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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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The Daily Slash: November 23 2010

The Daily Slash: November 23 2010

Oh you beast, Acer, you are such a beast. How dare you sillies release a slew of tablets right before a holiday when I'm going to get so much good food to eat? I can't believe it! But we'll still write about it. All of it, in a row. Then we've got a fancy review of the rough and ready Motorola Defy, a hands-on video of Marvell's Android tablet, a questioning article pondering designer 3D glasses, and another review on the Droid Pro! Android beats out Symbian in Asia, Skyfire 3.0 launches with Facebook Connect, and our big huge "A Week With" NOOKcolor continues with what might be the most important part of the whole device: reading! All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

Also World War III may have just started in North and South Korea. No biggie.

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HTC HD7 for O2 Launching October 21st

HTC HD7 for O2 Launching October 21st

The early "announcements" just won't stop coming, it seems. It looks like someone at O2 couldn't keep the lid on the news any longer, and has launched a section of the site that details the HTC HD7, which will launch on the carrier later this month (in ten days). As we've come to expect, the device will feature Microsoft's upcoming mobile Operating System, Windows Phone 7, and bring a huge screen along for the ride.

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O2 Germany list Samsung Galaxy Tab for €759

O2 Germany list Samsung Galaxy Tab for €759

Samsung has been pretty coy with official pricing for the Galaxy Tab so far, but O2 Germany has become one of the first carriers to spill the beans on a solid figure.  The carrier is offering the 7-inch Android slate through their My Handy payment plan, a way to spread the cost of the device over - in this case - a 24-month period without actually getting a network subsidy.  Unfortunately, early fears were correct: O2 Germany are asking for €759 ($1,047) overall for the Galaxy Tab.

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Clandestine O2 iPad data plan tweak leaves users seeing red

Clandestine O2 iPad data plan tweak leaves users seeing red

Carrier O2 is raising UK iPad WiFi + 3G owners' blood pressure, with the unexpected - and quiet - decision to slice a fair chunk from data allowances for the Apple slate.  Customers are being contacted with the information that their original data plans - which offered 3GB for £15 per month or 500MB for £2 per day - are now being considered "promotional allowances", and as of early October will be reduced to 2GB for £15 or 200MB for £2.

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HTC Desire HD free on contract; Amazon say Desire Z £500 SIM-free on Oct 18

HTC Desire HD free on contract; Amazon say Desire Z £500 SIM-free on Oct 18

Carriers have begun throwing their wireless hats into the HTC ring, after the smartphone company confirmed that the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z would have broad availability across most of the UK networks.  T-Mobile UK has announced that their Desire HD will be priced from free on a £40 24-month agreement, while Vodafone will only say that they are indeed planning to offer the HD.

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Android 2.1 for O2 Dell Streak coming Sept 1st

Android 2.1 for O2 Dell Streak coming Sept 1st

O2 has apparently confirmed that it will be releasing the Android 2.1 Eclair update for the Dell Streak later this week, with the scheduled September launch of the new firmware taking place on Wednesday 1st.  A bridging release while Dell polish their Android 2.2 Froyo build for the Streak, according to The Really Mobile Project Android 2.1 brings 720p HD video recording, live wallpaper support, native multitouch and speed boosts, among other things.

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