Sources have revealed that Google is engaged in talks with Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, owner of U.K. wireless carrier Three, to establish a “small scale” mobile network. The network does not appear to be one that consumers could sign up for regular service, serving instead as a means for U.S. travelers to use their phones while traveling abroad without incurring expensive international charges. Ultimately the wireless service in overseas locations would be tied back to Google’s attempt to create a U.S.-based mobile network to compete with the existing major carriers. Read more
Despite a March 1 announcement, it appears that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available after a bit, starting April 10. As such, carriers here in the US and abroad have announced that they will be carrying the new Galaxy flagship. Those include, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint in the US and Vodafone and Three in the UK. As far as pre-paid is concerned there are a few carriers that will carry the new Galaxy.
Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, which is run by Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, has announced that they will be purchasing the O2 mobile carrier from Telefonica for 10.25 billion pounds ($15.4 billion USD). Hutchison already owns the Three Mobile network in the U.K., so the merger of the two entities under one umbrella will create a new number one mobile operator in the country.
Hutchison’s announced purchase of O2 comes a few weeks after BT announced that it had entered into exclusive talks with EE, currently the largest mobile operator, to purchase the company as part of a strategy to create a company that provides fixed phone service, mobile phone service, and internet service. Read more
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
Three, the UK wireless carrier, announced via their Twitter account this morning that they are rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to owners of Sony Xperia T devices on their network. Besides all the benefits of Jelly Bean, Sony includes some updates for their own apps like Walkman, Album and Movies. Reports indicate some new homescreen options will now be available for device owners along with improvements to the camera app.
The update does not appear to be available as an over-the-air option. Three’s support site instructs users to connect their phone to their computer and use the Sony PC Companion software on Windows PCs or Bridge for Mac on Apple PCs. This update from Three follows on the heels of the update being pushed out to unlocked devices and those on the O2 network.
UK wireless carrier O2 has confirmed it is starting to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S III owners on its network. They have not indicated how long it should take to reach all device owners, but some should start to see it on Friday, October 19th. O2 joins Three in rolling out the Jelly Bean update for Samsung’s flagship device. Vodafone has issued a statement via their forums that Jelly Bean will be deployed to Galaxy S III devices on their network starting on Monday. T-Mobile and Orange have not yet released any information about timing for users on their networks. The update will be available to O2 owners as a WiFi over-the-air update or through Kies.
Sony’s next flagship device, the Sony Xperia T, is rumored to hit the shelves October 1st. There has been a few rumored release dates including one for later this month, so this is not set in stone quite yet. People should rightfully be excited about this new Sony phone which was shown off at IFA 2012. It will have a 13 megapixel camera, 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm S4 processor and a 4.6″ screen.
If you live in the UK, the mobile network Three announced they will be selling the Xperia T “soon”. For those in the United States, there is no official release date, but because of the outed AT&T branded Sony Xperia T, it’s safe to say it should be available before the end of the year. Are you going to the get this phone when it’s finally released?
The big launch day for the HTC One X and One S is coming up fast in the UK. You can buy the phones in any brick-or-mortar store for the main UK networks starting tomorrow, April 5. If you can’t wait that long, several networks are allowing preorders today.
Here are the details of each UK network provider and their plans for the One X and One S:
- Orange: the One X and One S are coming soon.
- Three: you can order both online today for delivery tomorrow, the official launch day. With unlimited data, the One X is free on-contract from £35 per month, while the One S costs at least £32 per month. Another option is paying £99 upfront, and then paying from £27 per month for the One X, or from £24 per month for the One S. All of Three’s contracts are 24-months long.
- O2: for delivery tomorrow, O2.co.uk now lists the HTC One X (in grey) as available “online only”. There are several 18 and 24-month deals to choose from, but you’ll have to choose one of the most expensive to avoid any up-front fees. The best value are O2’s “On & On” deals. With these, you get a One X for free, unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data for £36 per month, with the option of increasing the data allowance up to 2GB for £41 per month. Finally, O2 also offers the One X on Pay-As-You-Go for £479.99.
- Vodafone: you can pre-order the One X (white and grey) and One S (silver). The S is £36 per month, and the X is available for free on 24-month plans from £41 per month. The first 10,000 customers to order each handset will score a pair of urBeats headphones and 10 free tracks per month from Vodafone Music.
- T-Mobile: matches Vodafone’s prices of £41 per month for the One X and £36 per month for the One S. T-Mo UK, though, offers unlimited data if you choose the “full monty” plan. The phones will launch online and in stores tomorrow, according to the network.
Are you picking up either the One X or the One S in the UK? Let us know in the comments.
source: Android Central
If you’ve been drooling over the X or the S in HTC’s new “One” series but worried about which carrier may or may not be getting it in the UK, fear not. Chances are, you’ll be able to snatch one up effortlessly, as all carriers have announced they’ll be launching the new flagship devices. O2, Three, Vodafon, T-Mobile and Orange will be taking on the new devices and the only hard decision for you will be deciding which one in the world should you get? Both the One X and One S have a lot to offer but it’s the One X that will be sporting ICS 4.0 right out of the gate. For those who may have their eyes on the HTC Legend-like “V” can get one on O2 and Three UK if they’re interested. There’s no official release date as of yet with the exception of O2 and T-Mobile UK as they’ve announced an April launch for the pair of handsets. The rest of the carriers are just offering a “coming soon” sign. Check out the spec reminder below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
One X: (AT&T in U.S.)
One S: (T-Mobile in U.S.)
source: Android Central