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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

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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.

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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.

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