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Ofcom says mobile contracts should ditch inflation-related price rises

Ofcom says mobile contracts should ditch inflation-related price rises

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom wants to ban inflation-related rises in phone and broadband contracts. Instead, it says any potential mid-contract price rises should be set out in pounds and pence.
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Global smartphone market is set for recovery, says new forecast

A new forecast from research specialists Canalys shows the smartphone market is set to recover next year. Worldwide shipments declined by 12% last year but that decline is expected to slow to 5% this year.
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Vodafone and Three plan to merge their UK businesses

Vodafone and Three plan to merge their UK businesses

New Hutchison/Vodafone network would be biggest UK operator

Vodafone Group plc and CK Hutchison Group Telecom Holdings Limited have agreed to combine their UK telecommunication businesses, respectively Vodafone UK and Three UK. The merger will create a large new network operator to compete with Virgin Media O2 and EE.
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UK mobile payment service Paym to close in March 2023

UK mobile payment service Paym will close on 7th March 2023. The service, which allowed users to make and receive payments using their mobile phone numbers, was launched in 2014.
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Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Which? seeks payout for Samsung and Apple smartphone owners

Consumer protection organisation Which? has been given permission by the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal to represent Apple and Samsung smartphone buyers in a legal case against chip manufacturer Qualcomm.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

This week at The Fonecast: 23rd July 2011

Mark Bridge writes:

We’ve had a week packed with financial figures. Microsoft, Vodafone and Qualcomm were all relatively upbeat with their quarterly results. A ‘thrilled’ Apple shipped over 20 million iPhones in yet another record quarter, while Nokia shipped less than 17 million smartphones (and almost 72 million other mobile phones) in its disappointing quarter.

Talking of numbers, a new report from Juniper Research predicts that one billion smartphones will be shipped globally in 2016, a 230% increase from last year’s total of 302 million devices worldwide.

This week has also delivered surprising news for many people: Everything Everywhere, the parent of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, is getting a new CEO. Tom Alexander, who’d previously been CEO of Orange, is handing over to Olaf Swantee at the end of August.

If that wasn’t surprising enough, Google has said it's going to close its Google Labs project – the ‘playground’ in which it developed a variety of prototype desktop and mobile products. Looks like little Google’s all grown-up now.

In the world of apps, GetTaxi has launched a service that’ll let you order a London taxi from an app. Better still, it’ll let you watch the taxi via an on-screen map as it heads towards you.

Three UK has introduced a Facebook mobile application for Java-based feature phones, along with six months of free use.

Arriva has issued mobile tickets for more than one million UK bus journeys.

And we’ve been talking to Sedgrid Lewis, who’s fighting the cyberbullies with an app called Bully Block.

Finally, if you ever wondered where the mobile king of the world might live, the GSMA has an answer for you. It’s Barcelona. Yes, the Catalan city has been named as the Mobile World Capital from 2012 to 2018. This means, amongst other things, it’ll be in a position to host the GSMA Mobile World Congress… which was hosted by Barcelona in 2011… and 2010… and 2009…

I wonder if anyone put money on its rivals?


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