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Mobile industry headlines and HipLogic interview in this week's podcast

This week's edition of The Fonecast is now online, taking its usual look at the latest mobile news headlines.

There's also an interview with Mark Anderson from HipLogic; a company that recently announced a deal to preload its information and entertainment application on new mobile phones from The Carphone Warehouse.

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Almost 500 more mobile phone shops in the UK this year

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O2 UK to sell Dell Streak Android-powered tablet from June

The Apple iPad will have a rival in O2 and The Carphone Warehouse shops within days of arriving in the UK. O2 and Dell have done an exclusive deal that'll see the Dell Streak Android-powered tablet available through O2 UK from early next month.

The Dell Streak runs the Android operating system and has a 5-inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, expandable memory, built-in WiFi and a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Pricing and tariff information hasn't been confirmed yet.

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Revamped app store arrives at The Carphone Warehouse

Last year – in fact, exactly a year ago today – we reported that Californian mobile developer HipLogic had created the SnappLife application store for The Carphone Warehouse in the UK.

The two companies are now announcing HipLogic Live (which replaces the 'SnappLife' branding). This, much like SnappLife, is a free application that helps consumers connect to social networking sites, provides media content and also offers an App store. It'll be preloaded on a number of mobile phones.

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Vodafone UK and Talkmobile offer a pay-as-you-go overdraft

Talkmobile, which operates a mobile phone service on the Vodafone UK network, has launched an 'overdraft facility' for its Pay As You Go customers. The Lifesaver service allows Talkmobile’s prepay customers to borrow £1 when they run out of credit. This is automatically repaid when they next top-up, along with a 10p service charge.

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