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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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