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Malcolm Murphy – Is my Mobile good value?

I’m fascinated by the pricing of mobile phones and phone contracts. The mobile business has always been dominated by a small number of providers, who offer suspiciously similar but subtly different price plans, that have always looked to me like they are designed to confuse me. Bundling a handset with my contract confuses this further: […]

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Malcolm Murphy – Why is mobile email still not right?

I became aware of Nokia’s latest email offering recently, and being both an email junkie and S60 phone user I quickly installed it and had a play with it. I was intending to write a full review for this article, but I found that I kept wanting to talk about Nokia email in the context […]

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Malcolm Murphy – Pocketsurfer Review

Contributor Malcolm takes a look at the Pocketsurfer. — It’s been several months since I first saw the Pocketsurfer. I was intrigued by the proposition – a connected device with a flat rate data plan, plus web acceleration to improve the 2G browsing experience. Recently, the voice that says “you don’t need it” was overruled […]

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Malcolm Murphy – Pick and Mix data applications

I had a truly surreal experience recently, that I felt is worth sharing. John is from my parents’ generation, and you probably can’t describe him as a normob. He’s not a normal mobile user, since he hardly ever uses the thing. He carries one mainly in case of emergencies, his only handset requirement is that […]

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Malcolm Murphy – Is that Call Included?

Is that call included? Ofcom asleep at the wheel? Here’s an interesting question to begin with: how much would it cost you to call a number that began 05xx? Would it be counted in your inclusive minutes? If you have a few minutes to spare, wander into a mobile shop or call your service provider […]

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Malcolm Murphy – Worst Service Ever Part 2

As I said last time, I was happy with my package with Three: my line rental is 20 pounds a month for 1100 minutes, plus a fiver for unlimited data.  In addition, I’m spending an extra 180 pounds plus a month on international calls, roaming and data. I was happy with that, as Three’s international […]

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Malcolm Murphy and the worst service ever

My expectations in dealing with mobile operators and retailers are not high. I have come to terms with the fact that they are geared up to deal with high volumes of users who just want minutes, texts and the latest shiny phone. Move off that brief, and they’re just not equipped to help you. A […]

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Malcolm Murphy – Where is the Innovation?

We’d like to take a minute to break from all the iPhone hoopla and introduce a new contributor here at SMS Text News, Malcolm Murphy. Malcolm comes to us with a passion for mobile and is eager to contribute here on our blog. With that, here is his first article for us, Where is the […]