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.
Orange France has launched a contactless payment and ticketing service in the area around Nice. It's based on an NFC-equipped version of the Samsung Player One handset and includes a free Cityzi pass that'll let consumers buy and validate tickets on public transport, pay in shops and accumulate loyalty points.
The concept of 'Facebook Zero' – a low data text-focussed version of Facebook for mobile phones – was mentioned at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. Three months on, Facebook has now launched the service at 0.facebook.com. The new mobile site is currently available with zero data charges via over 50 mobile operators. The UK isn't yet one of the 45 countries where it works, although 3 UK plans to introduce it soon.