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Ofcom says mobile contracts should ditch inflation-related price rises

Ofcom says mobile contracts should ditch inflation-related price rises

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom wants to ban inflation-related rises in phone and broadband contracts. Instead, it says any potential mid-contract price rises should be set out in pounds and pence.
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Global smartphone market is set for recovery, says new forecast

A new forecast from research specialists Canalys shows the smartphone market is set to recover next year. Worldwide shipments declined by 12% last year but that decline is expected to slow to 5% this year.
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Vodafone and Three plan to merge their UK businesses

Vodafone and Three plan to merge their UK businesses

New Hutchison/Vodafone network would be biggest UK operator

Vodafone Group plc and CK Hutchison Group Telecom Holdings Limited have agreed to combine their UK telecommunication businesses, respectively Vodafone UK and Three UK. The merger will create a large new network operator to compete with Virgin Media O2 and EE.
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UK mobile payment service Paym to close in March 2023

UK mobile payment service Paym will close on 7th March 2023. The service, which allowed users to make and receive payments using their mobile phone numbers, was launched in 2014.
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Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Which? seeks payout for Samsung and Apple smartphone owners

Consumer protection organisation Which? has been given permission by the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal to represent Apple and Samsung smartphone buyers in a legal case against chip manufacturer Qualcomm.
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Last week at The Fonecast: 29th October 2012

Big news but no big surprises

Mark Bridge writes:

In many ways it’s been a week of big news without big surprises. Apple announced the much-rumoured iPad mini, which is just like an iPad but smaller. It also introduced a fourth-generation update to its larger iPad, promising more speed and more 4G connectivity.

Talking of 4G, the network operator formerly known as Everything Everywhere revealed tariff details for its new 4G mobile phone service. When 4G launches in the UK tomorrow it’ll cost slightly more than 3G. Who’d have thought it?

Quarterly results from a handful of companies didn’t really catch anyone out. Samsung and Apple had relatively good quarters, LG did better than expected, HTC saw revenue and profit fall, Amazon.com and Facebook both made a loss while EE and Virgin Media kept things ticking over nicely. Assorted analyses from Strategy Analytics, IDC and ABI Research show Samsung dominating smartphone sales, followed by Apple’s iPhone range.

When it comes to tablets, Apple is ahead although the market share of Android devices has been increasing during the past few months.

It’s also been a good week for mobile money. American Express has invested in mobile Point of Sale business iZettle, O2 has launched its own mobile POS solution, the UK’s Project Oscar m-commerce venture has a new name – and new research says most consumers in developing markets know about mobile payments and will increase their use of the service.

Finally, a quick look ahead. Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s Windows 8 availability we’re expecting an update about Windows Phone 8 today... and it seems that Google has some new Android-powered Nexus devices waiting in the wings. Tune in to Wednesday’s podcast to learn more!

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