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The latest handset software update has been released for BlackBerry 10 devices. The version 10.3.2 brings various enhancements to handsets, as follows:

Anti-theft protection in BlackBerry Protect

BlackBerry Protect, the service that helps you find your lost handset, has a new feature. Users can now disable the device if it’s lost or stolen so that nobody can wipe and reactive the handset.

BlackBerry Calendar

An update to the month view means the date numbers will grow and shrink depending on the number of appointments are set for the day; therefore users can now see at a glance how busy their day will be.

An enhancement to Meeting Mode now means that users will be able to tailor notifications that come through while they are in a scheduled meeting. They will also be able to set the handset to automatically go into quiet mode during the meetings. Continue reading

O2 UK will soon be implementing a new feature on its mobile network that will analyse activity of its users in real time in order to make immediate changes to improve the user experience.

Until now O2 send out engineers in response to feedback from users in order to manually analyse and then tweak the network for improvements. This usually takes days, if not weeks. The self-optimisation technology provided by Cellwize analyses the quality of voice calls, texts and data. The data is then used to pinpoint where network improvements need to be made, vastly speeding up the process. In some cases, it will be able to automatically adjust O2’s antennae to best meet the needs of users. Initial tests in Edinburgh have seen call quality has improved by 40%.

O2 COO Derek McManus said: “The way in which our customers use and experience our network is incredibly powerful and there is a lot we can learn from it. As well as regular infrastructure upgrades, we also prioritize the introduction of new technologies and are proud to bring this innovation to the UK. Our customers now use the smartest, most intelligent network available, which learns and responds to precisely how they choose to use it.”

The service is to be rolled out to the rest of the O2 network by November.


A report by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) calls for the 999 emergency services to be radically updated to take into account the variety of methods in which we communicate, as well as exploit the technology now in peoples’ hands to help save lives.

The report, ‘Contacting Emergency Services in the Digital Age’ recommends that emergency services need to create a cross platform, data based system so as to filter reports and deploy responders. It calls for being able to use texting technology as well as apps to be able to contact 999 or send alerts. Continue reading

According to a survey conducted by YouGov, British homes have at least 7 devices on average to get online with, with smartphones being the most common device.

Seven out of ten households now have at least one tablet, with four out of ten having bought one in the past year. The breakdown of the types of internet devices per household is as below:

  • Smartphone: 1.7
  • Laptop: 1.3
  • Tablet: 1.2
  • Games Console: 1.0
  • Desktop Computer: 0.6
  • Connected TV: 0.5 Continue reading


Last week Ofcom published the results of their latest comparative study into 4G & 3G performance. The study looked at the overall performance and then broke it down into the individual mobile providers. This is part of Ofcom’s commitment to ensure that service providers are delivering what they promised when they won the bids for the 4G spectrum. Continue reading



Telefonica have announced that they have agreed definite terms to sell O2 UK to Hutchison Whampoa, the parent company of Three.

The sale will “result in the creation of the most customer-centric mobile operator in the UK” according to O2. However the deal is still subject to regulatory approval which could take up to 30th June, 2016 to complete, although this could be extended to 30th September, 2016.

On completion, Hutchison Whampoa will pay Telefonica “£9,250 million along with an additional £1,000 million once the cumulative cash flow of the combined company meets cash flow targets”.

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Vodafone UK will launch Voice over 4G (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi Calling this summer, as part of its £1 billion investment into its network and services.

Tested last year by Vodafone, VoLTE is a technology that allows voice to route across a 4G network connection. Currently any calls on UK networks go over 2G or 3G. Vodafone will now start user trials ahead of a commercial launch. Continue reading


The UK Government announced this week that it has secured a “landmark deal for UK mobile phone users” with the big four mobile networks to increase mobile network coverage across the UK.

Vodafone, O2, EE and Three have all signed up to invest £5bn into mobile coverage so as to reduce the number of partial “not-spots” by at least half.

Partial not-spots are areas that have some coverage but not with all the networks, resulting in some users having no coverage at all. Continue reading