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News: Three and O2 merger might propel Virgin Media into the big time

In the wake of recent developments regarding the merger of Three and O2, Virgin Media has hinted this week that the firm might take advantage of any forced sale of mobile spectrum. Three’s owner Hutchison and O2’s Telefonica also met recently with regulators in Brussels, as well as rival UK operators and interested parties. Virgin’s parent […]

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Three+O2: Canning Fok’s rebuttal of UK Regulator is worth a read

Yesterday I was delighted to read Canning Fok’s response to the UK telecom industry regulator in the Financial Times. Canning, if case you are wondering, is a top chap at CK Hutchison Holdings, owners of Three UK. You can read the letter here — it’s in the ‘letters’ page so a subscription might be required: Guaranteed: […]

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Connected homes: O2 to offer connected hub to UK customers

According to news from CES last week, mobile operator O2 will offer its UK customers a smart home connected hub by the summer. With an estimate 4 million smart homes in the UK, there are millions more potential homes that could sign up to O2’s system (the company has around 25 million customers), which combines central heating, security and energy management into a […]

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4G networks in the UK – the state of play

With the rapid adoption of 4G networks across the world, people in the UK now have access to some of the fastest mobile download speeds on the planet. The move from 3G to so-called next generation networks (which netted the government £2.4 billion in the license auction) seemingly took forever and, despite differences in opinion about the term 4G, it’s undeniable that network speeds are […]

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Is £399 still too much for the Amazon Fire Phone?

I logged into the web version of Amazon yesterday and was greeted by this take over screen: It’s the promo for the UK version of the Amazon Fire Phone, exclusively available on O2. If you choose the lowest £13/month tariff (24-months) on the always helpful O2 Refresh plan, then the Fire Phone will cost £399. […]

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Order your O2 phone by 10pm, get it next day!

I’d like to say hello to JP, Social Media genius at Telefonica O2. He sent me a chocolate bar together with the slightly mysterious note you see above. As you can see on the wrapper, the text on the chocolate bar reads: This doesn’t have to last you two years. Just like a phone. Get […]

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O2: “2 years is too long to wait for a new phone”

Saw this on the underground today. It is a rather compelling offering from O2 — if you’ve selected the right contract options (notably O2 Refresh in this context). Does this mean that of you’re one of the millions of O2 contract customers currently serving out a 24-month agreement, you can simply pay off the cost […]

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Change your phone as often as phones change (O2 Refresh)

This morning on the train platform I caught sight of an advert in the Metro newspaper from O2. It read, “Change your phone as often as phones change.” This is a really, really good advertising statement. I like it a lot — I think it will resonate with quite a few people. All readers of […]

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Watch a magician make my iPhone 5 turn into an Xperia Z

Are you ready for some real magic? I was exposed to some on Monday night when I went along to the O2 Refresh launch. Check out this amazing magician, Oliver B, who performed some seriously cool magic on me. He’ll be out and about on the streets in London this Thursday, where he’ll be blowing […]

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O2 Refresh: Inspired, innovative and available today

O2 UK has launched a new way of doing business for its contract (or “post pay”) consumers. It’s called O2 Refresh and it completely decouples the monthly service plan from the handset cost. With this approach you now choose your calling plan — which must be 24 months in length. You then select what phone […]

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It’s official! I’ve got my own @O2 Brian Blessed voicemail recording

Only last night I was writing about @O2’s smart marketing campaign for HTC’s Windows Phone 8 devices featuring voicemails recorded personally by acting legend, Brian Blessed. Today I got a tweet from the O2 team pointing me to the above SoundCloud archive of my own personal Brian Blessed voicemail recording. I am truly honoured! Seriously […]

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Buy an HTC Windows Phone from O2 and Brian Blessed will personally record a voicemail message for you

The team at O2 really know what they’re doing with this kind of marketing. It’s brilliant! National treasure and noted sonorous actor, Brian Blessed has been engaged by O2 this week to front their HTC Windows Phone 8X marketing campaign. The full details are on the O2 news blog but here’s the gist: The first 100 […]