Archive for September, 2009

Orange Gets the Apple iPhone

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

It has been officially announced that the iPhone is coming to Orange before the end of the year and will no longer be exclusively available on O2. The news comes as an early Christmas present those interested in the iPhone but are sceptical about moving to the O2 network.

Orange announced the deal in a short statement saying “Orange UK and Apple have reached an agreement to bring iPhone 3G and 3GS to Orange UK customers later this year. Orange globally now offers iPhone in 28 countries and territories”.

“Orange, which has the largest 3G network covering more people in the UK than any other operator, will sell iPhone in all Orange direct channels including Orange shops, the Orange webshop and Orange telesales channels, as well as selected high street partners”.

It is still unknown what pricing and tariffs will be put in place.

What this means for O2

It has long been forecasted that the exclusive deal between O2 and Apple would be coming to an end, but it will still deliver a huge blow to the network. It was expected that only the 3G would be offered to other carriers, while O2 remained the solitary supplier of the 3G S model.

O2 has been criticised for its high-speed data network on the ‘3G coverage map’ published by Ofcom. They were warned that their 3G license could even be revoked if the service didn’t improve, where as Orange have the biggest and strongest 3G network.

This is great news for the consumer regardless of how much better Orange’s 3G network is. O2 has been able to charge premium rates for the use of the iPhone for the last 2 years and now with competition, Orange has the opportunity to take the UK iPhone market by forcing tariffs down.

For all those that are interested, you can pre-register your interest online at:

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Sometimes 140 Characters Just Isn’t Enough

September 23, 2009 Leave a comment
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Facebook Gets Stripped-Down

September 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Facebook Lite has now gone live in the UK after being released a day earlier in the US. Like the name suggests, it is a stripped-down version of the worlds largest social-networking site Facebook that looks clean and is a lot simpler to use. It is designed for users in countries where they don’t have a great bandwidth, to help get things moving along at a much faster speed. But those users who preferred the original set-up will be very happy with the new site.

The simplified Lite version allows users to browse and write on friend’s profiles, update their own status as well being able to post new pictures and videos. The ‘People You May Know’ suggestion box and the adverts on the user’s home page also stay put.

The most significant things that have been removed are the many applications and groups that users could add to their profile as well as the ability to online chat with your friends. The new lay out feels very Twitter-like as the other distractions are taken away.

First impressions of the new site are good, with out all the additional applications it reminds me of how Facebook was when I started using it back in 2006. Much of its early popularity came because of its simplicity and tidiness compared with the hectic MySpace. Comparing the original site with the new Lite version shows how far Facebook has come in the last 3 years.

Spotify: Streaming Music on the Go

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Today saw the launch of the highly anticipated streaming music service from Spotify as an application for iPhone and Android. The app is free download but it has only been made available to use for those who hold a premium subscription.

The app allows you to stream the whole Spotify catalogue via 2.5/3G as well as WIFI which enables those with an iPod Touch to take full advantage. The Swedish company adds 10,000 tracks daily and the premium subscription gives unlimited access to the six million songs that are currently available with no adverts. Playlist can be made and stored on your handset, while the ‘offline mode’ caches the tracks for 30 days so they can be played with no internet connection.

It now seems that iTunes and Spotify will not be the only ones in direct competition with each other. People are also beginning to see that this is a better alternative to pirating music because it much simpler to access and most importantly; its 100% legal.

Spotify currently has 2 million users within the UK and 4.5 million in Europe with 2% paying for the premium subscription. As it is only available to those who have paid for the premium subscription account which is priced at £9.99 per month, this is surely going to increase considerably. With plans to launch in the United States before the end of the year, Spotify is going to take mobile music streaming even further.

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