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.

iPhone sales start with a bang for Vodafone

Vodafone delivered 50,000 iPhones to its customers on the first day of sales, as the UK's appetite for Apple's iconic device continues unabated. The group became the third UK operator to offer its customers the iPhone yesterday, four months after Orange announced it had broken O2's exclusive hold over the phone in Britain. Tesco, which operates its own brand mobile business in partnership with O2, also sells the iPhone.

O2 boss says sorry for smartphone problems

The head of mobile phone operator O2 has apologised to customers who were unable to make calls after the group's network was swamped by people using smartphones, it was reported today.

Vodafone dampens iPhone price war hopes as it sets launch date

The hopes of an iPhone price war melted yesterday as Vodafone, the fourth group to sell the iconic device in the UK, underwhelmed the market with similar pricing to its biggest rivals.

Tesco claims to beat O2 and Orange with £20 monthly iPhone deal

Tesco is to enter the increasingly crowded market for Apple's iPhone next week when the grocer will launch a mini price war on the smartphone. The supermarket group, which secured the rights to the phone last month, will start selling the 3G and 3GS iPhone models on Monday, offering a annual contract for just £20 a month. Customers will have to pay £222 for the basic 3G 8GB handset however.

Vodafone to double its cost cutting target to £2bn

Telecoms giant looks to set aside £500m war chest for potential acquisitions

James Moore: More needed for Vodafone to be throned

Outlook There's something not quite right about describing Vodafone, that British corporate titan, as a straggler. But that's exactly what it will be when the merger of T Mobile and Orange completes, at least in its home market where it will drop from second to third place in the rankings.

David Prosser: No cheap stocking filler from Orange

Outlook: Orange and O2's great rival Vodafone will have the iPhone too from the new year onwards

Orange dashes hopes of Christmas iPhone price war

02's rival to sell phone from next week but prices will stay high until new year

Tom Alexander: Orange boss heads for pole

The racing fanatic oversaw two key deals in September, and explains to Nick Clark why the future looks bright

Cambridge college buys the Dome

It's hard to see sober academic gowns in the audience at an NBA basketball game, stage recreation of Ben Hur or a Lilly and Dizzee gig. But Cambridge dons now have a keen interest in the success of these events.

Vodafone is the latest to secure Apple's iPhone

You wait two years for a rival operator to sell the iPhone, then two come along at once. Just one day after Orange secured the right to sell Apple's iconic device – after two years of exclusivity with O2 – Vodafone announced it had landed a similar deal.

Business Diary: 30/09/2009

Ryanair's offer melts in the mouth

Another generous offer from the cost-conscious folk at Ryanair. It normally costs £30 to take your skis on one of its flights, but the airline is advertising a special offer right now – it will transport them for free. Just one problem –the press adverts mistakenly say the deal expires on 1 September, almost a month ago, and before a single snowflake had fallen in Europe's leading ski resorts.

Orange sets up showdown with O2 as it secures iPhone

Operator follows rival as it wins the right to sell Apple's iconic device in the UK

Orange to sell Apple's iPhone later this year

France Telecom's Orange will start selling the popular Apple iPhone in Britain later this year, it said on Monday, when the exclusive contract held by Telefonica's O2 will expire.

Claire Beale On Advertising: Giffgaff can give O2 a gift of the gab

You've probably heard of user-generated advertising: cheap, nasty commercials created in dark bedrooms by consumers with nothing better to do. When normal people try to make ads, the result is almost always unremittingly awful.

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