This week, BlackBerry have officially revealed a new OS7 phone, the BlackBerry 9720. This is the first OS7 device launched in nearly 2 years.
Vodafone sent out a press release yesterday detailing the roll out of their 4G service: Vodafone Ultrafast 4G. The service will be launched in London on 29th August. 12 other cities will be connected before the end of the year – Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield. Continue reading
Ofcom have reported that they will have finished retuning the last TV signals by tomorrow, 5 months ahead of schedule. This will make the 800MHz frequency range empty throughout the whole country and ready for the launch of 4G services. Continue reading
Ofcom have ruled that UK mobile network operators are now free to use their current 2G and 3G spectrums for 4G without having to formally apply to Ofcom for permission. Continue reading
According to the latest sales data from consumer panel Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, consumers in the UK are increasingly finding mobile handsets running the Windows Mobile operating system more appealing. In the three months up to April 2013, market share increased to 8.4%, compared to the same period last year, when market share was 4.0%. Continue reading
Ofcom have announced the winners of the 4G mobile auction. After 50 rounds of bidding which raised just over £2.3 billion, both Vodafone and O2 were able to secure parts of the network for their planned 4G coverage. Continue reading
Last Tuesday, Ofcom opened up the registration for parties interested in bidding for the 4G licenses next year. Applicants had until 16:00 on 11th December to express their interests as well as submit the initial £100,000 deposit. Continue reading
Vodafone UK has given more details on how they will be sharing masts across the UK with O2 UK. As reported here back in October and June, instead of having seperate masts for each network, they will be putting their masts and O2’s masts together, getting rid of duplicates and building out some new ones. Once done, Vodafone estimate that there will be 18,500 of them. Continue reading
Research published by Deloitte, a business advisory firm predicts that smartphones will help generate sales of up to £3.5bn this Christmas in the UK..
This isn’t only direct sales of handsets but also how people will be using their handsets to help with their shopping. For example to reasearch proces, store Christmas shopping lists and to actually pay for goods. Continue reading
According to the report, 20 million Gigabytes of data is now being consumed in a month by mobile phone users. Compared to the same period last year, where 9 million Gigabytes of data was used, this is an increase of more than double the amount, an equivalent of downloading 5 billion music tracks. They predict that this could increase by 80 times that amount buy 2030. Even with the advent of 4G next year, Ofcom forsee an issue of possible “capacity crunch” in the forseable future as networks struggle to meet the data demands of its customers. Continue reading