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EE: Our LTE-complaining rivals made the wrong decisions

EE: Our LTE-complaining rivals made the wrong decisions

Under fire from rivals unhappy at it taking the lead, UK 4G network EE has shot back with suggestions that Vodafone and O2 could have been LTE competitive had they planned ahead properly. Speaking at a pre-launch benchmarking session, EE director of network services and device development Tom Bennett dismissed complaints by the carrier's competitors as being selective with the facts, arguing instead that lack of investment is to blame for their being behind.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 26, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 26, 2012

We've made it through hump day, which means only two more work days to go before the weekend arrives again. Yesterday, we found out about a hack that was resetting Samsung Galaxy S IIIs to their factory settings. Samsung said that the security hole had since been fixed, but today we heard that the remote hack isn't limited to just Samsung devices. The iPhone 5 might be heading to China soon, and we heard that Apple's new Lightning connector isn't identical on both sides. Google maps is rumored to be hitting iOS 6 by the end of the year, which goes hand-in-hand with new report that claims Apple ditched Google Maps because it doesn't offer turn-by-turn navigation.

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O2 and HTC to sell new smartphone without charger

O2 and HTC to sell new smartphone without charger

How many chargers do you have lying around the house from all of the different devices you bought? Now, how many of those are you actually using? You probably have a few chargers tucked away in a drawer somewhere because you already have a couple that you're currently using. To cut down on the amount of unused chargers circulating around the world, O2 and HTC are teaming up to release a new smartphone that won't come with a charger in the first place.

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The 4G migraine: iPhone 5 highlights scrappy LTE

The 4G migraine: iPhone 5 highlights scrappy LTE

Patchy coverage; fragmented frequencies; tight-lipped and cautious carriers: the iPhone 5's LTE may be one of the headline features, but it's also causing the most confusion. As predicted, Apple threw in support for LTE networks across the globe in the new smartphone, though it was forced to use three different versions to do so. Even those three may not be enough to satisfy everyone, however: there are some significant holes for high-profile carriers.

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EC approves UK mobile wallet scheme despite Google complaints

EC approves UK mobile wallet scheme despite Google complaints

UK carriers Everything Everywhere, O2 and Vodafone are unsurprisingly smug today, after the EC approved their collective mobile commerce plan despite objections from Google and others. The joint venture was announced back in June 2011, a partnership which would build the underlying infrastructure for sales, delivery and payment, but became the subject of a regulatory probe after Google and rival carrier Three objected.

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O2 axes Sony Xperia ray, arc and neo Ice Cream Sandwich plans

O2 axes Sony Xperia ray, arc and neo Ice Cream Sandwich plans

UK carrier O2 faces the prospect of hugely disappointed Android users, with the news that the carrier will not be pushing official Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades to select Sony smartphones. Sony's updates for the Xperia ray, arc and neo failed to meet O2's exacting standards, the carrier says, being found to impact "the phone's speed and performance," and as such the three handsets will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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Everything Everywhere gains early rights to 4G in the UK

Everything Everywhere gains early rights to 4G in the UK

The UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has this week made a ruling that will allow the group Everything Everywhere to begin offering up 4G services ahead of a scheduled 4G spectrum auction next year, this against the wishes of several of their rivals. Everything Everywhere is the company that runs T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, and with this decision letting them start up their 4G services before a collection of competitors, their September 11th, 2012 start date may lead to a major change in the mobile market.

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O2 offering 10% discount for outage victims

O2 offering 10% discount for outage victims

The O2 network outage affected millions of customers across the UK last week, and naturally users weren't too pleased. As a result, O2 has stepped forward to offer up compensation to all the customers that were affected. On its blog, the carrier notes that 10% will be offered off of July’s bill, which will be applied in September. That’s the equivalent of three days worth of service even though the outage only lasted a day.

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O2 restores 2G and 3G network connectivity

O2 restores 2G and 3G network connectivity

UK carrier O2 was stricken by a network outage affecting 2G and 3G service yesterday, with the network finally managing to restore 2G service this morning. Now the carrier has updated its network status to say that 3G service has been restored. O2 recommend that if any customers are still having issues with 3G, that they should disable then re-enable 3G connectivity.

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