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Dixons, Carphone Warehouse to merge in £3.8B deal

05/15, 5:49am

Operator of Currys PC World joins up with Carphone Warehouse

Two high street store chains in the United Kingdom are merging, it has been revealed. Dixons Retail, operator of over 500 Currys PC World electronics stores in the country, will join up with Carphone Warehouse, a store chain specializing in mobile phones with more than 2,000 stores across Europe, with the deal said to be worth £3.8 billion ($6.3 billion).

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HTC will ship 'All New' One in UK directly after March 25th launch

03/18, 10:58am

Carphone Warehouse will start selling new HTC One within minutes of announcement

HTC will be making the "All New" HTC One available to buy shortly after its launch on March 25th, one retailer in the United Kingdom claims. Carphone Warehouse revealed that it will receive shipments of the device, codenamed M8, directly from the venue of the launch in London, with a total of six of the chain's stores selling the handsets that very evening.

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Samsung opening 60 stores across Europe with Carphone Warehouse

01/29, 7:28am

Samsung-only stores brings manufacturer closer to Apple retail efforts

Samsung will be expanding upon its concept of a store-within-a-store, by completely taking over a number of stores owned by a European retailer. A total of 60 existing stores from Carphone Warehouse's chain of 1,400 will be converted into shops selling just Samsung produce, including smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and wearable devices such as the Galaxy Gear smart watch.

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Briefly: Huawei Ascend P6 priced in UK, Finland, LoveFilm Walking Dead

06/20, 12:39pm

Huawei Ascend Mate priced by UK retailer, Finish carrier

The Huawei Ascend P6 has opened up for pre-orders in the United Kingdom and Finland. The 6.18mm (0.24-inch) thick smartphone with a 4.7-inch 720p display has appeared on the British retail chain Carphone Warehouse website for 330 ($510) and shipping on July 4th, while carrier Elisa in Finland are offering it for 359 euro ($475) in mid-July.

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Best Buy sells stake in European business to Carphone Warehouse

04/30, 9:11am

Exchange of ownership for $774 million in cash, stock, to help simplify business

Electronics retailer Best Buy is selling its stake in Carphone Warehouse Group to co-owner Carphone Warehouse, in its continued efforts to financially turn itself around. The sale, which sees Best Buy exchange its holdings in the European entity for 500 million ($774 million) in cash and stock according to a statement, effectively ends Best Buy's faltering expansion into the continent.

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Rumor: Google subsidizing cost of Nexus 4 by $370

11/06, 10:28am

Google Play price far below prices of European retailer

Google may be subsidizing the cost of the Nexus 4 for its customers. While the Android smartphone is priced at $300 on the Google Play store, the same cannot be said for sales to retailers and networks. Phone House, Spanish mobile phone retailer and part of the Carphone Warehouse group claim that LG are selling them far higher.

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Nokia Lumia 610 now shipping to UK buyers

05/30, 10:50am

Lumia 610 arrives at UK retailers and carriers, priced at 15 per month

Nokia launched the Lumia 610 smartphone in the UK on Wednesday. As the company's entry-level Windows Phone-powered device, it has just 256MB of RAM and is relegated to Windows Phone 7.5. Major UK carriers and retailers including Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Three, Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u will sell the phone starting at just 15 (about $23) per month on a contract, with no money down.

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Galaxy S III will ship in blue and white in the UK

05/02, 10:00am

Screen protector backs claims of 4.8-inch screen

When the Samsung Galaxy S III arrives, which is rumored to be sometime later this month, it will be available in blue and white colors, GSMArena found out. A tip from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse that included an inventory screen showing the handset will be available in the two colors. It should be noted that North America may get different color choices, with the common black color likely to arrive on our shores.

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Nokia Lumia 900 ships in Canada, hits UK April 27

04/10, 11:45am

Nokia Lumia 900 now at Rogers, dated for the UK

Nokia's Lumia 900 has now arrived in Canada in LTE guise, with Rogers offering the Windows Phone for $100 on a three-year voice and data contract. At the same time, Pocket-Lint reported that the HSPA+ version of the handset will be available in the UK on April 27. Electronics retailers Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse will stock the handset at that time, with the former of the two offering the white version as a UK exclusive.

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Early shortages hit 3G iPad 2 ahead of possible iPad 3

02/11, 4:35pm

3G iPad 2 models run low at fringes

Fresh checks have shown the earliest signs that iPad 2 supply might be ramping down ahead of the iPad 3 launch rumored for the next few weeks. The 9to5 investigation pointed to sales channel sources who said supply of 3G models was "constrained" across the board. Supporting this, searches at Carphone Warehouse and Orange in the UK both had some or most of their supply as "out of stock."

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Toshiba AT200 tablet goes on sale in UK

02/07, 3:20pm

Toshiba's AT200 exclusive at Carphone Warehouse

Toshiba's AT200 tablet has now gone on sale in the UK as an exclusive for Carphone Warehouse. The tablet was originally supposed to launch in September, but was delayed for unknown reasons. The 10.1-inch Android tablet sports a 1.2GHz processor and has 1GB of RAM.

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Nokia Lumia 900 should go international in June

01/23, 3:15pm

Nokia Lumia 900 to ship in Europe this June

European retailer Carphone Warehouse has said it will begin offering the Nokia Lumia 900 for pre-order, with an on-sale date set for June. There are no prices listed for the phone yet, which will be Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 7.5 device for much of 2012. In the US, the phone will be an exclusive offering at AT&T, starting in March.

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Best Buy UK shuttering after steep losses

11/06, 10:50pm

Best Buy UK makes quick exit

Best Buy UK made an abrupt exit on Sunday. The British division, a collaboration with Carphone Warehouse, is now expected to formally announce a shutdown within the next few days. Ongoing losses as well as multiple executive departures have been cited as the causes.

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Best Buy, Carphone try big PlayBook sales to clear stock

09/29, 12:10pm

Best Buy, Carphone Warehouse go to upfront sales

Price cuts on BlackBerry PlayBooks deepened on Thursday. A Best Buy deal is now dropping the immediate price down of a 16GB model to $300 without any qualifiers. It had already been offering discounts before but had previously relied on a $100 credit or gift card to go any further than $100.

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HTC pushes Evo 3D's European launch to September

07/28, 1:10pm

European HTC Evo 3D delayed until September

HTC will delay the European version of the Evo 3D smartphone, and it will now arrive in September in the UK, SlashGear learned. This represents a two-month delay, and no reason was revealed. Vodafone UK this week backed away from the Evo 3D entirely and said it will no longer bring the glasses-free 3D handset to its lineup.

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BlackBerry PlayBook reaches UK on June 16

05/17, 8:05am

PlayBook lands in UK June 16, matches iPad 2 price

The RIM BlackBerry PlayBook will reach the UK on June 16. It is listed on the Carphone Warehouse for pre-order, while users can register their interest for the device with Best Buy. The UK pricing of the device matches the iPad 2 pricing for each of the three Wi-Fi configurations. The 16GB model is selling for 399, the 32GB will be available for 479, while the 64GB model will be 559.

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HTC Flyer up for UK preorder at steep 600 price

04/11, 8:15am

HTC Flyer hits UK preorder at high price

British mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse on Monday started pre-orders for the HTC Flyer. Its version of the Android 2.3 tablet carries unlocked 3G and 32GB of built-in storage, but also carries a steep price. The seven-inch slate is listed as costing 600 with tax included, or the equivalent of $982.

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Motorola Xoom confirmed for UK first week of April

03/29, 3:25pm

Motorola confirms Xoom for UK due next week

Motorola has confirmed to Engadget that its Xoom tablet will begin shipping in the UK next week. Despite this, however, prices or an exact date haven't been revealed. The Android 3.0 tablet will arrive at electronics retailers Carphone Warehouse, Currys, Dixons, and PC World.

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Motorola Xoom with 3G reaches UK for 600

03/03, 10:30am

3G Xoom tablet shows up in UK store for $976

The Motorola Xoom tablet with 3G has now shown up for pre-order online at UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. The price tag, at 600 ($976) tax-inclusive, is 100 ($163) more than the Wi-Fi-only version that appeared on PC World just yesterday. No shipping dates are available for the Xoom at Carphone, but it is expected to come sometime early in April, just like the 3G version at PC World.

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HTC Incredible S up for pre-order in the UK, due Saturday

02/24, 4:40pm

HTC Incredible S arrives on Saturday in the UK

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has begun offering the HTC Incredible S handset for pre-order in the UK. Those who got a chance to do so will be able to pick the device up on Saturday, February 24. Others who miss the opportunity can buy it on Thursday, March 3.

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iPad stocks dwindle in UK, Canada

02/21, 1:20pm

Apple drawing down in prep for iPad 2?

The first-generation iPad appears to be on the way out in Canada and the United Kingdom, reports say. In Canada, major retail chain Future Shop is said to be low or completely out of stock for some models at some outlets. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse is now claimed by 9to5 to be out of the 64GB Wi-Fi iPad, as well as all 3G tablets.

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Nexus S delayed in UK until December 22, price dropped

12/20, 10:35am

Nexus S delayed, discounted in the UK

The Google Nexus S smartphone has been delayed in the UK until December 22 from its original December 16 ship date. No reasons for this delay are known at retailer Carphone Warehouse, but the price has dropped by 22 percent in exchange. The discount is the equivalent of $190, with the unlocked, SIM-free device priced at nearly $670 in the UK.

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Google makes Nexus S, Android 2.3 official December 16

12/06, 11:25am

Google Nexus S official with Android 2.3

Google today at last confirmed the Nexus S, the first phone to run Android 2.3. The Samsung device is the first to run Android 2.3 and is a showcase for some of its most important features: it now has a front-facing camera for video chat and other functions, NFC for short-range payments, and a full gyroscope for better motion control. It also has a unique variant of the four-inch Super AMOLED in the Galaxy S, the Contour Display, which reportedly has a more natural view than a flat screen.

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Early Windows Phone 7 numbers show Android outselling 15:1

11/29, 7:55am

UK retailer says Android outsells WP7 15 to one

UK retailer MobilesPlease today provided data that it believed showed Windows Phone 7 sales were unusually disappointing. Just three percent of the company's sales were of devices using Microsoft's new mobile OS. The figure was enough that Android outsold it by a ratio of 15:1 and even Symbian^3 was outselling it by a factor of 3:1 with just one phone, the store told Electronista.

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Samsung says Nexus Two is 'simply not true'

11/01, 10:20am

Samsung denies Nexus Two rumors

Samsung in a brief statement today denied rumors that it was making the Nexus Two. The company told South Korea's publication Danawa that the claim was "simply not true." The denial lended credence beliefs that Samsung's November 8 event is more likely to bring the dual-screen Continuum.

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Rumor has Samsung bringing Nexus Two to Nov. 8 Android event

10/28, 2:20pm

Google may intro Nexus Two at Samsung Nov 8 event

A tentative rumor has suggested that Google might revive the Nexus phone line at Samsung's November 8 event. The device, which is being referred to as the Nexus Two but may have a different name, would be the first Android phone to ship with Gingerbread and would thus support all its features, such as possible Nexus One, Samsung would avoid its usual insistence on customizing the UI and would instead use Google's own, Android and Me heard.

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Google working on Nexus Two with Carphone Warehouse?

10/27, 5:35am

Nexus Mk II adopting alternate sales strategy

UK-based business paper City AM is reporting that Google is planning a second Google-branded Nexus phone for a Holiday 2010 launch. According to the report, Google is said to have struck an exclusive deal with UKs Carphone Warehouse. The exclusive deal is purportedly an alternative go-to-market strategy than previously adopted by Google with its online-only model for the Nexus One, which ultimately proved to be unsuccessful.

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Galaxy Tab coming to UK November 1 on all carriers

10/01, 10:05am

Galaxy Tab to ship in the UK on November 1

Samsung Mobile on Friday announced that it will officially begin shipping its Galaxy Tab in UK stores on November 1. This includes Carphone Warehouse, Dixons Store Group and T-Mobile. Although Samsung hasn't announced pricing information, it did say the device will be available on a number of plans and therefore prices. The seven-inch slate will ship with Android 2.2, sport a 1GHz CPU and have both back- and front-facing camera.

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Samsung hints at 10-inch Galaxy Tab for first half 2011

09/23, 1:55pm

Samsung to ship 10-inch Galaxy Tab in 2011?

Samsung Mobile UK manager Gary Twohig revealed in an interview with SiliconRepublic that a 10-inch version of the Galaxy Tab will be released during the first half of next year. The devices, including the seven-inch version, will not sport a Super AMOLED display, he added, but the displays will be capable of displaying HD video. The 10-inch Galaxy Tab will still have a version of Android, but whether it's 2.2, 3.0 or a future release like Honeycomb isn't known.

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Windows Phone 7 to reach all UK carriers on launch

09/22, 12:00pm

WP7 handsets launching at all major UK carriers

Microsoft on Wednesday assured UK phone buyers that all major providers will carry Windows Phone 7-powered devices at launch of the mobile OS. Orange, O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and 3 will all have one or more models. UK phone retailers The Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u will also carry the devices.

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Nokia confirms N8 shipping in late September

09/08, 8:10am

Will be available from eight UK carriers

Nokia has confirmed that it will begin selling its new N8 flagship in the UK during the last week of September. The phone will be available directly from the Nokia website. The long delayed device will become available on October 1 from third parties and mobile carriers. All major providers are onboard, including 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Tesco, Virgin and Vodafone, along with retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u.

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Most Apple Stores, nearly all partners sell out of iPhone 4

06/28, 9:30am

Online shipping times stretch out to three weeks

It may now be difficult or impossible to find an iPhone 4 in much of the US and Europe, suggests Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore. The firm spoke with over 100 retail outlets over the weekend, and Whitmore notes that 60 percent of Apple Stores were sold out by the end of Thursday, while all other contacted retailers were empty. These included Best Buy in the US, Orange in France and O2 and Carphone Warehouse in the UK.

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UK iPad launch details appear; Canadian iPads ship

05/25, 10:50am

3 UK reveals iPad plans

The iPad will be available from UK Apple Stores at the early hour of 8AM on Friday, Apple has announced. The timing is notable, as rumors suggested that the company would simply open shops at normal hours for the region's iPad launch. Should an Apple Store not be an option, The Times reports that Currys, Dixons Travel and PC World will all carry the tablet beginning at 9AM. Comet, Tesco, John Lewis and Carphone Warehouse will only launch sales two months later, kept out as a result of a deal between Apple and retailer DSGi.

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Sony Ericsson returns Aino, Satio to shelves

12/08, 4:00pm

Sony Ericsson fixes issues of Aino, Satio phones

Sony Ericsson announced it has resolved the issues that plagued its Aino Satio smartphones, addressing the former's freezing touchscreen and the latter's software glitch. The issues led UK retailers to stop selling the devices, and at least one retailer will bring back sales after the issue is addressed. The firmware update will also improve the performance of the phones and stabilize their operation.

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Sony Aino faces touchscreen problems

11/27, 3:15pm

Sony Aino has touchscreen issues in the UK

Users of the Sony Aino smartphone in the UK are finding some problems when using the device's touchscreen interface, according to a Thursday report. Only a small numbers of the devices in Britain are affected, says Sony Ericsson spokesperson Mattias Holm, and the company is working on resolving the issue. Details of the problem have not been disclosed, however.

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Carphone credits upturn to iPhone, other smartphones

11/27, 2:25pm

Carphone Warehouse sees bright future

Carphone Warehouse today raised its profit estimates for its fiscal year based on the surprise success of its smartphone business (subscription required). Its earnings for its first fiscal half-year before tax and other factors jumped sharply from 65 million ($107.2 million) a year ago to 103 million ($169.9 million) and is attributed directly to the success of its smartphone sales, particularly touchscreen devices. Its sales of the iPhone were considered a strong factor, as were sales of BlackBerry devices and Nokia's Nseries.

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Rumor backs O2 exclusivity on Palm Pre

07/01, 3:10pm

Palm Pre O2 Exclusive Leak

Palm's UK event for the Pre will likely reveal O2 to be the sole carrier if tips are authentic. More than one source has told The Guardian that earlier rumors are true and that Palm is likely to imitate Apple's strategy for the island nation, which both gives O2 sole network rights and Carphone Warehouse the only third-party rights to sell the phone on O2's behalf. Reportedly, it has also echoed O2's coup for the iPhone by thwarting an attempt by Orange to land the same deal.

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Carphone Warehouse notes high iPhone 3GS interest

06/09, 11:00am

Carphone and iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3GS is seeing considerable early interest in the UK, claims third-party retailer Carphone Warehouse. The company announced preordering intentions shortly after the end of Apple's WWDC keynote, and claims that over 6,000 people registered for more information within a two-hour period. Preorders are scheduled to open on June 10th.

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RIM to expand retail stores outside of Canada

04/29, 12:55pm

RIM to expand at retail

Research in Motion may have plans to expand its retail presence worldwide, reports from England indicate. Though the company's BlackBerry smartphones constitute one of the most popular brands, RIM has only so far maintained a small number of shops within its home country of Canada. The first location outside of regional borders should be in London, say staff from a flagship Selfridges department store, situated on Oxford Street.

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LG's GD900 coming to Carphone Warehouse first

04/24, 10:05am

First LG Crystal vendor

UK-based cellphone retail chain The Carphone Warehouse said on Friday that it will be the first to offer the LG GD900 Crystal when it is released sometime in mid-May. The handset, shown off at the CTIA show earlier this month, come free of charge when users agree to a contract, though no details, including the partnering carrier, have been revealed. The phone will also be offered on a pay-as-you-go plan but hasn't been given a price.

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UK iPhone struggling under latest discount plans

04/20, 1:30pm

UK iPhone sales sluggish

Sales of the iPhone are faring poorly at third-party UK vendor Carphone Warehouse, writes The Telegraph. The official carrier for the UK, O2, recently enacted new discounts, in which an 8GB iPhone is free with a 35 monthly subscription, and a 16GB model is free with a 45-per-month plan. Either option also requires agreeing to a two-year contract, however, rather than a standard 18-month period.

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Nokia ships 1m 5800s, triggers long UK lines

01/23, 10:50am

Nokia Ships 1m 5800 Phones

Nokia has finished the week by revealing on Friday that it has shipped 1 million copies of its 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen phone. The Symbian S60 device has reached the milestone roughly two months after its November ship date and despite relatively limited availability early in the year that limited the phone to a just a handful of regions that include Hong Kong and Russia. About half of this number was shipped just in December, the company has also mentioned in discussing its financial performance yesterday.

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 to hit UK late December

11/19, 12:10pm

BBerry Curve 8900 UK Decem

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 was given its second major launch today with news that UK retailer Carphone Warehouse will be the next to pick up the RIM smartphone on December 20th. The choice of carrier and pricing haven't been named but will see Carphone as the exclusive third-party to carry the device, which resembles a smaller, 2G-only version of the BlackBerry Bold. The 480x320 display, GPS and Wi-Fi of the more expensive phone carry over with EDGE handling cellular Internet access.

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Windows 7, Win Mobile 7 bundle due in fall?

11/03, 12:40pm

Win 7 and Win Mo 7 Bundle

Microsoft is allegedly planning to launch Windows 7 in the fall with a mobile bundle to drive sales, a rumor from the Register notes. Cellular retailer Carphone Warehouse is reportedly in the early stages of a deal for September or October next year that would give users both a copy of Windows 7 upon its launch as well as a free smartphone using Windows Mobile 7, which is also anticipated during the same year.

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3G-enabled MacBooks in development?

11/03, 9:20am

3G-enabled MacBooks?

Apple's next move in terms of MacBooks will be to add built-in 3G connectivity, says analyst Neil Mawston of Strategy Analytics. Mawston contends it is a "logical next step" for Apple, and that the technology could be added to the Pro, Air, and/or regular notebooks. The incentive would be not so much outstanding demand, as the ability of carriers in the US and Europe to sell Macs to people who have already been lured to a phone network by the iPhone.

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Carphone Warehouse rumored to soon carry Macs

10/06, 11:10am

Carphone to sell Macs?

Apple computers may be sold thorough UK phone reseller Carphone Warehouse this holiday season, rumors suggest. AppleInsider is reporting that sources close to the retail company have discovered placeholders in the reseller's inventory system, indicating that some outlets may start carrying Apple computers and accessories for the 2008 holiday shopping period.

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Nokia sets Comes With Music price, signs EMI

10/02, 2:10pm

Nokia CWM Phone Launch

As a companion to news of the 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen phone, Nokia today also kicked off the formal launch details of its Comes With Music service. The company now plans to ship the inaugural, modified 5310 XpressMusic on October 16th and will sell it exclusively through Carphone Warehouse for 130 pounds ($230). As promised, the handset will come with one year of unlimited access to music and will let owners keep any downloaded tracks if they choose not to renew the subscription. Pricing for a renewal still isn't available.

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British ISPs take active role in online piracy fight

07/24, 4:40pm

UK ISPs join piracy fight

The British music and film industries finally received the cooperation they have been seeking from Internet Service Providers in helping them fight illegal file downloading. A report on Thursday has six of the country's largest Internet providers sending warning letters to subscribers suspected of illegal file downloading and sharing. The decision to do so is commonly believed to be spurred by the British government, which announced earlier this year that it would impose its own laws forcing them to police how their services are used had they failed to cooperate voluntarily.

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O2: Apple to blame for iPhone 3G ordering woes

07/08, 4:35pm

O2 vs. Apple on 3G supply

Apple is primarily responsible for iPhone ordering problems at O2 UK, the latter company is said to be claiming by e-mail. In response to an inquiry from one customer, O2 Sales Director Steve Shurrock is said to be blaming Apple for the almost immediate drain of online pre-orders. "We have been working continuously with them [Apple] to get as much stock for the UK as possible," says Shurrock. "Unfortunately, they have only been able to supply a small proportion of the number of phones we asked for, because they are launching simultaneously in 22 countries."

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O2 pay-as-you-go iPhones due 'later this year'

07/07, 10:05am

O2 iPhone pay-as-you-go

O2 UK customers wanting a pre-paid iPhone 3G will have to wait longer than contract subscribers, the carrier has announced. The wording on its pay-as-you-go subsite has been changed to list availability for "later this year," in contrast with the July 11th launch for contract plans. One of the few third-party distributors of the iPhone, Carphone Warehouse, has meanwhile issued a statement saying that pre-paid 3Gs will ship "in time for the Christmas period."

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