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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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A week of mobile news, including a US launch for the Amazon Fire smartphone and a UK launch for Google Glass

Podcast - 25th June 2014

This week's podcast covers the launch of the first Amazon smartphone and the introduction of Google Glass to the UK.

We also talk about new WiFi-powered voice services from EE and Three, plans to reduce mobile 'black spots', BlackBerry's app partnership, smartphone theft, 4G innovation... and rechargeable trousers.

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Three UK plans WiFi-powered voice and SMS service from early August

Three says it’s launching a new service that’ll offer voice and SMS text services via WiFi to UK customers.

The service, which is called Three inTouch, will be available from early August.

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Government in discussions about national 'roaming' for UK mobile networks

Government ministers are talking to mobile network operators about the possibility of allowing ‘roaming’ between UK networks, according to news reports.

It means that ‘black spot’ areas of poor coverage would be reduced.

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EE announces WiFi voice calling service, with 4G VoLTE launch planned for next year

EE announces WiFi voice calling service, with 4G VoLTE launch planned for next year

EE says it’s planning to allow UK customers to make voice calls over WiFi connections “with a higher quality and greater degree of reliability than unmanaged VoIP services”.

Calls will be available via the standard dialler on the customer’s smartphone, with SMS messaging also available.

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