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Mobile operators expressed their disappointment after regulator Ofcom pushed through a five-fold increase in the fees for existing phone spectrum bands yesterday in a move that will net the Treasury a windfall of almost £250m a year.

Imperial plans to fight cigarette vending ban

Imperial Tobacco plans to appeal against a ruling by the High Court yesterday which upheld the Government's plan to ban vending machines in order to stop children buying cigarettes.

O2 targets £1.4bn international calls

O2 today launches an assault on the £1.4bn international calling market, as it seeks to double its market share by targeting those calling abroad from calling card companies, land lines and rival operators.

Police shut down global iPhone scam

Police have shut down a global iPhone scam that was costing the mobile operator O2 over £1m a month.

Say goodbye to unlimited mobile internet browsing

O2 is changing its data model and other companies are set to follow.

02 drops unlimited mobile data offer

The O2 has become the first UK operator to ditch its tariffs offering customers unlimited mobile broadband, with senior management saying the model is "broken".

Mobile telcos lose roaming challenge

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday upheld laws forcing mobile operators to cut roaming charges in the face of a legal challenge from Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and Orange. The regulations, first passed by the European Commission in 2007, cap call charges at 49 euro cents (41p) per minute for making a call and 24 euro cents per minute for receiving one while travelling abroad, with further reductions due in 2011.

Mobile giants promise Everything Everywhere

Orange and T-Mobile are to continue operating both brands in the UK after agreeing to merge, and yesterday revealed the parent company will be called "Everything Everywhere" in what the chief executive labelled "a statement of ambition".

Investment Column: Cobham is more than just defensive

Immunodiagnostic Systs; Eckoh

The high cost of mobile calling is to fall – slowly

But even without the reduction in rates ordered by Ofcom, there are ways to cut your bills.

O2 heralds 'the age of data' as customer numbers soar by 1 million

Mobile phone giant O2 attracted just over a million new customers to its network last year, and proclaimed that the “age of mobile internet has arrived”.

Nick Clark: It says we can trust in its virtue. But rivals and users are not so sure

When you are penalised by Google you disappear off the internet

No-frills insurance – will it cover you?

As O2 becomes the latest firm to venture into the protection market, Chiara Cavaglieri looks at the pros and cons of cheap deals

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Bye, buy British: Beloved names with foreign owners

As Cadbury, a national treasure, faces an overseas takeover, Greg Walton and Mark Leftly reflect on how other beloved names have fared with foreign owners
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