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EE TV marketing push starts tonight during the Brits, watch the ad now

EE TV was announced a few months ago, essentially making the network the first in the UK to become a "quad" player, with TV, broadband, home phone and mobile services.

The offering has kept a relatively low profile until now, but the big marketing push starts tonight with a 40-second advert during the Brits, which I guess is, er, our version of the Super Bowl (not quite).

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Sad face: mother ‘raging’ at £1,200 mobile bill incurred by emoticons

Sad face: mother ‘raging’ at £1,200 mobile bill incurred by emoticons

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 6, 2015 at 15:00

Emoticons are all the rage with the messaging generation (i.e. everyone), and even self-proclaimed Grammar Nazis have embraced the functionality as a single smiley can easily change the tone of an entire message.

But imagine the sad face on Paula Cochrane, a 48 year-old hairdresser from North Lanarkshire, when she racked up an astounding £1,200 bill on account of her penchant for emoticons. :(

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It’s official: BT to buy EE for £12.5bn

It’s official: BT to buy EE for £12.5bn

Lewis Curdie  Feb. 5, 2015 at 11:00

We first heard BT was entering “exclusive negotiations” to buy EE mid-December last year, and it’s now official. Well, as official as it can get for now.

The pair has agreed a deal that will see BT (which formerly operated BT Cellnet, now O2) grab EE (the combined network of Orange and T-Mobile) for a cool £12.5 billion.

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Better UK mobile coverage: ETA 2017

Better UK mobile coverage: ETA 2017

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 18, 2014 at 16:00

We’re racing along on 4G in the UK now, maybe even super-fast 4G if you’re on EE, and already we’re starting to look ahead to the next generation, predictably referred to as 5G.

But spare a thought for those areas in the UK with patchy mobile signal, or even – worse still – no signal at all. The good news is: a massive £5bn investment will see many of those areas addressed within two-and-a-bit years.

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BT enters exclusive negotiations to buy EE for £12.5bn, convergence is good

BT enters exclusive negotiations to buy EE for £12.5bn, convergence is good

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 16, 2014 at 12:00

In the tech world, you’re no one if you’re not buying other companies. Apple bought Beats, Microsoft acquired Skype, Facebook picked up WhatsApp, Lenovo nabbed Motorola…

We heard a few weeks ago that BT was interested in O2 (which essentially started life as BT Cellnet), but it turns out the telecoms colossus is more interested in EE, with exclusive negotiations now underway.

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Seven of the best UK SIM only deals

Occasionally, the best way to grab a new phone – if you have the bucks lying around – is to buy the thing outright (‘SIM free’) and grab a tariff that simply gives you a SIM card and a monthly allowance (‘SIM only’). Or maybe your contract is up and you’re looking for the most cost effective way to keep your current phone in action before upgrading.

In either case, we’re looking at seven of the best UK SIM only deals at present, essentially one for each of the Big Four (Three, O2, Vodafone, EE), plus three MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators). Ready? Go!

EDIT: Be sure to check out our new feature Best UK SIM only deals. We've highlighted some of the best tariffs, and listed more than 100 UK SIM only offerings.

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Google Nexus 6 UK release finally on the horizon

For our money, the rollout of the Google Nexus 6 has been nothing short of farcical, with US stock being replenished each Wednesday (seriously) and the phone initially being “unavailable” in the UK.

But at least there’s light at the end of the tunnel, with the Google Nexus 6 now “out of stock” on Google Play UK, and available to pre-order at Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse.

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EE’s 300Mbps 4G+ is go! Er, in Central London. On certain phones. And certain plans

EE’s 300Mbps 4G+ is go! Er, in Central London. On certain phones. And certain plans

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 30, 2014 at 14:00

To be fair to EE (formerly Everything Everywhere), it’s generally ahead of the game when it comes to UK 4G, and indeed it’s officially the first UK mobile network to offer LTE-A technology – or LTE-Advanced to use the name on its birth certificate.

EE is calling its LTE-A service 4G+ - not be confused with plain old 4G, or EE’s existing Double Speed offering. Facts and figures below.

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EE selling more Eagle tablets than iPads

EE selling more Eagle tablets than iPads

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 23, 2014 at 16:00

Here’s a vaguely interesting little titbit to come out of the obligatory quarterly earnings word splurges.

EE says it’s selling quite a lot of its 4G-enabled Eagle tablet, more – in fact – than it’s selling Apple iPads.

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Phones 4u can’t refund iPhone 6 pre-orders, mass email blunder adds to the misery

Phones 4u can’t refund iPhone 6 pre-orders, mass email blunder adds to the misery

Lewis Curdie  Sep. 26, 2014 at 12:00

When Phones 4u went into administration a couple of weeks ago, the first question on many people’s lips was: “What about my iPhone 6?” The retailer promised all pre-orders would be refunded in due course, so everything’s hunky dory, right? Er…

Fast-forward a bunch of days and the retailer has pulled a u-turn, saying that it’s not in a position to refund iPhone 6 pre-orders after all. None of them. Not a penny.

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