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O2’s Ben Dowd and David Plumb make sudden exit from network

O2’s Ben Dowd and David Plumb make sudden exit from network

Sales director and chief digital officer step down from roles sparking industry speculation O2 sales director Ben Dowd and chief digital officer David Plumb have both left the operator. Dowd …

Samsung probes rogue partners over illicit product tampering

Samsung probes rogue partners over illicit product tampering

The manufacturer confirmed to Mobile News an unnamed partner had imported mobile devices into the UK from Europe Samsung has began hunting down rogue partners who it believes have been modifying …

Exclusive: Tech Data to “wake up” market with Consumer Technology Group

Exclusive: Tech Data to “wake up” market with Consumer Technology Group

Company offers electronics, consumer PCs, wearables, virtual reality and accessories from key

Exclusive: operators urge mast planning law revamp over 5G rollout fears

Exclusive: operators urge mast planning law revamp over 5G rollout fears

The call follows criticisms of the UK's current mobile infrastructure being unable to support the rollout of 5G from 2020 Mobile operators have urged the government to revamp planning …

Exclusive: O2 senior managers to be axed as part of five per cent headcount cut

Exclusive: O2 senior managers to be axed as part of five per cent headcount cut

The cut was announced by UK CEO Mark Evans at the end of last year O2 will make several of its senior management redundant in a restructure which will reduce its workforce by five per …

Exclusive: Vodafone making redundancies as part of cost-saving measures

Exclusive: Vodafone making redundancies as part of cost-saving measures

The redundancies will affect those in dealer manager and HR positions Vodafone is to make several members of its senior management staff redundant at the end of next month as part of …

Exclusive: Welcomm founder Chris Stanton guilty of criminal damage

Exclusive: Welcomm founder Chris Stanton guilty of criminal damage

A restraining order was also placed on Stanton by Northampton Magistrates Court Former Welcomm Communications chairman and founder Christopher Stanton has been fined nearly £5,000 after being …

Ofcom fines Vodafone £4.6m for consumer protection breach

Ofcom fines Vodafone £4.6m for consumer protection breach

The fines are the result of two separate investigations launched by Ofcom in June last year Vodafone has been fined more than £4.6 million by Ofcom after being found guilty of breaching …

Breaking: EC blocks Three/O2 merger

Breaking: EC blocks Three/O2 merger

European Commissioner Margethe Vestager expressed "strong concerns" that UK mobile customers would have had less choice and paid higher prices as a result of the deal The European …

EE will NOT relaunch Power Bar scheme

EE will NOT relaunch Power Bar scheme

Operator launched charging rewards scheme a year ago, but was forced to recall solution after a number of overheating incidents were found EE has told Mobile News it will not be relaunching its …

Ofcom announces new measures to help out-of-contract customers

Ofcom announces new measures to help out-of-contract customers

All major operators except Three to offer discounts to customers Ofcom has set out a range of measures that are intended to help mobile consumers who are overpaying on their device contracts. A …

Vodafone partners with Mencap to help connect those with learning disabilities

Vodafone partners with Mencap to help connect those with learning disabilities

Over 1.4 million people in the UK have learning difficulties Vodafone has teamed up with Mencap to improve the lives of those with learning disabilities and keep using IoT enabled devices. …

Onecom founder Darren Ridge steps down to non-executive director

Onecom founder Darren Ridge steps down to non-executive director

Onecom secured £100m in funding from a private equity firm Onecom has announced today (July 22) group CEO and founder Darren Ridge is now a non-executive director. Ridge founded Onecom in …

Focus Group targets revenue and staff rise after HQ move

Focus Group targets revenue and staff rise after HQ move

Dealer focused on £70 million revenue target and headcount growth Focus Group is targeting a revenue increase of 19 per cent for 2019 and a staff increase of more than 40 per cent in the next …

Mobile World Congress

Ingram now a true “lifetime partner”

Ingram now a true “lifetime partner”

Distributor can now provide full “cradle to grave” management services to the market

Unified Comms

Aura Technology appoints World Cup winning coach to the board

Aura Technology appoints World Cup winning coach to the board

Aura Technology launched in 2017 and specialise at working with mid-market businesses IT services provider Aura Technology has appointed Rugby World Cup winning manager Sir Clive Woodward to the …

BT to launch 5G service later this year

BT to launch 5G service later this year

BT will run the EE 5G network that launched at the end of May BT has announced that it is launching 5G this autumn as it becomes the first provider to offer 5G as part of a converged mobile and …

BT appoints Nair to board

BT appoints Nair to board

Nair has held a number of HR roles at Unilever since joining in 1992 BT has announced the appointment of Leena Nair to its board as a non-executive director. Nair begins her role on July 10 …

Ofcom bolsters advisory committee with three new appointments

Ofcom bolsters advisory committee with three new appointments

All three members join on three-year contracts Ofcom has confirmed the appointment of three new members to its Advisory Committee for England. The regulator has appointed Paula Carter as …

Features

Device review: Ulefone Armor 6E

Device review: Ulefone Armor 6E

Google-certified Chinese rugged smart device provides bang for buck - 4/5 Huawei, Honor, Xiaomi, Oppo – names that are now, if not exactly household, pretty recognisable to most people out there, …

How Yboo gave its founders the appiest days of their lives

How Yboo gave its founders the appiest days of their lives

Martyn Gould is one half of the dynamic duo behind the app that calculates the best mobile deals Martyn Gould, the founder and CEO of Yboo, is an energetic and cheery man. It’s a good thing too, …

5G launch reaction: consumers, dealers and analysts

5G launch reaction: consumers, dealers and analysts

Mobile News gathers the views from the street and the industry on EE's 5G debut On May 30, EE became the UK’s first network to launch 5G, via the new OnePlus 7 Pro 5G device. On a sunny …

AO and MPD to harness dual brand power in drive for growth

AO and MPD to harness dual brand power in drive for growth

Following AO World’s takeover of Mobile Phones Direct, both brands will play a key part in its future When Karl Borges set up his independent dealership in 1992, little did he know that it would …

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Speakers’ Corner: Providers can aid those in need by embracing ‘vulnerability by design’

Speakers’ Corner: Providers can aid those in need by embracing ‘vulnerability by design’

Considering vulnerable users is key, says communications ombudsman Jonathan Lenton (picture below) at Ombudsman Services Vulnerability. It’s a hot topic in the communications sector and it’s …

Opinion: Will new iPhone be a notch above the rest?

Opinion: Will new iPhone be a notch above the rest?

Will this week’s annual iPhone fest give us breakthrough tech or more notches and emojis? Depending on when you’re reading this, you’ll be high on excitement or bored of the hype, delirious …

Speakers’ Corner: The UK tech repair market is growing rapidly

Speakers’ Corner: The UK tech repair market is growing rapidly

If it’s broken, we’ll fix it – quickly – says iSmash founder and MD Julian Shovlin There’s no doubt the tech repair market in the UK is growing rapidly, even in the face of …

Speakers’ Corner: Embracing the benefits of SDN

Speakers’ Corner: Embracing the benefits of SDN

By moving to an SDN vendor-agnostic platform, a provider is able to integrate an open software infrastructure and integrate new innovation as it comes along Software-defined technologies such as …

Reviews

Device Review: Monqi

Device Review: Monqi

The Monqi smartphone is £149 and features in black and white, available exclusively at Carphone Warehouse The Monqi smartphone is a repurposed STK Sync 5e, a device nestled in the low end with …

Mystery Shopper: Wood Green

Mystery Shopper: Wood Green

Mystery Shopper is regretting moving to Android after years of loyal servcie to Apple. The red iPhone has caught his eye and he's decided he wants a slice of that action. Can the stores help? 5: …

Mystery Caller: Samsung Galaxy S8

Mystery Caller: Samsung Galaxy S8

It's here, it's finally here, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has landed and Mystery Shopper is excited. The S8 could be make or break for Samsung, the manufacture has been having a rocky time due to the Note …

Device Review: BlackBerry KEYone

Device Review: BlackBerry KEYone

A familiar face returns with a nostalgic design, average camera and impressive