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Samsung, Plan and Lebara win big at Mobile News Awards 2016

James Pearce
March 11, 2016

Korean manufacturer nabbed three gongs at industry’s biggest awards, while Lebara and also walked away from the Hilton in Park Lane with two Awards

Samsung was the big winner at last night’s Mobile News Awards picking up a hat trick of trophies for Best Premium Manufacturer, Best Smartphone (Samsung Galaxy 6 edge), and Best Wearable (Gear S2).

Another big winner with double honours at the black-tie gala dinner at The Hilton on Park Lane were (Airtime Provider and Innovative Product for Plan Portal).

An audience of more than 750 industry guests flocked to the Awards, which were hosted by top comedian Lee Nelson, and also saw Lebara again snap up the MVNO Award. The ethnic MVNO also added Innovative Service for “Lebara Play”, which enables UK immigrant communities to legally view broadcast content from their countries of origin on any TV or mobile device.


EE again won the Best Network – Performance Award for voice, text, and data quality and speed, as measured by independent testing organisation RootMetrics. In two new awards O2 was judged Best-Network Retail for the most Mobile News Mystery Shopper points, while Three came away with the Best Network – Customer Service award for its top performance in Mobile News’ Mystery Caller series.

Newcomer Wileyfox won the new category of Challenger Manufacturer. In the distributor stakes Tech Data Mobile pulled Distributor-Hardware out of the bag with Exertis taking home the gong for Best Distributor – Accessories (over 100 employees). Genuine Solutions took the trophy for Best Accessories Distributor (under 100 employees).

STK was judged Best Accessories Manufacturer. In the dealer sector Uplands Mobiles took the trophy for Best B2B Dealer (under 50 employees) and Vivio won Best B2B Dealer (over 50 employees).

Full results:
Mazuma Mobile (Customer Service)
SBE (Service and Repair)
SIMS Recycling Solutions (Recycling Provider)
Plan (Innovative Product – Plan Portal)
Lebara (Innovative Product – Lebara Play)
Samsung (Smartphone – Galaxy 6 edge)
Samsung (Wearable Device – Gear S2)
Mobile Phones Direct (Online Retailer)
Uplands Mobiles (B2B Dealer – under 50 employees)
Vivio (B2B Dealer – over 50 employees)
Genuine Solutions (Accessories Distributor – under 100 employees)
Exertis ( Accessories Distributor – over 100 employees
STK (Accessory Manufacturer)
Plan (Airtime Distributor)
Samsung (Premium Manufacturer)
Wileyfox (Challenger Manufacturer)
Genuine Solutions (Accessories Distributor – under 100 employees)
Tech Data Mobile (Hardware Distributor)
Lebara (MVNO)
O2 (Network – Retail)
Three (Network – Customer Service)
EE (Network – Performance)

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