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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.

T-Mobile to launch first pay-as-you-go Android phone

Having come under renewed pressure from updated mobile operating system Windows Mobile 6.5 and competitors including the iPhone and Palm Pre, Google's own mobile phone project received a boost today as T-Mobile announced the first pay-as-you-go Android handset.

Questions Of Cash: 'Lloyds ignored my calls after I was a victim of fraud'

Q. In September last year, someone strolled into the Highgate Village branch of Lloyds TSB and withdrew £2,400 in cash from our account, using only a driving licence as identification. They also conducted some transfers between accounts, using my cash ISA allowance. On the following Monday I was called by Willesden Green branch to ask where I was and was I withdrawing more cash. Lloyds TSB repaid the money into my account promptly. I asked for a copy of the fake driving licence to see if it had my own identification number. I was called by someone telling me that all proper procedures had been followed. I didn't believe him. My letters and phone calls have since gone unanswered. The Financial Ombudsman Service told me it is not concerned with lousy service, only with financial loss. Eventually, Lloyds admitted it hadn't taken a copy of the driving licence. It added that even if it had it could not give it to me on data protection grounds as, by definition, it was not about me! Lloyds offered me £40 for a new driving licence, but I want the bank to promise to train staff to prevent it happening again. SA, Twickenham.

Google's Android invasion

Forget the iPhone – Google is on a mission to take over the mobile world. Its innovative operating system is powering a raft of new phones and, one day soon, all handsets could run on it. Jack Riley investigates

Leading article: Call it off

Are British callers really getting value for money from their mobile phone networks? Not according to the European Parliament which recently voted to cap the charges levied on users travelling abroad, or the EU's Telecoms Commissioner who criticised the former culture minister Margaret Hodge as "a spokesman for the mobile phone industry" and warned that British people would be "very upset if they found out what was happening behind closed doors".

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?

Vodafone may buy T-Mobile

Vodafone is considering a bid to buy T-Mobile UK in a deal that would create Britain's biggest mobile phone operator, it was reported today.

Orange and T Mobile announce iPhone rival

Mobile phone operators Orange and T Mobile have gone head-to-head, with both companies today announcing the launch of the new HTC Hero Android handset.

Questions of cash: Washing machine woes really have me in a spin

Q. Three weeks ago I contacted Curry's to get my washing machine repaired. It was covered under Curry's Coverplan extended warranty. When I first phoned, the multi-choice phone system failed to put me through and after several minutes the line went dead. Next time I phoned I was put through to the complaints section, which gave me a different number. Eventually I spoke to someone who was rude beyond belief, but told me I would be contacted by an engineer within 24 hours. This did not happen, so I phoned again and was given another phone number. When I phoned this number, I was told the engineer would come on Thursday. He arrived on Wednesday and told me I required a new motor, which would be difficult to obtain as a supply company had gone into liquidation and the parts may have to come from Italy. Since then I have phoned several times to be told firstly the parts had been ordered and despatched, then that there had been a delay. The latest time I phoned I was promised the engineer would phone me back, but he has not done so. SF, Belfast.

Free broadband plan finds opposition in US

For the past three years, a startup called M2Z Networks has been figuring out a way to blanket the nation with a free wireless broadband network to ensure all Americans have access to basic high-speed internet connections.

Christina Patterson: Don't be vague, just go to The Hague

There is nothing like some music and art and good writing to lift the spirit.

T-Mobile boss warns that cheaper SIM-only deals will rise

Sales of SIM card only mobile phone price plans are set to surge in the coming year as customers postpone upgrading, Jim Hyde, the UK chief executive of T-Mobile, has warned.

Google's iPhone rival goes on sale

Google's rival to the iPhone and Blackberry phones goes on sale in the UK today.

It's conquered the internet, now Google goes mobile

Billionaire founders of search engine unveil rival to the BlackBerry and iPhone

First Google Android phone 'to cost $199'

The first mobile phone to use Google Inc's Android mobile operating software will cost $199, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Wednesday.

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