This week's edition of The Fonecast covers the UK government's forthcoming mobile spectrum auction, BlackBerry problems in the Gulf states, universal mobile chargers, the new Amazon Kindle ebook reader and the 'religion' of Apple. There's also an interview with Milly Allen, who's planning to broadcast her London talent shows via mobile phone.
O2 has launched a £5-a-month mobile broadband contract that offers 500MB of data. There's an upfront charge of £19.99 for the dongle, which also provides unlimited WiFi access at via The Cloud and BT Openzone. The tariff can be cancelled with just 30 days notice.
London-based market research company Opinium has been talking to UK consumers following well-reported problems with Apple's iPhone 4. It found that 57% of consumers in the UK were aware of the recent 'Antennagate' iPhone issues reported in the press. 42% of people disagreed with the statement that Apple produces fault free mobile phones and 50% agreed that Apple’s mobile phones are too expensive for what they are.
UK Minister for Communications, Ed Vaizey, has today launched a programme of measures for radio spectrum modernisation. It's a simplified version of plans that were proposed by the previous Government but didn't become law due to the General Election.
Vodafone is running its Mobile Clicks challenge for the third successive year, searching for the best mobile internet start-up in the UK, the Netherlands and Portugal.
Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2010 is open to any start-up – either existing or planned – in the field of mobile internet products or services. The closing date for entries is 22nd August 2010. There's a €100,000 prize for the winner and €50,000 for the runner-up.