Ofcom, the UK telecommunications regulator, has released the results of the UK’s 4G auction. The winners are Everything Everywhere, Hutchison 3G UK (Three), Niche Spectrum Ventures (a BT subsidiary), Telefonica, and Vodafone.
A few recent developments have woken us from our 2-year-plan slumber. We’ve been exposed to a very inexpensive unlocked phone in the Nexus 4, and T-Mobile has decided to stop subsidizing phones. If we can get a great unlocked phone for a reasonable price, or a cheaper rate plan with an unsubsidized phone, why shouldn’t we? Are we able to end our dependence on carriers? It’s possible, and maybe even better, to break away from the normal routine.
Vodafone UK will soon start selling used smartphones under the “Nearly New” program. The thing is, the discounts they offer aren’t really that tempting. You’re better off going on eBay or Amazon.
As we inch toward a true global conscience, we are increasingly dependent on being connected. Being connected is what defines us, with things like social media, blogs, and news sites. Here in the USA, we are fortunate to have a huge network of connectivity, but are we doing the right things with our network?
Two smartphones in Australia are getting upgraded to Jelly Bean today; the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Telstra and the HTC One X on Vodafone and Optus. Have you gotten yours?
Though Samsung has gone out of its way lately to ensure all Galaxy S3 users worldwide can get a taste of Jelly Bean, there are still a couple of loose ends to be tied up here and there.
Google’s Nexus 7, Amazon’s Kindle Fire(s) and Apple’s iPad mini have taken the dull and monotonous 7-inch tablet fight from the past few years and have transformed it into a high-stakes take no prisoners kind of war.
When it comes to American phone carriers, upgrades and contracts are a complete nightmare. For most people in the U.S., when you buy a phone you must wait 2 years before you can buy another. This is of course completely illogical because at the rate technology is currently progressing, your Android phone is out of date if you’ve had it longer than 2 months. At the same time, these carriers are completely eliminating unlimited contracts and moving to only tiered plans.
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.
After hearing about the breathtaking figure of worldwide cellphone subscriptions just a couple of weeks back, we now have some new numbers shedding light on the telecommunication companies that are leading this “mobile phone revolution”.