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  • John Lewis launches own broadband service
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    John Lewis launches own broadband service

    By 20 April 2012

    UK retailer John Lewis has launched its own broadband service which is available to sign up to now, through its high street stores, online or over the phone. There are no activation fees and customer support is through a freephone number. There are three...

  • Virgin Media introduces broadband caps on all packages, should only affect heavy P2P users
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    Virgin Media introduces broadband caps on all packages, should only affect heavy P2P users

    By 5 April 2012

    There was a time when broadband from Virgin Media was uncapped, if you had the top-tier package. But the times, they are a-changing - the company is now introducing some modest capping on lines that have a very high rate of P2P use. This, the company...

  • Budget 2012: Super-connected cities announced - including London, Manchester and Newcastle
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    Budget 2012: Super-connected cities announced - including London, Manchester and Newcastle

    By 21 March 2012

    Chancellor George Osborne has announced the 10 cities that will benefit from a £100 million investment pot as part of the 2012 Budget. Dubbed "super-connected cities", Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester...

  • Virgin Media to bring Wi-Fi to London Tube this summer
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    Virgin Media to bring Wi-Fi to London Tube this summer

    By 14 March 2012

    Wireless internet access is coming to London Underground stations... finally. Virgin Media has announced a deal with the Tube network and plans to introduce the service this summer. The service, which Virgin Media says will be free, was announced on Wednesday...

  • TalkTalk joins the superfast broadband race
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    TalkTalk joins the superfast broadband race

    By 13 March 2012

    It isn't just Virgin Media and BT you can look to in order to fulfil your deepest, darkest fibre-optic desires, you know. TalkTalk has some superfast broadband of its own and, following the launch of its 40Mb platform last year, it is now doubling the...

  • Walking Wi-Fi Homeless Hotspots trial
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    Walking Wi-Fi Homeless Hotspots trial

    By 12 March 2012

    Over in Austin, Texas, at SXSW, BBH Labs has been trialling out what we can only describe as a mashup between The Big Issue and The Cloud. Confused? You needn't be. The idea is relatively straightforward. Instead of homeless people selling magazines to...

  • Orange dials in mobile minutes to broadband bundle
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    Orange dials in mobile minutes to broadband bundle

    By 6 March 2012

    Orange has announced the introduction of a funky little broadband and calls bundle with minutes to landlines, international numbers and mobiles all thrown in. Claiming the package as a UK first, the deal offers unlimited broadband and landline calls to...

  • Virgin Media targets hardcore gamers with Eurogamer Expo 2012 tie-in
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    Virgin Media targets hardcore gamers with Eurogamer Expo 2012 tie-in

    By 16 February 2012

    Virgin Media has announced that it is to be the headline sponsor of the Eurogamer Expo 2012 consumer show in September, and will offer its superfast broadband for gamers to try out. If nothing else, up to 120Mb broadband makes mincemeat of download speeds...

  • Virgin Media 100Mb broadband now available to 10 million homes
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    Virgin Media 100Mb broadband now available to 10 million homes

    By 6 February 2012

    Virgin Media has announced that its super-fast 100Mb broadband service is now available to 10 million homes in the UK, and that it will meet its roll out target ahead of schedule. The provider originally planned to be able to offer the speedy internet...

  • BT planning 300Mb broadband
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    BT planning 300Mb broadband

    By 3 February 2012

    BT has announced that it has held successful trials of “FTTP on demand” in St Agnes, Cornwall, paving the way for broadband download speeds of up to 300Mbps. Back in 2009 BT said it would use "fibre to the cabinet", or FTTC, tech at 29 exchanges across...

  • Ofcom says UK broadband speeds are on the rise
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    Ofcom says UK broadband speeds are on the rise

    By 2 February 2012

    An Ofcom report has found that average broadband speeds in the UK have risen by 22 per cent since the end of 2010. The average speed nationally was measured at 6.2Mbps in November/December 2010, but rose to 7.6Mbps in just 12 months. In addition, 58 per...

  • Three Web Cube offers broadband in a box
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    Three Web Cube offers broadband in a box

    By 1 February 2012

    Three takes mobile broadband pretty seriously. It recently announced its Three MiFi with added HSPA+, as well as the ZTE MF10 Dongle Adapter - a device which takes a regular USB Wi-Fi dongle and turns it into a mobile hotspot. But it's your home broadband...

  • Sky 40Mb Unlimited Fibre broadband lands along with free Wi-Fi from The Cloud
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    Sky 40Mb Unlimited Fibre broadband lands along with free Wi-Fi from The Cloud

    By 31 January 2012

    Big news if you're a Sky Broadband customer - not only is the satellite giant launching its own fibre-optic network with up to 40Mb download speeds - free Wi-Fi access from The Cloud is also set to rain in. Sky Broadband Unlimited Fibre is landing in...

  • O2 to turn London into Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone
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    O2 to turn London into Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone

    By 6 January 2012

    O2 has announced plans to turn parts of London into Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone ahead of the Summer Olympics. Back in the 1990s, we all wanted to avoid hotspots ("What is a hotspot not?") but O2 knows that we're all now thirsty for hotspot action...

  • Malaysian restaurants to offer Wi-Fi by law
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    Malaysian restaurants to offer Wi-Fi by law

    By 3 January 2012

    From April, all restaurants in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur will be required to offer Wi-Fi to their customers by law. Owners are already installing the service, in preparation for when the new law becomes enforceable. The new requirement...

  • UK 4G network not complete until 2015
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    UK 4G network not complete until 2015

    By 12 December 2011

    Looking forward to widespread 4G fun and quick mobile browsing on your smartphone or tablet? Well, don't get too excited because, despite the likes of O2 already testing its LTE network, we're not going to have widespread availability in the UK until...

  • TalkTalk porn filter fails to protect from adult website
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    TalkTalk porn filter fails to protect from adult website

    By 6 December 2011

    TalkTalk's new filter system that, amongst other things, aims to block adult websites has failed for over a week. This has allowed access to Pornhub, one of Britain's largest pornography websites. The internet protection service in question is called...

  • Sky Broadband customers to get Cloud Wi-Fi access
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    Sky Broadband customers to get Cloud Wi-Fi access

    By 30 November 2011

    Sky Broadband customers look set to enjoy Wi-Fi hotspot access when out in town thanks to the company’s purchase of The Cloud. The move was confirmed by the Network Implementation Director for Sky Network Services, Trevor Legg, when he spoke to Pocket-lint...

  • BT asked to block the The Pirate Bay
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    BT asked to block the The Pirate Bay

    By 4 November 2011

    When BT was ordered by a High Court Judge to block pirate website Newzbin 2 back in July we at Pocket-lint questioned whether this meant an end to the free web. That question will be answered over time, but what is clear is that the judgement has opened...

  • UK download speed above global average
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    UK download speed above global average

    By 23 September 2011

    Before you start cursing your ISP when a sudden lag costs you a goal during a game of Fifa online, or means you take a bullet in the head on COD, then take comfort that we're above the global average when it comes to download speeds... just. A study by...

  • Hyperoptic offers Londoners 1Gb broadband
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    Hyperoptic offers Londoners 1Gb broadband

    By 14 September 2011

    Back in July, Virgin Media set the web alight with its lightning fast 1.5Gb broadband trial in Shoreditch and now Hyperoptic has launched the first 1Gb residential product to UK. You can't simply ring up an get the uberfast service on your BT line though,...

  • Ofcom bans automatic rollover contracts
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    Ofcom bans automatic rollover contracts

    By 13 September 2011

    Communications watchdog Ofcom is putting an end to rollover contracts (also known as Automatically Renewable Contracts, or ARCs) meaning that people won't be kept on minimum term deals for their landline or broadband deals without agreeing to it. ARCs...

  • Orange makes claim to the UK’s lowest unlimited broadband price
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    Orange makes claim to the UK’s lowest unlimited broadband price

    By 5 September 2011

    Colourful claims from camp Orange come in, with the company laying claim to the the UK’s lowest unlimited broadband price. Following a revamp of its prices, UK surfers are able to sign up for a 12-month deal that costs £5 per month, on top of a £12.75...

  • Three MiFi with added HSPA+ now available
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    Three MiFi with added HSPA+ now available

    By 5 September 2011

    The next generation of Three MiFi has arrived, with the network now offering the Huawei E586 MiFi online and in-store. The E586 MiFi boasts an initial 50 per cent speed increase on the current speed on offer, with a further boost planned as the network...

  • Three tackles rural Wi-Fi problem with MiFi
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    Three tackles rural Wi-Fi problem with MiFi

    By 30 August 2011

    If you live in the good-old English countryside you're lucky enough to breathe the fresh air everyday, take long walks without risk of being run over by a Boris bike and drink a pint of proper beer that costs less than £4.50. But chances are, you probably...