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It’s official: 3’s data network run by hamsters; string [Fixed]

I am now regularly based in Richmond-Upon-Thames. And what a flipping nightmare it is from a mobile connectivity perspective. Vodafone struggles to get anything more than Edge. And even when there’s an Edge signal, the 1.5k throughput is sufficient to query Google and nothing else. Total unmitigated rubbish. My solution was to refer to my […]

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3 will launch iPhone 4 this Friday

Have you been waiting to get an iPhone on 3? I know quite a few people who have been, especially after their rather attractive pricing. Just a quick refresher… You can pick up an iPhone 4 16GB for just £99 quid based on a 900 minutes, 5,000 texts, 5,000 three-to-three minutes and 1GB internet plan […]

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3’s next-gen MiFi unit powering iPlayer without breaking a sweat

I had another play with the next generation 3 MiFi unit (see yesterday’s post) and decided to check out just how usable it was. I’m pleased to report that the device performed perfectly. I checked out the speedtest iPhone app (running on the iPad) and also streamed an episode from the BBC’s iPlayer. Flawless. Here’s […]

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3’s next-gen MiFi unit is simply brilliant

I got hold of one of the new 3 Mobile WiFi units last week and I’ve been putting it through it’s paces. Regular readers will know that my opinion on MiFi was set to ‘ultra positive’ ever since I tested the Novatel Wireless device last year. Dongles are for dunces. A separate unit that enables […]

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Rugby almost comes to 3, just in time for the Six Nations

Samsung’s candy bar phone the B2700, also known as Samsung Rugby in its flip format to our American cousins has just been announced for the 3 network. The B2700 is in the same league as SGH-A837, AKA Rugby and is joining the union of tough phones on the market such as the Sonim handsets XP1 […]

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Vodafone and 3 to merge

News has reached us from the colonies that Hutchinson and Vodafone in Australia are set to merge. Will this set a precedent for pairing up elsewhere in the world? In a public statement issued on Hutchinson Whampoa’s website those two telecoms giants announced their intentions of merging, in an equal 50:50 joint venture. When this […]

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Fun Text to be pre-loaded on Sony Ericsson handset

After attending MIR’s first developer’s event last week (see the video here), we’ve had fantastic news in from the team at Fun Text, who’s application provides a range of professionally-produced media such as ecards, emoticons, viral videos and virtual gifts for inclusion in text and multi-media messages.  Over to them: Today Sony Ericsson is announcing […]

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Exclusive: INQ not releasing the ‘INQ2’ at Mobile World Congress

At that very same ‘small (but select) gathering at INQ HQ last night, we were informed there will be no new INQ phone unveiled in Barcelona in a few weeks time. INQ’s marketing director Jeff Taylor said in a semi private briefing to MIR there will be no product announcements at MWC. Where many of […]

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The INQ 1- Student Perspective Part 1

The INQ 1 is available on 3 for free on one of their lower contracts at £15 per month, or for £80 on pay as you go. It has been dubbed the ‘Facebook phone’ due to its tight integration with online social networks, including Skype, last fm, MSN to name just a few. EBay integration […]

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Three’s books from the SAS

The network ‘3’ has just launched downloadable audio books for their customers, with a free preview service and a decent range of titles on hand. They’ve teamed up with ex-SAS founder of the GoSpoken.com website Andy McNab, to deliver 100s of new spoken word or viewable text based books each and every month. These fall […]

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GoSpoken launch deal with 3

Andy McNab, the SAS expert and wicked action author has done a deal with 3 to launch audio books on mobile. To be precise, Andy’s company, GoSpoken (we’ve talked about them before here on MIR) have done the deal. Trust 3 to be right there on the innovation curve. Each audio book costs around 5 […]

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The INQ1 from 3 – speaker failure update

The internal speaker on my INQ1 failed so I couldn’t hear the other party without switching to the external speaker. I phoned 3 and was pleasantly surprised how quickly they agreed it was a hardware failure and would have to go back to them. I phoned them on Friday, received a prepaid Royal Mail Special […]