Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge UK – how much will it cost?

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After many rumours, Samsung unveiled both the new Galaxy S6 and the dual-sided Galaxy S6 Edge back at Mobile World Congress 2015 and at the time, the Korean manufacturer confirmed that both handsets will go on sale on April 10th with pre-orders opening today (March 20th). With most networks and retailers now listing both of Samsung’s new handsets, let’s take a look at how much the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will cost on pay monthly contracts in the UK. Continue reading “Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge UK — how much will it cost?”

O2 creates world’s first Virtual Reality sports experience with Oculus Rift

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O2 has announced plans to create the world’s first Virtual Reality sports experience in partnership with Oculus Rift in the UK. As part of the company’s #WearTheRose campaign, the tour will visit cities and rugby clubs throughout the UK with fans able to experience Rugby like never before. Continue reading “O2 creates world’s first Virtual Reality sports experience with Oculus Rift”

O2 Lumia 930 Denim update lands without “Hey Cortana” [Updated]

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O2 UK have finally begun rolling out the Lumia Denim update for selected Lumia smartphones but for those receiving the update on the Nokia Lumia 930, it comes with a particular feature missing. One of the highlights of the update is the “Hey Cortana” voice activation but the Denim update for Lumia 930 users comes with this feature missing. Continue reading “O2 Lumia 930 Denim update lands without “Hey Cortana” [Updated]”

Three UK to buy O2 UK for £9.25 billion

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Since BT confirmed they were in talks to buy EE and not O2, there’s been a lot of rumours that Three UK owner Hutchinson Whampoa Limited (HWL) would attempt to acquire O2 in a bid to strengthen its UK position. This morning the company have issued a press release confirming they are in exclusive talks to buy O2 UK from Spanish parent Telefónica, S.A. in a deal worth £9.25 billion. Continue reading “Three UK to buy O2 UK for £9.25 billion”

Three MD hints at O2 takeover bid

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Following BT’s decision to bid for EE as opposed to O2, there have been many rumours that the UK’s smallest network Three, who are backed by global giant Hutchinson Whampoa, would make a bid for Telefonica-owned O2. Whilst Three’s UK teams are yet to confirm such interest, the MD for the parent company has seemingly confirmed his company’s interest in acquiring O2. Continue reading “Three MD hints at O2 takeover bid”

UK networks pledge £5 billion to fix coverage issues

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The UK Government have announced a major landmark deal with the four major mobile networks to improve mobile coverage in the UK. Under the terms of the deal, the four networks – Vodafone, Three, O2 and EE – have guaranteed to spend £5 billion together to offer guaranteed mobile coverage to 90% of premises across the UK by 2017. Continue reading “UK networks pledge £5 billion to fix coverage issues”

BlackBerry Classic headed to Vodafone, O2 and EE in the UK

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The new BlackBerry Classic smartphone will be available in the UK next month as networks Vodafone, O2 and EE have confirmed they will range the handset. All three networks will offer the BlackBerry Classic to business customers but rival network Three, who focuses on consumer connections only, will not be stocking the Classic.

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4 Reasons BT Chose EE over O2

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Yesterday evening BT confirmed it was in exclusive talks to acquire EE thus bringing an end to the deliberation over whether the firm would make a bid for market leader EE or smaller rival O2. Now that BT has confirmed it is going after EE, the question is raised – why did the firm choose EE over O2 when the latter would have cost significantly less and presented less regulatory hurdles? Here’s 5 possible reasons they picked EE. Continue reading “4 Reasons BT Chose EE over O2”

BT snubs O2, in talks to buy EE for £12.5 billion

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The saga is finally over (well partially at least): as expected, BT have confirmed they are in exclusive talks to buy EE – Britain’s largest mobile network – for the large sum of £12.5 billion. BT have confirmed their period of exclusivity would last for several weeks whilst negotiations took place and is likely to be a blow for O2’s Spanish owners Telefonica who have been trying to offload their UK operation. Continue reading “BT snubs O2, in talks to buy EE for £12.5 billion”

BT set to choose O2 over EE

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BT looks set to push ahead with a deal to purchase O2 after opting for the network over bigger rival EE. According to a report published by This Is Money, the O2 deal will cost BT a little less than acquiring EE but despite the latter having 3 million more customers, a potential acquisition would have faced significant regulatory hurdles. Continue reading “BT set to choose O2 over EE”

Nexus 6 lands in the UK at O2

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O2 have stolen a march on its rivals by launching the new Google Nexus 6 in the UK a few days ahead of Carphone Warehouse. The handset is available on O2’s Refresh tariff and is available to both new and existing customers. The retailer is offering a special deal on the handset, offering unlimited minutes and texts with 2GB data each month for £38 per month. For those wanting it on Pay As You Go, it will cost £479.99 which is less than Google’s own retail price. Continue reading “Nexus 6 lands in the UK at O2”

BT to decide on EE and O2 bids by Christmas

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BT is expected to decide whether to make a bid for mobile networks O2 or EE by Christmas according to the Chief Executive of one half of EE’s parent company. Orange SA CEO Stephane Richard said that he expected the British company to decide on which network to bid for by Christmas. Continue reading “BT to decide on EE and O2 bids by Christmas”

O2 CEO: Three takeover is unlikely

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O2’s Chief Executive Officer, Ronan Dunne, has claimed that reports of a takeover of the operator by rival Three UK is unlikely. Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Three could join both BT and Vodafone in eyeing up either EE or O2 for an acquisition but O2’s CEO says that a Three takeover is the least likely of all scenarios. Continue reading “O2 CEO: Three takeover is unlikely”

O2 and EE now offering 4G inside Channel Tunnel

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Earlier this year both O2 and EE expanded their mobile services to offer 2G and 3G network coverage to travellers headed to Europe via the Channel Tunnel but what about those super-fast speeds we were initially promised? The wait is now over as both EE and O2 have begun rolling out 4G coverage inside the Channel Tunnel. Continue reading “O2 and EE now offering 4G inside Channel Tunnel”

BT in talks with O2 and EE over own mobile network

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British Telecom is allegedly already in talks with UK network operator EE following the alleged approach by Telefonica to form a “strategic partnership” that would see BT buy the company’s UK operator O2. According to sources cited by Reuters, BT is currently in “early stage” talks with EE over a major deal which may yet present a challenge to Telefonica’s master plan. Continue reading “BT in talks with O2 and EE over own mobile network”