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O2 claws back 2G after nearly a day of downtime; 3G work-in-progress

O2 claws back 2G after nearly a day of downtime; 3G work-in-progress

Carrier O2 is beginning to recover from its embarrassing network failure, after suffering more than seventeen hours of voice and data downtime in some areas of the UK. Faults first began registering around midday on Wednesday, with O2 phones unable to connect; as of 8am BST today, O2 has confirmed that its 2G service is back online for those customers affected, which means incoming and outgoing calls should be functional.

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O2 and Vodafone partner on infrastructure for 4G future

O2 and Vodafone partner on infrastructure for 4G future

UK carriers O2 and Vodafone have announced a new collaboration on 2G, 3G and 4G infrastructure, which will see the companies pool basic network infrastructure in an attempt to speed LTE's arrival. Under the scheme - which is also expected to save both carriers money in the long run - O2 and Vodafone will each continue running independent spectrum and competing services, sharing maintenance duties for the basic hardware and decommissioning unnecessary base-station sites.

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Samsung Galaxy S III UK pricing revealed

Samsung Galaxy S III UK pricing revealed

The Galaxy S III has been revealed this week in London as Samsung's next-level smartphone hero, and the prices are flooding in for UK carriers galore. Starting with Vodafone UK, this carrier gets the device on the 30th of this month (as opposed to the 29th as the rest of Europe will get the device) and will be getting an exclusive on the 32GB model of the device for the first month it's out on the market. While the rest of Europe will be getting the device on the 29th, it seems that the entirety of the UK will have to wait just one more day.

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O2 LTE trial sees speeds of 150Mbit/s

O2 LTE trial sees speeds of 150Mbit/s

While LTE is florushing in the United States, South Korea, and Japan, things have been slow to start in Europe. O2 began a LTE trial in the UK back in November, with a limited number of trialists given LTE USB sticks to test the service in select parts of Central London. The trial is still ongoing, but O2 has released some results from the testing so far.

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HTC One Series April 5 release: Best Deal Roundup

HTC One Series April 5 release: Best Deal Roundup

The HTC One X and One S made their European debut on Monday, impressing us here at SlashGear as well as reviewers across the internet. The phones are expected to ship from retailers tomorrow, and the UK carriers have announced their pricing plans for the handsets. We’ve rounded up all the necessary information, so head on past the jump if you’re interested in picking up either handset and want the best deal. Continue Reading...

O2 closes number leak loophole [Update: Official comment]

O2 closes number leak loophole [Update: Official comment]

UK carrier O2 has apparently fixed the loophole that exposed subscribers' mobile numbers to websites they visited using their handset's data connection, though there's still no official explanation as to how the issue arose. Controversy sparked earlier today, when one O2 subscriber realized browsing sites via his phone's data connection transmitted his number in among the header data; a proof-of-concept site prompted the expected outcry against the carrier. Update: O2 has commented officially on the issue; more after the cut.

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O2 sharing phone numbers for mobile surfers (but not everyone)

O2 sharing phone numbers for mobile surfers (but not everyone)

UK carrier O2 finds itself embroiled in data protection controversy today, with allegations that the operator is revealing mobile users cellphone number to each website they visit on their phone. According to Lewis Peckover, buried in among the header data from each O2 visitor is a line revealing their own mobile number; he set up a site to show off just what O2 is including. However, while some O2 users are corroborating the claims, our own tests have failed to do so. Update: Temporary workaround after the cut.

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