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Omio Mobile Phone News Weekly Newsletter – 2nd December – 6th December

The week started with Omio reporting in Carphone Warehouse announcing Samsung Cyber Monday deals, with £230 off the Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is arriving in two new colours, red and white gold – and is now listed on Samsung’s website. The Samsung Galaxy Lite is to be unveiled at MWC 2014, as a mashup of the Grand and Grand 2, and 4G EE cuts tariff prices by 25 per cent. The Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5 top sales charts, and Samsung’s 20-megapixel camera is appearing in phones, 2H, 2014. We published, Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet: hands-on video walkthrough.

Earlier on in the week, Omio ran Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet: unboxing and hands-on pictures. Nokia confirms more Windows tablets are on the way. We wrote Nokia: we’re bringing imaging; HERE maps and Music to Microsoft, also Nokia stated, a third of people seeing a live demo are likely to switch; colour phones sell more. Nokia said, Asha 503 isn’t filling in the gap, left by the Nokia Lumia 525 not coming to the UK. Nokia is working on Nokia Music/Nokia MixRadio for Asha mobile phones in the UK, and we ran Nokia: Lumia Black update won’t bring all its features, to all Lumia phones, also, we published Nokia Lumia 2520, Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Asha 503: launch event pics.

Midweek, Three UK 4G mobile phone network, became live. HTC One successor launching Feb/March, 2014 – according to a court document. The Apple iPad 12.9-inch edition is to come in 2K and 4K models, and the 4G EE network is to reach 160 places, by Christmas. O2 is selling Xbox One gaming console, on a mobile phone contract. Three UK is offering free roaming in the USA, and the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet became available in the UK, costing £399.

Towards the end of the week, the Nokia and Microsoft deal was cleared by the European Commission. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 gets benchmarked, shows 2K display. Sky Go comes to Windows Phone 8, and Three UK is to buy O2. Samsung phones are to have Apple Touch ID fingerprint recognition, see-through display and rear controls, and Bluetooth 4.1 details were unveiled.

At the end of the week, GiffGaff adds 70 per cent more minutes to tariffs, for free. Google Nexus 5 camera has been improved, as Android 4.4.1 rolls out. Spotify is coming to mobiles, for free, and Samsung’s new Windows Phone 8 mobile is shipping.

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The biggest story of the week came from Three, by switching on its 4G LTE network, according to customer tweets.

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The next most significant piece was when HTC was believed to be launching its replacement to the flagship HTC One Android mobile phone, in Q1 of next year.

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The third largest news item came from Apple, which is allegedly producing a large sized iPad, in possibly two different resolutions.

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The following most significant story was when Samsung possibly saw its next flagship mobile phone, rumoured to be named the Samsung Galaxy S5, appear on a benchmarking website – recording its specifications.

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The fifth biggest piece was when Nokia let slip, in a press briefing, the Nokia Lumia 2520 is just its first tablet.

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The next most significant news came when Samsung was said to be developing a 20-megapixel camera module, for its devices.

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The seventh largest story was Spotify, said to be planning a free version of its music service for mobile devices, with adverts.

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The following most significant item came from Samsung, in reportedly seeing a patent emerge about new technology coming to its phones, where Fingerprint’s Chief Executive Officer has spoken about what is next, on mobiles.

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The penultimate piece of news was when O2 released details that it will be selling the new Microsoft Xbox One, on its O2 Refresh price plan.

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Lastly, Three has unveiled that it has extended its free-of-charge ‘Feel At Home’ roaming offering, to three more countries.

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Rob Kerr