Just a quick update to let you know that from July the charges for calls to what are known as service numbers will change. While number starting with 084, 087, 09, and 118 have had their charges 'simplified,' the big news for mobile users is that 0800 and 0808 numbers will be free to call, falling in line with how it has been for calls from landline phones for years. You can find out all the details, including how charges for premium numbers will work, by heading over to the UK Calling website.
The wait is over - Apple's latest device is now available order from the Apple Store website. Pre-orders have been available for a while, but now you can just go and order one... well, provided there is stock. Delivery dates are currently ranging from May to late July depending on the version you are after, so be sure to check that if you're desperate to get hold of one to avoid an unexpected wait. Prices start from £299 for the basic Sports Edition, and go all the way up to an eye-watering £12,000 for the Watch Edition.
Early reviews have praised its user experience and sense of style, but criticized the poor performance of certain apps, especially those with location services. For more info be sure to check out the hands-on impressions for the Apple Watch over on Wareable, and for the full list of prices and variants available head over to the Apple Store website.
Yet another MVNO is to appear in the UK in the next few weeks, this time from long-time mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse. The iD Network is being set up to offer flexible contracts for customers, more coverage when aboard to avoid roaming charges, and coverage across most of the UK. The two main selling points will be 12-month long contracts, the hope being that the shorter durations will entice more people to give it a try, and 4G included as standard.
Not much is known about what contracts iD will offer other than one example found over on uSwitch, which mentions a plan for a Samsung A3 with 300 mins, 5000 texts and 1 GB data for £19.50 a month. We expect more details will emerge on the new MVNO in the run up to its launch some time in May, but you can sign up for more details by heading over to the iD Network website.
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Up until now, all we knew was that Microsoft was aiming for a summer release for its upcoming Windows 10 OS, but we now have a better idea of when it will arrive. During AMD's latest earnings call, CEO Lisa Su mentioned that it would release towards the end end of July. "What we also are factoring in is, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching the impact of that on the back-to-school season," said Su in the earnings call, "and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory buildup."
While this isn't 100% confirmation that this will be the case, it's the firmest indicator that we'll see Windows 10 launch around that time that we've had so far. Don't forget, anyone with a copy of Windows 7 or 8 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free during the first 12 months of Windows 10's release.
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While there have been several 3rd party apps available for some time, Google have finally launched a new way for Android users to find their lost phones. As long as the Google App installed, all you need to do is log into your Google account at a PC and type 'find my phone' in the search engine. It will then display the location and even allow you to call the phone so you can find it. It's worth noting that the feature will not lock the phone if you think it has been stolen, but that functionality is available if you use the Android Device Manager app.
We expect to find out more details when Milan Design Week kicks off tomorrow, but some interesting reports have emerged regarding the ASUS VivoWatch. The big news is that the fitness-centric watch will apparently have a battery life of 10 days, alongside a stainless steel body, an IP67 rating against dust and water, heart-rate monitoring, and sleep tracking.
There are a few notible changes from the ZenWatch though, including the use of ASUS' own operating system instead of Android, and the use of a black-and-white screen. With many other competitors offering similar products and features, success for the VivoWatch will come down to its pricing. Expect to learn that, alongside other details, in the next few days.
Apple's latest device is now available for pre-order from the Apple Store website. Demand for the wearable companion device are expected to be high, with delivery dates for the 42mm reportedly being pushed to May - a fair few weeks past the official April 24th release date. Prices start from £299 and go all the way up to an eye-watering £12,000 for the Watch Edition.
Early reviews have praised its user experience and sense of style, but criticized the poor performance of certain apps, especially those with location services. For the full list of prices and variants available head over to the Apple Store website.
A version for Apple devices has been around for some time, but Logitech has now released a new version of its Keys-to-go wireless keyboard compatible for devices running on Android 4.1 and higher, and Windows 7 and higher. The lightweight keyboard reportedly has a battery that can last up to 3 months before needing a recharge, and features FabricSkin surface that is water-repellant, so unintended (or intended) spills won't mean the end of your keyboard. It even comes with a handy smartphone stand to dock your devices into.
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Microsoft Lumia 640 will have to wait until tomorrow to use the service, but EE customers with an iPhone 5S, 5C, 6, 6 Plus will be able to use EE's WiFi Calling service as soon as they update to iOS 8.3, which is now available to download. For those of you that don't know, WiFi Calling allows users without network signal to make calls and send texts using WiFi, and all without needing to use an app like Three's InTouch.
We've got instructions on how to activate the service on compatible iPhone after the jump.Click here to read more...
The highly addictive Football Manager series is about to become even harder to avoid with the release of Football Manager Classic 2015 for high-end tablets. The game, which will be available from midnight on Thursday for iOS and Android, will bring the full Classic game mode experience to tablets for the first time, providing 117 leagues in 51 nations, around 150,000 players, and the full 3D match engine to see your team play in real time. It will also include the Challenge Mode, which will task players with shorter scenarios to conquer.
The list for compatible devices is fairly small at the moment, but Sports Interactive plan to increase that number in the near future. Be sure to check out the full list of compatible devices before spending money for your FM fix.
At long last, Amazon have released an app for its Prime Instant Video service for Android tablets. There’s a little legwork involved because the app itself isn’t on Google Play- users will have down download the Amazon Appstore app first, then download and install the Amazon Prime Instant Video app through that. It’s almost certainly a way to ensure subscribers of Prime have the app on their devices, but we can’t help but feel it’s all a little too forced. Still, the important thing is that Android tablet users can now stream as much Black Flag and Vikings as they want without having to use another device. Read on for our quick guide..Click here to read more...
After last week’s announcement of the upcoming Power Bar scheme, EE are to launch yet another program later this week in their continuing mission to retain customers. The WiFi Calling service will allow customers to use a WiFi connection to make an receive calls when they cannot get any signal elsewhere, and all without needing to use an app to activate the feature. As it stands, customers with the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Nokia Lumia 640 will gain access to the new feature from Friday 10th April, with EE planning on bringing it to even more customers by the summer.
In what is shaping up to be the biggest shake up in the US mobile network scene, Google is currently on track to start its own network to offer cheap tariffs for customers, but it has now been revealed that they are in talks with providers worldwide to off free roaming outside of the states. For its UK partner, Google has been talking to Three owner Hutchison Whampoa, and it looks like the deal is set to be made.
Three has been seen as an obvious choice by observers thanks to its similar ‘Feel At Home’ scheme, which allows UK customers the same free roaming service in selected countries around the world. It also probably has something to do with the pending purchase of O2, which if completed would make Three the largest network in the UK – something that would be greatly beneficial to Google’s mobile customers abroad.
As it stands, Google currently has no plans to bring its network outside of the US, so we in the UK will have to look to MVNOs for cheaper tariffs.
In its latest bid to keep customers happy and (probably more importantly) loyal, EE have unveiled the EE Power Bar - a USB battery pack that can provide a much needed charge on the go - that will launch in the "coming weeks." The scheme will be available to all EE customers, including Pay-As-You-Go customers who have been active for at least 3 months, and will cost a mere 35p via text to get involved. Admittedly they will then have to go to their nearest store to pick it up, but that also highlights a handy incentive - you can trade in an empty Power Bar for a fully-charged for free.
And just for kicks, there's a torch on there as well. Which is nice.
Featuring a capacity of 2600mah, it will apparently be able to provide a full charge to most smartphones. With it being a USB portable battery, it can be recharged at home with an estimated 500 charges. Considering how portable they have a limited life span, and the fact it's not always possible to reach a plug to charge your phone in public (let along carry your charger with you) it's a great scheme for EE customers. Non-EE customers can also get involved in the scheme, but it will cost them £20 to do so.
Honesty is the best policy so we'll be upfront from the start here..we REALLY like Spotify. We won't be comparing TIDAL to Spotify just yet because we need to get to grips with TIDAL first to really see what is it all about.
If you're on Twitter no doubt you would have noticed that #TIDALforALL has been trending for what feels like an eternity and it is being backed by a plethora of artists such as Rihanna, Madonna and Kanye turning their profiles blue. So what is all the fuss? Well, to begin with, Jay-Z. He carries a lot of clout.
Unlike Spotify, TIDAL will not have a free tier so if you want to go on past the 30 day trial you'll need to put your hand in your pocket. Music to the ears (sorry) of artists who have criticised Spotify in the past for paying them what they believe is an absolute pittance for their work.
Tidal boasts streams at 1,411 kilobytes per second compared to 320kbps for premium subscribers of Spotify and 256kbps on iTunes. If you want this Lossless High Fidelity sound, it will come in at £19.99 at month. If you want standard, you'll be paying £9.99 a month. Both options will come with a free 30 day trial so you can make your mind up if it is really worth the extra £10 a month.
It is available on all systems (offline functionality too) and there is also a web player available here if you were keen to find out whether your favourite artists are all signed up.
So, that is TIDAL in a nutshell. We're going to spend a couple of days with in on a trial and report back with our Spotify v TIDAL findings.
Have you already jumped ship? Let us know how you find it.
Apple has decided to enter the handset trade-in / recycling game, offering credit towards their own products. The Apple Reuse & Recycling Program non-Apple products as well as iPhone and iPads, with customers able to do the trade-in at their local Apple store or via the new web portal.
Admittedly, having had a poke around the site and investigated the amount Apple are willing to give you for certain handsets, it looks like you could get more money selling your phone on eBay for someone else to use. Of course, if you really want to get an Apple device direct from the source, or find it too much of a hassle selling it yourself or using one of the other recycling companies like Envirophone or Mazuma Mobile, I can see the appeal of doing it this way. Just don't expect a great a whole load of cash towards your new purchase.
In wonderfully ironic news, it turns out that trees planted by network providers, to offset the construction of mobile masts back in the 90’s, have now grown so tall that they are hindering reception for customers. A survey by EE has discovered that almost a third of their 36,000 mobile masts are currently affected by trees overtaking them in height, and it appears there’s nothing they can do about it. This is because they aren’t allowed to chop the trees down or increase the height of the masts themselves.
Network providers are currently seeking to increase the height of these masts, with the government pledging to review existing rules. There is even support from the Countryside Alliance, who aim to improve coverage in rural areas so that they can stay connected with the rest of the country. That said, networks have been told that local opposition could still derail any construction plans put into motion.
So the next time you can’t get any signal, don’t go blaming your provider – blame nature, and specifically those smug looking trees.
Four weeks ahead of the wearable tech’s launch, the first wave of third party apps have been updated with support for the Apple Watch. At the moment is it just the more well-known names like Twitter, Evernote, Expedia and the Wall Street Journal that have been allowed up update their apps, allegedly to help tech reviewers who are currently getting hands-on time.
The Apple Watch goes on sale April 24th with prices starting from £299. You can read our round-up for more details on Apple's latest piece of hardware.
It’s been a busy day for the folks over at Facebook, as Mark Zuckerburg has announced third-party developers can now add their own content to its Messenger App. This is in addition the new Business Chat support via the Messenger App, as well a new update that brings new functionality for all users.
The new features for the app, which should be live for all users right now, include using GIFs in conversations, as well as embedding Imgur snaps, weather forecast updates, and audio clips. As for the announcement of Business Chat, Facebook claims it will allow customers service desks to easily organise things like order returns, and provide real-time delivery tracking information. Businesses can sign up for this new feature over on Facebook.
After months of reports that the deal was on the cards, Three owner Hutchison Whampoa has reached “definitive terms” with Telefónica to acquire the O2 network for £10.3 billion. The move would elevate Three from being the smallest network to the largest, taking a 40% share of the UK mobile market.
While an agreement between the two parties has been reached, the sale is still subject to regulatory approvals. With such a move reducing the number of major networks from four to three, it is expected that the investigation will be incredibly thorough to ensure the long-term welfare of customers. This is because, with less competition, there is an obvious risk of providers no longer needing to offer competitive deals and incentives.
With BT also reportedly looking to purchase EE, there’s a good chance that the regulatory process won’t be completed any time soon, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the situation develops.