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EE DoubleSpeed LTE goes live July 4; 802.11ac router, Mobile Payments, more

EE DoubleSpeed LTE goes live July 4; 802.11ac router, Mobile Payments, more

UK 4G carrier EE has revealed its latest devices, including an 802.11ac router for EE's fiber, as well as detailing its shared 4G plans and double-speed roll-out. EE DoubleSpeed will go live on July 4th, the carrier has confirmed today, and offer up to 150Mbps theoretically, though in practice more like 24-40 Mbps; it'll be available to new and existing subscribers (at no extra cost) in twelve cities, rather than the originally announced ten. There's also a new mobile payments service in association with MasterCard.

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iPhone 5S LTE-A tipped as SK Telecom reportedly pushes Apple for speed

iPhone 5S LTE-A tipped as SK Telecom reportedly pushes Apple for speed

Apple's iPhone 5S, expected to launch later this year, will support LTE-Advanced sources reportedly at Korean carrier SK Telecom claim, theoretically doubling the smartphone's download speeds versus the current iPhone 5. "SK Telecom is approaching Apple to put out LTE-A technology on the upcoming iPhone 5S" an unnamed source at the carrier told The Korea Times, describing the two companies as "in the middle of negotiations."

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Firefox OS launching: Spain this week for open-source Android challenger

Firefox OS launching: Spain this week for open-source Android challenger

The first Firefox OS smartphones, the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open, will hit the market "soon" Mozilla has confirmed this morning, promising imminent launches from Duetsche Telekom and Telefonica. The two new handsets run Mozilla's own alternative to Android, Firefox OS, taking a web-centric perspective on apps and services in order to keep costs down and make the phones more appealing to developing markets. According to Telefonica, the first device will hit this week.

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Telefonica inks Windows Phone 8 promo (but goes light on specifics)

Telefonica inks Windows Phone 8 promo (but goes light on specifics)

Microsoft has been pushing to get Windows Phone 8 recognized as the "third ecosystem", insisting that carriers and consumers alike both want another alternative to iOS and Android, and now it has some vocal support from O2 parent Telefonica. The new announcement promises an "enhanced marketing effort" between the two companies, which will apparently see Telefonica boost promotion for Windows Phone handsets in six of its key markets.

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Three buys O2 Ireland in $1.1bn mobile grab

Three buys O2 Ireland in $1.1bn mobile grab

O2 Ireland has been sold to Three parent Hutchison Whampoa Group, in an €850m ($1.1bn) deal that will see Three surge in subscribers to around 2m active users. O2 Ireland parent Telefonica described the deal as part of its "proactive management" [pdf link] of its portfolio, with the payment used to offset the carrier's financial situation, which dropped 1.6-percent year on year in Telefonica's most recent financials.

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Virgin Mobile iPhone 5 release detailed (but will people pay off-contract prices?)

Virgin Mobile iPhone 5 release detailed (but will people pay off-contract prices?)

All eyes may be on the "iPhone 5S" but that hasn't stopped Apple's iPhone 5 from spreading, with Virgin Mobile USA the latest network to add it to its range. The iOS smartphone will hit the no-contract carrier on Friday, June 28, priced from $549.99; while that might seem considerably more than you'd pay at, say, AT&T or Verizon for the 16GB iPhone 5, the difference is that there's no agreement to be signed.

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AT&T BlackBerry Q10 arriving this week

AT&T BlackBerry Q10 arriving this week

We've already been introduced to the BlackBerry Q10 on Verizon's and T-Mobile's network, but AT&T still has yet to join in on the fun. However, Ma Bell has finally given the QWERTY-equipped smartphone a release date of June 21. It's been available for pre-order for some time now, but customers will finally have a day to look forward to this week.

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