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Freephone 0800 and 0808 numbers are finally free to call from mobiles too

Freephone 0800 and 0808 numbers are finally free to call from mobiles too

By 22 hours ago

Thanks to a ruling set by Ofcom last year, networks have lifted charges for freephone numbers when called from a mobile. That means that from today, 1 July, you will no longer be charged when you call numbers starting with 0800 and 0808 from your smartphone... >>

Switching broadband provider just got easy, here’s how

Switching broadband provider just got easy, here’s how

By 19 June 2015

Broadband is fast becoming the most important connection in our homes. From streaming shows and movies to browsing our social feeds and, of course, streaming music. That connection is under more and more strain. So, upgrading to offer enough speed should... >>

Crikey! More than half UK homes now own a tablet

Crikey! More than half UK homes now own a tablet

By 27 May 2015

An Ofcom report has been published that shows tablet use in the UK has risen dramatically in the last few years, with over half of households in the country owning at least one device. The UK's independent communications regulator claims that 54 per cent... >>

Find out how covered you are for broadband, 3G + 4G mobile, Wi-Fi and TV reception on this map

Find out how covered you are for broadband, 3G + 4G mobile, Wi-Fi and TV reception on this map

By 8 December 2014

Ofcom has launched an interactive map that tells you exactly how covered your area is for communication technologies. The UK's independent communications regulator has used a combination of its own research into TV, radio, broadband, wi-fi and mobile... >>

Ofcom opens investigation into £4.5 billion Premier League TV rights after Virgin Media complaint

Ofcom opens investigation into £4.5 billion Premier League TV rights after Virgin Media complaint

By 18 November 2014

Ofcom has announced that it will be investigating the sale of live TV rights for the FA Premier League under the competition act. It follows a complaint by Virgin Media that Brits are getting a poor deal compared to fans in other European nations. The... >>

Never lose mobile signal again with national roaming, but it may cost you in 4G and battery life

Never lose mobile signal again with national roaming, but it may cost you in 4G and battery life

By 5 November 2014

The UK government has proposed a national roaming rule which would mean your mobile can access any network to offer complete 2G call coverage. This means even in weaker areas of connection, or notspots as they're being dubbed, you could still get signal... >>

London Zoo helps Ofcom trial ‘white space’ wireless broadcasting, streams meerkats (and why not?)

London Zoo helps Ofcom trial ‘white space’ wireless broadcasting, streams meerkats (and why not?)

By 10 October 2014

Ofcom is working in partnership with several firms to trial wireless "white space" technologies, using the gaps in radio spectrum to transmit data that could eventually benefit consumers and businesses in all manner of applications. Two of those are Google... >>

How will UK mobile and landline call rates be changing from summer 2015?

How will UK mobile and landline call rates be changing from summer 2015?

By 16 September 2014

In the summer of 2015, changes to mobile and landline bills will affect everyone in the UK. Ofcom has enforced new guidelines for calls using smartphones and regular home telephones and the consumer stands to benefit. However, the changes themselves might... >>

Ofcom reveals best mobile networks for call quality, EE tops the list

Ofcom reveals best mobile networks for call quality, EE tops the list

By 12 August 2014

Ofcom, the government approved regulatory office, has released its research on mobile phone networks' phone call quality. EE has come out on top. The research was carried out to help people make an informed decision on the best network for them. This... >>

Forget IQ, take the DQ test: How tech savvy are you? Do you know more than a 6-year-old?

Forget IQ, take the DQ test: How tech savvy are you? Do you know more than a 6-year-old?

By 7 August 2014

Ofcom has published its annual Communications Market Report and as part of the findings has revealed that six year-olds on average have the same technical knowledge as adults aged 45. It's a staggering find really and is based on a test pool of 2,000... >>