Review of the week in mobile

Review of the week in mobileAnother week, another ton of mobile news and deals, with a dash of spicy feature action for good measure.

With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 right around the corner, the focus has very much been on the imminent Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and the HTC One M9 and One M9 Plus.

Starting with Samsung's next flagship, we heard (deep breath) that the Galaxy S6 launch date will be Sunday, March 1 (just three weeks from today!); Galaxy S6 price will start at €749; Galaxy S6 colours will be dark blue, blue-green, white and gold; and finally we had some leaked Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge pics.

As for HTC's next big thing, the One M9 Plus is rumoured to come with a 5.2in QHD display, which suggests the plain old One M9 might be 5in 1080p. HTC will get one up on Samsung in Barcelona, launching the One M9 2.5 hours before the Galaxy S6.

But hey! It's not all about Samsung and HTC. Microsoft, Motorola, Oppo and Sony all confirmed they'll release Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 flagships later this year. And speaking of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, the much-discussed overheating issues have supposedly been resolved.

In mobile network news, Dixons Carphone confirmed plans to launch an MVNO service on Three in Spring, while BT is officially snapping up EE for £12.5 billion - subject to regulatory approval.

Windows 10 is all the rage at the moment, too. In addition to the first Windows 10 screenshots, we heard that the Technical Preview will run on phones with 512MB of RAM.

Ending with a spot of comedy, how about the Scottish hairdresser who ran up a bill of £1,200 on EE, on account of emoticons being treated as MMS messages? EE is barely flinching, saying it's a phone issue, not a network one. It'll knock off £100 for bill shock, but that still leaves the small matter of £1,100. Eek.

Oh! And not forgetting this week's features, including Seven ways to get caught cheating on your smartphone, Five of the best phones under £100, and Virgin Mobile's unlimited everything SIM only deal: any good?.

Next week, expect loads more on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9.

In the meantime, here's the week's mobile news in full:






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