Category Archives: Mobile Phones

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.

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.

BT enters the 4G race in surprise U-turn

British Telecom has begun searching for a new telecoms partner, following a surprise U-turn on its mobile ambitions.

The BT group snagged £200 million worth of the 4G spectrum in the recent auction, but at the time said that they had no intention of entering the mobile communications market. Instead, it was believed that BT would use the spectrum to bolster their national Wi-Fi hotspot network, perhaps giving customers a 4G router.

However, the telecoms giant has now begun a tender for an operator to provide mobile services to BT customers. While the tender is open to all the operators it is widely expected that O2 will be the preferred bidder.

O2 was originally owned by BT but was sold off to Telefonica in 2005. O2 failed to win any of the 2.6GHz spectrum that BT bought, which is why industry insiders believe that a deal could be done.
Talking to FT.com, a BT spokesman said: “We won some excellent 4G spectrum just recently so it makes sense for us to explore the new opportunities that 4G presents.”

Sam Gibbs of Gizmodo.co.uk speculated that BT could well bundle 4G services with its broadband package which would make it a very tempting overall offer for many consumers and businesses alike.

British businesses urged to prepare for arrival of 4G

British businesses have been urged to do more to prepare for the arrival of 4G.

Sean Duffy, who is head of technology at Barclays Bank, has claimed that the arrival of super-fast internet in the UK will encourage even more consumers to shop online using mobile devices.

In an interview with bmmagazine.co.uk, he encouraged businesses to prepare for the proliferation of 4G routers by ensuring their website is fully-optimised for mobile devices.

He said: “We’re already seeing a growing trend for consumers to browse on their mobile or tablet rather than their PC and while the introduction of 4G networks is unlikely to cause technical problems for online businesses, it is likely to accelerate this trend.

“Companies that are already prepared for consumers to use their sites from a mobile device stand to gain a significant competitive advantage. It isn’t enough to simply replicate the big screen PC experience for mobile devices.”

According to cable.co.uk, Duffy was reacting to research that suggested nine out of ten online businesses were yet to optimise their website for mobile devices. That’s despite over a third of businesses reporting growth in mobile traffic since the turn of the year.

The research, conducted by Barclays, revealed that more than half of Brits bought a product online using a mobile device last year.

EE still running the 4G market

EE is still running the 4G market, with a company prediction that there will be one million 4G customers by the end of the year.

The mobile phone network has announced that 318,000 people are currently running their super fast mobile broadband service. Around 1,600 medium and large businesses have also signed up, according to ibtimes.co.uk.

EE has released financial results for the first quarter of 2013 and claimed last month that it wanted to reach the big one million this year. With O2, Vodafone and Three all hot on its heels to offer 4G sims in the next few months, competition could be stiff.

Chief Financial Officer of EE, Neal Milson said: “Today’s results are in line with our expectations, and we are making good progress focusing on high value segments.

“We expect to strengthen our industry leadership position in the year ahead as the 4G roll out continues and we introduce double-speed 4GEE.”

Sky.com reports that this is the first time the network has released any subscriber numbers, since it launched the service in November 2012.  Average speeds are expected to reach 20Mbps in ten different cities by the end of June, according to company predictions.

EE has around 27 million customers and expects to have 4G coverage for 70 per cent of the population by the end of the year.

4G rollout set to fuel high-tech adverts

The rollout of the 4G network is set to spark advances in the adverts appearing on smartphones, reports ft.com.

Reporter Robert Cookson explained that the ultrafast nature of this next-generation internet access will supply the bandwidth for marketers to create some truly advanced content – adverts that are personalised to the user and that are able to ask them questions.

Mobile advertising spending more than doubled in 2012 in the UK, according to Mr Cookson, with this investment not forecast to let up. Among the innovations due to appear thanks to 4G routers and sims is speech recognition technology within adverts.

Victor Malachard, chief executive of Adfonic, said: “I’d say what makes mobile different is first and foremost the personal nature of the device. If you’re engaging with a person through a smartphone or tablet, you’re going to have that person’s attention far more than if you were engaging with them through desktop or television or print.”

The possibility of using the 4G network for such rich media adverts largely relies on consumer take-up of the service and mobile network EE is confident of hitting its target of one million customers by the end of the year, reports theregister.co.uk.

It has signed up 318,000 people for 4G so far – it currently has a monopoly on the service but rivals will join the fray later this year.

Mobile Fun expands warehouse to support increasing sales

Mobile Fun gears up for Christmas and international sales boost with warehouse extension

Ruel Taylor Mobilefun

Birmingham, 08 October 2012. Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of mobile accessories, has extended its warehouse and distribution centre to meet increasing sales.

The 25 per cent additional space within its UK warehouse come as a result of Mobile Fun’s successful international expansion over the past 18 months, with the launch of four new websites, in Spain, The Netherlands, Italy and the US, adding to its existing portfolio of sites in the UK, France and Germany.

Operations Director, Ruel Taylor, commented: “International orders currently make up 30 per cent of our total revenue and this is growing every month, especially following the successful launch of our new websites across Europe and the US.

“As a result of continually increasing demand from customers worldwide, our existing warehouse simply wasn’t large enough to handle all of the orders we are now processing. Our reputation for offering the largest range of mobile accessories is extending beyond the UK and Europe, so we’ve created additional space to help us fulfil growing international orders quickly.”

The extended warehouse will also ensure Mobile Fun is prepared for the upcoming Christmas period. Last December, Mobile Fun achieved its first “million month” with sales of over £1.1m and the company anticipates order numbers will increase significantly this year, from October onwards, thanks in part  to a strong roadmap of devices launching and selling in Q4. These include the highly anticipated iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 and Nexus products.

For more information, and to see what mobile accessories Mobile Fun has to offer, simply visit www.mobilefun.co.uk.

About Mobile Fun

Mobile Fun is the UK’s leading Internet retailer offering a market leading range of accessories for mobile phones, tablets and other mobile devices from its growing portfolio of websites in the UK and in Europe.

With a product range of over 6,000 globally-sourced mobile accessories and tens of thousands of mobile downloads available on its websites, Mobile Fun has successfully established a market-leading position within the competitive mobile, smartphone and tablet sectors.

Mobile Fun has offices in the UK, Germany, France and Spain and delivers products to over 50 countries worldwide.

Mobile Fun was ranked as the UK’s 7th ‘Fastest Growing Technology Based Company’ in the Sunday Times 2006 Microsoft Tech Track 100, was awarded the ‘Online Retailer of the Year’ title at the Mobile News Awards 2011 then again in 2012 and won Best Online Business (Consumer) at the ECMOD Awards 2012 and the Online Retail Awards 2011 and 2012 ‘Computers and Telecommunications’ category.

Article Posted On Telecom News 10th October 2012.

How Fast Is 3G?

With the recent hype from Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) about their new 4G LTE Service which they are calling 4GEE, many comparisons are being made between existing 3G and the new 4G wireless broadband services.  EE (Everything Everywhere) are using some Ofcom report which states that the average 3G Speed in the UK is only 1-2Mbps and their new 4G service will be five times faster (I suppose that means 5-10Mbps).

This 1-2Mbps is not the reality for most users and since Three.co.uk updated their 3G network to the new HSPA+service which offers download speeds up to 21Mbps, many users find that their download and upload speeds on 3G are around 5-6Mbps for download and 2Mbps for upload and many users of traditional fixed line ADSL broadband services in rural and semi-rural locations do not get this kind of speed and are moving to 3G wireless broadband internet.

When we tested our 3 Mobile SIM card inside a Zalip CDG561WE 3G Router which is a HSPA+ Router we consistently got 12Mbps download speeds and 2Mbps upload speeds which we thought was very impressive.

How Fast Is 3G - CDG561WE Speedtest with 3 Mobile SIM

So when you are asking the question How Fast is 4G then you should also ask How Fast Is 3G so you can make a proper comparison when deciding whether or not to invest in a new 4G LTE Router or 4G Modem and whether existing 3G mobile broadband is enough for you especially as many networks still cap your 3G data limits when using a 3G Modem, 3G Dongle or 3G Router with many of the uncapped 3G data plans only available for use in 3G Smartphones.