‘Lower prices’ boost mobile data

Price cuts and the popularity of 3G are prompting Europeans to use mobile data like never before, says a survey.

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Vodafone targets social networking fans

Vodafone is to offer unlimited internet access as a standard feature of its new monthly mobile price plans, driven by an increasing amount of people accessing social networking sites and email from their phones.

The Newbury-based group is the first mobile phone operator in the UK to offer the unlimited deal with all its monthly tariffs, although O2 currently offers an unlimited deal for its iPhone customers.

Vodafone hopes the new flat rate policy will fuel use of the internet on mobiles, as operators search for additional ways to generate revenue in a saturated market.

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Nokia plan for 4G!

Nokia, the world’s largest handset manufacturer, has persuaded Sony Ericsson, NEC and Alacatel-Lucent to join it in developing plans for a 4G wireless system.

The companies will work together to develop the emerging mobile standard, called Long Term Evolution (LTE).

LTE, could be set to become a direct competitor to Wimax, which is currently being developed by Intel.

The first LTE networks are to be trialled in the US and China but it will be some time before it reaches UK shores.

Compared to 3G, LTE offers a greater distance and potentially faster rates.

Nokia and its partners see LTE as the logical evolution of 3G systems. ”

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