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O2’s services resume after day-long downtime

O2 users began experiencing troubles yesterday, as the UK network experienced exceptional downtime. Fortunately, the day-long outage has come to an end as customers report the ability to go online and services return to normal. A staggering 32 million UK residents were directly affected as a result of the interruption, …

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Three and O2 merger denied by European anti-trust head

Europe’s antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has rejected the bid by British mobile operators O2 and Three, to merge together into one giant entity. Citing “significant competition concerns,” with regards to the move, Vestager was also backed by British regulator OfCom, which agreed that it would be bad for consumers. Although …

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Regulator slams Three’s O2 buyout, demands Commission do more

The move by mobile network Three, to try and buyout other major UK network, O2, looks to have hit a snag, as the British antitrust regulator has raised concerns about a recent European Commission investigation into the merger. It described the remedies to cited problems as “materially deficient,” and wants …

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O2 apologises for bank holiday outages

One of the UK’s largest mobile networks, O2, has issued an apology for outages experienced by its users throughout the bank holiday Monday. While the telecoms provider didn’t explain what it was that may have caused the problem, it did confirm that service had resumed before midnight. It has stated …

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BT relaunches consumer mobile packages

Even though it still has to wait some time for industry regulators to give approval to its purchase of the UK’s largest mobile network EE, BT has relaunched its own mobile packages for consumers. Unlike other operators however, it won’t be offering any contract packages right off the bat, instead …

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Sky to launch its own 4G mobile network in the UK

Sky is planning to become a cellular network provider, with its own 4G network set to launch in 2016. The company’s Chief Executive believes that Sky has proven that it is capable of launching new services at scale, so launching a new network service could pay off. Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s …

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Three confirms plan to buy O2 for over £10 billion

Hutchinson Whampoa, the parent company of UK mobile network, Three,  has confirmed that it is hosting “executive negotiations” with Telefonica to acquire O2 for £10.25 billion. This news comes just a few days after rumors of a potential purchase began to fly around. In a statement from Hutchinson, a company …

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O2 might be sold to BT

A rumour has emerged that Telefonica, owner of British based mobile provider and broadband ISP, O2, could sell off the company to BT, in exchange for a 20 per cent stake in the firm. It’s thought that such a move would be designed to strengthen both entities in the face …

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EE and Vodafone buy almost 200 Phones 4U stores

EE and Vodafone have gone ahead and bought almost 200 former Phones 4U stores, despite serious allegations that UK networks colluded to drive the company out of business. The former phone retailer entered administration last week, after EE and Vodafone unexpectedly decided to not renew their contracts, a move that Phones 4U …

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EE adds 4G to 14 towns and 18 airports

EE has switched on 4G LTE connectivity in 14 more towns as well as 18 airports, ramping up its 4G coverage in order to stay competitive with  the expanding infrastructures of rival networks: O2 and Vodafone. EE now has 70 per cent of the population connected to 4G, in total …

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Tesco mobile customers to get free 4G

Tesco Mobile has announced today that the company won’t be charging its customers a premium for using the 4G network, which is based of off O2’s infrastructure. Tesco used to charge customers £2.50 premium but decided to drop the charge in order to compete with the network, Three, which will …

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Ofcom wants to quadruple 4G license fees

If you thought 4G data prices were bad now, wait until you hear this: Ofcom, the UK communications regulator wants to quadruple the price of licensing 4G signal bands for networks. If the network is going to be paying 4 times more, it’d be safe to assume customers would also …

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4G is expanding in the UK

EE, The company that scored itself a major head start in the 4G race, is expanding it’s coverage to 12 smaller towns – but it isn’t the only one. O2 and Vodafone are also bumping up their network coverage to five more cities starting today. The latest towns added to …

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O2 to launch 4G services in August

At present, you only have one choice if you want to experience 4G speeds on your mobile – Everything Everywhere.  While many shops around the country will happily sell you a 4G enabled device on a 4G plan, coverage is still fairly limited and only covers the largest towns and …

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Sky claims it can handle new broadband traffic

Sky Broadband

Sky, the company that recently bought up the telecoms company that owned both O2 and Be Broadband’s technology and customers, has suggested that despite the influx of new users, it will be more than capable of handling it. However, network issues have already begun to appear. Sky’s response is that …

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O2 dropping phone chargers

Chargers

UK mobile phone provider O2 has announced that by 2015 it will no longer offer phone chargers with its handsets, as part of a new initiative called “Charger out of the Box,” which suggests that since most people have a compatible charger anyway, they don’t need another. According to the …

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UK mobile networks stretched by Happy New Year

As Big Ben struck midnight and 2013 began, a huge wave of personal messages swept through the UK’s mobile networks. And yet, the networks survived. That’s some serious infrastructure. KitGuru pulls out the TallyMan Pro and does some counting. We’ve all had issues with mobile networks. The most common happens …

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UK mobile providers team up to speed 4G release

4G

Considering the back and forth arguing of the different mobile providers in the UK about how the 4G auction should be completed, you’d be forgiven for not believing that they’ve now banded together to speed up the release of the 4G spectrum: but that’s exactly what’s happened. Vodafone, Everything Everywhere …

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O2 offers refund to customers following service outage

As a lot of our readers will already be aware, some of O2’s customers suffered service outages last week due to an apparent ‘network failure’.  This was a massive source of frustration for many people who’s phones were unable to register on the network, despite their phones showing signal. O2 has announced …

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Vodafone and O2 to share mobile infrastructure

In a effort to increase overall customer satisfaction, Vodafone UK and O2 have entered an agreement where they will share and combine their respective networks. This includes their current 2G, 3G and forthcoming LTE 4G networks and they hope to offer coverage to 98% of the UK population by 2015. O2 and …

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Does O2 plan to charge £900 an hour for 4G?

In response to an earlier story about Nokia’s decision to ship its coolest new phone technologies to the USA only, we’ve been contacted by a couple of readers to ask about UK data charges. We’re not Watchdog, but the point raised is valid. KitGuru breaks out the Pedigree Chum and …

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02 roll out superfast 3G network in UK

02 are officially the first UK mobile operator to roll out their superfast 3G network. Earlier today the company have started their 900mhz network which is using bandwidth from the old 2G intrastructure … which is no longer needed. This is boosting the speed and capacity to the 3G system, …

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