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Who gets the UK rights of the Apple iPad?
Feb 3rd, 2010 by Stuart Tottman

Apple_logo_LargeApple iPad Home Screen

With Apple’s announcement of the UK release of its recently launched multi-media gadget, the iPad, the bidding war between UK mobile operators for the UK rights of the device seems to be getting fiercer. A lot of speculation is floating around as to who is negotiating with Apple to provide internet services via 3G for the iPad.

The usual suspects are O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-mobile with the exception of 3 which seems to be staying out of the race.

On the retail side, there are rumours that the mobile phone giant Carphonewarehouse is interested is selling the iPad in its stores. However, it is unclear what Apple’s strategy will be, an exclusive provider or unrestricted mobile rights.

In an announcement on its UK website, Apple said it will be shipping Wi-Fi models of the iPad in late March and 3G models in April. However, the UK price of the device is still unknown and so is the service provider. In the US, Apple has once again chosen AT&T as the 3G provider, continuing the association since the iPhone.

UK mobile service providers are trying to establish their foothold on the European iPad market as well where T-mobile is said to have leaked its price at EUR 499.

Until official announcements are made its speculation galore!

Secret code preventing GSM eavesdropping cracked
Dec 29th, 2009 by Stuart Tottman

GSM Association

All mobile phone voice conversations that use GSM are encrypted to prevent eavesdropping. This encryption standard was first set up in the late 1980s. GSM is still the most popular standard in the world. UK mobile phone voice calls use GSM.

It has long been known that this encryption could be cracked using number crunching supercomputers. Most intelligence agencies have access to such systems. However these are very expensive and only the governments could afford them.

That now seems to have changed. Karsten Nohl, a German encyrption guru, claims to have been able to break the codes using just a ‘beefy high end gaming computer’ and a £2000 radio equipment. This if true, would mean snooping into mobile phone calls could soon be done by just about anybody. Legally though, attempting this would be illegal in the UK and trying to just use this technology could land up one with a long sentence and a criminal record.

The encryption works with a secret key. If this secret key can be compromised by a single computer then any conversation on GSM can be eavesdropped into.

Most service providers are slowly moving towards the A5/3 standard which is more secure compared to the existing A5/1.

This news should hopefully hasten the encryption systems upgrade process.

Blackberry 8120 GPS Pink
Jan 20th, 2009 by Stuart Tottman

Blackberry 8120 GPS Pink
Manufacturer’s Description:

The BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8120 mobile phone has landed. If you’re looking for a mobile phone that can give you everything you need without sacrificing everything you want you’ve found the one.

The BlackBerry® Pearl™8120 Smartphone delivers amazing features for work and play. With push delivery technology for instant messaging emailing and the flexibility of being able to add up to 10 work and personal email addresses including Gmail™ and Google Talk™ accounts.

Finally let the BlackBerry® Pearl™ 8120 mobile phone wow you with exciting features.  It comes complete with advanced phone features multimedia digital camera video recording Wi-Fi capabilities and expandable memory.

Be amazed by the half-QWERTY keyboard design that keeps the mobile phone comfortably slim.

Play Video and Music files in a vivid colour and rich sound

Watch a news or sports clip while catching a bus to work

Use Roxio® Media Manager for quick CD ripping converting and transferring your music and video files to your mobile phone.

Exchange all multimedia files via bluetooth™

Capture those precious time with the 2.0-Megapixel camera

Features:

Amazing Smartphone
Email Accounts
Video Recording
BlackBerry? Maps
2.0-Megapixel Camera

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Samsung E250 Lilac
Jan 19th, 2009 by Stuart Tottman

Samsung E250 Lilac
Manufacturer’s Description:

The Samsung E250 Lilac mobile phone is just one in our new range of Anti-Bullying campaign mobiles. With Key features to combat bullying such as: Text blocking Mobile tracking and SOS messaging.The Samsung E250 Lilac mobile phone is a colourful update to a classic Samsung design. A new lilac-coloured casing has transformed this music-loving mobile. Inside you’ll find an expandable memory an MP3 player an FM radio and stereo Bluetooth compatibility. Tri-band connectivity keeps you in touch on your travels worldwide and EDGE technology provides data transfers 3 times faster than GPRS. You’ll also find a camera for photos and video clips – all wrapped up in an eye-catching slide-open design.
Enjoy the eye-catching lilac looks on this music-loving mobile

Capture magic moments with the built-in VGA camera

Have fun recording and playing videos

Take your tunes anywhere with the fully integrated music player

Store heaps of media files thanks to 10MB of internal memory with MicroSD card support

EDGE technology for hi-speed download

Exchange images and other media via Bluetooth™

Tri-band functionality keeps you in touch on your travels worldwide

Features:

SOS messaging
Mobile tracking
Text blocking
Micro SD card support
65K colour display

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Samsung U600 Black Clearance
Jan 14th, 2009 by Stuart Tottman

Samsung U600 Black Clearance
Manufacturer’s Description:

The Samsung U600 mobile phone is the new arrival to the Ultra Edition II range of Samsung mobile phones a worthy successor to the highly popular Samsung D900.
Elegant looks and a slim 10.9mm profile are its most obvious attributes however the U600 is also a highly specified phone. A 2.2” 240×320 pixel display does full justice to pictures captured by the 3.2 megapixel camera and a micro SD memory card slot allows the 60MB internal memory to be further expanded providing plenty of space for images and music.
A web browser email client quad-band GSM GPRS and EDGE plus assorted messaging enhancements contribute further to the Samsung U600’s impressive appeal. Enjoy the elegant looks and slim slide-open design

Capture high-quality images with the 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus

Have fun recording and playing videos

The large colour display makes viewing websites and multimedia a pleasure

Take your tunes anywhere with the integrated MP3 player

Store heaps of media files thanks to 60MB of internal memory and MicroSD card support

EDGE technology for hi-speed web browsing and download

Review e-mails on the move with a built-in e-mail client

Exchange images and other media via Bluetooth™

Quad-band functionality keeps you in touch with home on your travels worldwide

Enhanced GPRS makes downloads 3 times faster!

Features:

Modern slide-open design
3.2 megapixel camera
60MB internal memory
Micro SD card support
High-resolution 256K colour display

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Samsung J700 Pink Clearance
Jan 11th, 2009 by Stuart Tottman

Samsung J700 Pink Clearance
Manufacturer’s Description:

The Samsung J700 mobile phone provides a premium style that is sleek and glossy with a mirror-like surface and a slide-to-open design.

Good music capabilities such as the built-in MP3 Player and the FM radio mean you can stay up to date with the latest tunes. Plus the Samsung J700 mobile phone supports ‘Mobile Jukebox’.

With the choice to expand your Samsung J700’s memory you can store plenty of your favourite music tracks as well as all your photographs taken from the built-in 1.3-Megapixel camera.

Also includes anti-bullying facilities such as SOS calling and Mobile Tracker.

Admire the Samsung J700’s premium style with a sleek glossy finish

Listen to the built-in FM radio for all the latest tracks

Play all favourite tunes with the great built-in MP3 Player

Store all your multimedia files with expandable memory

Share all files with friends via Bluetooth or messaging

Capture clear images with the 1.3-megapixel camera

Features:

Stylish Slider
Mobile tracker
1.3-Megapixel Camera
MP3 Player
Video Recorder

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HTC Hero Pink
Jan 6th, 2009 by Stuart Tottman

HTC Hero Pink
Manufacturer’s Description:

The new HTC Hero mobile phone is sleek and classy with plenty of personality it really is a phone you will want to show off.  See your phone come to life on the stunning 3.2 inch TFT-LCD touchscreen display with fantastic resolution.  Enjoy tools such as handwriting recognition and a built-in accelerometer for customisable display options and a handy trackball for quicker access to features.

Multimedia and connectivity are top of the list for the HTC Hero all tailored to make your life easier and keep you in touch on the move.  The 5.0-megapixel camera and Windows Media Player combined with 4GB of internal memory are a fantastic combination designed to cater for all your multimedia and entertainment needs.  High speed connectivity comes in the form of Wi-Fi HSDPA internet and GPS.  This new mobile phone from HTC is here to save the day – The HTC Hero!

Enjoy super sharp visuals with the 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch screen display Point and click with the 5.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus Play and manage all your video and music files with Windows Media player Storage available right from the box with 4GB internal memory Easy access to all your favourite websites with Wi-Fi Consult your phone for directions with the GPS function

Features:


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Sony Ericsson W910i Clearance
Jan 1st, 2009 by Stuart Tottman

Sony Ericsson W910i Clearance
Manufacturer’s Description:

The W910i Walkman mobile phone has been awarded ‘Best Handset’ at the GSM Association’s 13th Global Mobile Awards 2008.

The Sony Ericsson W910i mobile phone Walkman player is the portable sound machine you have all been waiting for. Turning your phone into a powerful music device to wow all your friends with and make them green with envy.

Why not organize your favourite music via play-lists; listen to audio books and be in with the crowd when you access the latest pod-casts.

Could this slim-slider get any better well it just has with Shake control of all your music tracks. Simply by shaking the phone you can change and shuffle to your tracks.

The Sony Ericsson W910i Walkman player also comes with shake control MegaBassTM for enhanced Walkman like features.
For the a better music experience the MegaBass™ facility

Fantastic photos can be taken with a 2.0 megapixel camera

Listen to and view a wide range of multimedia files using the music player and video player

An e-mail client means you can catch up with your e-mails no matter where you are

Exchange images and media with others via BluetoothTM

Features:

Classic slim-slider style
Shake control
2.0 megapixel digital camera
BluetoothTM
Built-in FM radio

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