AMNews: Britons Waste £5 Billion, Mobile Number Portability, Apple & Google Street View

According to a study by Billmonitor, on average Britons waste around £195 per user every year on badly chosen contracts, almost half of the amount they spend on mobile phone contracts each year. The study conducted by the Ofcom approved bill analysis firm revealed that Britons waste £5 billion every year on wrong mobile phone contracts.

The UK police will now be able to determine whether a mobile phone is stolen in a matter of seconds after the NPIA (National Policing Improvement Agency) revamped the manner in which police access the National Mobile Phone Register, giving them direct access to the UK wide mobile phone database.

New guidelines established by Ofcom will enable mobile users in UK to port their phone numbers to a new service provider within 24 hours. Operators will be required to send the users the Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) number via email or text within 2 hours with the new mobile phone operator handling the rest of the process.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, in an interview with Reuters news agency partially hinted that he was willing to make a comeback at Apple provided that the company becomes more open about its product strategy. His comments come as the company is being pressurised by shareholders for revealing its plans if Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who has gone on a medical leave, retires.

Google has officially decided to refrain from adding more images to its Street View feature in Google Maps for Germany. The company said that it won't be adding new images to the service, but those already uploaded will not be removed.