Monday, October 6, 2008

3 bags Mobile Choice award for Mobile Broadband

At the 8th annual Mobile Choice Awards 3 Mobile bagged the prize for best 'Tariff Deal of the Year'.

The tariff that brushed aside the competition was 3's Mobile Broadband offering in a category that featured Asda's prepay deal, the O2 iPhone tariff, the Virgin Liberty Sim deal and another 3 plan, the Mix and Match.

Judges were impressed with 3's endeavours in the market place in relation to Mobile Broadband, "3 have focused more than any other mobile operator on taking broadband out of the home and into the big, wide world. If you have a laptop or a mobile phone and you want to access the internet 3 makes it simple, and offers good value. It's innovative, the pricing is clear, and 3 is dominating the market."

Praise indeed and we can't argue with the award, 3's mobile broadband deals are great value.

The full list of Mobile Choice Consumer Awards winners for 2008 is listed below:

Phone of the Year: Nokia E71
Best Camera Phone: Samsung i8510
Tariff Deal of the Year: 3 Mobile Broadband
Best Bluetooth Headset: Jawbone Noise Assassin
Best Network: O2
Best Smartphone: Nokia E71
Best Mobile Game: Tetris Pop
Best Music Phone: Samsung F400
Best Customer Service: Virgin Mobile
Most Stylish Phone: LG Secret KF750
Best High Street Retailer: 02 Stores
Best Mobile Sat Nav: HTC Touch Cruise
Best Online Retailer: Virgin Mobile
Readers' Dream Phone: Apple iPhone
Manufacturer of the Year: Samsung Mobile

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Vodafone launches 'ChargeBox'

Customers can charge electronic devices in store from £1.

Vodafone has launched a new battery charging service for customers to recharge their mobile phones, MP3 players and games machines.

From October, customers in selected stores will be able to hire a locker called a ChargeBox, which offers a range of different charging pins from different manufacturers, including Nokia, Apple and Sony.

Each locker has a single key which is kept by the customer whilst their device is left to charge.

Prices start at £1 for 30 minutes of charging, and a maximum of £2 for 90 minutes. Customers can pay by inserting the money directly in to the ChargeBox, or pay via text message.

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T-Mobile and 3 deal provides boost for BT arm reports...

The joint venture of UK mobile operators T-Mobile and 3 has signed a deal with BT Wholesale to provide high-speed links between their base stations, giving the business arm of BT a welcome boost with a contract worth several hundred million pounds.

The five-year deal with Mobile Broadband Network highlights the need for mobile operators to shore up the speed of data transmission as mobile broadband becomes widely used by customers.

BT Wholesale signed similar five-year deals with rival operators O2 in May and Vodafone in April, leaving only Orange of the big UK mobile operators without a similar arrangement.

Emin Gurdenli, technology director at T-Mobile UK, said: "This agreement with BT will make sure backhaul [the backbone connections of the network] is not a constraint now or in the future at a time when T-Mobile is experiencing strong growth in mobile broadband and other mobile data services."

Mobile broadband is increasing in popularity because of devices such as Apple's iPhone, as well as the planned launches of smartphones from Nokia and Sony Ericsson, and Google's G1.

Read the full article here.

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