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  • Microsoft signs marketing deal with Telefonica to push Windows Phone 8 handsets
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    Microsoft signs marketing deal with Telefonica to push Windows Phone 8 handsets

    By 26 June 2013

    Microsoft has signed a one-year contract with telecoms giant Telefonica to try to push sales of Windows Phone 8-powered phones across Europe and South America. Currently sitting in third place behind Android and iOS, Windows Phone 8 needs to grow market...

  • Telefónica reaffirms Firefox OS plans: Q3 2013 availability, Spain, Colombia and Venezuela first
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    Telefónica reaffirms Firefox OS plans: Q3 2013 availability, Spain, Colombia and Venezuela first

    By 8 May 2013

    Telefónica has confirmed its launch plans for Firefox OS devices, with Q3 2013 being the launch date for Alcatel and ZTE devices in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela first. This will be followed by Firefox handsets from LG, Huawei and Sony, with further...

  • Sky to acquire O2 and Be broadband and landline services from Telefónica
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    Sky to acquire O2 and Be broadband and landline services from Telefónica

    By 1 March 2013

    BSkyB has agreed to purchase Telefónica UK's broadband and landline telephone services. That means the internet and fixed-line offerings from O2 and Be will be absorbed into Sky's current services. The company claims when the acquisition goes through,...

  • ZTE to launch Mozilla-based phone in Europe
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    ZTE to launch Mozilla-based phone in Europe

    By 10 January 2013

    ZTE will launch a smartphone in Europe in 2013 based on the Mozilla platform. Cheng Lixin, CEO of ZTE US, confirmed the plans in an interview at CES 2013, Bloomberg reports. Cheng went on to say that a US launch might also be considered. "We closely monitor...

  • Telefonica: Firefox OS better and cheaper than Android
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    Telefonica: Firefox OS better and cheaper than Android

    By 6 July 2012

    The upcoming arrival of the Mozilla Firefox mobile OS, also known as Boot to Gecko, has been given quite the backing, being described as better and cheaper than Android by the head of Telefonica O2 Europe. At the Telefonica Digital conference in London,...

  • O2 TU Go app to bring your calls to your tablet
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    O2 TU Go app to bring your calls to your tablet

    By 6 July 2012

    O2 is set to launch a smartphone app for its customers at the end of 2012 which will allow them to make and receive phone calls and messages on any connected device they own. TU Go has a simple enough interface but the idea behind it is far more profound...

  • HTC Smart in pink hands-on
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    HTC Smart in pink hands-on

    By 18 February 2010

    O2 announced that it was bringing the HTC Smart exclusively to the UK (and other countries), offering a smartphone at around half the price you'd normally expect. We saw the phone at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year, but had to bring you...

  • Telefonica may start charging search engines
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    Telefonica may start charging search engines

    By 9 February 2010

    The president of telecoms giant, Telefónica - which owns O2 in the UK - has said in a news conference that he intends to start charging companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft for the ability to use its networks. "Internet search engines use our Net...

  • Palm Pre announced for Spain
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    Palm Pre announced for Spain

    By 7 October 2009

    Palm has announced, in its words, that the Pre will say "hola" to Spain on 14 October. In Spain the webOS handset will be available through Telefonica, the company that owns O2. Telefonica is also the exclusive "initial carrier" for Palm Pre in the United...

  • Lycos Europe to be shut down
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    Lycos Europe to be shut down

    By 28 November 2008

    Lycos Europe is to close down after failing to find an investor. The company plans to sell some of its assets and close the rest. Lycos Europe currently provides Internet search, Web hosting, email, social networking and online shopping tools. It has...

  • Carphone Warehouse to announce TalkTalk split
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    Carphone Warehouse to announce TalkTalk split

    By 17 November 2008

    Carphone Warehouse could sell off its TalkTalk broadband business in a bid to release value for shareholders, it's being reported. Charles Dunstone, the founder and chief executive of the group, is said to be looking into the best way to split the business,...

  • Mexicans paying for taxis using their mobiles
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    Mexicans paying for taxis using their mobiles

    By 26 August 2008

    You've left your cash card at home, and just spent the last of your loose change, and there's a taxi bill to be paid. Well Mexicans will soon be able to pay small bills, such as for taxi rides and restaurants meals, using their mobile phones. Telephone...

  • BONDI initiative launched by mobile operators
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    BONDI initiative launched by mobile operators

    By 1 July 2008

    A group of mobile operators has unveiled a new initiative to create a blueprint and roadmap for "opening up mobile functionality to encourage the development of exciting mobile applications without compromising customer security". The new initiative,...

  • Telefonica does music downloads deal with IODA
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    Telefonica does music downloads deal with IODA

    By 27 June 2008

    Telefonica and IODA have announced a worldwide partnership that will make IODA's catalog of independent music available to its users in 24 countries. Telefonica, parent company of O2, and an official Apple operator partner for the iPhone, will make IODA's...

  • 3G iPhone to cost 100 euros in Spain
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    3G iPhone to cost 100 euros in Spain

    By 5 June 2008

    Following the news that the 3G iPhone could cost as little as £100 in the UK, Forbes is reporting that the next-gen version will go on sale in Spain for under 100 euros (presumably 99). What makes this of particular significance is that the operator...

  • 3G iPhone coming in May 2008
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    3G iPhone coming in May 2008

    By 19 November 2007

    A senior manager at Telefonica, the parent company of O2, has apparently been spilling the beans on some iPhone secrets. Revelations from the source, via Spanish co "SevenClick" reveal secrets about revenue sharing handset shortages and the golden egg...

  • RIM offers free BlackBerry Unite! service in Spain
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    RIM offers free BlackBerry Unite! service in Spain

    By 23 October 2007

    Telefónica and Research In Motion have announced plans to introduce BlackBerry Unite! - a free PC-based software offering that will allow small groups, such as a family or small office, to stay connected and "enhance communications and coordination"....

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    Four UK operators roll out TDtv mobile TV tests

    By 12 October 2006

    Mobile phone operators are determined that mobile TV is the way forward as 3, Orange, Telefonica, and Vodafone have rolled out a test project in the Bristol area. Called TDtv, the service is based on the UMTS TD-CDMA-2GPP MBMS standard; in plain English,...