News

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.

T-Mobile seals Orange deal to create 'UK champion'

Orange and T-Mobile are set to create "a new UK champion" after their European parent companies confirmed the mobile phone groups will merge.

Engaged: Orange and T-Mobile want to hook up

Mobile phone giants Orange and T-Mobile today revealed plans to join forces in a tie-up which will create a new market leader in the UK.

T-Mobile UK set to announce merger with Orange

T-Mobile UK could unveil a merger with Orange as early as today, in a move that would create the largest mobile phone operator in the country.

Help! My iPhone is burning a hole in my pocket

A pricey handset and a costly contract are only the beginning of an expensive love affair, says Tim Walker

Vodafone targets O2 in new assault on home market

Telecoms giant may move to supply the iPhone after slipping behind main UK rival

David Prosser: Who's Apple gonna call?

Outlook Ironically, the continued stonking success of Apple's iPhone could be bad news for O2, the mobile phone network hat has exclusive rights to sell the handset in the UK. One reason Apple has chosen to sell its phones through a single network in most countries is that the gadget was intended to be a top-end purchase, rather than a mass-market device. Apple's latest sales figures, however, suggest the mass market is very much embracing the iPhone.

O2 enters personal finance market with NatWest

O2, the British mobile phone unit of Spain's Telefonica launched Britain's first cash-card service from a mobile operator on today to give itself a foothold in the promising mobile-money market.

Palm challenges iPhone by launching UK sales with O2

The Palm Pre is the latest smartphone trying to tackle Apple's market dominance

Vodafone ends three-year exile with Carphone deal

Vodafone, the world's largest mobile phone company, has intensified its efforts to take back its home UK market after ending a three-year exile from Carphone Warehouse stores.

Vodafone looks to T-Mobile for link up

Vodafone may be the world's largest mobile phone company but it has struggled in its fragmented home market. Is the time ripe for consolidation?

Entrepreneurs say optimism, not education, is the key

Obsessive optimism is the key to being a great entrepreneur.

Key broadband deadline missed

Groups remain in talks to deliver 'Digital Britain'

Vodafone signs 'milestone' network tie-up with O2

Vodafone has signed a landmark deal with O2's parent company which could save them "hundreds of millions of pounds," as the two rivals attempt to combat the disintegrating economic conditions. The shift prompted analysts to predict a spate of similar deals throughout the industry.

O2 and Vodafone to share network infrastructure

Rival phone companies 02 and Vodafone have announced a deal to share their existing networks in Ireland and roll out future infrastructure jointly.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas