Three UK is changing the way it blocks age-sensitive content accessed via its mobile network.
Previously it's followed a similar policy to the UK’s other major networks, filtering websites to protect users who may be under 18. Commercial web content that would be classified as '18+' in other formats (e.g. magazines, films and games) has been restricted until the customer provides proof they're at least 18 years old.
O2 says it's the first UK network to take advantage of Ofcom's new rules about redeploying old GSM frequencies. It's now reusing its 900MHz spectrum in London for 3G services, which is apparently delivering a 50% increase in capacity to the existing 2100MHz 3G network.
O2 has also deployed so-called 3G900 services in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.
A majority share in Phones 4U has been sold to private equity firm BC Partners by owners Providence Equity Partners. Control of the UK retail chain had been bought by Providence from founder John Caudwell in 2006.
Although the deal needs regulatory approval, it’s expected to be finalised next month.
The LG Optimus 3D will launch exclusively at The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy this spring. It’ll later be available to other UK retailers.
The phone, which was announced at Mobile World Congress in February, has an auto-stereoscopic 4.3-inch display that avoids the need for 3D glasses.