French based ISP Orange is imposing charges on Google to help it compensate for Google’s mammoth data usage. The question is, who is in the wrong here?
It seems that Baidu has its eye on the mobile market in Africa and the Middle East. The Chinese search giant is partnering up with Orange to pre-install its mobile browser on Android handsets in nineteen countries in the region.
UK’s EE has announced that it will launch the 4G service in 17 new cities and towns by March 2013. The carrier is also upgrading the 3G network in the country to DC-HSPA+.
Party Call is a social networking based calling app that will allow Facebook users to call their friends without even knowing their cell phone numbers. Good or bad? We will find that out when the app is officially launched, in France in summer 2013
It is all well and good having advanced Android phones with support for 4G LTE technology, but those in the UK (which has a population in excess of 60 million people and in Europe has a standard of living second only to Luxembourg) have been limited to just one 4G operator.
Everything Everywhere (EE), the carrier titan born from the unholy matrimony between Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, has been the first mobile operator in the region to launch its 4G LTE network, although its competitors are also going to get faster data networks soon.
Back in 2009, Orange was one of the first mobile carriers to allow for HD calls. It allowed its customers to have the highest quality mobile phone calls possible at the time. However, Orange restricted the HD calls to calls made within the same country as the originating call. As of today, Orange customers can call anyone in any country as long as they have HD calling on Orange and get the HD calling feature.
Vodafone is now stocking the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This news comes just days after the handset was initially released in the UK. The additional UK carriers will be releasing the device in the next couple weeks, along with EE’s 4G network.
UK’s first 4G LTE network is ready to roll, but before anything, EE has to build a strong line-up of high-end phones to go with the new speeds. That doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore for the T-Mobile/Orange joint venture, which has officially announced the release of the Galaxy Note 2 on October 15.
While 4G LTE networks tend to be the standard in the United States, Europe is still only making baby steps in replacing 3G with the next generation of download and upload speeds. Things are starting to get a move on in the UK however, where EE (formerly known as Everything Everywhere) is planning to launch 4G LTE in time for the holidays.