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Smartphone data could be the new airmiles if O2 Banking has its way

Smartphone data could be the new airmiles if O2 Banking has its way

With interest rates still dire, carrier Telefonica is reportedly hoping the lure of free smartphone data will tempt subscribers to bank with them instead. O2 Germany, the company's German arm, is apparently preparing to launch a service called "O2 Banking"; according to Bloomberg's sources, next week subscribers will not only have the option of relying on the network for their connectivity, but for their financial needs too.

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BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

BT may buy EE as O2 takes a knee

It may be time for BT Group - British Telecom - to ready their purchase purse for EE. This deal is being reported by BT itself, suggesting that they've not yet reached a final agreement, but that they're certainly aiming for EE and not O2 as previously reported. It'd be strange, after all, if BT bought O2 as it sold the company to Telefonica just 10 short years ago - of course they'd be buying a big hunk of Telefonica then instead, if they did decide to do so.

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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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BSkyB spends $303 million on Telefonica UK fixed line business

BSkyB spends $303 million on Telefonica UK fixed line business

British Sky Broadcasting Group otherwise known as BSkyB has announced that it will purchase Telefonica's fixed-line business within the UK. That fixed-line business covers both broadband and telephony businesses. The purchase will cost BSkyB $303 million (£200million) and the deal was announced early today.

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Telefonica Digital shows off Thinking Things for connecting stuff to the web

Telefonica Digital shows off Thinking Things for connecting stuff to the web

Telefonica Digital has unveiled a new plastic brick device designed to connect just about anything you can think of to the Internet. These plastic bricks are called Thinking Things and are described as a simple solution for connecting almost anything wirelessly to the Internet. Thinking Things is under development right now.

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Firefox OS Marketplace appears in leaked images

Firefox OS Marketplace appears in leaked images

Those of you hankering for another look at the incoming Firefox OS will be happy with this next piece of news. Engadget is playing host to a collection of leaked images that show off the Firefox OS Marketplace, giving us an idea of how we'll shop for apps using the OS. Of course, we use the term "shop" loosely since all of the apps that appear in the images are being offered for free, but what can you do?

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iPhone 5 on Sept 12 tips carrier insider, but iPad 3 2011 plans scrapped

iPhone 5 on Sept 12 tips carrier insider, but iPad 3 2011 plans scrapped

More behind the scenes Apple shuffling today, with good news and bad about two of the most anticipated iOS devices on the horizon. The iPhone 5 could well be on track for a September 12 launch, Engadget's tipster informs them, after word that carrier Telefonica will begin scaling back its current iPhone stock in time for that date so as to "prepare us for the launch of a new smart phone." However, Apple's supposed plans for an iPad 3 release in the second half of 2011 have reportedly been axed over high-res screen shortages.

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Dell Streak (aka Mini 5) due O2 release June; AT&T launch Summer 2010

Dell Streak (aka Mini 5) due O2 release June; AT&T launch Summer 2010

Dell CEO Michael Dell has confirmed launch details for the Dell Streak aka the Dell Mini 5 MID.  The outspoken exec took to the stage at the Citrix Synergy conference and announced that the voice-enabled handheld would "be available starting next month, first with our partner O2 Telefonica in Europe, then later this summer with our pretty good partner here in the United States, AT&T."

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 arrives in Spain for €230

HP Compaq Airlife 100 arrives in Spain for €230

We've been waiting for pricing details of the HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook since the 3G-enabled, Android based ultraportable was first announced back in February, and carrier Telefonica has just now delivered.  According to Telecompaper the carrier's Spanish arm, Movistar, has priced the Airlife 100 - which is based on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and has a 10.1-inch touchscreen - at €230 ($304) presuming you're willing to sign up to a €49 ($65) per month data plan.

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O2 Dell Mini 5 launch tipped by Dell/Telefonica alliance?

O2 Dell Mini 5 launch tipped by Dell/Telefonica alliance?

With a headline like "Dell and Telefonica form strategic alliance", we'd forgive you for skipping past this latest press release and onto shinier things.  Still, we've a feeling it's potentially hinting at far more exciting news: an imminent Dell Mini 5 launch on O2 in Europe, perhaps?

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 3G smartbook announced

HP Compaq Airlife 100 3G smartbook announced

HP Spain have announced a new smartbook, the Compaq Airlife 100, with a netbook-style form factor, 10.1-inch touchscreen and integrated 3G.  While HP aren't spilling the beans on the Airlife 100's chipset, last we heard they were playing with Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon, so it seems a reasonable assumption.

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Sagem Orga SIMFi embeds WiFi onto a 3G SIM card

Sagem Orga SIMFi embeds WiFi onto a 3G SIM card

What if, rather than buying a MiFi or using a WiFi router app like on the Palm Pre Plus, you could stick a SIM in any device and have a shared 3G connection?  That's what Sagem Orga and Telefonica are promising; they've developed the SIMFi, a USIM card with an embedded WiFi radio that, when dropped into any standard handset, can share the 3G HSPA connection with various WiFi clients as an instant access point.

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