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The week's mobile news headlines: from Google Keep to Apple's maps

Podcast - 27th March 2013

Today's edition of The Fonecast takes a look at the top mobile-related news stories from the past week, including the new Google Keep app, Apple's mapping acquisition and Facebook's VoIP service.

We also cover the BlackBerry World application store, a new UK 4G survey from eBay, in-car connectivity and the recent Yahoo! purchase of Summly.

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Facebook brings VoIP calls to the UK

Facebook is reportedly adding VoIP calling to its iOS Messenger app for UK customers, following the introduction of free voice calls for users in Canada and the USA earlier this year.

Customers with the Facebook Messenger iOS app will be able to use the app for voice calls as well as text-based messaging.

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All the big news from Mobile World Congress... and much more

Podcast - 6th March 2013

We're back from Mobile World Congress 2013 with the latest news for the UK mobile phone industry.

Today's conversation covers new handsets, forthcoming operating systems, apps, mobile payments, VoIP, 4G and Facebook's two-tier internet.

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Facebook arranges discounted data deals with mobile network operators

Facebook has set up partnerships with a number of mobile network operators to provide customers with free or cut-price data access to Facebook messaging.

The reduced prices - described as a ‘promotion’ by Facebook - will be available via the Facebook Messenger iOS and Android applications as well as the Facebook for Every Phone app for Java-enabled handsets.

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Inq shows off its new social media app

Inq, the Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary that started life five years ago as a mobile phone manufacturer before changing its focus to mobile software, has released the beta version of its new Material application.

Material is described as a ‘content discovery service’ that creates a twice-daily electronic magazine from information from the user’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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