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Three makes 0800 calls free for SIM-only customers but ends unlimited tethering

Three makes 0800 calls free for SIM-only customers but ends unlimited tethering

Martin James  Jul. 15 at 16:00

Good news for Three SIM-only customers: the network is no longer charging for calls made to 0800 numbers, implementing a new Ofcom directive a year ahead of it becoming mandatory.

Sadly, though, there's bad news too: Three is scrapping unlimited tethering on its SIM-only plans, effectively killing off the much-loved One Plan as we knew it.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha: 4.7in display – same as the iPhone 6?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: 4.7in display – same as the iPhone 6?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 15 at 14:00

After lots of Premium and Prime-related confusion, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha/F (consensus is they're the same thing) picture is slowly starting to become a whole lot clearer.

Its release might well be timed to coincide with the Apple iPhone 6 launch, and now we’re told it’ll adopt the same display size. Fight! Fight! Fight!

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Is this the Apple iPhone 6?

With only around two months left till the Apple iPhone 6 launch, the rumours are set to go into super-overdrive.

In our second iPhone 6 story of the week (yesterday we heard that the 5.5in model might be delayed till 2015), we’re looking at what’s supposedly the world’s first shot of Apple’s next smartphone flagship.

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Google Play set for Material Design overhaul in Android L

One of the headline features of Android L is something called “Material Design”, with the vibrancy and the layering and the floating and the real-time shadows and whatnot.

It’s described as the “new Google-wide standard”, so it comes as little surprise to hear that Google Play – Android’s answer to the App Store – is set for a significant makeover to bring it in line.

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Nokia by Microsoft Lumia 530 pics emerge: looking cheap and cheerful

Nokia by Microsoft Lumia 530 pics emerge: looking cheap and cheerful

Martin James  Jul. 14 at 20:00

The colourful chappy to your left? It's the upcoming Nokia Lumia 530, a.k.a. the “Rock”, in other words the successor to the Nokia 520 – the best selling Windows Phone to date.

So says Weibo user iokeyboy, and who are we to argue? After all, it's bright, chunky and affordable-looking, which seems to be the main physical attributes shared by the entry-level Lumia brigade.

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Sony Xperia T3 up for pre-order with free Smartband

Sony Xperia T3 up for pre-order with free Smartband

Martin James  Jul. 14 at 18:30

Sony announced its Xperia T3 smartphone a month or so ago, and the good-looking 4G Android mid-ranger is now available to pre-order from exclusive provider Carphone Warehouse.

The mobile retailer is offering the Xperia T3 free on contracts starting on £21 over 24 months, and it'll even throw in a Sony Smartband free of charge for pre-order customers.

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Sony Xperia Z3: not so different from the Xperia Z2?

Sony Xperia Z3: not so different from the Xperia Z2?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 16:00

The Sony Xperia Z2 has only been on sale for something like two months now, so you really have to wonder what the imminent successor – the Sony Xperia Z3 – can bring to the table.

“Nothing much,” is the answer according to a now-deleted post on Baidu Tieba, which suggests the Sony Xperia Z3 is nothing more than a modest upgrade.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha arriving August with metal body?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha arriving August with metal body?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 14:00

Last month, I asked: Are the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime and Galaxy F two different things? Well, we’re still none the wiser, and now we have a new chap to add to the mix.

Enter: the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a premium handset with a metal body. Stop me if this sounds familiar.

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Might it be 2015 for the 5.5in iPhone 6?

Might it be 2015 for the 5.5in iPhone 6?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 12:00

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has come over all negative of late, suggesting that the much-discussed Apple iWatch might slip back from September to November, thus shifting significantly less units by the time space year 2014AD draws to a conclusion – yadda yadda yadda.

On a similar note, his crystal ball says we shouldn’t get too excited about this 5.5in iPhone 6 we’ve been hearing about, as it might be 2015 before it sees the light of day.

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Review of the week (special ‘last week’ edition)

Review of the week (special ‘last week’ edition)

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 14 at 08:45

Slightly later than billed on account of moving house and associated silliness, it’s the 2,945th instalment of Review of the week. Or, in this case: Review of last week.

Needless to say, we’re still jawing about the iPhone 6, but the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are claiming their fair share of the rumour spotlight, too. Mostest comments this week went to Year-on-year quarterly tablet shipments fall for the first time ever.

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Oh gawd, iWatch delayed till November!

Oh gawd, iWatch delayed till November!

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 11 at 15:00

Is it Friday the 13th? No? The 11th, you say? Then why such horribly bad luck?

See, the long-awaited Apple iWatch, the entirely unofficial wrist-based thingy that we’ve been jawing about for something silly like 18 months, is supposedly – hold onto your hats – delayed until November this year.

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OnePlus Two, codename ‘Lettuce’, in the pipeline?

OnePlus Two, codename ‘Lettuce’, in the pipeline?

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 11 at 12:00

The "flagship killer" OnePlus One (left) was launched back in April, and remains largely elusive on account of software problems and, y’know, the fact that it’s produced by a smartphone start-up.

But what’s this? Already there’s talk of a OnePlus One successor called the – you guessed it – OnePlus Two, with the suitably ridiculous codename “Lettuce”.

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Samsung Apps becomes Galaxy Apps: new UI, exclusive apps

Samsung Apps becomes Galaxy Apps: new UI, exclusive apps

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 11 at 11:00

One of the things that bothers me about tech and UIs – whether it’s a website or a mobile operating system – is the notion of being able to take several paths to achieve the same goal. For me, that’s not a good thing.

On that note (vaguely; I’m still on my first coffee), Samsung has given its own app store an overhaul, rebranding it Galaxy Apps (formerly Samsung Apps) and rolling out a new UI, reminding customers that they can download goodies like Asphalt 8 from two different sources on the one phone. Brilliant?

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Year-on-year quarterly tablet shipments fall for the first time ever

Year-on-year quarterly tablet shipments fall for the first time ever

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 10 at 16:00

Gawd, it’s all doom and gloom at the moment, eh? Samsung is having a rough time at the top, and HTC continues to struggle.

Now we’re turning the spotlight on “tablet PCs”, and hearing that shipments in Q1 2014 were less than those recorded 365 days prior – the first time that’s ever happened in tablet land.

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Motorola Moto 360 teased in video, further details remain elusive

The Motorola Moto 360 is easily one of the most talked about smartwatches to date, largely thanks to its – shock horror – round display.

While we await further information on the release date, price and specs, Motorola is teasing us in video format with Moto 360: Why a Watch.

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HTC One M8 sales ‘fading’, and it’s only gonna get worse

Being top of the smartphone ladder, Samsung is fairly open about sales of its latest flagships, with the recent Galaxy S5 supposedly shifting 10 million units in less than a month – even faster than the Galaxy S4.

Things are less clear with the HTC One M8, though one particular analyst reckons sales are “fading”, with various big-name phones on the horizon threatening to do even more damage.

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iPhone 5s: best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014

iPhone 5s: best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 9 at 16:00

Eh, slightly confused that we’re looking at Q1 2014 here, but presumably ABI Research took a few months to make sure its figures were put together with nothing short of pinpoint accuracy.

And the headline figure says the iPhone 5s was, unsurprisingly, the best-selling smartphone of Q1 2014, with a few older smartphones nipping at its heels.

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Sony shares first photo taken with curved sensor

We’re far too old and cynical to embrace technology for technology’s sake, so you’ll forgive us for not rushing out and buying the first thing with a UHD display and 86GB of RAM. ETA: Mobile World Congress 2015.

But this – this we can get on board with: a curved image sensor that paves the way for cheaper, smaller camera lenses (ok, ok, sounds good) and higher photo quality (and we’re sold).

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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact tipped for release shortly after IFA

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact tipped for release shortly after IFA

Lewis Curdie  Jul. 9 at 12:00

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z2 are still pretty fresh, having launched in January and February respectively, but consensus has it the Japanese manufacturer is prepping the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact for IFA in September.

The Sony Xperia Z2 in particular took its sweet time coming to market, keeping potential buyers on edge for several months, but fresh rumour winds suggest the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact could go on sale within weeks of their launch.

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Samsung predicts fairly terrible Q2 2014 results

It’s early July, so that means it’s only a matter of time before the official figures for Q2 start pouring in, with the percentages and the pie charts and whatnot. Mmm, pie.

In the meantime, Samsung warns that we shouldn’t get too excited about its results, with Q2 2014 looking decidedly less impressive than Q2 2013.

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