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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 profits fall in UK as it fails to hold on to customers

T-Mobile UK posted half-year revenues up 1.7 per cent to £1.6bn yesterday, including a 360 per cent rise in Mobile Broadband devices and a contract customer base up 0.6 per cent to 3.9 million. But earnings before interest, tax, deductions and amortisation were down by 17.6 per cent to £155m and some 517,000 customers walked away in the period.

Your consumer rights questions answered

Beds and bikinis and a rude awakening for an internet shopper

Questions Of Cash: I've been fleeced by my local phone shop

Q. In September 2006, I signed a 12-month contract with T-Mobile, through Mobile Connections, which provided me with two handsets, with 500 free minutes for each handset. I had to pay £35 monthly by direct debit. This was to be refunded to me each month, providing I presented a paid bill to their Birmingham shop, within 28 days of the date of billing. Three months later, I took a friend to Mobile Connections, but his account application was declined. Mobile Connections suggested I process his application using my bank account, with the staff pointing out that my money was not at risk as the money would be refunded to my account. He took up an 18-month contract with T-Mobile, with £35 taken from my account each month, to be refunded on the same conditions as with my account.

Cycling: Wiggins celebrates early as golden boys sprint home in record time

In a sport where medals are won and lost by fractions of a second it is not often that you see a competitor punching the air in celebration more than a lap from the finish line. Bradley Wiggins, however, rode the final stages of last night's race for the gold medal in the men's team pursuit competition with his fist pumping skywards as Britain took the title here at the world track championships in world record time.

Mobile phone scams: Sharp operators

Thousands of people every year are falling for scams run by mobile-phone middlemen. Think you're wise to their tricks? Rhodri Marsden speaks to the victims who thought they were, too

Pop idyll: What’s so special about Britain’s most-wanted village?

Never mind urban cool – Cerne Abbas in Dorset has the countryside's hottest properties. City-dweller Rhodri Marsden peers over the fences to find out why

Unions call on BA to impose pension income cap

Top managers and senior pilots at British Airways should take a massive cut in retirement benefits as part of attempts to tackle its pensions black hole, according to representatives of lower-paid workers.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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