networks
O2 Apologises for Allowing Racists to Post Out SIMs

A quite horrifying use of the mobile networks' desperation to get us signed up has been revealed by a family in London, who were sent O2 SIM cards that had been addressed to offensive names at their home addresses. Read More >>

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GiffGaff Adds 4G as Standard to Next-gen PAYG Goodybags

Everyone's favourite SIM seller is having another rejig of its bundle options to ensure they best fit in with the mobile network dataspace of 2015 and beyond, revealing that from September all of its data-enabled SIMs will let users connect to 4G networks should they live in or occasionally pass through such powerful electrosmog zones. Read More >>

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Post Office Mobile Starts Selling PAYG SIMs

The Post Office has launched a new mobile service in the UK, opting to call it Post Office Mobile. When you've got a brand name that ingrained in UK culture, you don't change anything. Read More >>

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UK Network to Hand Out “Free” Data and Call SIMs from July

US mobile network FreedomPop is coming to the UK this summer, when it'll launch a completely free SIM that includes a small amount of data, mobile call minutes and texts. Read More >>

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US and UK Spies Had Access to “Billions” of SIM Cards

The world's largest maker of SIM cards was hacked by UK and US spying agencies, potentially opening up access to the monitoring of personal calls of... everyone. They're going to need a bigger cloud storage account for all that data. Read More >>

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Number Porting Appears to be Breaking Vodafone’s Data Connections

A pile of complaints regarding Vodafone's data services have been hitting the network, with plenty of users who've ported across numbers from other providers saying the process has broken their data connections. And yes, they do have the right APN settings in their phones. Read More >>

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Amazon Adds Proper Phones to O2 Monthly Contract Options

Amazon UK has turned itself into a full O2 reseller, adding phones like the Moto G, Galaxy S5, BlackBerry Passport and Xperia Z3 to its monthly contract options. Contracts are quite costly, though, with the Xperia Z3 starting at £38 a month for a "free" phone, 2GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts. [Amazon via Engadget] Read More >>

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SIM Cards Outnumber Humans on Planet Mobile

There are apparently around 7.2 billion people on the planet right now, a number that's growing by two people a second. However, there are also 7.2 billion SIM cards in operation too, and that number's growing much, much faster, as users double and triple-up on their connections. Read More >>

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GiffGaff Chops Unlimited Data Options for New and Some Current Subscribers

Popular mini network GiffGaff is about to refresh it data bundles, with some of its beloved affordable unlimited options getting the axe at the end of the month. Read More >>

internet
72 Per Cent of People Have a Wireless Internet Dongle/SIM of Some Sort

Stats into the adoption of wireless broadband across the 34-country group covered by the OECD show that 72.4 per cent of everyone has a wireless broadband connection of some sort, be it a mobile account or a data-only SIM for a tablet. Read More >>

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EE May Pull Contracts from Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U

Mobile network EE is in the final stages of rejigging its sales practises, with one of the more destructive options being to stop offering phones and contracts through mammoth phone specialists Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. Read More >>

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Pressure Group Says Networks Should Auto-Unlock Phones When Contracts End

If the UK's mobile networks want to make us love them as much as we love their dumb adverts, they should sell their PAYG phones unlocked -- and let us unlock contract phones for free when deals come to an end. Read More >>

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O2 Adds 4G Data to £15 and £20 PAYG SIMs

O2's about to launch a collection of new PAYG SIM deals, with its "Big Bundle" tariffs starting at £10 a month and offering users a contract-like allowance of 100 minutes, 1,000 texts and 500MB of 3G data. Up that to £15 a month and PAYG users get 200 minutes and 1GB of data that allows 4G connectivity. Or there's a £20 option and bolt-ons to make it all more complex. [O2] Read More >>

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EE Boss: “3G Contracts are Still Safe”

The gradual disappearance of the Orange mobile brand here in the UK shouldn't mean the end of 3G-only contracts, according to EE boss Olaf Swantee, who says T-Mobile and Orange users won't be shuffled onto EE deals for the foreseeable future. Which is for the best, given 4G's relatively childlike footprint across the UK. Read More >>