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During the upcoming weekend Vodafone will offer good prices for some of their PAYG phones in their bricks-and-mortar shops.
Vodafone decided to have a sale of their a bit older handsets. The mobile phones on offer are Nokia Asha 300, Blackberry Curve 9320 and Huawei G510. None of these are brand new models as they have been present in the market for at least year, but the prices Vodafone offers are competitive.
Nokia Asha 300 is a light and classic phone good for basic functionality. You can’t expect much of it, but it has all modern features and applications. Normal price of Asha 300 is around £89, but Vodafone will offer it for just £50, which is almost half price.
Next phone on offer is Blackberry Curve 9320 which is one of the cheapest Blackberries available so if you want to get into BBM but don’t have too much money to spend than this is your phone. Vodafone will charge £70 for this Blackberry, which is a little bit lower than the best offer available (£70 at Tesco Mobile).
Finally, the youngest out of those oldies is Huawei Ascend G510 that costs £90. While the price is comparable to the competition, the phone comes with pay as you go SIM card with £10 credit on it. The design of this smartphone leaves a lot to wish for, but for such price you won’t find a phone with 4.5 inch screen.
It seems that Vodafone wants to clear its stocks and possibly hand out some PAYG SIM cards with hope that some new pay as you go customers will be lured by this deal.
BlackBerry Q10 was announced this year in January. Now we know the exact date of its release to UK’s mobile market – April 26. Unlocked Mobile and Clove Technology have already begun taking pre-orders starting at £530 on a SIM-only basis with delivery for the specified date. Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U websites listed it as “coming soon” but no specified date is given.
BlackBerry Q10 is the second to run BlackBerry 10 software. A dual-core Snapdragon processor of Q10 is clocked at 1.5GHz. BBQ10 is equipped with 3.1-inch touchscreen (which is smaller to give more room for a keyboard) as well as a full QWERTY keyboard – it’s the first time BlackBerry combined these two features. It also has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which can be boosted with 64GB through microSD slot. The mobile phone has the speed camera capable of taking photos almost instantly and big 2,100mAh battery. The fact that Q10 runs the newest BlackBerry 10 operating system makes the phone more innovative and interesting than other BlackBerry devices. For example, it enables accessing messages and conversations at any time and from any app. What’s more the keyboard adapts to one’s style of typing suggesting words which makes typing a lot faster. A BBM Video Chat gives opportunities to catch up face-to-face and show the view from the rear-facing camera. Although BlackBerry Q10 has already been announced, much information about it isn’t known as it hasn’t been released yet.
Samsung Galaxy S4 has finally been announced. This mobile phone is perhaps the hottest phone of this year and probably more widely anticipated than iPhone. It’s similar to Samsung Galaxy S3 but have some significant enhancements in terms of performance added.
S4 has five-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1,920×1,080-pixel screen resolution. It weighs 130g (4.6 ounces) and is thinner than Samsung Galaxy S3. It runs the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. There is 64GB of internal storage and a microSD slot supporting cards up to 64GB. S4 with its super-sized screen and specialised software seems to be even better than iPhone. The mobile has the IR blaster on the top which allows to control TV using the handset. Samsung promises that the blaster works with all TVs, not only Samsung ones. On the back, there is 13-megapixel camera which records 1080p HD video. Samsung added many software enhancements, such as gestures (eye-tracking) and “a beefier notifications tray that offers a ton more toggling options to quickly turn settings on and off.” Samsung equipped S4 with Group Play which allows users to connect (via NFC or Bluetooth) to other Galaxy S4 devices and share photos, music, documents. There are also many more interesting apps: S Health which counts calories and steps, S Translator, S Voice Drive which starts when one gets into a car. When eye-tracking is considered, GS4 keeps the screen from dimming when someone is looking at it and pauses videos when eyes dart away.
Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available on Three, EE, Orange and T-Mobile. It will be launched in UK on 26 April. Samsung hasn’t shared pricing yet but it is expected to cost as much as Samsung Galaxy S3.
Vodafone UK has launched a new deal that offers second-hand smartphones at discounted prices. This new deal, known as The Nearly New, is mainly targeted at Pay As You Go customers so they get top smartphones at affordable prices and use more mobile internet services. Vodafone said that for PAYG customers, Nearly New deal means getting a refurbished phone with lower up-front cost, while contract customers will instead pay less monthly for phones. All of the phones are those which were returned by customers in very good conditions. Such phones are wiped clean and re-boxed with appropriate accessories.
Nearly new smartphones will be available to all PAYG customers in all Vodafone stores, while pay monthly customers can pick a nearly new phone only at selected stores or online according to stock levels. Obviously due to variations in returned handsets, smartphone models on The Nearly New deal will vary from month to month. Currently the deal includes:
iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS for Pay As You Go customers and Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X for contract-owners. To show what kind of savings Vodafone offers compare the price of a refurbished 8GB iPhone 4 available as a pay-as-you-go model for £250 with the price of £405 for a brand-new model. Pay monthly deals are not so alluring, as Vodafone announced that a nearly new Samsung Galaxy S III will be offered for free on £33 tariff, while to get a free brand new Galaxy S III you need to sign up for £37 plan at least.
All pay-as-you-go Nearly New handsets come with a 12-month warranty, while the pay monthly pre-owned devices come with 24-month warranties.
Yota Devices, a Russian phone manufacturer, announced that it will launch a new smartphone with displays on both sides in late 2013. The phone dubbed YotaPhone will feature one standard 4.3 inch 720p LCD display on the frontside and one E-ink screen on the backside. The secondary E-ink display, which is commonly installed in e-readers, will be used to display incoming news headlines, missed calls, calendar, reminders and other notifications. The technology of such displays makes it easier to read in sunlight and because it doesn’t emit light it basically doesn’t need power. Thanks to this we will be able to use YotaPhone longer than any other smartphone, as long as we don’t watch videos or play games.
YotaPhone’s E-ink screen is not the only nice feature of the phone. The phone also has a primary 4.3 icnh display, 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, a decent 13-megapixel camera, 2GB or ram and 32 GB of storage space. It will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. Dual-screen is also a challenge for app developers as they are faced with new capabilities that they hopefully will creatively use.
Unfortunately, it will take some time before YotaPhone reaches the British Isles. It will be only available in the motherland of its creators, Russia, in the third quarter of 2013 and there still no plans for spreading it elsewhere. However, if you happen to attend Mobile World Congress in March 2013, you will have a chance to experience the phone as Yota Devices will be presenting it during that trade show.
Carphone Warehouse (CPW) forecasts that smartphones for less than £100 will revive the PAYG market during Christmas. Roger Taylor, CEO of Carphone Warehouse Group, predicts that this Christmas is the time for smartphones. The mobile phone retailer is also positive about the fact that the newest high-end smartphones that were launched on the market this year will be high on Christmas wish lists. However, they are just a part of the market. Taylor’s company thinks that this year affordable smart phones will actually facilitate the recovery of pay-as-you-go market, which used to be the backbone of high street retailers.
Cheap smartphones to boost PAYG market
This means that beside shipping the leading edge phones like iPhone 5, Galaxy S III or Lumia 820 for contract customers, CPW will put more emphasis on selling prepaid smartphones. The company will offer a set of smartphones for less than £100 through series of deals that will come in December. For example, right now you can get the low-end smartphone with a price of tag below 100 quids with additional 10% discount, so Samsung Galaxy Ace, Sony Xperia Tipo or Motorola MotoSmart are there to grasp for around £80.
Remember that you need to add £10 extra to all CPW’s prices of pay as you go smartphones. This is a top-up that you will buy to get a phone with a PAYG SIM card.
The time will show whether Roger Taylor’s predictions are right and we will see a comeback of PAYG SIM card bundles with smartphones.
San Diego, a new Orange-branded smartphone, has been on the British shelves since June 6. However, this phone is not a cheap low-end one like it is usually the case with brand phones. San Diego, previously known as Santa Clara, features a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 4.03-inch touch screen and HSPA+ compatibility. It also has quick links to most useful Orange applications including Orange Wednesdays, Your Orange and Orange Gestures. The biggest innovation but also a major drawback is San Diego’s processor made by Intel. It is Intel’s first attempt at providing hardware for smartphones, and because of it is not fully compatible with Android OS. About 30 per cent of apps on Android Market will not work with Atom x86 chip.
To get San Diego you may choose to buy it with a PAYG SIM card or with a monthly contract. The first option means that you will have to pay £199.99 and top-up your pay as you go SIM card with £10. You will also get 250MB a month for a period of 12 months to enjoy smartphone functionality. If you choose to sign a contract the phone will be yours for £15.50 per month. It is a 24-month-long contract in which customers get 50 minutes and 50 texts to any network plus 100MB of data allowance.
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.
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.
The revolution starts here
More colour. More detail. More depth. Whatever you’re shooting, your images will look better than ever thanks to a staggering 41MP sensor. And with crystal-clear HD video plus pin-sharp sound, you can catch all the action on film – as it happens. Photography just got real.
Kieran–Scott Woodhouse, a Product Design student at Middlesex University and Head Designer at ADzero, developed a smartphone made from bamboo. This new idea shows an environmental alternative to metal and plastic, which are commonly used in phones. Woodhouse is using sustainable resources and the phone will be manufactured in China, the material won’t be hard to find, so there will be no need to import bamboo. ADzero is in design process right now, and it is yet unknown when it will be available to the masses. Initially the product was supposed to be marketed in China, but considering the buzz that it gets in the Internet, it is said that this phone will be also available in Europe and the USA. ADzero hasn’t released any technical specifications of this unique bamboo smartphone yet.
UPDATE Bamboo phone
For AD, however, disrupting the market on a grand scale isn’t important right now. Woodhouse and Lao need a successful phone launch, a foot in the door. Failure doesn’t seem to be a word in the young duo’s vocabulary, but recent design challenges have presented hurdles that have sunk many hardware startups, and AD’s not in the clear yet. We’ll soon be able to gauge public opinion on the redesigned plastic-and-bamboo ADzero and, more importantly, discover whether people are willing to buy a premium smartphone from a startup.