Monthly Review - December 2010

In our second monthly newsletter on One Mobile Ring we round up the happenings of the mobile world during December, whilst at the same time highlighting the top stories of each and every week.

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Week 1

This first week of the month began with One Mobile Ring reporting that Vodafone has updated their roaming plans, whilst Orange and T-Mobile unveiled their iPad costs and tariffs. HTC Desire Z arrived on a contract with Vodafone, where a new version of the Samsung Galaxy S is due soon.

Midweek, we produced unboxing images of the HTC Windows Phone 7 HD 7, where a keyboard in a case for the iPhone 4 came out and we published our initial thoughts on the LG Optimus One.

Towards the end of the week Google's reader arrived on Android, Three updated their pay as you go calling costs and the same network unveiled the Apple iPad costs and tariff details.

The biggest news story of the week came when Orange, T-Mobile and Three all announced their prices and tariff details for carrying the Apple iPad.

Orange and T-Mobile unveil their iPad costs and contract prices at the start of the week, with the Apple tablet device starting at the subsidised cost of £199.

T-Mobile and Orange will be carrying the Apple tablet product, with the 16GB version retailing for £199, the 32GB for £249 and the 64GB costing £349 with the two networks.

The Orange tariff prices are £25 for existing customers or £27 for new, which is accompanied by a 1GB data allowance that can be used at any time and another 1GB for use between midnight and 4pm - with 3GB for use with BT Openzone WIFI.

The T-Mobile plans cost the same and also on a 24-month tariff, within the same structure although there's no BT Openzone WIFI access and the off -peak use is between midnight and 10am.

Three announced their cost of the iPad along with the price of the plans at the end of the week, which start at the same £199 cost as Orange and T-Mobile - only with a much higher data allowance and is available now.

Three has followed on T-Mobile and Oranges' announcement earlier in the week, where they too are retailing the 16GB version for £199, the 32GB for £249 and the 64GB costing £349.

The price of the Three contract is just £25 for all customers, which is accompanied by a 15GB data allowance - where Orange and T-Mobile are only including 1GB of anytime use, 1GB off-peak and 3GB of BT Openzone WIFI access.

Three also offer one-month rolling contracts, at £7.50 for 1GB and 10GB being priced at £15 - with the pay as you go deals are coming in at £10 for 1GB and £20 for 3GB and the iPad purchased separately.

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Week 2

The second week of the month began with One Mobile Ring reporting the leaked Sony Ericsson Playstation mobile phone has been caught on video, where Google announced the next Nexus handset with Android 2.3 being officially released.

Midweek, we published our Initial Thoughts on the Nokia N8 and later on in the week Android 2.2 arrived on the HTC Legend mobile phones. Towards the end of the week, Three announced the Nokia E7 coming to the network, with Samsung unveiling they will be bundling in an entertainment package with Galaxy Tab.

The biggest news story of the second week came from Google, who announced the next Nexus handset - the Nexus S, made by Samsung and will run the newest version of Android.

Google unveiled the successor to the HTC made Nexus One, which arrives with a similar set of specifications to the Galaxy S - from the very makers of the Nexus S.

The Nexus S arrives running Android 'Gingerbread' 2.3 OS, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, powered by a 1Ghz Cortex A8 'Hummingbird' processor with 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, along with a front-facing VGA camera and with a near field communication chip.

Nexus S has a look of the Samsung Galaxy S, just as the HTC Nexus One had the look of the HTC Desire handset - where they both launched with the latest Android OS, with the Nexus S being the world's first handset to run 'Gingerbread' 2.3.

Google's Nexus S arrives on December 16th in the USA, where the mobile goes on sale at Carphone Warehouse in the UK from the 20th SIM free and unlocked for £549.95

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Week 3

The third week of the month began with One Mobile Ring reporting the Google Nexus S handset was available on-line for pre-ordering, whilst Three linked up with Opera to delivery their mobile browser to phones on their network.

Early in the week O2 announced Android 2.2 was arriving on Dell Streaks this week, where we published unboxing images of the HTC Windows Phone 7 Mozart handset and Vodafone unveiled they are updating the HTC Magic to the latest version of Android.

Midweek we brought out our Initial Thoughts on the Commtiva N700 Android tablet, where Three started to offer a completely unlimited data tariff and Facebook chat arrived on Android phones.

Towards the end of the week LG announced a dual core processor mobile phone and we published the unboxing images of the tough Motorola Defy handset, along with the unboxing images of the Google Nexus S.

The biggest story of the third week, and undoubtedly one of the most significant of late, was Three announcing truly unlimited data for their acclaimed One Plan tariff - with no limits attached whatsoever.

Three's One Plan previously held a 1GB limit, which has been completely removed without any 'fair usage policy' of any kind. Three customers on that plan can use their mobile devices to download 1MB to 100GB a month or beyond, all for as a little as £25 a month.

The One Plan was introduced back in July this year, with 2,000 any-time minutes, 5,000 minutes to call any Three based mobile phone numbers and also a 5,000 text message bundle - all of which still stands.

This new 'truly unlimited' data allowance opens up Three's network, where currently 97-percent of the networks traffic is data alone and it's set to increase even more with this offering - which is unlikely to be matched by any other mobile phone networks.

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Week 4

This fourth week of the month began with One Mobile Ring reporting the Google's Nexus S handset has had its price slashed, where HTC and Vodafone updated the budget Android phone Wildfire handset.

Earlier on in the week Google maps were updated for Android mobile phones and an app appeared that instantly translates foreign words via the iPhone's camera. Midweek, Google announced their Nexus One will receive and update to Android 'Gingerbread' 2.3 soon, where the LG dual-core mobile phone will be hitting the shelves in January.

Towards the end of the week, BullGuard unveiled a free antivirus app for the mobile phone, with Virgin bringing out news of their early 2011 mobile phone line-up - we also published the Initial Thoughts review of the iPhone case, with a built-in keyboard.

The biggest news story of the week - Carphone Warehouse reducing the SIM free and unlocked cost of the Google Nexus S, by just over a quarter.

The Carphone Warehouse exclusively sold Nexus S, manufactured for Google by Samsung, is now just £429 - brought down from £549.

The almost-£120 price reduction has taken effect from today, where the mobile phone retailer is still bundling the phone free on contracts from O2, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone. Those price plans now start from £30 a month, instead of last week's reported £35 at 24 and 18 month contracts.

Samsung's Nexus S arrives running the Android 'Gingerbread' 2.3 OS, with a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, powered by a 1Ghz Cortex A8 'Hummingbird' processor with 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, along with a front-facing VGA camera and with a near field communication chip.

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Week 5

The last week of the month was a very quiet one in the mobile world, with really only three business days due to the two bank holidays in lieu of Christmas - where we published a feature on the Dell Streak running Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2.

The biggest store of the last week of the month happened when Skype updated its application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices that now allows for video calling and over 3G.

Apple's own video calling feature only operates over WIFI, where Skype's software freely available from the App Store works over 3G too - opening up Apple devices with a camera to be used in a way that many other phones have been used, for many years.

Skype has around 25 million users logged in at any one time, making it one of the widest used software applications for the mobile phone and desktop computer. It is already one of the top five free iPhone applications, with the low mobile and landline call rates being very attractive to many.

Apple is the last mobile phone manufacture to bring video calling to their handsets, where One Mobile Ring believes the Skype video calling will now fill in the gap that Apple couldn't - by enabling 3G calls to other devices in addition to Windows, Mac and Linux home and office computers.

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Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

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