UK carrier Three has become the latest network to throw their hat into the iPad WiFi + 3G data plan ring, and at first glance they've put together the most tempting of the four offerings we've seen to-date. Two tariffs are on offer: £7.50 ($11) per month gets you 1GB, while £15 ($22) gets you 10GB of data.
CES 2010's US-focus means we generally have to wait a little longer to hear about when some of the more appealing gadgets may make their way to foreign shores, but a couple of the headline-grabbing Android smartphones have already been promised to the UK. Dell confirmed with Electricpig that the Dell Mini 3 would be, perhaps unsurprisingly, headed to the UK, together with the tease that the handset was apparently "built specifically with the UK in mind", while Total Telecom have heard from UK carriers T-Mobile and 3 that they're currently negotiating with Google over the Nexus One.
Orange UK will begin selling the iPhone 3GS from November 10th, according to the Guardian, the day after rival carrier O2's exclusivity agreement with Apple expires. The launch will see two UK networks offering the smartphone in the run up to the holiday period, and while you might be tempted to think that anybody who wants an iPhone probably already has one, Orange have apparently had 200,000 people register their interest in the handset already.
Streaming music looks to be the next step in driving smartphone adoption, with UK carrier 3 to offer the HTC Hero with the Spotify app preloaded and a subscription to the premium service included in the monthly contract. According to Mobile Entertainment News, the Hero will be priced at £99 ($161) with a 24-month agreement, the £35 ($57) tariff integrating Spotify's £9.99 ($16) subscription fee.
Update: 3 UK have put up a pre-registration page for the deal, though there's no specific availability date. The Hero will come with a voucher for 24 months Spotify Premium subscription; that does mean that after two years your monthly plan will stay the same price but you'll no longer get inclusive streaming music.
UK carrier 3 have released pricing details on their entry-level social media phone, the INQ Mobile Mini 3G. Announced back in August, the compact candybar packs Twitter, Facebook, push-Gmail, Skype and instant-messaging, and will cost either £59.99 ($98) on a pre-pay tariff or from free on a monthly plan when it goes on sale in early October.
UK carrier 3 have become one of the first to sign up with Huawei's E583X mobile 3G WiFi router,the company's rival device to Novatel Wireless' MiFi. Capable of acting both as an individual 3G USB dongle and a WiFi router, sharing the 3G signal among several wireless clients, the 3 Mobile WiFi will reach stores by Christmas 2009.
UK carrier 3 has finally taken the wraps off of its Facebook cellphone, the INQ1, an HSDPA slider with a 3.2-megapixel camera. The Facebook phone has a new application offering what's said to be the most social networking functionality of any Facebook software to date. Electricpig spent some hands-on time with the handset, and while as a phone it's not all that inspiring, the Facebook app really is decent.
UK carrier Three have begun a teaser campaign for what they're calling a "revolution" in mobile Facebook access. Set to be announced on November 13th, Three believe the new handset "will change the way you use Facebook on your phone"; however they give no other details.