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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobile operators in the UK have rejected government proposals on setting up national roaming, according to the Financial Times. Earlier this year, operators were urged by officials to look into the possibility of sharing infrastructure in rural parts of the country, as well as locations where consumers seemingly loose signal coverage. While this would help prevent customers experiencing drop outs in connectivity, mobile operators didn't believe the plans to be viable.
By Alex Dobie, Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 8:59 am EDT
With any new mobile subscription comes the requisite credit check, and for customers with low credit scores, the potential to be denied their service plan or phone of choice. To smooth out this process, Three UK has revealed that it'll soon introduce pre-credit checks to give potential customers "an indication" of whether they'll pass a credit check "without negatively affecting" credit ratings.
UK mobile operator Three has announced new SIM-only plans, enabling consumers to save on calling 08- numbers. Free 0800 calls will be included, while other 08- numbers (084, 087, etc) will cost 5p per minute. The network will also be introducing new spending tools, which will prevent customers from exceeding allowances and limits on premium numbers. On top of all this, new allowances for tethering will be rolled out.
By Alex Dobie, Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 5:21 am EDT
British mobile operator Three has announced that from July 1 it'll be adding five new countries to its "Feel at Home" scheme, which allows customers to use their UK voice, text and data allowances abroad without additional roaming charges.
The Lumia 625 by Nokia is its most affordable Windows Phone with 4G LTE connectivity. The smartphone has gone on sale in Ireland on Three and can be purchased on prepay for €229. Pop past the break for more details.
The Nokia Lumia 625 is the company's most affordable Lumia Windows Phone with 4G LTE connectivity and a large 4.7-inch display. The device is heading to Three Ireland later this month, according to a report over on Nokia News Ireland.
Just before we head into the weekend, there have been a number of updates pushed through the Windows Phone Store over the past few days. Molome joins PicHit.Me and more as consumers are notified of new versions available for download. Head past the break to see which apps have been updated and what's new.
UK mobile operators Three and EE (Everything Everywhere) are to invest £1 billion in a shared 4G network agreement. According to the Financial Times, the two companies will work together by sharing mast and backhaul transmission costs as part of the joint investment in UK infrastructure. The goal is to provide greater flexibility for the two networks to control speeds and coverage, as well as improving efficiency of provided services as a whole.
UK mobile operator Three has been supporting Windows Phone since the beginning. The Samsung Omnia 7 was the first Windows Phone the operator stocked back in 2010 and both the platform and inventory have come a long way since then. However, the Three UK app available in the Nokia Collection on the Windows Phone hasn’t been updated since 2011. Finally, Three UK has released its own official Windows Phone app, available to all customers.
For UK mobile consumers there is just one main network left to join the 4G party and that's Three. As most folk will be aware – EE, Vodafone and O2 have already launched LTE across Great Britain, although EE are clearly leading the way as they had a big head start.
UK mobile operator Three has quietly turned on its 4G network for 'thousands' of customers in three cities - London, Manchester and Birmingham. Without announcing the move, the company has slowly begun upgrading customers to LTE and expects to have 1.5 million consumers enjoying faster data speeds by the end of February 2013.
The UK government has reached an agreement with four major British mobile operators to end "shock bills." This move will look to protect consumers from unexpected mobile phone contract price rises with the companies offering greater transparency at the start of a contract. A cap will also be introduced for mobile phones that have been stolen.
The Lumia 1020 from Nokia is the high-end Windows Phone you'll want to own if you enjoy photography. Sporting a 41MP shooter with an advanced software suite to boot, it's definitely a niche choice for those who wish to have something a little extra. Three Ireland is now stocking the smartphone.
Nokia is looking to launch the Lumia 925 Windows Phone on Three IE this coming Tuesday (October 29th), according to a report over at Nokia News Ireland. The Windows Phone is a popular handset that packs a unique design with an aluminium touch. Improving on the camera technology found in the Lumia 920, the Lumia 925 is a worthy upgrade for anything moving across from other platforms.
Mobile operators in numerous regions around the world are beginning to stock and sell the Lumia 1020. Nokia's rather niche flagship Windows Phone is an expensive delight that's packed with innovation and functionality, boasting a 41MP shooter, 2GB RAM and more.
So how much will you be looking to pay with Three? Contract pricing starts from £34 a month. You get unlimited data, 500 minutes and 5,000 SMS.