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Podcast - 12th November 2014

This week's podcast begins with a heated discussion about the UK government's consultation about improving mobile phone coverage.

Iain, James and Mark then move on to talk about over-the-top voice services, mobile internet usage, patent deals, the UK's next spectrum auction and wearable technology.

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UK mobile phone call quality research by Ofcom puts EE in first place

UK mobile phone call quality research by Ofcom puts EE in first place

Ofcom has published research on mobile phone call quality from the ‘big four’ UK network operators.

It’s used data from mobile analytics specialist RootMetrics to better understand consumers’ experience of making phone calls on the EE, O2, Three and Vodafone networks.

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Registering for the UK Telephone Preference Service cuts unwanted phone calls by about a third, says Ofcom

New research published by UK communications regulator Ofcom shows that signing up to the Telephone Preference Service reduces the number of unsolicited ‘live’ marketing or sales calls by around a third.

Organisations are legally required to ensure they don’t call numbers registered on the TPS unless they have the consumer’s consent to contact them.

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European roaming charges fall again today

Maximum mobile data costs falling by over 55%

The cost of using a mobile phone in Europe is falling again for many customers.

The European Union’s Roaming Regulations of May 2012, which cut mobile roaming charges two years ago and again in 2013, have reduced prices for the third (and final) time.

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Privacy-focussed smartphone Blackphone begins shipping

SGP Technologies, the joint venture between Silent Circle and Geeksphone, has announced that its Blackphone smartphones have started shipping to customers.

The privacy-focussed device, which was launched ahead of Mobile World Congress 2014, is based on the Android OS but also offers encrypted calls and encrypted text messaging.

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