Posts Tagged ‘O2’

Palm Pre 2 up for pre-order on O2, Orange and Vodofone

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

HP announced version 2.2 of the webOS platform as well as version 3.0 which will power the TouchPad tablet and hopefully make it to webOS powered smartphones in the near future. But even with all this news, the second generation Pre is set for release on the UK’s three biggest networks.

The second generation device will feature version 2.0 of the webOS platform and not version 2.2 which will be powering the three new devices due out this summer. The Palm Pre 2 sports a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with multitouch support and a slide out QWERTY keyboard just like the first generation Pre’s. There is integration for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many other social networking websites and as usual you have access to the best multitasking platform on the market.

Rounding out the features are a built-in media player, 5 megapixel camera on the back (unfortunately no front facing cameras), HSDPA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Adobe Flash 10.1 with 16GB of internal storage. Sadly, for the second time, the SD card slot has been ditched in favor of design.

Look for the Pre 2 to be available on plans of £18.19/month or £22.98/month on a two-year contract with 300 included minutes, unlimited messaging and 500MB of data.

As for our thoughts, if you’re hell bent on getting a webOS device (and why not?) we’d hold our hard earned cash until we get some dates from HP on the Veer and Pre 3 which are expected to launch in the not so distant future and if rumors are correct, should be making a landing on our UK shores before the end of the year. Not only will the specs be bumped up to that of the current market offering, but it should feature webOS 2.2 as well.

Source: DialToSave

HTC Incredible S available for pro-order on O2 and Vodafone

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

It’s a little over a week since the Incredible S from HTC was announced at Mobile World Congress. But HTC is used to getting devices to the market in a timely and organized matter, so we’re none too surprised that the phone is now popping up on pre-order pages for Vodafone and O2.

The Incredible S, which is scheduled to ship March 3rd, will be available on a £25.00 per month and not only does this device become free on contract, but for that monthly plan you also receive a 300 minute allowance per month as well as unlimited texts and 500MB of data. That price is good on both carriers.

The HTC Incredible S features a 4-inch Super LCD display along with an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash as well as a front facing camera which sports 1.3 megapixels and is specifically designed for video conferencing. The rear facing camera also shoots midrange HD content at 720p. All this data can be held on microSD cards of up to 32GB in capacity thanks to a storage slot, and all this content can be intern wirelessly streamed to an HD TV that supports DNLA.

Even though the device will arrive with Froyo, HTC has promised that Gingerbread will be making it to the device thanks to a software update, but the company has not elaborated as to when to expect such a software upgrade.

It is also said that cheaper deals will be announced next month when the device official launches, so we’re guessing that a phone could ultimately be purchased sans a contract with no 2 year agreement plan.


02 exclusively stocking Xperia Play white edition

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Shortly after outing the Xperia’s Play April 1st release date O2 announced that it will be stocking the Xperia Play white edition exclusively. The UK cellular network did so via it’s Twitter page where the following tweet was posted: “Great news: not only will we be selling Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, we’ll have an exclusive white version!” Along with the tweet, a few press shots of the white Xperia Play were shown which seems to be making it to the market ahead of the Apple iPhone 4 white edition.

Except for the new paint job, the rest of specs will remain the same including Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a slide out PlayStation control and a 4-inch touchscreen. The device features a rear facing 5 megapixel cameras with the ability to capture HD content and a front facing camera for video calls and self-portraits over Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n or 3G, HSDPA. There is support for microSD cards of up to 32GB which should be more than enough room for all your old and ancient PS1 and PS2 games.

The Xperia Play is Sony Ericsson’s attempt to rival Apple in their dominance of the mobile gaming sector. Apple currently has the largest majority of cellphone games for any software platform on the mobile sphere and Android has been really lacking in that department. Thanks to close collaboration between Sony and Google however, many PlayStation titles will be making their way to Android and if we’re to believe Sony, games will not only run on the Xperia Play, but any device that is capable of the hardware requirements. Furthermore, Sony will have a dedicated application store where it will be able to deliver these titles to end users. The Xperia Play will be launching with over 30 titles initially with hundreds more to follow in the coming months.

Source: Twitter

Mobile Digest: Today’s News in Quick Bites

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Samsung is being linked to two major Android related rumors. While the Nexus S rumors are already spreading out thanks to the recently leaked images, a new handset which is rumored to have next generation specs is said to be in the works for the Korean Phone maker.

Eyebrows are being raised as O2 UK has confirmed that the Palm Pre 2 will not be part of their lineup. Despite the fact that O2 UK has an exclusive deal with Palm regarding the distribution of the handsets locally.

HTC’s newest handset is supposedly a Verizon exclusive. Since the device mainly features 4G support, there is very little chance that the device will ever make it to UK shores. Still, one cannot help but hope since the same thing happened with the Motorola Milestone (known as the Motorola Droid in the US) which received a new name and eventually got distributed locally.

BlackBerry’s Facebook application is finally getting an update to support the new GPS Maps and Facebook Places feature for all RIM smart Phones.

RIM has also recently launched the BlackBerry Playbook. However tablets seem to be on the not-in-demand list for the UK gadget market. According to a recent study, many people are interested in having a touch screen tablet, but find the current prices too expensive to be practical. After all, many recognize the convenience of having a web browsing and media playing tablet, but with the Apple iPad and Galaxy Tabs’ current price tags, most would prefer to stick to their mobile devices instead. There are budget tablet devices that are available, but like the eTouch units, most only use older platforms like the Android 1.6 Donut.

Lastly, Vodafone UK is now offering the HTC Desire Z to its subscribers. The new Android from HTC sports a slide out QWERTY keyboard that will certainly delight smart phone users who rely heavily on messaging and social networking.

Network Watch: Windows Phone 7 Devices

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Many would know the basic facts about the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform by now, and considering the vast number of leaks and rumors that have circulated in the past couple of months, the specs and other important details about the new WP7 handsets are no longer that surprising.

But knowing where all these new phones are –that is the big question of the week. These new WP7 handsets are due to be released by October 22, and here’s a quick rundown of the various networks and all the phones they offer.

Mobile virtual network operator 3 UK has actually managed to snag a couple of handsets. The Dell Venue Pro, which has been renamed from Dell Lightning, is confirmed to be heading to the network. The QWERTY keyboard toting handset is going to be an interesting choice for buyers.

Samsung’s Omnia 7 is also heading to 3 UK which means that this super AMOLED touch screen smart phone will serve as the main media centric WP7 handset under 3 UK.

Vodafone UK has got two major handsets under their flag. LG’s Optimus 7 and HTC 7 Trophy will both be heading towards the UK network operator. The Trophy seems like an interesting choice over the Optimus 7 –simply because it is an HTC device. The addition of HD video and SRS surround also makes it a compelling media playback device.

O2 will be offering the HTC HD7. While initial reports indicate that there might be some sort of exclusivity going on, no specific details have been confirmed. O2 has priced the handset at 379 GPB on a pay as you go scheme; the device is also being offered on a wide range of 2 year tariffs.

Lastly, Orange Mobile UK will be offering the HTC Mozart and the Samsung Omnia 7 (aside from 3 and Orange, the Omnia will be out on T-Mobile as well). The Mozart’s 8 mega pixel snapper and Xenon flash technology is certainly getting plenty of attention for those who love their camera phones.

Tablet and Social Networking on BlackBerry, O2 Android Launched

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Technically, the O2 Android 2.2 Froyo update for the HTC Desire should be considered as a re-launch. According to reports, the update of the Android handset came out as scheduled but O2 UK was forced to shut it down after several reports of freezing issues came in. While the exact cause of the problem was not detailed in the reports, there were enough cases to warrant the removal of the update for a small period of time.

This situation is similar to the one Orange Mobile UK faced with the same Android 2.2 Froyo. When installed successfully however, the new OS is a charm to use on the HTC Desire. The speed is significantly faster and all the new features are certainly quite useful too –particularly the update to the camera’s user interface.

In any case, the update for 2.2 Froyo is finally back online and HTC Desire owners under the network can start downloading the update –just be sure to do so under a secure and stable connection as the update file is pretty big.

Moving on, Research in Motion has announced not only their plans for the BlackBerry tablet, but they have also announced the new systems and features that will be available to BlackBerry users. The new tablet will be named as the BlackBerry Playbook and will feature a 7 inch capacitive touch screen display, a 1GHz Processor and dual cameras. While the launch is still pretty far away –around the second quarter of 2011, it is a pretty decent tablet to look forward to.

As for the new systems and apps for the BlackBerry OS, users have plenty to be excited about with the new BBM. The BlackBerry messenger has always been a core function for RIM handsets and now users will be able to do more things such as being able to invite friends to app games or actual events.

O2 Goes Green; Apple Avoidance Raises Questions

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Mobile network operator O2 has its hands on plenty of things other than mobile phones: media, sports, music, and other various activities. One thing that caught our attentions is their new think Green program.

In this new ranking study, O2 will take a look at every mobile phone they are offering and will rank the devices according to how green they are. This will measure the volume of recyclable content and of course, how much hazardous waste will be left over from each handset. There are already several phones that have stood out and the ones that did are not surprising to see.

Nokia and Sony Ericsson have take the top accolades from Greenpeace earlier this year which is why it is pretty much expected that one of SE’s Greenheart mobile phones has earned top scores from O2. The SE Elm handset (which came out with the SE Hazel) is a basic mobile device that features very Earth friendly materials and production value.

For those not familiar, the Greenheart label is a tag by Sony Ericsson for their eco friendly mobile phones. The Japanese Swedish joint venture’s main goal is to make all their phones and accessories fit the Greenheart standard.

In what appears to be another act that would earn the scorn of the public (yet again), Apple has stated that they will not participate in O2’s little eco program. Apple spokespersons refuse to specify the reasons why they are not going to cooperate but have also stated that the company has their own environmental programs.

Considering the issues with the Apple iPhone’s touch screen display and the whole controversy about the toxic chemicals being used in the manufacturing of the device, it is not surprising that Apple decided to be exempt rather than to receive very low marks.

Weekly Mobile News: HTC Mozart, O2 iPhone 4, Dell Thunder

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Several new devices are being announced (or re-announced) one after the other. All the devices have been previously revealed in both official teasers and unofficial leaks, and to help give readers a good overview of things, there is a quick round up of some of the upcoming devices.

First, on Window Phone 7 is the HTC Mozart. Now, there is actually plenty of confusion regarding the number of actual WP7 devices that the Taiwan based phone maker will be making as compared to the number of code names that we already know. So far, it is still being assumed that the HTC Mozart is a different device than the HTC Mondrian.

As for the HTC Schubert, we are still placing that name in the ever growing rumor pile. Anyway, the Mozart is expected to live up to (and slightly surpass) the type 1 chassis minimum requirements, so expect a high end device as well.

O2 UK has announced that they are now offering the antenna bugged Apple iPhone 4 to consumers through a pay as you go deal that takes away the burden and issue of handling payments each month. With just a 4 Pound difference with the Apple Store price, this is actually a great deal for anyone who wants to get a piece of the Apple action.

Lastly, Dell’s newest handset is taking a solid cue from the previously launched Dell Streak: keep a unique form factor. Now, it is pretty obvious that the Dell Thunder is not the only portrait oriented slider phone in existence, but among the Android community, it is still one of the first.

So far, it would be premature to tell if the keyboard works as good as it looks, but the initial images show a well designed four row keyboard layout that many smart phone fans will be familiar with.

September Launch Confirmed for XPERIA X8 on O2 UK

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The upcoming launch of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 smart phone has been revealed by network operator O2 UK as the company has announced that the phone will be available on their offers by this coming September. So far, it is not known if the device will be offered only by the network or if this will be limited time exclusivity.

In any case, Android fans can get to rejoice as another Android handset becomes available for choosing (ignoring the probability that users would have to switch over to O2’s mobile network).

The XPERIA X8 smart phone was first revealed in a series of leaked images that revealed several handsets from Sony Ericsson. The first was the W150 TeaCake that would later be renamed as the Yendo Walkman mobile phone. The X8 was also in that list as the XPERIA Shakira –though many were able to predict that the handset would given an XPERIA X-series name since it was designed right between the X10 and the X10 Mini (as to why the mini’s were designated under the same series as the original is not explained).

Oddly enough, the X8 is between the X10 Mini and the X10 in terms of size, but when it comes to overall specifications, there are very few differences from the Mini Androids and the X8, while we will not be getting much of variation on specs, at least we know that the prices will be quite similar.

The X8 comes with a 3 inch TFT capacitive touch screen display. While the graphic and visual quality is nothing unique; it has a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels, scratch resistant surface and an accelerometer –at least it still has Sony Ericsson’s Timescape user interface (which is expected, but still nice to be confirmed). The custom UI allows users to instantly view important updates, news and posts in a chronological order, allowing the user to easily scroll to the most important details.

UK Availability Wrap Up: Apple iPhone 4

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Apple-iPhone-4-3If you have not pre-ordered an Apple iPhone 4, then the chances of getting the famous smart phone is pretty low. Many retailers are already announcing that they are running low on stocks and that Apple is also having problems keeping up with the demand. Since the device managed to sell over 1.7 million units in the first three days of sales alone, it is not surprising to know that getting the iPhone is going to be a challenge for anyone.

To help out anyone who missed out on getting the smart phone, here is a quick summary of the Apple iPhone 4’s availability on different retailers and network operators.

Vodafone UK, considered to be one of the largest networks in the UK (as well as one of the first to confirm having stocks of the Apple iPhone 4 early on) has announced that they have now sold everything that they had. The official announcement from the network confirmed that everyone who pre-ordered or reserved a handset had already had their device shipped.

Tesco Mobile’s stocks of the iPhone 4 have not arrived yet, and while there is no confirmation of when the device will be available, the company is still taking registrations for the smart phone.

O2, the network that previously held the older iPhone on an exclusive deal for two years, has announced that like Vodafone, their stocks have also been fully sold. Again, a big chink went off to those who pre-ordered the handset. According to O2 UK, they are expecting a second batch of iPhones to arrive soon.

Anyone still hoping to be able to go out and grab an iPhone would have a very small chance with Carphone Warehouse. The electronics retailer has confirmed that while they have stocks of the Apple iPhone 4, most are already allocated to those who pre-ordered the item online. Currently the handset has been removed from the online store’s pre-order options.