Tuesday, September 30, 2008

PAYG Mobile Broadband - the perfect Christmas gift!

Well, we've seen Christmas decorations in the shops already...

Every year we see a new 'must have' Christmas gift emerge; previous hits have ranged from iPods to Goats!

Well, this Christmas, there's little doubt that Pay As You Go 3G Mobile Broadband dongles will be up there as one of the most popular - and best value - gifts of the Christmas season. We confidently predict that PAYG Mobile Broadband will be particularly popular with parents who have teenage kids. A Chritmas gift of a mobile broadband pay as you go dongle is the ideal stocking filler for your kids. If they've been lucky enough to get a laptop, netbook or notebook PC, then a PAYG mobile broadband dongle is a great add-on.

In the same way as mobile phones gave teenagers communication independance, so mobile broadband dongles will give them broadband independance. You may not have landline broadband at home and your children have been pesterring you to get it, or you may simply want to separate their broadband consumption from yours; well a pay as you go mobile broadband package is the definitely the answer for you.

View the best Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband deals here.

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Win a T-Mobile G1 Andriod phone

It looks like T-Mobile customers in the US trying to get one of the initial models of the first phones powered by Google's Android operating system will have to wait a bit longer.

"Sorry! Due to the overwhelming popularity of the new T-Mobile G1, upgrades are temporarily unavailable. Please try again later," the T-Mobile pre-order page told people who tried to sign up for the phone on Saturday, according to the Android Guys blog.

BUT - you can beat the queues by entering the T-Mobile competition to win one of eight of these exciting new phones - click here to visit the T-Mobile site and enter the competition. Good luck!

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Telcos, IT companies unite to promote mobile broadband

LONDON (Reuters) - A group of 16 leading telecoms and IT companies is uniting to promote mobile broadband in a marketing initiative worth more than $1 billion over the next year under the auspices of the GSM Association.

The companies - which include Vodafone, Microsoft and Asustek - aim to make it simpler for consumers to identify laptops that have built-in access to the Internet via high-speed, next-generation HSPA and LTE networks, by applying a mobile broadband mark.

The mark is also backed by a US$1 billion marketing budget, to be spent in the next year. The mark, which looks like a stylized cloud or bird, will be on laptops in time for the holiday shopping season.

According to research commissioned by the GSMA and Microsoft and carried out by Pyramid Research, there is demand for $50 billion worth of such notebooks this year.

"We definitely expect to see several hundred thousand in the shops by Christmas time," Mike O'Hara, the GSMA's chief marketing officer, told Reuters by telephone.

The group said the move also could pave the way to connect devices from MP3 music players to refrigerators and cars to the Internet in future.

The partners will label laptop computers that meet their standards for mobile broadband access with a new service mark that identifies laptops ready for mobile broadband connection "out of the box."

Many in the telecoms and computer industries believe that most people in the world will have their first and perhaps only experience of the Internet via a mobile device.

"While there will always be a place for WiFi connectivity, the great benefit of mobile broadband might be that it liberates the user from the spatial tyranny of the so-called 'hotspot,'" Shiv K. Bakhshi, director of mobility research at IT research firm IDC, said in a GSMA statement released on Tuesday.

The other partners in the initiative are 3, a unit of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, Dell, ECS, Ericsson, Gemalto, Lenovo, Orange, a unit of France Telecom SA, Qualcomm, Telefonica Europe, T-Mobile and Toshiba.

We believe that Pay As You Go mobile broadband will be a popular Christmas gift choice this yesr - check out the latest PAYG deals.

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