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Enraged customer to pay £1200 for emojis

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Sad  face emojii best describes Mrs Cochrane's situation

Sad face emojii best describes Mrs Cochrane’s situation

Some phones may cause your emojis to be send as MMSs as one customer found after getting a £1200 bill from EE.  

Paula Cochrane of Airdrie in Scotland was shocked to learn that sending smiley faces may lead to exorbitant mobile phone bill. She signed a two-year deal with EE in September last year and got a new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. Her contract was £30.99 a month but her first bill amounted to little over £100.

She was worried but thought it’s due to her using the new smartphone more often. Nevertheless, she tried to sort it out in December and was horrified to learn that her next bill will cost her £449. EE customer service informed her that it was due to a vast amount of picture messages that she was supposedly sending. Paula didn’t feel guilty and felt that she is being scammed. It turned out that her Samsung Galaxy sent all emojis in her texts messages like they were additional MMSs.  Currently, Mrs Cochrane owes EE around £1200 for the period between September and February this year. She sees that the whole situation is “daylight robbery” and doesn’t want to foot the bill.

The lesson learned here is that if you are an owner of some older smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S, S2, S3, S4 as well as Galaxy Note or Ace then watch out as they may treat emojis as picture messages.  Other phone producer didn’t report this kind of issues with their phones. All Samsung users should either refrain from sending icons, emoticons or symbols or change the settings of the messaging app. In order to avoid being in situation like Mrs Cochrane you should go to Input Mode which is a feature of text messages section of phone settings and select “UniCode” instead of “automatic”. Alternatively you may choose to use one of the texting apps available for smartphones like for example, WhatsApp or simple Facebook Chat. As a result you will not be charged for picture messages but instead use your data allowance.

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February 10th, 2015 at 3:26 pm

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GooPhone i5: Chinese fake iPhone 5

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The headlines of telecom news have recently been full of info about Apple’s twists and turns of the patent war with Samsung and rumours about an upcoming new addition to its smartphone family, iPhone 5.  Samsung has lost the suit and paid a fortune for using Apple’s patents and since then the Cupertino company has been claiming patents on everything it can. iPhone 5 rumours are all over the Internet and this week Apple announced that they will show the new phone on September 12.

However, a Chinese manufacturer was faster than late Steve Jobs’ company.  The phone that has been released in China is called GooPhone i5 and without any subtleties it has all the features and rumours which iPhone 5 is supposed to have that leaked into the Internet. The mobile phone looks like a bigger iPhone 4S with 4 inch display and even a smaller connector – exactly as expected of the new Apple phone. GooPhone i5 features a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor that works at 1.4 GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera and a screen resolution of 1280×720. Obviously, the phone isn’t running on  iOS but instead it uses Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Chinese mobile phone producer did not only made a knock-off of the upcoming Apple smartphone but also filled for patent. If it works, than the phone design will belong to that company and Apple might blocked from selling its iPhone 5 in China, as long as it looks similar to GooPhone i5. This will have some bleak consequences for Apple as China is becoming the biggest smartphone market in the world.

If you want to see the GooPhone i5 check the  video below.

Written by adm

September 7th, 2012 at 9:12 am

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Next Galaxy in May

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Samsung has revealed the official launch date of the next Galaxy smartphone. The event will take place in London on the 3rd of May at 7 pm.  This long awaited smartphone was rumoured to be launched during Mobile World Congress 2012, however, it had not happened. Now it is official that next week we will finally discover what does Samsung offer with its newest smartphone. There have been a lot of speculations what will the phone feature and what specifications it will have, but nothing has been revealed yet so everybody is eagerly awaiting the 3rd of May. None of the mobile operators have given any price details, so we have to wait to see how much we will have to pay for it in a PAYG deal or on a contract or which providers will be selling them. Apart from the successor of Galaxy S II, Samsung may show a new tablet and a third unknown member of the Galaxy family. Below you can check out the teaser for the upcoming event.

UPDATE 2015
The Samsung Galaxy S6 release date is fast approaching, and with 2015 now upon us, a flurry of Galaxy S6 leaks and rumours have started to surface.

With the Galaxy S6 release date widely expected to be one of the major talking points of the tech calendar, latest reports have seen images of the much mooted handset prematurely leak out.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s6-release-date-rumours-news-specs-and-price

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April 23rd, 2012 at 4:55 pm

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2011 – the year of Samsung

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year of Samsung

year of Samsung

Samsung is celebrating reaching a new sales milestone in 2011. The company sold over 300 million mobile phones in 2011. It was the first time it managed to achieve such an annual target. Samsung provides mobile phones with various platforms: Android, Windows and bada, which is the company’s own system. The two flagships of Samsung that surely raised their sales were Galaxy S and Galaxy S II mobiles that gained popularity among customers as the company reports that until October 2011 30 million of these devices were sold. Galaxy S II was also the fastest selling smartphone from Samsung – 3 million units in 55 days. We shouldn’t forget also about innovative devices that gained significant interest, for example Galaxy Note, dubbed phoneblet as it is a fusion of a smartphone and a tablet.

year of Samsung

In 2012 we look forward to new Samsung phone from the Galaxy family – Galaxy S3. The phone will feature a 720p Super AMOLED plus display, LTE capability, 2GB of RAM and the newest Android 4.0 OS. It is yet not confirmed but the industry pundits predict that it will also feature 3D technology which can be integrated with 3D TV sets. The phone will be launched during the Mobile World Congress in the last of days of February 2012.

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January 3rd, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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