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City analysts have accused Orange and T-Mobile of “dithering” after they axed plans for a £10 billion flotation of EE.

Andre Greipel will hope to finish ahead of Mark Cavendish in Saturday's road race

Medal spotlight on Germany: Out to spoil Great Britain's party but expectations are at all-time low

Spotlight on the main medal contenders: Greipel versus Cavendish is one of several head-to-head clashes with the hosts to savour

100 jobs lost in Everything Everywhere phone shops

Union leaders expressed dismay today at news of almost 100 job losses in mobile phone shops.

Mobile companies took five years to inform victims

Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile took five years to tell customers their voicemails had been hacked by the NOTW, they admitted to the Leveson Inquiry yesterday.

Stephen Foley: AT&T's costly breakdown in communication

Outlook: When AT&T, the second-largest mobile operator in the US, announced a $39bn merger with the fourth-largest, T-Mobile USA, in May, AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson must have been the only person who thought this deal would make it past the competition authorities.

Moat departs from Everything

Richard Moat, the telecoms executive who won praise for turning around T-Mobile UK before its merger with Orange UK, has quit the Everything Everywhere venture that was formed by the combination of the two businesses.

Antitrust suit set to scupper AT&T's $39bn T-Mobile deal

US competition authorities moved last night to block a merger of two of the four largest mobile-phone operators in the country, saying the deal could raise prices and reduce services.

Virgin lifts revenues despite loss of customers

Virgin Media shrugged off the exodus of thousands of customers to post a slight rise in revenues as ongoing subscribers paid for more or improved services.

Inside travel How to cut costs when phoning home

Using your mobile abroad doesn't have to incur heavy charges, says David Phelan

EE to sell spectrum after Ofcom approves trading

The owner of Orange and T-Mobile can finally meet European competition regulations and sell off spectrum, after Ofcom approved a trading mechanism for the commodity that is crucial to the mobile industry.

Everything Everywhere to launch 30 stores

Everything Everywhere, the parent company of Orange and T-Mobile, is set to expand its presence on the UK high street with plans to launch 30 new stores this year.

Mobile firms charge 20% VAT for pre-rise calls

Phone users with some of the UK's major companies have been charged the higher VAT rate for calls made in December - but are not entitled to a refund, they have been warned.

T-Mobile U-turns on roaming quota

T-Mobile has backed away from plans to slash existing customers' quotas for accessing the internet on their mobiles after news of its plans prompted an outcry.

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By Alice-Azania Jarvis: T-Mobile's goodwill vanished in the ether

And so I spoke too soon. Not about Berlin – on which more later – but about T-Mobile. Remember my eulogy to their customer service? The column, a few weeks back, which recounted in great detail the kindness of a man in their customer service office who said that I could pay my extortionate bill – wrung up after accidentally leaving my mobile wireless on while on a work trip to Asia – in a series of interest-free instalments? Well he was, as it turns out, wrong. Utterly, completely wrong. He froze my direct debit all right – but he failed to do anything else. Instead of a note being put on my account, nothing happened. Well, nothing except my credit rating crashing through the floor.

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