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

'Massive discrepancy' in UK broadband speeds revealed as slowest and fastest streets are named

Broadband users in one road suffer a download speed 500 times slower than those in a street enjoying the UK's fastest speed, a study has found.

Price hikes will leave 314,000 in fuel poverty

As EDF becomes the latest energy provider to increase prices – by a whopping 10.8 per cent – 314,000 more households will be face winter in fuel poverty, spending more than 10 per cent of their net income on fuel.

New energy deals spark autumn price war

With energy price hikes on the cards, the battle to find the best gas and electricity rates is hotting up.

Sam Laidlaw, the chief executive of Centrica

Prices went up by 15 per cent – now British Gas profits soar as well

Energy firm is making £1.9m a day while hard-pressed families face growing bills

Consumers are being advised to check meter readings for discrepancies on household bills because suppliers don't guarantee to spot oversights and automatically refund money

Don't let your cash be part of £6bn giveaway

Onus on consumers to spot overcharges on bills and claim refunds, discovers Louise Dransfield

Household energy bills will top £1,500 within three years, forcing millions to ration heating

Household energy bills will top £1,500 within three years, forcing millions to ration their heating, according to comparison site uSwitch.

Energy bills 140 per cent higher than in 2004

The cost of energy is climbing five times faster than household incomes, figures show. Earnings have typically risen by 20 per cent since 2004, but average home energy bills soared by 140 per cent.

WARSAW (Poland) / National Stadium, capacity (for Euro 2012): 50,000 / Euro 2012 will open at Poland's new National Stadium, which has been built with £255million of government money on the site of the old 10th Anniversary Stadium. Close to the Vistula river, it resembles a wicker basket decorated in a waving Polish flag. Warsaw, despite a turbulent history, is a thriving capital and home to 1.7million people.

Warning for England fans over mobile bills for Euro 2012

England fans heading to Euro 2012 have been warned about the potential for high mobile phone bills because Ukraine is outside an EU-wide cap on call charges.

84% believe energy suppliers maximise profits at customers' expense

Consumers have become more fed up than ever with Britain’s Big Six energy firms. New research shows that 84 per cent of people believe that gas and electricity suppliers maximise profits at the expense of customers.

One in four families 'wrongly billed by energy supplier'

One in four families is wrongly billed by its energy supplier, shock new research published today reveals.

Halifax's Three-year ISA Saver Fixed earns 4.25% gross AER, permits transfers and requires a minimum balance of £500

Deadline looms for ISA allowances

Savers are now on the home stretch with the 5 April end of tax year deadline less than a fortnight away. After that date this year's tax-free individual savings account (ISA) allowance is lost for good.

Laidlaw once told his staff, 'I am not about to apologise for making a healthy profit'

£2.5bn profit forecast for energy giant Centrica

Centrica chairman in line for a seven-figure bonus as millions struggle to pay energy bills

Call for energy bill cuts as hypothermia deaths almost double

Calls for energy bills to be cut intensified last night after it emerged that the number of people dying of hypothermia has almost doubled in the past five years.

British Gas cuts prices by 5 per cent

British Gas has cut bills for more than five million customers with an average 5 per cent drop in its standard electricity tariff.

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