LTE trials start in the UK

on Wednesday, 25 May 2011. Posted in Cloud & Internet, Phones



Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale are trialing the UK's first LTE 4G broadband connection from September through to December of this year, concentrating on a specific area in Cornwall.  LTE, stands for Long Term Evolution, and is considered the next step in mobile internet access. 


At present we have GPRS, Edge, 3G and both types of HSPA. These are displayed as no letter for GPRS, E for Edge, 3 or G for 3G, and H for HSDPA and HSUPA (one is faster download, other is faster upload, depending on location, mostly both in good signal areas)


No letter - GPRS is up to 56k modem speeds
E - Edge is usually between 56k up to 400k (typically if signal is good enough for that strong a edge signal, you get bumped up to 3G or HSPA)
G - 3G is up to 1.8mb and very signal strength dependant
H - HSPA (HSDPA and HSUPA - D for Download, U for Upload) represents up to 7.2mb on modern phones or USB dongles.   


Now that that is in perspective, LTE 4G looks to offer up to 40mb connections through a cell network, so no need for a phone line or anything. Phones in the US are already pushing this technology on a select few handsets, with even fewer areas offering coverage, but it is happening.  

Remember, this technology is only being trialed now, however phone manufactures often try to keep ahead of the curve to pre-prepare for technology. So if you are buying a new mobile phone after 2011, you need to check if it will be LTE compatible, as I imagine 2012 and 2013 we will all be using it as a matter of course, if our phones are capable.

T-Mobile UK Data Allowance

on Thursday, 13 January 2011. Posted in Phones

T-Mobile UK Data Allowance

Extract from Tech section:

T-Mobile today was forced into a humiliating climbdown as it reversed its plans to cut data allowances for all its users from a maximum of 3GB to 500MB a month. But it warned that the revised plans would apply to any new customers and those upgrading their phones, though not to existing customers.

The reverse came after protests, threats of legal and regulatory action and a day of dithering by the company, which had initially put out the statement announcing the unilateral change in a posting on its company website on Monday.

Real Angry Birds

on Friday, 07 January 2011. Posted in Phones

Real Angry Birds

Saw this and a thought of a few addicted Angry Birds clients. You know who you are!


Amazing translation tool for smartphones

on Saturday, 18 December 2010. Posted in Phones

Just browsing around Youtube and found this. At first I was very sceptical and thought it was fake, but looking in to it more, it really does what it claims. This would be game changing for any of us going abroad. My only concern is hundreds of tourists pointing expensive smartphones at every label in a shop, could get a little much. Check out the video.

F8 Helpdesk software on mobile devices for FREE!

on Wednesday, 10 November 2010. Posted in Phones

Helpdesk on mobile

Compatible with Android, iPhone and Blackberry, more mobile operating systems coming.

Clients can use own credentials, visiting guests can use details below. This is a ideal tool for office managers or general managers who are on the move, but want to keep in touch with status of IT issues logged to F8 IT Solutions. Jobs can be viewed, edited, notes added, former issues re-visited for reminders, and much more. Font size is far more appealing than using a traditional browser. Best of all, it is completely free with all our support contracts.

Username: companya
Password: password



Mobile VoiceMail in 2010

on Wednesday, 27 October 2010. Posted in Google Android, Phones

Mobile VoiceMail in 2010

Recently I found a interesting thread about T-mobile charging for voicemail, and found I had fallen in to that very same trap, getting little tiny stealth charges every month. I was outraged, even though we are talking about less than £2 a month, paying £35 a month and would expect such a service to be free on any contract now days.

This encouraged me to seek out alternatives (purely on principle) to my T-mobile voicemail. Which I have to admit, as much of a muchness with other phone networks, takes too long to leave a message, takes even longer to retrieve them, and when you do, chances are you have to reply them a few times if it contained anything like a number or address.  I stumbled across a company called Hullomail, who offer a multitude of services I didn't even think I wanted or needed, but I couldn't live without them now!

Hullomail is compatible with iPhone, Android (works best on 2.2) and Blackberry, also works on any major phone network in the UK. You install a little app, and it then asks if you want to create a account with Hullomail takes seconds, works on all our major phone networks in the UK, and is free.

So here is how it works and why I am in love with it.

  • Shows a list of voicemails without listening to them
  • 1 Second hangups no longer force you to spend 40 seconds retrieving, just delete!
  • No more listening to a synthesised voice telling you which menu you are in, and how to listen or change settings
  • No cumbersome new and saved voicemails, all just displayed in date order
  • much more customisable, either just introduce your name, or a whole message.

Try it out, by searching for Hullomail in you app marketplace.

Virgin Media offers ‘TV on the Go’ with the Nokia N8

on Sunday, 24 October 2010. Posted in Virgin Media, Phones

Consuming video through our phones has been a selling point for a little while now, but in this country nobody has really ever hit the nail on the head. I mean really really accessible TV that you just flick through the channels on a lunch break, or waiting for someone at the pub, and have a quick flick through a show you missed. (ok that last one is a bit anti-social, lets pretend I didn’t say that!)

I think this is very interesting, little bit of net neutrality issue if this service is not available to other virgin media subscribers on compatible handsets. Or is that why it is only on n8, as it is a Symbian 3.0 phone, and they can say “oh gee sorry, we forgot iOS and Android, we had no idea you might want this service as well” (VM is a big company, someone is bound to speak like that, leave me alone)

Android love

on Saturday, 23 October 2010. Posted in Google Android, Phones

Today I had the pleasure of setting up a box full of HTC Desires and Samsung Apollos. Client is replacing his vehicle tracking system with a bunch of Google powered latitude phones. Have to tip my hat, the solution the clients booking system & capabilities of these phones is going to be awesome. Specially when you think of how much money is spent on vehicle tracking these days. Lot of fun watching 13 little icons around my office all being tracked, felt like something out of a movie!

The Samsung Apollo was surprisingly good for a budget alternative. I liked it, felt good in the hand, typing was easy on the touch screen and it made sense. Would be a nice first android phone for someone looking to spend less than £20 a month.

Speaking of contract costs, T-Mobile just reduced the HTC Desire monthly contract to £25 from £30 on standard domestic contracts(600 min, 500 text unlimited internet and flex boosters). This is to account for the HTC Desire HD that launched yesterday.

HTC Desire HD is pushing beyond the 4? screen and even less battery life. When is too big too big, and when is too little battery no longer practical? welcome your feedback.