Ericsson intensifies legal pressure on Apple over patents, seeks iPhone sales ban

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Following a $533 million loss in a lawsuit a small Texas-based company leveled against it over patent violation, Apple is now facing new legal challenges.

As reported Friday, the Swedish telecommunications giant has unloaded legal barrage against the iPhone maker.

The move follows Apple’s refusal to re-sign a global licensing contract with Ericsson in mid-January. Bloomberg noted that Apple had been paying royalties for Ericsson’s patents related to mobile technologies, but the global license agreement expired last month and hasn’t been renewed since.... Read the rest of this post here

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Karbonn A19 now available in the UK

Wait a minute, just a few minutes ago we reviewed the dual-core 1.2GHz Karbonn A5S. It’s about £70 but, for £85.54 you can get this, the Karbonn A19.

It has an ever-so-slightly faster CPU – a dual-core 1.3GHz CPU. It also has a better camera (8 megapixel instead of the 5 megapixel on the A5S) but, apart from a bigger screen (5″ 854 x 480) it’s the same 4GB on-board storage, 512MB RAM and VGA front cam.

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A 1600mAh battery is powering this and it’s dual SIM but again, there’s no 4G. It’s cheap though, so…

Personally I wouldn’t mind a quick dabble with their higher-end phones – the Karbonn S6 and Karbonn Sparkle V, but hey, these are entry level and priced that way.

More details below.

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Verizon gets ready to shut down its 3G networks as LTE takes over

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Verizon may not be releasing its first LTE-only phones until 2016, but it's already preparing for the day when its legacy CDMA and EV-DO networks ride into the sunset. Wireless tracker Milan Milanovic has discovered that the carrier is now using LTE data in Cleveland and Manhattan on 1,900MHz frequencies that were previously reserved for EV-DO (3G) service. Don't expect more bandwidth in your neck of the woods just yet, though. Verizon tells GigaOM that this is just a test -- it's not yet ready to make an official transition.

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Source: GigaOM, Milan Milanovic (Howard Forums)

Vodafone’s HD Voice launch leaves O2 customers as the odd ones out

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HD Voice technology isn't particularly new -- in fact, some UK operators have supported it since as far back as 2010. Very few devices were HD-capable back then, though, but lots of modern smartphones are now suitably equipped, leading other carriers to get their acts together. Today, Vodafone announced it's joining the party, letting anyone with a supported handset make HD calls to others on the same network. HD Voice, if you weren't aware, widens the frequency range of your call, ensuring conversations almost sound like you're talking to someone face-to-face. Today's launch means O2 is now the only major UK carrier not offering the feature, and it says it has no official plans to either. Given most smartphone usage is dedicated to messaging and photo apps these days, today's launch might not excite Vodafone customers all that much. The difference in quality is noticeable though, so prepare to feel like someone's living inside your head the first time a call connects in HD.

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Source: Vodafone Blog

EE data still down


On EE? Got data issues? Yeah, you’re not the only one. This evening, and for a number of hours now, data connectivity issues have continued to plague users.

The most recent update we have now is from the EE community section, and this is being given out to the Twitter questions.

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Issues seem to have begun around 6PM judging by the emails we’ve received. EE are currently getting swamped on Twitter with complaints about the outage, which seems to be across the UK.

Update – This now seems to have been fixed and data connectivity has returned.

Update 2 – As of Thursday morning it seems that problems are continuing. EE tell us that customers still have intermittent data connectivity ..

Update 3 – EE now (09.40 on Thursday September 11th) state that the problem is resolved and that you should reboot if you’re still having issues.

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Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch doesn’t need a phone to get online or make calls

Samsung is taking the wraps off of yet another new smartwatch, but the Gear S (not Solo) has a twist: there's a 3G modem inside. While it may not be especially fast, that means that even when outside the range of a Bluetooth-connected phone or WiFi, it can still send and receive messages or make calls. It has a 2-inch AMOLED screen plus a dual-core 1GHz CPU inside along with GPS, heart rate and motion sensors, all powered by a 300mAh battery Samsung says can last up to two days. It runs Tizen instead of Android Wear, with pedestrian navigation available from from Nokia's HERE and support for Facebook. In the run up to IFA next week Samsung is also bringing the Gear Circle headset (yes, we also figured they'd save that name for a round watch) that pairs with a phone over Bluetooth, letting users hear notifications, use voice commands or listen to music through the earbuds.%Gallery-slideshow217933%

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O2 deliver free 4G access to some customers


I’ve a couple of questions for you. Firstly, are you on O2? Do you have a package providing 1GB or more of data per month ? If so, you’re in luck, because O2 seem to be delivering access to their 4G network for free if you tick those two boxes.


Our very own Philip Nowlan is only paying £17.45 per month for his two year deal and he’s just been informed by O2 that he will get access to their 4G network. If you’re wondering whether the 4G speeds have arrived near you, check out the O2 coverage checker.


This is pretty good news, although if you’ve “only” got 1GB you could burn through it pretty quickly with that 4G technology.

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Three’s new advert promotes sharing silly stuff

If you are in the UK you should have seen the now famous pony in the Three advert called “Socks”. This has been visited over 8 million times on YouTube.

Then came Mabel, their PAYG Pug dog celebrating the launch of 3-2-1 plan on PAYG over Christmas time.

Now Three want to continue the trend and have turned to cats to get their message across about sharing silly stuff. You can even create your own video by using a webcam or upload a photo of yourself and some friends to share with everyone.

This comes on the back of our recent post with results showing nearly twice as many more cat photos are shared than ‘selfie’ photos every day.

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Here is the full press release just sent out explaining the reasoning behind the advert..

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Three data issues hitting users


We’re hearing from many of you that your mobile data connectivity on Three hasn’t been well this morning.  Symptoms seem to range from extremely slow data throughout all the way through to having no data connection at all.

Twitter is also alive with frustrated customers who are without a mobile data service.


Three are currently stating that the issue is affecting “some” customers, but we’d love to hear from you if you’re having problems. Tell us where you are and how long it’s been giving you grief.

Update – Looks like everything is fixed now, and the outage was pretty brief.

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We got 50Mbps on Three 4G. Expecting the same?

Recently we showed an early peek into the Three 4G network. It was a test under almost lab conditions and we managed to get around 50Mbps download speeds on the all-new 4G network.

However, just like my home fibre connection, there’s a lot of factors that can alter speeds. Right now, in the middle of the day, I can easily get a download speed of around 35Mbps on my FTTC connection..

However, this evening that could all change. Three seem to be pretty honest about all this and, despite us getting 50Mbps download speeds in London, they’re actively telling customers to expect a lot less. Outside, when signals are bouncing around buildings and you’re on the bus a few miles from the local transmitter, things alter drastically. Plus the fact that other people will be using that same connection.


So, what speeds are Three telling you to expect on their 4G network? Well, here’s the image that Three are using to explain it. We’ve mentioned this a bit before and it’s worth pointing out that, in the US, HSDPA is marketed as 4G. Dual Channel HSDPA (DC-HSDPA) would, by that logic, be 4.5G. Confused? Heck, you’re not the only one. That’s why I’m quite glad that here in the UK 4G is LTE. It’s 4G, not some sort of souped-up 3G.


So if we got 50Mbps download on Three 4G why are Three are telling you to expect 14Mbps?

Seems mad doesn’t it? Well, I’ve got two phones here and both are reporting DC-HSDPA connections. They should get pretty rapid download speeds in theory. One is on Three and one is on O2. Both have low signal and both are getting just over 1Mbps on the various speed test sites.

So, perhaps they’re right. Sure, you’ll probably get much faster speeds, but expect 14Mbps and get a bit more if you’re lucky. Don’t expect 50Mbps though.

As part of our testing, we wanted to get outside the “lab” conditions and onto the street. We’ve been lucky enough to get a 4G SIM from Three and, although we’ll be one of just a few people using the network, we’ll be giving it a full trial this weekend.

Stay tuned to see how Three 4G performs out in the streets of London, right here on Coolsmartphone.

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