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AM News: Google Drive Coming with 5GB Storage?, O2 Announces Unlimited Tariffs for SMEs, Nokia TV Feature Revealed

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, 02 Apr 2012News

A leaked screenshot of Google Drive for Windows, the forthcoming GDrive cloud storage service, will come with 5GB free storage with the option to "upgrade with more space at any time". The service will go against the likes of Microsoft's SkyDrive (which offers a generous 25GB for free), Dropbox, Box.net (which recently gave up to 50GB to selected device owners), Apple, Amazon as well as a number of low cost cloud storage providers like Adrive or Livedrive.

Mobile phone operator O2 has announced a new unlimited tariff - On & On - aimed at UK-based small businesses which will offer an unlimited bundle of calls and texts (but not data) as well as what O2 calls "practical help and value". The package will be available on SIM only (for 12-months contracts) and with handsets (on two year contracts). In the latter case, customers keeping their phones will only pay £21.67 while customers looking for a new phone can expect to pay at least £30 per month for a new phone.

A new rumour has surfaced suggesting Nokia fans will be able to access video content on their Windows Phone 7 smartphones through a dedicated app. The first to spot the intriguing news was the Russian language WP7 Forum which suggested that the most likely line of smartphones to offer this new feature is the Lumia collection.

Virgin Media has announced a new series of bundles called "Collections" that the company says "herald in a new era of next-generation services in the UK". All bundles come with a TiVo 500GB box with the cheapest one, the £25 Essential featuring 75 channels (including six HD ones), 30Mbps fibre broadband and talk weekends.

As announced earlier this year, Microsoft is ending its popular students discount structure tomorrow, 31st of March, as it retires the seven year old scheme. Software4students, one of the online retailers affected by the cuts, says that qualified buyers will be able to get Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus or Office for Mac 2011 from £37.89, Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for £38.49 and Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade from £59.22 as well.

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