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  • Carphone Warehouse drops Tiscali name
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    Carphone Warehouse drops Tiscali name

    By 8 January 2010

    Following Carphone Warehouse-owned TalkTalk's buyout of Tiscali in May 2009, it's been revealed that the Tiscali brand name for the broadband service will disappear in 2010. "Today we welcome all Tiscali customers to TalkTalk and open the doors to a new...

  • Daily Tech Deal: Sky offers free 20MB unlimited broadband
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    Daily Tech Deal: Sky offers free 20MB unlimited broadband

    By 31 December 2009

    It's nearly 2010 and to go with it we've spotted a New Year offer from Sky. The deal is Sky's fastest broadband product, with up to 20MB download speeds plus free evening a weekend calls to UK landlines for the first 6 months - the remaining 6 months...

  • BT Broadband hits 5 million customers mark
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    BT Broadband hits 5 million customers mark

    By 23 December 2009

    BT has announced it has become the first UK internet service provider to pass the 5 million customers mark with the milestone hit on 9 December. The 5-millionth customer was chip shop worker Elizabeth Patterson of East Kilbride, Glasgow who has won a...

  • Orange releases Connected Britain map
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    Orange releases Connected Britain map

    By 17 December 2009

    Earlier in the year, Orange conducted a bunch of research aiming to discover how universal access to mobile and fixed-line broadband might change the demographics and distribution of the UK's population. The results have now been published on a map hosted...

  • TalkTalk buys naming rights to family home
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    TalkTalk buys naming rights to family home

    By 15 December 2009

    TalkTalk is currently undertaking a publicity stunt that finds it paying householders £250 for the "naming rights" to their homes. With some tenuous link to how sporting arenas are seeing more corporate rebranding, the telecoms co is paying out to those...

  • UK broadband tax confirmed for Budget
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    UK broadband tax confirmed for Budget

    By 9 December 2009

    Following the news we brought you in September that this would be the case, it seems it definitely is. The 50p-per-month "broadband tax", previously confirmed by Stephen Timms, the treasury minister in charge of implementing the Digital Britain plans,...

  • BT Openzone to be available in 4500 more hotel bedrooms
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    BT Openzone to be available in 4500 more hotel bedrooms

    By 25 November 2009

    BT Openzone's wireless internet access will soon be available in 4500 more hotel bedrooms, thanks to a just-done deal. Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has signed up to the BT scheme and will offer the Wi-Fi in all its properties across the UK by the end of...

  • Daily Tech Deal: Quidco offers cashback on BT Total Broadband
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    Daily Tech Deal: Quidco offers cashback on BT Total Broadband

    By 20 November 2009

    Today's tech deal brings you word of a deal being run by Quidco - apparently the UK's leading cashback website - and BT - the telecommunications behemoth. Quidco is offering cashback over a wide range of BT's home products, with BT's broadband, phone...

  • BT Openzone adds 11,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the globe
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    BT Openzone adds 11,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the globe

    By 18 November 2009

    BT has announced its Openzone customers now have an extra 11,000 Wi-Fi locations to choose from with the addition of a host of new providers to the service across the globe. Beeline WiFi, ChungHwa, eService Bar, Monzoon, Wireless G and WAYPORT EMEA have...

  • Swindon announces free Wi-Fi for all
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    Swindon announces free Wi-Fi for all

    By 17 November 2009

    Swindon has just become a property hotspot - quite literally - as it's been announced it will be the first town in the UK to offer free public Wi-Fi access to its entire population. The forward thinking members of Swindon Borough Council have revealed...

  • Phones4U stores to offer free Wi-Fi
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    Phones4U stores to offer free Wi-Fi

    By 12 November 2009

    Technically the Wi-Fi roll-out across Phones4U stores in the UK is meant for staff and customers to be able to test the handsets on sale online, but unofficially there's a new place in town to head if you need a cheeky online fix. Phones4U has become...

  • O2 bundles home broadband with iPhone tethering bolt on
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    O2 bundles home broadband with iPhone tethering bolt on

    By 9 November 2009

    An annoucement from O2 suggests the operator is going to attempt to fight the competition, as well as rivals, for iPhone customers by adding value through bundle packages, rather than any price cuts. O2 has launched the "Total Connectivity" plan for iPhone...

  • TalkTalk Pro broadband package announced
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    TalkTalk Pro broadband package announced

    By 4 November 2009

    TalkTalk is launching what it calls a new "high performance" broadband package called TalkTalk Pro. Available this month, it costs £14.99 a month, plus £11.25 line rental and requires an 18-month tie in. The package offers download speeds of up to 24MB,...

  • Survey claims illegal downloaders spend most on music
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    Survey claims illegal downloaders spend most on music

    By 3 November 2009

    A survey from London-based think-tank Demos has added weight to the position held by many that file sharers are the biggest music fans, revealing that those who admit downloading music illegally spend an average of £77 per year on music, compared to...

  • Bittorrent protocol gets anti-throttling update
    Online

    Bittorrent protocol gets anti-throttling update

    By 2 November 2009

    A new version of the Bittorrent protocol is about to launch. Bittorrent is a distribution technique for online content that's used heavily by both legitimate software publishers (like Activision Blizzard) and illicit file sharing sites (like the Pirate...

  • Mandelson delivers on three-strikes warning
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    Mandelson delivers on three-strikes warning

    By 29 October 2009

    Peter Mandelson has, as expected, delivered an assault on filesharers at the C&binet Forum. He has laid out his intentions to submit legislation to parliament that would cut persistent file sharers off the web entirely, after a couple of warnings. The...

  • Orange announces 20 meg broadband as standard
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    Orange announces 20 meg broadband as standard

    By 21 October 2009

    Orange has announced that it will be making up to 20 meg download speeds a standard across all its home broadband packages - where such service is available. As well as introducing the new speeds, Orange has revamped its home broadband packages with the...

  • Bluetooth-rivalling Wi-Fi Direct announced
    Online

    Bluetooth-rivalling Wi-Fi Direct announced

    By 14 October 2009

    Your Wi-Fi-enabled gadgetry is about to get a whole lot more connected thanks to a new specification just announced by the Wi-Fi Alliance. We say new, technically it was previously known as Wi-Fi peer-to-peer, however, it is now due with the shiny new...

  • 100Mbps broadband rollout widens
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    100Mbps broadband rollout widens

    By 12 October 2009

    BT has announced that its plans to deliver super-fast, fibre-optic broadband all the way to people's houses have been expanded. The company will now be rolling out fibre-to-the-premises to 1 million homes, including some where copper wire is already available....

  • Spotify phones coming soon?
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    Spotify phones coming soon?

    By 8 October 2009

    Spotify has announced that it has signed a deal with Swedish broadband supplier and mobile network Telia. The two companies have agreed to "co-operate" for 2 years, with Telia helping to develop the streaming music service on computers, mobile phones...

  • Brits spend 30 hours a week online
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    Brits spend 30 hours a week online

    By 2 October 2009

    Britons are net addicts, if data from a new survey is to be believed. British web users spend a whopping 30 hours a week online - which works out as over 4 hours a day - according to a survey by comparison website USwitch.com. As far as the office goes,...

  • BT trials fibre-to-the-premesis in London and Milton Keynes
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    BT trials fibre-to-the-premesis in London and Milton Keynes

    By 1 October 2009

    BT has announced that it'll be expanding its fibre-optic trials early next year to go all the way direct to the people's homes and businesses - a technology that the company is calling "fibre to the premesis". Currently fibreoptic connections only go...

  • UK broadband ranks 25th out of 66 countries
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    UK broadband ranks 25th out of 66 countries

    By 1 October 2009

    A survey of broadband standards in 66 countries across the world has placed the UK at number 25 - with its broadband labelled as "meeting needs for today", but not "comfortable for today" or "ready for tomorrow". South Korea and Japan came top, with Korea...

  • £6 broadband tax confirmed
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    £6 broadband tax confirmed

    By 23 September 2009

    The plans drawn up under the government's "Digital Britain" scheme to tax all UK phone lines are to go ahead. Stephen Timms, the treasury minister in charge of implementing the Digital Britain plans, has confirmed - despite opposition from the Conservatives...

  • BT pilots "notspot" solution
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    BT pilots "notspot" solution

    By 16 September 2009

    A limited number of UK "notspots" are about to be connected up to the world of broadband, thanks to a BT pilot of new technology. "Broadband Enabling Technology" or BET, can offer broadband with speeds of between 1 and 2Mbps to homes currently stuck on...