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Owners of Google's Nexus smartphones came second, with Blackberry users performing the worst in a series of brain-teasers

Just 11.5 per cent have changed suppliers this year

‘UK’s stale energy market makes it easy for Big Six to hike prices,’ says new study

While 21 per cent were changing suppliers in 2006, just 11.5 per cent have changed this year

£3bn: the total price-tag for Christmas gadgets

As expected, it's tablets and smartphones that will be getting most of the attention this Christmas

Motorola Moto G: a £135 smartphone to boost the budget market

Low-cost handset offers a 4.5-inch screen with a 720p resolution and 8GB or 16GB of memory

Ten best places to live in the UK: Solihull comes top

Higher incomes, better employment rates and even longer life expectancies can be found just outside of Birmingham

Customers face paying four times more for 4G services in proposed price hikes

An Ofcom consultation suggests fees paid by mobile phone networks could quadruple

Industry backs demand for 24-hour energy firm switch

The energy industry has today been challenged to follow the lead set by the telecoms and banking sectors and speed-up the switching process.

British Gas set to hit consumers with 10% price hike that could add more than £100 a year to bills

British Gas is preparing to hit millions of families with a hike in energy prices of up to 10 per cent that could add more than £100 a year to bills.

Why don't people switch their mortgages?

Money savings rather than better service more likely to tempt those considering a change

Why friends in need are banking on a loan

With payday loan companies charging up to 5,853 per cent APR, more than half the UK's population is turning not just to the bank of mum and dad but the bank of mates too. Around 57 per cent of us "often" lend to friends and family and one in ten have handed over between £250 and £1,000 to loved ones, figures from Gocompare.com reveal. More than a third of us have lent money to pay off someone else's debts and one in four have covered food, shopping or other bills.

O2 and Vodafone launched their 4G services today as Three says it will offer theirs for free in December

The battle for 4G: Vodafone and O2 switch on 'super-fast' mobile services as 3 promises to offer theirs for free

Rivals to EE playing catch-up on coverage, while Three says those willing to wait until its December launch would not need to pay an additional premium, regardless of their price plan

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Almost one in 10 five-year-olds own a mobile phone, finds survey

One in 10 schoolchildren get a mobile phone by the age of five, new study reveals, although most children have to wait until they are 11

Sky-high energy bills see Britons switch off

Homeowners choose to cut consumption as cost of heating and lighting soars

Mobile by Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's launches mobile network in partnership with Vodafone

Supermarket chain will target older end of the mobile market with simple deals and Nectar points

The Government and the energy regulator, Ofgem, have promised to get to grips with power bills

Savvy Money: We still need more clarity on complex charging for energy

New plans to give a fairer deal to consumers do not go far enough to clear up the confusion

Consumer Rights: We all need a good dose of financial education

The charity-run My Money Week, which starts on Monday, is a good way to begin learning

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee