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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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NSA’s Verizon record grab is “critical” for anti-terrorism says White House

NSA’s Verizon record grab is “critical” for anti-terrorism says White House

Controversial phone record collecting by Verizon on behalf of the National Security Agency has been defended by the White House, with an unofficial comment from the Obama administration describing such data as "a critical tool" against terrorism. Reports that Verizon had handed over swathes of telephone records broke this week, with the carrier apparently ordered by the NSA on an "ongoing, daily basis" to reveal in-depth log details. Now, the AP reports, the White House has defended such data collection.

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EE adding shared 4G plans as subscribers cross the 500,000 mark

EE adding shared 4G plans as subscribers cross the 500,000 mark

4G carrier EE has announced the UK's first shared plans, following US carriers in offering agreements which can be spread across multiple phones, tablets, and even different users. The Shared 4GEE Plans, which will be detailed "in the coming weeks" according to the carrier, come alongside a new set of pay-as-you-go mobile broadband plans for tablets and notebooks.

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