactures due to their unique applications such as Nokia Drive. It will be interesting to see how things pan out. With Nokia’s market share falling they really need to pull something out of the bag.

 

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By November 14, 2012 Read More →

Miami Ink comes to London

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Yes, this has nothing to do with mobile tech I’m afraid however you may have noticed from the unboxing videos I have done that I am heavily tattooed, in fact I even have the BlackBerry logo tattooed on my leg!

With one in three people in the UK having at least one tattoo you may well have seen the TV shows Miami Ink or NY Ink. Well, the good news for fans of those shows is that the star of the shows Ami James is opening a new shop in London with Huey Morgan (Fun Loving Criminals). Although most people associate Miami Ink with the name of the shop it is in fact called LoveHate and that too the name of the new London shop which can be found in Notting Hill (LoveHate Social Club).

The new studio opens this Friday (16th November) and I shall be attending the evening launch party. However, so I can relate this to mobiles in some shape or form I’m going on a mission to check out what phones at the party people are using. I will be armed with my video camera so hopefully I can catch some celebs with their smatphones in hand. It will be interesting to see what the mix of BlackBerry, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone are like in the tattoo world.

If you fancy getting inked then check out lovehatesocialclub.com

 

Posted by: James

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By November 14, 2012 Read More →

Windows Phone 8S from HTC – Video

 

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BBM Voice coming soon to your BlackBerry

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Fresh from the announcement from RIM regarding the launch of BlackBerry 10 we now get notified of another new super feature for all BlackBerry users – BBM Voice.

For the times when you want to hear a friend’s laughter instead of reading LOL, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM) is taking the social networking experience to a whole new level with an exciting new feature called BBM Voice. Research In Motion (RIM) today announced BBM version 7, a free update for the globally popular mobile social network, which will allow customers to make free voice calls to other BBM customers in the world over a Wi-Fi® connection*.

BBM is a fast, convenient and inexpensive service for BlackBerry® customers that gives them the ability to instantly chat with a friend, family member or colleague, and know when their message has been delivered, and read. With the new version of BBM, customers have a new option – they can talk with their BBM contact across the globe for free over a Wi-Fi connection. In an instant, customers can switch between texting and talking, or talk and text at the same time. For consumers, especially in developing markets, the BBM Voice feature offers an attractive way to talk with friends and family near and far, and staying in contact will be easier than ever as the holiday season approaches. For business customers, BBM Voice allows for enriched collaboration.

“BBM is the quick, easy way to stay connected to the people that matter to you, and with today’s announcement we’re expanding the capabilities of the service for deeper social engagement and even greater collaboration, beginning with voice functionality,” said T.A. McCann, Vice President of BBM and Social Communities at RIM. “The new BBM Voice feature is for when you’re travelling and you want to call home without worrying about phone charges. It’s for when you have news you can’t wait to share, for quickly explaining complicated details, and collaborating with colleagues. Whenever your ideas are too big for text, there’s BBM Voice.”

BBM Voice includes a number of convenient features.

  • Customers can initiate a BBM Voice call directly, or instantly switch from a BBM text chat to talk, and back again.
  • The split-screen feature allows customers to talk and text at the same time, so for example, they can send a picture to their contact while talking with them. They can also check other BBM text chats, check email, or navigate to other apps while engaged on a BBM Voice call.
  • BBM provides a visual indicator that shows when contacts are available for a voice call.
  • BBM Voice is compatible with any accessories a customer has now for making voice calls on their BlackBerry smartphone, such as a Bluetooth® or wired headset. Customers can also use BBM Voice over their BlackBerry smartphone’s speakerphone.
  • If it’s not an ideal time to talk, customers can simply choose to respond by texting back.

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By November 14, 2012 Read More →

Acer Chromebook selling now

unnamedA rather unexpected addition to Google’s device list on Play was the announcement there would be an all new Chromebook for sale. Whilst we don’t have the $249 Samsung Chromebook for sale to the mass market yet we do have this Acer sitting in the Play store at £199.

Much is being made of the Acer selling for $199 Stateside and the exchange rate being left out of the mix. By comparison to Samsung’s Chromebook that is likely to sell for about £50 more there are a few big differences to justify the pricing. Firstly we have a Intel Celeron processor running at 1.1ghz, whereas the Samsung has a slower atom processor. Battery apparently lasts an alarmingly short 3.5 hours. A standard hard drive that will no doubt run slower than the included 16gb flash drive on the Samsung however it packs 320gbs. The Acer is also larger and heavier.

Could this be a flooding of the market with ultra cheap laptop’s running Chrome like we saw several years ago when Android was taking a tight robotic grasp of the mobile market. Only time will tell and it’s going to jolly exciting finding out, Chromebooks will be the way forward in this writer’s opinion.

Here is the press release from Acer:

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By November 14, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 190: 10 more until party time!

Web bannerGareth, James and Dan chat about their experiences with EE. Dan and Gareth both manage to purchase a new device from Google. James gets an invite to the Blackberry 10 launch even (next year)

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By November 13, 2012 Read More →

Samsung’s ATIV S and ATIV Tab release dates delayed

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Expansys were expecting stock of both Windows ATIV devices this month but they have today confirmed that the dates have been pushed back and fingers crossed it will now be December 4th. I suppose that if you were planning on buying one as a Christmas present at least you have a couple of extra weeks to save your pennies!

You can check out the two devices using the following links:

Samsung ATIV S

Samsung ATIV Tab

 

Posted by: James

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By November 13, 2012 Read More →

Wanting the Google Nexus 4? It is out of stock already

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If you have been eagerly awaiting to order the Nexus 4 from Google Play and you didn’t get in quick I’m afraid you are going to be disappointed. Here in Europe both the 8GB and 16GB are now showing as out of stock which either means the device has been rather popular or maybe LG didn’t make enough?

Both phones offer great value for money – the 8GB is only £239 and the 16GB at £279. If you fancy the Nexus 10 instead then that one is currently in stock although it clearly isn’t a Nexus 4 replacement but it does look to be a great large Android tablet.

If you have to get the Nexus 4 then head on over to Google Play and enter your email address so they can keep you in the loop.

 

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