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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.

Wheel-clampers face cap on release fees

Wheel-clamping companies and car parks will face new limits on the penalties they can charge under government plans to drive rogue operators out of business.

Disputes threaten UK's broadband progress

O2 chief warns that Britain risks falling behind rivals

How to cut your bills by getting it all together

With companies now packaging their broadband deals with TV and phone services, it pays to shop around. But finding the best deal can be tricky. James Daley navigates the market

O2 urges stores to back 'electronic wallet' handset after trial success

Mobile phone handsets that double as electronic swipe-and-go travelcards, credit cards, and even supermarket loyalty cards, could hit the high street within the next few years.

To cut the cost of calls and texts, first unlock your mobile

With Ikea and Tesco entering the market, Emma Lunn investigates the attraction of SIM-only deals

Vodafone to add 50 shops and hire 500 staff to boost service

Vodafone is to add 50 shops to its 350-strong retail network over the coming 12 months, hiring an extra 200-plus staff on top of the 300 already being recruited to improve its face-to-face customer service.

Hurry now while stocks last, the iPhone is on sale

Shoppers will flock to 1,250 stores across Britain today in search of the new 3G iPhone, Apple's combined music player, phone and internet browser. Many will be disappointed.

Apple's new iPhone 3G sells out within hours of going online

The next generation iPhone hits the high street this week, but the rush to pre-order on the internet was enough to crash the website and sell out within just a few hours.

IPhone to go down by £100

The cost of Apple's iPhone handset is being cut to attract new customers.

Napster and O2 link up to offer 5 million tracks

O2 has signed a deal with Napster, the online music site, that gives the mobile operator's subscribers access to 5 million tracks for download to both the phone and PC.

How to get your hands on the best mobile phone deals around

Want a flashy handset and a low-cost contract? There is a way, says James Daley

Ofcom threatens O2 with £40m penalty for failing to reach 3G coverage targets

O2 has just four months to avoid contract penalties that would cost it £40m following a warning shot fired across its bows by the telecoms regulator yesterday.

Ofcom to make O2 meet 3G rollout obligation

Mobile phone company O2 was today threatened with regulatory action after it failed to meet a deadline to provide its 3G network to 80% of the UK population.

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