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How long can Android remain free?

As you may have read here on Coolsmartphone recently, Google Android was given a huge fine by the EU after exploiting their control over the Android OS. They were, it seems, reducing the appearance of rivals. However, with another huge fine being pushed through the door, people are …

Making mobile technology accessible for the elderly

Our visit to Mobile World Congress showed us the latest in gadgets and mobile tech. For the majority of us, these are exciting times. New phones can help us work and play faster, with better cameras, better batteries. However, for the elderly this can all be a confusing …

O2 launch Generation Flex plans

For many people picking the right data package on their phone can be a hassle. I mean who uses their phone the same way every single month? Back in 2013, O2 shook up the contract market here in the UK with ‘Refresh’. It’s a clever way to split …

Mobile networks overcharging loyal customers

It’s fairly obvious to many. You go and buy a new mobile phone. It’s on a two year contract. You probably pay about £38 per month for it. As you near the end of the two years, you’re itching to upgrade to the latest handset. Unless you’re with …

Turn your smartphone into a money-making machine

This is something we’ve written about before, but it’s definitely worth looking at again. Your phone, that thing in your pocket, could make you a bit of extra cash. No, it won’t do it magically and yes, you will have to do a bit of work to start …

New Garmin smartwatches announced

There are two types of smartwatch that exist: those that are primarily fitness trackers with smartwatch capabilities added on; and those that are primarily smartwatches with fitness tracking capabilities added on.  Trying to pick and choose between the Apple Watch, Android Wear or Tizen on the one hand, …

The death of convergence? The end of Ubuntu Phone

In 2013, billionaire space-tourist and Linux advocate Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu Phone. It was based, rather obviously, on the Linux distribution, Ubuntu. Ubuntu had already seen a lot of success in the server and desktop world, and could arguably be the most important distribution since the creation of the open-source …

Rich Communication Services: why we should care about RCS.

Most phone users have used the Short Message Service at one time or another. Nowadays, we just call it texting people. Then came the promise of MMS (Multi Media Messaging), or picture messaging. That never really took off in the same way as texting people, since the costs …

Transport for London will track travellers through free WiFi

As citizens of the UK, unfortunately it seems we must accept monitoring of our daily lives. Not just from the government through its new Investigatory Powers Bill that will go to unpresidented lengths to monitor us, but now from private firms and public transport. Transport for London (TfL) …

The perfect convertible? – a leftfield choice part 2

Laptop PC sales are falling, tablet sales are dropping, and even the might smartphone is plateauing. Wearables have been a bit of a damp squib, and VR is just starting out. In the midst of all this, one area does seem to be (anecdotally at least) doing well… …

EE Launch “Roam like home”

Hmmm… A roaming service that lets you use your phone abroad for no additional fee? Just as if you were in the UK? We’ve totally never heard of that before, and it’s in no way similar to anything any other network is doing… Today EE, who got the …

Exotic Tales from the East: Mobile Phone Scene in India

Being married to an Indian woman has advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages is that the mother-in-law is about 8000 miles away (sorry couldn’t resist a mother-in-law joke!). Another advantage is that when we do have to go meet her I get to experience the assault on …

IFA – Samsung unveil the Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic

Watches look best when they’re round. At least, that’s the way Samsung sees it. Their new Gear S2 smartwatch has been unveiled here at IFA. There’s going to be two versions, including one with 3G connectivity baked in. The specs include a 1.2” Super AMOLED 360×360 circular screen …

Teen Developers – Junaid Abdurahman

From now on, our popular “teen developers” feature will be posted Fridays rather than Thursdays. To kickstart our new schedule, we have Junaid Abdurahman from South Africa! Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? I’m 16 years old and live in Durban, South Africa. I currently …

Skyscanner, who are they and what do they do?

Those of you who are regular listeners to the CSP towers podcast will no doubt have heard of Skyscanner and its resident mobile guru Matteo. Although it sounds from his name that he would be a resident of warmer climes, he actually harks from my neck of the …

MWC – My top 3 things (James)

2015 was my first year of attending MWC. I really had no idea what to expect, Leigh and Dan have spent years going and covering a huge range of devices. This year was going to be no different, Garry, Leigh and I all arrived on the Saturday ready …

MWC – Orange launches the Klif in Africa and the Middle East.

Today Orange have announced the launch of the Klif handset in Africa and the Middle East along side an all inclusive mobile bundle and content portal. Starting at €35, the Orange Kilf deal includes the phone with a bundled data, voice and text message package. As an example Orange …

SimCity BuildIt is now available on iOS and Android

SimCity is one of those classic iconic games that has help to shape the video game industry through its many incarnations. There have been mobile versions of SimCity released previously although they have never quite managed to recapture the magic of the big screen original. This may be …

Samsung Gear S available on Friday

If you like the look of this 3G-enabled smartwatch you really don’t have long to wait. The Samsung Gear S will be available on Friday. O2 and Samsung Experience stores will be selling the watch, which will let you reply to texts and will deliver notifications from your …

Free WiFi potentially coming to a place near you…

  Did you know that we had a ‘Digital Economy Minister’? Me neither.  But apparently we do.  His name is Ed Vaizey and he looks like this: Our Eddy is actually more than just this Digital Economy Minister, though this is part of his portfolio.  His full title …