Monthly Review - March 2011

The month began with One Mobile Ring reporting that Skype has brought VoIP calling to all mobiles, where we published the Samsung's Bada mobile OS running Navigon's MobileNavigator. The Samsung Galaxy S II cost was unveiled and Vodafone suffered a major network problem.

Earlier on in the week Dell's Qwerty Windows Phone 7 mobile finally arrived, whilst Nvidia opened up shop on the Android Market, Two new Samsung mobiles are heading to O2 and T-Mobile brought in half-year mobile phone contracts.

Midweek, Motorola delivered hands free texting and Virgin offers £5 a month contract, whilst we published our Monthly Review that can be seen here.

Towards the end of the week, Apple launched the iPad 2 and also announced iOS 4.3, where Motorola's Xoom tablet got priced up, the Galaxy Ace arrived on Vodafone and Everything Everywhere is to get the iPad 2.

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The second week started off with the mobile phone network Three unveiling 3 HTC devices, whilst an offline radio streaming app came to Android and Three's pay as you go tariff gained an unlimited data allowance.

Earlier on in the week, two new Samsung handsets came to Three where Nokia launched a budget musical handset. The Opera web browser got its own mobile app store and we published a hands-on walk-through in pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Pro.

Midweek, we brought out video of the Anti Sleep Pilot App and two Alcatel mobile phones arrived on O2, where RIM is to bundle in 7digital music app on the PlayBook.

Towards the end of the week Android overtook the iPhone in sales, whilst the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace reached 9,000 apps and Apple released the iOS 4.3.

At the end of the week we published our initial thoughts review of the Nokia C2-01, along with a hands-on walk-through of the Samsung Galaxy S II.

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The third week of the month began with One Mobile Ring publishing an initial thoughts review of the Nokia C5-03, whilst early on in the week Three announced they were to get the iPad 2 and a new Angry Birds game is to be released through Amazon, where cheaper calls are coming to your mobile.

Midweek, T-Mobile offered the iPad for under £50 and Vodafone made public they are also getting Apple's iPad 2, whilst video calling over 3G arrived on the iPhone 4.

Towards the end of the week, a new Photoshop version tipped up on the iPhone and the Dell Qwerty Windows Phone 7 became available where Orange launched an eBook app.

At the end of the week, HTC Flyer was available to preorder through the on-line retailer Clove.

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The fourth week started with the INQ Facebook handset being set to arrive next month at Carphone Warehouse, whilst T-Mobile had picked up the dual-core Motorola handset and Carphone Warehouse is to also sell a Royal Wedding mobile phone.

Earlier on in the week the Xperia Play tariff details emerge, where Ofcom readies the next generation mobile phone network and Apple's iPad 2 prices were announced.

Midweek, two new Opera browsers tip up and Samsung unveiled the world's thinnest tablet, where the BlackBerry Protect came to the UK.

Towards the end of the week, Windows Phone 7 cut and paste feature went live, whilst Android became more secure and O2 gets the Nokia E7, where Vodafone's iPad 2 prices were announced.

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The fifth week began with One Mobile Ring reporting that Three's iPad 2 prices were unveiled, where RIM announced the PlayBook can run Android apps, Everything Everywhere brought out their iPad 2 costs and we published a hands-on walk-through of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.

Earlier in the week, Nokia E7 Communicator became available to buy, where the iPhone 5 could be coming in June and O2 trials out a 4G network.

Midweek, the HTC 3D handset was reported to be coming to Europe, O2 updated their monthly tariffs and the latest version of Firefox arrived on Android.

Later on in the week, the Samsung Galaxy Tab WIFI-only edition tipped up, Asus launched a Android Honeycomb tablet, with a real keyboard and the HTC Desire S and Wildfire S pre-ordering opened up, where we published a hands-on walk-through in pictures of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer.

At the end of the week, a faster than ever dongle came to Three, One Mobile Ring brought out a hands-on walk-through on video of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer , we also published a hands-on walk-through in pictures of the HTC Wildfire S along with an initial thoughts review of the HTC Wildfire S.

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The biggest story of the month came from Apple, who unveiled the successor to last year's bestselling iPad tablet - the iPad 2.

The iPad 2 boasts a new design, with a new CPU and imagery options whilst running from a sleeker body with the same 9.7-inch screen and the upcoming iOS 4.3.

Apple's iPad 2 now has a A5 processor, with a dual-core CPU that supplies double the processing power of the first device along with nine times the graphical performance.

The first iPad lacked any on-board camera, where the iPad 2 as remedied that very issue by providing not one, but two lenses. This latest tablet offering has both a rear HD and front facing VGA camera for utilising the video calling FaceTime app.

Apple's innate design of the iPad has changed too, where the form factor has become much more sleeker. The thickness has been reduced by 33-percent, from a 13.4mm chassis to a 8.8mm thin case - where it is now even slimmer than the iPhone 4.

On-board is 1080p HDMI out which was also missing from the original iPad, where many mobile phones have seen this included before the first tablet arrived and since then too.

The iPad 2 will come in six different versions and in much the same way as the original model, with a WIFI and a WIFI+3G iteration - both of which have 16, 32 and 64GB variants with an arrival date of March 25 in the UK.

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The next most significant news of the month was Three announcing its prepay tariff data cap has been completely removed - to offer a truly unlimited data allowance and all for just £15 a month.

The 'All in One' tariff also offers up 300 minutes and a 3,000 text message bundle, which can be upgraded to 500 minutes for an extra £10 - on the same 30-day rolling deal.

The mobile phone network Three has effectively mirrored elements of their coveted 'One Plan', by allowing truly unlimited downloads at a much lower cost. This is all without being tied to a 24-month contract and without the need to keep an eye on the pay as you go data allowance.

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The third biggest story of the month came from Ofcom announcing a reduction in the call costs between the four major mobile phone companies, by up to 80-percent.

The drop in the wholesale charges by Ofcom affects 3UK, O2, Vodafone and Orange/T-Mobile under the guise of Everything Everywhere. This is to take place over the next four years, where the reduction will be 80-percent of where the costs currently stands.

These wholesale or termination rates are the cost incurred by the network when a call is placed to another network. This currently stands at 4.18p per minute on O2, Everything Everywhere and Vodafone along with 4.48p on Three - up until April 1st.

After the start of next month, the costs are reduced to 2.66p for 2011/12, 1.70p for 2012/13, 1.08p for 2013/14 and ending up at 69p in 2015. This isn't the price to the consumer, only between mobile phone networks and landline companies.

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March's next most significant news came from Apple announcing their iPad 2 prices, which start from £399.

The iPad 2 boasts a new design, a new CPU and imagery options whilst being housed in a sleeker body with the same 9.7-inch screen and two cameras - one with HD abilities and the second with VGA.

Apple's iPad 2 has an A5 processor, with a dual-core CPU that supplies double the processing power of the first device along with nine times the graphical performance with the same 10 hour battery life.

Apple's innate design of the iPad has changed, where the form factor has become much sleeker. The thickness has been reduced by 33-percent, from a 13.4mm chassis to a 8.8mm thin case - where it's now even slimmer than the iPhone 4.

The WIFI iPad 2 16, 32 and 64GB models will cost £399, £479 and £559, respectively. Apple's iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G will be priced at £499, £579 and £659 for the same capacities.

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The last biggest story of the month came when Research In Motion revealed the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to run Google Mobile OS based applications.

There will be two optional application players available at the launch of the PlayBook, the first of which will be able to run BlackBerry Java items and the other allows Android apps to be run on the tablet.

BlackBerry's PlayBook and operating system is built on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture, where the hardware is based around a dual-core 1GHz processor.

This now allows for a much wider array of applications to be used on the BlackBerry tablet, which will included for the first time ever Google's mobile phone platform too.

The Java and Android app players will be available from the BlackBerry App World, although there's no news whether future RIM devices might be able to utilise the this new development but One Mobile Ring expects this isn't the last we'll be hearing of the RIM app players.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

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