Everything Everywhere launches a new company brand, LTE in Britain

Everything Everywhere, the UK telecommunication company that was formed following the merger of T-Mobile and Orange UK, today announced a new company brand and details of their LTE network, the first in Britain. The company will from today be called EE, though the T-Mobile and Orange brands will continue to co-exist. EE is positioning the new brand as one focused on delivering super fast broadband via fiber and 4G LTE service.

EE’s 4G network will be switched on for trials today in London, with more cities joining at a later date. In addition to London, EE aims to launch LTE Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Belfast, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Southampton, Hull, Nottingham and Derby by Christmas of this year. They aim to provide a coverage for 20 million people, a third of the population of Britain, by the end of the year.

EE has insisted that the new brand will allow them to tap other markets, including fibre and broadband as well as other new categories. While the 700 T-Mobile, Orange and Everything Everywhere stores will be rebranded to EE, there will be three distinct brands for consumers, with EE focused primarily on the top-end of the spectrum. Phones confirmed to be launching on the network includes the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, HTC One XL, Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920.

Press release after the jump.

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Idea ID-918 Dual SIM 3G Smartphone Hands-on and Unboxing

Last week we were at the Idea Cellular’s Mumbai office for the launch of Idea 3G Dual Sim smartphone iD-918 priced at Rs. 5994. This is Idea’s 3rd Android smartphone launched in India and it runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). We managed to get the first unboxing of Idea iD-918 and also played with this nice looking device. Continue reading “Idea ID-918 Dual SIM 3G Smartphone Hands-on and Unboxing”

Qualcomm Snapdragon Giveaway #1 – Guess the Phone and Win a Sony Xperia S

We are back with another giveaway and this time a big one.If you read FoneArena , you must have heard about Snapdragon by Qualcomm and you know the Snapdragon is the Coolest Kid on the Block

We have a fun contest for you this time and you are going to love it.  All you got to do is Guess the Phone in the questions below and you can walk away with one Snapdragon device – the Sony Xperia S.

Sounds easy right ? And guess what this is the just first contest in a series of several more contests and activities we will be bringing to you in the next few months in partnership with Qualcomm Snapdragon.  Dive into the contest below and send in your entry.  Continue reading “Qualcomm Snapdragon Giveaway #1 — Guess the Phone and Win a Sony Xperia S”

Samsung Galaxy S3 Launch Event Live Blog

Samsung Mobile is hosting its biggest ever product launch event in London today evening to launch the Galaxy S3 which is the successor to the immensely popular Galaxy S2. Dhruv from FoneArena is already in London and on the way to the venue, so we should be live blogging the Galaxy S3 launch event for readers who are looking forward to the next Samsung Galaxy Android phone.Hit the link below for the live blog and stay tuned for latest updates. Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy S3 Launch Event Live Blog”

BlackBerry World 2012 Live Blog

We are live blogging the opening keynote from BlackBerry World 2012 currently happening in Orlando , Florida.  We are really hoping that RIM CEO Thorsten Heins will share some news about the upcoming BlackBerry 10 Devices. This is the first BlackBerry World under the new leadership. Last year RIM announced the BlackBerry Bold 9900 at this event and it happens to be the most popular Blackberry handset currently in the market.

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BlackBerry DevCon Asia Live Blog

RIM is holding its BlackBerry DevCon Asia event here in Singapore.The event was shifted from Thailand due to the recent floods in that region. The company held it’s previous DevCon in  San Francicso where BBX was announced.  We expect to hear more about BBX and hope to see a few new un-announced devices. We are also going to try to sit down with some RIM executives and get an idea of the mood within the company.The keynote is about to start in a few minutes and you can follow the updates from the event below

LIVE BLOG : Nokia Symbian Event at Hong Kong

We are here at Hong Kong for Nokia’s Symbian Event where we expect see the future of Symbian  hopefully software and hardware. We will be live blogging the event.Stay tuned to FoneArena for latest updates. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG : Nokia Symbian Event at Hong Kong”

GSMA announces MWC 2012 Keynote Speakers and Exhibitors

The GSMA which runs on the annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona has just announced the list of keynote speakers for the 2012 edition . The event will take place in Barcelona, Spain from Feb 27 2012 – Mar 1 2012.FoneArena will be reporting from the show floor.
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Barcelona to host Mobile World Congress till 2018 !

The GSM Association which is the organization behind the annual Mobile World Congress event has just announced that the event will stay in Barcelona till 2018. Mobile World Congress or MWC is our annual mobile pilgrimage where we get to play with the latest mobile phones (add tablets) .Looks like Barcelona also got the most votes in our poll when the GSMA was thinking of moving the event to another city. We would love to see the event move to another city like Milan, Munich and Paris but looks like it’s not moving anywhere atleast for then next 6 years. Visca el Barça !

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Nokia holding an event next week, WP7 devices announcement?

Nokia is still the leading mobile phone company in the world, but they are losing their market shares rapidly. Last year, Stephen Elop joined Nokia as their CEO and he showed Nokia a new light of hope. Earlier this year, Nokia and Microsoft made a deal that Nokia will launch WP7 powered devices and hopefully they will launch it this year. Continue reading “Nokia holding an event next week, WP7 devices announcement?”

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play UK Launch Party

Last week Sony Ericsson launched their latest salvo of Xperia smartphones. The Xperia Play went on sale in the UK on Friday, while the Arc a couple of days before. The Xperia Play is a PlayStation certified Android smartphone that has an integrated gaming pad and access to PlayStation Suite. Continue reading “Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play UK Launch Party”

Tour of Japanese Mobile Market by NTT DOCOMO

Earlier this month,  I was off to Japan on invitation from NTT Docomo as a part of the Tata Docomo 3G Life activity. Sounds like fun right ?  Excitement is an understatement.  I have always been amazed by the Japanese mobile market. Almost all of the products are not available outside the land of the rising sun.I have been very interested in NTT Docomo ever since I saw them at MWC and CommunicAsia. Stuff like Separable Phone and Eye controlled earphones are not something you would expect to see everyday. As you all might know NTT DOCOMO is one of the leading mobile operators in Japan with over 55% market share. The company holds 26% stake in Indian telecom operator Tata Docomo which sparked of the per second billing revolution and became the first private operator to launch 3G services.

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