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IOS-8

With the release of iOS8 last week, Apple introduced a new feature for data roaming within the EU. It’s designed to reduce mobile call and data costs once new EU legislation comes into force next year. However it can cause issues if you turn the function on before the new legislation comes into force. These problem include being unable to make and receive phone calls as well as a loss of data connection. The setting is enabled as soon as you turn data roaming on, and must be switched off if you want to carry on using your device while roaming within the EU….

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Earlier this summer, the Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey, put forth a proposition to the four major MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) in the UK (O2, Vodafone, EE and Three) where he suggested that coverage could be improved upon through the implementation of a type of National Roaming Agreement. Although the suggestion carried merit, it has widely been rejected as the positive effects have not been deemed sufficient enough for the suggestion to be taken any further, the Financial Times has reported. Continue reading

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O2 has just confirmed that approximately 240 towns and cities in the United Kingdom (or 45% of the population), now have access to their 800MHz 4G network. This comes a year after the operator first started offering their high speed 4G data service.

In addition to this, the network operator has confirmed they intend to invest a further £1.5bn in upgrading the network over the next 3 years, with the aim of ensuring 4G, 3G and 2G all have coverage for 98% of the UK population by 2017.

Derek McManus of O2 (Telefónica UK) was quoted saying the following “We have spent the past year rolling out our 4G network so we can connect customers to the products and services they are passionate about in today’s digital age. It’s been the fastest build of any new network in our history – just one year after launching 3G we had reached 16% of the UK population and, in the same timeframe, we already reach over 45% of the UK population with 4G.”

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TfL is looking for a sponsor to fund a full roll out of WiFi on all London’s bus routes. Two bus routes have already been trialled, with WiFi deployed on the route 12 bus between Dulwich and Oxford Circus, as well as the RV1 route from Covent Garden to Tower Hill.

TFL has said it hopes to roll out WiFi across the city bus routes if it can find sponsors to fund the connection on around 7,500 buses.  Continue reading

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With Windows Phone 8.1 update being rolled out to supported handsets, network operator O2 has announced it will offer Visual Voicemail to Windows smartphones.

Voicemail messages are downloaded to the Windows Phone with users then able to click into the messages they want to hear. The functionality eliminates the need to listen to each message in turn to get to the next one, and the feature also allows for easy deletion of old voicemails. Continue reading

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Ofcom has decided to revise down its proposed price increase to the spectrum licence fees it annually charges mobile operators.

In October 2013 the regulator announced a price hike that would have seen operators annual licence fees increase almost five-fold across the board. Continue reading

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Commuters will benefit from improved WiFi speeds as part of the government’s plan to spend £90 million to boost internet use and phone signal on trains. Some of the development will be funded by the £53.1 million fine imposed on Network Rail by the Office of Rail Regulation for late running trains. Continue reading

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After a £15 Million investment to upgrade in service, O2 have turned on its 4G network in Belfast and Lisburn. The £15 Million investment including the modernisation of its 2G and 3G networks, as well as the rollout of 4G.

£5 million more will be spent to extend this to other areas by the end of this year, including the city of Londonderry. Continue reading

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Passengers travelling on the Eurotunnel will be able to make and receive mobile phone calls and surf the internet from today.

The service which was launched in partnership with Vodafone, EE, O2 and equipment supplier Alcatel-Luncent, has been introduced to mark the 20 anniversary of the first cross-channel journey via the tunnel. Continue reading