Archive | Operators

We pay close attention to the industry behemoths. Carriers, operators, MNOs, MVNOs — call them what you will — there’s no getting away from the fact that they’re instrumental. In this section we document everything from price plan changes to strategy announcements and good old double-barreled rants.

Three’s 0800-inclusive price plan policy is the way ahead

I’m more and more impressed with the output from the team at Three, the UK’s challenger network. I was delighted when they switched on 4G for their customers without additional charges. That was smart. All you needed was a 4G capable device and boom, you were entitled to 4G. Their recent announcement about inclusive 0800 […]

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Are you on 3? You’re now on 4G!

Just a quick reminder for the legions of readers who use 3. If you haven’t already noticed, you’re now using 4G. There are obviously a few caveats. To use 4G, you need to locate yourself within the 36 large towns and cities that have already been provisioned (e.g. London, Birmingham, Manchester, Reading, Liverpool). You also […]

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3 Like Home is back again, with a different name

Good news! If you are Ben Smith, then you will be loving the all new “Feel at Home” facility from UK operator, 3. Ben Smith, good friend of Mobile Industry Review, Editor of Wireless Worker and co-presenter of our joint podcast, 361 Degrees, has family in Ireland. This means he routinely goes there for the […]

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Why Amazon is thinking beyond the operator

I was trying to buy a computer monitor the other day. I was standing at a train platform browsing Amazon via their dedicated app. I was prevented from hitting the ‘one click’ buy button because my 3G Vodafone service kept swapping into E, then into GPRS (that annoying little round circle on the iPhone) and […]

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Neil’s Vodafone experience highlights the problem of inflexible operator logistics

Inflexible logistics are the kiss of death for mobile operators. In today’s always-on, right-FLIPPING-now world, winding up your customers unnecessarily is bad news. Very bad news. Poor Neil Robertson, mobile PR supremo and long time reader has written a blog of his recent experience trying to get hold of an HTC One on Vodafone’s much […]

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Vodafone data: Now the equivalent of One2One GRPS

Whatever happened to Vodafone? Once the shining beacon of technical capability, Vodafone’s data connection appears to have regressed in performance to the point where it’s virtually indistinguishable from One2One at the height of it’s popularity. One2One was the previous name of T-Mobile. All those years ago. Those were the days. Do you remember them? One2One […]

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Mobile by Sainsbury’s: What are they smoking?

About a billion years late to the table, Sainsbury’s, the UK retail giant, has decided to step into bed with Vodafone to develop it’s own MVNO. Tesco, their arch rival, ran away with the retail-giant-owns-the-MVNO-world prize years ago. Every year I’m sure someone, somewhere at Sainsbury’s was forced to dust off the MVNO business plan […]

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