Tech News from the UK
Samsung and O2 have teamed up to build connected 5G ambulances for the NHS. The two companies will begin testing the next-generation ambulances later this month. Eight ambulances from the East of England Ambulance Trust will be equipped with new technologies including support for real-time video and field data collection.
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O2 has joined the rest of the UK's main carriers and launched unlimited data plans of its own. These start from £33 per month on an 18-month SIM-only plan, or can be had for £35 per month on a 12-month SIM plan and with variable pricing alongside select handsets.
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The ICO has urged businesses to “prepare for all scenarios” as it publishes dedicated guidance to help small and medium sized organisations prepare for the possibility that the UK leaves the European Union with no deal.
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Samsung launched the Galaxy Fold in Korea yesterday and the company has announced the folding smartphone will be an exclusive to EE in the UK. The Galaxy Fold 5G will be available to buy from 18th September from EE, as well as from Samsung Experience Stores.
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BT will be working with Qualitest, a software testing and quality assurance company, who will support the delivery of the backbone to their digital infrastructure, including the further development of their 5G offering.
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EE has finally given in and launched new 4G and 5G unlimited data plans, following Three and Vodafone. Unlike two out of the three Vodafone plans, EE’s don’t have a speed restriction. They are, however, more expensive.
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UK digital secretary Nicky Morgan has stated that the decision as to whether Huawei will have a hand in building the country’s 5G infrastructure cannot be taken lightly.
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Three UK launched its 5G service in London earlier today, promptly causing EE to file a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) claiming that its slogan, "If it's not Three, it's not real 5G", is misleading. EE is seeking a ban on the ads because they clearly imply that alternative networks' 5G are inferior by comparison.
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Three UK has launched its 5G service today, available in London as a home broadband service. The company says that its single 5G plan will shake up the broadband market with customers able to cancel their landline and instantly access fibre-like, ultrafast speeds compared to what the average UK customer currently obtains using traditional, fixed broadband services.
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Vodafone has launched the UK’s first 5G mobile and broadband bundle, Vodafone Together. Customers can combine unlimited mobile data and home broadband for £43 a month, with no extra charge for 5G.
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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has agreed a plan that gives the payments and e-commerce industry extra time to implement Strong Customer Authentication (SCA).
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EE quietly opened pre-orders for the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Thursday, and Vodafone, with little fanfare, has now followed suit. The 5G phone is available to order on 5G plans ranging from £68 per month with £29 upfront to £81 per month with £29 upfront cost. Vodafone's 5G plans have no limits, while you have a a choice of data limits on 5g ready plans.
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The UK has become one of the first countries in Europe where people will be able to receive flood alerts on their computer, phone or personal device through the Google Public Alerts map. Flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency will now appear on Google Search and the Google Public Alerts map with live alerts becoming visible on personal devices in a matter of seconds once they have been issued.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series is now available to pre-order online on O2’s custom plans. Customers can also pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ 5G in-store from Thursday 8th August – before all the handsets go on general sale from the 23rd August.
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While proudly announcing that the company opened up pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 10 5G today, EE has also quietly opened pre-orders for the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G.
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EE announced today that it will offer customers the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 from today. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is available to pre-order on a wider variety of 5G plans EE from 8th August through EE stores, over the phone and via ee.co.uk.
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HTC has suspended the sale of its smartphones in the UK, as part of an ongoing patent dispute. Non-practising entity IPCom claimed that, as a result of its claim of patent infringement, HTC had indicated it would suspend the sale and importation of the recently launched Desire 12 handset to the UK market, in addition to taking steps to stop sales of all of its mobile devices in the UK.
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Monzo has advised almost half a million customers to change their cards pin number after uncovering a potential security flaw. The digital bank said it had incorrectly stored around 480,000 customer pins where they could be accessed by internal engineers.
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Huawei has filed three trademark applications to the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) for the P300, P400 and P500.
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O2 are due to launch their 5G network in October, and the company has brought forward the date that customers can get 5G ready with the new flagship device from Samsung, the Galaxy S10 5G, which is now available from today online and in-store on O2 custom plans.