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The millionth femtocell is expected this year

ABI Research has calculated that a million femtocells will have been shipped by the end of 2010 – and the forecast for 2015 is for more than 54 million femtocell shipments. Femtocells were initially seen as 'boosters' for mobile consumers with poor home coverage but are now being used in business situations and outdoors as well.

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O2 UK needs new m-payment partner after splitting from NatWest

O2 is looking for a new mobile money partner after ending its partnership with NatWest, according to a report in Mobile News. NatWest will continue to provide banking services for the Cash Manager and Load & Go cards until a new provider is chosen. O2 Money, the brand behind the two cards, was launched last summer.

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Hutchison Whampoa profits up as 3G business does better

­Hutchison Whampoa has reported that its profits for the first half of 2010 were up 12% year-on-year to HK$6.45 billion (around £521 million). Losses in the 3 Group, which runs a number of mobile networks including Three UK, were down 82% to HK$998 million. Hutchison Whampoa now has 27.8 million 3G mobile customers worldwide – a 6% annual rise – including over 5 million mobile broadband users.

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Three UK does discount deal for young entrepreneurs with The Prince's Trust

The business division of Three UK has signed a deal with The Prince’s Trust charity that'll offer thousands of young entrepreneurs a reduced rate on their mobile phone bills. Three Business has created a 24-month package with a line rental discount and a free 2GB data allowance. It's available for all young entrepreneurs who have received start-up business support from The Prince’s Trust.

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O2 UK puts BlackBerry devices on prepay tariffs

O2 UK is now offering Research In Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones on a Pay & Go prepaid tariff. The company's Pay & Go deal for BlackBerry smartphones offers customers inclusive BlackBerry Messenger usage and 500MB of monthly data when they top-up with a minimum of £15 per month.

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