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

Broadband customers unsure over contracts

Up to eight out of 10 broadband customers are confused about their contracts and feel trapped, new research shows.

Mobile phone users will now be able to call 0800

Ofcom takes action on 'notoriously murky' charges for calling 0800 numbers

While they are promoted as freephone, the lines often hit mobile users in the pocket

EE mobile phone network

Everything Everywhere extends EE 4G network to 80 new UK locations

Mobile phone network EE plans to extend its 4G internet service to 80 new UK locations by June.

Five million homes in debt to energy firms

More than five million households are now in the red to their energy supplier, owing an estimated £637m, figures published today reveal.

For those with a penchant for trekking across Peru, 'free' world travel insurance in a packaged account may seem attractive, but it's likely you could get such cover cheaper than the monthly fee

Savvy Money: Charged accounts - better, not perfect

Despite tighter rules on banks charging for packaged extras, customers should still be wary

Simon Read: Over-priced and over-charging - energy firms face fresh accusations

There have been several warnings about rising energy bills this week. On Monday concerns were raised that heating bills could jump by as much as £200 over the next year as a result of continuing gas shortages.

Internet speeds vary widely even within same city

Broadband internet speeds vary dramatically even within the same city, a report shows.

One in four families cutting back on energy bills to pay rent or mortgage

Four out of 10 families with children have cut down on food spend to pay housing costs

Best buy energy tariffs can drift so much customers end up paying too much

The energy company that’s leading the way in guaranteeing a fair tariff

How much is a price promise worth? That obviously depends on what the promise says. In the home energy market, there have been plenty of false promises from suppliers seemingly focused only on squeezing extra profits out of hard-up people.

Simon Read: help us George, consumers say ahead of budget

The cost of household bills has soared by a quarter in the past five years, according to research by uSwitch.

Broadband battle as Virgin sells for £15bn

A new broadband battleground could be the result of the takeover of Virgin Media by the American giant Liberty Media. Analysts have already predicted that Liberty's boss, the mogul John Malone, will use the deal to take on his rival Rupert Murdoch.

Water hike adds to bills misery

Households in England and Wales will see water bills increase by an average of 3.5 per cent this year, while rates in London, the South-west and South-east soar by more than double the rate of inflation.

Government to backtrack on Cameron pledge to force Big Six energy companies to give customers cheapest tariff

The Department of Energy & Climate Change is expected to further backtrack on David Cameron’s promise to the House of Commons last year that new laws would be introduced “so that energy companies have to give the lowest tariff to their customers”.

South Lakeland District Council led the way last June by setting up a project to help people switch

Local energy schemes fighting fuel poverty

New collective switching projects could help millions of people move to cheaper home fuel deals this year.

Cost of heating a home now more than 60% higher than in 2008

Prices have risen from £360 to £587 with average household energy bill now £1,334 a year

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