Monthly Archives: May 2013

Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung reveals its next phone

After much hype, Samsung has officially announced its next handset, according to zdnet.com.

Rumours had circulated that the new phone would be the latest addition to the Galaxy series and Samsung confirmed it will be the Galaxy S4 Mini. The phone will have a slightly smaller screen than its big sister, coming in at 4.3 inches.

One of the big selling points of the Galaxy S4 Mini will be that it is capable of taking a 4G sim, as well as being compatible with 3G dual sim networks. The main camera will also be eight megapixel, another feature likely to be welcomed by fans of the Galaxy devices.

Telegraph.co.uk reports that the Mini will have the remote control feature found on the S4, as well as the S Health features, but the Eye Scroll software won’t be included in the new phone.

Vice President of IT and Mobile Division for Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, Simon Stanford said: “Demand for the Galaxy S4 has been phenomenal since it launched in April and we hope to build on this success with the Galaxy S4 Mini.”

The Galaxy S4 has now sold over ten million units since its launch last month, making it Samsung’s fastest-selling smartphone.

EE 4G

EE on top for data performance in Manchester, report shows

A report created by RootMetrics has shown that in Manchester, EE is currently offering the best data performance of all the major networks.

V3.co.uk cited the results, adding that despite its impressive data performance, EE is still being pipped to the post by O2 and Three when it comes to call performance.

Over 30,000 scientific tests were undertaken in the area to collate the findings, which showed that EE and its 4G signal is streets ahead; with speeds faster than any others on offer. While it offers a download speed of 15.2 mbps (megabits per second) and an upload speed of 9.4 mbps, the likes of O2 can only reach 1.5 mbps on uploads. Likewise, Three is crawling behind at 1.9 mbps.

RootMetrics’ director of international marketing, Jeremy Kuhn, commented: “4G is really doing quite well and it’s great to see that, as we want to see consumers getting a better service.”

Despite the great results, yesterday (May 20th), EE was forced to acknowledge an outage of its service throughout the UK. Many of its 4G sim users were left without a 4G signal for much of the day, pcpro.co.uk reports, with a ‘PDP authentication failure’ to blame.

Many upset customers took to Twitter to voice their anger over the situation, although were made even angrier by the fact that EE didn’t seem to reply to their tweets. One Twitter user said: “How long before we get data back on your network? No data signal since around 10am. That’s a lot of money to be paying for a 2G service.”

The best performance results on the EE network were obtained using embedded 3G and 4G routers that let you insert the SIM card into the SIM card slot of the router and connect multiple devices.  When used with a high gain, full band antenna for optimum signal reception users were able to achieve 4G download speeds of around 40Mbps.

4G Freeview TV Interference fears unfounded

4G Freeview interference fears unfounded

Trials of the new 4G platform have confirmed that it will not disrupt Freeview digital television signals, despite initial fears, itproportal.com reports.

Tests performed by at800, a group created by Three, Vodafone, EE and O2, discovered that activating the masts did not interfere with Freeview outputs. A trial carried out across parts of west and south London in April resulted in not one single complaint.

There had been concerns that activating the masts would have an adverse impact – or ‘TV apocalypse’ as some have termed it – due to the ‘close proximity of the 800MHZ LTE (4G) frequency to the UK’s Freeview signal’. However, a second trial in the West Midlands had the same positive outcome – which is great news for 4G operators and homeowners keen to install 4G routers.

Speaking specifically about the London test, at800 chief executive Simon Beresford-Wylie said: “London is a big and important market for 4G services and also has millions of Freeview viewers. Clearly it was essential for the broadcasters and the mobile operators that we run trials in London before a roll-out of 4G at 800MHz.

“Whilst it seems unlikely that there will be issues for the vast majority of television viewers in the capital, we will remain alert to any possible interference when roll-out commences.”

A further is taking place currently across the far hillier terrain of Brighton, according to bbc.co.uk. Though a ‘handful of issues’ have been highlighted so far, should the test ultimately prove successful, then the 4G roll-out could take place in the summer.

Samsung 5G Mobile

Samsung reveals 5G breakthrough – though not until 2020

With many mobile device users in the UK looking to upgrade their phones to accept 4G sims in order to take advantage of super-fast connectivity, technology manufacturer Samsung has announced a breakthrough in 5G.

However, those thinking of putting off an upgrade in favour of 5G will be waiting a very long time as Samsung has estimated the technology will not become public until at least 2020.

Furthermore, theinquirer.net believes it could even be a much longer wait given the 13 years that separated 3G and 4G connectivity, making it unlikely that 5G will become available for UK consumers ‘within the next decade’.

Nevertheless, Samsung’s claims to have successfully developed its 5G network with 1Gbps speed, reaching a potential 10Gbps. This means users could potentially download an entire movie in less than one second.

Overall, 5G networks could allow “a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition content and remote medical services,” claims the firm.

Samsung commented on the new network to telegraph.co.uk: “Samsung’s latest innovation is expected to invigorate research into 5G cellular communications across the world.

“The company believes it will trigger the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialisation of related mobile broadband services,” it added.

EE delivers 4G to an additional 12 towns

Telecommunications firm EE has rolled out 4G to an additional 12 towns, bringing the number of cities and towns covered to 62.

Reported by imore.com, the latest towns to receive 4G coverage are Aylesbury, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Blackpool, Brentwood, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Lytham St Annes, Marlow, Pontefract, Thame and Windsor.

Now, EE claims that more than half of the UK’s population is covered by its 4G service. Furthermore, it has reiterated its desire to launch 4G services across the whole UK – those with 4G sims in a further 18 towns will be able to access 4G in June, bringing the total coverage to at least 80.

By the end of the year, EE wants 70 per cent of the UK to be able to access 4G, adds t3.com.

Olaf Swantee, chief executive of EE, commented on the rollout: “Consumers and businesses in the UK use mobile internet more than any other market and rely on it for long commutes. We’re committed to rolling out 4G to 98 per cent of the population by the end of 2014.”

Furthermore, EE will also be upgrading its 4G network to operate at speeds of 100Mbps and higher over the next year to ensure that it doesn’t fall behind when other UK telcos start to roll out their own respective networks.