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More gaff than giff: The consumer-run network falters

by Dan Lane 24th August 2010
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If O2 was a comedy club (and sometimes I’m not entirely convinced it isn’t) then giffgaff would certainly be the equivalent of Open Mike night… Or Amateur Hour. When giffgaff launched their service last November I said “Watch this space to see giffgaff become a tremendous success… or a horrific disaster” and unfortunately 9 months […]

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O2 confirm iPhone launch on Tesco Mobile

by Dan Lane 10th December 2009

UK supermarket chain Tesco isn’t exactly known for it’s premium brand (apparently sitting between Asda and Sainsbury’s in the ‘Supermarket Snobbery’ charts) but that doesn’t mean customers of their MVNO offering have to go without… The iPhone 3G and 3GS will be available on the network from Monday on both Pay As You Go and […]

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The lowdown on giffgaff

by Dan Lane 26th November 2009

giffgaff (uncomfortably all lowercase) is a brand new pay-as-you-go MVNO backed by O2 (and using the O2 network) that claims to be “The People Powered Network”, they launched their service yesterday morning and I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with the giffgaff management team to get the lowdown on this unique […]

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Opinion: The Nokia N900

by Dan Lane 13th November 2009

For some reason the mobile industry has started to bore me. There has been very little released recently that has actually excited me. No real revolution to speak of. There was a new revision of the iPhone in the iPhone 3GS, Android has continued it’s slow plodding march to world domination and there was that […]

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VoIP on the Nokia N900

by Dan Lane 29th October 2009
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We take a look at some of the VoIP calling features built-in to the Nokia N900. We used a WiFi connection in this video but it also works over 3G and 3.5G (sadly it’s a poor experience on anything less than 3G). This feature was brought to you in association with If you want […]

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CORRECTED: Palm Pre (doesn't) win T3 'Gadget of the year'

by Dan Lane 14th October 2009

Whoops! this post was previously about the Palm Pre winning Gadget of the Year at the ‘The T3 Gadget Awards‘. Well it pains me to say that turns out we were wrong. Yes, that’s right, it happens sometimes! We acted on a lead from a confused tipster. The award was actually “Outstanding Contribution to Tech” […]

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iPhone app: Gmail Alerts

by Dan Lane 9th October 2009

GMail Alerts (iTunes link) is an iPhone app and service that uses Apple’s push notification service to notify you of new mail arriving in your GMail account. Now I know what you’re going to say… “why would I use that? GMail supports push on the iPhone natively now” and yes, I thought the same thing […]

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SpinVox's first carrier partner seeks alternatives

by Dan Lane 24th September 2009

Another week and yet another kick in the teeth for the suffering voice-to-text firm SpinVox as their first ever carrier partner is very publicly looking to replace them… A quick peek at the “Procurement Opportunities” page of SaskTel (“the leading full service communications provider in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan”) shows that they are looking […]

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