It appears that the choice of mobile network providers in the UK will shrink yet again after confirmation that the owner of Three, the Hong kong based Hutchison Whampoa, has agreed terms to buy O2 from Spain’s Telefónica for £10.25 billion. This confirmation comes after the company performed 2 months of due diligence since the initial announcement on January 23rd.
Starting today, residents in the United Kingdom can pre-order HTC’s flagship smartphone of 2015, the One (M9), from Three for £39 per month on a two-year contract and an upfront fee of £19 to cover the cost of the handset.
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.
The long awaited Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini is finally available in the UK. From carrier Three UK, the S4 Mini is available for free with a two-year, £26 and above contract, or with Three’s new pay-as-you-go plan for £349.99, or around $531.77 USD.
As a reminder, the S4 Mini has a 4.3-inch qHD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8 GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Touchwiz UX. Not amazing specs, but still pretty good for a reliable, mid-grade phone.
If you’re a Three customer in the UK, you’ll be pleased to know that Three‘s CEO Dave Dyson is excited about his company’s 4G LTE rollout, and vaguely discussed it during a quarterly earnings call yesterday. Unfortunately, he’s in “no rush for LTE,” and by that he means you shouldn’t actually expect it until later this year. Like, Q4 of this year. We know waiting is really, really hard to do, but hey, this is going to make a great Christmas present from your cellular provider.
He did also say that Three has no plans to charge their customers extra for LTE, so that’s another plus. According to Dyson, Three wants to see how competing companies set up their 4G before making any huge moves into the LTE space, so that’s a pretty sound decision. Better to do something right and take a bit longer the first time instead of rushing through it and putting out a bad product.
source: Mobile News
Those of you living in the UK are one step closer to getting the Sony Xperia Z smartphone in their hands. At the time of this writing, the smartphone is now available for pre-order through O2, Three UK, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse. Pricing for the device will vary by the retailer and carrier, so you’ll need to hit past the break in order to get all the juicy deets.
So you live in the UK and have been itching to get your hands on a lovely new smartphone? Great you’re in luck because Three UK has listed the Sony Xperia P smartphone on its website today. This means interested customers can pick up the Gingerbread-powered device which gives you a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera with Exmor R sensor and 4-inch screen for free on a £27 per month, two-year contract plan. Of course there is the option of purchasing the phone outright with a Pay As You Go plan for £289.99. Options include the All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts or the All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.
I’m sure you’re all itching for additional details, so you can find the expanded info found in the presser once you hit the break.
Remember how we told you about how those of you in Europe would be getting relief from bill shock in the near-future? Well mobile carrier Three UK has brought immediate relief and introduced a standard rate for internet usage on mobile devices while being on holiday thanks to the new Euro Internet Pass. The EIP will cost £5— or $8 per day and will allow people to tweet, post and send anything and everything of their heart’s content. The EIP only applies to Three UK subscribers who plan on being on vacation within the European Union only, so it’s important to note that otherwise you could possibly rack up a high roaming bill while emailing or tweeting.
We know many of you Three UK customers are excited, but before you go out and add the EIP to your existing mobile plan before your holiday, why not hit the break to see more details?
The Desire C is a unique offering as it’s one of the very first entry level Android phones shipping with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone is powered by a single core 600 MHz processor with 512MB of RAM, and offers a 3.5″ HVGA display. The rest of the specifications are very reasonable for the price with Beats Audio, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1,230 mAh battery and 5MP rear camera all on-board.
The device is available in black or white and Three UK are offering it up for free on a 2 year contract at £13 per month or on Pay-As-You-Go for £149.99. If you prefer your phone to be sim-free and unlocked then you can pick it up from Clove for £189.99.
If you’ve been looking for an affordable Android 4.0 device then the Desire C could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Hit the links below to find out more.
UK mobile carrier Three has announce today they are launching the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. This device is the second coming of their previous Galaxy Ace. The new Galaxy Ace 2 boasts features such as a 3.8-inch screen, 5MP shooter and Front facing VGA camera to compliment, 800MHz dual core processor, and 4GB internal storage. There are a couple ways you can get you hands on this phone. One way is with a couple plans called Essential or Ultimate Internet 500 for £22 ($35) per month. Another option is the pre-paid or Pay As You Go. Purchase the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 for £230 ($363) and choose an All in One plan which offers various options which includes “all-you-can-eat data”. Which could be a great option based on the direction carriers are headed these days with the contract based plans. Hit the jump for all the details from the press release.