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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

Ofcom

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

 

o2

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

gov.uk

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

 

BB Classic

BlackBerry yesterday announced the release of a new handset that merges design of their classic smartphones with the improved features of BlackBerry 10.

When the first BlackBerry 10 handsets launched, not only was the software a huge change for historic users, but also the familiar keys had gone; the trackpad, BlackBerry menu button and back button. For some users, these distinguished features were greatly missed. Continue reading

O2 Eurotunnel
O2 UK have confirmed that along with 2G and 3G, a 4G connection is now available over the length of the Eurotunnel between England and France.

The service comes as part of a £2 million investment to extend network coverage on both sides of the channel.

Vodafone UK currently have 2G and 3G coverage in the Eurotunnel and are working on introducing 4G in due course, although no date has yet been confirmed.

iPhone 6

In a Keynote address on Tuesday night, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook unveiled Apple’s next generation smartphones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, calling them “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone”.

Both handsets will feature next-generation Retina displays, with the iPhone 6 sporting 1334 x 750 pixels, and the iPhone 6 Plus having a full 1080 HD resolution as well as a pixel density of 401ppi. Both handsets are bigger than the current iPhone 5, which has a 4” screen; the iPhone 6 will have a 4.7” screen and the iPhone 6 Plus a 5.5” screen. On the flip side both will be thinner (iPhone 6 will be 6.9mm and the iPhone 6 Plus, 7.1mm).

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vodafone

Vodafone are experiencing an outage that is affecting Voice, SMS and Voicemail services. End users may be unable to make or receive calls,  send or receive SMS messages as well as retrieve/listen to voicemail messages.

It appears this issue was raised at 14.50 today and Vodafone are investigating the fault as a P1 Critical priority and apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing.

Update: At 7pm, Vodafone have advised they’re still working on fixing this intermittent issue and have stated it’s their highest priority to sort this out for the affected customers.

Update: At 8pm, Vodafone advised they’re continuing to work on the intermittent issues that some customers have been experiencing this afternoon and that they are making progress. Until the matter is resolved it will remain Vodafone’s highest priority and have thanked their customers for their patience whilst they tackle this issue.

Update: At 10.20pm, Vodafone have advised engineers are working to fix this as their highest priority and are restoring full service now. Vodafone will be continuing to monitor the situation closely to ensure that all services remain stable.

Update: As at 17th January at 8am, Vodafone have advised that fixes were put in place last night, and they have been monitoring the situation. The issue is still being treated as a P1 Critical, their highest priority. A further update should be due in the next hour.

Update: At 9:40 am, Vodafone have advised, some customers were affected by intermittent issues yesterday, which may have prevented them from connecting some calls, using some data services and sending some texts. Their engineers worked to fix this as their highest priority and confirmed restoration of full service began at 9pm last night. Vodafone continued to closely monitor the network overnight and have seen it performing well.

Vodafone are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to those affected customers

Update: On Monday 20th of January, Vodafone advised the following:

The intermittent service that customers may have received last Thursday has been pinpointed as a connectivity issue on one of the nodes located within our Southampton MTX which caused a subsequent database corruption.  Once root cause had been established we isolated the node in question and moved to restore full service across the network.

On Friday morning traffic across the network reached and exceeded normal levels without any issues.