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It doesn’t matter if Nokia launches a Windows Phone…

by Ben Smith 9th February 2011
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A consensus is forming that Nokia and new CEO Stephen Elop are going to announce something big on Friday. It’s rumoured to be a Windows Phone 7 announcement, specifically one for North America where Nokia is mostly ignored. If they do there’ll be an explosion in the tech press… and I’ll be liberally hitting ‘Mark All [...]

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Can you switch from a dongle to a MiFi? [Reader question]

by Ben Smith 4th February 2011
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Reader Sami has written-in with a question… My company kindly provides me with a (limitless?) Vodafone dongle for my laptop so I can work on the go. I recently got a WiFi iPad and I’m finding it easier to carry and use but I have to be in a WiFi area to use it for [...]

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On the road again…

by Ben Smith 31st January 2011

It’s time to get on the road again… and inevitably thinking about roaming bills. A combination of internet-based services and even reasonable rates mean voice calls have stopped being the worry they once were – now it’s all about data. My most recent trip to Australia had been simple in comparison to the usual pain…

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November is MiFi month: Orange launch theirs

by Ben Smith 4th November 2010
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It seems like only yesterday I was blogging T-Mobile’s new mobile WiFi device the ‘Wireless Pointer’ (actually, it was yesterday). Now Orange have launched their own one as well…

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T-Mobile Launch the ‘Wireless Pointer’ [Oddest. Named. MiFi. Ever]

by Ben Smith 3rd November 2010
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The news is 2 days old now, but we missed all the fun then so… T-Mobile have got their act together and launched a Mobile WiFi device (MiFi) akin to the Three and Vodafone ones already on the market. I wrote up what little info there is for my Mobile WiFi Challenge Blog, but we’ll [...]

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You are not the (phone manufacturer’s) customer

by Ben Smith 22nd October 2010

Dameon Welch-Abernathy (aka ‘Phoneboy‘) issues a timely reminder… In most countries, the operator represents a larger percentage of overall sales than the individual customers who purchase a given device “unlocked, unbranded.” In North America, roughly 90% of the handsets are sold through an operator channel. When faced with those kinds of economics, it’s no wonder that [...]

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Rumour: Symbian Foundation to be wound up? [Updated: Probably]

by Ben Smith 19th October 2010
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File this firmly in the ‘unconfirmed’ tray, but a super-secret source contacted us a few days ago with news that the Symbian Foundation is to be wound up. The wheels are - apparently - already in motion and today’s news that CEO Lee Williams is leaving (immediately) for ‘personal reasons’ appears to chime with this. This move [...]

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Nokia N8 First Look: Better, but far from good.

by Ben Smith 10th October 2010
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It’s finally here. Some six thousand (ish – I forget) years after it was announced the N8‘s shipping and I’ve got an Orange one. There’s plenty being written about it already so let’s keep this brief…

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