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Dixons Carphone, the owner of UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, has announced plans to launch a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Partnering with Three, which may soon merge with O2 should purchase talks between Hutchison Whampoa and Telefonica go head, Dixons itself will offer branded tariffs alongside contracts from major mobile operators in the UK.

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Update: Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa has officially confirmed that the company has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefonica over a potential purchase of O2.

Three UK, announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica, S.A. over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica, S.A.'s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion which would be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold

Original story: We reported a few days ago that Three UK was looking to purchase O2 from Telefonica, and now the deal has reportedly been confirmed at a price of 10 billion pounds (roughly 15 billion US dollars) and is expected to be finalized Friday morning.

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The company behind UK mobile operator Three, Hutchison Whampoa, is reportedly looking to purchase competitor O2, which is currently owned by Telefonica. The deal could be worth as much as $13.6 billion to Telefonica, who The Financial Times reports to have enlisted the aid of investment bank UBS to analyze available options, including partnership and flotation of the business.

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The UK government has managed to reach an agreement with local operators to work on the issue of nationwide 'not-spots': areas restricting access to basic mobile functions due to weak signal coverage. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will invest a guaranteed £5 billion to improve mobile infrastructure by 2017 with the aim to provide 90 per cent of the UK with both voice and text coverage.

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Sometimes, just sometimes, the British carriers and retailers can surprise us by offering up some pretty amazing deals on new devices. Just recently I picked up a searingly bright green Lumia 735 from O2 at a price and bundle deal that was almost too good to be true. So if you're looking to treat the loved ones (including yourself) in your life to a new Windows Phone this Christmas time, it might well be worth a look.

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If you're looking for a quick and easy way to get an obscenely-high megapixel count in your life, then this obscene deal on the Nokia Lumia 1020 from O2 UK might be just what you need. The 41-megapixel PureView Windows Phone is now available for UK buyers off-contract for a ridiculous £169.99 in a deal that also includes the snap-on camera grip case with shutter button and additional battery power.

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UK mobile operator O2 has announced new plans for families and those with multiple handsets. Sharer and Family Sharer enables O2 subscribers to share data bundles of up to 8GB across multiple mobile devices attached to a single account. The new plans aren't limited to smartphones either as tablets and other data-connected hardware are all included.

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New legislation could be in the works to effectively force UK operators to offer roaming options for customers where signal is poor. The UK government continues to work with mobile carriers on a solution to address black spots and areas where signal is hard to come by. The plan is to offer said roaming support to make it possible to switch between networks to maintain service, something mobile operators previously rejected.

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We've been receiving word from Lumia 920 users that the Cyan update is now rolling out across various European markets including the UK, Italy and Spain. Users on Vodafone and O2 in the UK have mentioned that they were successfully able to install the update, making the Lumia 920 the second device in as many days to receive the Cyan update after both carriers initiated the OTA for the Lumia 1020 yesterday.

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O2 has released a beautiful new app for Windows Phone to help customers get the most out of their contracted plans or through Pay As You Go (PAYG). Much like similar solutions available from other major mobile operators, My O2 taps into one's mobile account to display details without having to boot up a computer to carry out the same task.

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