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Want a cheap smartphone? How about an Archos 50c

Archos have just announced a cheap smartphone for you. Well, actually they’ve announced two of them. The first is the Archos 50b Oxygen smartphone, which costs a mere £129. It has a full black laminated 5″ IPS HD screen and an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p encoding

Kazam! The octa-core Tornado and a peek inside the toy box

Want to start selling your own smartphone? It’s not easy, and the new kid on the block is Kazam. They appeared in June last year and wasted no time in getting several handsets and ranges out onto the market. I sat down with James Atkins, the Kazam

EE to create over 1,000 new jobs

EE have announced today that they are to create over 1,000 new customer service jobs throughout Britain within the next 24 months. It means that, starting with 250 jobs in Northern Ireland later this quarter, EE will be bringing more “customer service jobs” (presumably call centre roles)

Nokia Lumia 1320 arrives in the UK

A few weeks before it started raining we heard about the new 6 incher from Nokia. The Lumia 1320, which comes complete with 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU, runs Windows Phone 8 and has a 5 megapixel shooter at the back to

Three 4G expanding rapidly

Over the last month we’ve posted updates on the Three 4G service. This has started to rollout for customers and not just the 2800 that originally got an early look. We were lucky enough to test the new network during a trip to London, where we checked

New Year data usage up 80% on Vodafone

We recently heard how O2 saw a 62% increase in data usage over the New Year festivities. Vodafone have now been in touch and they’ve seen an even greater increase – their smartphone customers used 80% more data than New Year last year. It seems that texting,

New Advanced 3G Dongle on Three UK

When it comes to data access in the UK, many customers flock to Three due to their great pricing and high data allowances. Oh – plus the fact they have a very fast DC-HSPA network offering 3G speeds of up to 42Mbps. This new dongle, made by

LG G Flex coming to the UK in a matter of days

It’s bendy, it’s curvy. No, it’s not an Olympic gymnast, it’s the LG G Flex. EE have announced that the device will be arriving in selected stores this weekend. You’ll be able to try out the device and have a play with it but you can’t purchase

iPhone’s on Three start getting carrier updates

Three officially started to roll out 4G today to a select range of customers. They will continue to add more over time until everyone gets 4G enabled and just lives in a 4G area. One step to allow 4G access on an iPhone is a carrier update

Nexus 7 LTE now available in the UK

International Android fans rejoice! The Nexus 7 LTE is expanding its availability to several more countries starting today. Google Play is now selling the mobile data-enabled Nexus 7 in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan and Korea. Pricing in the UK is at £299 for the 32GB

iPhone 5S and 5C on UK 4G – Confusion reins

So, a quick look on the Apple website reveals something a little worrying. Based on this information, the only UK networks who will be able to make the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c work at 4G speeds are Vodafone and EE. Many websites have picked up on

Google Play Music All Access now available in the UK

    Kiss goodbye to your data allowance and prepare for the listenfest (is that a real word?  Bah – Who cares!) that is Google Play Music All Access. The service that launched at first in the US has made its way across the pond and now

Many don’t intend on upgrading to 4G

Remember how we ran a survey about 4G? Remember how you told us that extra speed really wasn’t a big deal? Well, now Ofcom have done a similar survey and they’ve reached the same conclusion. Just under a quarter have absolutely no intention of going 4G. It

O2 confirm 4G launch in UK

We all knew it was coming but, with EE stealing a March on their competitors, the other networks were keeping exact launch dates close to their chests. O2 appear to have broken ranks and is prepping for a launch on August 29th. Initially it’ll only be available

HTC One mini to arrive on EE and O2

You know all about the HTC One Mini by now. As a Coolsmartphone reader you’ll have already seen our hands-on pictures and videos, but what you might not know yet is that it’ll be hitting both the EE and O2 network too. We’ve just had confirmation that

EE pass 500,000 4G customers

EE have sent a press release out this morning confirming that they’re 4G network has now passed the 500,000 customers. They are well on their way to hitting 1 million by the end of the year – a goal set by the company themselves. EE also highlight a few

EE announce new 30 day 4G plans

EE have just announced new 30 day rolling SIM-only contracts here in the UK. The new plans will allow access to the 4G network without the long commitment. Customers can then try 4G to see how it works for them and sign up to a longer deal

Confirmed – HTC First UK launch cancelled

Over a week ago we reported that the HTC Facebook phone – the “First” – had vanished from the “Coming Soon” section of the EE website. We reached out to EE about this and, at the time, they told us that they still intended to range the

O2 to make mid-contract swapping easier with O2 Refresh

You know how it is. You’re on the bus with your Samsung Galaxy S2 or HTC Desire S and some flash Harry steps on with the latest HTC One, iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s a pain, but we’re all resigned to either waiting our turn

Google Play cards now in UK

Looks like Android users in the UK can finally pick up Google Play vouchers so no need for card details to be saved for app purchases, perfect if you are worried about charges adding up or your kids trying to buy apps or games on their own

Three say “neigh” to data limits

Three have gone a bit pony with their new ad campaign. The new commercial features a moonwalking Shetland Pony (yes, you read that right) and you’ll be able to share version of the ad through an online remix tool – ponymixer.com. It’s to promote the fact that

Galaxy Fame heading to Three

Three have just announced that the brand new Galaxy Fame from Samsung will be heading to their network on both contract and PAYG plans. Although no price or date has been confirmed we at least we now know of a new device coming soon. With MWC less

Field Trip now available in the UK

Just like those school trips you used to take, this app will help you discover the world around you. It’ll pop up with interesting info on events happening in the area you’re in. Created by Google, you can learn about local history, local music, restaurants, places of

HTC Butterfly flies past Europe

Quick summary then. The HTC Butterfly has a 1920×1080 5″ 1080p screen with 440 PPI resolution, quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, 8 megapixel camera (and another 2.1 megapixel shooter up front), a long-life 2020 mAh battery and it’s all powered by Android. It was launched at the start of

Google Play now lets you redeem gift cards

On Friday Dan told you about Google gift cards and how they’re headed to the UK. Yesterday I did a check and, sure enough, there’s the chance to Redeem gift cards in the menu of Google Play. There’s one problem though. You simply can’t buy Google gift

Google Wallet coming to the UK? [UPDATE]

One of our eagle-eyed readers (thanks, Daniel!) has spotted a signup page for Google Wallet – on Google UK, no less. The signup page, located at www.google.co.uk/wallet/, promises that the next version of Google Wallet is “coming soon”, presumably with UK support. This signup page is nothing new –