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8GB version of iPhone 5c could ship as soon as Tuesday [u]

03/17, 10:27am

Could be attempt to revive device's sales

(Updated with photo of packaging label, iPad 4 rumor) Apple is preparing an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c and may ship it as soon as March 18, according to an alleged internal email from the German branch of O2. The message says that O2 will sell the phone tomorrow contract-free for €509 ($707), as compared to the €569 ($791) a 16GB model costs. It's unclear how that might affect the iPhone 4S, which is already at 8GB and currently serves as most carriers' "cheap" iPhone, often heavily discounted, or free on contract.

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Briefly: O2 alters new contracts, Google voice search in Chromium

01/23, 6:18pm

O2 adds price rise clause to contracts to avoid Ofcom rule changes

British carrier O2 has updated its contracts, requiring new customers and subscribers who upgrade to agree to a price plan increase every year. The change, noted by Engadget, comes after UK regulator Ofcom clarified rules that allowed customers to exit a contract early without penalty their contracts are changed mid-commitment, except in specific circumstances. As O2 has managed to find a loophole, it is likely that other carriers in the United Kingdom may employ similar tactics in the future, in order to earn more from their customers without the early termination risk.

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Briefly: Android KitKat on Moto G in UK, O2 shuts down mobile wallet

01/13, 12:21pm

Motorola starts roll-out of Android KitKat on Moto G in UK

Motorola has started rolling out Android KitKat to the Moto G in the United Kingdom. The Android 4.4.2 update, which starts rolling out today and will continue for the next week, adds the usual KitKat improvements along with a new look phone dialer, new photo editing options in the Gallery app, printing support over services such as Google Cloud Print, the new version of Hangouts, and support for the Square credit card reader.

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Google Nexus 10 images suggest LG-produced tablet, $480 price

11/17, 6:51pm

Thinner bezel, Android KitKat appears in alleged Nexus 10 images

Images claiming to show the Google Nexus 10 have appeared online, allegedly suggesting that the device is being created by LG, instead of preceding manufacturer Samsung. If true, this would mean that LG would not only be producing the Nexus 5, but also the Nexus 10, leaving the Nexus 7 tablet alone in being manufactured by Asus.

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British carriers face higher spectrum charges under new proposals

10/10, 7:56am

Regulator Ofcom wants to raise 900MHz, 1800MHz charges by factor of four

Carriers in the United Kingdom will be forced to pay more for its spectrum, if a regulator gets its way. A consultation by Ofcom states that it hopes to increase the annual license fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum in the country, with carriers facing the prospect of paying more than four times as much for already-allocated spectrum.

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Briefly: BBC iPlayer podcast downloads, iPhone 4G settings for O2

09/30, 11:34am

BBC adds podcast download options to iPlayer Radio app

The BBC has updated its iPlayer Radio app for iOS and Android, adding the option to download podcasts from the broadcaster. Downloaded shows will appear under the new "My Downloads" part of the app, with the option to force the app to only download podcasts while connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, in order to avoid potential extra data charges from carriers.

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Australia, China seeing iPhone 5s delays; no O2 UK units in-store

09/19, 1:29pm

Few launch units available worldwide

Although the phone has only just launched in the eastern hemisphere, the iPhone 5s is proving to be in extremely short supply, reports suggest. Online orders of the device have opened up in Australia and mainland China, but Apple is already listing the product as shipping in 7 to 10 business days in those regions, regardless of color or capacity. In Hong Kong and Singapore, the 5s is simply quoted as shipping in "October."

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O2, Vodafone begin 4G rollout in UK, Three reveals 4G network plans

08/29, 6:56am

O2, Vodafone agreement allows networks to roll out simultaneously

British carriers O2 and Vodafone have launched their 4G networks in the United Kingdom. The launch of both high-speed phone networks in the country, following behind established 4G network EE, is accompanied by a confirmation from competitor Three that it will begin to roll out its own 4G network from December onwards.

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O2 UK details price plans, bonus content for August 29th 4G launch

08/14, 1:36pm

Access to music, videos, games part of O2 4G service in UK

O2 has revealed more details for its 4G offering in the United Kingdom, set to start on the 29th of August, the same day as Vodafone. The new tariffs are a bit more involved than Vodafone's simpler 5 ($7.76) addition, but the carrier will be bundling games from Gameloft, access to free music tracks and videos for 12 months, and Priority Sports videos for a number of major events.

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Sky acquires 500,000 broadband customers from Telefonica UK

03/01, 7:13am

Deal worth $307M leaves Telefonica to work on 4G services

BskyB is acquiring Telefonica UK's landline and home broadband services. The deal, claimed to be worth around 200 million ($307 million) will see Sky become the second largest Internet service provider in the country, thanks to the addition of an extra 500,000 customers from Telefonica's Internet services, O2 and BE.

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Ofcom issues rules, timetable for UK 4G spectrum auction

11/12, 11:56am

Spectrum auction set to finish before April 2013

UK regulator Ofcom has issued rules for the upcoming 4G spectrum auction in the country. The newly-released timetable will see network operators such as Vodafone and O2 submit bids for spectrum from January onwards, with the combined reserve prices for the 800MHz and 2.6GHz ranges being auctioned totaling over 1.3 billion ($2 billion).

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UK carriers form company to speed future 4G rollout

10/18, 5:12pm

Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited to move Freeview channels

The UK may have a quicker overall rollout of faster mobile network services than previously thought. Mobile carriers Everything Everywhere, O2, Vodafone, and Three have stopped their legal threats, and have joined together to create a company specifically to aid in deploying LTE services in the 800MHz band by clearing it of TV signals.

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Future O2 UK, HTC handset to sell without charger

09/25, 8:28pm

Carrier aims to reduce environmental impact of phones

O2 and HTC will sell a future phone without the charger bundled in the box. According to Pocket Lint, the pilot scheme between the phone manufacturer and the UK carrier seeks to reduce the number of "wasted" charger in circulation, forcing customers to use existing chargers for other devices, a USB port on a computer, or to buy a charger separately.

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O2 UK adds prepaid Pocket Hotspot MiFi device to range

08/02, 1:08pm

Hotspot connects five to Internet, contract version missing

UK mobile network O2 has brought out its Pocket Hotspot. The MiFi device, like many others, enables up to five devices to go online simultaneously, connecting to the hotspot over 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. The carrier claims maximum download speed can reach up to 21.6Mbps, while upload speeds peak at 5.76Mbps.

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Vodafone, Telefonica pooling network resources in UK

06/07, 5:51pm

Combined network to increase coverage and smooth 4G rollout

Mobile carriers Vodafone UK and Telefonica UK (known as O2) are going to work together to create a shared network grid, the two companies have announced. The combined efforts of the two networks will see an increased coverage area for both companies in the short term, and a smoother national rollout of LTE services, currently aimed for the year 2015. LTE or "4G" services, currently nonexistent in the UK, could be rolled out quicker by the carriers working in concert.

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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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UK Samsung Galaxy S III added to DC-HSPA compatibility list

05/18, 2:53am

No city list or timeline for rollout

On May 16, British mobile telecom carrier O2 announced that they are building out a DC-HSPA wireless network capable of 42Mbps wireless downloads in the UK's largest cities. Samsung has jumped on board the effort by announcing yesterday that the Samsung Galaxy S III would connect to the DC-HSPA network. The Galaxy S III is expected to launch in the UK on May 29.

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O2 UK's LTE tests hit 150Mbps in real speeds

04/18, 12:45pm

4G LTE testing in London averages 20-50Mbps

UK wireless provider O2 has shared some results from its ongoing 4G LTE tests in London. Involving 1,000 consumers and businesses, some have reported reaching speeds as high as 150Mbps, which is on par with some top-rung home Internet offerings and the theoretical peak of LTE. A more representative number range was the average of between 20 and 50Mbps, however.

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Leak: RIM ex-CEO would have let Android, iPhone use BIS

04/13, 8:15am

RIM would have used BIS servers for basic data

RIM's former co-CEO Jim Balsillie had proposed using BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) servers to provide data for non-BlackBerry hardware shortly before he resigned his position, new leaks uncovered on Friday. The method outlined to Reuters would have let carriers offer Android and iPhone devices with cheaper data plans that limited Internet access to chat (possibly BlackBerry Messenger) and social networks, much like entry BlackBerry plans do today. RIM would presumably have made money from leasing access to carriers eager to get more smartphone customers and offload some of their bandwidth needs.

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Ofcom delays Everything Everywhere 4G talks

03/27, 1:10pm

Ofcom extends deadline by nearly three weeks

Despite approving a deal for Everything Everywhere's proposed 4G network, UK regulator Ofcom has given competing networks more time to comment on the proposal. The extension was done at the request of stakeholders, and was pushed back from April 17 until May 8 of this year. Vodafone and O2 have filed complaints that suggest the new spectrum would give Everything Everywhere an unfair advantage by being the first to get to the market.

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O2 UK pegs HTC One X's launch for April 5

03/15, 3:30pm

HTC One X gets first hard ship date

O2's UK division posted on Twitter what might have been an inadvertent confirmation of the launch date of the HTC One X. The quad-core phone was due to come in on April 5, roughly fitting in with HTC's early spring target. Prices and rates for the phone hadn't been set.

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EU probing phone carriers for possible collusion

03/14, 9:55am

EU worried top carriers keeping prices high

Possible slips may have revealed the first stages of a possible European Commission investigation into the continent's top five carriers. The FT heard from sources that Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile), France Telecom (Orange), Telecom Italia, Telefonica (O2), and Vodafone were under scrutiny for a series of "E5" meetings on the state of the industry. Concerns existed that they had used the discussion to possibly collude on prices and policies, hurting competition.

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Deutsche Telekom may drop T-Mobile UK after failed AT&T deal

02/15, 5:40pm

T-Mobile UK may be price of ATT merger dying

T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom may be looking to offload T-Mobile UK after AT&T dropped its bid for T-Mobile USA, insiders asserted Wednesday. Tips to Bloomberg had it in the early phases of considering a British "exit" now that AT&T's $39 billion proposal had been deemed anti-competitive. The choices could include anything from letting Orange UK take over the other half of the Everything Everywhere partnership to an outside company.

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O2 UK appears to fix flaw that sent phone numbers by web

01/25, 11:15am

O2 UK quietly sorts phone number leak debacle

O2 UK has quietly solved or at least mitigated a major security breach on Wednesday. Following a discovery by Lewis Peckover that O2 was sending mobile subscribers' phone numbers in the clear through their web browser user agent, O2 claimed that it was cleared up. The company explained that it normally sent phone number information to "certain trusted partners" for age verifications and carrier billing, but this information had started going out to other sites by accident.

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Senator grills Carrier IQ as Nokia, RIM, carriers back away

12/01, 12:55pm

Senator says Carrier IQ may be in trouble

Carrier IQ's problems mounted dramatically on Thursday after Senator Al Franken sent a letter to the company demanding answers as to the company's extensive phone logging practices. He was concerned that Carrier IQ might be violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the pen register statute, and Stored Communications Act by recording without consent not just diagnostic information but phone numbers, text messages, web addresses, and the location. Carrier IQ's earlier denials that it wasn't tracking keystrokes or personal content were "especially concerning" given evidence showing just the the opposite, Franken said.

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Galaxy Nexus outruns iPhone 4S, suffers volume bug

11/19, 1:05pm

Galaxy Nexus 1st Android to beat iPhone 4S in web

Early benchmarks of the Galaxy Nexus have shown it to be the first Android phone that can outperform an iPhone 4S on the web. The AnandTech tests show that Google's late addition of dual-core processor support gave the phone the edge over Apple both in the SunSpider JavaScript test and Rightware's BrowserMark. The only other Android device to get close, the Droid RAZR, slightly won in one test but lost in another.

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Google: Galaxy Nexus 'pretty much everywhere' Nov. 21 [U]

11/18, 4:30pm

Galaxy Nexus to ship 'everywhere' on Monday

(Update: not worldwide) Google has just informed The Verge that the Galaxy Nexus will be "pretty much everywhere" beginning Monday, November 21. This likely means a launch in Canada and the US among other countries, making North Americans wait an extra weekend compared to UK buyers. The UK version is LTE-less, just like the Canadian version, while the US phone will have an LTE radio onboard.

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O2 trials LTE-based 4G in London

11/14, 3:20pm

1,000 users to try 4G networking over next 9 mos.

UK wireless carrier O2 has said that it will soon begin trials for 4G LTE network services in the greater London area. O2 plans to deploy the service in a 40 square mile area and give users as much as 100Mbps downstream. The trials will begin later this month and last for the next nine months.

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O2 Connect brings free VoIP calls to Android, iPhone owners

10/12, 6:30pm

Carrier to begin trials of Skype-like service soon

UK carrier O2 today announced it plans to trial a VoIP service for its mobile phone customers. Called O2 Connect, the Skype-like service will allow smartphone users to use voice and text services over a Wi-Fi network from their mobile device, and call or send a message to any UK mobile or landline number. The app initially will be available on iOS devices and Android smartphones.

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Apple starts taking iPhone 4S preorders

10/07, 3:00am

iPhone 4S preorders open worldwide

On cue, the online Apple Store and numerous carriers including AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have begun taking online preorders for the iPhone 4S. The picks include carrier-locked models as well as the full-price but unlocked GSM versions for those who want to switch carriers or avoid early cancellation fees.

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Intel, Samsung team on Tizen for open mobile devices

09/28, 8:15am

Tizen rises from ashes of MeeGo

Intel and Samsung partly confirmed rumors by unveiling Tizen. The effective successor to MeeGo still uses Linux as an open-source foundation for a mobile OS but is focused on a much broader coalition of LiMo supporters that includes Japanese phone makers NEC Casio and Panasonic Mobile, OS developer Access, and carriers NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom, Telefonica (O2), and Vodafone. The group will focus more on HTML5- and Wholesale Applications Community-based apps that can run on MeeGo and can share much of their code for other platforms and devices.

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Twitter now allows posting photos by MMS

09/21, 4:15pm

Supported in US by AT&T, Verizon & Cellular South

Twitter has upgraded the direct messaging capabilities for its texting service. Now, in addition to tweets, users whose service providers support MMS can attach and share videos. To send, all a user need do is enter the text of a tweet as normal, attach a photo to the message, and send it to the relevant Twitter code.

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UK may push 4G spectrum auction back to spring 2012

09/06, 4:50pm

Ofcom: tech complications may push back 4G sale

The largest wireless spectrum auction in the UK may be pushed back to the spring of 2012, according to a Tuesday report. The country's regulator, Ofcom, blamed the delay on many technical and legal issues. The potential delay is at least three months later than originally planned, though Ofcom added it has always said the original timescale was ambitious.

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UK regulator says carriers should oversee paid content

07/29, 4:00pm

Ofcom proposals may shake up paid mobile content

UK regulator Ofcom proposed on Friday that paid smartphone content bought through a carrier's site should be regulated by carriers and not PhonepayPlus, as it is currently. The content on an industry-owned Payforit gateway should be overseen by PhonepayPlus, it continued. Wireless providers asked Ofcom to look into the matter, but they didn't want Payforit content to be regulated.

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Everything Everywhere, O2, Vodafone team on UK NFC payments

06/16, 8:45am

Three large Euro carriers team up on NFC payments

The three largest UK wireless providers that include O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere have announced they will join forces to offer mobile wallet services to customers. According to MocoNews, the three will offer a cross-platform solution to banks, merchants, advertisers and other marketing partners to get the technology and its widespread use off the ground. The cooperation seems to be just what NFC needs, as the hardware is becoming increasingly available, with many of the Android-powered handsets getting it and the OS itself coming with the needed software hooks.

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O2 UK skips BlackBerry PlayBook due to poor 'experience'

06/16, 8:20am

O2 UK passes on BlackBerry PlayBook

O2 UK dealt a symbolic hit to RIM on Thursday after it shot down any plans to carry the current BlackBerry PlayBook. Customers who had shown interest in the tablet have been told that the British carrier "will not be selling the device" for what it implied was the rushed state of the software. There were "some issues with the end to end customer experience," it said.

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Windows Phone NoDo update hits HD7, Venue Pro, Orange, and 3

03/29, 4:30pm

Windows Phone 7 NoDo update live, hits HD7

As suspected, Microsoft's first wave of NoDo updates to carrier-locked Windows Phone 7 devices has started reaching phones. Both of T-Mobile USA's phones, the Dell Venue Pro and the HTC HD7, are getting the update immediately. All WP7 hardware on Orange UK and 3 UK should also be getting the upgrade regardless of the make.

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O2 UK makes tethering free on existing plans

03/29, 11:50am

O2 UK drops tethering fees

O2 UK took a cue from Canadian carriers on Tuesday and dropped the premium tethering fee on its monthly plans. Any of its regular Bolt On plans, including the basic 3 ($4.80) 100MB plan, offer tethering for free. It had previously asked for 7.65 ($12.23) regardless of the tier and often more than doubled the price of data.

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O2 to double Wi-Fi network across the UK

03/28, 1:20pm

O2 to offer twice as many Wi-Fi hotspots in UK

In the UK, carrier O2 on Monday detailed plans to double the amount of free Wi-Fi hotspots it offers for its BT Openzone and the Cloud services. The carrier is seeing much more demand for data while on the go from smartphones. The provider will focus the Wi-Fi zones in areas such as high streets, public transport and stadiums.

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Windows Phone 7's NoDo carrier updates start March 29

03/28, 12:05pm

Windows Phone 7 NoDo hits carriers March 29

New hints have suggested Microsoft plans to push its NoDo update to carrier-locked phones on Tuesday, March 29. The company's first wave would include at least Orange UK and Canada's Telus as well as a handful of unnamed other carriers, WinRumors heard. A second wave would take place on April 5, which would bring in at least O2 and Vodafone.

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O2 delays Xperia Play, Verizon still on track for early May

03/25, 11:55am

O2 delays Xperia Play but Verizon on time

O2 UK on Friday said it would delay the launch of the Xperia Play past its original April 1 target. Internal testing had shown "some bugs" that would sour the experience for early buyers. It was collaborating with Sony Ericsson to make sure they were fixed and still left a window open for an April 1 launch if they were fixed in time.

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O2 flips on first 900MHz 3G in UK, vows 30% iPad 2 speed-up

03/18, 10:45am

O2 UK first with 900MHz 3G

O2 UK on Friday said it was the first British carrier to use 3G on the 900MHz band. A green light from telecom regulator Ofcom has given HSPA and UMTS devices that will work on the lower frequency, including the iPad 2 and iPhone 4, as much as a 30 percent faster download rate. The greater room created by the frequency has also led to an immediate 50 percent capacity upgrade.

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O2 Germany first to confirm HP Veer deal

03/16, 3:55pm

O2 Germany first carrier to commit to HP Veer

Wireless provider O2 Germany, through a tweet, has confirmed it will begin offering the HP Veer. It has become the first to commit to the webOS device, which is the smallest to date and the first to ship with webOS 2.1. The Veer will sport an 800MHz CPU and support 7.2Mbps HSPA for 3G.

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Pre Plus owners get webOS 2.1 on O2 Germany

02/22, 11:10am

webOS 2.1 arrives for Pre Plus on O2 Germany

The webOS 2.1 firmware for the Pre Plus handset has now been made available for download in Germany, despite HP saying earlier this month it won't upgrade older handsets to the firmware. This includes the Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi and Pixi Plus, and HP may still stand by its decision, as it's just carrier O2 that is upgrading the Pre Plus and no one else, at least thus far.

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O2 lands exclusive on white Xperia Play

02/18, 12:35pm

O2 to get white Xperia Play exclusively

UK wireless carrier O2 communicated over Twitter that it will be the exclusive provider of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone in white. Other carriers that will get the so-called PlayStation phone include Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone in the UK as well Rogers exclusively in Canada. In the US, it will arrive at Verizon sometime in the spring.

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Xperia Play coming to Rogers, most UK carriers

02/07, 12:55pm

Xperia Play due in the UK, exclusive at Rogers

The Xperia Play handset has been confirmed as coming to several carriers on Monday, including Orange, T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone in the UK. In Canada, the phone will be exclusive to Rogers, according to MobileSyrup. Orange and T-Mobile UK have also confirmed they should have the PlayStation phone, has has O2, though no release date is known for Canada.

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O2 to launch free, UK-wide Wi-Fi network

01/26, 10:25am

O2 to bring out 13,000 free hotspots in the UK

UK wireless provider O2 on Wednesday said it will launch a nationwide Wi-Fi network. The premium hotspots will be managed with the help of venue owners and be open for all customers to use for free, no matter what network they subscribe to. By 2013, 13,000 hotspots will be in place, O2 promises, but the rollout will begin this March at 450 O2 shops and offices.

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HTC Pro 7 ships to Germany

01/17, 4:05pm

HTC Pro 7 now available at Germany's O2

As promised last week, HTC's Pro 7 smartphone is now available at carrier O2 in Germany. HTC's first Windows Phone 7 device with a QWERTY hardware keyboard sports a 3.6-inch, 800x480 touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and a five-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video. Pricing is also the same as promised, with a contract price of 22.50 Euros per month and 29 Euros down. The two are the equivalent of $29 per month and $37, respectively.

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HTC 7 Pro ships first to O2 Germany next week

01/11, 3:55pm

HTC 7 Pro confirmd for O2 Germany next week

Through a Twitter posting, carrier O2 Germany revealed the HTC 7 Pro will arrive in its stores, confirming an earlier report. The posting also reveals the pricing scheme for O2, set at 29 euros when paired with a 22.50 euro per month, two-year contract. The rate equates to $37 and a subscription fee of $29.

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HTC 7 Pro to reach Germany in January

12/27, 5:55pm

HTC 7 Pro coming to Germany's O2 in January

The HTC 7 Pro unveiled this fall will arrive at German provider O2 in January, the handset's product page has given away. Its version of the Windows Phone 7 device will logically use GSM and will sport the distinctive hardware QWERTY keyboard behind its 3.6-inch, 800x480 display. Also onboard is the needed 1GHz Snapdragon chip and a five-megapixel camera.

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