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Vodafone UK launch ‘Mobile WiFi’ in UK but don’t call it ‘MiFi’

by Ben Smith 16th August 2010

Today Vodafone UK have announced their ‘Mobile WiFi’ product. It’s a roughly credit-card sized (and a centimetre thick) gizmo that shares a mobile broadband connection between up to 5 devices over WiFi. Sound familiar? Yes, it’s a MiFi. Except Vodafone can’t call it that because – in the UK at least – Three have the […]

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The great 0870 swindle…

by Ben Smith 12th August 2010

Mobile operators in the UK are charging many times more for calls to ‘local rate’ numbers than calls to real geographic numbers, excluding them from bundled allowances and providing another unpleasant surprise for unwitting consumers. I moved house last weekend. Anyone following me on Twitter will know it all had to happen in a bit […]

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James Whatley: TV star & Roaming Guru

by Ben Smith 25th June 2010
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Hey! What’s that? It’s only James Freakin’ Whatley on my telebox! James has been chatting to the BBC about roaming costs (which guest contributor Ilicco Elia also covered recently) and the smart ways you can avoid (or at least reduce) them… It’s going to be a hot topic as World Cup fans return home over […]

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Want to know where the only iPhone 4s on 3UK are?

by Ben Smith 25th June 2010
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There was the predictable controlled chaos around the Apple Store on Regent Street. Queues snaked around the store, along the street and around the corner. At 6pm the line still contained many hundred of people – some estimates placing it at 1000. Bizarrely though, with the huge rush to purchase the device, inside the store […]

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Nokia still accidentally telling people N-Series dropping Symbian [Told You So]

by Ben Smith 23rd June 2010

Nokia have been at it again, only this time they blabbed to CNET Australia… As we reported back in November, it does look like they will be dropping Symbian from N-Series

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Success of UK mobile market threatened by Post Office [Archive]

by Ben Smith 18th June 2010
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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose… It seems the UK government’s glacial pace in regulating the use of the airwaves isn’t just a recent phenomenon.

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Demola Innovation Experience: Nokia Image Space Mobile Browser [Video] [Updated]

by Ben Smith 18th June 2010
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In the second of the series of collaborations with The Really Mobile Project, Rafe Blandford of All About Symbian speaks to Severi Uusitalo from Nokia’s Research Centre about the Image Space Mobile Browser concept. Image Space has been in development for some time, although the mobile browsing element demonstrated at the Demola event is new.

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Essential Reading: Offer Free WiFi in the UK at Your Own Risk

by Ben Smith 18th June 2010

Occasional Really Mobile guest contributor Steve Kennedy has written an essential bit of reading for anyone who provides or shares WiFi connections in the UK. There’s a great deal of myth and confusion about recent changes, but this post spells it out… There’s far more than the (little loved) Digital Economy Act to consider. Read […]

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