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Weekly Review - 23rd September

Last week we saw both Nokia and HTC launch flagship handsets, where if rumours hold any weight we're likely to see something big from BlackBerry next week and we're also possibly weeks away from Windows Phone 7 launching.

All of this means the week coming up to those events will either be quiet, or leaks will be aplenty - much like the time mounting up towards Nokia World 2010.

Unfortunately this weeks news was the former, rather than the latter, where news just trickled along without any major events happening but this could all change in the next few weeks - hold on to your hats folks!

This week started with One Mobile Ring reporting that HTC's two new flagship handsets the Desire HD and Desire Z were priced, SIM free and unlocked with their arrival date being released too. T-Mobile also announced they're rolling out an update, to HTC Desires on their network.

Mobile phone network Three made public they'll be getting the new Nokia handset, the C7, whilst Orange launched a sub £100 Android mobile phone and we brought you a video of the LucidCX portfolio from the Call Centre & Customer Management Expo 2010.

Midweek, Orange announced their rollout of an update to HTC Desires running on their own network and HTC leaked plans of an upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset. LG launched a budget handset towards the end of the week, and T-Mobile announced they will be getting Android 'Froyo' 2.2 for Samsung Galaxy S mobile phones.


Google's mobile OS Android was in the news this week, primarily with updates arriving on the 'Everything Everywhere' mobile phone network.

At the start of the week T-Mobile announced that Android 'Froyo' 2.2 was being rolled out, to HTC Desires on their network.

One of the two networks that make up Everything Everywhere unveiled via its support pages the news of the update arriving, which will manifest itself in an OTA (Over The Air) update message from T-Mobile.

T-Mobile has noted the update will arrive over the next coming weeks to all of their phones, which means their roll out plans might take some time to fully complete.

Android 2.2 brings in features such as HD video recording, along with the ability to turn the handset into a portable hotspot for up to 8 devices - MIFI products can only support 5 products.

The download is just over 90MB, where it's recommended by One Mobile Ring that it's brought down over WIFI which will save the precious data allowance accompanying the phone's tariff.

SIM Free and unlocked devices were the first to benefit from the new OS, Vodafone followed on from there in August where the other networks are still playing catch up.

Midweek, the other part of the 'Everything Everywhere' also had some news surrounding Google OS updates - where Orange announced Android 2.2 was being rolled out to HTC Desires on their network.

The second part of the Everything Everywhere network unveiled over Twitter the news from their UK PR manager, which read "Android Froyo 2.2 has started to roll out for HTC Desire Orange UK customers".

The announcement comes after delay, after delay with HTC being responsible from the postponement of late rather than the customisation of the firmware update by Orange.

T-Mobile was in the news again towards the end of the week, with the Samsung Galaxy S this time around with an upgrade to 'Froyo' arriving at the end of the month.

The news was made public by T-Mobile through their support forums, with a message that read "We are pleased to announce that there will be a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S at the end of the month".

Google Android OS 2.2 brings in the ability to record HD video, along with using the handset as a portable hotspot - which is already a feature of the Galaxy S, thanks to Samsung's own customised software running on the mobile.

Android 'Froyo' 2.2 won't be delivered in the same way as it already has been to HTC Desires, via an over the air (OTA) notification message with the update being available from there. Instead, Samsung's own desktop software, entitled Kiess, will be notified of the update arriving where it can be downloaded and installed from a PC.

This isn't the most common way for Android updates to be installed, but it does have the added advantage of not impacting on the data allowance of the phone's accompanying tariff - if downloaded OTA.

There is an issue with this method, as anyone wanting to install the update has to use a Windows based computer, as there isn't a Kiess desktop client for the Apple or Linux.

Early on in the week Orange launched a £99 Android handset, a rebranded ZTE device called San Francisco.

Orange's new handset arrives running Android 2.1, on a 3.5-inch full touch screen device, with a 3 megapixel camera, WIFI, 2GB microSD card and the mobile phone network's apps.

These applications are the Orange Wednesday software for customer offers, their own Sat Nav Orange Map software in addition to the usual built in MP3 player and also an FM Radio app.

The San Francisco is the rebranded ZTE Blade handset, which was unveiled back in August this year where Orange is the first network to announce its uptake.

No plans have been unveiled whether the Orange San Francisco will be upgradeable to Android 'Froyo' 2.2, although we suspect this won't be the case as this is a budget handset after all.

Orange has hinted this will be the first in a series of affordable Android Orange phones, where One Mobile Ring's suspects many of them will be from suppliers such as ZTE and Alcatel.

The mobile phone is available now on the Orange pay as you go Dolphin tariff, and customers who top up by £10 a month will receive internet access and also 300 free texts messages.


HTC hit the headlines twice this week after their news of the previous week making a big splash, with two new flagship handsets arriving.

The online mobile phone reseller Expansys unveiled the SIM free and unlocked cost of the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Z, with the respective prices of £499.99 and £449.99 with the shipping date of October 11th.

The Desire HD has a 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen LCD display, a higher screen size than the 4-inch Samsung Galaxy S - only that handset has a Super AMOLED screen, with a much improved brightness and a more vivid display of colours.

This mobile phone will be one of the first to arrive powered by the latest Qualcomm 8255 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, whilst the Desire HD is capable of 720p high definition video recording from its 8 megapixel dual-flash camera.

HTC has been selling a similar 4G handset in the USA called the Evo, where the UK now finally has a similar model.

The Desire Z has a similar look to the first Desire handset, as it really only differs in appearance with the addition of the slide out Qwerty keyboard.

HTC's Desire Z runs from the latest 800Mhz Qualcomm 7230 processor, which will be one of the first phones to utilise this CPU. The original HTC Desire came with a 1Ghz processor, where the Qwerty keyboard model could run noticeably slower although HTC has worked in a quicker method of booting that plagued the first version.

Android 2.2 will ship with the two handsets along with HTC's own overlay Sense to the OS that has been enhanced, with improvements seen around the capturing and the sharing of multimedia.

Vodafone, O2 and Three have also confirmed they will have the HTC Desire on contract, where only Vodafone has established it will be selling the Desire Z next month.

The High Tech Computer Corporation hit the headlines again, when they let slip their inaugural Windows Phone 7 handset will be arriving next month, by mistake in an interview.

HTC's regional director for Middle East and North Africa possibly unintentionally unveiled in a briefing with the website Gulf News that their first Windows Phone 7 mobile will launch in October, with more handset to be announced later this year.

The interview was surrounding the news of their HTC Desire HD arriving in that region, where the yet unannounced information of their upcoming roadmap was accidentally uttered by the HTC senior staff member.

Mohammad Kais Zribi was quoted to have said "We will be launching Windows Phone 7 handsets next month", "So far we have launched six models and around five more models by end of the year" - all of which was news to many, where HTC's plans for the rest of the year have now been unveiled.

The mobile phone maker's handset codename Mozart has previously been seen leaked on various websites, with images and video appearing of the phone running Windows Phone 7.

One Mobile Ring believes this reported 4.3-inch touch screen device, with a 1.3Ghz processor could be the upcoming Windows Phone 7 based handset that will be arriving next month from HTC.


Nokia dominated coverage last week, due to their conference in London but only one peep was heard from them this week.

Three confirmed it's to get one of the Finnish phone maker's latest phones, the Nokia C7.

The Nokia C7 was unveiled last week at the company's annual symposium Nokia World 2010 in London, where Three is the first network to announce it will be carrying the handset.

Nokia's C7 is a 3.5-inch full touch screen device aimed squarely at the consumer, whilst tipping up running the newest OS in Nokia's arsenal - Symbian^3.

The phone is accompanied by an 8 megapixel camera with dual flash that is capable of HD video recording, in a chassis that's only 10.5mm thick.

Nokia's C7 is the larger version of their C6 mobile phone, which only arrives with a 3.2-inch touch screen display and has 340MB of memory compared with the C7's 8GB.

One Mobile Ring's video of the C7 handset from the launch event noted the phone was running from a Vodafone SIM card, but there's been no news from that network as yet.

No prices or a release date has been furnished to the media by Three, although we suspect the Nokia C7 will arrive on the much coveted One Plan - free, on the £25 a month tariff.


LG launched a BlackBerry-esque budget handset this week, entitled the LG Town C300.

The C300 tips up with a full Qwerty keyboard, a 2.4-inch screen in a light weight case with a curvy design. The device runs LG's own proprietary OS, which is laden with their own Social Networking System (SNS) widgets with a dedicated Facebook, Twitter and a MSN client - delivering real-time updates to the home screen.

There's also a 2 megapixel camera on-board, along with push email ability, a FM radio and an MP3 player in this consumer focussed handset.

The LG C300 now fits into LG's 'town' family of handsets, where the slide out Qwerty keyboard LG Town GT350 is currently the only other mobile phone in the series - although there is likely to be more.

The GT350 lacked both 3G and also WIFI which didn't aid in its usefulness in providing a good data connection, where this new phone is set to repeat the trend by only offering up 2G EDGE.

The LG Town 300 is now available on pay as you go deals with Orange for £69, whilst it's due to arrive with Phones4U and Tesco in the near future.


And finally, we attended the Call Centre & Customer Management Expo 2010 this week where we captured on video the LucidCX demo of their product range.

Call centre software solution provider LucidCX has aired their latest software offerings.

One Mobile Ring caught on video the software offering from this company, where the solutions suite which can benefit every company from mobile phone shops to the larger centres.

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Rob Kerr
Rob Kerr

Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.