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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Orange To Charge For Smartphone Support

Orange is to start charging their smartphone customers for product support. The dedicated hotline assistance that will also include a remote assistance service, which would enable Orange staff to remotely connect to a device and solve any issues.

Special support will help users get the most out of their handsets: setup web and multiple email access, assist them in connecting accessories and synchronizing their phone with their desktop applications.

Free support will continue, but the new service will be offered on an opt-in basis for customers who require dedicated support for their smartphone needs.

While more and more people are buying smartphones, many users don’t even scratch the surface of what their phones are able to do. Turning over smartphone assistance to a specialist service might also allow the network to respond quicker to more general customer queries.

The smartphone support service will be available either as an Orange Care package, or provided on a per call or per act basis. Specifics such as pricing will be confirmed as the service rolls out in each market.

Launching from April the service will be available in France, Switzerland, the UK, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Romania, Moldova and Belgium.

Check out Orange’s smartphone range here.

Source: CellularNews via IntoMobile

O2 Launches New SIM Only Tariff For iPhone And Updates All Pay Monthly Tariffs

It’s all change at O2.

From today, 02 are offering a new range of Mobile and Mobile Broadband tariffs including new sim only for iPhone with inclusive Visual Voicemail, unlimited text messages, data and Wi-Fi from just £15 per month.

O2 customers who already have an iPhone or are just happy with their existing Smartphone can choose from a range of sim only tariffs starting at just £15 per month for 300 minutes, unlimited UK texts, data & Wi-Fi on a 12-month sim only contract, or from £20 per month on a 30-day rolling contract.

Don’t want to worry about how many minutes or texts you’ve used? O2 introduces a set of ‘all-you-can-eat” tariffs offering unlimited UK calls, texts and data from just £45 a month.

Also, iPhone customers who want to use their iPhone as a modem can do so and not pay more than £2 per day with O2’s newest Internet Tethering Bolt On.

O2 Marketing Director Sally Cowdry said the new tariffs reflected customer’s changing habits with more texts being sent and data being used than ever before.

“We have listened to our customers and introduced a range of new tariffs with unlimited calls, texts and data offering real value for money. We have also introduced a new £2 per day Internet Tethering Bolt On as we know our iPhone customers want to snack when they are using their iPhone as a modem.”

See how the new O2 tariffs shape up next to offers on other networks on our SIM-only deals page.

For more detailed information on the new tariffs,  check out

European SSFIV Pre-Order Bonuses Include Awesome iPhone Covers

Not content with bringing Street Fighter to the humble iPhone, Capcom will soon allow fighters to make their mobiles look like their favourite World Warrior.

Pre-order bonuses for the European version of Super Street Fighter IV, due to arrive on home consoles in April, include one of four original iPhone covers emblazoned with minimalist visages of Ryu, E-Honda, Blanka and Sagat.

Other (slightly less cool) pre-order bonuses include limited edition t-shirts enabling some Guile cosplay on the cheap, and also alternate costumes for use within the game.

Revealed on Capcom’s European Twitter site this morning, details regarding which retailers will stock these early adopter goodies is “yet to be confirmed”.

Nokia Announce N97 Mini Gold Edition

Sensitive to people’s ever-changing needs and clearly aware of the recessional return to a gold-standard in investment, Nokia have issued a Nokia N97 mini Gold Edition.

The N97 mini Gold Edition is swathed in 18-carat gold and comes pre-loaded with apps like “ELLE 360Fashion”, which should help couture lovers stay up to date with all the latest trends and fashion-related news.

Other than that, the Nokia N97 mini Gold Edition has the same features the regular edition includes: 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 360 x 640 pixels, full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, HSPA, GPS, Nokia Maps, 3.5mm headset jack, 8GB of internal memory, and a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.

In terms of user experience, there’s little between the N97 Mini UI and a basic smart phone like the Nokia 5800, however after a recent review of the handset the N97 mini proved itself as a truly delicious bit of hardware: the tilted pull-out QWERTY is one of the best in the business!

Nokia N97 mini Gold Edition will be available across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, when exactly we’re not so sure.

In the meantime, maybe you’d like to see a selection of similarly opulent handsets?

Via UnWiredReview

Google Earth Now Available On Android!

You would have thought Google would have bundled Maps with the Nexus One, but seeing as that is still a no-show Google are now offering it on all Android phones!

Mosey on down to the market and grab your copy now.

The description reads:

“Use Google Earth to explore the world from the palm of your hand. Fly around the planet with the swipe of a finger, as you view the same 3D imagery available in the desktop version. Search by voice for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers of geographic information including roads, borders, places, photos and more”

Alternatively Android Community cordially invite you to scan the qr code right from your phone and enjoy.

[via Android Community]

Windows Phone 7 Locked Down to 3 Chassis Designs?

Sharp ears over at ZDNET have picked up on an podcast in which Microsoft Developers start talking about Microsoft’s decision to cut back the unwieldy number of supported Windows Phone chassis to just three with Windows Phone 7.

Apparently, Microsoft will only be supporting Windows Phone 7 on three different chassis:

Chassis 1: First ones out of the gate will be arge touchscreens with at least a 1 GHz processor such as Snapdragon, requiring its own dedicated graphics processor.

Chassis 2: Slide-out keyboards will be added on alongside touchscreens.We’re guessing the processor specs will be roughly similar to that of Chassis 1.

Chassis 3: There are no certain details on 3, though they are suspected to be candybar devices. No word on when 2 or 3 will be ready.

If true, it looks as if Microsoft are finally getting a handle on their product. To date the reputation of Windows Mobile OS not been great – with patchy and unimpressive performance a common feature.But firmer integration of Windows OS and hardware woulds go some way in resolving this.

Source: Unwired Review via ZDNet

HTC Desire Now Available For Pre-Order, April 1st Release Date

Those looking for the latest Android phone can put their money down on the HTC Desire from today, with MobilePhonesDirect now taking pre-orders of the hotly anticipated handset.

The Taiwanese manufacturer’s take on the Google-branded Nexus One, the Desire one-ups the mobile from Mountain View by adding more space for applications, an optical trackpad for smoother navigation, and by overlaying a version of the intuitive and attractive ‘Sense’ interface – currently gracing the HTC Hero – on top of stock Android software.

Adding these factors to the Nexus One’s pricey import-only availability, and the HTC Desire becomes the closest – and most affordable – pay monthly Google phone alternative on the market.

The pre-orders currently available from the site are only for T-Mobile and Vodafone at present, but with all the major networks have pledged to range the device, expect to see HTC Desire deals from your favourite carrier ahead of the April 1st release date.

A MobilePhonesDirect spokesperson was suitably pleased to steal a march on the competition:

“We are an HTC Ultimate Partner, and have always been first to market with HTC products. Orders received will be dispatched on a first come first served basis, and we will send stock [of the HTC Desire] as soon as it becomes available.”

Available from an attractive £25 per month with 300 minutes and unlimited texts on an 18 month tariff (plus £5.99 for the handset), the HTC Desire could well be the one to break the smartphone – and the Android platform – into the lucrative mass market sector come April.

Pre-pay and SIM-free options are also available, with the Desire retailing for £378.99 with Vodafone and £429.99 for a fully unlocked model.

Compare the Google Nexus One to the HTC Desire here, or check out the HTC Desire specifications on our handset features page.

Nokia X6 16GB b@TV Edition – Streams DJ Sets *Live*

Music fans have yet another excuse to buy Nokia’s flagship entertainment device with the b@TV Edition, available exclusively from Phones 4U.

Essentially the offer bundles the b@TV app with a purchase of the Nokia X6 16GB.

The Nokia X6 boasts a huge 3.2″ touchscreen, WiFi, enhanced 3G, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Assisted GPS and the all-important 3.5mm jack, while The b@TV app allows you to stream all the best DJ sets from big brand clubs such as Ministry Of Sound, Gatecrasher, Global Gathering and Space, Ibiza.

Check out Phones4U’s Facebook page for more info.

Top Nokia Suit Confessess To Sleepless Nights Over N97 Fiasco

Nokia’s problems with and eventual axing of the N97 was one of the biggest fiascos for the mobile industry last year.

So, when senior Nokia executive Anssi Vanjoki gives as frank an interview as he does below, it’s big news!

In the interview, Vanjoki explains the problems that hampered the N97, the failures of Nokia’s quality control department, subsequent problems with patches and also his own sleepless nights.

Compared to the blanks that Nokia drew up with the announcement of their MeeGo platform at last week’s MWC, this is positively scintillating stuff.

However, if you were unfortunate enough to have bought and suffered at the hands of a glitchy Nokia N97 then this video will probably offer little in the way of consolation. Chances are you’ve already voted with your wallet and opted for one of the many Android phones out there.

Here’s the interview *WARNING* – scary booming ident voice precedes video.

Via All About Symbian

LG Pop Goes Platinum: One Million Sales In One Hundred Days

The feature phone market seems to still be strong despite the rise of the smartphone, with Korean manufacturer announcing that their LG Pop GD510 handset has sold in excess of one million units globally, a mere 100 days after launching.

To celebrate, LG will be launching two new colours of the eco-friendly pint sized phone – aqua blue and lime – to go alongside the current kaleidoscopic line-up.

“From the start we based the LG Pop on customer needs, leading us to create a compact and intuitive touchscreen phone that wasn’t weighed down by useless features,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

“LG Pop offers most of the benefits of a smartphone without the steep learning curve. There’s still a huge market out there for phones that do everything right out of the box.”