Three takeover of O2 blocked by EU

Three takeover of O2 blocked by EU
The European Union (EU) has blocked a proposed acquisition of O2 by Hutchison - the parent company behind 3G UK network carrier Three - under the terms of the EU Merger Regulation. Concerns were raised by the politico-economic alliance that mobile customers in the UK would have fewer providers to choose from as a result of the move, which could in turn lead to prices steadily escalating. It…

Smartphone shipments fall for first time

Smartphone shipments fall for first time
The number of smartphones shipped worldwide has fallen for the first time in the history of the market. This is according to the latest figures from market research and analysis firm Canalys, which specified that 321 million units were shipped in the first three months of the year. It was noted that this is a significant decline compared with the corresponding figure for the first quarter of…

Mobile phone roaming charges cut across EU

Mobile phone roaming charges cut across EU
British travellers heading to European Union member states can now pay less to use their mobile phone.Roaming charges have been significantly reduced ahead of their full abolition next year, which means calls could be up to 65 per cent cheaper.Under the new system, a maximum surcharge for roaming services, which may be charged on top of domestic charges, will replace the current price capping for…

Global smartphone shipments fall in Q1

Smartphone shipments across the world fell for the first time ever during the first quarter of 2016, new figures have revealed.According to data from Strategy Analytics, the number of global smartphone shipments between January and March this year came to 335 million.This is three per cent lower than the figure recorded in the corresponding period of 2015 and the first time a year-on-year drop has…

Make the best use of your smartphone overseas

Make the best use of your smartphone overseas
In this digital age, a smartphone is just as much of a travel essential as sunglasses and a beach towel. However, using smartphones overseas can be very costly in a number of ways. So here a few things to bear in mind if you wish to avoid paying over the odds.Turn off data roaming If your phone is set to automatically connect to the local…

Reducing the risk of falling for a phone scam

Reducing the risk of falling for a phone scam
Every year, millions of people up and down the country fall foul of scams - and these can be carried out over the phone, in person, by fax, or through websites. Victims of these scams often find themselves thousands of pounds out of pocket - and recovering these losses can be arduous and difficult. Indeed, one current scam reported by mobile phone regulators and operators is seeing…

Had enough of autocorrect? A solution could be coming

Had enough of autocorrect? A solution could be coming
Autocorrect has become the bane of many people's lives, having been the cause of so many miscommunications between friends, family and loved ones. The practicalities that it offers - simple correction of common spelling errors - make some people reluctant to turn it off. However, many of us have been caught out with a stray error leading to a comical misunderstanding. Sometimes it can even become censorious…

BlackBerry brings Android Marshmallow to Priv

BlackBerry brings Android Marshmallow to Priv
BlackBerry users who purchased the phone maker's latest Android smartphone - the Priv - when it was launched in October last year will now benefit from all the features included in the very latest version of Google's mobile operating system (OS). This is because BlackBerry has announced Android 6.0 - also known as Marshmallow - is now available online and will come to major vendors from…