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Truphone updates local call service with membership option

Mobile VoIP provider and virtual network Truphone has updated its Local Anywhere service. Until now, customers have had to choose a specific country from before receiving local rates for calls.

The company has now launched Truphone Membership, which offers local rates in all Truphone countries for just £10 a month.

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BT challenges mobile dominance of smart metering

BT has formed a partnership with Arqiva and Detica to build a dedicated radio network designed for 'smart metering' in the UK. Existing GSM and GPRS technology has been used for most of the projects so far.

The UK Government has previously said it wants all homes to have smart meters by 2020, with Ofgem expected to publish more details this month.

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Smartphone owners turning to apps for radio on their mobiles

Earlier this year, figures from RAJAR Ltd (Radio Joint Audience Research) showed that 13% of UK adults had listened to the radio via mobile phone. 54% of these selected the station using an FM preset, while 14% ran an app for a specific radio station.

Now, new research has revealed that 20% of smartphone owners - 1.4 million people – have downloaded a radio app, with over half of them (53%) using the application at least once a week. These figures are part of RAJAR's latest MIDAS (Measurement of Internet Delivered Audio Services) survey.

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Social networking and gaming will drive mobile internet usage

This year’s Mobile Web Usage Forecast from mobile internet firm Volantis says consumer interest in social networks and mobile games will drive mobile internet in the UK and the USA.

The company's forecast shows that entertainment is becoming a priority...

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Orange mobile broadband ad banned by ASA

A press ad for Orange mobile broadband has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The 'top dongle' ad said "The Orange 3G network covers more people in the UK than any other operator"; a statement that the Three network disagreed with. Hutchison 3G UK argued that they had the largest 3G network in the UK, based on population coverage.

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