EE offers its customers a free, swappable Power Bar mobile charger

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Forgetting to charge your smartphone the night before will often mean that your device dies on you midway through the day, leaving you unable to play Plants Versus Zombies send important work emails. If you’re an EE customer though, the days of seeing your smartphone become utterly useless when the battery goes flat may be at an end, thanks to the UK carrier’s new customer reward scheme appropriately called “EE Power” that will roll out in the coming weeks.  Read more

Pre-orders commence for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the U.K.

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Most U.K. retailers and major carriers have opened the doors to take pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge. The available offers reveal some aggressive pricing for buyers willing to enter into two-year contracts. This may be driven by Samsung’s desire to reassert their leadership position in the smartphone market around the globe. Read more

EE to carry the HTC One M9 with an exclusive single-tone gold finish, pre-orders begin March 9

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EE in the UK has announced they will carry the all new HTC One M9. Pre-orders begin March 9th, but they didn’t specify and exact date as to when you will b able to get your hands on it. They will offer it in dual-tone silver and rose gold or single-tone gunmetal grey via the EE online shop, EE telesales and EE retail stores, but they will also offer a single-tone gold version exclusively for 3 months.

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UK carriers Three and EE to join forces to build out LTE network

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A new report out today indicates UK mobile carriers Three and EE have reached a deal to work together, including the sharing of costs, for the next phase of their 4G LTE network buildout. According to reports, the two carriers will share masts and backhaul transmission costs to the tune of $1.63 Billion USD. The report says that while the infrastructure and costs are being shared between the two carriers, other components are not being shared. Notably, “the antennas, spectrum and the core network” will remain separate. This means each carrier will still have control over speed and coverage for their networks.

The initial impression in the industry is that the deal will be more beneficial for Three which has been trailing other carriers in building out a 4G LTE presence. Meanwhile, EE has already deployed a significant 4G LTE footprint. With some additional capital flowing into the deal from a partner, EE hopes to maintain its early lead in the market. The other major players, Vodafone and O2, have their own agreement in place to partner in building out a 4G network.

source: Android Central

AT&T Users Able to Roam on 4G LTE in the UK Thanks to Deal with EE

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Today, United Kingdom carrier EE announced that there is a 4G LTE roaming agreement in place with AT&T. AT&T users in an EE LTE market area will automatically connect to EE’s network. That network boasts a 24-30Mbps average download speed and is currently in 160 different cities.

Just like the deal with Rogers, AT&T users will have to have the Data Global Add-On package to benefit from this agreement. Unlike T-Mobile’s Simply Global plan, that allows unlimited global data at no extra cost, you’ll be paying a pretty penny to take advantage of international roaming. Either $30/month will get you 120MB or you can get 300MB for $60/month.

That, however, may be worth it for some people to have access to LTE internationally. EE is looking to expand even further with more carriers in the coming year, so be on the lookout for that.

source: TechnoBuffalo

Facebook puts HTC First launch in UK on hold

HTC FirstUK “Facebook phone” fans will have to wait to see if they ever get the HTC First. A spokesperson for carrier EE in the UK confirmed in a statement that Facebook has “recommended holding off launching the HTC First in the UK” as they work on a better Facebook Home experience with new customization features.

Facebook’s prized phone is not having much success in the United States, with the price dropping from $99 to under a dollar, followed by news that the phone will reportedly be discontinued by AT&T. It will be interesting to see if the improvements Facebook makes to Home  will spark a renewed interest in users who had previously given up on the app.

Source: Android Central

UK’s EE Doubling 4G Network Speeds in 10 Locations

4GEE-superfastEE, one of the UK’s most advanced communications company, has announced it will double its current 4G speeds for its customers. They plan to launch the faster network in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Sheffield by summer 2013.

In order to increase speeds to what they are calling “4GEE“, they will need to increase both their network’s capacity and coverage. EE will double the amount of 1800MHz spectrum capacity bandwidth from 10MHz to 20MHz. According to EE’s Chief Executive Officer, Olaf Swantee, “We are ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of the digital revolution. Having already pioneered 4G here, we’re now advancing the country’s infrastructure again with an even faster, even higher-capacity network, and at no extra cost to our customers.Read more

HTC First to be an EE exclusive in the UK

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In the U.S., the HTC First is an AT&T exclusive, but in the UK it’s going to be EE. No word on pricing or availability, but we are assuming it will become available soon after the U.S. April 12 launch.

The HTC First is the first and only phone to have the complete Facebook Home experience out of the box. Of course, people can still enjoy Facebook Home on other phones by downloading the app (starting April 12), but it will only be available on the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4, the One X, and the One X+, at least for now.

source: Slashgear