Oh dear, and it was all going to well for Sky. After ignoring Android in favour of iOS devices for ages, we've recently seen the broadcaster bring most of its apps to Android. But the fancy new interactive F1 coverage will remain an iPad exclusive.
Apple’s just launched its next generation iPad and it’s been touting 4G all over the shop. Phil Schiller even called it the device with “the most wireless bands that has ever shipped." But will it actually work on the LTE networks we’re going to get here in Britain within the next year or two?
Instead of overage charges, Three will simply halt your data for the month when you hit your limit. Its launching new “essential” data plans that give you 250MB a month and that’s it; there’s absolutely no chance of horrendous out-of-allowance data charges, which is simply great.
Our European cousins over in Germany have just smashed a load of broadband records that could see absolutely, faster-than-blazing fibre headed our way. Deutsche Telekom’s T-Labs managed to pump data at a colossal 512Gbps down one channel of one single optical fibre across Germany in a 456-mile Berlin-Hannover-Berlin round-trip.
Getting less spam texts recently? You can thank our good ol'Information Commissioner’s Office. It’s finally put its newfound muscle into practice and has blocked 20,000 SIM cards responsible for bombarding us poor folk with around eight million spam texts a day.
It’s the first of March, which has spurred Virgin into action on its promise to double everyone's broadband speed for free. The first 30 areas to get the speed boost in March and April have been announced, while Virgin’s thrown up a “Double Speed” checker for the rest of us.
I’d hoped we Brits would be able to avoid all this fake 4G rubbish that our American cousins have had to endure, but unfortunately Three went there. It’s calling its roll out of HSPA+ 4G, but it’s simply not.
Looks like we might get a taste of 4G earlier than we thought if Everything Everywhere gets its way. It says it’s in a position, should Ofcom give them the go-ahead of course, to roll out 4G to the UK before the end of 2012 – not the 2013 to 2015 we're expecting.
Sky’s won the rights to broadcast F1, but it’s not just doing standard TV broadcasts; it’s rolling out a whole channel dedicated to F1 and it’s being backed up by a sweet-sounding iPad app that’s due to launch before the 18th of March.
New rulings from the European Parliament have placed new urgency on the allocation of 4G services, telling member nations that they must have "authorised the use" of the two main 4G spectrums by January 1st 2013.
Phones 4U has launched a new contract it's calling JUMP or Just Upgrade My Phone. The idea is to separate your calling plan from your subsidised phone, giving you one monthly price for each -- and letting you upgrade the handset every six months.