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O2 starts new lease plans for iPhone 4S

O2 starts new lease plans for iPhone 4S

If you are in the UK and have your eyes set on getting yourself a shiny new iPhone 4S, but you don’t want a long contract or a big upfront cost, O2 has a new deal for you. The company has announced new lease plans for the iPhone 4S that won't cost you anything upfront. There are two plans that both include the iPhone 4S and a contract for a year.

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Rogers, Vodafone and O2 add to Carrier IQ denials

Rogers, Vodafone and O2 add to Carrier IQ denials

The quest to dig up the extent of Carrier IQ use in smartphones continues, with more carriers leaping to extricate themselves from the privacy maelstrom. Canada's Rogers Wireless joins Verizon as the North American carriers in insisting that no Carrier IQ software is present on its devices, with a company spokesperson taking to Twitter to confirm that it has investigated handsets and found no evidence of the monitoring tool.

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iPhone 4S hits UK

iPhone 4S hits UK

Apple's iPhone 4S has gone on sale in the UK, with Apple Stores and key carrier stores opening at 8am local time to offer the coveted fifth-gen smartphone. Meanwhile, deliveries of pre-ordered iPhone 4S units will take place today, while the US waits eagerly for its turn in a few hours time. The handset looks just like its predecessor, but inside everything's new with a dual-core Apple A5 chipset, 8-megapixel camera and World Phone connectivity.

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HTC Rhyme hits O2 UK October 17

HTC Rhyme hits O2 UK October 17

HTC UK has confirmed that the Rhyme will be launching exclusively on carrier O2, with the handset hitting shelves on October 17. The Android Gingerbread smartphone, announced a short time ago for Verizon Wireless in the US, will be offered in the same plum purple, runs HTC Sense 3.5, and will be bundled with a desk cradle, light-up notification "charm" and several Bluetooth accessories, among other things.

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UK carriers band for NFC Payments joint venture

UK carriers band for NFC Payments joint venture

Four of the main UK carriers have banded together to work on mobile commerce, pushing NFC payments, digital coupons and mobile advertising. Everything Everywhere - the combined T-Mobile and Orange - along with Telefonica UK (aka O2) and Vodafone UK have formed a joint venture which will handle the sales, delivery and payment on top of which each carrier will build their individual services.

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Palm Pre Plus gets webOS 2.1.0 update in Germany

Palm Pre Plus gets webOS 2.1.0 update in Germany

HP's suggestion that older webOS devices wouldn't be seeing 2.x updates seems to have been overly cautious: an upgrade to webOS 2.1.0 is now available for the Palm Pre Plus on O2 Germany. According to the support page, Pre Plus owners can punch their serial number into a webOS doctor to find out if they're eligible; unfortunately right now that means only O2 Germany handset owners get the update.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 24 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 24 2011

Let our first conversation begin along an Android tip with a story about how Google is “not happy” with Android Market paid-app performance - rumors abound that developers aren't any happier than Google is. Next take a peek incase you didn't get a chance last night at our plans for a total revamp on Android Community. Next have a quick peek at what the streets are calling the Facebook Phone, supposedly made by HTC and being released at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona - NOTE: we'll be there to let you know! Get ready for iOS 4.3 as apps begin to become approved. See the Internet Everywhere revolution take another step forward as O2 WiFi promises free UK wireless access for all. All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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O2 WiFi promises free UK wireless access for all

O2 WiFi promises free UK wireless access for all

Altruism in the hotspot space? Certainly seems that way this morning, with carrier O2 announcing O2 WiFi, a public hotspot service that will offer free connectivity in venues across the UK no matter what cellphone or broadband provider you're using. There won't be national coverage to begin with, of course, but O2 is targeting "at least double" BT Openzone and The Cloud's premium hotspots combined by 2013.

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