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O2 has Sony Ericsson Mix on coming soon page
Jul 25th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Welcome to the world of Walkman. Sony Ericsson Mix is a 3G Walkman phone with all the new features plus the “Zappin” key. O2 has already put the Sony Ericsson Mix on its coming soon page.

The SE Mix handset which got launched around when the SE Txt Pro was launched has an interesting set of features.

The Zappin key is the first in line which lets you listen to just the chorus of the song while you are searching for a song. Pressing the key again plays the actual song.

GraceNote’s TrackID is yet another feature which lets you identify a music track by recording just a small bit of it. The details of the song get displayed in a whiff.

To top these all, the SE Mix handset has Karaoke so that you can sing in your own voice while the lyrics get displayed to you. This is like having a Karaoke machine in your pocket which lowers the actual vocals’ volume to a pre-set limit.

Google Talk, Twitter, Wi-Fi, Touch UI, Facebook, FM Radio, a 3.2 MP camera and a 3’’ touchscreen are some other important things which make the Sony Ericsson a nice handset. Pricing or dates have not been disclosed for this handset which is due in Q3.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray coming soon on O2
Jul 20th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray has been put on the “coming soon” section by O2. After Three UK, O2 is the second service provider to offer the Xperia Ray handset along with SE Mini Pro and Mix.

The SE Xperia Ray is a beautiful Smartphone with colour choices of Gold, Pink, Black and White. For those who flaunt, the Gold version looks awesome.

It has a 3.3 inch Touchscreen with Mobile Bravia technology and comes with an 8 megapixel camera with Exmor R technology and HD video recording option. An 8GB microSD card slot is available and the phone comes loaded with Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread.

The Ray is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC similar to the Arc and comes with a suave aluminium frame. The Android 2.3 driven handset comes with Wi-Fi, DLNA, Facebook integration, Mobile Engine and GPS.

The Xperia Ray is expected to be around on PAYG and monthly contracts for as low as £25 per month. Though SE might pitch the Xperia Arc at £300, it will be a tough call because Xperia X10 with similar features and a fairly bigger screen is available for lesser price.

Samsung Galaxy Europa available for £40 from O2
Jul 14th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Maximum handset users are looking not just for impressive but affordable handsets of mid to low range. As such, thanks to Samsung to come up with the latest Samsung Galaxy Europa smartphone, thereby increasing the choices for the average handset user.

The handset which is also known as the i5500 Corby is an Android based one having a lot of sex-appeal. You can grab the smartphone from O2 for just £39.99 on Pay As You Go by making a minimum top up of £7.50. As such, you will have to shell out a total cost of £47.49 for the device.

The Corby i5500 comes equipped with a TFT capacitive touch screen display of 2.8 inch and a 600MHz CPU. It is powered by Android 2.1 Éclair OS which can be upgraded to Android OS 2.2. Also, it comes with a 2MP camera, a 1200mAh battery, the augmented reality app, GPS, Wi-Fi, Layar, an FM radio with RSS, Bluetooth as well as microUSB.

However, the Samsung Galaxy Europa is not as good as the Orange San Francisco. But, it should be noted that the latter comes with a price tag more than twice that of the Europa. Other good thing is that you can unlock the Europa for around £15 online.

Grab White Sony Ericsson Xperia Play from O2
May 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

white sony ericsson xperia play O2

There were number of issues related to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and O2 has successfully ironed them out. The exclusive white version of gaming device is finally available from the carrier for the grabs.

O2 is trailing by two months owing to software issues that it encountered given the fact that the handset was launched by some retailers as early as April 1st.

The white Xperia Play can be lapped up for £430 on PAYG while you have to shell out £37 per month on a 24-month contract to get the handset for free. The tariff plan gets you unlimited texts in addition to 900 minutes every month.

The catch however is that the plan covers for no data allowance and in case you need the typical 500MB per month you just need to shell out £6 more thus making the final tariff as £43 per month.

All in all, the TCO (total cost of ownership) seems to be around £1000 over two years and that sounds too much of a price. Xperia Play has moreover fizzled after its launch as some people are not happy with the handset as a gaming device.

If you were however looking forward to the white version of the handset, now is the time and it can be picked on PAYG from O2 if not from Play.com.

Nokia tops the list in eco ranking
May 26th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Finnish makers Nokia took the top spots for sustainable living, environmental impact and ethical record.

Nokia has taken the top two spots in the leading mobile provider O2’s Eco ranking of sustainable handsets. Nokia’s models C6-01 and E7-00 both scored 4.1 out of 5 for a combination of their environmental impact, contribution to sustainable living and the ethical record of the manufacturer. Surely, Nokia has scored in all aspects to take the cake.

Not too far behind, Samsung’s Galaxy Mini and Galaxy Ace, Sony Ericcsson’s X8 and Nokia’s C7-02, shared the next place in the rankings with a score of 4 out of 5. These rankings cover 90% of the handsets that O2 sells and also included Blackberry models manufactured by Research In Motion, for the first time. These  aspects made the rankings comprehensive covering all the manufacturers.

The inputs for the rankings are gathered from the handset manufacturers – materials used in manufacturing, features that reduce the need for other devices like music players, labor conditions in the supply chain etc.

However, iPhone isn’t included in the rankings. Apple has always been heavily criticized over the environmental impact of iPhone and for working conditions at factories in China run by Foxconn.

O2 believes that this level of product transparency is required by the customers and this is just the first step towards bringing more transparency in the whole system. Let’s see what spans out in the future out of this initiative!

O2, Three and Vodafone to sell BlackBerry 9900
May 5th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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While Three and Vodafone confirmed that they are going to sell the BlackBerry Bold 9900, O2 just reported to CNET UK that it has every plan to offer the handset too. None of them has however announced the exact date.

RIM revealed the 9900 handset at its business-focused conference, the BlackBerry World at Florida, yesterday.

With 10.5mm thickness, the handset with a QWERTY keypad is going to be the thinnest BlackBerry powered by a 1.2GHz processor. It has a 2.8 inch capacitive touch screen with resolution of 287 dpi, a 5MP camera and a 720p video camera.

Orange and T-Mobile have not meanwhile announced any plans to sell the handset but if one of them goes for it, the other cannot be far behind as they are now together under the banner “Everything Everywhere”.

As the first handset powered by BlackBerry 7 OS, it will get new features like faster browsing experience, voice search, and modern Liquid graphics interface. HTML5, 720p HD recording are a plus.

O2, latest UK Carrier to offer the White iPhone 4
May 1st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

iPhone 4 White O2

You will be excited to lay your hands on the Apple’s White iPhone 4 which has been released officially after a prolonged delay of almost 10 months. The eye-catching handset has now been announced by the UK carrier O2 which revealed that it will stock the much awaited white iPhone 4.

Apart from O2, other UK carriers such as Vodafone and Three are also offering the lighter toned handset on various tariffs. It is still unknown if Orange and T-Mobile will also offer the handset.

O2 starts its tariffs from £21.50 per month on a 24-month contract which is bundled with 100 minutes, 20 MMS, 500 texts, 500 MB of data along with inclusive tethering. The upfront cost of the device is £304.99.

You can grab the iPhone 4 in white from O2 stores only rather than online. As the white iPhone stocks are said to be limited than those actually expected, O2 has taken the decision to sell the device through its physical retail stores and not online.

It has been declared by O2 during its discussion that they will be selling the handset in O2 retail stores as of now. O2 is offering the white iPhone 4 on Pay Monthly deals to its existing users and to every person looking forward to join O2 on a First Come First Served basis, one per customer.

O2 offering Galaxy Ace for just £10.50 per month
Apr 19th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

O2 Logo Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy ACE, new kid of Samsung Galaxy range of Smartphone, is already available on Three network with a very affordable price tag. Samsung Ace is a new Stylish Android based Smartphone running latest version of Android Mobile Operating System, Froyo.

The UK service provider, O2 is now offering the Android-based smartphone for as little as £10.50 per month on a two year contract. However, many potential users may call off as this deal is bundled with just 50 minutes, 250 texts and no data allowance.

Though Ace is not the cheapest Android handset around, it is still the most affordable Android deal for those who are looking at something better than the Pulse without having the need to shell out the handset price of £200.

Samsung Galaxy Ace which is a simpler version of Galaxy S is interfaced through Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface which makes 3.5 inches screen of 16m color displaying capability and of 320X480 resolutions even better. It has one single home button similar to Apple’s iPhone 4 and two other buttons for navigation purposes.

The Ace which runs on Android 2.2 boasts a 5MP camera and a microSD card slot. The Smartphone has all high-end networking capabilities like 3G capability, Wi-Fi support and also don role of WiFi hotspots enabling you other home devices to connect to internet through it.

O2’s Data tariffs bundled with free net tethering
Apr 1st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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O2 customers will be more than happy to know that the company is offering  a new range of Pay Monthly tariffs by bundling them with free internet tethering. As such, the customers will be able to use their mobiles as modems for better connectivity.

The existing users can thereby go with a 12 month contract. Keeping in mind the customer’s request for year long tariffs, O2 is providing this option. Allowing free net tethering along with your data allowance is like an icing on the cake offered by the company.

Not simply this. For those who would like to mail and surf the net a little, the company is offering an option of 100MB data allowance as well. Users can also go up to 1GB data allowance a month by selecting the desired amount, minutes and texts in these tariffs.

Moreover, users already in contract deals also have an option to switch to these tariffs. However, they have to move to a plan which costs same or more. To switch to a less costing deal, users have to pass their halfway contract point.

However, users on current contracts will have to plump to this new range of data tariffs in order to enjoy free internet tethering for their iPhone 4 or Android device.

Android 2.2 finally hits Dell Streak
Dec 15th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Dell Streak Smartphone Froyo

Dell Streak is all set to catch up with its rivals who have already moved up to Android 2.2 also known as Froyo though there is no official update yet about when exactly it is going to happen. O2 had recently tweeted on its Twitter page that the Dell Streak is going to get Froyo this week.

The 5-inch Dell Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone was released in the UK in June on O2’s airwaves with Google’s Android 1.6 OS. It was then upgraded to Android 2.1 aka Eclair. However, it was not able to view the web in full while devices which use Froyo are able to do so, thanks to Flash support.

The Dell Streak is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash having a front and back lens, a 5-inch 800×480 pixel screen and multitouch functions.

The handset which is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor comes with an in built Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity along with 2GB of data storage and 30-pin docking connector.

Samsung Galaxy Tab, Archos Internet Tablets, and Viewsonic Viewpad are some of the Streak’s competitors who already have Froyo on.

O2 announced Android 2.1 upgrade for Sony Ericsson X10 handset
Dec 13th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

O2 Android 2.1

After Orange, O2 has announced availability of latest Android 2.1 upgrade for existing Sony Ericsson X10 from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1, which is also known as Éclair. This upgrade will bring in Multi Touch capability for Sony Ericsson handsets.

Sony Ericsson X10 owners including Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro, would have already got message to upgrade the handset platform from current Android 1.6 to Android 2.1. Though this feature still behind the latest Android version (Android 2.2) available in the market, which is currently available on HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S, this current upgrade will provide bunch of new features improved touch keypad, browser and camera, which will now onwards supports HD video recording and wireless connectivity.

Now that leading UK network providers Orange and O2 has announced their upgrade for Sony Ericsson X10 handsets, other providers like Vodafone and T-Mobile are also expected to announce their upgrade soon.

O2 also offers HTC Desire Z
Nov 14th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

O2 HTC Desire Z

O2 has confirmed the availability of the HTC Desire Z and that it has already stocked the same. O2 is offering the HTC Desire Z on an array of contracts.

The starting price is £30 per month in a deal which has a rental of £1.99 for the first six months thus turning out to just £23 per month after cash-back. The handset comes for free and you get unlimited texts along with 600 minutes.

Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone also are offering the HTC Desire Z on monthly deals with rentals starting as low as £21.83 per month. For those who want to go SIM-free, the handset is available for £435.90.

The 180g weighing Z model specs boasts of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7230 800MHz processor, a Super LCD 3.7-inch display, 512MB RAM, a QWERTY keyboard and a 5MP camera.

It also features Android 2.2 Froyo, CDMA, GSM, HSPA, EDGE, GPRS, BT 2.1 & Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity, 1.5GB of storage along with a microSD slot, a micro USB slot, a 3.5mm ear jack socket, motion and proximity sensors, 720p video recording and WVGA Touch Screen displays.

The handset also comes with an updated Sense UI overlaid on Android 2.2. Other HTC devices can also get the new Sense UI in the future provided they feature Android 2.2 OS.

Motorola MileStone 2 coming up on O2
Nov 13th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

motorola milestone O2

O2 is offering the successor to Motorola MileStone in various deals. O2 is offering the Milestone 2 starting from £20 per month while it offers the device for free for £30 per month contracts. Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone are also offering the handset in the UK and hence comparing them for the right choice should be a good thing.

The successor is named after sequel to the current one as Motorola Milestone 2, which will be launched in UK by Q4 of 2010 or to be more precise 17th of November.

Motorola Milestone 2 is an organic evolution of existing Milestone rather a revolutionary sequel. Basically, this is result out of elimination of certain fundamental design flaws in the first version, that’s been plaguing it. First of these flaws is beleaguered keyboard, which has been modified to be a pretty easy one to type. It also provides some additional space created by the removal of the directional pad.

Milestone 2 is faster than its predecessor and is equipped with 1 Ghz ARM Cortex A8 processor, which enables to run applications much faster and has memory which can be extended 8 GB. Milestone comes with preloaded Android 2.2, which is also known as Froyo.

The MotoBlur UI from Motorola so that all messages messages from Twitter, and Facebook merge into a common place on the home screen, thus making social networking very easy.

Motorola has launched other SmartPhones including the Motorola Defy, the BackFlip and Flipout models. Watch out for what you want.

T-Mobile and O2 offer HTC Desire Z
Sep 19th, 2010 by Andy Miles

HTC Logo HTC Desire Z

The Android 2.2 powered SmartPhone, HTC Desire Z is expected to be shipped to users from October 6. Despite the initial reports that the Desire Z will be a Vodafone exclusive, the handset is all set to be available on O2 and T-Mobile.

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation unveiled its Desire HD and Z smartphone models this week. The handset now is available via mobilephones.direct.co.uk as is mentioned by HTC’s official website.

The Desire Z will feature a 3.7-inch touchscreen display; however it would not have the boastful AMOLED screen that its super-hit predecessor had because of some manufacturing issues HTC faced earlier.

The hinged display screen of the Desire Z helps to get a full  QWERTY keypad with clearly defined programmable buttons which can act as shortcuts for an array of apps, and menus on the handset.

A 5MP camera with flash equipped with a 720p HD Video capabilities jazz it up on the back. The HTC Desire Z will run on the Froyo OS with the HTC Sense UI powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm processor.

For £30 to £40 a month contracts, one can get the handset from T-Mobile. Users get 900 monthly minutes, 500 texts, unlimited web surfing, and 3 months insurance for the £30 per month contract. O2 on the other hand offers the Desire Z for monthly contracts between £30 and £45. Users get 300 minutes a month, unlimited texts and unlimited mobile web for £30 a month.

The website asks for 17 days of delivery time though and expects to provide the handset dispatch on October 6th.

T-Mobile and O2 offer HTC Desire Z
Nokia N8 for free on two year contract of £35 per month
Sep 14th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nokia N8

Leading UK network providers O2, Vodafone and T-Mobile are geared up to offer the Nokia N8 smartphone for free on a two year contract by charging £35 per month. The latest model designed from the mobile phone giant, Nokia would hit the market later this month.

The N8 handset will be available from all the three carriers on similar two year packages. The package will be bundled with unlimited browsing, unlimited text messages as well as a free mini HDMI TV cable by which the N8 users can experience HD recording capabilities from a large screen.

However, the call minutes varies for the packages from three networks. T-Mobile is offering the handset with 900 anytime monthly minutes for £35 per month whereas both O2 and Vodafone are offering the device with 600 minutes.

N8 is the first and last N-series smartphone from Nokia based on Symbian ^3 operating system. Nokia N8, which comes in five colours, is bundled with a 3.5 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a 12-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, 720p HD video recording, a mini HDMI slot, Ovi Maps, Dolby Digital Plus technology along with 16GB memory.

Android 2.1 update finally out for Dell Streak
Sep 6th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Android 2.1 Dell Streak Smartphone

At last, the much hyped Android 2.1 upgrade to Dell Streak has been released via O2 for the UK customers who have been desperate about the software update. The update will bring a raft of latest and enhanced features to the Dell Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone.

The features bundled with the Android 2.1 update are pinch to zoom capabilities for Google Maps, HTML 5 support, 720p HD video recording capabilities to the Streak tablet, multitouch gesture support, live wallpapers as well as an improved on-screen virtual keyboard.

According to O2, users are required to restart their device in order to upgrade their Dell Streak mini tablet. Users can either manually download the update by going to the Settings menu and then clicking on About Phone and System Updates or can even get the over-the-air update.

Users can go with a Wi-Fi connection so as to avoid the additional charges while updating their device. As the data on the mini tablet will get erased when updating, O2 advises its users to create the data back-ups on the system or the microSD cards. The update process might take around 30 minutes based on the connectivity speed.

O2 to offer Android 2.1 to Dell Streak on Sept 1st
Aug 31st, 2010 by Andy Miles

Dell Streak Smartphone Android 2.1

Here comes an exciting news for all the UK customers who have been desperate about the availability of update to Dell Streak. The much hyped Android 2.1 upgrade to Dell Streak will now be out from O2 on September 1st.

The 5-inch Dell Streak Tablet-cum-Smartphone was released in the UK in June on O2’s airwaves with Google’s Android 1.6 OS. O2 UK is now all set to roll out the software update to Streak customers on September 1st. However, the device will be upgraded only to Eclair (Android 2.1) with this. To get the Froyo (Android 2.2) update, users will have to wait for some more time.

The Dell Streak is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash having a front and back lens, a 5-inch 800×480 pixel screen and multitouch functions. The handset which is powered by 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor comes with an in built Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity along with 2GB of data storage and 30-pin docking connector.

O2 software update will bring an array of features including keyboard improvements, 720p HD video recording, multitouch gesture support and live wallpapers. Unfortunately, US customers are unlikely to get the Android 2.1 update and need to wait until later part of this year for the availability of Android 2.2.

O2 now to offer iPhone 4 on PAYG
Aug 13th, 2010 by Andy Miles

O2 Apple iphone 4

After Vodafone, it is now O2 offering iPhone 4 on Pay As You Go deals. However, you will have to fork out £25 more to grab the gadget from O2 than from other carriers which will allocate you with 500MB of data allowance.

The iPhone 4 32GB can be grabbed for £595 whereas the 16GB version comes for £495. The operator which is charging £25 more than Vodafone and Orange for both the models could not give out any reason for this.

The gadget will be shipped with a text and web SIM card. Also, 500MB data allowance will be provided by the operator. By going with a monthly top up between £10 and £14, customers can avail 300 texts a month. Top up of £29 provides you up to 500 texts whereas £30 top-up allocates you with unlimited texts.

The iPhone 4 can now be owned by anyone on PAYG deals from O2 with full tariff details available on its web site. O2 is offering the device to new customers on contract from last week.

Three and T-Mobile have however not revealed any information as to when they will offer the iPhone 4 on Pay As You Go deals.

Five BlackBerry smartphones available on PAYG via O2
Aug 8th, 2010 by Andy Miles

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Leading mobile operator O2 is all set to go with the sale of five Blackberry smartphones on Pay-As-You-Go deals. Everyone will get something in this deal, which includes the BlackBerry Pearl 3G available for £249.99, the powerful BlackBerry Bold 9700 for £349.99 and the BlackBerry Curve 8520 for just £149.99.

Pay & Go customers can avail 500MB data access and enjoy inclusive BBM (the BlackBerry Instant Messenger application) in spite of the sizeable outlay initially, with a minimum monthly top up of £15. With a monthly top up between £15 and £29, customers will get 500 texts per month. However, those who wish to have unlimited texts will have to shell out £30 or more each month.

Anyone can share their PIN and enjoy chatting, thanks to the BBM being used all across the world. Not simply this. Customers can also go with the Pay Monthly tariffs for O2 BlackBerry smartphones.

You need to shell out £25 a month on a 24 month contract by which you can avail 500 call minutes, unlimited text messaging, 500MB of data along with Wi-Fi. In order to get 1000 minutes and 750MB of data, you will have to shell out £35 per month on a 24 month contract.

O2 to provide upgrade plans soon for Apple iPhone 4
Jun 12th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Apple iphone 4

People who are waiting to lay their hands on the much-awaited Apple iPhone 4 can breathe easy as O2 gets going with an Early Upgrade Offer to enable people to move to the iPhone 4.

Customers can get the iPhone 4 at £25 per month to get the package of 100 UK minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data for a 24-month contract and the same deal at £30 per month for an 18-month contract. O2 has got unlimited minutes tariffs starting from £60 per month but no unlimited data plans are on offer.

Anyone who has an O2 contract can get the deal at a reduced tariff of £20 per month and the offer will be applicable between 24th June and 24th July. The webpage on O2 website which features the Early Upgrade Offer shows all the information related to the cost of owning the iPhone.

People who currently are eligible for the early upgrade offer can lay their hands on the iPhone 4 either online or in O2 shops on the day of the launch without any additional upgrade charges.

O2 has so far not released details about the PAYG or the monthly tariffs for Apple iPhone 4. As used by the iPad, the Apple iPhone 4 also makes use of the microSIM instead of the normal SIM.

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