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Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

Brits forked out £490m extra on their last mobile phone contract because of bundled handset charges that continued long after the device was paid for, Citizens Advice has said. The charity today slammed networks that allow customers to stay locked into higher-cost agreements. It analysed more than 700 phone tariffs from EE, …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Sep 2018
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The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

Analysis So. The £1,000 iPhone X was not an aberration – Apple wants it to be the new normal. A grand is the new "mid-range". Yesterday Apple discontinued its budget iPhone SE and unveiled new models costing £1,500. Since relatively few people switch between platforms, Apple's growth relies in part from making more money from people …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2018
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It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

Special Report Five years have passed but the wounds left by the acquisition and dismemberment of Europe's biggest technology company at the hands of Microsoft remain open. Nokia today is a considerable multinational, of course, booking €23.15bn in FY2017. But that's around half of what Nokia was at its peak in 2007 (€51.6bn). It's the …

Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle

New research has highlighted a revolution in how Brits buy phones as punters become more discerning. Consumers are now more aware that they can buy the phone and the network access separately, and are increasingly doing so. "Many were totally unaware of the true value of the plan, and this marks a real change," CCS Insight …
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Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

Hands On "Who are Honor people?" a Huawei executive asked a few years ago, before answering his own question: "They try and wear a flower in their own hair. They are young people." But now Huawei people can be Honor people too! "It's all about the selfie," a spokesperson told us, introducing the Huawei Mate 20 Lite at a preview in …
BlackBerry KEY2 LE "Atomic"

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Cheaper QWERTY, but not for what's inside

Hands On Out of thousands of smartphone vendors, TCL's BlackBerry Mobile unit represents one of a tiny handful targeting enterprise users. But its two QWERTY models to date have been priced at a premium, north of £500. Unveiled at IFA this week, budget model the KEY2 LE cuts costs in a bid to attract the corporate bulk buyers. The …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2018
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BlackBerry, Sony, Honor and LG flash their new phones for all to see

IFA Sony Mobile showed off its first product under its new boss Mitsuya Kishida today. Compared to the other jaw-dropping electronics Sony produces, though, the Xperia XZ3 could be its least impressive product. Because it's a phone – an Android phone – and we all know what they look like. Compare that to Sony's 4K ORBEYE optical …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2018
HTC U12 Life three view in 'Moonlight Blue'

HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

Hands On Ailing HTC has given the midrange market a kick with U12 Life, announced today. It's a far more impressive offering than its predecessor, the HTC U11 Life. While Motorola rules the sub-£200 market, and Huawei the £300+ mid market, things are dicier in between. Ignore the retail pricing of £299. If you're looking for a SIM-free …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Aug 2018
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We're all sick of Fortnite, but the flaw found in its downloader is the latest way to attack Android

A newfound way to hack Android using a technique dubbed "Man-in-the-Disk" is central to the recent security flap about Fortnite on the mobile platform. Man-in-the-Disk can circumvent sandboxes and infect a smartphone or tablet using shared external storage through a seemingly harmless Android application. Sandboxing isolates …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2018
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Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot

Huawei overtook Apple in Q2 as the world's number-two phone maker, according to fresh stats from Gartner. Some analysts had recorded months in 2017 where Huawei took the silver, but for Gartner, April to June was the first full quarter in which the Shenzhen upstart outsold Apple globally. The analyst house also confirmed that …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Aug 2018
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Keep yer plastic, says analyst: eSIMs aren't all they're cracked up to be

Interview eSIM-enabled phones are a solution to a problem that doesn't exist – and consumers are better off without it, according to analyst Dean Bubley. The eSIM replaces the removable plastic chip card provided by mobile network operators with an embedded, programmable chip. Last week Bubley, founder of Disruptive Analysis, set off a …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2018
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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

Analysis Some 15 years ago at a private function, I explained to a bewildered and grumpy Larry Page how the mobile phone business worked. Page was besotted with his new gadget, a Danger Hiptop, a soap-bar shaped QWERTY phone that ran Java, which miraculously squeezed all the useful things about the internet (the web, chat, email) onto …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Aug 2018
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Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

Microsoft gave the still-twitching corpse of Windows Phone another kick yesterday as it confirmed plans to stop app updates from July 2019. The former mobile OS slinger said that anyone determined enough to add a new app for Windows Phone 8.x to the Microsoft Store would be out of luck from 31 October 2018. From 1 July 2019, …
Richard Speed, 21 Aug 2018
Ji Soo Yi, Samsung

Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

Comment When Samsung's veep of artificial intelligence strategy, the enigmatic Ji Soo Yi, demonstrated Bixby 2.0 at the chaebol's Galaxy event yesterday, he had to prompt the audience for applause. "You can clap," he urged the attendees after stunned silence met another new feature. This earned instant derision on Twitter, but let's …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Aug 2018
Is my watch broken?

Android ain't done until Samsung won't run? 9.0 Pie borks Gear watch app

Android P may have been the smoothest and most public beta the world’s dominant phone OS has yet enjoyed, but it isn't without its issues. Bluetooth tweaks mean that Samsung's Gear watch app can't be used to configure a new smartwatch, The Register has discovered, with our testbed Pixel 2 repeatedly failing the procedure. …
Palm Treo 600, palmOne brand, Verizon: 2003 model

Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

Of all the intellectual property rights on which our future prosperity depends, perhaps trademarks are the most undervalued. The deep emotional power of a brand endures, long after its parent has expired. Don't believe me? Well, Palm is coming back. Yes, Palm. Two filings made with regulatory authorities in the US confirm …
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For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

Analysis So little has changed in the latest annual update to Android, 9.0 Pie, you may be forgiven for thinking "8.2" is a far more appropriate release number. Even if Google wanted to do that, however, it's doubtful the OEMs would let it. The industry has to pretend there are huge leaps forward every year, even when there aren't. If …

It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia

HMD Global insists its much-delayed Nokia 8110 4G "banana phone" will officially hit UK shelves this month, half a year after it was announced and Amazon began to take orders. In the meantime, imported models and outright fakes have flooded the market. These aren't hard to find. Newsagents have been selling imported 8110s for …

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