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Plenty of questions about 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network capacity

Podcast - 21st November 2012

There's plenty of talk about mobile networks in this week's podcast. We start with a new charity-focussed MVNO before moving on to Ofcom's plans for avoiding a mobile capacity crunch.

There's also talk about WiFi offloading, BlackBerry's free voice calling service, Nokia's map business and much more as well.

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Last week at The Fonecast: 19th November 2012

Confusion by numbers

Mark Bridge writes:

The last few days have been particularly busy for UK telecoms regulator Ofcom. It started the week by announcing its rules for next year’s UK 4G mobile spectrum auction – expect services to go live in around six months – and it ended the week with plans to avoid a 5G capacity crunch.

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BlackBerry adds free voice calls to BBM messaging service

Research In Motion has updated its BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging service to allow free voice calls to other BBM users via WiFi.

BBM version 7 enables customers to switch between texting and talking with their contacts.

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Last week at The Fonecast: 12th November 2012

Let the tills ring out...

Mark Bridge writes:

We’re moving into that time of year where product announcements are replaced by promotional campaigns and sales figures. Apple revealed it had sold three million assorted iPad tablets in just three days, while Samsung said its Galaxy SIII smartphone had sold more than 30 million units since its launch in May.

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Microsoft Messenger becomes part of Skype

Microsoft is replacing its instant messaging platform with Skype, the online telecom platform it took over in 2011.

Windows Live Messenger - originally known as MSN Messenger - is expected to be ‘retired’ in early 2013.

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