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Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

I'm in: Peter 'Dragons' Den' Jones launches bid to buy out Expansys

Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has launched a £6.1m takeover bid of his electronics retail firm Expansys. The entrepreneur made his move after increasing his share ownership in the AIM-listed firm from 41.4 percent to more than 50 per cent. Jones bought some 110.3 million shares to become the majority owner. This means that …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jan 2014
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

PRIVATE: Expansys prez quits as Dragons' Den-izen Jones takes gizmotailer off market

Biz celeb Peter Jones, who moonlights as a board member at gadget etailer Expansys in between edgy appearances on TV's Dragons' Den, has confirmed that his company's Euro president is to depart. Longstanding exec Frederic Pont has resigned and is due to stand down at the end of the month, Jones told us, during a momentary break …
Paul Kunert, 03 Apr 2014
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

Dragons' Den badboy ups Expansys bid to £7.55m

Lanky Dragons' Den badass Peter Jones is edging closer to signing a deal to buy AIM-listed Expansys for a fraction of the price of some shares he placed on the market in 2010. The irascible tennis aficionado – Jones trained as a coach in his teens – launched an initial buy-out offer of £6.1m via PDJ Bidco in January, but upped …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014
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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys burns sales, profits up in smoke

Marlow-based online smartmobe dealer Expansys - owned by Dragons' Den moneybags Peter Jones - issued a profit warning this morning citing weaker-than-expected trading conditions. The AIM-listed wireless tech web retailer, which also distributes SIM cards for mobe networks and operates ecommerce and other software projects on …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2013
Peter Jones, Dragon's Den star

Dragons' Den Jones' etail biz Expansys back in the red

If mobility etailer Expansys were to be put in front of majority shareholder and Dragons' Den badboy Peter Jones in its current guise, his response may be something along the lines of "I'm out". Dragged down by its online retail shop, sales at the AIM-listed outfit fell 14 per cent to £93.2m, as profits before tax of £1.5m were …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jul 2013

Dragons' Den badboy's biz Expansys is soaked in red

The recovery at Expansys - the consumer electronics etailer owned by Dragons' Den meanie Peter Jones - has proved shortlived. The wireless tech web seller and provider of mobile networks edged back into the black in fiscal 2012 ended April in spite of currency headwinds and hard up UK consumers. Sadly for Jones and other …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2012
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Dragons' Den badboy's Expansys back in the black ... just

Wireless tech web retailer and provider of mobile networks Expansys is back in the black – but only just – as currency headwinds, weak UK consumer spending and restructuring took a toll. The group, majority owned (41 per cent) by Dragons' Den investor Peter Jones, pushed up sales for the year ended 30 April by a third to £108.5m …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2012
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Dragon-owned Expansys bemoans weak UK gadget lust

Expansys' fiscal 2011 numbers were boosted by several acquisitions and cost-cutting efforts, the firm has claimed. Sales at the London Stock Exchange listed firm for the year ended 30 April climbed more than 60 per cent on 12 months earlier to £81.8m, operating losses narrowed to £725,000 from £2.7m and underlying pre-tax …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jul 2011
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Dragon scoops Expansys into his Marlow den

Etailer Expansys has relocated offices from Manchester to Marlow, but unsurprisingly the majority of the staff refused to make the daily 286-mile round trip. The premises, owned by Dragon's Den bad boy Peter Jones who is non-exec deputy chairman at the mobile PC specialist, are also shared by two firms the company acquired in …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2011
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Expansys leaks Samsung talker trio

Online phone retailer Expansys has leaked details of three Samsung phones set to launch early this year, including one running Windows Mobile 6.5. Airax Sarkari, from Expansys’ purchasing division, said on the firm’s official blog that the company had been lucky enough to be shown the upcoming phones by Samsung itself. Of main …
James Sherwood, 26 Jan 2009
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Expansys to punt Samsung i620

Online retailer Expansys may have beaten Vodafone to the chase by launching the Samsung i620 device before what was supposed to be the mobile operator's exclusive UK release. Vodafone was expected to launch the handset onto the UK market "soon", but Expansys has said it can deliver the device to Joe Consumer from 22 August. …
James Sherwood, 02 Aug 2007

Spare external hard drives gathering dust? Share your stuff with fellow cloud fear types

California-based Connected Data’s Transporter, which turns an external disk into a private cloud for your devices, is helping you hook up with your like-minded friends. It now links to other Transporters so you can set up your own private cloud for your friends, relatives and/or business colleagues. The new capability is limited …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013
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Expansys set to float

Gadget website Expansys is gearing up to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The company aims to raise £25m by selling shares on the London exchange. Some £10m of this will fund further expansion, the the Manchester Evening News reports. The Manchester based company, founded in 1999, said it had talked to venture …
John Oates, 03 Apr 2007
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eXpansys swallows MobilePlanet

UK-based eXpansys Group has acquired MobilePlanet Inc, a leading US multi-channel reseller of mobile computing and wireless products. MobilePlanet posted revenues of $21m in 2004 and will continue operations under its own brand name and as a separate company. It will however contribute to a predicted turnover of $200m for …
Robin Lettice, 29 Apr 2005
Nokia Lumia 900 Windows smartphone

Nokia lops UK Lumia prices ahead of Win 8 phones

Nokia has reportedly cut up to 15 per cent off the price of its Lumia handsets in a bid to flog off Window Phone 7 kit before Windows 8 appears in its next-gen smartphones. The Finnish phone giant hasn't confirmed the cut, which was highlighted today by UK-based market watcher CCS Insight and made public by Reuters. The Lumia …
Tony Smith, 28 Sep 2012
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Drobo tarts up storage boxen: Now they're APP SERVER platforms

External storage box-maker Drobo has turned its 5N desktop filer/shared network storage array into an app platform, with supported apps running on the 5N's controller. Drobo makes simple-to-use, stylish and scalable file storage and sharing boxes which protect the data within and require little management by consumers, pro- …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2013
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HP, Expansys waiting on the judge

Expansys and Hewlett Packard are awaiting a High Court judge’s ruling on their grey marketing court spat. HP sued Manchester-based Expansys earlier this year for importing iPaqs from outside Europe. HP claims, amongst other things, that this infringes its trademarks. HP has been on the warpath over so-called grey marketing …
Joe Fay, 05 Jul 2005
The Register breaking news

Psion flogs online store to Expansys

Psion is to sell its online store to Expansys, the self-dubbed Europe's "largest specialist retailer of wireless technology in Europe and North America". Expansys is paying £300K upfront and up to £200K on performance over the next couple of years. Psion in turn will promote the Expansys store on its web sites in the UK, USA, …
Drew Cullen, 04 Mar 2003
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HP stops Expansys importing non-Euro PDAs

Hewlett-Packard has claimed a knockout win in its High Court action to prevent Manchester-based Expansys importing HP PDAs from outside Europe. HP said Expansys has been ordered to pay “substantial costs and damages”. The case will likely have ramifications for other vendors keen to prevent distributors and resellers sourcing …
Joe Fay, 21 Jul 2005
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Phone seller pre-peddles white iPhone 4 for UNDER A GRAND!

A UK phone sales house has advertised white iPhone 4s, along with a cracking £919 price tag. As far as Apple's product range goes, the white iPhone 4 is somewhere between the Unicorn and the lost Ninth legion. We can't be sure if it's disappeared or never existed in the first place. expansys white iphone 4 However, if the …
Team Register, 24 Feb 2011
The Register breaking news

O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

O2 UK hired circus performers at a PR event this week to launch its new Refresh tariff, which it was forced to confirm ahead of schedule thanks to a media leak. But despite its use of a cut-price Derren Brown, the payment plan really does represent something completely new: honesty. As in, one can see exactly how much of the …
Bill Ray, 17 Apr 2013

Nokia, Microsoft put on brave face as Lumia 925s parachute into Blighty

Nokia's latest premium smartphone, the Lumia 925, is now shipping in the UK. And staff at the mobe-maker told reporters they will be working more closely with Microsoft, which is responsible for the handset's Windows Phone 8 OS, with most of the cooperation focusing on joint-marketing campaigns. The new Lumia 925 puts the guts …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Apple-branded unicorn spotted at 3

It's breeding season for white iPhone 4s, with the fabled unicorn of the smartphone world suddenly proliferating across UK providers. The latest spotting of the mythical phone by Slashgear.com came at Three UK's site. The operator is offering both 16GB and 32GB versions across its plans. The phone itself starts at a lightly …
Joe Fay, 19 Apr 2011
Sony Xperia P

Sony Xperia P glows for advance orders

Sony's second addition to its NXT range of smartphones - the Xperia P - has gone up for pre-order in the UK with a price tag of £330. Unveiled at industry shindig Mobile World Congress 2012 in February, the Android blower debuts the company's WhiteMagic display tech. Similar to Sharp's yellow-pixel Quattron tellies, this …
Caleb Cox, 20 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

LG dual-core smartphone to hit UK in March

LG's Optimus 2x Android smartphone - a handset equipped with Nvidia's 1GHz dual-core Tegra processor - will be out in the UK in March. So says online retailer Expansys.com, which is quoting 21 March as the day the "superphone" will become available. LG Optimus 2X It wants £500 for the unlocked smartphone that comes with a 4in …
Hard Reg, 14 Jan 2011
Nokia

Retailer reveals Nokia Lumia 710 UK debut date

Nokia's second Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 710, will be available over here on 6 January 2012, one online retailer reckons. The Digital Phone Company - who we've never heard of - has posted that date on its website. Nokia Lumia 710 Window Phone handset Other suppliers listing the 710, such as Expansys and Clove, are not …
Tony Smith, 08 Dec 2011
Acer Stream

Acer 'HTC killer' gets UK release

UK retailer Expansys has the exclusive on Acer's Stream smartphone - the vendor's answer to the HTC Desire - reviewed here - which it announced in May. Stream sports a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; 3.7in, 800 x 480 OLED touchscreen, 5Mp autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording; trid-band HSDPA 3G connectivity; 802.11n …
Hard Reg, 22 Jul 2010
Acer CloudMobile S500 Android smartphone

Acer CloudMobile S500 Android phone review

When I recently took a quick shufti at the alternatives on offer to anyone harbouring doubts about the iPhone 5 I stuck my neck out and awarded a Recommended badge to a phone I’d only used briefly at a trade show. After using it for a week has my enthusiasm waned? Nope. Acer CloudMobile S500 Android smartphone Bargain blower: …
Alun Taylor, 19 Nov 2012
LG Vu

LG Vu 5in Android phone-tablet review

Mercedes vs BMW, Boeing vs Airbus, Asda vs Tesco: the world is full of directly competing commercial entities locked in a bitter struggle for market share. In Korea, Samsung and LG go head-to-head in much the same way, so it's no surprise that LG has cooked up a rival to Samsung’s Galaxy Note. LG Vu The LG Vu doesn't seem so …
Alun Taylor, 23 Oct 2012
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Dragons Den Jones to offload Data Select to management

Dragons Den star Peter Jones is understood to be in talks with the management team at Data Select to sell the mobile distributor, according to industry sources. The empire got a bit smaller this week as Jones flogged his machine-to-machine (M2M) comms specialist Wireless Logic to mid-market private equity firm ECI Partners for £ …
Paul Kunert, 19 Aug 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

PlayStation phone prices plunge

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has followed in Nintendo's 3DS footprints, experiencing a dramatic drop in price with some online retailers lowering it by almost 50 per cent. Expansys leads the way, bringing the PlayStation phone down in price from the standard £500 to £289. Other sites such as Play offer it for £299. Top prices …
Caleb Cox, 05 Aug 2011
Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

Two years after Samsung opened the Very Large Phone (VLP™) Pandora’s Box with the original Galaxy Note, Sony has thrown its hat into the ring with the Xperia Z Ultra: a device boasting a 6.4-inch screen and a 2.2GHz quad-core processor. Now I have a pretty wild imagination, especially after a few pints and an injudicious late- …
Alun Taylor, 03 Oct 2013
Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android smartphone

Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android

Over the course of the last decade Panasonic all but vanished from the European consumer mobile phone market but it’s back with a bang with the Eluga - an acronym of ‘elegant user-oriented gateway’. Or at least back with a loud thump - the bang is really the Eluga Power, a 5in 720p Qualcomm Krait-powered beast due later this …
Alun Taylor, 06 Jul 2012
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First Android 2.0 smartphone arrives in UK

Motorola's first smartphone running Android 2.0 is now available in the UK. Motoro Milestone Motorola's Milestone: an Expansys exclusive, for now Online retailer Expansys has secured the exclusive rights to sell Moto's highly anticipated Milestone handset - it's called Droid in the States - before the likes of O2 or Orange. …
James Sherwood, 08 Dec 2009
Samsung Mega 6.3

Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

Some made-up words deserve a place in the popular lexicon. I’m thinking about “friscalating” or “omnishambles”. Others, like the wholly wretched term “phablet”, most certainly do not. So from now on I’ll be calling smartphones with screens between 5 and 7 inches VLPs, or Very Large Phones. Anyone using the word phablet in my …
Alun Taylor, 14 Aug 2013
LG Optimus 4X HD quad-core Android smartphone

LG Optimus 4X HD quad-core Android phone review

I was never much of a fan of LG’s Android phones, they struck me as rather ordinary and frequently hampered by an unhealthy obsession with 3D. But suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere South Korea’s other phone maker has delivered an absolute blinder. Between you and me, this may prove to be the best Android handset of 2012. LG …
Alun Taylor, 19 Jul 2012
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Sony Ericsson Xperia drops Windows for Android

An Android-based version of Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile smartphone, the Xperia, has appeared online, prompting speculation that an official unveiling could be just around the corner. Sony Ericsson Xperia 2 Sony Ericsson's Xperia 2: equipped with a 4in, 800 x 400 touchscreen Sony Ericsson confirmed plans to launch …
James Sherwood, 22 Jul 2009
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Retailer reveals Touch Diamond 2 launch

Online retailer Expansys has revealed that HTC’s recently unveiled Diamond 2 smartphone will be available next month. HTC_Diamond2_01 HTC's Diamond 2: coming in April The phone was unveiled last month at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. At the time, HTC would only confirm that the handset would arrive in Europe …
James Sherwood, 02 Mar 2009
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BlackBerry Bold 9700 priced, dated for UK

The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 is expected to hit the UK on 9 November, online retailer Expansys has revealed. Bold 9000 and 9700 RIM's Bold 9700 (right) and the old Bold 9000 Manufacturer Research in Motion unveiled the Bold 9000's follow-up yesterday, but as far as a UK launch date goes said only that it would be released at …
James Sherwood, 22 Oct 2009
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Firms fight over LG Arena launch date

Much has been written about LG’s upcoming Arena smartphone, but panting punters have never been told when they can get their mitts on the handset - until now. LG_Arena_official LG's Arena: released soon, we think... Unfortunately the phone’s release date comes from two online retailers, Expansys and Mobiles.co.uk, and both …
James Sherwood, 23 Mar 2009
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Retailer posts unannounced Nokia phone's spec

Online retailer Expansys has published the specifications of Nokia’s upcoming E75 handset. Nokia_E75_01 Nokia's E75: lands next month The phone has a 320 x 240 display and is based on the S60 platform. It supports just about every connection type you could hope for, including 3.6Mb/s HSDPA 3G, quad-band GSM and Wi-Fi. There's …
James Sherwood, 10 Feb 2009
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Nokia N97 price skyrockets

Nokia’s N97 smartphone will arrive later than previously thought - and cost a fair chunk more, according to one retailer’s website. Play_N97_pricing_02 Play.com's N97 price and shipping date as of January (left) and its recently updated details (right) Register Hardware reported in January that Play.com had stated on its …
James Sherwood, 03 Mar 2009
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Reg Hardware competition winners

This year Reg Hardware has run a host of competitions and giveways, giving readers the chance to win some cool prizes. Here are the lucky folk who have come up trumps so far. Motorola Milestone Jason Sheppard won a Motorola Milestone Android smartphone courtesy of online retailer eXpansys. Alison Wood won a Panasonic DMP- …
The Register breaking news

Reg Hardware competition winners

iPad Case Giveaway Winners All the following folk entered and won our recent Mass iPad Case GIveaway - your cases and Reg goodie bags are on their way to you: Jimmy Aitken, Chris Biddle, Tom Bray, Sue Brett, Julie Bristow, Andrew Burrows, Jo Byworth, Chris Danks, Caroline Davison, Chris Eagles, James Fordham, Adam Fyfe, Ian …
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ViewSonic tempts tablet triers with cash-for-kit deal

ViewSonic is offering up to £125 off the price of its ViewPad tablets to anyone who'll swap their netbook for a fondle slab. The deal isn't quite as straightforward as that, alas. You'll have to buy your ViewPad first - either the 7in or 10in model - and then apply for the rebate online. You have 30 days to claim, and you must …
Tony Smith, 18 Nov 2010

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 release date named

Sony Ericsson's eagerly anticipated Xperia X1 Windows Mobile-based smartphone looks set to be released early October. Sony Ericsson Xperia 1 Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1: set to debut in October In a recent promotional email, retailer Expansys said that the phone’s “release date is set for week 41 (Oct 6-12)”. Expansys also said …
James Sherwood, 14 Aug 2008
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Retailers price up Samsung 7in Android tablet

Samsung's upcoming 7in Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab, is beginning to be priced up by retailers ahead of its anticipated arrival next month. Alas, it looks like it'll be a pricey offering. UK online retailer eXpansys, for example, is taking orders for the 16GB version - if you're willing to pay £680. That seems a lot to us, …
Tony Smith, 07 Sep 2010
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Dell Streak 7 Android tablet

Despite the original Streak being one of the first devices of its type on the market, Dell’s Android tablet didn’t really set the word alight. A less than fresh version of Android, a high price tag and a distance between the screen corners too close to many a smartphone, all counted against it. Dell Streak 7 Clean slate? Dell's …
Alun Taylor, 27 Jul 2011
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BlackBerry clamshell pair leaked online

Details of the first BlackBerry clamshell format phones have appeared online, following a mistake made by online retailer Expansys. Blackberry_clamshell The BlackBerry 8210 and 8820 were said to look almost identical The firm has since removed all trace of the two talkers, which were dubbed the 8210 and 8820, from its website …
James Sherwood, 20 Aug 2008
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Moto claims Android cameraphone first

Motorola has introduced the first Android 2.1 smartphone... with a xenon flash. A boon to mobile phone photography fans, to be sure, but a clear sign it's getting harder for phone firms to come up with USPs for their products. Motorola XT720 Still, the XT720 has an impressive spec: a 8Mp camera, 480p video capture capability …
Tony Smith, 07 Jun 2010