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Weekly Review – 22nd April

The week started off with One Mobile Ring reporting that Motorola Atrix handset has come to Orange, where the Samsung Galaxy S has been upgraded to Gingerbread and the Samsung Galaxy S II is coming to O2.

Earlier on in the week, the White iPhone is arriving with Three, O2 listed the Samsung Galaxy Ace for a tenner and O2 launched an international calling card.

Midweek, registration became available for BlackBerry Playbook tablet, where the Samsung Galaxy Tab was offered for £15 and the Motorola Xoom arrived at the Carphone Warehouse.

Towards the end of the week, Orange and T-Mobile jointly open up shop whilst the Samsung Galaxy S II is set to arrive on Wednesday next week, HTC Wildfire S tipped up at the Carphone Warehouse and the iPhone 4 showed up on pay as you go deals with Three.


The biggest story of the week came from Phones 4u, who opened up the pre-registration of the BlackBerry PlayBook – RIM’s very first tablet device.

Phones 4u along with the likes of Carphone Warehouse have all opened up registration for the PlayBook, which directly leads to being one of the first to order and actually buy the tablet.

RIM’s flagship BlackBerry product has a 7-inch LCD WSVGA capacitive touch screen, capable of multi-touch whilst running the new BlackBerry Tablet OS. It’s powered by a 1Ghz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, along with a rear 5 megapixel camera and a front 3MP variant with a microHDMI and microUSB port, WIFI and Bluetooth support.

Missing from the device is any cellular access, where the PlayBook can only use WIFI or other means on order to obtain a data connection.

Phones 4u hasn’t made available any details of the arrival date of the RIM tablet, nor the expected retail costs of the 16, 32 and 64GB versions of the device.


The second most significant item was Three announcing it is due to receive the white version of the iPhone 4.

The white version of the Apple iPhone 4 has never officially shipped, even though it was due to arrive soon after the standard black Apple device arrived at the end of June in the UK, last year.

Apple’s last word on the much delayed white version of the iPhone 4 happened back in July 2010, with a statement to the press that reads: ‘White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected’ - that colour of mobile phone never actually appeared.

Three has the delivery of the 16 and 32GB white versions of the iPhone 4 on a contract from April 20th, with the lowest tariff costing £25 and the handset £299 or free for £43 a month


The third largest news item came from Carphone Warehouse, who is stocking the Motorola Xoom Android tablet – on a £25 a month price plan with a truly unlimited data allowance.

The Xoom is Motorola Mobility’s first tablet device and features the Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.0 OS, which runs from 10.1-inch 1280×800 16:10 touch screen, with a dual core 1Ghz processor and both 3G and WIFI capabilities, along with a 1.2megapixel front and a 5MP rear facing camera.

Motorola’s Xoom costs £199.99 on the £25 a month contract and is the first tablet to arrive on their own talkmobile network with unlimited internet access, from an MVNO with Vodafone being the provider.

The tariff accompanying the deal falls under Carphone Warehouse’s ‘Never pay for the internet’ offer. This does exactly what it says on the tin, by allowing for a truly unlimited data allowance that rivals the mobile phone network’s Three no-limits whatsoever data allowance.


The next significant piece was when T-Mobile and Orange, under the umbrella brand of Everything Everywhere opened up its first store together in Bexleyheath.

The very first Everything Everywhere branded shop has opened its doors, where both mobile phone brands occupy the shop floor in a 50:50 split with 100-percent of the complete range of products and services on offer from both networks.

Everything Everywhere’s staff in the store operate across both brands, to guarantee the right deal for the right person with no favourability to either side of the business in order to offer complete impartiality.

The two networks share the new format in this trial store that is the first if its kind, for any mobile phone network for the largest communications company around today.

Those popping in to the shop can also gain untethered access to live devices on the shop floor, in much the same way as Apple currently offer in their high-street stores.


The fifth biggest story came from Phones 4u who listed the shipping date of the Samsung Galaxy S II as April 27th, a week away from the other mobile phone networks.

Phones 4u is carrying the phone on an Orange contract, which arrives on their Dolphin tariff for £35 a month and has 700 minutes, a 3,000 text message bundle, a 500MB data allowance and the delivery date of next Wednesday.

The Samsung GT-I9100 Galaxy S II has a similar look to the original phone, only with a larger screen and thinner 8.9mm body with a great deal more under the hood than just different aesthetics.

The 10 million plus best-selling Galaxy S replacement now runs from a dual-core processor, with Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 and a 4.27-inch 480×800 WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen.

The 1.2Ghz dual-core beefiness of the handset also comes with access to an advanced HSPA+ 21 wireless network, with the individual cores being powerful enough to deliver good multi-tasking and 3D hardware abilities.

Phones 4u has the earliest shipping date for the Samsung Galaxy S II, where the other mobile phone networks carrying the phone have still listed ‘May’ as the arrival date although has April 29th.


The following most significant news item was Vodafone making public Samsung Galaxy S handsets running on their network can now be upgraded to the latest version of Android, in version 2.3.

Vodafone announced the news to their customers in a message posted on their support forum, which details exactly what the new version of the Google OS brings to the device.

Android ‘Gingerbread’ 2.3 delivers to the Samsung Galaxy S a simpler and slicker enhanced user interface, with easier copy and paste features, a new virtual keyboard, improved power management, better both front and back camera management, along with the ability to switch to 2G – which was missing from Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2.

The mobile manufacturer’s desktop software Kiess notifies of the update arriving where it can be downloaded and installed from a PC, where the new version of the mobile OS is i9000BUJV4.


The seventh largest piece of the week came from Orange, who announced it will exclusively be carrying the dual-core Motorola Atrix handsets in May on a £35 a month contract.

Motorola’s Atrix will arrive running the Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 OS, with a new Moto application called webtop which is able to run a full version of Firefox - complete with Flash support.

The mobile phone is accompanied by the world’s first 4.0-inch qHD Quarter High Definition 960×540 touch screen, with 1GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera - capable of HD video capture, with storage in the form of 16GB that’s expandable by the microSD card.

One part of Everything Everywhere will be carrying the Atrix for £35 a month, on a 24 month tariff, which is accompanied by 600 minutes, an unlimited text message bundle and a 750MB data allowance with unlimited access to Orange WIFI.


The next most significant item came from O2 who unveiled it is getting the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II handset, when the phone arrives in May this year with the updated 1.2Ghz dual-core processor.

Samsung’s GT-I9100 Galaxy S II phone is set to arrive at the start of next month, as one of the slimmest and lightest handsets around and the first mobile to contain the new AMOLED screen technology.

Samsung’s sequel to the Galaxy S tips up in an 8.9mm thin chassis, whilst weighing in at 116grams, with an 8MP camera and an updated 1.2Ghz dual-core processor – from the 1Ghz variant, announced at Mobile World Congress.

The Galaxy S II 4.27-inch WVGA 480×800 comes with the Super AMOLED Plus screen technology, which is the largest, brightest and most colourful screen available in the Samsung arsenal.

O2 hasn’t made public any tariff prices yet for the Samsung Galaxy S II. The network currently carries the original Galaxy S, on a £27 a month contract, which has 300 minutes attached, an unlimited text message bundle with an additional £6 fee for a 500MB data allowance. One Mobile Ring believes the Galaxy S II will mirror the same tariff setup, with the same benefits.


The ninth largest piece of the week came when O2 unveiled it is carrying the Samsung Galaxy Ace, on a monthly contract for just £10.50 – under twice the cost of other mobile phone networks.

Samsung’s Galaxy Ace arrives with a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen, whilst being powered by an 800Mhz processor with a 5 megapixel camera and a LED flash.

The handset runs from Android ‘Froyo’ 2.2 with the Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 UI on top of that OS, where the BBC iPlayer software can run on the platform along with the devices inherent ability to play DivX and Xvid video files – just as the Galaxy S.

O2 has Samsung Galaxy Ace listed for free on a £10.50 tariff, with 50 minutes attached and a 250 text message allowance. The other mobile phone networks such as Vodafone, T-Mobile and Three all are carrying the iPhone 4 look-a-like mobile around the £25 price point – more than double the price of O2’s offering.


Finally, the last most significant news was Groupon offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab from T-Mobile, on a 69-percent discount with a cost of £15 for the tablet and on a £15 month tariff.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab device usually costs £49 on the T-Mobile contract, where the accompanying price plan forthe Android tablet is priced at £25 a month – instead of £15, for both.

The Galaxy Tab has 7-inch TFT LCD touch screen display, running the latest version of Google’s mobile OS with the Samsung TouchWIZ UI. The device is powered by the Cortex A8 1GHz application processor, with on board storage coming in the form of a 16GB and a microSD slot. Other specs of the device range from front and rear facing cameras, 3G HSPA connectivity, along with 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.

The T-Mobile/Groupon deal comes with a 500MB month data allowance, unlike the standard network offering with a 2GB data cap.


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